Champagne Thiénot Brut NV
This blend of the three classic Champagne grape varieties is the signature style of Thiénot, the epitome of finesse, fruit and freshness, offering spring-like notes, beautiful balance and a long finish. The House’s great classic.
“Plenty of bright, ripe-fruit aromas here – rich peaches, pears and grilled almonds. The palate has a very composed feel and a deeper, savory attitude with light honey and grilled nuts. A lot of character for the first cuvée. 2013 base with 45 per cent reserve wine. Drink now.” 91 Points, James Suckling, September 2018
Food pairing: Perfect for aperitif, cuvée Thiénot Brut pairs beautifully with oysters, shellfish or fish tartare.
Saint-Aubin Villages 2017,Domaine Sylvain Langoureau, Burgundy
After extensive tasting we discovered Sylvain Langoureau with the very style we were looking for – rich, generous, subtly-oaked, well-balanced acidity.
Attractive golden shiny appearance with deep yellow tints. The nose is open, slightly toasted and very mature with a touch of red fruit aromas (blackberries). The dominating aromas are centered around spices and white fruits.
The palate is rich, very round, buttery with a beautiful length. It is a very delicious wine with beautiful appearance.
Food pairing: A pleasure wine by definition. Great as an aperitif or with starters.
Château de Ricaud, 2015, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
Ricaud is a star in Côtes de Bordeaux, well-structured, complex and combining intense fruit with lovely soft character. It’s been on our list since the early years of Champagnes and Châteaux so a favourite of ours!
“This generously structured wine is rich in tannins and fine, ripe black fruit. Its structure and juicy acidity will allow it to age well. Drink from 2020.” 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, Roger Vos, December 2017
Food pairing: Red and white meat (entrecôte bordelaise, minute steak, beef tartare, neck of lamb, leg of mutton, duck magret), vegetables and side dishes (gratin dauphinois), cheese (Mimolette, Cheddar, Gruyère, Parmesan).
Crozes Hermitage 2017, Domaine des Entrefaux (Organic), Rhône
Father and son, Charles and François farm 21 hectares of Syrah on the pebbly limestone terrace of Les Chassis, known for producing the finest Crozes-Hermitage reds and a further 6 hectares of white varieties, mainly Marsanne with a little Roussane. In 2000, they began implementing organic farming practices, and in 2012 they earned their official certification.
Entrefaux’s 2017 Crozes Hermitage smells like sun-warmed stones and herb-laced black olives. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel and long finish that picks up notes that resemble cola and dried spices. It should drink well for 4-5 years. 90 Points, Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski, December 2018
Food pairing: Can be enjoyed throughout a meal. Great with a beef stew, cassoulet, morrocan tagine and coq au vin.
Clos de Los Siete 2015, Mendoza, Argentina
In 1988, Michel Rolland first encountered Argentina. He was immediately captivated by the country, its fantastic vine-growing potential and was quickly convinced that Argentina offered all the necessary conditions to produce truly great wine. In 1998 Michel collaborated with a group of partners from Bordeaux, whose names are closely linked to the internationally best known Grand Cru wines to produce Clos de los Siete, a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Petit Verdot.
“Offers a lithe and well-cut blend of cherry, dried berry, currant and spice box flavors that mesh easily. The richly textured finish lingers with creamy notes. Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2021. 54,000 cases made.” 91 Points, Wine Spectator, Kim Marcus, December 2018
Food pairing: Ideal partner with red meat. Fantastic with steak, beef stew, pulled-pork, filet mignon. Also good with meaty fish dishes such as salmon teriyaki.
Brunello di Montalcino 2013, Tenute Silvio Nardi
Tenute Silvio Nardi aim to produce a modern style Brunello, delicate whilst maintaining the traditional Brunello style.
“This is a beautiful Brunello that delivers juicy and delicious fruit with cherries and hints of spices. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, chewy finish. Gorgeous length. Drink or hold.” 94 Points, James Suckling, April 2018
Food pairing: Pair with steak or rich fish such as sturgeon, tuna or salmon