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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.
1. Lenoble Cuvee Intense, 75cl £56.50, 37cl £28.50
2. Mumm Cordon Rouge, 75cl £89.95
4. Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, 75cl £135.00
6. Louis Roederer Brut Premier, 75cl £90.50
7. Pol Roger White Foil, 75cl £115.00
8. Veuve Clicquot, 75cl £130.00, 37cl £65.00
10. Laurent Perrier, 37cl £65.00
Vintage and de-luxe
9. Pol Roger 2002, 75cl £165.50
12. Louis Roederer Crystal 2000, 75cl £405.50
17. Lenoble Rosé Brut NV, 75cl £60.00
19. Laurent Perrier Rosé NV, 75cl £140.00
20. Billecart Salmon Rosé NV, 75cl £171.50, 37cl £90.50
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. Le Monde Pinot Nero Rose Spumante 2015, 75cl £35.00
21. Prosecco Azzillo Italy, 75cl £39.50
22. Varichon et Clerc Privilage Blanc de Blanc, 75cl £35.50
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
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 2012/14, 75cl £39.50
29. Ch Lescalle Bordeaux Superieur 2014, Half £24.50
31. Ch Peybonhomme Les Tours 2015, 75cl £39.50
Premiers Cotes de Blaye
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 £36.50
34. Ch Beaumont 20011/12, 75cl £68.50
34. Ch Beaumont 20012, Half £32.50
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 2011/14, 75cl £75.00
44. Ch Paveil de Luze 2010, Half £45.50
41. Ch Du Terte 2009 5em Cru Classe Margaux, 75cl £124.50
42. Ch Giscours 2009 3em Cru Classe Margaux, 75cl £198.00
43. Ch Labegorce Fédé Margaux 2005, 75cl £128.00
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 2014 Cru Bourgeois, 75cl £97.00
49. Ch Les Pagodes de Cos 1998/2006, 75cl £140.00
(This is the second wine of Ch Cos d’Estournel)
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 Becaillou 1971, 75cl £250.50
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. Ch Lacoste Borie, Pauillac 2010, 75cl £115.00
(2nd Wine of Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste)
68. Ch Batailly 2008 5em Cru Classe Pauillac, 75cl £138.50
71. Ch Latour 1989, 75cl £725.50
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 2014, 75cl £63.50
75. Ch Fonbel Grand Cru 2012, 75cl £90.00, 37cl 2009 £50.00
77. Ch Cheval Blanc 1994, 75cl £665.00
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 2015, 75cl £49.50
86. Pomerol Chateau Valois 2014, 75cl £92.50
87. Ch Guillot Pommerol 2000, 75cl £130.00
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.
97. Les Haldes de Luchey 2010, 75cl £70.50
98. Ch Haut Brion 1966, 75cl £497.50
99. Ch Haut Brion 1989, 75cl £1999.50
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 2014/2015 Domaine la Chaponne, 75cl £41.50
127. Julienas 2014 (Ch Bonnet), 75cl £46.00
129. Brouilly ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Dubost 2015/2016, 75cl £43.95
129. Brouilly ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Dubost 2016, Half £25.00
130. Fleurie ‘Poncie’ 2016 (Patrick Tranchand), 75cl £44.50
130a. Fleurie 2014/5 La Madone G Blanc, Half £26.50
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 Rouge Tete De Cuvee 2015, £75.00
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 £65.00
141. Savigny les Beaune Gollards 2015/16, 75cl £62.50
142. Chassagne Montrachet, 1er Cru Morgeot 2011, 75cl £102.50
146. Volnay Lucien Boillot 2008, 75cl £99.50
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 2016 Christophe Denizot, 75cl £39.95
161. Nuits St Georges ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2011/14, 75cl £135.00
162. Cote de Nuits Villages Bachelet 2009/11, 75cl £97.50
163. Gevrey Chambertin Les Crais G Seguin 2006/8, 75cl £140.00
167. La Tache Romanee Conti 1994, 75cl £1795.50
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 – Seguret 2014, 75cl £35.50
196. Cote du Rhone de l’Amandine 2016, Half £20.50
198. Vacqueyras Amouriers 2015, 75cl £49.00
199. Crozes Hermitage ‘la Matiniere’ 2014/15, 75cl £48.50
200. Gigondas Les Fouilles 2013, 75cl £63.00
200a. Gigondas ‘Cuvee Tradition’ Gour de Chaule 2015, 75cl £66.oo
201. St Joseph Faury 2015 75cl £67.50
203. Chateauneuf des Papes Bosquet des Papes
Vieilles Vines Chante le Merle 2001, 75cl £115.00
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 2014/15 Fabrice Delalande £35.00
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.
103. Ch La Louvierre Graves 1998l 75cl £62.50
112. Ch Les Mingets 2012/13 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
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 £39.50
Cote Chalonnaise, Domaines de Moirots
176. Macon Fuisse 2016 Domaine Auvigne, 75cl £39.95
177. Rully Blanc 1er Cru ‘Les Cloux’ 2014, 75cl £68.50
178. Pouilly Fuisse ‘les Crays’ 2015 Domaine Auvigue, 75cl £60.50
178. Pouilly Fuisse Cuvee Terroir 2015 Luquet Roger, 37cl £33.25
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 2015 ‘Jean Pascal’, 75cl £132.00
188. Meursault ‘Charrons’ Bouzereau 2013, 75cl £119.50
188a. Meursault ‘Clos du Cromin Javillier’ 2012, 75cl £119.50
189. Chassagne Montrachet La Romanee 2205/2012, 75cl £152.00
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 2016 Domaine Alain Gautheron, 75cl £48.50
CH1. Chablis 2016 Domaine Alain Gautheron, 37cl £28.50
CH2. Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2014/15 , 37cl £54.00
CH3. Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnere 2012/13, 75cl £86.00
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.
