Wine List

Champagne and Sparkling Wines

Champagne

Champagne is the wine of celebration, commiseration, racecourse succeses, christenings, weddings and seductions. In spite of recent price increases, it still makes the perfect aperitif or after-dinner refresher. There are many houses available, all of which make different styles and wines. Most Champagne is blended from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes but there are some exceptions; made only from Chardonnay, these are usually listed as blancs de blancs. Rosé Champagnes are enjoying a revival at the moment and their pretty colour always enhances a party or celebration.

 

 

Non-Vintage

  • 1. Lenoble Cuvee Intense, 75cl £49.50, 37cl £26.50
  • 2. Mumm Cordon Rouge, 75cl £75.50
  • 4. Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, 75cl £122.50
  • 6. Louis Roederer Brut Premier, 75cl £90.50
  • 7. Pol Roger White Foil, 75cl £115.00
  • 8. Veuve Clicquot, 75cl £99.50, 37cl £59.50

Vintage and de-luxe

  • 9. Pol Roger 2002, 75cl £165.50
  • 12. Louis Roederer Crystal 2000, 75cl £405.50

Rosé

  • 17. Lenoble Rosé Brut NV, 75cl £55.50
  • 19. Laurent Perrier Rosé NV, 75cl £140.00
  • 20. Billecart Salmon Rosé NV, 75cl £171.50, 37cl £90.50
Sparkling Wines

These should not be thought of as cheap alternatives to Champagne. They are often as well made and produced by the same method as Champagne, they are merely different wines in different styles.

  • 16. Raboso Spumante Rosata Azzillo ‘Rose’ N.V, 75cl £30.50
  • 21. Prosecco Azzillo Italy, 75cl £39.50
  • 22. Varichon et Clerc Privilage Blanc de Blanc, 75cl £34.50
English Sparkling Wines

Produced locally in Dorset at English Oak Vinyard Lytchett Matravers. Both the Engelmann Cuvee and Chinkapin Rosé are made from a blend of the classic Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir grapes. Great wines, why not try some for that perfect celebration.

  • 24. Engelmann Cuvee Brut, 75cl £48.50
  • 25. Chinkapin Rosé Brut, 75cl £48.50

French Reds

Claret

We feel justly proud of our Claret list, which has been built up over many years. Because it is now fairly lengthy, we have divided it into communes. Claret is principally from two main areas. On the left bank of the Garonne is the main area for wines made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This is the Medoc. On the right bank of the Dordogne are St Emilion and Pomerol. Here the main grape is the Merlot, especially in Pomerol. In St Emilion it shares the honours with the Cabernet Franc. These wines are often softer and more likely to be ready for early drinking than the more austere wines of the Medoc. The surrounding area, Bordeaux, Blaye, Cote de Francs, Fronsac, Cote de Castillon. Many good little wines can be found in these areas.

  • 29. Ch Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur 2012, 75cl £38.50
  • 29. Ch Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur 2010, Half £21.50
  • 31. Ch Peybonhomme Les Tours 2014, 75cl £33.95

Premiers Cote de Blay

  • 32. Clos l’Eglise 2005 Cote de Castillion, 75cl £69.95
Medoc

A strange mix of Chateaux make up this group, from really top properties, such as Ch La Lagune, through up-and-coming Chateaux like Caronne Ste Gemme.They have in common only that they do not fit geographically into the basic village communes of the rest of Medoc.

 

  • 33. Ch Tanesse 2009/10, 75cl £33.50
  • 34. Ch Beaumont 2009, 75cl £64.50
Margaux

At the Southern end of the Medoc is Margaux, with its magnificent eponymous Chateau, and many other imposing properties. The general summation on the style of the wines of the commune is that they are soft and feminine.

 

 

  • 40. Ch Moulin D’Angludet 2011, 75cl £65.50, (2009) 37cl £37.50
  • 41. Ch Du Terte 2006 5em Cru Classe Margaux, 75cl £124.50
  • 42. Ch Giscours 2009 3em Cru Classe Margaux, 75cl £198.00
St Estephe

St Estephe has always had the reputation of being the commune whose wines take longest to mature. This is often true of certain Chateau, Montrose and Cos d’Estournel, for example, but is not always the case.

