1x CHÂTEAU BEAUCHENE, “VIGNOBLES DE LA SERRIERE” CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, 2019
Château Beauchene is a wonderful 11th generation family owned and run Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate. Here the Bernard family craft some glorious Southern Rhone style wines with a best in environmental practice philosophy. The Serriere vineyards are located north of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation between the villages of Courthézon, Orange and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on alluvial terraces of rolled pebbles and red clay and the vines have an average age of 60 years.
This delightful red is made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre. The has some partial ageing in French oak barrels. Seductive nose of ripe red fruits with hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate it is powerful and complex with aromas of black cherries, vanilla and spice.
1x DOMAINE ANDRÉ VATAN SANCERRE "MAULIN BÈLE" ROUGE, 2019
André Vatan inherited from his father Jean who passed away suddenly in 1988. He has cemented the already excellent reputation of the estate’s wines working with meticulous care in the vineyards and cellar assisted by his wife Aimee. He has gradually expanded the domaine and today has 10ha of vines with 1ha of pinot noir and the rest sauvignon blanc.
Typically we associate Sancerre with white wine but it would be a mistake to miss this pretty pinot noir based red made form 30 year old vines. It’s more elegant or a little lighter than a Burgundy but has beautiful floral berry and cherry aromas and a freshness of palate.
1x M DE MOULIN RICHE, 2016
The second wine of Château Moulin Riche is meant for earlier drinking. Made with the same attention to detail, the blend spends less time in oak so has a classic Bordeaux nose of black fruits and cedar, balanced by a lively acidity. This is a fruity and classic Bordeaux with a nose offering black fruits and cedar with brisk acidity and structured tannins on the palate. The finish is bright and fresh.
1 x DOMAINE GUERRIN & FILS POUILLY-FUISSÉ LA MARÉCHAUDE, 2019
Today the fourth generation works a patchwork of 35 small vineyards spread over 15 hectares and various soil types. Respecting nature and farming sustainably with 90% of work done manually and fermenting with native yeasts are key to highlighting their excellent terroir. Aromas of ripe peach, yellow plum, pear and acacia supported by a richly textured buttery creamy palate but retains refreshing acidity thanks to the vineyard’s excellent terroir.
1 x CHÂTEAU CRABITEY GRAVES, 2019
Château Crabitey is emblematic of the current renaissance occurring in Graves. Punchy and aromatic on the nose, with notes of fresh cut grass, gooseberry and greengage, there’s a dollop of wax and honey here to. The palate is lively & whistle clean, with lean green citrus fruits and refreshing acidity. This is a white that sits very comfortably alongside more fashionable whites such as Sancerre Blanc or New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon.
“Crabitey 2019 Blanc has compelling scents of white peaches, grapefruit and passion fruit with hints of pineapple tart and coriander seed. The medium-bodied palate has a seriously racy line of freshness cutting through the intense citrus and tropical fruit layers, finishing chalky.”
1 x CHATEAU DE SANCERRE, PASSE AVANT LE MEILLEUR, 2020
Chateau de Sancerre is a a rarity in French wine, the 10th Century Castle also bears the name of the wine appelation. The 55 Hectare site has four specific vineyard sites, each of which, due to their soil composition, contribute different terrior driven aspects to the wine. Taut and mineral... it has intensity as well as floral character & good acidity. This is developing quicky.