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New arrivals - the latest additions to our list
Here, you can see at-a-glance the most recent additions to our list, be they new vintages from existing growers, or wines from growers completely new to us. This page is updated/refreshed on a regular basis, as and when new wines arrive. The wines below are all new for Winter 2013 and Spring 2014.

Domaine Mas de Lavail Le Sud 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Mas de Lavail Le Sud 2012
Vintage
2012
Region VDP des Côtes Catalanes, Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Grapes A blend of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Fish, chicken, goose/duck, spicy oriental dishes, cheese
Next day
Holds up very well overnight
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Ultra-pale watery gold colour. Intensely aromatic and floral, with notes of honeysuckle, pine and orange blossom, with subtle notes of lemon zest/oil and wet stone. A mix of both soft and tart citrus on the palate, with apple pie, mixed spice and hints of white pepper and star anise. Essentially rich, honeyed and nutty, it is very pure and focused, with plenty of acidity and a perception of stoney minerality, which kicks in at the end and lingers for a good while on the finish. That said, this is a robust, quite muscular wine, which would not appeal to those who like their white wines light, airy and delicate. But if you like your white wines rich, powerful and nutty/spicy, then you will love this. It will age nicely, too.
 

Price:  £13.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar One Block Grenache 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes Catalanes, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied, 25% aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 70% Grenache, 30% Lledoner Pelut
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Spicy sausages, meat balls, roasted vegetables
Next day
As good
Drink Good now, with food, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A blend of Grenache and it's close relative, the "hairy leaved" Lledoner Pelut. From a tiny yield of just 16 hl/ha, this is deep, dark and extracted - on the eye, nose and palate. Just the merest whiff of farmyard, to accompany a veritable riot of black cherry, raspberry, bramble and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is a mix of fruit pastilles, wine gums and liquorice allsorts, with a side serving of high-cocoa-content dark chocolate, with dusty, slightly rustic tannins, countered by just the right level of juicy acidity. Not for wimps, at the moment, but it has the makings of a really good, hearty, warming wine, once it has had the benefit of a year or so in bottle. A sort of "Roussillon does Chateauneuf"...... but for a lot less money. Another cracker from this most reliable of growers - and really good value for money.
 

Price:  £10.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Ballade Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2011 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Mas de Lavail Ballade Carignan 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Fenouilledes, north-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes 100% old-vine Carignan, traditionally fermented
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Rich casseroles, spaghetti bolognese, pizza
Next day
Even better
Drink Excellent now, but will improve for 2 or 3 years
My goodness, this really is cracking wine, with a tremendously evocative nose of raspberries, blackberries, plums and cherries and a whiff of mothballed old clothes kept in an old mahogany wardrobe. Further notes of molasses, mixed spices and fine cigar leaf make for a considerably complex nose. Fanciful, perhaps, but there is only one way for you to find out! The palate is rich, but perfectly balanced and fruity - and elegant. Yes, this is the oft-maligned Carignan we are talking about, but I defy any lover of good red wine not to love this. It has an amazing depth of ripe, concentrated cherry and bramble fruit, complemented by a lick of fennel and liquorice. A wine of restrained power - and yet another wonderful Carignan.
 

Price:  £9.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Cuvée Tradition 2011 Côtes du Roussillon Villages
Mas de Lavail tradition 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied.
Grapes 40% Carignan, 40% Syrah, 20% Grenache, all 50 years+
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled red meats and vegetables, poultry, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, or to age for a further 5+ years
Dark purple colour with a narrow rim. A pungent nose of red and bramble fruits, garrigue herbs, spice and leather, with a gently smoky, meaty character and subtle notes of orange peel, polished mahogany and incense. The palate displays ripe, succulent flavours of summer and autumn fruits, combined with velvety soft tannins and bracing acidity. The classic blend of dry-farmed Carignan, Syrah and Grenache grapes harvested at full maturity makes for a full bodied, complex and concentrated wine that is extremely enjoyable to drink now, but with enough stuffing to age and evolve for a few years yet. This is benchmark Roussillon, made without recourse to oak-ageing (this is aged in vats). And who needs oak, when the fruit is this good? Enjoy it now, or age it for another 3 to 5 years. Either way, you are onto a winner.
 

