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Picpoul De Pinet Domaine Delsol, Languedoc 2019 £10.25

A delicious, single estate example of this fashionable Languedoc white. It combines the lovely ripe fruit of the South with a fresh acidity normally associated with more northerly wines and is great with food or drunk on its own.

Muscadet Vieilles Vignes, 'Fief Du Retail', Gobin Freres, Loire Valley 2019 £11.95

Christophe and Cedric Gobin's Vieilles Vignes is from 40-100 year old vines on an outcrop of 'gabbro', a basalt-like rock, known for giving richness.  Ageing on the lees for a few months adds texture and slightly smoky, savoury notes to compliment the green-apple fruits. Bone-dry, it works brilliantly with fish and salads, a wonderful all-rounder.

Vermentino, Antonio Camillo, Toscana 2019/20 £12.50

"Former roaming consultant and now highly respected artisan producer in his own right, Antonio Camillo works exclusively with native varieties from small plots of old vines in the Maremma. His Vermentino is a wine of great personality with a deep straw shade, aromas of fully ripe grape, and tangy naturalness on the palate.  94 points."  Decanter Magazine, June (ed.) 2020

 

 

Txomin Etxaniz, D.O. Getariako Txakolina 2020 £14.50

Classic Basque country white for pairing with seafood.  Pale lemon with light green hues. Slightly sparkling with refreshing acidity. Aromas of fresh citrus fruits and white blossom, flavours of crisp green apple, pear and zingy lemon on the palate.

Mâcon-Bussières, 'Les Vieux Puits', Domaine Thierry Drouin, Burgundy 2020 £14.75

Like our previous 'house' white burgundy (Denuzillier's Mâcon-Solutre) this is from a domaine in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé producing region, based in Vergisson.   The vines themselves are in the neighbouring village of Bussieres and the wine is aged for 8 months in 500L oak casks, giving a slightly more structured character on the palate than the Solutre.

Albarino, Terras Gauda, San Campio, Rias Baixas, Galicia,Spain 2019 £14.95

The new vintage, just arrived for summer, this is very intense with wonderful fruit concentration, showing grapefruit-citrus on the nose and palate and a saline character which would make it perfect with Aldeburgh crab and other seafoods.

Viognier Collines Rhodaniennes, Louis Clerc 2020 £16.95

A very high quality Viognier from a small domaine producing Condrieu.  The vines are within the Condrieu AOC but this wine is classified as a humble 'Collines Rhodaniennes', making it exceptional value.

Pinot Blanc 'Auxerrois' Albert Mann, Alsace, France 2018 £16.80

Pinot Blanc is the ‘Frenchman’s house wine’, being fresh and dry yet with enough body to match with food as well as being a delicious aperitif. Albert Mann, a small estate in Wettolsheim near Colmar, has been certified organic since 2010 and this Pinot has more richness than many.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Alain Chavy 2018 £17.80

A ripe but mineral Bourgogne Chardonnay from Alain Chavy, who owns a 7 hectare domaine in Puligny-Montrachet.  Beautiful fruit-purity, with just a small amount of oak (10% new) and - best of all - a hint of flint on the palate and struck-match aroma on the nose, marking it out as a 'baby-Puligny'.

Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos Carbonade' Domaine Borgeot 2019 £18.50 NEW ARRIVAL

Clos de la Carbonnade is from single vineyard in Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise.  Old vines and the terroir of Bouzeron lend this wine a seriousness and freshness that takes it way above its appellation of Bourgogne Blanc.  The vines are at the highest point of Bouzeron, at 300m, on clay soils.  A nose of white flowers with aromas of pear and juniper berries. The freshness brings balance. Taut, it combines both fruit and mineral finesse and concentration. 

Dönnhoff Riesling QBA Trocken (Dry), Nahe, Germany 2018 £19.50

Helmut Dönnhoff is one of Germany's most famous and respected winemakers.  His 20 hectare estate in the Nahe produces some of the world's finest examples of riesling.  From the volcanic soils of the Felsenburg vineyard.  11.5% abv.

