Catherine and Claude Volnay 2016
From a high slope facing Monthelie this is always a superbly high toned wine with a beautiful, very sensual aroma. Gorgeous cherry stone and crushed strawberry with a floral lift and deep mineral depth. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very soil-driven in personality, with a sappy core of stunning fruit, ripe, seamless tannins and great focus and grip on the very long, very elegant and vibrant finish.
- Notes from Andrew Guard
Chateau Tanunda 100 Year Old Vine Shiraz 2015
From some of the oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines in the world, all of at least 100 years of age.
The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus. Next come hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven.
A fine grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine is made to last the distance in the cellar. A long balanced finish with persistence.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing followed 22 months' maturation in our cellars in a combination of French and American oak (20% New).
In keeping with the non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine.
Jean Bourdy Vin Jaune 2008
Aged for 6 and a half years under flor, remarkable aging potential showing fantastic youth after 10 years, many more to go. Nutty oxidised style with bright yellow fruits shining through also.
Benjamin Leroux Auxey Duresses Blanc 2016
Leroux’s Auxey-Duresses is drawn from three terroirs—Les Hautés, La Macabrée and Les Boutonniers—all abutting Meursault’s Les Vireuils Dessus and Les Meix Chavaux. The land here is north-facing and affected by the cold air rolling down from the Hautes-Côtes. The oldest vines date back to 1946. This was also vinified in 12-hectolitre casks and 300-litre barrels. The 2016 is a wonderful white Burgundy and a serious bargain - pulpy and super mineral, earthy and long.
Bannockburn La Roche Shiraz 2015
The aromas open to a complex of olive, spice and lift from the whole bunch fermentation, with blue fruits and a hint of oak. Fine, chalky tannins suggest ageing will be rewarded; the savoury notes lend the wine to a range of food pairings. We recommend decanting this Shiraz; give it time to breathe and allow the wine to open up fully for maximum drinking enjoyment.
Roses De Jeanne Les Ursules Pinot Noir 2013
Blanc de Noir from Champagne. Soft but pronounced aromas express themselves. Incredible complexity with great mouthfeel, elegancy flows to the palate carrying soft pink fruits and zipping acidity. Brioche notes on the mid palate with silky bubbles to shine through on a fantastic finish.
David Leclapart L Apotre Blanc De Blanc 2011
Léclapart’s top cuvée, L’Apôtre, is a single-vineyard champagne from the lieu-dit of La Pierre St-Martin. The vineyard was planted by David’s Grandfather in 1946 and the wine is vinified entirely in secondhand barrique from Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy. The wine show old vine concentration, is super complex with tonnes of finesse.
“Wild and full of character, with chalky lemon and biscuity savoriness. The composure is beautiful. Super dry, gently spicy and succulent. An entrancing and alluring Champagne.”
David Leclapart L Amateur Blanc De Blanc 2014
This cuvee is the introduction to David’s range of wines, 100% Chardonnay blended from 5 different parcels across the village of Trépail, this is vinified in enameled vat with zero dosage.
“Undeniably delicious and expressive chardonnay fruits with ripe lemon, peach, mango and nectarine aromas and flavors. Some gentle savory edges arrive on the palate. Vibrant and expressive.”
Domaine Auguste Clape Renaissance Cornas 15
Since 1998, a second Cornas has also been bottled: Renaissance. It’s made from 20 to 25-year-old vines on the domaine’s best slopes as well as older vines from the lower slopes. An earlier maturing wine than the classique, it should develop for two decades
Auguste Clape has been making a second Cornas wine since 1998. The Renaissance is harvest from 25 year old vines from the most premium slopes at the domaine, wit hthe addition of some fruit from lower slope. Designed to drink younger than most other Cornas wines, this wine has cellaring potential for well over 10 years.
Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 2015
Auguste Clape Cornas expressions are iconic and highly revered across the world. His wines crafted from historic vines in the famous region of Cornas showcase immense ageability, beauty, and finesse. They are quintessentially Northern Rhone.
His Cornas is crafted from up to 6 different cuvees harvested from the best sites. The main sites are Reynard, La Côte and Sabarotte. This is a wine with massive complexity, deep aroma, and bold structure. Potential to age for well over 20-30 years.
Rene Rostaing Cote-rotie La Landonne 2015
From a powerful soil, made up of schistose sands marked by iron oxide, this cuvée is characterised by flavours of wild berries and liquorice over deep, forceful tannins - combining the freshness and structure that are so typical of Côte Rôtie.
100 % Syrah
Rene Rostaing Cote-rotie Cote Blonde 2015
This cuvée, the highest expression of the appellation, reveals its character in exotic touches of tobacco, cinnamon and violets on a sturdy frame, gripped by fine tannins. Smoothness and length complete the work of the terroir.
The soil of the Côte Blonde, known locally as arzel, is poor, mineral (mica and silex) and filtering - the result of the slow decomposition of the schistose bedrock.
95 % Syrah – 5 % Viognier.