1x CHÂTEAU CITRAN, 2016
Chateau Citran is a large and historic estate in the Haut-Médoc about 8km west of Margaux, that can trace its origins back to the 13th century. It has about 100ha of vines planted with 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.5% Cabernet Franc and 2.5% Petit Verdot.
2016 is regarded as an excellent vintage in Bordeaux and Citran was reviewed well by most critics. The wine is very dark and the nose is dominated by black fruits, mostly blackcurrant with subtle plum and a lightly spicy graphite note.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 89-91pts. “The 2016 Citran is medium garnet-purple colored with scents of cassis, plums, menthol and earth with touches of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied, juicy, firm and grainy, finishing with an herbal lift”
1x DOMAINE DELAPORTE SANCERRE SILEX ROUGE, 2020
A 17th Century family owned Domaine that is causing a real stir in Sancerre with Matthieu Delaporte at the helm. In Matthieu’s own words “precision, balance and complexity are the watchwords of our cuvées with each delivering a strong sense of their individual terroirs, marked by considerable minerality, power and freshness”. This is the most perfect summation of their complex, intriguing and delicious wines.
A beautiful ruby-crimson colour with reflections of black cherry. The aromatics in are intense, with roasted, grilled and toasted notes dominating. On the attack, the wine is clean, with a roundness giving a delicious unctuousness. This is followed by the tannins, already soft and silky throughout. The Cuvée Silex is a full-bodied red Sancerre vin de prestige with character. Its finish shows classic notes of maturity (caramel, fruit compote).
1x BONNAVENTURE CHÂTEAU DE COULAINE CHINON ROUGE, 2019 Organic
Cabernet Franc has a lot going for it. Food friendly, robust as well as being a not-too-distant relation to the mighty Cabernet Sauvignon. Château de Coulaine have been working with grape since the 14th century and are considered one of the top Chinon producers largely due to their mastery it. The first Chateaux in the region to be certified organic and with a “natural as possible” philosophy, their wines have a singular identity and here is no exception.
Full-bodied, round and intense. Red fruit up front with strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. Theres an underlying earthiness with hints of baking spice, mint and dusty leather.
"As ripe and round as Chinon gets. Red fruits, a touch of spice (cinnamon) and herbs." Tom Doorley, Irish Mail on Sunday, 29th May 2022
1 x DOMAINE LEBRUN POUILLY-FUMÉ CUVÉE EUGÉNIE, 2016
ts safe to say that Sauvignon Blanc is familiar to all wine lovers out there but the mention of “Pouilly-Fumé” can leave some perplexed. Vibrant, vivacious and with a distinct flinty character, it is a cornerstone of all that is great about the Loire. A region we still believe that’s underappreciated.
Text-book Pouilly-Fumé with some age. Stone fruit aromatics of white peaches and nectarine alongside grassy fern. On the palate you get grapefruit, vanilla and hazelnut with a toasty edge. All rounded off with an an enveloping, distinctly mineral-driven finish.
1 x DOMAINE DU COLOMBIER CHABLIS 1ER CRU VAUCOUPIN, 2020
Domaine du Colombier is run and cherished by the 5th generation of the Mothe family. Since 1887 they have grown their land holdings in Chablis to 55 hectares (133 acres). The ages of the vines range from 5 to 55 years. Jean-Louis, Thierry and Vincent Mothe strive to create some of the best expressions of Chablis.
Simply thrilling unoaked chardonnay with lots of flintiness supported with floral notes of acacia, and hawthorn. The wine is totally dry, richly textured and totally delicious.
1 x DOMAINE POCHON CROZES-HERMITAGE ETIENNE POCHON BLANC, 2020 Organic
Etienne Pochon is one of the insider secrets in the Northern Rhone. His family tree dates back to the late 1700’s where they have farmed and crafted some of the most thrilling wines in the Northern Rhone. This wine is rich in aromas of white flowers, it is smooth and has a perfect acidity.