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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 spring 2016.

Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache Blanc-Viognier 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Flying Solo White 2014
Vintage
2014

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied
Grapes 85% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food As an aperitif, or with fish, chicken, salads, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now to 2018
Fresh, intensely floral, yet massively fruity on the nose, with apple blossom and lemon aromas giving way to peach and orange peel, with hints of tropical fruit and mint. The palate is crammed full of flavour, combining ripe tree fruits, citrus and herbs with a touch of honeyed richness and truly mouth-watering acidity. A beautifully refreshing and really rather elegant wine - and excellent value for money, too.
 

Price:  £7.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache-Syrah 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Red 2014
Vintage
2014

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied
Grapes 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red or white meats, cold cuts, grilled veg, pasta, cheese
Next day
Still good, retains freshness
Drink Now to 2018
With a heady waft of red and black summer fruits, freshly-baked bread, herbs, spices and notes of damp earth and tobacco, this really hits the spot. The palate is simply crammed full of summer fruit and orange flavours, with juicy acidity and earthy but ripe tannins. Medium weight and a delight to drink, it is very much in the mould of a good Cru Beaujolais, but with deeper, more intense flavours and fruit so chunky you can almost bite it. A really delicious all-rounder, and great value for money.
 

Price:  £7.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Syrah 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Syrah 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food On its own or with red or white meats, pizza, pasta
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
From limestone in La Liviniere and sandstone on the Gayda estate. 10% is aged in 1, 2 and 3 year-old barrels, the remainder in stainless steel. A nose of bramble, blackcurrant, raspberry, violets and fresh bread, with hints of tobacco, allspice, citrus-infused pot-pourri and iodine adding more complexity. This is a lot of wine for the money. Spicy, tangy redcurrant and cranberry flavours, with supple tannins and citrussy acidity. There are some very subtle savoury notes, but more in the way of lapsang tea, herbs and tar, with a nice hit of sweet damson giving a touch of richness to an otherwise tangy, sprightly wine, very much in the northern Rhône style. A really lovely wine, to drink now or keep for a year or three.
 

Price:  £8.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Foltodon Les Féréoles 2015 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine de Foltodon Les Fereoles 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Saint-Come de Marujols, Vin de Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium/full bodied
Grapes 30% Viognier, 30% Grenache Blanc, 40% Sauvignon
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fresh or smoked fish, white meats, salads, aperitif
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or over the next 2 or 3 years
The nose is wonderfully inviting and fresh, offering zesty soft citrus, peach and spring flower aromas, with subtle notes of garrigue herbs and wet stone. A proportion of Sauvignon Blanc is less unusual than one might think in southern white wine blends, and this wine shows just how well it can work - it adds a touch of the herbaceous, without imparting any of the variety's "extreme" elements. And it combines beautifully with the gently floral/grapey perfume and flavours of the Viognier and the more secondary/non-fruit elements of the Grenache, in a wine that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. The palate has a zesty, gently pithy citrus quality, more orange than lemon, along with a touch of peachy ripeness, a modicum of grape tannin and ample acidity. All-in-all, a really charming, refreshing and flavour-filled wine - and for the money, it really is great value. Organic.
 

Price:  £11.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Foltodon Sancti Cosmae 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine de Foltodon Sancti Cosmae 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Saint-Come de Marujols, Vin de Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied
Grapes 90% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Roasted red meats, hearty stews, cheeses.
Next day
Still very good, perhaps even more so
Drink Now or over the next 5 years
A bright but deep, semi-translucent carmine/cherry red colour. The 10% Mourvedre in the blend really does make all the difference, adding a subtle meaty-herby savouriness to the fresh, ripe, red cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry aromas and flavours of the Syrah. On the palate, it is beautifully poised - crammed full of gloriously fresh, juicy, garrigue herb-tinged red and black fruit flavours, ripe tannins and a refreshing lick of cherry kernel acidity, with a welcome bite of peppery spice and cool mint on the finish. From vineyards wedged between the southern Rhône and eastern Languedoc (south-west of Nimes), it certainly sings of the latter rather than the former, with a coolness and genuine elegance that one rarely, if ever, finds in the Rhône. Aged in vat, with no oak influence at all, it really is a delightful wine. Organic.
 

