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Produced from beautiful organic Muscat grapes grown on a great schist terroir with a top-soil of schistous marl in the commune of Tautavel, facing south-east. The grapes are composed of 80% Muscat Petits Grains and 20% Muscat d'Alexandrie. Yields are very low at around 20 hl/ha.
A manual harvest takes place in the morning, when the grapes have an alcoholic potential of 14.5°/15°. Very long direct pressing, at low pressure, followed by coarse settling overnight in the open air. Fermentation takes place in vat, at a temperature of 20-23°C. It is stopped by mutage with certified organic neutral alcohol (representing a maximum of 10% of the final volume). Aging takes place on fine lees, in closed stainless steel vats, sheltered from oxidation.
This is the finest and freshest Muscat de Rivesaltes we've found. We are very happy to be shipping this great example from the finest of growers to the UK.
Outstanding Vin Santo produced from half Trebbiano and half Malvasia trained to guyot and grown organically in San Casciano Val di Pesa, Argiano at an altitude of 300m. The grapes were hand-picked on September 20th 2017 and were placed on bamboo racks to dry for four months until they were gently pressed the following January and run off to ferment and breed on 110l 'Caratelli' barrels for the next five years. The wine was bottled in Febuary 2023.
Only 436 37.5cl bottles were produced in total. The wine came out at 13.5 % abv with a residual sugar level of 290 g/l and a total acidity of 6.3 g/l.
You know you are on to something special when Monica Larner of erobertparker.com writes of the wine "This is an extremely precious production of just 400 bottles (tiny 375-milliliter bottles), and I am honored to review this wine....an excellent and precious Vin Santo del Chianti Classico".
We feel very honoured to have 60 of these truly wonderful little bottles to share with you.
The 2018 vintage was challenging year in the Douro, with winter drought, heavy rain in spring and a summer heatwave presenting challenges. However, cooler weather during the harvest resulted in wines with balance and good acidity. Though yields were low, the quality was well-regarded.
After five years in large oak vats in Grahams Port Lodge in Porto, the wine was bottled. Tasting notes include: blackberry, blackcurrant, black plum, dried mint leaf, eucalyptus, liquorice, cocoa and white pepper.
While the fortified wine within is in the classic Grahams LBV style, the packaging has been revamped.
The new bottle is 18% lighter than previous Grahams LBV bottles, weighing 450 grams. The house previously launched its Six Grapes Reserve Ruby Port in the same, lighter bottle in a bid to reduce carbon emissions from shipping.
This famous Port house's best vineyard makes great wines with distinctive aromas of mint and violet with intense concentration and fine peppery tannins. Dow's is owned by the Symington family, Port producers for five generations since 1882,
Red with violet tones, bright and very expressive. Red mature fruits like plum and cherry and black fruits like dry figs. A spicy aroma characteristic from the Malbec of Cafayate. Vainillas, chocolate and caramel aromas from the oak aging. Palate: with a sweet and harmonic entry and a balanced acidity. Firm tannins, long finish and persistence
Traditional Douro grape varieties
An appealing amber colour. Rich and fragrant nose, with prevailing aromas of dried fruit elegantly wrapped in notes of spice. Smooth and silky in the mouth, it reveals remarkable structure and body. A delicate wine defined by an elegance that extends into a prolonged finish.
Intense aged Fino, laced with scents of the sea and profound flor aromas. Clean and fresh, with a slight taste of tangy yeast.
An excellent aperitif or accompaniment to tapas such as ham, almonds or cheese. Try it also with seafood, sushi and sashimi.
An appealing golden colour, with an amber rim. Elegant and complex, it shows aromas of spice, with prevailing notes of dried fruit and elegant hints of wood and honey. Smooth and round on the palate, it shows complexity amidst intense flavours of dried fruit. An excellent finish.
Croft is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded of all the Port houses. Founded in 1588, it is also the oldest.
The rich and powerful 2003 is a fine example of this excellent vintage. Sweet, aromatic and impactful, with a ripe, sumptuous palate and supple, rounded tannins.
