White Wine – France
Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Vin de Pays d’Oc, Domaine Bergon, Southern France
Domaine Bergon dates back as far as 400AD. This independent, 1200 acre property is based in the coastal village of Vias, Southern France. Flowers and ripe white fruits on the nose. Refreshing, well rounded in the mouth. Flavours of green apple and citrus fruits. Dry with a long finish.
“Les Granges” 2015, Domaine De Belle Mare, Mèze, Languedoc-Roussillon
Domaine de Belle Mare is situated on the edge of the Bassin de Thau, a stunning, tranquil saltwater lake where much of France’s shellfish is produced. Environmentally very delicate, the estate is run on sympathetic and sustainable grounds, using many organic techniques to bolster the health of the vines. Les Granges is an interesting blend of Piquepoul, Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino. Pale yellow and green hues, a fresh nose of white flowers and fruits with fresh peaches, melons and tropical fruit on the palate. Freshness, texture and delicious persistency of flavour. By the way neither the vintage nor the grape varieties are shown on the label!
Muscadet 2014/15, Coteaux de la Loire AC sur lie, Jacques Guindon, Loire (12.0% abv)
Pierre Guindon is the wine maker for this crisp, dry Muscadet with refreshing lemon & mineral flavours. Jacques Guindon has 32 hectares of Melon de Bourgogne vines on the northern bank of the Loire. An excellent Muscadet, an ideal accompaniment for our shellfish.
Picpoul de Pinet, Terre de 13 Vents 2015, Domaine des Lauriers, Languedoc (13.0% abv)
A very quality conscious producer who practises ‘lutte raisonee’ in the vineyard to produce a wine which beautifully crisp and steely acidity. A grape variety growing in popularity it is ideal to accompany oysters or shell fish of any sort.
Pouilly Fumé “les Affaubertis” 2014, Domaine Eric Louis, Loire Valley (12.5% abv)
With a history going back to 1860, when Eric’s great –grandmother sold her wine at local markets (bet it was a bit cheaper then!), Domaine Eric Louis are based in Thauvenay, just across the Loire from the famous Château Tracy. As soon as the grapes are picked they are pressed to preserve their aromatic potential. Natural fermentation follows, which extends over 4-8 weeks. The wine is aged on the lees until February and continued tastings determine the right moment to bottle. This wine has a pale gold which has a beautiful shine and a nice fresh nose, fruity and rather subtle. Note the characteristic notes of flinty minerals related to the soil where the grapes are grown. This all combines to give freshness and roundness.
Viré-Clessé le Mont Chatelaine 2014, Jean Rijckaert, Burgundy (13.0% abv)
Having only been created as an appellation in 1999 the villages of Vire & Clessé previously sold their wines as Macon-Viré & Macon-Clessé. Jean Rijckaert has quite a reputation in Jura as well as Macon. This wine is fresh and dry and a fabulous example of this smaller appellation. It’s one of our favourites.
Sancerre Blanc Le Manoir 2014, Andre Neveu, Loire Valley (12.5% abv)
Andre Neveu has been crafting fine Sancerre for over fifty years blending traditional methods with the best modern equipment. Wine maker Thomas Dezat has created a rich elegant Sancerre, with an almost tropical fruit flavour combined with a zingy minerality and freshness.
Pouilly Fumé 2015, Domaine Claude Michot, Loire Valley (12.5% abv)
A small grower with a real passion for his terroir, Claude Michot produces a wine that is very typical of St Andelain – a hamlet made famous by the late, great Didier Dagueneau – in that it has a flinty, almost ‘capgun’ smoke scented nose and racy acidity. Claude is a pretty busy man though as he does it all on his own – this allows him to be completely uncompromising in his pursuit of excellence and consistency.
Chablis 2015, Domaine Jean Defaix, Burgundy (12.5% abv)
A delicious, clean, pure Chablis with bright steely acidity and impeccable balance. Jean Defaix is the fourth generation of his family running the Domaine and has built an enviable reputation for top quality Chablis. The estate is now run by his son-in-law Daniel Dampt.
Domaine Mittnacht Riesling 2014, Riquewihr, Alsace, (12.5% abv) Biodynamic
The delightful Domaine Mittnacht is organically run by Christophe and his cousin Marc, whom grow fruit from great vineyards between Hunawihr and Ribeauvillé. This wine actually goes one further than organic, being biodynamic in the methods of its production. Dry, fresh and racy sum it up with plenty of fruit on the palate too.
London Cru Chardonnay 2014, Grapes: Roussillion France, Produced in Earls Court London!