Price:  £11.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Rosemary 2011 Vin de France
Rosemary 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 18 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 70% Merlot and 30% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Game, red meats, cassoulet, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now or over the next 10-plus years
"I ain't drinking' no f**kin' Merlot!", is one of the best-known lines from the film Sideways. Well, this is (predominantly) Merlot, and damn fine it is too! Actually, it is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Grenache, from two tiny plots of 60 year-old vines grown in the rolling hills around the village of St-Comes et Maruéjols, midway between Nimes and Montpellier. The viticulture is largely biodynamic and the wine is fermented in concrete vats and then aged for 18 months in 3 year-old demi-muids (500 litre oak barrels), with no sulphites used during the winemaking or bottling stages. The colour is a deep, youthful blood red, with a narrow rim. The nose offers quite the most intoxicating combination of black fruits, incense, leather, fine eau de vie, mint and garrigue herbs, all of which come through on the palate, with a perfect balance between ripe (but not over-ripe) fruit, a touch of savouriness, gently rustic tannins and mouth-watering cherry-skin acidity. All of which adds up to a wonderfully tangy, grippy, sweet-sour wine, which just keeps you coming back for more. It isn't Burgundy or Beaujolais (even for the latter, it has far too much body) but it *does* possess the balance, vivacity and fleetness of foot that would appeal to lovers of that type of wine. And despite the large percentage of Merlot in the blend, don't expect anything remotely Claret-like..... it's much better than that! This really is an utterly delicious wine, from owner/winemaker Mark Ratcliffe (yes - he's a Brit!), in collaboration with Robert Creus of Terre Inconnue - a sure recipe for success! Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £21.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Adèléandre Léandre 2013 Vin de France
Domaine Adeleandre Leandre 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 80% Cinsault, 20% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Game, red meats, risotto, soft cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Now (after a long decant) or over the next 10 or so years
A bright, semi-translucent cherry/blood red. The nose offers a fabulously complex array of fresh and crystallised red and black fruit aromas, with notes of blackcurrant leaf, leather, garrigue herbs and hints of autumn forest floor and vanilla ice cream. On day 1, the palate has a slightly prickly feel (courtesy, I presume, of a dash of CO2 at the bottling stage) which diminishes following a good shake and a little time in the glass. It is both refreshing and earthy, with bright cherry and raspberry fruit, married to leafy, earthy, gently herbaceous secondary flavours and cracking acidity. On day 1, the tannins are a little spiky. Not that this is a bar to its sheer drinkability, straight out of the blocks, but it is a wine that currently benefits from plenty of air. Fast-forward 24 hours and those tannins have melded together with the fruit and the acidity, making for a wine with such wonderful poise and balance. The transformation really is quite remarkable - much more than the sum of its parts (Cinsault, especially, is not regarded as a great variety for red wines), it attains a rather "Burgundian" elegance and charm - perhaps with slightly more body and overt fruit, but wonderfully balanced and supremely elegant, fresh and clean - and gloriously drinkable now, but with the capacity to age and evolve for a good few years. This is one of the most delicious red wine to pass my lips so far this year (tasting note written March 2016). Biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Adèléandre Adèle 2011 Vin de France
Domaine Adeleandre Adele 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged 16 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Game, red meats, cassoulet, cheese
Next day
Even better, especially on day 3(!)
Drink Now or over the next 10-plus years
From around 1/3 of a hectare of gnarly old Grenache vines, with yields typically between 15 and 18 hl/ha, only around 600 bottles of this wine are made in each vintage. A semi-translucent cherry red colour with a bricking rim. The nose is gently savoury - though more herby than meaty - with black cherry and bramble aromas and a complex array of background aromas, including leather, damp undergrowth, truffle and freshly-baked bread. The palate is beautifully soft, with very fine tannins, a mix of fresh and crystallised fruit flavours, a hint of spiced orange and just the right amount of refreshing acidity - sweet-sour, spicy, grippy, but soft all at the same time. Something I would liken to a Chateauneuf-du-Pape for Burgundy lovers, and a wine with a great future - though it is lovely to drink already. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £22.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue "Sans Nom" 2005 Vin 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.
Limited stock - maximum 3 bottles per order.