  • 45. Ch Lilian-Ladouy 2008 Cru Bourgeois, 75cl £63.50
  • 46. Ch Chambert Marbuzet 2000, 75cl £89.95
  • 47. Ch Le Boscq 2000, 75cl £89.95
  • 48. Ch Meyney 2002, 150cl £162.50
  • 49. Ch Les Pagodes de Cos 1998, 75cl £124.00
St Julien

The fruitiest Medocs come from the village of St Julien. Many of the so called “super-seconds” (wines which should be reclassified upwards).

 

 

  • 54. Ch St Pierre Sevaistre 1970, 75cl £139.50
  • 56. Ch Gruaud Larose 1981, 75cl £215.50
  • 57. Ch Ducru Beaucaillou 1971, 75cl £250.50
Pauillac

The most serious wine-growing area of Bordeaux, which includes three of the five first growths: Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. Pauillac is always Inkypurple in youth and full of the smell and taste of Blackcurrants. when it matures, the smell is further enhanced by cigar box overtones. Magnificent wines.

  • 67. Lacoste Borie, Pauillac 2006/10, 75cl £86.50 2nd Wine of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste
  • 68. Ch Batailly 2008 5em Cru Classe Pauillac, 75cl £122.50
  • 69. Ch Grand Puy Lacoste 2003, 75cl £130.00
  • 71. Ch Latour 1989, 75cl £725.50
St Emilion

The town of St Emilion is surrounded by vineyards sloping away gently towards the south. The wines are very easy to drink and very smooth.

  • 73. Ch La Rose St Georges 2011, 75cl £59.50
  • 77. Ch Cheval Blanc 1994, 75cl £665.00
Pomerol

Properties in Pomerol in general produce very small quantities of wine. Most Chateaux have over 75% planted with Merlot; some, like Petrus, plant over 90%. This makes for round, voluptuous wines with appeal to the English palate

 

 

 

 

  • 84. Pomerol Chateau des Moines 2012, 75cl £48.00
  • 84. Pomerol Christian Moueix 2012, 37cl £33.00
  • 85. La Grave Trigant de Boisset 2003, 75cl £85.00
  • 86. Ch Pomerol Valois 2009, 75cl £92.50
  • 87. Ch L’Enclos 2000, 75cl £117.50
Graves Pessac Leognan

Graves Pessac Leognan The region of Graves takes its name from the gravel soil which is prevalent there. This soil imparts a dry, earthy character to the wines. This sounds less than a recommendation, but the wines mellow rapidly with age and become soft and delicious with just a hint of their youthful earthiness.

  • 98. Ch Haut Brion 1966, 75cl £497.50
  • 99. Ch Haut Brion 1989, 75cl £1999.50
Beaujolais

The light, delicious, fruity wines from the beautiful Beaujolais hills are perfect summer drinking wines. They have an abundance of marvellous raspberry-like Gamay fruit and are as good chilled, as the French drink them, as they are at room temperature.

 

  • 126. Morgon 2014 Domaine la Chaponne, 75cl £41.50
  • 127. Julienas 2013 (Descombes), 75cl £42.00
  • 129. Brouilly 2014 Ch des Tours, 75cl £43.95, 37cl £24.95 2014
  • 130. Fleurie 2014 (Andre Cologne), 75cl £45.00, 37cl £25.50 2014
Macon and the Cote Chalonnaise

Lying between Beaujolais and Burgundy proper are the two regions of the Maconnais and Chalonnaise. Both produce red wines from the Pinot Noir grape, and White, from the Chardonnay, as in the main area of Burgundy. No-one would pretend that they have the quality of the great wines from further north, but in view of the prices being charged there, it is necessary to look elsewhere for supplies of Burgundian wine. The Rully is particularly recommended; it has depth and richness well beyond its appellation.

 

  • 136. Rully Dureuil Janthail 2009, 75cl £63.50
Cote de Beaune

Within Burgundy the Southern end of the Cote d`Or is renowned for its great white-wines-the greatest dry white wines of the world. The reds range from the delicate, fruity Savigny, through the powerful Auxey Duresses to the classy Corton, Pommard and Volnay. With Burgundy, it is the grower and the vintage which are all important, not the village name. Jadot is a top rank grower, and Ampeau is among the top negociants. We have tried to include wines from top, mature vintages as well as younger, light, fruity wines.

 

 

 

  • 140. Irancy les Cailles 2011/13, 75cl £55.95
  • 141. Volnay Jean Yves 2006, 75cl £59.00
  • 142. Auxey Duresses 1994 Robert Ampeau, 75cl £69.50
  • 145. Volnay Clos des Chenes 2004 Lafarge, 75cl £102.50
Cote de Nuits

This is the home of top red Burgundy; stronger, richer and more robust than the wines of the Cote de Beaune. Names like Chambertin, Clos Vougeot and Nuits St Georges are now expensive but there are other enjoyable, affordable wines.

