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Domaine Lemoule, Coulanges-La-Vineuse Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France 2022

Domaine Lemoule, Coulanges-La-Vineuse Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France 2022

The Wine.

100% Pinot Noir, unoaked and bursting with vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit. Silky smooth, easy drinking at 12.5% abv but with a tension and freshness that makes it incredibly more-ish. This 2022 shows real depth and complexity, it is spot on for drinking this Christmas, and, a conveniently good match for roast Turkey.

The Domaine.

Established in 1950 by Jean Lemoule, Domaine Lemoule is now run by his grandson Steve along with his father and two siblings. The family own some of the best 'lieu-dits' in the appellation and manage the estate along sustainable lines. Since Steve took over 20 years ago, he has perfected a style of vinification that aims to bring roundness and fruit to the wines, without losing their crucial freshness - not always easy in these cool northern climes.

The Appellation.

Coulanges la Vineuse is one of the most northerly villages in Burgundy, located just to the west of Chablis. Vines have been cultivated here since the 2nd century, and, pre-phylloxera, covered some 1000 hectares with no less than 247 vintners and 17 coopers. Today just 150 hectares remain planted, with ten growers in operation. The terroir though is outstanding and as such this relatively unknown appellation produces some exceptionally good value reds.

Offered: November 2023.

Alcohol: 12.5%.

Drinking window: 2023 – 2028.

Food matching: Delicious with roast turkey, roast duck, or mid-strength hard cheeses such as Brebis Napoléon.

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Chateau de Braude, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux 2018

Chateau de Braude, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux 2018

The Wine.

A vibrant, fruit forward and complex Bordeaux from the great 2018 vintage. Expect cassis, blueberries, cedar and leather; fine grained tannins and a fresh, more-ish finish. Seriously delicious now but can age through to 2030.

The Estate.

The estate was founded by the Bernaleau family in 1983 and covers 8 hectares in the heart of the Haut-Médoc. It was awarded Cru Bourgeois status in 2003 and more recently the family's dedication to sustainability was recognised with the HEV certification (High Environmental Value).

The Appellation.

The Haut-Médoc lies on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary and is home to the famous Bordeaux communes of St-Estèphe, St-Julien, Margaux and Pauillac. Within these smaller appellations you will find some of the world's finest wines, but if you are looking for serious Left Bank Claret at a more manageable price, the Haut-Médoc appellation itself is the place to look - here you will find some of the best value wines in Bordeaux.

Offered: October 2023.

Alcohol: 13.5%.

Drinking window: 2023 – 2030.

Food matching: Sunday roasts and hard sheep’s cheeses such as Brébis Napoleon or aged Pecorino.

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Fresne Ducret 'Les Nouveaux Explorateurs' Premier Cru Champagne NV

Fresne Ducret 'Les Nouveaux Explorateurs' Premier Cru Champagne NV

'Grower' Champagnes offer some of the highest quality and best value drinking in the region, but are still something of a well kept secret in the UK.

Made from grapes grown by the producers themselves (not bulk bought like the big brand equivalents), these are hand-crafted, single estate wines that would sell for a lot more if they could match the marketing power of the big Champagne houses.

The Fresne Ducret 'Les Nouveaux Explorateurs' Premier Cru NV is an outstandingly good example, with that perfect balance of ripe fruit, rich, brioche-like yeastiness and crisp (but not too crisp!) acidity.

The Fresne family have been growing grapes in Champagne for 7 generations. Their vines are in the 1er Cru village of Villedommange, near Reims, and today it is Pierre Fresne who oversees the whole operation - from vineyard management through to the dosage, riddling and final corking.

The resulting Champagnes are a testament to the family's meticulous production methods and the quality of the domaine's Premier Cru terroir.

Offered: November 2023.

Alcohol: 12%.

Drinking window: 2023 – 2030.

Food matching: Excellent as an aperitif but even better with smoked salmon or potted shrimp.

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Nages Liberty Blanc, France NV

Nages Liberty Blanc, France NV

The Wine.

The Nages Liberty white is a sort of declassified Costières de Nîmes in that the blend contains a small amount of Colombard, a grape not allowed in Costières de Nîmes AOC wines. As a result, it is labelled as a simple non-vintage Vin de France. Unoaked, minerally and zesty with delicate aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit and tangerine

The Estate.

