We ship directly some of the best red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Tuscany, California...
If we haven't discovered wines from a particular region that we want to ship,
We ship directly some of the best red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Tuscany, California...
If we haven't discovered wines from a particular region that we want to ship, we use our expert knowledge to select the very best examples from Irish importers.
From Bordeauxwe are particularly proud to work with the Cuvellier family owners of Chateau Leoville Poyferre one of the super seconds of the 1855 classification (St.Julien), Chateau Moulin Riche (St Julien) and Chateau le Crock (St Estephe).
We also work very closely with two of the specialist negociants in Bordeaux who provide us with a great array of Petit Chateaux. They also allow us to source some of the very best wineries on the right bank from St Emilion and Pomerol where Merlot and Cabernet Franc are king. Similarly from the left bank (Medoc) in Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon is the star. With our negociants we have access to the most famous addresses and great allocations when it comes to en primeur.
We have a particularly strong Haut Medoc representation with important references from Pauillac, St. Julien, St Estephe, Margaux, Moulis and Listrac and we stock many of the much followed Chateau Lynch Bages, Chateau Leoville Barton…..
Be prepared to be dazzled by the Pauillac de Chateau Latour in multiple vintages, charmed by Chateau Cambon la Pelouse one of the very best Cru Bourgeois, in fact in the 2016 vintage it won the trophy for the ‘Best Cru Bourgeois’ 2016
For Burgundyenthusiasts we really hope our extensive Pinot Noir selection will thrill, we are constantly fine tuning it! Our Cotes de Nuits offering features some great growers from Vosne Romanee, Echezeaux like Domaine Michel Noellat, Denis Mortet from Gevrey Chambertin. For Côte de Beaune fans our Volnay from La Pousse d’Or should prove thrilling or for our top tip we highly recommend you explore the wines of Jean Marc Vincent in Santenay.
For Loireenthusiasts our St Nicolas de Bourgueils, Saumur Champigny range have been very carefully selected to demonstrate the majesty of the Cabernet Franc. (Remember Cabernet Franc is the genetic father of Cabernet Sauvignon). Many of our Loire references are organic and biodynamic. Our Sancerre Rouge from Domaine Andre Vatan is a brilliant example of Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley.
From the Rhone Valley we explore all the great northern Rhone and Southern Rhone appellations. We are particularly proud of our Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer, Chateau Beauchene who produce a fantastic range of Chateauneuf-du-Papes and Cotes-du-Rhone all highly rated. Domaine l’Amauve from Seguret is one of the real heros and attracts in his small and very highly rated domaine Parker cannot praise this Domaine enough. The wines from Domaine l’Amauve are organic from the 2020 vintage.
For those who love the thrill of pure Syrah we have some great references from St Joseph including the lieu-dit St Joseph from Guigal 2017, the wonderful Croze Hermitage of Alain Graillot and the great Cote Roties of Yves Cuilleron. Hermitage enthusiasts might be tempted by the Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 2011.
We are currently working on our Languedoc Roussillon offering and are delighted to work with the wines of Chateau Gilbert & Gaillard in St Chinian. We have a number of offerings on the way from Minervois and Faugeres.
For Spanish enthusiasts we would have a particularly wide offering from Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. In Rioja, we are delighted to work closely with Bodegas de la Marquesa (Valserrano) in the Rioja Alavesa whose wines capture that perfect point between leathery/savoury old style Rioja and the newer fruiter styles of Rioja. Tim Atkin often rates their wines very highly.
We of course carry some of the big names like Baron de Ley, Remelluri, Muga, Rioja Alta. In Ribera del Duero we have lots of the well known guys and for good reason. Protos, Emilio Moro, Pesquera, Vega Sicilia, Arzuaga….
As we all know there are many other DO’s offering some real excitement such as the wines of Bierzo where the Mencia grape can deliver a really juicy lower alcohol style. The Biodynamic wines of Joan d’Anguera in Monsant will amaze the Grenache enthusiast. For those who want a bigger, richer style the wines of Priorat are a must For fans of the Tempranillo grape but don’t want to pay the prices of Rioja or Ribera del Duero don’t forget to explore the wines of Navarra in particular the wines of Bodegas Nekeas.