 

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

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Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2012 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes A blend of Grenache, Merlot, Carignan and Tempranillo
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
An eclectic blend of old-vine Grenache, Merlot, Carignan and Tempranillo, and a big, brooding wine, with tremendous depth and complexity. The nose offers notes of black fruits steeped in eau de vie, leather, tapenade, roasted meat and coffee, not to mention huge wafts of garrigue herbs and burning incense. The palate offers all of this and more, with a combination of fresh and baked fruits and tertiary elements, backed up by robust tannins and a layer of fabulously juicy acidity that builds towards a long finish. Granted it is still very youthful, with a long (10 year - plus) future ahead of it, but it is already offering much pleasure. Brilliant wine! Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £18.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Leonie 2012 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Leonie 2012
Vintage
2012

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)
13.5%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better, for 2 or 3 days
Drink Over the next 10-15 years
Initially, the nose is rather subtle, but once it has been exposed to air, it reveals myriad aromas of fresh red fruits, spice, incense and forest floor, with subtle hints of pain au raisin and pot-pourri - complex and expressive, with just a gentle whiff of fine old oak. The palate is equally complex, with spiced red and black fruit flavours mingled with licorice, all-spice and bitter chocolate, plenty of tannic grip and a backbone of juicy, soft citrus acidity, all of which carries through to an exceptionally long, dry finish. This is an utterly brilliant, classic, old-school Languedoc Carignan - indeed ,up there with the very best. Of course, it needs food at the moment (but then what great red wine doesn't?) but it has the structure to age and evolve for at least another 10 years, and probably more. You can keep your over-priced, under-ripe, tannic, charmless Clarets and your soupy Chateauneufs - if I want a spicy, herby, rich, sweet-sour red wine, with robust tannins, juicy acidity, ripe, tangy fruit and complexity by the bucket-load, then this is the sort of wine I want! Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £22.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2012 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2012
Vintage
2012

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% (I don't believe it!)
Food Game, red meats, seared tuna, tomato-ey pasta dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 10+ years
Once again, it's Grenache Jim (from 100 year-old vines), but not as we know it! And once again, it is crammed full of plum and raspberry fruit, but with perhaps even more elegance and fleetness of foot than its predecessor. This 2012 offers a gloriously complex and intoxicating mix of red and black fruit aromas, with notes of old, polished leather, exotic spices, damp earth and fine eau de vie.  The reason I question the advertised 15% abv is that there is no suggestion of heat or alcohol (other than the wonderful eau de vie note) on the nose - and even less so on the palate. There's a rush of tangy, white pepper-infused sweet-sour red cherry and bramble fruit, but the feel is light and almost ethereal. Yes, there's a healthy lick of gently rustic, tea-like tannin, but there is also a wonderfully mouth-watering and refreshing core of acidity - something that may shock lovers of the slightly soupy, rich southern Rhône style of Grenache, but should appeal greatly to lovers of Burgundy or (dare I say it) Claret. For now, it demands food, and - as luck would have it - we paired it with a Spaghetti Bolognese, and it was the perfect foil for the rich beef and herb flavours and the tangy tomato. That said, it is extremely verstile and would pair equally well with feathered game, red meats, or even a piece of rare-fried tuna. A delicious - and completely different - expression of Grenache, from one of Languedoc's greatest winemakers. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £31.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2012 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2012
Vintage
2012

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 Over the next 10-15 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 a semi-opaque black cherry clour. The nose, whilst initially quite muted, opens-out quickly, to reveal complex aromas of blueberry and bramble, freshly-baked bread, meat/leather and fine eau de vie. It's wonderfully spicy and herby, too, with notes of allspice, fennel and cardamom. The palate is tightly-knit, with a cloak of firm but fine tannins wrapped around a core of ripe bramble, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, with a touch of pepper and spice and a bite of cherry kernel acidity. The finish is long, spicy and tangy, with a cool mintiness at the very end. Don't expect a Northern Rhône-alike with this wine - it is very much a warm climate Syrah/Sérine, with a medium-rich texture, black fruits rather than red, big tannins and a distinctly herby (rather than mineral) quality. At the time of writing (May 2016) it has only just been bottled, so is very much in its primary phase of evolution - a real "velvet fist in an iron glove", if you see what I mean! But there is no doubting that this is a wine of immense structure, which will soften over the next year or two and evolve slowly towards it peak in around 10 years. One for the connoisseur. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £35.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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