Château de Nages has been in the same family for four generations and under current owner and winemaker, Michel Gassier, it has become one of the leading estates in the Costières de Nîmes. They farm organically and as sustainably as possible, keeping the use of copper fungicides to a minimum (although they are allowed in organic farming) and grazing sheep on the land between October and March to fertilise the soil, keep weeds under control and avoid compaction of the soil caused by tractors.

The Appellation.

Costières de Nîmes is a small region in southern France where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean. It boasts enviable growing conditions, with plenty of sun, a plateau of well drained pebbly ground and the Mistral breeze acting as a natural fungicide by keeping the air moving among the vines.

Offered: September 2023.

Alcohol: 12.5%.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2024.

Food matching: Summer salads, grilled fish or young hard cheeses.

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Nages Liberty Rouge, Vin de France NV

Nages Liberty Rouge, Vin de France NV

The Wine.

The Nages Liberty red is a sort of declassified Costières de Nîmes in that the blend contains a small amount of Merlot, a grape not allowed in Costières de Nîmes AOC wines. As a result, it is labelled as a simple non-vintage Vin de France. Lively, fruity and delicately balanced it is an easy drinking beauty at just 12.5% abv.

The Estate.

Château de Nages has been in the same family for four generations and under current owner and winemaker, Michel Gassier, it has become one of the leading estates in the Costières de Nîmes. They farm organically and as sustainably as possible, keeping the use of copper fungicides to a minimum (although they are allowed in organic farming) and grazing sheep on the land between October and March to fertilise the soil, keep weeds under control and avoid compaction of the soil caused by tractors.

The Appellation.

Costières de Nîmes is a small region in southern France where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean. It boasts enviable growing conditions, with plenty of sun, a plateau of well drained pebbly ground and the Mistral breeze acting as a natural fungicide by keeping the air moving among the vines.

Offered: September 2023.

Alcohol: 12.5%.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2024.

Food matching: Roast chicken, pizza, medium strength hard cheeses such as Ossau Iraty or Comté.

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O Cotarelo Blanco, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2022

O Cotarelo Blanco, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2022

The Wine.

A fresh, unoaked blend of four local grapes - Albariño, Godello, Treixadura and Loureira. This is a scintillating, crisp and zesty white with juicy lime and peach fruit, excellent balance and a highly moreish finish.

The Bodega.

O Cotarelo is a tiny little estate on the banks of the River Minho in Galicia, North West Spain. It covers 2.5 hectares of the Ribeiro D.O. The vines are long established (some up to 60 years old) and were taken on by Beni Razamonde in 2018. Working with Galician winemaking superstar Pablo Estévez, Beni produces a very small amount of ultra high quality red and white from the site.

The Appellation.

Ribeiro is Spain's oldest D.O. and is centred around the confluence of three rivers - the Mihno, Avia and Arnoia. Production is 90% white and the region's proximity to the Atlantic can be seen in the freshness and elegance of the wines. Most of the region's whites are a blend of grapes, with Treixadura being the most common, and Albariño, Godello and Torrontes also featuring heavily.

Offered: September 2023.

Alcohol: 13%.

Vintage report: A hot summer relieved by September rains resulted in excellent fruit quality and good quantity too.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2025.

Food matching: Ideal as an aperitif, with shell fish or alongside Galician specialities such as grilled pulpo.

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O Cotarelo Albarino Barrica White, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2022

O Cotarelo Albarino Barrica White, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2022

The Wine.

100% Albariño aged in French barrique for a few months before bottling. Severely good white - fresh and zesty with bags of ripe citrus fruit (limes, lemons), as well as notes of peach and apricot. The time in oak barrel brings a wonderful richness and toasty complexity to the wine, but in a restrained and balanced way. It is absolutely delicious now but will peak in about 3 years or so.

The Bodega.

O Cotarelo is a tiny little estate on the banks of the River Minho in Galicia, North West Spain. It covers 2.5 hectares of the Ribeiro D.O. The vines are long established (some up to 60 years old) and were taken on by Beni Razamonde in 2018. Working with Galician winemaking superstar Pablo Estévez, Beni produces a very small amount of ultra high quality red and white from the site.

The Appellation.

