Pick Of The Press

A delightful dozen commended by critics.

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We have had a plethora of positive Press recently, including full-page features in The Spectator and MoneyWeek. This selection showcases some of the highlights and we are sure you will appreciate them as much as the professional pundits.

This mixed case contains one bottle each of:

Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2017
"Made from 80 per cent Marsanne and 20 per cent Roussanne, it is focused and energetic, with some oak, and a scent reminiscent of sweet pears, apricots and white blossom." Victoria Moore, The Telegraph.

Bourgogne Chardonnay: Closerie des Alisiers 2017
"Complex, classy and top value. From vineyards east of Chablis, boutique négociant Stephane Brocard has produced this weighty, unoaked, bone-dry Chardonnay with zesty apple bite, chalky minerality and bracing acidity." Tina Gellie, Decanter Magazine.

Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Domaine Saint Gayan 2016
"Lush, old-vine white from one of the Rhône 'crus'. Really good value for money." Fiona Beckett - The Guardian.

Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Gris 2016
"Creamy, aromatic Pinot Gris." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

Mosel: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Alte Reben Trocken Riesling 2017
"This style is grabbing headlines in top German restaurants and wine bars. I love the tension here, but it is the counterpoint between the classic Mosel nose and then the racy, taut palate." Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek.

Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2016
"Made from 100% Syrah, it's soft, supple and approachable with inky dark fruit and plenty of blueberry - blackberry notes, a touch of spice and a long finish." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2016
"Jewel-bright transparent colour, drifting, blossomy fragrance, red-berry fruit, earth-after-rain mineral freshness and gossamer-fine tannins that give structure to the light body." Joanna Simon,

Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2018
"A juicy, jammy, thirst-quenchingly tasty blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir from the Loire, it's a vin de soif par excellence." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

Chinon: Francis et Françoise Desbourdes 'L'Arpenty' 2018
"The 2018 'L'Arpenty' Chinon Rouge also hails from the Loire Valley and is as tasty a Cabernet Franc as I've had in yonks." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2017
"Old-vine Syrah, Grenache and Carignan co-fermented in this deliciously easy-drinking yet concentrated and silky-smooth Minervois. Matured in concrete cuves for eight months. A lovely example with concentration, spice and a lingering mineral note." Andy Howard MW, Decanter Magazine.

Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Noir 2017
"A fruity, earthy, burgundy-rivalling Pinot Noir." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2017
"A blend of 60% Syrah, aged for twelve months in large barrels, and 40% Grenache Noir kept in concrete vats, with some elegant dry spice on the nose, with riper notes on the palate. Balanced with some spicy fruit and considerable depth, and youthful nuances. A lovely glass of wine that will continue to evolve." Jonathan Ray, The Spectator.

This mixed case includes

1 x Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2017£0.00

An elegant blend of Marsanne and Roussanne from one of the Rhône's leading winemakers. Not for nothing is this Crozes Hermitage Blanc the favourite Rhône white of many a wine journalist!

1 x Bourgogne Chardonnay: Closerie des Alisiers 2017£0.00

This wine is a classic, unoaked, crisp Chardonnay which is an ideal starting point for exploring our white Burgundy range. Made by savvy, young négociant, Stéphane Brocard, who was instrumental in helping us develop our Burgundy offering, it's a delicious, crisp and unoaked example to savour on its own or with a simple dish of fruits de mer.

1 x Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet: Domaine Saint Gayan 2016£0.00

This superb white Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet, called 'L'Oratory', is made from a blend of Viognier, Bourboulenc, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache. It is fresh and dry, with ample apricot and peach flavours offset by mineral undertones.

1 x Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Gris 2016£0.00

Another 'aromatic' variety for which Alsace is rightly revered, this full-bodied Pinot Gris exhibits pear aromas and deft, smoky flavours.

1 x Mosel: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Alte Reben Trocken Riesling 2017£0.00

Classic aromatic Riesling with salty, spicy minerality that is sourced from old vines (over 25 years) in the Ruwer and Saar valleys.

1 x Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2016£0.00

A traditional, mid-weight Crozes Hermitage wine from the ever-popular Pascal Frères. With classic Syrah farmyard and saddle leather aromas preceding a palate of dark, brambly fruit offset by firm, well-integrated tannins, this can't fail to please when matched with a good steak or a confit of duck.

1 x AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2016£0.00

"A juicy yet complex and light-bodied red, with mouthwatering acidity accentuating the steeped cherry, raspberry tea and orange zest flavors. Accents of wild herb and mineral echo on the lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2024. 600 cases made. 91/100."
Gillian Sciaretta - Wine Spectator.

1 x Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2018£0.00

A wine designed for early drinking, this supple Gamay and Pinot Noir blend displays raspberry and violet aromas followed by light, redcurrant fruit on the palate, making it the ideal accompaniment for soft cheeses and charcuterie.

1 x Chinon: Francis et Françoise Desbourdes 'L'Arpenty' 2018£0.00

This delicious Cabernet Franc from Francis Desbourdes is packed full of youthful, berry fruit and was memorably described by Joanna Simon as being like 'liquid summer pudding'.

It has supple tannins that lend it well to light chilling. In short it is a delicious and failsafe crowd-pleaser.

1 x Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2017£0.00

A long-time quest for a great value Minervois wine came to fruition with this cracking little red from Domaine Le Cazal. It is a traditional un-oaked wine with fine garrigue aromas and a spicy mid-weight palate of dark berry fruit offset by supple tannins.

1 x Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Noir 2017£0.00

A crisp, ripe Alsace Pinot Noir with delicate summer berry scents and flavours supported by ripe tannins.

1 x Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2017£0.00

The Pic Saint-Loup Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' is a rich, compelling red wine with a wealth of wild garrigue herb and berry scents and a lovely, pitchy palate of black fruit and fine-grained tannins.