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'Esprit du Vent', Corbieres 'Les 400 Coups', Caves de Castelmaure, Languedoc 2020 £12.95

A fresh blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah, from the small, high-quality Caves de Castelmaure.  Grapes are hand-picked before under-going malolactic fermentation to extract vibrant fruit flavours and soft tannins.

Château Durand-Laplagne, Puisseguin St.-Emilion, Bordeaux 2018 £14.50 

"...scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and Chinese five spice with wafts of potpourri and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited in the mouth, it has firm, plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and perfumed.  91-93 points."  Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, RobertParker.com

Château Unang 'La Source', Ventoux 2018 £14.95

Intense, smoky nose, with primary red fruits, blackcurrant; and violets. A big, mouthfilling attack but still with a pleasing astringency and some spice.  Layered flavours and persistent tannins on the finish, this has lots of development ahead of it, superb.  RKL

Château Durand-Laplagne, Puisseguin St.-Emilion, Bordeaux 2016 £14.50 | Also in magnums, £29.50

"...a crisp bouquet with blackcurrant, mulberry and attractive floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin... with plenty of fresh black fruit mixed with cedar towards the finish. Very fine potential here. …" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Corbières 'Grande Cuvée', Caves de Castlemaure, Languedoc 2018 £14.95

The big sibling of our 'house' Corbières.  Plum fruits and spice from the 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache blend.  Additional oak ageing gives structure, depth and a full-bodied intensity.

Rioja Crianza, Valserrano, Bodegas de la Marquesas 2017 £14.95
"Bodegas de la Marquesa (Valserrano) is often described as a traditional producer, but its wines are not old-fashioned in the least. This smooth, floral textured Crianza combines Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American wood, and has fresh red berry fruit and notes of forest floor and fresh tobacco. 2020-24. 91 points." Tim Atkin MW, October 2019

2017 L'Oratoire Rouge, Domaine Saint Andrieu, Coteaux Varois en Provence £16.00

From Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, aged in older barrels from Talbot. Confiture fruit, plum, cassis, with some smokey-herbal and garrigue notes, some reductive gamey animal aromas too. Some tart, fresh cranberry or redcurrant at the end as well. Distinctly Mediterranean in style, fresh acidity, rustic tannins. A classy summer red for the garden and barbecues. RKL

Saumur Champigny, Thierry Germain, Domaine Roches Neuves, Loire Valley 2020 £18.20

Beautiful leafy Cabernet Franc on the nose, wonderful intensity and notes of redcurrants…Lovely soft entry with excellent concentration; fresh, ripe fruit, crunchy tannins with a beautiful vibrancy.  It’s a relatively light wine, but perfectly balanced.  Serve at ‘cellar temperature’.

Château Sénejac, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux 2016 £18.50

"Sénéjac is a very classy château located in the far south of the Haut-Médoc. Owned by the Cordier family, it is overseen by Alfred Tesseron and the team from Pontet Canet. A refined, biodynamic Bordeaux red, this compares favourably with more highly classified wines. Dark red and blue fruits with leafy notes, fine tannins and subtle oak. Will age extremely well.  Drinking Window 2021 - 2028. 93 points" Andy Howard MW, Decanter Magazine  

Château Unang 'La Croix' 2018, Ventoux £22.00 

"Certified organic. Grenache and Syrah. Their oldest Grenache vines, planted in 1960s on the highest terraces...Black Forest gâteau and some mushroom compost and sous bois on the nose. Carob, damsons, sloe berries all meshed into charcoal, dry tannins...The producers (James and Joanna King) describe Szechuan pepper, which is exactly right. Glows in the mouth, rubies and embers. Astounding balance for its alcoholic weight and the freshness runs like a cool, wild-herb-scented breeze right through the wine. 2020 - 2027. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (TC)

2016 Château Cambon La Pelouse, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux £19.50

"Closed right now, a good sign that this has the structure for ageing. This is a serious wine with spiced cassis and blackberry fruit, fresh acidities and plenty of tannins. Enjoyable, and an excellent example of the value and quality that can be found with the 2016 vintage. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot.  Drinking Window 2022 - 2036.  92 points."  Jane Anson, Decanter Jul 2020

Château Thivin Cote de Brouilly 'Les Sept Vignes', Beaujolais 2020 £22.50

"... aromas of ripe cassis, candied violets and plums…it’s medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, structured around fine-grained but chewy tannins and tangy balancing acids, with considerable depth and substance at the core. … 94 points" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (WK)

Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Domaine Hudelot-Baillet 2019 £23.50

Hudelot-Baillet is a rising star of Chambolle Musigny and their Hautes Côtes de Nuits is a wonderful introduction to a domaine of stunning premiers and grands crus. The 2019 is a tour de force of ripe, open fruit with the dark character and silky texture more often associated with Chambolle wines.

