winner of 2 stars in the Guide Hachette 2021, A wine with presence and shows it from the bouquet, open on aromas of blackberry, raspberry and violet. Aromas that continue in a full and silky mouth, with chiseled tannins.
The woodiness blends admirably into the material and brings additional roundness.
The finish, of great class, confirms this amiable, almost airy style, which does not exclude the power.
An opulent Champagne with the perfect balance of freshness and generosity, from the smallest and arguably the best of the Grande Marques.
The Brut Réserve NV is a radiant pale gold colour with fine, persistent bubbles. The nose is characterised by complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango, greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky-smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. There is perfect balance of freshness and generosity.
Jancis Robinson MW 18.5/20 "Electrically reverberant... Very complex and uncompromising...Dense and savoury. Intellectual wine! "
Wine Advocate 97/100
showing superbly, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles confit citrus, peach and dried papaya with nuances of iodine, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a rich and layered core that's underpinned by serious structure and tension, concluding with a long and precise finish. This is one of the finest wines Billecart has released in the last decade, and it is well worth seeking out.
A blend of around 40% Pinot noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier, Brut Premier comprises wine matured in oak tuns produced from three Champagne grape varieties that originate from various crus selected by Louis Roederer. It is aged for 3 years in Louis Roederer’s cellars and left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging).
"The freshness, finesse, and brightness of Brut Premier make it the perfect wine for festive occasions. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic."
Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master
Jancis Robinson MW "Well done!" Parker's Wine Advocate "One of Champagne's finest houses, Pol Roger produces among the most consistent ranges of all the Grandes Marques. The style is full-bodied and elegantly fleshy, dominated by Pinot Noir... the maison privileges its NV Brut Réserve - and indeed, while many non-vintage Bruts fluctuate in quality, Pol Roger's "white foil" bottling is both remarkably reliable and long-lived—which ranks as one of the region's best values."
This Meursault comes entirely from Bouchard's own 6.6 hectares of vines towards the north of the Meursault appellation. I found all the 2019 Meursaults from Bouchard (and they make 8 different ones!) absolutely delicious, with a polish and finesse tot he intense fruit concentration. Roasted nuts (almond, hazelnut) on the nose, in the mouth it is soft, full, round and fleshy, powerful. Expresses richness and fullness without the slightest heaviness. Serve with fish, white meat, goat's cheese.
Americans Denise and Stephen Adams have owned this lovely property in Pomerol since 2007 and it still makes me smil when I think 'this chateau is owned by The Adams Family'. They also own Ch Fonplegade in Saint-Emilion, invest heavily in organic farming, excellent barrels and equipment and know how. The wine is quintessential Pomerol, heady and rich but lithe and fresh too. Ready to drink and will keep for the rest of the decade.
Owned by the Gerardin family since the beginning of the 20th Century this dessert wine comes from the Monbazillac region of South West France. Similar grapes varieties and conditions to Sauternes are experienced in Monbazillac, with the development of noble rot in late autumn.
Old vines of 50+ years are used to make this golden aromatic dessert wine which shows botrytis aromas of smoke, marmalade, honey. A good but not very high level of residual sugar and bright acidity make for a delicious and easy to drink wine to match with fruit desserts, pastries and blue cheeses.
Simply wonderful aged tawny port from the masters of the style, Graham's. Aromas of coffee, caramel and mulberry dominate the nose and there is a lovely ruby colour in the centre of the tawny, showing that it is young and fruity. Great dessert wine.
CWM Rating First Class. Light smoke and meat on nose. Grafite again. Black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla... really velvety in the mouth. Smoke, plum, medium plus mellowing tannin. Medium plus body. Well balanced.
5 stars (95 points) Platter's 2021 South African Wine Guide - "Cape classic released a year later than Paul Sauer, needing time to show its best. Dark & brooding 2016 has aristocratically austere edge to its cassis & cigarbox notes & full-flavoured generosity. Absorbs 50% new oak easily; big tannins not even formidable in youth."
International Wine & Spirits Awards (IWSC) 2010 Sherry Trophy winner. Gonzalez Byass is also the 2010 IWSC Winemaker of the Year.
“Mid amber bronze in colour. Arresting scents of damp woodlands, earl grey tea, bitter orange, dried cherry and caramel. Classic Palo Cortado dry style with a hint of sweetness which shows how this can be easily become a superb dessert wine.” IWSC 2017 Gold
This Amontillado Muy Viejo has more than 30 years of ageing in oak barrels giving it an intense concentration and complexity. Dry in taste with hints of cedar, leather, walnuts and a lingering, nutty finish. It is a great partner for roast beef, hearty casseroles, game or mature Cheddar cheese.