Price:  £10.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Mas de Lavail Expression 2011 Maury
Vintage
2011
Region Maury, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Red, vin doux naturel
Grapes 100% old vine Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.5%
Food So versatile - duck with cherries, foie gras, rich fruit cake, cheese, raspberry sorbet - or simply on its own
Next day
How about weeks? Develops for ages!
Drink Excellent now, or age for 10 to 20 years
100% old vine Grenache, harvested at the peak of maturity, with yields of just 25hl/ha. The grapes are given a long maceration, followed by "mutage sur grains" (the addition of a small amount of grape brandy to the must) which stops the fermentation, thus retaining both an immense core of fruit and a certain amount of residual grape sugar. An opaque black cherry colour, with a tiny raspberry pink rim. As for the nose, well how many adjectives do you need? A more expressive, dense, fruity, spicy, sexy nose is virtually impossible to imagine. It simply reeks of dark cherries, damsons, framboise liqueur, dried orange peel, dark chocolate and exotic spices, all rubbed into a favourite old leather-soled shoe! Breathe even deeper and you get molasses, honey and truffle, not to mention a whole jar full of garrigue herbs. There is the vaguest whiff of savoury/meat in there too, but (for now at least) it really is about the fruit. There is plenty of tannin to give the palate a firm structure, but the almost painfully delicious sweet/sour fruit flavours bully it into submission, augmented by notes of toffee and fig, whilst a rasp of juicy acidity keeps it all vibrant and fresh. I have tasted dry red wines (especially from a certain appellation in the southern Rhône) which come across as more alcoholic than this, but with only a fraction of the fruit. Furthermore, it shows a genuine spicy "warmth", rather than alcoholic heat - and at just 16.5% abv, it is a full 3 or 4 degrees lighter than your average Port. And for this reason, it is a wine that you could conceivably pair with savoury dishes (notably duck or goose with a sweet/sour red fruit sauce) as well as foie gras and patés, cheeses, fruit cakes and other fruity desserts. Failing that, you could just enjoy a glass or two for its own sake. Vintage Maury is one of the world's best and most underrated sweet red wine styles - and this is another truly exceptional example from Mas de Lavail. An absolutely stunning wine - and a true bargain.
 

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Piétri-Géraud Cuvée Méditerranée 2008 Banyuls
Domaine Pietri-Geraud Banyuls 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Banyuls - by the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border
Colour/Style Full-bodied fortified red, aged in oak barrels
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Carignan - 40 to 100 years old
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Strong cheeses, patés, rich fruit cakes and puddings (including chocolate), dried fruits - versatile!
Next day
Lasts for weeks, once opened
Drink Excellent now, or will age for 20+ years
Aged for 4 years in an oxidative environment, in old oak barrels left outside exposed to the elements, this an absolute stunner. An earthy yet ethereal perfume of bonfire toffee and molasses, spiced orange peel, cherry, redcurrant, fig, mocha, incense, polished old mahogany..... I could go on, but I think you get the picture. My goodness, this is wonderfully intoxicating and more-ish! Rich, sweet, laden with preserved fruit intensity and soused Christmas cake flavours, rounded and completely hedonistic, yet so balanced and fleet of foot, with melting tannins and tangy, almost zesty acidity. There's a warming touch of eau de vie on the finish, but you almost don't notice it, because it gets buried beneath those wonderful fruit flavours, which go on and on for an age - and at just 16% abv, this is a fortified wine which majors on fruit, not alcohol. This really is a fantastic wine (and for those who know this grower's wines, even better than the 2003 and 2005). Christmas in a glass. I think I am in love!
 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Foltodon Sancti Cosmae 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine de Foltodon Sancti Cosmae 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Come de Marujols, Vin de Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied
Grapes 90% Syrah, 10% Mourvedree - partly oak-aged
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, hearty stews, cheeses.
Next day
Still very good, perhaps even more so
Drink Now or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright but deep, semi-translucent carmine/cherry red colour. Fresh out of the bottle, a mix of tar and roses is the first impression, followed by a riot of bramble and cherries in kirsch, dried orange peel and mixed spice. And despite the fact that one-third of the blend is aged for 10 months in new oak barrels and a further third in 1 year-old barrels (with the remainder aged in vat) the oak nuances are really very subtle and beautifully integrated. In fact, this is a wine full of fruit and spicy southern charm. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with more in the way of super-ripe raspberry and strawberry flavours, contrasted by a deliciously tangy sour cherry quality, with excellent concentration, just the right amount of tannic grip and bags of juicy acidity. After plenty of air (or better still, a night in the decanter) it develops some earthy and meaty/savoury aromas and flavours, whilst still exhibiting all of that wonderfully fresh fruit. A bit of a bargain, this - a really substantial and even quite serious wine, from yields of just 22 hl/ha - and whilst great to drink now, it certainly has the structure to evolve nicely for a good few years.
 

