From a small 7ha vineyard on the plain just below the town of Saint-Emilion, owned by the Gagnaire brothers. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Bright deep ruby, with appealing aromas of plum, blackberry and vanilla. Charming body, very drinkable young, but well balanced between acidity and tannins, with lots of pretty fruit.
This 65ha estate in Lirac is managed by Ann Paly and her brother Christian, whose family have owned the domaine since the 17th century. They make Lirac and Tavel as well as this great value Cotes du Rhone made from mainly Grenache and Syrah on clay and limestone soils. Dark fruits and more savoury elements appear on the nose while the palate is fresh, darkly fruity with a spicy, liquorice finish. Excellent value.
Deep purple colour, rich notes of blackberry and cocoa, plump palate with ripe soft tannins.
45% Merlot - 21% Cabernet Franc - 19% Cabernet Sauvignon - 15% Malbec An assortment of grape varietiesthat clearly illustrates this propertys hillsides origin of the terroir. Its blend makes it a unique Bordeaux wine.
Vineyards are planted on slopes, facing south-south-west, on the right bank of the Garonne river, which receives a great amount of sunshine and this ideally mitigates proximity to the river (it also benefits from the bend in the Garonne). Slopes are comprised of limestone covered with shingly gravel soils at their peaks, clay-limestone mid-slope and fine gravel mixed with silica at the foot of these slopes, enabling Merlot grapes not to surpass their phenolic balance and allowing Cabernets to reach their full potential. Malbec produces quite low yields here, but this is compensated by its role in the final blend, bringing smoothness and spicy notes.
The 12 hectare vineyard of Chateau Faizeau is planted to 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The entire vineyard is one large block of vines. The terroir is a mix of sand, clay and limestone soils.
On average, the vines are close to 50 years of age. However, the vineyard has some of the oldest vines in the Right Bank. The oldest vines survived the devastating frost of 1956. In fact, they have vines that are more than 100 years of age, as they were planted all the way back in 1911!
More than just old vines, their hillside terroir is on perhaps the highest elevation in the appellation. The vineyard, located on the hill of Calon hits 89 meters at its peak.
Dark violet colour, well complimented by rich aromas of dark fruits, plum and blackberry, with notes of spice and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied and full of fruit flavours- blackcurrant, even a hint of dark chocolate. Warm tannins and a fine finish.
Delicious, pure, pale and elegant Garnacha from old vines close to Valencia on the family-owned estate run by Lucia Serratosa and her team. Pale ruby, floral and fruity nose, juicy soft tannins and ripe berry fruit. Very moreish.
This is Rioja at its precocious youthful best, with intense raspberry and black cherry fruit overlayed with a flourish of vanilla and coconut from 4 months in American oak. It is beautifully balanced with medium weight and cushioned by fine grain tannins." Ted Sandbach
Vivid black-purple, all the tarry plum-skin beauty of Syrah with cinnamon and a bit of vanilla oak, best of all a proudly generous portion of ripe tannin to hold it all together. Genius. You'd never find a Barossa Shiraz this good at the price!
An almost forgotten but traditional and timeless blend of Shiraz and Riesling. With aromas of rose petals, lifted red fruits and a little lime marmalade derived from co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling.
Deep red in colour with youthful violet hints, the wine has aromas of rose petals, lifted red fruits and a hint of lime marmalade from the co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries and balanced, spicy oak make for an opulent palate, with velvety tannins and an intriguing finish.