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Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 


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  1. Le Moss Frizzante IGT
    Le Moss Frizzante IGT
    This is slightly cloudy Glera sparkling wine from the Piave region in Italy. Basically it's a Prosecco as it is made from all glera grapes but made in a pet-nat style and unfiltered so cannot legally call itself Prosecco. But honestly why would you care? This is such a fun wine to drink. We all screamed "picnic wine!" when we tried it. Hell yeah!

    Wild yeast fermented with natural carbonation from secondary ferment in bottle there is lilting aroma of bread crust, Acacia flowers, apple, lemon & grapefruit pithiness. Extremely fresh with some chalky texture that reminds a bit of great scrumpy cider. Bone dry, totally fresh and totally delicious. Yum!
    NV
    Sparkling Wine
    Italy
    391
  2. Antonio Soave 2020
    Antonio Soave 2020
    Set in the foothills before the Dolomites - with most sites sitting between 250-500 metres, the wines of Antonio Fattori are a masterclass of focus and definition. His gift is to let the varieties - Garganega for Soave, Pinot Grigio and more recently Durello and the Valpolicella red grapes which speak brightly of their origins.

    These wines are fantastic and this must be one of the best value Soave's around. Lovely up-front peach and soft green almond tinged fruit greet you. There is a lovely zip to the palate and some nervy energy countered by pure and plush fruits. This is modern, stylish and very tasty.
    2020
    Garganega, Trebbiano
    Italy
    391
    Special Price $20.00 Regular Price $26.00
  3. Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2019
    Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2019
    This is 100% organic and sourced of the crazy volcanic soils of Sicily. Often Nero runs to juby and a bit non-descript but this version has plenty of detail and savoury crunch all wrapped up in an easy drinking and plush style.

    Sicily a region blessed with consistent bright sunshine is perfect for Nero d'avola a native grape from the island. Grown on a calcareous soil this gives the wine an elegant lilt to the plush fruit. The nose presents with black and red berries and dried fruits with notes of chocolate underlying the vibrant fruit. This is a lovely bright expression of the Variety with a mouth-filling and juicy palate. 100% organic to boot! PWS
    2019
    Nero d'Avola
    Italy
    391
  4. Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2018
    Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2018
    Sicily a region blessed with consistent bright sunshine is perfect for Nero d'avola a native grape from the island. Grown on a calcareous soil this gives the wine an elegant lilt to the plush fruit. The nose presents with black and red berries and dried fruits with notes of chocolate underlying the vibrant fruit. This is a lovely bright expression of the Variety with a mouth-filling and juicy palate. 100% organic to boot! PWS
    2018
    Nero d'Avola
    Italy
    391
  5. 724  Prosecco Extra Dry NV
    724 Prosecco Extra Dry NV
    From the hills around the famed Valdobbiadene growing region quin-tessential to Prosecco, Vini 724 produce a Prosecco of energy, vibrancy and clarity of fruit character ideally suited to the style

    When we initially tasted the wine from the cellars it impressed us for its value and character, but left plenty to be desired by way of packag-ing. Thus, for the re-creation of the label the producer collaborated with a professional illustrator and journalist who has wide experience in the world of food and wine.

    What can we say!? This goes down a treat. Soft bubbles and fresh cut tree fruits that slide down so esasy. Perfect for a summer day. PWS
    NV
    Sparkling Wine
    Italy
    391
  6. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  7. Senejac 2018
    Senejac 2018
    36 Bottles available at time of offer

    The 2018 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet of blackberry and raspberry fruits, touches of graphite and pressed flowers. I admire the precision of this Haut-Médoc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-judged new oak (25%) and a touch of dark chocolate toward the finish. This has real panache and class and comes highly recommended. NEAL MARTIN
    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  8. Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml
    Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml

    Fronsac

     74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it! JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2017 La Vieille Cure is deep, fleshy and delicious. In 2017, La Vieille Cure is a bit less dense than it often is, but it still packs a pretty serious punch. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon, chocolate and floral notes shape this racy, inviting Fronsac. ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Vieille Cure has a tightly-packed black cherry and cassis scented bouquet that feels as if it could be more intense once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied, pastille-like opening: blackcurrant, crème de cassis and vanilla, lower in acidity than its Fronsac peers but smooth as silk towards the finish. NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  9. Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Shows ripeness and power on the nose with ripe dark berries and volcanic salt. Full body, soft and rich tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2022. (91) JAMES SUCKLING

    One of the best things agbout the Bordeaux 2016 vintage was the stregth of the satellite appelations - this Canon Fronsac is a freat example - situated on the right bank but with a lot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon you could easly see this as more left bak in style - it is everything a good claret should be dense dark with chewy tannis and cool clean fruit - absoultly delicous and a great price. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  10. Ronco dei Tassi Pinot Grigio 2020
    Ronco dei Tassi Pinot Grigio 2020

    Ronco dei Tassi, Friuli Venezia Giulia - Ronco is Friulian for ‘hillside, terraced vineyard’. Ronco dei Tassi is named after the badgers (tassi) in this little nook of paradise in the heart of Collio, bordering the splendid Plessiva National Park. Established in the 80s by Fabio Coser, this small winery has a large worldwide following. Meticulous vineyard work on terraced slopes lends purity and elegance to the wines.