  • 160. Bourgogne Pinot Noir Christophe Denizot 2014, 75cl £35.50
  • 161. Nuits St Georges Chevillon – Cheeaux 2010, 75cl £86.00
  • 162. Cote de Nuits Villages Bachelet 2009, 75cl £97.50
  • 163. Gevrey Chambertin Les Crais G Seguin 2008/9, 75cl £98.00
  • 167. La Tache Romanee Conti 1994, 75cl £1795.50
Rhone

The Red wines from the Rhone valley are at least receiving the attention which they have so long deserved.The region can be considered as two separate areas, the North, which produces long-lived red wines from the Syrah grape, such as Hermitage and Cote Rotie, and to the South, which consists of a confusing and disparate set of appellations. The most widely planted grape is the Grenache but many producers are now using a lot of Syrah. However, this is an over simplification; there are thirteen permitted grape varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape! All the wines benefit from ageing but for economic reasons many are either drunk too young or are vinified so as to drink earlier

  • 196. Cote du Rhone 2011 E Guigal, 75cl £35.50, 2010 37cl £20.50
  • 198. Vacqueyras domaine de L’espigouette 2011/13, 75cl £49.00
  • 199. Crozes Hermitage ‘la Matiniere’ 2013/14, 75cl £44.50
  • 200. Gigondas La Bastide St Vincent 2012, 75cl £59.50
  • 201. St Joseph Cuilleron 2012 75cl £67.50
  • 202. Chateauneuf du Pape Domaine la Boutiniere 2012, 75cl £71.50
Loire

On the upper Loire, at Chinon and Bourgeuil, light red wines are made from the Cabernet Franc grape. Despite the use of this grape, the wines are more reminiscent of Beaujolais than St Emilion.

 

 

 

 

  • 224 Chinon Rouge 2013 Fabrice Delalande £35.00

French Whites

Bordeaux

White Bordeaux is undergoing a renaissance, mainly because winemakers are now using cold temperature fermentation and new oak for ageing. The wines are made of a blend, different at each property, of Sauvignon and Semillon. Theyn range from the ultra dry to the luscious, yet dry Ygrec, the dry white wine of Ch Yquem.

Dry White

  • 103. Ch La Source Blanc 2008, 75cl £58.00
  • 103a. Ch La Louvierre Graves 1998. 75cl £62.50

Sweet White

  • 112. Ch Les Mingets 2011/12 Sauternes, 75cl £58.00 37cl £33.00
  • 119. Ch d’Yquem 1970 (1er grand cru), 75cl £461.50
  • 120. Ch d’Yquem 1967 (1er grand cru), 75cl £2170.50
Macon and the Cote de Chalonnaise

The soaring price of Chardonnay wines in the Cote d`Or has led to the discovery of well made, smaller wines in the Macconais and the Chalonnaise. Some of the names may be unfamiliar but the wines are well-made and offer good value for money.

 

 

  • 175. White Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010/11, 75cl £38.50
  • 176. Macon Fuisse 2014/15 Domaine Auvigne, 75cl £39.95
  • 177. Rully Blanc 1er Cru ‘Les Cloux’ 2012, 75cl £63.50
  • 178. Pouilly Fuisse ‘les Crays’2014 Domaine Auvigue, 75cl £60.50
  • 178. Pouilly Fuisse Cuvee Terroir 2013 Domaine Luquet Roger, 37cl £33.25
  • 181. Mersault-Blagny 1st Cru Louis Jadot 1991, 75cl £120.50
Cote d`Or

Most great white Burgundy comes from the Cote de Beaune from the villages of Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. Behind the great villages lie less well-known hamlets like St Aubin. The wine from these villages is less intense and concentrated but it is less expensive.

 

  • 187. Puligny Montrachet 2014 Girardin, 75cl £126.00
  • 188. Meursault ‘Charrons’ Bouzereau 2012, 75cl £119.50
  • 189. Chassagne Montrachet 2011 Nieillon, 75cl £140.00
  • 189a. Chassagne Montrachet La Romanee 2005, 75cl £152.00
Chablis

Chablis is not White Burgundy, although it is made from the same grape variety, the Chardonnay. The area of production lies almost midway between Paris and Burgundy proper. The soil is entirely different and the wines should have more steel and freshness than wines from the Cote d`Or. Nevertheless some producers are attempting to make their wines taste like Puligny Montrachet by using lots of new oak. This is not always a success, as the oak can mask the flavour of the Chardonnay grape. There are many different opinions in Chablis as to how much oak should be used, if at all.

