Even though the Domaine is within the geographic bounds of AOC Saint Chinian, the percentage of Cinsault excludes it from AOC status, which requires that grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre must combine to total at least 60% of the blend. Therefore, the label reads "Vin de pays des Monts de la Grage". 15 year old vines Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks Slightly peppery on the nose from the Syrah, with subtle toast and earthy notes, along with light and fruity red berries. In the mouth it is firm, with lovely fruity red berry flavours. A very well rounded wine, relatively light and an absolute joy to drink. Very easy drinking and a fine example of excellent value for money.
80% cinsault, 10% syrah, 10% grenache
VDP Monts de la Grage
30 year old vines Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks An expressive wine with notes of liquorice, pepper, and jammy red berries. It is medium bodied, fresh, elegant and extremely well balanced. Another great example of fabulous quality wine at an equally fabulous price.
30% Syrah, 30% grenache, 20% mourvedre, 20% cinsault
AOC St Chinian
100% Malbec 2015, Domaine Des Soulie.
Bright ruby red in colour. A simple nose, with aromas of spices, plum and a smokey point. This Malbec has has soft tannins and good acidity and in our opinion is excellent value.
VDP Monts de la Grage
Domaine des Lauribert has been producing its own wines, under the guidance of Laurent Sourdon and his team, since leaving the cooperative system in 1997. The Côtes Du Rhône Tradition 2014 has a superb nose, with forward notes of black currant, redcurrants very slight raspberry. Vibrant ruby red colour. On the palate there is good light fruity balance of red berries and raspberry, and tiny bit of liquorice coming through at the end. Beautiful soft tannins. Slips down very nicely, and is a nice alternative to a beaujolais. A lovely light-medium red that won't disappoint. A fantastic Côtes Du Rhône that can be enjoyed by itself or great with lighter meals.
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Chateau Grand Renard Rouge Prestige 2014.
2015 VINTAGE ARRIVING END OF MARCH 2017 - This Prestige red is a blend of Merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Organic winemakers with passion and skill, and who respect the environment is a recipe for great wine. This wine is aged in french oak barrels for 12 months, gathering notes of spiced cooked black fruits, vanilla and coffee. In the mouth it is full of cooked blackberry. The tannins present give it good structure. When I need a fruity blackberry fix I reach for this, which for the price is a steal.
75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet sauvignon
AOC Blaye Cotes de bordeaux
2014 VINTAGE ARRIVES MID JANUARY 2017 - Recommended by Decanter Magazine, Chateau Des Tourtes Rouge Classique really is worth a try, and an excellent value Bordeaux wine. One of our larger family estates, their cuvee rouge classique is a bright ruby red in colour. It has a reserved nose of blackcurrant and raspberry bouquet. It is medium bodied, soft in the mouth and very well balanced. This is an great Bordeaux red that can be drank in its youth.
70% Merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon
AOC Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
Didier Desvignes Fleurie Nature 2014 Didier Desvignes Fleurie Nature is manually harvested, with selective sorting in whole bunches. Fermentation takes place without sulphur for 6-7 days. It has a very fresh and exquisitely fruity aroma of wild red berries, and is a perfect red for summer. On the palate it is light, fresh and fruity, with light tannins, and is refreshingly divine if drank slightly chilled. Although don’t over chill so as not to distract from those lovely wild red fruits.
When we sampled the wines from Domaine Des Lauribert, two stood out for us, their Tradition and this one. Both quite different, but both fantastic examples of a great Côtes du Rhône villages. It was named La Carelette in honour of the father Carelet, a winemaker with a strong personality who reigned over the hills, and whose enthusiasm and skills have been passed through the family over five generations. La Carelette Valeréas Côtes du Rhône Villages has an intense ruby red colour, with a fabulous bouquet of cooked red fruits - red cherry, plum. It is medium bodied, with a good balance of the juicy red fruit flavours, and subtle tannins. It has nice sweet notes in the finish. Works well with lamb. This is what we would call a very reliable Rhône, I like to call it a 'juicy delight'
70% Grenache, 30% Syrah
AOC Cotes Du Rhone
Mas Des Caprices R.A.S 2014. The lightest red wine from the brilliant Biodynamic vineyard Mas Des Caprices. Mirielle and Pierre Mann really have a great craft, their R.A.S (Rouge A Siroter) is IGP (Vin de Pays de L’Aude), made from young vines of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre, vinification “millefeuille” by short maceration of 10 days and aged in concrete tanks. It is a nice and light fruity wine, perfect as an aperitif or with charcuterie, and grilled meats.
