Ardèche par Nature Cuvée Red 2017£14.00
The Ardèche par Nature Cuvée red is a blend of Merlot and Syrah. This wine is a bright red garnet colour with a bluish glow. Its nose exhales aromas of red berries, liquorice with a mineral touch. It is fruity and fresh on the palate but stands apart from other wines thanks to its expressiveness. It is light with distinct tannins although soft. It will perfectly pair with a goat cheese salad, local ham and grilled meat.
Ardèche par Nature Cuvée Rosé 2017£13.50
The Ardèche Par Nature Cuvée Rosé has a pale peach colour and a nose that is filled with aromas of fresh strawberries and redcurrants. On the palate we found a nice nervousness and the freshness is supported by a nice acidity. With a very refreshing finish! Ideal as an aperitif and will suit perfectly with a Carpaccio of tomatoes or fruit salads.
Ardèche Par Nature Réserve Red 2017 Vin Biologique£14.00
A cuvee certified organic by Ecocert, is the most accomplished result of Vignerons Ardéchois code of conduct “Ardeche par nature” aimed at preserving our environment. It is the reflection to their commitment to a grape growing even more protective of human being, nature and the Ardeche terroirs.
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and, Black Grenache, this cuvee offer a nice aromatic expression of red fruits, and light notes of mint and eucalyptus. A wine that displays a balanced body with tannins and acidity. Best served at 16° paired with a vegetable curry.
Côtes du Rhône: Pascal Frères ‘Cuvée Personnelle’ 2016£12.50
A négociant wine that has graced these pages for decades coming from Yves Chéron’s ‘Pascal Frères’ stable. Their ‘Cuvée Personnelle’, from a Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre blend, has deservedly garnered a loyal following. It drinks very well with 3-5 years bottle-age.
Domaine de Grangeneuve Monbazillac 2011£10.50
The vineyard of Domaine de Grange Neuve is close to the town of Pomport near Bergerac in the heart of Périgord. The vineyards are on the slopes of the valley of the Dordogne at an altitude of between 50 and 180 metres. Belonging to the Pichon and Castaing family – the winery has grown from a small farm with just 4 hectares of vines in 1898 to a vineyard of 70 hectares today.
A fabulous dessert wine, sweet and luscious with a great backbone of fine acidity for a clean finish. The nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine and melon, flavours on the palate are richer, honey and toffee finishing with a twist of bitter orange zest. Served best as an aperitif but it is also good with paté or blue cheeses such as Roquefort.
Les Maitres Vignerons de la Presqu’ile de Saint-Tropez ” Caprice” Rose 2018£11.95
The Maîtres Vignerons use their extensive experience to carefully select their PGIs so that the wine profiles match consumer expectations perfectly: Light, fresh,
fruity and easy to drink. To obtain wines of the highest quality, the Maîtres Vignerons have developed close relations with partner wine cellars.
Caprice results from the selection of quality wines for immediate pleasure.
The colour of this wine is a showstopper – such a delicate, shimmering, pale pink that it’s hard to believe there could be any weight or flavor at all. But then rich and powerful in the mouth with notes of strawberry, cranberry, fresh herb and anise all clean and crisp and creamy
An explosion of red fruit on the nose, this is brightly fruity and crisp while showing some good dense flavors. Red fruits push through the citrus and grapefruit acidity to give a creamy, ripe wine, the palate is soft and complex.
Terre d’Ardeche Chataignier Chatus 2016£17.50
Its aromas are complex, including notes of over-ripened quince jelly, figs, and prunes in alcohol, coffee and tobacco, with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.
Strong and well-structured on the palate, including rich tannins, this wine is true to type. It is best to open this wine a couple of hours beforehand. It goes marvellously well with strong red meat, grilled or served with gravy, as well as goats’ and sheep’s cheese. It is surprising with dark chocolate!
Veuve Deloynes Champagne Brut NV£22.50
S.A Les Roches Blanches was founded in 1994 by Nicolas Gueusquin, a young and dynamic entrepreneur. The négociant is based in Dizy, just outside Epernay. Today, the négociant operates in a newly built, modern winery with thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, underground chalk cellars and 40 gyropalettes.
Les Roches Blanches uses the traditional Champagne method and the wines are matured for two years in chalk cellars in Dizy.
Clean, fresh floral bouquet with a hint of hazelnut leading to a delicate yet refreshing citrus palate and a long balanced and rounded finish.
Ideal food match: canapes and smoked salmon starters.