London Cru is central London’s first winery. Winemaker Gavin manages all aspects from winery design, grape sourcing and overseeing the harvests through to processing, fermenting, ageing and bottling. The winery is run using methods proven by some of the world’s best winemakers. London Cru’s philosophy is simple: “we use the best grapes we can find from across Europe to craft wines with a minimum of intervention that will provide maximum enjoyment.” The 2014 Chardonnay is made from grapes grown at Château de Corneilla, who’s Muscat de Rivesaltes is in our dessert wine section. “Toast, citrus & stone fruit on the nose , good texture with a complex finish and fresh acidity” There you go!
Pouilly Fumé 2015, Domaine de Bouchot, Loire Valley, (13.0% abv) Organic
This is a beautiful example of this classic genre. It has all the racy crisp freshness and fruitiness of a 100% Sauvignon. It does have a little weight that makes it different from its neighbour Sancerre. There are tastes and aromas of gooseberry and guavas. A very easy to drink wine that has minimal sulphites meaning its light on you too.
Rully Clos des Mollepierres 2011, Domaine Saint-Abel, Burgundy (13% abv)
Perhaps not so well known as its neighbours in Burgundy this wine has finesse and boasts a floral nose and deliciously ripe fruit flavours. Aged in oak for six-seven months, wine maker Matthieu Roux combines age-old traditions with today’s most advanced techniques. Rully is located in the Côte Chalonnaise, about 10 km South of Chassagne-Montrachet – Great value!
Pouilly-Fuissé 2014, Les Crays, Domaine Nadine & Maurice Guerrin, Burgundy
Nestled high in the Vergisson hills, Maurice created the domaine in 1984 and today it stands at 35 parcels spread across 14 ha in Macon-Vergisson, St-Veran and Pouilly-Fuissé. In the vineyard they follow the practice of lutte raisonnée and the approach to vinification is largely traditional. Aged in barrels for 12 months (15% new oak) this is nice and rich with passion fruit flavours and beautiful mineral expression on the palate.
St Aubin Premiere Cru, Les Castets 2014, Domaine Thomas Morey, Burgundy
The Morey family wine making history dates back to 1643 and since 2007 Thomas has farmed nine hectares of vines predominantly in Chassagne but with parcels in Beaune, Puligny, Santenay and Saint-Aubin. Such is his reputation as a viticulturalist, that he is employed by the famed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti to look after their vines in Le Montrachet Grand Cru! Medium-bodied and elegant; bright, fresh palate; complex finish with hints of spice.
Chablis Premiere Cru, Les Butteeaux 2013, Edouard & Elani Vocoret, Burgundy
The Vocoret family have been a famous producer of perfectly serviceable Chablis for generations, however the difference with this generation is solely focused on small production, quality and terroir. Their 5ha of vines have been reclaimed from the family estate, but they are not interested in taking on much more – the idea is to put their heart, soul and energy into mastering what they have. Grapefruit, lemons, apple fruit, spicy notes, a rich and fresh finish.
Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru, ‘Les Chaumes’ 2012, Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot (13.5% abv)
Having established himself amongst the top producers in Chassagne-Montrachet, Jean Marc Pillot’s wines are always in high demand. We can see why- this single vineyard white Burgundy is simply sublime. Medium-bodied with stone fruit and citrus on the nose; generous and rich on the palate with lovely acidity. This east-facing vineyard is north-west of Chassagne Montrachet; soils are made of limestone. Wines are fermented and aged in 30% new oak casks for 12 months.
Meursault 2007, Domaine Matrot, Burgundy (13.0% abv)
Six generations of the Matrot family have produced Burgundy wines from six appelations in the Côte de Beaune. Organic farming practices are employed and the vines average 40 years old. Nice pale yellow colour. Discreet aromas of peach, apricot, spices and menthol. Spicy flavors with notes of peach and honey. Tense and penetrating wine.
Puligny Montrachet 2013, Domaine Jacques Carillon, Burgundy (13.5% abv)
The Carillon family can trace its roots in Puligny back to the 16th century. Jacques makes wines in a classic and traditional style. No herbicides are used and the vineyards are ploughing, pruning and harvesting is all done by hand. The wine is aged for one year in oak with six months in stainless steel prior to bottling. “A wine that combines a delicate taste with a full body and mineral tones”.
Meursault Clos des Corvees de Citeau 2014, Domaine Chavy-Chouet, Burgundy – Half Bottle (13.0% abv)
A great Meursault from this respected Burgundy producer, full rich and fresh – half bottle only!
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Enseigneres, 2013, Domaine Chavy-Chouet, Burgundy – Half-Bottle
Fabulous Puligny in a half bottle!