St-Joseph ‘Hedonism’ 2017, Dom. Lionel Faury, Northern Rhône, France £25.00
The estate is located in Chavanay, in the hamlet of Ribaudy, cradle of the Faury family. Here successive generations have acquired and passed on a know-how that best enhances the wealth of this wine heritage. Today, the 17 ha estate is in the hands of Lionel Faury.
Signature aromas of ripe red and dark berries, with a smoky mineral element, delivering black pepper with tapenade, wild herbs and crushed black berries. A great long finish with hints of sweetness and gentle tannins.
Barolo Cerequio, Michele Chiarlo 2012, Piedmont, Italy £84.00
Michele Chiarlo is one of Piedmont’s most prestigious winemakers, producing outstanding wines from some of the most exceptional sites in Piedmont, including Barolo’s world famous Cannubi and Cerequio vineyards.
This is a classic Barolo showing layers of leather, cloves and chocolate over a silky texture, elegant, long and beautifully balanced.
It has aromas of mature fruits are complemented by hints of wild mint, eucalyptus, herbs and fine spice. Rich on the palate with a tightly woven structure of fine tannins, it shows outstanding elegance and harmony from this truly unique Barolo cru.
Xinomavro Reserve, Alpha Estate, Single Block Old Vine 2014, Amyndeon, Greece £23.50
Alpha Estate is located in Amyndeo, North West Greece.
It is the brainchild of two visionaries, second generation vine grower Makis Mavridis and Bordeaux trained wine maker Angelos Iatrides.
Aromas of ripe red berries, strawberries, dark cherries, liquorice, sundried tomatoes and delicate spice. Full bodied and structured on the palate, with a rich depth of fruit, concentrated savoury notes and a touch of oak. The velvety tannins lead through to a persistent and aromatic finish.
Full body, rich fruit, velvety tannins. Class.
Cuvée Barberini, Domaine De La Solitude, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015, Rhône Valley, France £33.00
Wines have been made on this estate for several hundred years, dating back to 1264 when the family arrived from Italy to serve the pope in Avignon. Their family name was Barberini – the name today of the special cuvées from the Domain.
The 2015 vintage is described as generous in every sense of the term; in colour, structure and maturity. This has helped to produce a well textured, ripe and full-bodied wine with smooth and integrated tannins, delivering mineral, black fruits, mocha expresso and some smoke without over toasted oak.
TD-9 2015, Shafer Vineyards, Stags Leap District, California £60.00
The Shafer winery is in Stags Leap District, Yountville, and a vineyard in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains just south of Stags Leap District.
2015 was the first limited release of this corker. Aged for 20 months in new oak, its hits with a rich burst of red cherry, plum, lavender, rose petal and pencil shavings with blueberry and caramel chocolate flavours that finish in soft integrated oak.
Vacqueyras Domaine La Garrigue 2016, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France £22.50
Domaine La Garrigue is set in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation in the Southern Côtes du Rhône, in the Vaucluse department of France. The estate buildings are just 2.5 km from the main village, on a plateau called Les Garrigues.
Only 1,000 cases of the wine are made every year, and it is highly sought after
The 2016 Vacqueyras is deep purple in colour with scents of red fruits, herbs de Provence and black pepper. Bruising flavours of sweet cherries and spice with a wonderful liquorice, herbs and spices – rustic and charming with a lingering finish!