“Aromatic and intoxicating, offering toasted almonds, caramel, dried figs and coffee bean. Dense and rich yet tight and precise. Extraordinary.” IWC 2019 Gold
30 years of ageing gives Matusalem its dark colour and molasses quality, with intense dried fruit and nut flavours. This extensive period of aging gives the wine a dark colour and notes of dates and raisins.
“Fantastically fresh with real intensity. Marmalade and herb richness balanced with tangy notes and citrus freshness. Complex and unctuous finishes to fresh.” IWC 2019 Gold, Cream Sherry Trophy Winner
"The 2017 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from a Grand Cru site in the Santa Maria Valley and was fermented and aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. This Burgundian beauty gives up lots of caramelized citrus, toasted bread, and spice-driven aromatics and shows medium-bodied richness on the palate, with bright acidity and some classic Santa Maria salinity and seaside-like nuances. You can drink bottles today, yet they'll also keep for over a decade."
Jeb Dunnock 94pts
One of Australia's greatest Shirazes, from a vineyard first planted in 1912.
"The classic Edelstone aromatic profile - sage, bay leaves, pepper both black and Sichuan. Blacker fruits on the palate, rubbed sage and fine cedar too. There’s a lovely momentum to this, an elegant flow across the palate finishing with the gentle grip of fine brick dust tannins. A spectacular Edelstone, one of the greats."
Nick Ryan. The Australian. May 2021
Comes in a presentation box.
Ben Glaetzer sources the fruit for this exceptional wine from the Ebenezer subdistrict of the Barossa. The vines are between 50 and 130 years old, and as a result play a significant role in hot dry years like this one. It’s intensely concentrated yet beautifully smooth and textural. The oak and fruit balance is spot on with the tannins sitting comfortably within. It’s a 100% new oak contribution of largely French, and the fruit has absorbed it perfectly. Bottled unfiltered.
Rolly-Gassmann is a domaine like no other and has a unique style. It is located at Rorschwihr, a sleepy village on the northern rim of Haut-Rhin. The vineyards are located in Rorschwihr and the neighbouring Rodern and Bergheim. The wines are small masterpieces with very good definition. They all carry the signature of Rolly-Gassmann, a certain shameless, velvety sweetness. The fruit is rich and manages to balance the fruit with a vibrant acidity to form wines that melt on the palate.
"Enticing combination of reserved freshness and bewitching ripeness here. Dried rose petals, stems, black tea, orange peel, steak tartare and tobacco simmer at the surface. The full-bodied palate has a complete but never overbearing feel, in that the tannins are fine-grained and precise, tracing an elegant positioning of subtle berries and cherries. Suave and polished. Drink now." 95 Points jamessuckling.com
Oz Clarke 96 points (2014 vintage) "Wonderfully exhilarating Garnacha from the fringes of Priorat. It has shimmering blackcurrant and apple flesh fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a slap of herbs, and yet you can still taste the heat in the grapes."
Truly outstanding Garnacha.
We're very excited about this stunning new release from our friends at Il Palazzone. Please see below notes from their site:
"2020 sees the release of a small bottling of 2000 liters of Brunello made from fruit exclusively from this special vineyard. Vintage 2015 is the first Le Due Porte Brunello. 2000 liters represents under half of the wine made from these 1.24 hectares (3 acres).
Le Due Porte is 540 metres above sea level. Budbreak is later here, often avoiding issues with late frosts and snow. Ripening is slow and constant. The soil profile preserves humidity; important when making a wine such as Brunello that does not contemplate irrigation. Alberese has high levels of calcium carbonate which favors acidity, aided and abetted by the slower ripening and later harvest due to the exposition and altitude.
We generally pick Le Due Porte as much as two weeks after our vineyards in Castelnuovo dell’Abate and are often amongst the last in Montalcino to harvest. The grapes develop organoleptic complexity from that extra hang-time and from the pronounced difference between day and night temperatures. In fact the altitude guarantees extreme thermal excursion even in hotter years which is wonderful for aromatic development.
Over the last two decades we have seen, year after year, a pronounced character emerge in the fruit from this vineyard, a wine that maintains the typical structure of a Brunello vecchio stampo and epitomises finesse and elegance."