Aromatic Merlot 2018,Bruno Andreu, Languedoc
Aromatic means the conviviality of South of France, the authenticity of unique varietals and the richness of the Terroir
Clear deep purple colour. Fresh strawberry fruits with a good freshness Very typical of the varietal!
Food pairing: Great with Indian cuisine
Dourthe No 1 Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Bordeaux
Dourthe No 1 never fails vintage after vintage to produce a top Bordeaux at an incredible price. A bargain!
Lovely, deep ruby red appearance for the Dourthe N°1 2017. Charming on the bouquet, where a hint of toast intermingles with red and black berry fruit aromas. Initially sumptuously smooth on the palate, the wine gains momentum to unleash delicious, fruit-laden texture, oozing freshness and appealing spicy notes. Very well-balanced overall, backed by rounded, silky tannins and culminating in a long, fruity final woven with well-integrated oak
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.
Côtes-du-Rhône, 2018, Domaine de l’Olivier
This is a typical Côtes-du-Rhône with rich fruity, blackberries aromas, Provence herbs, velvety tannins and a real elegance. Long finish. An excellent value for money wine.
Food pairing: Match this wine with roast lamb flavoured with thyme or rosemary or a herby rabbit stew.
Pinataro Negroamaro IGT Puglia 2018, Masseria Tagaro
This is made by a small family farm, Masseria Tagaro, in the beautiful Itria Valley – The heart of Puglia.
Deep red with violet tints. Intense and fruity with sweet spicy notes with a soft and persistent taste. Balanced tannins.
Food pairing: Excellent with red meats on the grill, pasta with red meat and mediterranean dishes.
Hunuc Malbec 2019, Domaine Bousquet (Organic), Argentina
Domaine Bousquet produced very high quality and high altitude organic wines.
Red and black fruit, figs and berries aromas. Medium body and round velvety tannins.
Food pairing: Ideal with pasta and red meat dishes.
Cannonberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, South Africa
Micro Fair Trade – ethical – sustainable farming
Another excellent example of the potential of the Cape’s vineyards with notes of cherry, cassis and plum.
Food pairing:This wine goes well with lamb stews, casseroles, steaks, beef stews and cheeses.
Tradition Red, 2017, Château Val Joanis, Rhône
Château Val Joanis Tradition Rouge is a delicious and fruity wine, developing aromas of red fruits, liquorice and spice.
Food pairing: A great partner to a charcuterie board. Grilled meats, lamb cutlets. Excellent with strong cheeses
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).
Ventoux La Claretière 2016, 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. La Claretière, predominantly made with Grenache, is vinified in their Gigondas cellar using traditional methods.
This wine has pleasant fruit and an elegant simplicity. Fresh and aromatic, this well-structured Ventoux balances red fruit flavours of cherry and redcurrant with good body.
Food pairing: Drink this wine young, aged 2 or 3 years. Perfect with fettuccine al pesto or cold meats.
El Jardin De La Emperatriz Rioja Tinto 2017, Hermanos Hernáiz, Rioja Alta
Second wine of Finca de La Emperatriz
In 1996, the Hernáiz family purchased this prestigious estate, and brothers Eduardo and Victor Hernáiz took charge of a project aimed at producing quality wines. The soil of Finca La Emperatriz is unique in La Rioja. A poor, extremely hard soil, which provides the wines with a distinctive elegance and minerality and great ageing potential.
Medium-bodied, juicy red that combines sweet fruit and freshness with rich spicy notes that notably lift the palate. The supple tannins ensure an agile mouthfeel with pleasant toasty hints on the finish.
“Really beautiful focus and balance for the 2017 vintage with dark berries, dark chocolate and hints of hazelnuts. Medium to full body. Flavorful finish. All together. Drink or hold.” 93 Points, James Suckling, June 2019
Food pairing: A great partner to pork, red pepper dishes, lamb and of course tapas.
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017, Domaine Jean & Jean-Marc Pillot
Plenty of soft ripe blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit with a touch of earth and leather
Food pairing: Great with grilled meat, game and hard mature cheeses
Barbera d’Alba DOC, 2018, Mauro Molino
A very immediate Barbera, pleasant and fresh with good acidity and juicy fruit
“A fruity and easy Barbera with sliced plums, light orange peel and hints of hazelnuts. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink now.” 91 Points, James Suckling June 2019
Food pairing: Perfect with antipasti, pizza, pasta and chicken