Ribeiro is Spain's oldest D.O. and is centred around the confluence of three rivers - the Mihno, Avia and Arnoia. Production is 90% white and the region's proximity to the Atlantic can be seen in the freshness and elegance of the wines. Most of the region's whites are a blend of grapes, with Treixadura being the most common, and Albariño, Godello and Torrontes also featuring heavily.

Offered: September 2023.

Alcohol: 13%.

Vintage report: A hot summer relieved by September rains resulted in excellent fruit quality and good quantity too.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2030.

Food matching: A richer style of Albariño which would be a great match for fish stew or Galician speciality Arroz con Pulpo.

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Chateau Redortier "Cote Suzette", Ventoux, France 2021

Chateau Redortier

The Wine.

An unoaked blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah made from the family vines around the village of Suzette. Clean and cool with strawberry and cherry aromatics, a silky smooth texture and a long finish.

The Estate.

Château Redortier was established in 1956 by Etienne and Chantal de Menthon, grandparents of Isabelle and Sabine who run the estate today. It sits in the shadow of the Dentelles de Montmirail with Mont Ventoux not far to the east. They have 1 hectare of Ventoux A.O.C. vines at an altitude of 500m. These are hand harvested and the juice is fermented using wild yeasts.

The Appellation.

Ventoux is an up-and-coming appellation in the southeast Rhône. It offers much of the quality of the more established appellations of the area (Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape et al), but at much more manageable prices. Its key attribute is altitude. The high vineyards mean plentiful sun during the day but also cool nights. This range in temperature results in ripe fruit with good acidity - the latter bringing a crucial vibrancy to the wines.

Offered: August 2023.

Alcohol: 14.5%.

Vintage report: A light and fruity vintage that, as a rule, has produced fresh reds for earlier drinking. April frost damage meant yields were relatively low but there is excellent quality to be found.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2025.

Food matching: An excellent match for hard sheep's cheeses, roast chicken and barbecued steaks.

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Domaine Des Deux Fontaines, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2021

Domaine Des Deux Fontaines, Fleurie, Beaujolais, France 2021

The Wine.

The 2021 Fleurie is made from 100% Gamay, it is unoaked, lightly filtered and aged for 7 months at low temperatures before release.

The resulting wine is an absolute beauty – finely balanced with wonderfully pure red fruit (strawberry, cherry), silky smooth tannins and a lovely, more-ish freshness. Drink 2023 – 2025 and Sylvain advises giving it about 15 minutes in the fridge before opening.

The Domaine.

Sylvain owns 10.5 hectares of old vines in the Fleurie appellation of northern Beaujolais. His vines are spread over several plots, each of which brings its own character to the wines. The north facing vines for example bring freshness and elegance, the south facing vineyards power and roundness.
He farms his land according to the sustainable practices laid out by Terra Vitis – an organisation founded in Beaujolais that espouses responsible viticulture.

The Appellation.

The best wines in Beaujolais come from the 10 ‘Crus’ in the rolling hills of the north of the region. Fleurie is one such Cru and, as the name suggests, it produces wines with a floral delicacy and finesse.

Offered: June 2023.

Alcohol: 13%.

Vintage report: A relatively low yielding vintage due to hail and frost damage, the wines are fresh, vital and delicately fruity.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2025.

Food matching: Drink with charcuterie, terrines and white-rinded cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

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Domaine Desvignes, Givry 1er Cru, Clos du Vernoy 2021

Domaine Desvignes, Givry 1er Cru, Clos du Vernoy 2021

The Desvignes family have been making wine on this 11 hectare estate for five generations. Gautier joined his father Eric there in 2016 and has pushed the estate to new heights, insisting on hand harvesting in small bins, a more organic approach to viticulture and building a new cellar for a gentler élévage.

The resulting wines have been receiving superb reviews, with robertparker.com declaring the estate "very much a Côte Chalonnaise address to watch" and a "potential future star".

The 2021 'Clos du Vernoy' is drinking beautifully already but will improve through to 2033 if you can tuck it away. As it stands, it is silky smooth with beautiful aromatics, fresh red fruit and slightly balsamic notes.

Offered: May 2023.

Alcohol: 13%.

Vintage report: A challenging vintage due to frost, hail and a relatively wet July. The resulting wines are fresh and lively though, with a lovely aromatics.

Drinking window: 2023 - 2033.

Food matching: Roast chicken or game, mushroom risotto.

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