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This really shows up other more expensive rivals from the Loire and beyond. Teasingly high in acidity, pitch perfect when it comes to classic gooseberry flavour and with mineral core that just completes the wine. Classic seafood accompaniment.
The small appellation of Côteaux de Giennois lives in the shadow of its neighbour, the renowed Pouilly-Fume, its wines often slip under the radar and are hence excellent value. The classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel.
A true Mâconnais white with steely elegance and real finesse. This has vibrant citrus fruit and taut minerality. It is a truly good example of a traditional white Burgundy and a delicious food accompaniment. Girouettes are weather vains to be found on the numerous church spires typical of the Mâconnais. 13.5% ABV
Intensely fruity and mouthwateringly good!A classic Sancerre with ripe gooseberry fruit and zesty acidity. The style is full and round yet fresh and well-balanced. ABV 12.5%
A wine made from the heart with creativity and respect of our natural environment, bringing together tradition and innovation. This wine represents the diversity of our magnificent region blessed with an incredible variety of soils and climates that gives some of the most exciting wines in the world.Appealingly floral and fruity on the nose. Toasty, stone fruit, mineral with good weight and depth on the palate. Fresh finish.
Pale lemon gold with an explosive nose. Lovely flavours of apricot, peach and acacia blossom give way to an elegance and freshness balancing perfectly the richness of the grape.
This soft but lively Chablis is a huge hit with the critics, at first taste it is peppery and spicy and then the citrus infused flavours race in for the climax. Grape variety - 100% ChardonnaySweetness - DryTaste - pepper, spicy fruits, minerallly, citrusy, white peach
Francois Lurton makes one of the tastiest Sauvignon Blancs in the Pay d'Oc region of Southern France. It has a vivid, racy elderflower character on the nose and an appealing touch of richness and weight on the palate.
Lightly oaked, supple, clean-lined Chardonnay with floral and tropical notes on the nose and tropical fruit on the palate typical of the character of this hot vintage. Best drunk within the year while it's still fresh and bright. 85/100
Made by the Perrin family who own Chateau Beaucastel, one of the greatest names in Châteauneuf du Pape. his wine is a skilful blend of such grapes as Grenache and Syrah, which find full expression on the elevations of Mont Ventoux.
Le Fou translates as The Madman, as it has long been thought only a madman would try to produce the perfect Pinot Noir in southern France. Obviously fuller than Pinot Noir from Burgundy, it has warm, ripe cherry fruit, is intense and sweet with a savoury twist. Raspberry and gamey on the nose, it has an almost graphite character with violets and blue berries. Gentle acidity with light and tasty tannins add balance to this smooth, appealing red. Its a wine that gets you thinking
with layers of really lovely fruit, its very drinkable and perfect if you prefer a riper, fruitier style of Pinot.
"Bright and clean dark berry fruit. Not at all confected, but warm, sweet and welcoming. Incredibly drinkable, with the sensation of biting into a ripe strawberry and letting the juice run down your chin. Fresh, bright and superb value" Judges Comments, The Wine Merchant 'Top 50'
Paler ruby than some earlier vintages due to the extreme proportion of Grenache, the nose is however as explosive, plush and opulent as ever, layered with exotic spice, cracked black pepper and of course streaked with crushed vanillin. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying - a big, oppulent and sweet Grenache driven wine with obvious oak quality, great structure, length and finish.
This historic Domaine has been producing Beaujolais wines since 1850. The Domaine stretches over 34 ha divided over many of the Cru Classe villages within Beaujolais. The beautiful vaulted cellar is still the hub of the winery. The Sambadier family have owned Manoir du Carra for many generations and take an active role in the vineyards and in the cellar. The vines are tended to by hand and at harvest the bunches are picked by hand, and sorted on entry to the winery to check the individual grape quality. Tasting Note: "Ruby red in colour with redcurrant, cherry and flint on the nose. Classic red berry and mineral flavours are well balanced by the medium body and fresh style."
Du Pin is located in the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux. The 2009 is easily the best wine they have yet produced. The aromatics of sweet cherries, black currants, subtle herbs, cedar, and spice box combined with a long, rich attack and mid-palate result in an impressive, supple-textured Grand Vin de Bordeaux to drink over the next 1-2 years. Delicious and great value for money
Just the right amount of wood aging gives this ripe wine great style. It has juicy blackberry fruits to balance the spice and toast character, offering richness and a full, fruity character finished with acidity.
Soft sultry textures from the south of France. A slight dustiness reminiscent of the warm climate breezes from the glass, where fresh blackcurrant, black cherry and herbal aromas feed into rich plummy flavours on the palate, backed up by hints of pepper and spice. Tannins are soft and supple. A hint of saltiness and chocolate glances the palate towards the finish. Well balanced and easy to drink.
From its vibrant, crimson colour to the wonderful enticing nose, everything about this vintage shows why Good Ordinary Claret is our bestselling wine by some margin. It also amply displays why Red Bordeaux (Claret) is such an endearing favourite with wine lovers everywhere. Aromas of bramble fruit, a touch of cassis and warm woody notes on the nose give way to deliciously rounded, silky fruit on the palate. Immediately enjoyable, this is perfectly balanced with a long, moreish finish.
Elegant nose intermixing black fruits and mild spices. On the palate, very silky texture, abundant raciness. Noticeable substance with a fruit-driven aftertaste.
The Syrah brings aromatic strength and structure; The Grenache gives lovely red berry flavours. Great pairing for BBQ and can even be drunk lightly chilled.
The nose is very expressive. Notes of eucalyptus, mint and liquorice dominate initially and are slowly replaced by cinnamon and juniper in a perfect harmony. The mouth, first very fresh, tightens a bit. The sensation of perfect balance between fineness of the tannins, red fruits and spices give this wine a character and a personality that is directly connected to its biodynamic origin.Syrah (40%), Grenache (30%), Mourvèdre (20%) et Carignan (10%)Alcohol 14 % vol
Lechlade On Thames
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