A sister wine to the excellent Margaux property Ch d'Arsac, made to the same very high standard but coming from a vineyard just outside the Margaux appellation. 50/50 Merlot/Cabernet, the wine is perfumed and elegant, very nice to drink already, with room to improve in the coming 5 years. Highly recommended.
Has to be one of the best-value most impressive French red wines on the UK market. Special edition made for us by famed Chateauneuf grower Roger Sabon, the wine-maker is esteemed Didier Negron. Charmingly honest, hearty (15%!), herbal, dense and punchy, juicy red from the classic southern varieties of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault & friends. What a beauty, what a bargain. £99 a dozen = £8.25 a bottle.
Although full-bodied the wine has soft tannins and a silky texture - this is the beauty of Southern Rhone reds, ready to enjoy as soon as they're made, unlike Bordeaux or Burgundy. Grenache in this hot sunny heaven gives ripe raspberry and black cherry notes and depth, Syrah gives a classic black pepper spice and dark-chocolate grip. A cool fennel / mint edge and lift.
'Declassified' as Vin de France, but this is not a 'negoce' wine made from bought-in grapes: all the grapes come from Sabon estates, and winemaking is by Didier Negron, as per their top wines.
About Roger Sabon:
Domaine Roger Sabon came into being in 1952 when the family vineyards were split into three distinct entities (the other two being Domaine Chante-Cigale and Clos Mont Olivet).
Robert Parker, who awarded their 1988 vintage a perfect 100 rating, the first Chateauneuf-du-Pape so honoured, has this to say about Domaine Roger Sabon: “This estate has been at the top of its game for many years and any partisan of Rhone Valley wines… who has not yet tried a wine from Domaine Roger Sabon should make every effort to do so... This estate has been making exceptionally high-quality wines for years, but recent vintages seem to have risen to a new level of quality.”
Floral. Violet. Bright and almost tropical. Minerals galore. LOTS going on. Possibly THE GREATEST white wine value in the Roussillon. This is a rich white, but with a real linear focus and immense freshness (but never to crispy). Ideal with chicken and meaty fish. You really need to explore this cuvee if you’re getting bored with the classics and want a flavour shift. Its like a brilliant cross of the most elegant Rhone whites with a fine Riesling with great tension. But really, what you have here is a very special cuvee that is equal parts Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris (rare), Carignan Blanc (super rare) and Carignan Gris (off the scale rare!) from a single, co-planted site in one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world in the greatest and hardest working hands in the Roussillon, the hands of Daniel Laffite, DO NOT MISS.
This Roboul cuvée exudes fruit aromas in abundance with blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates and also garrigue notes. On the palate it's juicy, greedy, the material is fleshy and velvety. There is a perfect balance between alcohol and acidity and we end with a striking freshness! It's a marvelous entry!
Natural, biodynamic and vegan. 50% each Grenache and Carignan from old vines, made without filtering or fining. Red fruit, cherries, juicy with a slightly earthy quality, almost carob-esque. Great drinking.
Sweet black cherry nose, liquorice, brambly fruit, light tannins, bright and juicy. Forward, early drinking, hugely accessible. Ch Mazeyres is a large estate by Pomerol standards, stretching to nearly 30 hectares.
Les Barraillots is a rare Cru Artisan to have its vineyard in the village of Margaux itself. It was obtained from Palmer and Durfort in 1928 and 1933. The vineyard, made up of permeable gravel is among the highest elevations in the commune. The varietal mix is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot and the planting is very dense. The average vine age is 40 years with a few rows of 90 year old Petit Verdot. Harvesting is done manually and the wine is aged in barrels (a third new) for eighteen months.
From vineyards across the Garonne river from Sauternes. Similar style, less expensive. Full burnished gold, not particulalry aromatic, syrupy, nice apricoty baked apple flavours , decent oak grip and acid.
Gold Medal at the 2016 Bourg International Wine Challenge
A bouquet with notes of blueberry and vanilla. A well-structured, full-bodied palate, well-coated tannins and still full of freshness. Nuanced and persistent, its finish confirms its great potential.
High Cabernet Sauvignon content. Moderate ruby, purple colour. Coffee, mocha like aromas with ripe red and black cherries. Fruit driven, powerful, rich, creamy, structured, dense. Precise, linear tannin. Fresh red fruits and mocha on the finish..
Tiny house in the famous village of Cumieres in the Marne valley. Pinot-dominated like most wines from this village, it's deep copper/gold and wonderfully peachy and lush, explosively juicy, and cracking value.
Ch Coutet is a wonderful dessert wine producer, where the sweetness and acidity are in perfect balance, allowing the wine to age as well as offer instnat pleasure. A very classy wine to complete the perfect dinner.
Nicely mature Pomerol made from 95% Merlot. Plummy,vanilla nose with velvety tannins and ripe bright fruit. Great with steak.
From south-facing slopes at Château Ferrand, this generous wine has a beautiful deep pomegranate colour and typical scents of violets, ripe plums, cherries and blackcurrants. There is plenty going on besides these fruity and floral notes, with suggestions of cedar, old leather, truffles and coffee beans roasting.
In the mouth, there's a delicious, silky smoothness of elegant and perfumed fruit, with, again, supporting flavours of coffee and herbs, with supple tannins in a long, satiny finish.
The Guimberteau family has owned the Château Franc-Baudron estate since 1923. This is a vineyard on a human scale where each generation has left its footprint on the family heritage.
Since 2010, the new generation of Château Franc-Baudron has embarked on an environmental approach by converting the entire vineyard to organic farming. The area hosts bee-hives, uses plants for treatments (horsetail, nettle and ferns) and seeds flowers to encourage biodiversity of wildlife in the vines.
They have begun implementing new winemaking techniques by using minimal inputs to express at its best the nature of the grapes and the type of soil. Most of the family’s plots of Montagne Saint-Emilion are located on a clay-limestone plateau.
Bright and intense in colour with aroams of blackcurrant, blackberry and oak notes.Well balanced, powerful and velvety.
Les Fourneaux is a Premier Cru vineyard site on the eastern edge of Chablis. The vineyard is named for its warm microclimate (fourneaux means "furnace" in French), and the Chablis wines produced here have ripe, tropical flavours alongside their intense minerality.