209. Picpoul de Pinet ‘Sel et Sable’2015/16, 75cl £42.00
A bright, fresh Languedoc white with fragrant aromas of white flowers, lemon citrus, melon and a steely minerality.
215. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2016
This is a 500ml bottle (Domaine de Fenouillet), 50cl £40.00
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 Sèvre et Maine 2016 bot / 2015 half (Domaine Des Herbauges), 75cl £32.00, 37cl £17.95
219. Pouilly Fume ‘Les Berthiers’ 2016 bot / 2015 half (Landrat et Guyollot), 75cl £49.50, 37cl £25.00
Landrat et Guyollot
220. Sancerre Boucauds Riffault 2014/15, 37cl £28.00
220a. Sancerre Thierry Merlin’s 2017, 75cl £54.00
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 2015/16 Adam, 75cl £39.50
232. Pinot Gris Reserve Jean Baptiste Adam 2016, 75cl £43.50
233. Riesling ‘Expression’ Vincent Sipp 2015, 75cl £47.50
234. Gewürztraminer Jean Baptiste Adam 2017, 75cl £45.00, £27.50 2015
235. Gewurztraminer Trimbach 2013, 37cl £33.00
212. Bastin De La Cite 2017, 75cl £28.50
213. Whispering Angel Rosé Sacha Lichine 2016, 75cl £52.50
Ch D’Eslans Cote de Provence 2014 European Winery of the Year
Rosé has become a very popular summertime drink.
226. Pinot Noir Rosé Croix d’Or Massif Central 2016, 75cl £26.50
227. Chinon Rosé de la Semellerie 2015, 75cl £35.00
228. Sancerre Rosé Francois Crochet 2014, 75cl £49.00
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
261. Vega Tinto Douro Valley Portugal 2013, 75cl £26.95
264a. Finca Nueva Crianza 2013 Rioja, 75cl £35.00
265. Finca Nueva Reserva 2010 Rioja, 75cl £48.50
269. Hacienda el Ternero Reserva 2011, 75cl £68.00
262. Casa Do Lago Vina Blanca Portugal 2015, 75cl £26.95
263a. Albarino De Albarei Rias Baixas 2016, 75cl £35.00
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.
278. Valpolicello Faustino Classico 2016, 75cl £36.50
279. Chianti Da Vinci 2016, 75cl £29.00
280. Castello di Luzzano Umore Nero 2015, 75cl £42.00
271. Pinot Grigio Venezie Maccan 2017, 75cl £27.50
273. Soave Classico Pieropan 2015, 75cl £47.50
We have expanded our list with a selection of some new and exciting finds.
296. Ca’ Moni Napa Valley Zinfandel 2014, 75cl £42.00
297. Lang & Reed North Coast 2012, 75cl £56.50
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 £42.00
288. Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2014, 75cl £75.00
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 Cab Merlot 2012, 75cl £34.50
309. Willunga 100 McLaren Vale 2015, 75cl £38.00
310. Pimpala Road Shiraz Geoff Merrill 2012, 75cl £30.00
304. Pauletts Polish Hill River Chardonnay 2013, 75cl £37.50
305. Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 75cl £44.50
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 2015, 75cl £48.00
Mt Difficulty, Central Otago
331. Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016, 75cl £115.00
316. Wairau River Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017, 75cl £35.50
‘Family Vineyard’ Marlborough
317. Roaring Meg Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris 2015, 75cl £32.50
318. Sauvignon Blanc ‘Selection S’ Schubert 2014/15, 75cl £39.50
319. Felton Road Riesling 2012, 75cl £53.50
320. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 , 75cl £69.95
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. Backsberg Cellars Pinotage 2016, 75cl £33.00
338. Cuvee Friedrich ‘Founders Blend’ 2014, 75cl £50.50
Laibach Vineyards Stellenbosch
332. Backsberg Sauvignon Blanc 2017, 75cl £27.50
334. Chardonnay ‘Lesca’ 2017 De Wetshof Estate, 75cl £33.95
Interesting and exciting wines are now coming from this old part of the New World.
348. Alpataco Malbec Patagonian 2017, 75cl £35.00
349. Tres Palacioos Res Cab Sauvignon Chile 2013, 75cl £34.50
350. Malbec Finca Sophenia Reserve 2014/2016, 75cl £42.50
351. La Playa Late Harvest Chile 2015 Dessert Wine, 37cl 27.95
344. Leyda ‘Costa’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015/16 Chile, 75cl £31.50
Chono Single Vineyard Series, La Playa
346. Vina Tres Plalacios Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 75cl £29.50
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 2006, 75cl, £82.50
Cote du Rhone de l’Amandine 2015 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
Merlot Block 10 Reserve 2016 Chile, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
Pinot Noir Saurus Patagonia Argentina 2017, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
Chardonnay Moulin d’Argent 2017 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
Monte Blanco de Ramon Bilbao 2016, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
Grape variety Verdejo from the Rueda region of Spain
Sauvignon Blanc Turning Heads 2017 New Zealand, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
Pinot Grigio Il Conti 2017, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
Le Poussin Provence style Rosé 2017 France, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016 Chile, 75cl £26.50, 50cl £18.50
House wines by the glass 175ml…£6.95, 250ml…£8.95
A selection of Sauternes also appears in the main list
Muscat wines by the glass 100ml
Samos Vin Doux Greek 2015, glass £7.50
Muscat de Beaumes de Venise, glass £9.00
Champagne Lenoble Cuvee Intense, 75cl £65.50, 37cl £26.50, lass £14.50
Champagne Lenoble Brut Rosé, 75cl £60.00, glass £15.50
Prosecco, glass £9.50