  • CH1. Chablis 2014 Domaine Alain Gautheron, 75cl £39.95
  • CH1. Chablis 2014 Domaine Alain Gautheron, 37cl £25.00
  • CH2. Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2014/15 , 37cl £32.50
  • CH3. Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnere 2012, 75cl £78.50
Rhones

Continuing a line almost due south of Burgundy lie the vineyards of the Rhône valley some of the world’s longest-lived wines are produced and some of the rarest and aromatic whites.

White

  • 208. Cote du Rhone Blanc 2014 Guigal, 75cl £35.50
  • 209. Picpoul de Pinet ‘Sel et Sable’2014, 75cl £27.50

Sweet White

  • 215. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2015 This is a 500ml bottle (Domaine de Fenouillet), 50cl £34.50
Loire

The Loire is a long river with vineyards dotted down its entire length. Three different grape varieties are used. The Muscadet or Melon de Bourgogne makes its eponymous wine round Nantes at the South of the river. This is often thought of as the wine to have with shellfish. Some might prefer White Burgundy. Next along the river come Vouvray and Savennieres. Here the Chenin Blanc grape is used. The river then bends and runs South-North instead of West-East, producing some of the most popular wines of France. Made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, they are crisp, dry and steely and have caught the imagination of the wine buying public.

    • 216. Muscadet 2015 Sèvre et Maine (Domaine Les Hauts Pémions), 75cl £30.00, 37cl £16.50
    • 219. Pouilly Fume ‘Les Berthiers’ 2014 , 75cl £41.50, 37cl £22.75

Landrat et Guyollot

  • 220. Sancerre 2013/14 Riffault, 75cl £51.00, 37cl £28.00
  • 221. Vouvray 2010 Sec (Le Haut Lieu), 75cl £51.00, 37cl £28.00
Alsace

Alsace is one of the prettiest, the most gastronomically rewarding and the leastknown wine- producing areas in France. Lying on the lower slopes of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards attract a lot of sun and very little rain. Alsace has changed hands from France to Germany three times in the last 125 years. This has made for a winemaking and indeed food culture somewhat different from the rest of France. In Alsace the wines are named after the grape varieties and not the villages from which the wines come. The simplest of these is the Sylvaner, a perfect picnic wine. Next comes the Muscat, with its light, elegant floweriness. This makes a very good aperitif. Then the noble grapes: Gewurztraminer, spicy and perfumed; Tokay, more delicate, yet with great depth; and Riesling, which the Alsatians consider the king of grapes. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the Alsace vignerons, like their cousins and rivals in Germany, make richer wines which are designated with different names by each house, so that the relative lusciousness of, say Paul Blanck is about equal to Trimbach’s Riesling. Finally come the late harvest wines, Vendange Tardive and the rare Selection de Grains Nobles. These are made from grapes attacked by Pourriture Noble, as in Sauternes. In Alsace, however, they are never `sweet` as they are in Bordeaux, but intense and rich. It is a pity that these wines are so difficult to sell as they are really delicious-why not try some?

 

  • 231. Pinot Blanc 2013 Adam, 75cl £29.50
  • 232. Pinot Gris Reserve Jean Baptiste Adam 2014, 75cl £39.95
  • 233. Riesling’Expression’Vincent Sipp 2014, 75cl £43.50
  • 234. Gewürztraminer Hugel 2011, 37cl £34.00
  • 235. Gewurztraminer Trimbach 2012/13, 75cl £55.00, 37cl £33.00

French Rose

Provence
  • 212. Ch St Baillon 2015 Cote de Provence, 75cl £34.50
  • 213. Whispering Angel Rosé Sacha Lichine 2014/15, 75cl £47.50
  • Ch D’Eslans Cote de Provence 2014 European Winery of the Year
Loire
  • 226. Pinot Noir Rosé Croix d’Or Massif Central 2015, 75cl £26.50
  • 227. Chinon Rosé de la Semellerie 2015, 75cl £35.00
  • 228. Sancerre Rosé Andre Dezat 2015, 75cl £48.50

Germany

Hock and Mosel

The English gave the name Hock to German Rhine wines in the 19th century, when Queen Victoria popularised the wines of Hocheim. The wines range from light and dry to rich and sweet; they are refined and long flavoured. The King of the grape varieties is the Riesling, which only ripens in the finest sites in good years. The Mosel valley is one of the most northerly vineyard areas in Europe. The river Mosel snakes its way from Luxembourg to meet the Rhine at Koblenz. The banks are steep cliffs, like slopes of pure slate. This soil gives their wines unique nflavour. They are flinty, dry to medium dry, low in alcohol and above all exceptionally grapey with a refreshing aftertaste.