Château Lilian Ladouys, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe, Bordeaux £24.00

"Under the ownership of Jacky Lorenzetti, president of one of France’s top rugby clubs, this estate is now performing impressively. The wine is finely structured with dark tannins and tight acidity and a hint of minerality. It is Merlot-dominated, although it is the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that brings out the black-currant fruitiness. 93 points".  Wine Enthusiast 

Mercurey 1er Cru 'Clos des Grands Voyens', Domaine Jeannin-Naltet 2018 £26.00

A beautiful walled vineyard siteof 5 ha owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Earthy humus aromas, with beautiful dark black fruits. The balance earthy minerality and black fruit reminds me of Clos de Vougeot! Very well-balanced, with a great length. 2021 - 2027+. RKL

Le Petit Haut Lafitte (2nd wine of Château Smith Haut Lafitte) Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux 2014 £28.00

"Graphite, dark stone fruits, smoke, iron, tar, leather and incense are some of the notes that emerge from the 2014 Le Petit Haut Lafitte. Cabernet Sauvignon takes the leading role in a gorgeous second wine that captures the essence of this great site. A real sense of gravitas informs the powerful, vertical finish. This is another gorgeous showing from the team at Smith Haut Lafitte. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. 90-93 points."  Neal Martin, Apr 2015, www.vinous.com

 

 

Château Montlandrie, Castillon Côte de Bordeaux 2015 £27.50

"Flowers, black licorice, blackberries and minerals all rise to the surface. Transparent. Medium to full bodied, polished and ultra-fine. This is a wine guided for a long time by the owner of Pomerol’s l’Eglise Clinet. Regal. Drink now or hold.  94 points."  James Suckling, Feb 2018

Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2015 £33.00

"A rich nose of raspberry, crushed strawberry, blueberry, coconut, cedar and sweet spice. It’s medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins and fresh acidity. Creamy, balanced and layered with vibrant, spicy character. Long and polished. Drink or hold. 96 points" Jamessuckling.com

2019 Monthelie 'Sur La Velle' 1er Cru, Château de Monthelie, Domaine Eric de Suremain £36.00

The three-hectare premier cru 'Sur la Velle' is one of the best terroirs in Monthelie, extending onto the slopes of Volnay, 230-370 metres above sea level.   Yields for the 2019 were just 17hl/ha.  Matured in oak vats and barrels  for 18 months.  Intense violet, raspberry and some cherry on the nose, leading to a broad, full palate, with vibrant, energetic raspberry fruit and extremely supple tannins, which bring Volnay to mind.  Wonderfully open and approachable now, no sign of this wine 'closing' down, but with lots of potential for development.  RKL

Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Corvees', Domaine Tortochot, Burgundy 2018 £39.50

Fermented in stainless steel.  No new oak used in the elevage, all 1st year barrels.  Mid-intensity colour, aromas of cherry, kirsch, violets, raspberry and earth.  Much more expressive on the nose than in previous vintages (save perhaps for 2017).  Succulent fruit which fans out on the mid-palate, backed up by fresh acidity and structured tannins.  Length is excellent for this level. Vvv good! RKL

 

Château Prieure Lichine, Margaux, Bordeaux 2015 £45.00

Some very ripe dark-plum aromas with a wealth of sweet spices and earthy notes. The palate has an impressively rich, suave and smooth core of black fruit with a powerful palate that delivers concentrated and intense structure. This is superb Margaux. Try from 2022. 96 points."  James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2018

Château Phélan Ségur, Cru Bourgeoi, Saint-Estèphe 2006 £45.00

"...a little more oak on the nose compared to its peers, though it remains detailed with dried blood infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, saline in the mouth with moderate density, a gentle grip towards the graphite-tinged finish. Drink now and over the next 4-5 years."  Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2016

Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2002 £ 49.50

"Deep garnet colour, maturity on the rim, autumnal berries on the nose over cedary flavours, maturity showing with a quite rich middle palate that has retained a youthful acidity to lift the finish, overall an elegant Musar that will stay that way to 2030". Steven Spurrier, September 2019

Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, Bordeaux 2014 £ 60.00

"...blackberry, boysenberry, mint and graphite, well defined and focused. It does not have to try too hard to give so much pleasure. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very crisp acidity, beautifully proportioned with a veneer of top quality new oak that will need three or four years to be fully subsumed. But the purity and elegance of this Pauillac cannot be denied – a quite brilliant contribution to the 2014 vintage...2022 - 2050.  95 points."  Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

2012 Château Poujeaux, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis-en-Médoc, Bordeaux £35.00 NEW!

"This is a complex wine that's dry at the heart and powered with dark tannins. Slowly the juicy fruit shows through on the mid palate, yielding a wine that offers the potential of solid fruits and excellent acidity. "  Wine Enthusiast

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