Château Suduiraut, Premier Cru Classé in 1855, is one of the great historic vineyards of Sauternes. A rigorous selection in the vineyard and in the cellars ensures the production of Château
Suduirauts wines, which are the accomplished expression of this exceptional terroir.
A wonderful golden yellow in color, Lions de Suduiraut offers a nose with notes of lychee, star fruit and rose, leading into candied fruit and mild spices. On the palate is has a fleshy character, with energy. Aromas of very ripe yellow fruit, candied orange and acacia honey provide great generosity. The finish is clean with a touch of minerality and pleasant bitterness, enhancing the favour of fruit.
Any fresher and I'd have to spank it. Wildly exuberant, the flavours veer from petals to grapefruit, musk to gooseberry. I'd like to say frivolous but it's actually very bloody serious!
jancisrobinson.com of a previous vintage:
Delightfully grapey nose. Utterly fragrant without being OTT. Scented with orange flower water. Cool and juicy and so charming.
The Wine Advocate
G.D. Vajra earns top scores for its perfectly designed portfolio of Piedmont wines. Well balanced against various price points (and all very reasonable), the estate offers excellent high-end Barolos from single vineyards, the super accessible and charming Barolo Albe, and a whole range of lower-end wines that are all creative in terms of graphics and design and extremely innovative in terms of winemaking, blends and overall approach. The G.D. Vajra portfolio should be a model for all sorts of up-and-coming wineries.
Very Limited presentation to commemorate Cambridge Wine Merchants' 30th Anniversary, presented in a cream and gold Ramos Pinto 30 Year Old branded box with exclusive CWM 30th Anniversary branding.
Amber coloured with orange and garnet tones. The delicate green highlights of the meniscus is characteristic of old cask-aged wines and illustrates the quality and advanced age of this fine port. This complex, perfectly balanced port shows rich aromas of dried fruit and vanilla. Agitate the glass and spice aromas of cinnamon and cocoa are liberated. In the mouth, the attack is fresh, fine and delicate. Ripe, dried fruit softly emerges with almond and hazelnut, culminating in vanilla flavours which linger gracefully on the palate. Appreciate this elegant Port at the close of a fine meal with good friends.It should be served at 15º- 19ºC.
"The 2003 Taylors has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade...The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage"
95 points Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
More classic Sauternes style. Rich stone fruits, a smoky backbone, and a syrupy finish. Declared a 1er Cur Classé at the 1855 Sauternes and Barsac Classification, Château Coutet has been producing wine since 1643. Boasting both the largest vineyard in Barsac (thirty-eight-and-a-half hectares) as well as the largest cellar (110 meters), Château Coutet has been owned by the Baly family since 1977 and managed by Aline Baly since 2009.
Attractive cassis nose with powerful, concentrated fruit aromas. Fresh, rich, firm and full of fruit including, dark berries and chocolate. A wine with good body, structure and length. Single Quinta wines need decanting as they are usually a decade old, and will throw a sediment as they age. Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, along with rich flavoured cheeses such as Silton and dried fruits.
This is a wine with a very attractive nose, reminiscent of blackberries and violets. It is still very firm in the mouth with masses of tannins, and intensely rich, succulent fruit. Graham's 1991 Vintage is of superb quality, showing great promise for long-term ageing.
100% Grenache Noir, harvested from various vineyards in the Roussillon is then partially fermented and spirit added to create a port like red wine, but with softer tannins and lower alcohol 16%. Sweet, fruity and a joy with chocolate.
"It smells a little like freshly polished, old teak and mahogany furniture in a huge room full of echoing ancient flagstone floors. But oh, oh, oh, the taste! Blackberry jam. Blackberry jam lavishly heaped on oh-so-slightly-burnt nutty, seedy, dark-rye bread. There is a scrape of tannins; they feel like a piece of broken pottery gently grazed across the tongue. But I keep coming back to that luscious swirl of pure, intensely blackberry fruit, that has seduced me to weak-kneed compliance". Tamlyn Currin on jancisrobinson.com