    Finely boned, this offers subtle tones of alpine spice, green pear and wet stones. These same aromas are echoed on the palate. There's a thread of fine phenolics running through, finishing with a savoury chewy finish. A lovely composed grigio. GABRIELLE POY, PWS

    2020
    Blend
    Italy
    391
  11. Clos Floridene Blanc 2017
    Clos Floridene Blanc 2017

    1 BOTTLES remain at time of offer
    The 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc has a really classy bouquet, very well defined with citrus lemon, lime and light crushed pebble aromas. This is very pure and focused. The palate is well balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, a fine bead of acidity with a very saline finish. This is a really interesting Clos Floridène thanks to the expressive Sémillon (91). NEAL MARTIN

    A wine of real distinction and class, the 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc also shows just how appealing the vintage is for Bordeaux's dry whites. Lemon confit, tangerine oil, pear, spice and a kiss of new French oak all grace this soft, wonderfully expressive white from the Dubourdieu family. The 2017 is pure class. That's all there is to it. Tasted two times. (91) ANTONIO GALLONI

    2017
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  12. La Castellada Pinot Grigio 2012
    La Castellada Pinot Grigio 2012
    100% Pinot Grigio from 26 year-old North-east facing vines planted in limestone and marl Ponca 180 metres above sea level. Hand harvested in September, destemmed and left on skins in Slavonian oak for 15 days. Spontaneous ferment then aged for 2 years in large Slavonian oak and a further year in stainless steel. Bottled without filtration and aged for a further year in bottle prior to release,13.5%. The unique microclimate of the site  makes it possible to take a natural approach in the vineyard, with the ventilation provided by the Adriatic and Alpine winds protecting from disease. Treatments of copper and sulfur are used only when necessary to protect against downy and powdery mildew, vineyards are fully grassed in order to protect biodiversity and retain moisture, yields are low in order to achieve perfect ripeness. LA CASTELLADA
    2012
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    391
  13. Doisy Daene 2010 375ml
    Doisy Daene 2010 375ml

    Sauternes (1st Growth)

    Denis Dubourdieu's Barsac cru has an attractive bouquet with subtle notes of cooking apple, pear and lime-flower, all with very fine delineation. The palate displays good weight and a fine thread of acidity, lending tension and poise that leads to a taut finish, showing good botrytis levels for the vintage. With its trademark minerality in place, this Doisy-Daene comes highly recommended.  NEAL MARTIN

    Slightly less sweet than the 09, but still just as highly-strung with a healthy acidity and above all a very vibrant tone of fresh fruit running through the sweetness. A classic Doisy Daene, all natural and tensile, that will be lovely young and probably great old.  BILL BLATCH

    PLEASE NOTE THIS WINE IS OFFERED EN PRIMEUR AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED THE FINAL (NOW) PRICE LESS 20% WITH THE BALANCE DUE WHEN THE WINE ARRIVES IN 2013.

    2010
    Sem/Sauv Blend
    France
    356
  14. Chateau Montravel Blanc (Semillon) 2016
    Chateau Montravel Blanc (Semillon) 2016
    This is a 100% Sémillon form a 1 hectare vineyard located in Montravel, a sub-region of Bergerac.
    The grapes are hand harvested in small lug boxes, bunches are selected one by one. Pressed in an air tight press, the must is then barrel fermented and the wine aged on fine lees with regular batonnage. Aged for eleven months in 1/3 new, 1/3 one year old and 1/3 in two years old oak barrels.

    I love this wine - Semillion grown on chalk with a minerally intense core. It is opulent and dense yet has great freshness. A slight touch of stuck match reduction adds complexity to a lifted bright nose of citrus and minerally notes. Great power and mouth coating flavour and yet finishes crisp and clean. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Semillon
    France
    356
  15. Jermann Pinot Grigio 2020
    Jermann Pinot Grigio 2020
    Silvio Jermann was at the forefront of reinvigorating Italian wine in the 80s. Based in Gorizia in FVG, Jermann’s wines are renowned for their purity, depth and richness in minerality. A passionate man, Silvio says ‘I want the wines to be genuine. I want them to be balanced and elegant but above all, they should move us, prompt our emotions and have a sense of authenticity.' This demure expression of grigio is interwoven with spice, nuts and earth. Give it time to open up, it's tightly wound and utterly delicious.

    A fresh pinot grigio, showing sliced pineapple and mango with some lemon and green-apple undertones. It’s medium-bodied with pretty fruit and a zingy finish. Screw cap. JAMES SUCKLING, jamessuckling.com

    2020
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    391
  16. La Fleur de Bouard 2010 375ml
    La Fleur de Bouard 2010 375ml

    The 2010 La Fleur du Bouard (80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) is bottled unfined and unfiltered and hit 14.5% natural alcohol. The wine offers up notes of black raspberry and blueberry pie intermixed with incense, lead pencil shavings and plenty of underlying floral notes. Some background oak is also present. The wine is medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, voluptuously textured, rich, long and hedonistic and satisfying. Drink it over the next 10+ years. The other cuvee, a limited production wine, can be absolutely magnificent with some bottle age, as the 2000 is certainly proving to be.

    The standard of excellence for Lalande de Pomerol is Hubert de Bouard’s 50-acre property, over half of it located on the highly prized Neac plateau, which consists of clay, sand and gravel sub-soils. ROBERT PARKER, 2013

    2010
    Cabernet Merlot
    France
    356
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