Price:  £10.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier l'Orphée 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to full bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red and white meats, mediterranean vegetable dishes
Next day
Perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Semi-translucsent, bright, deep cherry red colour. Fresh, ripe redcurrant, raspberry, cherry and bramble aromas mingle with notes of meat, new leather, garrigue herbs, curry spices and damp earth - all-in-all, a considerably complex and heady nose. The palate too is brimming with wonderfully ripe red and black fruit flavours, with a delicious bite of tart cherry skin and tangy orange, the effect of a seamless combination of ripe, tea-like tannins and juicy acidity. With air (and especially on day 2) it develops some rich fruitcake aromas and flavours, whilst still retaining freshness. There's also a savoury tang - not meaty, but more like a sun-dried tomato, vegetable and garrigue quality, which adds complexity without detracting from all of that wonderful sweet/sour/tangy fruit. There are wines that I occasionally flag-up as quintessential examples of fine Languedoc wine - and this is one of them. A simply glorious, fine, elegant wine - and I challenge you not to empty the bottle in one sitting! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £15.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Les Tonillières 2012 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Tonillieres 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat.
Grapes 50% Carignan, 50% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats seasoned with herbs, pasta dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Semi-transluscent, medium-deep carmine red, fading to a narrow rim. Only the press wine goes into barrel - the rest is aged in vat - but the grapes are first given a full 3 months' maceration at a cool temperature, which ensures good extract whilst retaining a good deal of elegance. The Carignan element is so expressive, you almost don't notice the Syrah - and when Carignan is this good, it is hard to beat. Fabulous aromas of pickled brambles and raspberries, with an amazing array of secondary nuances - notably, leather, cigar box, coffee grounds, beetroot and damp earth. Not to mention a delightful rasp of soft citrus-like volatile acidity, which makes your eyes water in the most glorious way (especially on day 2)! The flavours are so fresh and full of vitality, with an almost Musar-like structure, chock full of sweet and sour raspberry and black fruit flavours, with subtle hints of coffee and toffee. With air, it becomes even deeper, more expressive, more elegant, whilst retaining all of that wonderful freshness, complexity - and impressive length. A truly glorious wine, which every one of our customers (indeed any lover of fine Languedoc wine) should buy. It will age nicely, but why wait, when it is so wonderful now? Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £15.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Les Calades 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 24 months - partly in barrel.
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, spicy Asian food, Mediterranean dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
With its aromas of dark red fruits, exotic spices, garrigue herbs, fine eau de vie, damp earth, leather and polished mahogany - a bit like an old church pew - this is one of the most complex wines (aromatically speaking) I have encountered in a long time. It really does caress the senses in a way that keeps you coming back for another sniff. And the palate certainly delivers, offering a hugely complex array of fruit, spice, herb and tertiary flavours. Richly-textured and almost velvety at first, you suddenly get this wonderful hit of dark cherry, bramble and orange-tinged fruit, a rasp of fine, tea-like tannin and simply mouth-watering acidity on the mid-palate, followed by a long, tangy, gently spicy finish that goes on forever. Fabulous wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £19.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011 Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup
Mas Foulaquier Le Petit Duc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pic Saint-Loup, north-east of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 18 months in oak foudres.
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Grilled meats, lamb tagine, oriental meat/vegetable dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
A lovely bright translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose shows an intriguing leathery, meaty quality, though not at the expense of some really delightful raspberry, cherry and floral aromas, a hint of creaminess, toasted brioche and herbs - alluring, complex and elegant, rather than big and burly. Sort of what Chateauneuf would be like if its climate were a little gentler..... like that of Pic Saint-Loup! The palate too is elegance personified - a lovely warm, spicy, herb-laden mix of fresh and crystallised fruits with a gentle orangey tang, with subtle notes of redcurrant and cranberry, all of which combine in a delightfully fresh sweet and sour whole. Grower Pierre Jequier believes that his little corner of the Pic Saint-Loup terroir is the perfect spot for Grenache, and on this showing, who am I to disagree? This really is a lovely wine, which all fans of southern Rhône reds would do well to try. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Genièvrières 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille
Guillot-Broux Les Genièvrières 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium to full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 1 year
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, chicken, pork
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 5 to 10 years
This parcel of land had been one of the best in the Mâconnais at the beginning of the 19th century, but was left out of the reclassification for vine-growing land in 1935. Uncultivated since the phylloxera epidemic, it was re-planted in 1983.

