Pick Of The Press
A delightful dozen commended by critics.
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, joannasimon.com
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.