  • 255. Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2008, 75cl £89.50
  • 256. Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spatlese 2004, 75cl £88.50

Portugal and Spain

Red
  • 264. Ramon Bilboa Edicion Limitada Rioja 2013, 75cl £30.50
  • 265. Ramon Bilboa Reserva 2011 Rioja, 75cl £39.95
  • 269. Mirto Rioja Special Cuvee 2010/11, 75cl £88.00
White
  • 261. Garnacia Blanca Altes Herencia 2011, 75cl £26.50
  • 263. Albarino Rias Baixas ‘Mar de Frades’ 2014, 75cl £43.50

Italy

Red

A renaissance is taking place in Italian winemaking. Serious wines, both Red and White are being made. Because they contain foreign grape varieties, many have to be designated `Vino da Tavola`. Some of the most impressive wines are coming from Tuscany and Umbria, where Chardonnay is now planted quite widely and new methods of vinification are being employed. We have expanded this part of the list and give short notes on some wines.

  • 279. Chianti Da Vinci 2014, 75cl £29.00
  • 280. Castello di Luzzano Umore Nero 2014, 75cl £42.00
White
  • 271. Pinot Grigio Bertoldi 2014, 75cl £27.50
  • 273. Soave Classico Pieropan 2014, 75cl £36.50

California

Red

We have expanded our list with a selection of some new and exciting finds.

 

  • 296. Ca’ Moni Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014, 75cl £39.00
  • 297. Lang & Reed North Coast 2012, 75cl £56.50
White
    Since Jim Clendenen’s first vintage in 1982, his wines have been the beacon of character, balance and restraint. No high alcohols or overblown fruit. Consequently, the wines age beautifully bringing a different expression to an already classy wine. Jim had the foresight to hold back his wines for future enjoyment. And now these extremely rare wines are available for those that know the difference patience brings

 

  • 287. Ca’ Moni Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £39.00
  • 288. Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £75.00

Australia

Red

The hot climate of Australia produces wines of huge concentration and depth but sometimes with rather obvious flavours. There are exceptions: those growers who pick early and ferment at cold temperatures make impressive wines. All the wines are good value for money.

  • 308. Pauletts Polish Hill River Cabernet Merlot 2010, 75cl £32.50
  • 309. Willunga 100 McLaren Vale 2013, 75cl £35.50
White
  • 304. Tyrrell’s Old Winery Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £35.50, 37cl £17.50
  • Half Bottles are 2011
  • 305. Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 75cl £40.50

New Zealand

Red

A relative newcomer to winemaking, New Zealand has scored an instant success, particularly with her Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. At present some of the reds are less successful but the standard is improving with each vintage.

 

  • 329. Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2014, 75cl £41.95
    Mt Difficulty, Central Ortago
  • 331. Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014, 75cl £97.50
White
  • 316. Wairau River Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 75cl £33.50
    ‘Family Vineyard’ Marlborough
  • 317. Roaring Meg Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2014, 75cl £30.50
  • 318. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2014, 75cl £39.50
  • 319. Felton Road Riesling 2011, 75cl £53.50
  • 320. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 , 75cl £69.95

South Africa

Red

The wines of South Africa are much improved and more to European tastes. Gone are the coarse and heavy wines; in their place are some with real fruit and style.

 

  • 336. Porter Mill Station Pinotage 2014, 75cl £27.50
  • 338. Cuvee Friedrich’Founders Blend’ 2011, 75cl £48.50
  • Laibach Vineyards Stellenbosch
White
  • 332. Backsberg Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 75cl £27.50
  • 334. Chardonnay ‘Lesca’2013 De Wetshof Estate, 75cl £33.95

Central and South America

Red

Interesting and exciting wines are now coming from this old part of the New World.

  • 347. Ventisquro Merlot 2012 Chile, 75cl £29.00
  • 348. Kaiken Malbec 2013 Argentina, 75cl £29.00
  • 349. Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Chile 2013, 75cl £27.50
  • 350. Malbec Finca Sophenia Reserve 2014, 75cl £38.50
White
  • 344. Leyda ‘Costa’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015/16 Chile, 75cl £28.95
  • Chono Single Vineyard Series, La Playa
  • 346. Vina Tres Plalacios Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 75cl £26.50

Lebanese

Red

Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards. Most are located in the Bekaa Valley, cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines from Byblos across to all of the areas around the Mediterranean.