A bright mid-gold/straw colour, leading to a pale rim. Wonderfully lime-scented, with an array of freshly-cut hay, basil and oregano notes, not to mention a strong perception of wet stone minerality. And that stony theme continues through onto the palate – a veritable double-whammy of bracing, citrus-tinged acidity and a dry, almost chalky mineral edge, which really does make your tabs laugh and your eyes water, in a most enjoyable way. There are plenty of tart Bramley apple and soft citrus fruit flavours, with perhaps the merest hint of something richer, like slightly under-ripe peach or apricot. All of which amounts to a pretty good knife-edge balancing act – with less fruit, the tartness might make the teeth jangle, but any more and it wouldn’t excite the taste buds so much. My goodness, this is lovely wine - and long, too!
 

Price:  £17.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Combettes 2012 Mâcon-Chardonnay
Guillot-Broux Les Combettes 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 18 months
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, chicken, foie gras
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 5 to 10 years
Despite the fact that the vineyards of Les Combettes and Les Genièvrières are contiguous, the two wines produced are dramatically different. Les Combettes is close in spirit to a wine from the Côte d'Or - woody, rich and full-bodied.

A bright gold/straw colour, leading to a pale rim. Delightfully expressive, high-toned and almost prickly on the nose, with gloriously intense lime oil and fresh apple aromas, buttered toast and hints of peach and apricot. So wonderfully intense and flavoursome on the palate too, with bucket-loads of fruit and minerality, utterly mouth-watering acidity and a gentle herbiness. This really is the business - Côte d'Or quality at a much more sensible Mâcon price. A real stunner of a wine, to drink now, or to age for a few years.
 

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Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Perrières 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille
Guillot-Broux Les Perrieres 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium to full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 18 months
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Lemon-infused chicken, lobster, scallops, trout
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 10 to 15 years
The terroir of the Perrières vineyard consists of Oolitic limestone, in layers of limestone slabs and a thin soil cover (20 - 40 cm). It is very fragile and difficult to work, and was abandoned after the phylloxera epidemic for these very reasons. Comprising just 1.1 hectares, it was re-planted in 1978, with a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. Yields are between 35 and 35 hl/ha. The wine is aged for 18 months in second or third generation oak barrels without either fining or filtering.