Terre de Silex, Coteaux Giennois, Domaine Berthiers, Loire 2019 £19.50

Fresh, delicate ozone-mineral aromas on the nose, ripe stone fruit and passion fruit, blackcurrant leaf notes adding to the impression of freshness. Great intensity and weight on mid-palate, with very good balancing acidity to off-set the ripeness of the fruit character.

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, New Zealand 2019 £24.00

The best ever vintage of this great wine.  New oak evident at first on nose and palate, but the fruit pushed through this admirably and continues to assert itself.  Pithy citrus and candied stone fruits on the nose, balanced by green and red apple flavours on the palate.  Very fine texture, great length.

Santenay 'Sous La Roche', Domaine Bachey-Legros 2017/18 £27.50

The 'Sous La Roche' lieu-dit is a small vineyard, less than half a hectare, quite high up on the slopes above the village of Santenay. Full-bodied with a creamy texture from oak maturation.  RKL

Muscat 'Goldert' Grand Cru, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2018 £29.50 

"Smoky, funky reduction still completely clouds this wine's nose. Underneath that, slight notions of honeysuckle and citrus can be discerned. The bone-dry palate speaks of rounded richness, despite its relative slenderness, but a core of lemony brightness bathes everything in freshness. Tender spice and citrus zestiness tingle on the long finish and promise future joy. Drink 2025–2040. 94 points."  Wine Enthusiast Magazine Oct 2020

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018, Thierry Pillot £26.00

Subtle oak aromas and citrus with some hazelnut notes on the nose. The palate is quite structured with perhaps some white grape tannins, fresh acidity and a chalky and saline character all pointing to Chassage as the origin of the fruit. 

Soave 'La Rocca', Pieropan 2018 £30.00

"100% Garganega, from the La Rocca vineyard on chalky soil at 200m-300m, where the grapes are smaller and thicker-skinned, and picked when very ripe. Full of restrained, fresh apricot fruit in a kind of Marsanne-Roussanne style. Lemon-leaf freshness, dried banana and the toastiness of the oak on the nose, silky and delicate with moderate yet refreshing acidity; vibrant and imperceptibly tannic.  Drinking Window 2020 - 2040.  95 points."  Aldo Fiorelli, Decanter Magazine

Pouilly-Fuissé, Domaine J.A. Ferret 2018 £32.50

"Aromas of ripe white orchard fruit and citrus zest introduce rich and nicely voluminous middle weight flavors that possess a succulent and mouth coating palate impression, all wrapped in a sneaky long if mildly warm finish. This should drink well relatively early yet also repay a few years of keeping." Allen Meadows, Burghound Oct 2019

Santenay Blanc ' Les Gravières' 1er Cru Domaine Michelot 2016 £35.00

One of the most respected domaines in Meursault, Michelot make beautifully saline and mineral white wines in a modern, terroir-driven style. This delicious premier cru Santenay has a bit of bottle age and is drinking brilliantly.

Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Enseignères', Domaine Jean Pascal 2018 £ 42.50
‘Les Enseignères is a single-vineyard, a lieu-dit but not a premier cru. Pithy, ‘cisele’ and with abundant orchard fruit, red apple and peach, very much in JP style, with the focused, precise style we associate with wines from this domaine. Excellent continuation on palate. As ever with 18s, not a hint of anything overipe or hot. V good. 

Meursault 'Les Grands Charrons', Domaine Michelot 2018 £45.00

'Les Grands Charrons' is a lieu-dit, on a slope with three different subsoils; from yellow clay, to small rocks, to hard limestone. Mineral, iodine freshness on the nose, salty, some reductive notes, singing beautifully.  Tremendous length, provided by the saline character, but with underlying concentrated fruit too. 

Chassagne-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Borgeot, 2018 £ 45.00
"Well-integrated matchstick reduction with vivid green-apple fruit and a smoky, toasty finish.  Stylish and generous with a long, pithy persistence. Should age well. Drink 2020 – 2030."  jancisrobinson.com (RH)

Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Folatières' 1er Cru, Domaine Alain Chavy 2016 £55.00

Refined mineral aromas and some smokiness on the nose with a sea-side ozone freshness…Lime zest, acacia and hazelnut on the palate, with a fresh lemon pith texture. Minerality gives the wines its length on the palate, accompanied by long, persistent fruit.

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