  • 281. Chateau Musar  2009, 75cl, £79.95

House Wines

Red
  • Cote du Rhone de l’Amandine 2014 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • Red Merlot Block 10 Reserve 2015 Chile, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • Red Pinot Noir Saurus Patagonia Argentina 2015, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
White
  • White Chardonnay Moulin d’Argent 2015 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
    “Crisp Unoaked”
  • White Monte Blanco de Ramon Bilbao 2014, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
    Grape variety Verdejo from the Rueda region of Spain
  • White Sauvignon Blanc Valdivieso 2015, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • White Pinot Grigio Il Conti 2015, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
Rosé
  • Le Poussin Provence style Rosé 2015 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2015 Chile, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
  • House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
Dessert Wines
  • A selection of Sauternes also appears in the main list
  • Muscat wines by the glass 100ml
  • Samos Vin Doux Greek 2015, glass £6.50
  • Muscat de Beaumes de Venise,glass £8.50
Champagne
  • Champagne Lenoble Cuvee Intense, 75cl £49.50, 37cl £26.50…glass £13.50
  • Champagne Lenoble Brut Rosé, 75cl £55.50…glass £14.50
  • Prosecco …glass £9.50
Bordeaux

White Bordeaux is undergoing a renaissance, mainly because winemakers are now using cold temperature fermentation and new oak for ageing. The wines are made of a blend, different at each property, of Sauvignon and Semillon. Theyn range from the ultra dry to the luscious, yet dry Ygrec, the dry white wine of Ch Yquem.

Dry White

  • 103. Ch La Source Blanc 2008, 75cl £58.00

Sweet White

  • 112. Ch Les Mingets 2011/12 Sauternes, 75cl £52.50 37cl £29.95
  • 119. Ch d’Yquem 1970 (1er grand cru), 75cl £461.50
  • 120. Ch d’Yquem 1967 (1er grand cru), 75cl £2170.50
Macon and the Cote de Chalonnaise

The soaring price of Chardonnay wines in the Cote d`Or has led to the discovery of well made, smaller wines in the Macconais and the Chalonnaise. Some of the names may be unfamiliar but the wines are well-made and offer good value for money.

  • 175. White Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £35.50
  • 176. Macon Montbellet 2013, 75cl £39.50
  • 177. Rully Les Cloux 2012, 75cl £63.50
  • 178. Pouilly Fuisse ‘les Crays’2012 Domaine Auvigue, 75cl £60.50, 37cl £33.25
  • 179. Pouilly Fuisse “Vieilles Vignes” Auvigue 2009, 37cl £37.50
  • 181. Mersault-Blagney 1st Cru Louis Jadot 1991, 75cl £162.50
Cote d`Or

Most great white Burgundy comes from the Cote de Beaune from the villages of Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. Behind the great villages lie less well-known hamlets like St Aubin. The wine from these villages is less intense and concentrated but it is less expensive.

  • 187. Puligny Montrachet 2011 Girardin, 75cl £106.00
  • 188. Meursault ‘les Grands Charrons’2011, 75cl £110.50
  • 189. Chassagne Montrachet 2011 Nieillon, 75cl £115.00
Chablis

Chablis is not White Burgundy, although it is made from the same grape variety, the Chardonnay. The area of production lies almost midway between Paris and Burgundy proper. The soil is entirely different and the wines should have more steel and freshness than wines from the Cote d`Or. Nevertheless some producers are attempting to make their wines taste like Puligny Montrachet by using lots of new oak. This is not always a success, as the oak can mask the flavour of the Chardonnay grape. There are many different opinions in Chablis as to how much oak should be used, if at all.

  • CH1. Petit Chablis 2013 Marc Brocard, 75cl £39.95, 37cl £21.00
  • CH2. Chablis 1er Cru 2010 Montmain Michel , 37cl £31.50
  • CH3. Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnere 2012, 75cl £78.50
Rhones

Continuing a line almost due south of Burgundy lie the vineyards of the Rhône valley some of the world’s longest-lived wines are produced and some of the rarest and aromatic whites.

