Champagne Thiénot Brut NV
his 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.
Sancerre Les Caillottes 2018, Jean Max Roger
The Roger family descends from a long line of winegrowers from the village of Bué dating back to the early 1600’s.We love the fresh, clean bouquets they achieve and the light but penetrating flavours.
Pale gold in colour with golden highlights. Intense, complex nose reminiscent of flowers (peony rose) opening up to fruitier notes of mango and lemon tart with a touch of meringue on the finish. Rich, round attack that fills the mouth giving way to increasing freshness on the mid-palate and ending on a pleasantly vivacious note. Flavours of yellow peach and poached apricots are strongly echoed on the palate
Food pairing: A lovely aperitif and also great pairing to shellfish and raw or cooked fish. It is also a good match for white meat and goat’s cheese.
Meursault 2016, Domaine Michelot
In the traditional school of wine-making in Meursault, few are given more respect than Domaine Michelot.
Honey, toasty oak, pastry, lime and hazelnut flavours. Beautifully balanced, vibrant, rich, ending with a mouth-watering finish.
Food pairing: May be drunk as an aperitif but makes a marvellous accompaniment to fish and white meats.
It should be drunk within 3 to 8 years after bottling
Chassagne-Montrachet White 2016, Domaine Jean & Jean-Marc Pillot
Elegant, mineral and wonderfully long!
Rich ripe concentrated fruit (pear, apple, apricot and peach). Elegant and mineral. Good acidity and oak balance, peachy and toasty aromas, soft and creamy. Wonderfully long
Food pairing: Ideal with seafood, fish, charcuterie and goats cheese
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “La Garenne” 2017, Domaine Sylvain Langoureau
After extensive tasting we discovered Sylvain Langoureau with the very style we were looking for – rich, generous, subtly-oaked, well-balanced acidity.
At first, the nose is discreet. It then opens up very quickly, a sign of good ageing potential. By contrast the palate is lively, ample, racy and very long. Can be kept up to 7 years.
Food Pairing: Pairs beautifully with pan-fried foie gras, fish (sole, monkfish), shellfish, poultry and cheese.
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).
Château Belgrave 5ème Grand Cru Classé, Haut-Médoc 2012
Château Belgrave is one of the oldest Cru vineyards in the Médoc. An extremely elegant Belgrave wine, born of a vintage of great ageing potential.
“Beautiful nose showing concentrated ripe fruits. This is a full-bodied red with velvety tannins, lovely acidity and a long, fruity finish. Well done for the vintage. Drink from 2017.” 91 Points, James Suckling, February 2015
Food pairing: Perfectly matches red grilled or in sauce meat (roasted quails, beef fillet, rack of lamb with vegetables, duckling casserole, beef medallion with carrots and onions, spit hind), game (rolled fillet of hare with olives, roasted pheasant, pigeon in red sauce…), mature cheeses (cantal vieux, mimolette, gouda, Saint Nectaire, Salers, Morbier
Nuits-Saint-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2017, Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils
This highly regarded family-owned Domaine was started in 1955 by Daniel Rion, with just two hectares of vines in the commune of Vosne Romanée, which had been left to him by his paternal grandfather. Forty years later in 1995 Daniel retired. Today his children, Pascale, Olivier and Christophe run a domaine of eighteen hectares in eighteen different appellations, in six villages of the Côtes de Nuits and the Hautes Côtes. They believe in minimal intervention in the winery, using a combination of modern techniques and tradtional practices learned from their father. Their success is directly related to the quality of their wine making, which always seeks to produce wines with delicate tannins, deep colour and rich fruit.
Rich and deeply coloured, with wild fruit flavours : blackberry, blackcurrant, with elegant and present tannins. Its intense dark colour announces powerful and complex flavours, blackcurrant, blackberry and blue berry aromas intermingle
Food pairing: Its power and structure enables this wine to pair with many meat dishes in red wine sauce such as boeuf bourguignon, wild game, or marinated roasted red meats. A goose with chestnuts or a chicken with salt will also pair beautifully.
Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2017, Pierre Amadieu, Rhône
Pierre Amadieu is a family-owned domaine established in 1929 in the village of Gigondas. Wines are made, matured and bottled on the estate.
“A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah aged in a mix of barrels and foudres, the 2017 Gigondas Domaine Grande Romane looks every bit as good as the barrel sample did last year, layering subtle cedar and vanilla shadings over ripe berries and stone fruit. Full-bodied, creamy and lush, the only question will be if it is just too modern and hedonistic for some readers.”94 Points- Joe Czerwinski,Wine Advocate, August 2019
Food pairing: The perfect accompaniment for game, such as wild boar.
Saint Joseph Cuvée Caroline 2017, Domaine Louis Chèze
Starting out in 1978 with just 1 hectare of vineyard, today Louis works around 30 hectares of vines spread across the Northern Rhône appellations of St Joseph, Condrieu and Pays des Collines Rhôdaniennes. Not a man for the limelight, Louis lets his wines do the talking for him.
Plenty of lovely juicy blackberry aromas. This is a very stylist and elegant St Joseph
Brightly garnet colour. Violet smell, with subtle peppery hint. Ample and well structured taste, with quite a lengthy aromatic persistence in the finish.
Food pairing: Grilled red meat and cheeses
Barolo DOCG, 2015, Mauro Molino
This Barolo is their most representative and symbolic label, a perfect manifesto of their winery.
“A more savory edge to the nose with tar and walnuts across dried roses and red berries. The palate delivers a succulent, focused and flavorful, red-cherry core with smooth tannins framing it neatly. Drink or hold.” 92 Points, James Suckling, January 2019
Food pairing: Perfect partner to Italian food, ragú with pasta, wild mushroom risotto, truffles
Brunello di Montalcino 2014, Tenute Silvio Nardi
Tenute Silvio Nardi aim to produce a modern style Brunello, delicate whilst maintaining the traditional Brunello style.
Intense ruby red colour with garnet highlights. Clean, sophisticated, intense and complex aroma, rich in evolved overtones, with hints of anise, ripe wild berries and a light touch of vanilla. Warm with supple tannins, great structure, good length and considerable ageing capacity.
Food pairing: Pair with steak or rich fish such as sturgeon, tuna or salmon