The nose is simply gorgeous - all prickly and zingy, scented with the oil of freshly-cut limes, hay, nettles and massive minerality. Not that it lacks in the way of fruit, though - spiced apple, dried orange and soused sultana aromas abound, in a wine of tremendous complexity and verve. All of which carries through onto the palate - and then some! You can spend an eternity picking out myriad flavours and nuances, whilst simply enjoying such a delicious, structured and compelling wine. It grips and caresses at the same time, with tremendous depth and concentration of complex, herb-tinged fruit and stony minerality, wrapped around a backbone of positively eye-watering acidity. Long, complex and utterly lovely, this is undoubtedly a wine to match many a Côtes de Nuits 1er Cru. 
 

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Maison Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Pierreclos 2012
Guillot-Broux Macon-Pierreclos
Vintage
2012

Region Pierreclos, Mâconnais, southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium-bodied red, aged 11 months in older oak barrels
Grapes 100% Gamay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Salads, cold cuts, pasta, seared tuna
Next day
Even better
Drink Lovely now, but will age for 5 to 8 years
A new cuvée, from Gamay vines of between 60 and 90 years of age, grown on granitic soil in the village of Pierreclos. The translucent ruby colour and tremendously fragrant nose scores very highly on the come-hither scale. Cherry and redcurrant aromas abound, with subtle hints of spiced rhubarb, violets, new leather and damp earth, and perhaps a suggestion of fresh root ginger. The palate is delightfully fresh and invigorating, with a mouth-watering core of citrussy acidity and just the right amount of tannic grip to accompany the vibrant, tangy, spicy red fruit. Whilst superficially light and airy, it doesn't take too much scratching beneath the surface to reveal extra layers of complexity and flavour, which raise it to another level. It may be Gamay, but it is quite different to Beaujolais. Rather, it has a grace and elegance one might normally encounter in a light, vibrant young Pinot. A wonderful expression of the Gamay grape.
 

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Domaine Guillot-Broux La Myotte 2012 Bourgogne
Guillot-Broux La Myotte
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais, southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium-bodied red, aged up to 18 months in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Red meats and cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Lovely now, but will age for 10+ years
The estate's top red, from an old, low-yielding vineyard on a mix of marl and limestone, comprising just 0.65 of a hectare, which was re-planted in 1956, with cuttings from Pinot Noir vines from the Cote de Beaune. With a planting density of 8,000 vines per hectare, the average yield is just 30 hl/ha - or just over half a bottle per vine!

A beautiful, bright, translucent cherry/carmine red colour, with a complex, perfumed nose, combining red summer fruits, white pepper and spice, with subtle woody and earthy notes. A good swirl and a few minutes' air reveals yet more complexity, with hints of redcurrant, old leather and woodsmoke. If it sounds elegant, that's because it is - and the palate certainly lives up to the promise of the nose, caressing the tongue with waves of tangy cherry and redcurrant fruit nuances, not to mention something almost floral, like violets and fruit blossom, with a hint of fine white pepper for good measure. It simply exudes elegance, in an almost feminine way, embracing rather than squeezing, as do the tannins, which are fine and gently grippy, whilst the most gloriously juicy acidity carries the flavours all the way through to a long, lingering finish. At the risk of labouring the point, this really is *proper* red Burgundy. Is it worth 24 quid? Definitely.
 