White

  • 208. Cote du Rhone Blanc 2012 Guigal, 75cl £35.50
  • 209. Picpoul de Pinet ‘Trois Mats’2013, 75cl £27.50
    Vignobles des 3 Chateaux

Sweet White

  • 215. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013 This is a 500ml bottle (Domaine de Fenouillet), 50cl £34.50
Loire

The Loire is a long river with vineyards dotted down its entire length. Three different grape varieties are used. The Muscadet or Melon de Bourgogne makes its eponymous wine round Nantes at the South of the river. This is often thought of as the wine to have with shellfish. Some might prefer White Burgundy. Next along the river come Vouvray and Savennieres. Here the Chenin Blanc grape is used. The river then bends and runs South-North instead of West-East, producing some of the most popular wines of France. Made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, they are crisp, dry and steely and have caught the imagination of the wine buying public.

    • 216. Muscadet 2014 Sèvre et Maine (Domaine Les Hauts Pémions), 75cl £30.00, 37cl £16.50
    • 218. Pouilly Fume La Rambarde 2013 Landrat Guyout, 75cl £51.0
    • 219. Pouilly Fume ‘Les Berthiers’ 2012/13 , 75cl £41.50, 37cl £22.70

Landrat et Guyollot

  • 220. Sancerre 2013 Riffault, 75cl £51.00, 37cl £25.50
  • 221. Vouvray 2010 Sec (Le Haut Lieu), 75cl £69.00
Alsace

Alsace is one of the prettiest, the most gastronomically rewarding and the leastknown wine- producing areas in France. Lying on the lower slopes of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards attract a lot of sun and very little rain. Alsace has changed hands from France to Germany three times in the last 125 years. This has made for a winemaking and indeed food culture somewhat different from the rest of France. In Alsace the wines are named after the grape varieties and not the villages from which the wines come. The simplest of these is the Sylvaner, a perfect picnic wine. Next comes the Muscat, with its light, elegant floweriness. This makes a very good aperitif. Then the noble grapes: Gewurztraminer, spicy and perfumed; Tokay, more delicate, yet with great depth; and Riesling, which the Alsatians consider the king of grapes. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the Alsace vignerons, like their cousins and rivals in Germany, make richer wines which are designated with different names by each house, so that the relative lusciousness of, say Paul Blanck is about equal to Trimbach’s Riesling. Finally come the late harvest wines, Vendange Tardive and the rare Selection de Grains Nobles. These are made from grapes attacked by Pourriture Noble, as in Sauternes. In Alsace, however, they are never `sweet` as they are in Bordeaux, but intense and rich. It is a pity that these wines are so difficult to sell as they are really delicious-why not try some?

  • 231. Pinot Blanc 2012 Adam, 75cl £29.50
  • 232. Pinot Gris Reserve Jean Baptiste Adam 2012, 75cl £39.95
  • 233. Riesling Trimbach 2009, 75cl £46.50
  • 234. Gewürztraminer Hugel 2011, 37cl £34.00
  • 235. Gewurztraminer Trimbach 2011, 75cl £55.00, 37cl £32.50

French Whites

Bordeaux

White Bordeaux is undergoing a renaissance, mainly because winemakers are now using cold temperature fermentation and new oak for ageing. The wines are made of a blend, different at each property, of Sauvignon and Semillon. Theyn range from the ultra dry to the luscious, yet dry Ygrec, the dry white wine of Ch Yquem.

Dry White

  • 103. Ch La Source Blanc 2008, 75cl £58.00

Sweet White

  • 112. Ch Les Mingets 2011/12 Sauternes, 75cl £52.50 37cl £29.95
  • 119. Ch d’Yquem 1970 (1er grand cru), 75cl £461.50
  • 120. Ch d’Yquem 1967 (1er grand cru), 75cl £2170.50
Macon and the Cote de Chalonnaise

The soaring price of Chardonnay wines in the Cote d`Or has led to the discovery of well made, smaller wines in the Macconais and the Chalonnaise. Some of the names may be unfamiliar but the wines are well-made and offer good value for money.

  • 175. White Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £35.50
  • 176. Macon Montbellet 2013, 75cl £39.50
  • 177. Rully Les Cloux 2012, 75cl £63.50
  • 178. Pouilly Fuisse ‘les Crays’2012 Domaine Auvigue, 75cl £60.50, 37cl £33.25
  • 179. Pouilly Fuisse “Vieilles Vignes” Auvigue 2009, 37cl £37.50
  • 181. Mersault-Blagney 1st Cru Louis Jadot 1991, 75cl £162.50
Cote d`Or

Most great white Burgundy comes from the Cote de Beaune from the villages of Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. Behind the great villages lie less well-known hamlets like St Aubin. The wine from these villages is less intense and concentrated but it is less expensive.