For Italianophiles, we have invested a lot of time in our range. From Piedmonte we cannot recommend the Barolo from Francesco Rinaldi highly enough. In particular the Francesco Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2013. We would also recommend exploring their Nebbiolo d’Alba and their glorious Barbaresco DOCG. Of course if you are a Pio Cesare fan we carry their top Barolo il Brico and Ornato. Moving towards central Italy we are particularly proud to represent the wines of Collemassari, Grattamacco and Poggio di Sotto. This is really short hand for saying that we have an exemplary Super Tuscan offering of course with Ornellaia in the mix along the more affordable le Volte. For Brunello di Montalcino or Rosso di Montalcino we cannot recommend highly enough the wines of Poggio di Sotto. If their prices are a little eye watering the Brunello di Montalcino San Giorgio also owned by the Tipa family is sensational as is their Rosso di Montalcino Ciampoleto 2018. Moving further south we hope you find our judiciously chosen ranges of Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola impress.
In Portugal we have a focused range around the Douro valley and the Alentejo. Quinta Vale de Maria & Quinta Aciprestes have developed quite a following as have the wines of Monte da Peceguina and Herdade do Esporao in the Alentejo.
Napa Valley is one of the World’s most exciting areas for producing some of the best and most exciting Cabernet Sauvignon in the World. We are delighted to ship the wine of Frog’s Leap into Ireland and their dry farmed Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rutherford Bench is charming Antonio Galloni rates the Frog’s Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 95 points. This estate also does an impressive Zinfandel and Merlot. For Duckhorn enthusiasts we of course stock the Duckhorn Estate Merlot 2017 and their Cabernet Sauvignon. We also are delighted to stock the wines of Sequoia Grove, an estate where some of our team have worked in their vineyards so their address 8338 St Helena Hwy and fond memories of the late founder Jim Allen.
For those who really want to push out the boat and go for one of the real icon wines of the Napa Valley, Opus One may be the one to opt for.Opus one is the legendary cooperation between the late Bob Mondavi and the Baron de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild. A bit of trivia on this cooperation Bob Mondavi came to Ireland and sampled many vintages of Mouton Rothschild at the renowned le Coq Hardi before going to Bordeaux to sign the co-operation deal. Of course the late ‘TP’ was on board for this trip.
We currently have the Opus One 2016 in stock which we shipped directly from Bordeaux. On the Opus One 2016 vintage Parker writes: “ Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Opus One offers up bold, expressive black and blue fruits: warm black plums, black cherries, blackcurrants and wild blueberries with a beautiful undercurrent of lilacs, roses, fertile loam, underbrush and Indian spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is a tightly coiled spring ready to explode, with fantastic tension and wonderfully ripe, very fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a mineral lift” Rating 98 points.
Opus one 2016 Jancis Robinson writes: “77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec.
Succulent and fruity with a porty note on the nose. Interlaced oak gives cedar and sweet spice. There's also dark chocolate (a benchmark flavour, apparently) and iodine too. Silky tannins, glossy texture – this is Pauillac in soft focus. Absolutely drinkable. Long, savoury and serious. (RH)”
For those who are fans of the Zinfandel grape the wines of Ridge are really the reference wines for this varietal and we are pleased to carry the Ridge East Bench, Ridge Lytton Springs and the Ridge Geyserville all with their unique story to tell and reflect the genius of Paul Draper.
For Pinot Noir and Chardonnay enthusiasts we cannot recommend the Sonoma Coast wines of Failla enough. The Failla wines attracted the following words from Parker “Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets”.
For Southern hemisphere Pinot Noir enthusiasts, the brilliant biodynamic wines of Rippon estate Central Otago are sensational. The Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir 2011 is really quite special. The Pinot Noirs of Marlborough stars Auntsfield and Greywacke are also a must to check out.
For those partial to a great Argentian Malbec we think you will enjoy the jaw dropping wines of Fabre-Montmayou in Mendoza, the Grand Vin 2014 made from the fruit of 1908 vines in tiny quantities is quite something. We also recommend our Malbec enthusiasts to explore the wines of Cahors and while on this note the wines of Chateau St Didier Parnac are really worth trying in particular the Prieure de Cenac 2016 rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast is a must.
Suffice to say we are huge red wine enthusiasts and daily taste and evaluate with the sole intention of introducing new references into the range whether it is a new Etna Rosso or a crazy biodynamic Cabernet Franc.
We hope you will continue to join us on our wine journey and of course if you discover anything really exciting when you are on your holidays please let us know you never know a finders fee to be negotiated.