Grenache, Carignan, mourvedre
VDP de L'Aude
This Coteaux Du Giennois Pinot Noir Gamay blend 2014 from Domaine Chauveau is an extremely pleasant light and fruity wine. Just north east of the ever so popular Sancerre and Pouilly fumé appellations, lies the lesser known, but not to be ignored Coteaux Du Giennois. Awarded its 'appellation controlée' (AOC) in 1998, vines are planted in silica and limestone soils across vast and varied landscapes, with temperatures averaging near to its neighbouring Sancerre, developing lighter bodied wine. Red wines are of Pinot Noir and Gamay and have distinct cherry and berry fruity flavours. This Coteaux Du Giennois is a beautiful garnet in colour with aromas of dark berries from the outset. Structured in the mouth with lovely notes of cherry and light rounded tannins. Drink on its own, or great accompaniment with red meats and chicken
90% Pinot Noir, 10% gamay
AOC Coteaux du Giennois
Another winner from Chateau Des Tourtes! Chateau Des Tourtes Red Prestige 2010 is extremely elegant, with a deep garnet colour. On the nose it's very reminiscent of blackberries, with toasty overtones from the wooden barrels. It is medium bodied and velvety on the palate with a strong backbone. The fruit is beautifully balanced from the flavours from the oak barrel. When people try this wine, 2 words always spring up - 'silk' and 'velvet'. This fabulous wine was recommended in Decanter magazine
85% Merlot, 15% cabernet sauvignon
AOC Blaye cotes de Bordeaux
This family really know how to make wine, and continue to win awards for their skills. Chateau Haut Canteloup Rouge Prestige 2013, is a very ruby red, bordering on purple. The nose is an intense bouquet of red and black fruits. On the palate, superb ripe blackberries and blackcurrants plus very slightly roasted flavours from the 12 months in oak barrels. The tannins are velvety and smooth. Extremely delicious drank with a good steak! Can keep for 5-10 years.
90% Merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon
Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux
Didier Desvignes Chiroubles Nature Sans Soufre 2015 is a natural wine with no added sulfur. This producer believes that great wines are produced from healthy and mature grapes, and treats each parcel of vines according to its needs. Chiroubles is made from the Gamay grape (or Gamay Noir à jus blanc), which produce the lighter red wines of northern Beaujolais. We can't get enough of this wine. It is a fabulous vibrant magenta in colour, and has an almost mouth-watering aroma of strawberry sherbert bon bons, flowers and wild red fruits. It is light in body with good flavour, not too weak like some wines from this area. Slightly floral, with wild strawberries and red cherry which combined make for a deliciously aromatic and satisfying wine. This Chiroubles is great to drink slightly chilled on a hot day.
15 year old vines Fermented in oak barrels An expressive nose of fresh black cherries and slightly cocoa. Very soft and fruity, with those cherries bursting through with a deliciously sweet sprinkling of vanilla, peppered with a tiny bit of clove and liquorice. Fresh, soft light tannins and full in the mouth. Coates the tongue beautifully and has a medium to long finish. Another superb quality wine from Rémy, and amazing value for such a jewel.
80% syrah, 10% malbec, 10%grenache
VDP monts de la grage
Château Martinat is a small family estate, and their Côtes De Bourg 2012 is created from 40 year old vines, spending 14 months in oak barrels. It has a beautiful dark and deep colour, with floral aromas of liquorice, toasted red and black fruits, and a subtle hint of oak. In the mouth it has an opulent texture, with ripe and silky tannins, woody notes which subtly blend into an elegant and powerful wine, with a slightly spicy finish. Perfect with red meat, game and cheese. Decant an hour before drinking and keep for up to 10 years.
60% merlot, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec
AOC Cotes de Bourg
Mas Des Caprices Oufti 2012, (an anagram of Fitou), is a blend of mainly Mourvédre with Carignan and Grenache. A gorgeous dark purple in colour, which on the nose has a tough warm scent with aromas of ripe cherries and soft sweet dark fruits. On the palate there are deep rich notes of black ripe fruits, (black cherry, damson), it is peppery and slightly spicy, all rounded off with a hint of oak. The tannins are very soft and well balanced. All in all a tremendous wine which can be drank as an aperitif, or would marry well with any beef dish.
50% mourvedre, 25% carignan, 25% grenache
Chateau Les Pierreres Blaye 2012 has spent 15 months in oak barrels. The nose has rich and warm notes of plum and black cherries. In the mouth it is full and rich, with blackcurrant, toasted notes, subtle coffee flavours and soft smooth tannins A really great wine from the Chateau Haut Canteloup family, that can be enjoyed with all red meats and cheeses.
90% merlot, 10% malbec
Mas Des Caprices Retour Aux Sources 2013 is a beautiful natural wine. A blend of Carignan, syrah and grenache noir, with a gorgeous garnet colour, and an intense nose of fresh ripe dark fruits (black cherries), and peppery earthy tones. A very pleasant structure on the palate, very soft and fruity, with black cherry and blackberries, mildly spicy with fine sweet tannins. A beautiful lingering finish. Absolutely delicious and popular with some of our London restaurant customers! Great as an aperitif, or with grilled or barbecued red meats and goes well with medium spicy food.
50% carignan, 30% grenache, 20% mourvedre
Chateau Le Chabrier Bergerac Gros Caillou is a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. This fabulous red is obtained through low yield and very ripe grapes that are harvested as late as possible. Long ageing of at least 20 months in oak barrels, refines the structure of this excellent wine. The vintage 'Gros Caillou' or 'aged in oak' spends 20 months in oak barrels, giving it complex aromas of fine vanilla and fruits. It is very well balanced, with soft tannins that have a long finish. This wine ages well and you can keep it for a few years, if your willpower is strong enough.
50% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 20% cabernet franc
Domaine La Fourmone Vacqueyras Le Poéte (the poet), is a delightful blend of red fruits designed to accompany any meal, thanks to the lightness of Syrah, which gives the elegant tannins. A beautiful ruby red colour. On the nose there is a mish mash of ripe berries - redcurrants, blueberries, black cherries, and a lovely spicy oaky aroma. In the mouth, bursts of cherry, with notes of chocolate, spice, and pepper. The medium tannins give this wine a good structure. A really delightful wine, that can be enjoyed with beef or lamb. If you want to enjoy it in its youth, decant for an hour before drinking. Can be kept for arounded 5-7 years.
Grenache, mourvedre, syrah
Domaine Seguela Les Candalieres. Deep ruby red. Blackberry and cinnamon on the nose. In the mouth delicious rich red berries, fresh with subtle minerality. Slight spice with soft tannins. Perfect partner to beef.
60% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 15% grenache, 5% Mourvedre
AOC Cotes du Roussillan Villages
LOW STOCK - This fabulous wine from Chateau La Croix-Davids has a beautifully dark, deep ruby colour. It has a delightful warm, complex, and rich aroma with intense notes of ripe dark fruits (plum, blackberry, black cherry), and is characterised by subtle and elegant woody notes. In the mouth, it is full and lingering, with an abundance of plum flavour and exhibiting velvety melted tannins. As it opens up, you start to discover new flavours of coffee, vanilla, tobacco, and the plum becomes more intense – it just gets better and better. A truly elegant wine. Enjoy with game, red meats or cheese.
90% merlot noir, 10% cabernet sauvignon
The name comes from Anthocyanins, natural pigments that range from red, purple and blue on black grapes. During vinification of red wine, grape maceration allows gentle extraction of these pigments that give the wine lustre (they are a good anti-ageing antioxidant too apparently)! Mas Des Caprices Anthocyane 2011 is made mainly from Mourvédre, and blended with carignan and grenache. This wine is a beautiful dark purple colour, with a bouquet of black fruits (black cherry, damson), and pepper. Don't underestimate this wine, it has been aged beautifully (16 months in oak barrels), and has some punch, with lush dark fruit and spicy, peppery flavours. Best drank with food, something like a hearty meat stew, duck or a good steak. Big, bold and beautiful.
45% mourvedre, 30% carignan, 25% grenache
The grapes are totally de-stemmed and fermented at a controlled temperature for 35 days. 12 months ageing of 50% of the wine in new oak barrels and the other half in the tank, therefore preserving the freshness of the fruit. On the nose, ripe, sweet red fruits. Very clear and fragrant. Aromatic and bold in the mouth with fine peppery notes. A truly magnificent wine
60% syrah, 30% carignan, 10% grenache,
AOC Cotes du Roussillon Villages
Domaine La Fourmone Gigondas Fauquet 2012 Magnum bottle, is a very pure and elegant wine, combining fruity aromatic richness with beautiful structure. Dark fruit, raspberry and pomegranate aromas. In the mouth it is supple and round with a long finish. Flavours of cooked black fruits, clove like spice and pink pepper make it a completely divine wine, with great structure due to the smooth subtle tannins.
Grenache, syrah, mourvedre
Neighbouring the most famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol (Cheval Blanc, La Dominique, Petrus), Château Croque Michotte consists of just about 14 hectres of vines set on clayey sub soils covered in intensely gravelly soil stones/pebbles (graves) and ancient sands. The average age of the vines is 52 years old. The practice of small harvests and very rare use of fertilizers enables the production of wines to conform to the soil and benefiting from a natural acidity crucial to the production of vin de garde (wine for keeping/laying down). The wines are aged, for about twenty months, slowly, depending on the rhythms of the seasons and stay a year in French fine grained oak barrels. They are not filtered and hardly ever fined.
This St Emilion Grand Cru 2011 is a rich dark purple colour. It has wonderfully complex notes of dark fruits, blackcurrant, cedar, earth and vanilla, smooth tannins and a beautiful long lingering finish. A seriously good wine! Can be drank now or left for 10 years or more. An absolute bargain for a St Emilion Grand Cru of this quality.
74% merlot, 25% cabernet franc, 1% cabernet sauvignon
AOC St Emilion
Chateau Des Tourtes Red Wine Bag in Box – 5L (BIB) Wine bag in box are becoming more popular, with good wineries making the decision to provide these as they are better for the environment and more cost effective than bottles. One of our favourite vineyards Chateau Des Tourtes produce excellent quality wines, and their classique range are now available in 5 litre boxes (or BIB as they are also known), each box holding just over 6 and half bottles of wine. They are perfect for parties and very cost effective without losing the quality of the wine. The packaging keeps air out, meaning the wine can last longer, therefore if you only fancy only 1 or 2 glasses, you can do so without worrying the rest might spoil. Or for dinner parties you can just decant!
Merlot, cabernet sauvignon
AOC Blaye cotes de Bordeaux