Price:  £23.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre des Chardons Bien Luné 2013 Costières de Nimes
Terre des Chardons Bien Lune 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Grilled meats, stews, game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
As with the 2012, this latest vintage is intensely aromatic and bursting with youthful exhuberance. Aromas of leather and damp earth mingle with all manner of mineral and citrus, not to mention a veritable pot pourri of red and black fruits, violets and black olive. The palate combines all of those wonderful fruit and floral elements with notes of soft spice and white pepper, countered by hints of savoury black tapenade and beef, a core of fine tannin and really juicy acidity - again, positively northern Rhone in style. Being so young (bottled in February 2014) it will certainly benefit from a few months more in bottle, but it really is deliciously drinkable from the off. How can a wine at this price point pack so much aroma and flavour? Who knows, but it really is a stunning bargain! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie Costières de Nimes
Terre de Chardons Chardon Marie 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef, feathered game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This is the estate's top red wine, named in honour of winemaker Jerome Chardon's grandmother, Marie (Chardon-Marie is also the French name for milk thistle, hence the label design and the play on words). It comes from the best parcel of Syrah vines - and it shows. The nose simply reeks of all manner of red and dark fruits, especially raspberry, blackcurrant and red cherry, with complex floral and savoury undertones such as violets, black olive tapenade and just a hint of meat/leather. There's no oak, remember, but a wine as good as this doesn't need oak. It is so clean, so fresh, so full of life and youthful vigour, with a palate crammed full of concentrated fruit and herb flavours. There's an intriguing touch of saline minerality, countered by a cool, almost minty quality, whilst velvet tannins and a rasp of gloriously prickly acidity make for a supremely balanced and deceptively elegant wine. The finish is delightfully sweet and sour - and very long. This is very much in the Northern Rhone style of winemaking, and - whilst unbelievably good to drink already - has the capacity to age and evolve into something even more beautiful, over the next 5 to 10 years. A very special wine, which (for me) sets a new benchmark for the appellation. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011 AOP Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
New - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2012 AOP Languedoc
Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented/aged in barrel 12 months
Grapes 45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne, 10% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Excellent now, but will age for 5 to 10 years
A gorgeous, limpid, translucent pale gold colour. The nose is wonderfully complex, heavy with the scents of herbs, spices and stony minerality, at the same time exhibiting myriad aromas of apple and peach, mint, honeysuckle and fennel, with subtle notes of spring blossom and lime oil peeping through. The palate has a rich, creamy, almost oily texture, which is perfectly offset by juicy peach and apple flavours, a rasp of cut lime, garrigue herb and spice, whilst the heightened, limey acidity and intense core of minerality makes for an explosively refreshing, yet considerably complex wine. The flavours last an age on the finish, revealing extra layers of complexity and sensation as they do so. It is a shame we could only secure a handful of cases - and even then, we had to beg and plead - for this is without doubt one of the finest Languedoc whites we have ever tasted. A quite faultless and very special wine.
 

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Terre Inconnue Sans Nom 2005 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Sans Nom 2005
Vintage
2005

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef or rich, hearty stews
Next day
Still good, but best on day 1
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years
This is described by the grower as a "cuvée oxidative". And on first opening, there is perhaps a slightly oxidative quality to it, but it opens-up in double quick time to reveal an impressive array of aromas and nuances - a mix of crystallised and baked red and black fruits, freshly-baked bread, polished leather, meat, sun-dried tomato, incense, curry spices and damp earth. Indeed, over the course of a couple of hours, it grows yet more complex, as does the palate, which is crammed full of  fruit, spices and herbs, rich and warming, with fine, soft tannins and plenty of acidity, making for a powerful but supremely balanced wine. A perfectly mature wine, and a brilliant introduction to the Terre Inconnue style - and because we were able to get some for not much money, so can you! Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £11.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2011 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes A blend of Carignan, Grenache, Tempranillo and Merlot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
A vibrant, young ruby/purple colour. Despite the seemingly eclectic blend, the nose is classic Carignan - intense aromas of soused bramble and raspberry, fresh bread and aromatic herbs, with evocative sous-bois notes, like a funghi-filled autumn forest. The advertised 15% abv is in this case just a number, for it feels more like 13% - the palate is tremendously fresh and vibrant, with a combination of ripe red and black fruits, fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity making for a wine of real balance and not a little elegance. It's lightness of touch really is a very pleasant surprise, and whilst the finish is underpinned by a gentle warmth and spiciness, it remains fresh and juicy to the very end. A fine, complex and delicious wine, and yet another which demonstrates what old-vine Carignan is capable of, in the hands of a skilled vigneron. Biodynamic.
 

