We Import some of the most exciting and highly rated wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Rhone Valley, Piedmont, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley. Suffice to say we ship from all the most famous red wine producing regions. If we haven't
We Import some of the most exciting and highly rated wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Rhone Valley, Piedmont, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley. Suffice to say we ship from all the most famous red wine producing regions. 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 Bordeaux we ship from the key left bank appellations of Pauillac, St Éstephe, St. Julien and Margaux. We are particularly proud to work with the Cuvellier family owners of Château Léoville- Poyferre one of the super seconds of the 1855 classification (St.Julien), Château Moulin Riche (St Julien) and Château le Crock (St Éstephe). Similarly, with the Sichel family owners of the wonderful Château d’Angludet in Margaux. We also through one of our Bordeaux Négoçiants work with a number of the wines from Château Latour. Needless to say, we also ship directly Château Lynch-Bages and Château Léoville Barton from multiple vintages.
David with his long association with Bordeaux has built up a unique collection of Petits Chateaux and Cru Bourgeois. From the right bank Whelehans have a number of unique references from Pomerol, St Émilion and the surrounding Côtes.
Be prepared to be dazzled by the Pauillac de Château Latour in multiple vintages, charmed by Château Cambon la Pelouse one of the very best Cru Bourgeois, in fact in the 2016 vintage won the trophy for the ‘Best Cru Bourgeois’ 2016. There is no end to our range of dazzling and much sought after references from the 1855 classification.
For Burgundy enthusiasts we really hope our extensive Pinot Noir selection will thrill, we are constantly fine tuning it! Our Côtes de Nuits offering features some great growers from Vosne Romanée, Echezeaux like Domaine Michel Noellat, Denis Mortet & Domaine Tortochot 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 whose Auxey Duresses is simply outstanding.
For Loire enthusiasts 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. We are particularly proud top represent the wines of Château de Coulain (Chinon), Domaine Filliatreau (Saumur-Champigny), Domaine Delaporte (Sancerre) and Domaine André Vatan (Sancerre) Our Sancerre Rouge from Domaine Delaporte is a brilliant example of Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley and is definitely of premier cru level in Burgundy.
From the Rhone Valley we explore all the great northern Rhone and Southern Rhone appellations. In the Southern Rhone, we are particularly proud of our Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, Château Beauchene who produce a fantastic range of Châteauneuf-du-Papes and Côtes-du-Rhone all highly rated. Domaine l’Amauve from Séguret is one of the real heros and attracts in very high ratings. Parker cannot praise this
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. Our standout direct import from the Northern Rhone is Domaine Etienne Pochon. The wines of this Domaine are organic and highly rated by the press. A particular favourite of all the team currently is Domaine Etienne Pochon Blanc 2020.
We are currently working on our Languedoc Roussillon offering and are delighted to work with the wines of Château Gilbert & Gaillard in St Chinian and Famille Fabre in Corbières.
For Spanish enthusiasts we would have probably the largest collection of Rioja and 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 would particularly tip El Ribazo 2016 an astonishingly good single vineyard Rioja.
We of course carry most of the big names like Baron de Ley, Remelluri, Muga, Rioja Alta, Luis Canas, Imperial, Viña Tondonia…… In Ribera del Duero, similarly, we have most of the most famous producers including 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 and we always direct towards the creations of Alvaro Palacios.
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 2017. 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 Bricco 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 and Solaia. 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. We are particularly proud of the Lirica 2019 which was awarded the Tre Bicchieri in the Gambero Rosso 2021 a rich sumptuous red.
In Portugal we have a focused range around the Douro valley, Dāo 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. We are particularly proud to ship directly the wines of Quinta dos Roques and Luís Pato both reference producers for their regions.
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 carry a number of listings from a number of the highly awarded producers such as Catena, Luigi Bosca, Bousquet, Zuccardi.
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 an egg fermented natural wine a classic Bordeaux a glorious textured Burgundy we have it all. If we do not stock the wine that are looking for, we delight it tracking the desired wine and making it available to you. So, if you are look for a unique wine or that exceptional wine gift or simply an easy drinking red for a weekday night you have happened upon a wine merchant who will really go the extra mile to make sure you have the very best wine experience in Ireland.
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, we are always to negotiate a finder’s fee to be negotiated.
In Vino Veritas!