Origin: France, Bordeaux (Pessac-Léognan)
Grape varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
For the amateurs of Pessac-Léognan, this 2012 vintage is a real gem. Powdery and vibrating texture of roses and iris, a fresh nose with invigorating red fruits and in the mouth a surprising fresh attack of small berries.
Origin: France, Loire
Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Pascal Jolivet is one of the most dynamic and forward thinking producers in the Loire Valley specialising in the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. In 2005 Pascal purchased an additional 12 hectares in the Touraine area to provide grapes for his ‘Attitude’ range of wines, which provide excellent value. Tasting, this Sauvignon Blanc is beautifully fresh with delicate citrus fruit flavours and green apple and kiwi aromas.
Origin: England, Sussex
Grape varieties: 55% Pinot Noir & 45% Pinot Meunier
Ridgeview Estate is dedicated solely to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine from traditional Champagne varieties and methods. In tasting, the nose is elegant and restrained with hints of red fruit and floral notes. The generous palate shows off the ripe pinot fruit, with lots of concentration and well balanced acidity.
Origin: France, Burgundy
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Coming from a long tradition of winemakers, Vincent inherited a few small plots of vineyards in Chablis enabling him to make his own wines. After studying in Beaune and experiencing vintages in New Zealand, The Jura and Puligny Montrachet, he has gained a wealth of knowledge which genuinely shows in the wines. Tasting Note: Citrus and white fruits predominate with a hint of minerality on the finish. The superb balance and complexity comes from the old vines and careful winemaking.
Le Sauvage Blend 2007
Origin: Australia, Victoria
Grape varieties: Sangiovese, Syrah
Julian Castagna had the good idea to plant Sangiovese on his Beechworth vineyard. It is blended with Syrah in this Le Sauvage cuvée to give a flattering and fruity nose of plum, black fruit, with spicy and floral tones. The mouth is frisky and full, with a good tannic structure and a significant length.
Origin: Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Grape varieties: Sangiovese Grosso
The vineyards of Sugarille existed during the formation of the Domain Pieve Santa Testituta in 1547, although the Sangiovese vines are only 11 years old. After three weeks of fermentation in vats it is then aged in oak barrels for 24 months. The colour is very dark and intense. Complex aromas combine ripe fruit (plum and wild cherry) and violet, with notes of clove and tobacco. On the palate, the structure is elegant, with well integrated tannins.
Origin: France, Champagne
Grape varieties: 45% Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Ruinart rosé embodies the gourmand expression of the Ruinart taste: intense, fruity, aromatic. The nose is subtle, fine, and fresh, with aromas of freshly picked cherry and red berries. Followed by beautiful floral notes (rose, hawthorn) and spice notes (tonka, nutmeg). On the palate, the wine reveals its silky, delicate fleshy charm.
1er Cru Classé, Pauillac 2006
Origin: France, Bordeaux
Grape varieties: 80 to 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 to 20% Merlot, 0 to 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothchild has a very dark colour and opens onto a discreet nose. Very quickly we find freshness and notes of forest fruits. In the mouth, this Pauillac reveals power with a precise and frank attack, giving place to well built tannins. The finale is delicious, elegant and well-balanced. Without a doubt this 2006 vintage will delight lovers of this mythical château.
Origin: France, Rhone
Grape varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise and Picpoul
This great name in the appellation, Château de Beaucastel produces a powerful and structured Châteauneuf-du-Pape, marked by the strong presence of Mourvèdre. The power of the nose reveals beautiful mature grapes with very nuanced aromas of fruit, venison or garrigue. The mouth has the magnitude of the wines of the appellation adding a powerful structure marked by beautiful spicy tannins. Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006 ages gracefully.
Origin: Spain, Ribera del Duero
Grape varieties: 80% Tinto Fino, Cabernet Sauvignon and little Merlot
Legendary wine, Vega Sicilia owes its unique character to a wine-making of rare requirement and the art of ageing that reaches here unparalleled perfection. The long months of ageing in barrels, tanks and bottle have slowly patinated the colour and the nose of this assemblage dominated by Tinto Fino: enchanting aromas, sweet and melted between black stewed fruit, sweet spices, truffles and menthol. The power and sweetness of the fruit fills the palate with exquisite delight, supported by tannins and a discreet freshness.
Monte Bello 2000
Origin: U.S.A., Santa Cruz Mountains
Grape varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Cuvée Monte Bello summarises the genius of its creator, Paul Draper, who hauled this cuvée to the summit of the world production. Issued from a mountain vineyard, this Bordeaux-inspired assemblage offers the fullness of Californian grapes with a degree of absolute finesse. The complexity of the nose evokes the greatest Cabernet with wooded subtleness. Fresh mouth, with extremely fine tannins, delivers a silky, deep fruit of infinite length.