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Terre Inconnue Leonie 2006 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Leonie 2006
Vintage
2006

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% old-vine Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
A semi-translucent blood/carmine colour, fading to a slightly bricking cherry red. A wonderfully expressive and fresh nose, crammed full of red and black summer fruit, spice, mint and blackcurrant leaf aromas. And with the benefit of several years of evolution, it has developed complex secondary notes of polished leather/wood, smoking incense, damp earth and all manner of other things. And if you are (like me) a bit of a Musar freak, then you will love this, for it has that unmistakeable whiff of volatile acidity, which gives tremendous lift and definition to the fruit. It really is very evocative and alluring! The palate is a charismatic and quirky mix of fresh bramble and currants (of both the black and red varieties) and deep, rich fruitcake and preserved fig flavours, wrapped around a core of intensely juicy acidity. And with a firm but ripe tannic structure, it is a wine that is good to drink now, but also has the stuffing to age and evolve for at least another 10 years..... if, that is, you can resist drinking such a delicious and mouth-watering wine! A Languedoc classic. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £22.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2010 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache (100 year-old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0% (yeah, right!)
Food Feathered game, fillet steak, seared tuna, soft cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This wine is a complete enigma, and one that (were I to taste it blind) would have me all over the place. With notes of preserved/crystallised redcurrants and raspberries, polished old wood, garrigue herbs and leather, it does have some of the traits that you would expect from Grenache. Conversely, it has a lightness and freshness - both in terms of appearance and aromatically - that would put me somewhere much further north, perhaps even in Burgundy, with lifted notes of tea, violets and roses making for something really quite elegant and delicate. Which I suppose is not too fanciful, since I have occasionally heard Grenache (especially from very old vines) described as the "Pinot Noir of the Languedoc". And this wine illustrates the point almost to an extreme, for the palate is even more Pinot-like than any Grenache I have ever tasted, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours to the fore, a hint of strawberry sweetness lurking at the end. A core of fine but firm tannin and the most amazing rasp of cherry/citrus acidity carries the fruit all the way to a long, bitter-sweet and totally mouth-watering finish. As for the advertised 15% abv on the label..... well, I am flabbergasted, for it feels for all the world more like 13% or less. This wine might not be typically Languedoc - in fact, it is almost as far removed from the template as it is possible to get. Indeed, the style is not even typical for this estate. But if you have an open mind - and perhaps even a love of fine Burgundy - then you will love this! Biodynamic.
 

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Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2010 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah and 50% Sérine
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, game, hard cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Sérine is (depending on where you look or who you read) either a particular clone of Syrah or - more likely - the original Syrah, from which other clones were developed. Either way, it seems that many of the Northern Rhône's greatest red wines are based on the Sérine variety and, having become almost extinct in the second half of the 20th century, it's cuttings are now highly-prized by the best growers. And whilst it may still be a relatively rarity in the Rhône, it is even more so in Languedoc, especially old vines like those of Terre Inconnue. Yields for this wine are miniscule, at an average of just 10 hl/ha, and it shows. The colour is deep and concentrated - as is the nose, which at the same time exudes freshness, with notes of violets and cherries, bramble and leather, infused with garrigue herbs and exotic spices, a fleeting hint of coffee grounds and a refreshing streak of volatile acidity. The palate grabs you from the off, with fine, grippy tannins and bright, fresh, mouth-watering acidity, combining seamlessly with dense, ripe red and black fruit flavours. With time in the glass, it develops notes of fresh bread, mint and oregano on the nose, with more in the way of red fruit flavours such as cranberry and redcurrant. It is still relatively young, but supremely balanced and already deliciously drinkable, with a persistent finish. You can drink it now, or age it for another 10-plus years. Either way, it is a fine, complex and compelling wine. Biodynamic.
 

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