  • 187. Puligny Montrachet 2011 Girardin, 75cl £106.00
  • 188. Meursault ‘les Grands Charrons’2011, 75cl £110.50
  • 189. Chassagne Montrachet 2011 Nieillon, 75cl £115.00
Chablis

Chablis is not White Burgundy, although it is made from the same grape variety, the Chardonnay. The area of production lies almost midway between Paris and Burgundy proper. The soil is entirely different and the wines should have more steel and freshness than wines from the Cote d`Or. Nevertheless some producers are attempting to make their wines taste like Puligny Montrachet by using lots of new oak. This is not always a success, as the oak can mask the flavour of the Chardonnay grape. There are many different opinions in Chablis as to how much oak should be used, if at all.

  • CH1. Petit Chablis 2013 Marc Brocard, 75cl £39.95, 37cl £21.00
  • CH2. Chablis 1er Cru 2010 Montmain Michel , 37cl £31.50
  • CH3. Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnere 2012, 75cl £78.50
Rhones

Continuing a line almost due south of Burgundy lie the vineyards of the Rhône valley some of the world’s longest-lived wines are produced and some of the rarest and aromatic whites.

White

  • 208. Cote du Rhone Blanc 2012 Guigal, 75cl £35.50
  • 209. Picpoul de Pinet ‘Trois Mats’2013, 75cl £27.50
    Vignobles des 3 Chateaux

Sweet White

  • 215. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013 This is a 500ml bottle (Domaine de Fenouillet), 50cl £34.50
Loire

The Loire is a long river with vineyards dotted down its entire length. Three different grape varieties are used. The Muscadet or Melon de Bourgogne makes its eponymous wine round Nantes at the South of the river. This is often thought of as the wine to have with shellfish. Some might prefer White Burgundy. Next along the river come Vouvray and Savennieres. Here the Chenin Blanc grape is used. The river then bends and runs South-North instead of West-East, producing some of the most popular wines of France. Made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, they are crisp, dry and steely and have caught the imagination of the wine buying public.

    • 216. Muscadet 2014 Sèvre et Maine (Domaine Les Hauts Pémions), 75cl £30.00, 37cl £16.50
    • 218. Pouilly Fume La Rambarde 2013 Landrat Guyout, 75cl £51.0
    • 219. Pouilly Fume ‘Les Berthiers’ 2012/13 , 75cl £41.50, 37cl £22.70

Landrat et Guyollot

  • 220. Sancerre 2013 Riffault, 75cl £51.00, 37cl £25.50
  • 221. Vouvray 2010 Sec (Le Haut Lieu), 75cl £69.00
Alsace

Alsace is one of the prettiest, the most gastronomically rewarding and the leastknown wine- producing areas in France. Lying on the lower slopes of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards attract a lot of sun and very little rain. Alsace has changed hands from France to Germany three times in the last 125 years. This has made for a winemaking and indeed food culture somewhat different from the rest of France. In Alsace the wines are named after the grape varieties and not the villages from which the wines come. The simplest of these is the Sylvaner, a perfect picnic wine. Next comes the Muscat, with its light, elegant floweriness. This makes a very good aperitif. Then the noble grapes: Gewurztraminer, spicy and perfumed; Tokay, more delicate, yet with great depth; and Riesling, which the Alsatians consider the king of grapes. The situation is further complicated by the fact that the Alsace vignerons, like their cousins and rivals in Germany, make richer wines which are designated with different names by each house, so that the relative lusciousness of, say Paul Blanck is about equal to Trimbach’s Riesling. Finally come the late harvest wines, Vendange Tardive and the rare Selection de Grains Nobles. These are made from grapes attacked by Pourriture Noble, as in Sauternes. In Alsace, however, they are never `sweet` as they are in Bordeaux, but intense and rich. It is a pity that these wines are so difficult to sell as they are really delicious-why not try some?

  • 231. Pinot Blanc 2012 Adam, 75cl £29.50
  • 232. Pinot Gris Reserve Jean Baptiste Adam 2012, 75cl £39.95
  • 233. Riesling Trimbach 2009, 75cl £46.50
  • 234. Gewürztraminer Hugel 2011, 37cl £34.00
  • 235. Gewurztraminer Trimbach 2011, 75cl £55.00, 37cl £32.50

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