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  • Château d’Or et de Gueules “Mon fut c’est du poulet?”

    Diane’s husband, Matthieu, demonstrates both his fine winemaking skills as well as his sense of humour with this wine. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin;
    Matthieu devised a special cuvee, just one barrel, to mark the birth of his baby five years ago. Whist he was away on business one day, Diane unwittingly blended the barrel together with others destined to be the Trassegum Red final blend.
    “Your’e kidding me?!!” said Matthieu on learning his barrel was gone. Translated from “Mon cul, c’est du poulet?” in French. In order not to offend sensitivities he replaced the vulgar “cul” (arse) with “fut” (barrel), and so the fith vintage of this birthday wine is Matthieu’s finest so far in his opinion. Lovely sort, round, fleshy Syrah with easy oak undertones.

    grape typeShiraz/Syrah
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £13.50

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  • A Vue de Nez (no added sulphur) by Jeff Carrel Organic Red

    Firstly – organic and with no added sulphur. Secondly – it’s a lovely smooth and fruity expression of grassy Cabernet Franc with a dollop of Syrah to beef it up. Also it has a clutch of Gold Medals and 90/100 from American Wine Guru Robert Parker.

    grape typeMixed Blend
    wine styleRich & Fruity Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2018
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £13.50

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  • Laurent Miquel Nord/Sud Viognier

    Laurent Miquel Nord/Sud Viognier

    100% Viognier and all the rich, almost oily texture that goes with it. 30% of the blend was aged in oak for 3 months so what you get is a bit of extra body and structure but no obvious oaky flavours.

    grape typeViognier
    wine styleRich Whites
    countryFrance
    vintage2018
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £13.50

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  • Domaine de Cray Cremant de Loire

    I went to the Wine Fair in Paris in February to hunt out a Loire Sauvignon Blanc. After much tasting found a firm favourite in Domaine de Cray. As luck would have it, they also produce this very smart fizz. Made by the “Champagne” method with two years’ aging on the lees before disgorging.

    grape typeWhite Blends
    wine styleSparkling
    countryFrance
    vintageVarious
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv11%-12.5%

    £13.95

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  • Domaine de Cray Cremant de Loire Rosé

    I went to the Wine Fair in Paris in February to hunt out a Loire Sauvignon Blanc. After much tasting found a firm favourite in Domaine de Cray. As luck would have it, they also produce this very smart fizz. Made by the “Champagne” method with up to two years’ aging on the lees before disgorging.

    grape typeMixed Blend
    wine styleSparkling
    countryFrance
    vintageVarious
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv11%-12.5%

    £14.25

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  • Chateau Lamothe-Vincent Bordeaux Superieur Heritage Red

    The classic Bordeaux blend, of course, is Cabernet/Merlot, and here we have a classic indeed, but with 80% Merlot. Very St-Emilion-esque! Multiple-Gold-Medal winner, this “Heritage” cuvee has been aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and is quite simply as typical a claret as you could wish for at a very affordable price. Drink now to 2024.

    grape typeMerlot
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £14.50

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  • Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ White organic

    50% of the blend is barrel-fermented Roussanne.

    grape typeWhite Blends
    wine styleOakey Whites
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    £15.00

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  • Laurent Miquel Chateau Cazal Viel Vieilles Vignes

    Classic Languedoc blend of old vines Syrah for the grip and colour and fruit, Grenache for fruit and Mourvedre for perfume. It’s big and dark and 15% alc. A year in 2 and 3 year old oak barrels to soften it out so it’s both great with food or on its own. 91 Parker Points. Drink now to 2025

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2017
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.00

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  • Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Red

    Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Red

    Selected from the best parts of the vineyard, this is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourverdre. Each varietal is kept apart and aged in 500 litre oak barrels for 12 months. Only then do they decide upon the final blend. Once made, the finished wine is aged for yet another 12 months in those same barrels before bottling. Only 10% of the barrels are new wood, so there’s no “in your face ” oakiness here!
    Diane only releases this wine if she feels it is up to her highest standards of quality. So, no 2002 vintage ‘ it was all sold off in bulk to the ‘négociants’. The 2003 vintage was a cracker. No 2004 vintage either; that, too, was not good enough, the 2005, 2007 and 2009s brilliant…as was the 2011.
    And then along came the equally scrumptious 2103, and the super 2015 and now the fab 2016. What more can I say? Drink now to 2026 (really!)

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2016
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £15.75

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  • Abbotts & Delaunay “Alto Stratus” Carignan

    A “simple” Vin de France by designation, but there’s nothing simple about this rich and complex Carignan.

    grape typeOther Single Varietal Red
    wine styleBig & Robust Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2015
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv13-13.5%

    Regular Price: £17.50
    Special Price: £15.99

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  • Domaine l’Abbé Dîne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2014 Vintage

    Very, very delicious, spicy red made from 80% Grenache, 60 year-old vines. This Côtes du Rhône Villages is intensely perfumed, spicy, peppery, mouthwateringly-satisfying, and better than any Chateauneuf du Pape under £20 in my humble opinion! Good firm tannins make it a great food wine.  As Nathalie, the owner puts it; “Le millésime 2014  est dans la souplesse et le velours. Très bons.”

    Drink now to 2022

    grape typeRed Blends
    wine styleRich & Fruity Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2014
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    £16.00

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  • Domaine Métairie d’Alon “Le Village” Pinot Noir

    Classy Pinot Noir from the south of France. Hand picked organically grown grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats and 40% of the blend spent six months in 4-6 year old barrels. So you get subtle well-balanced wine which is not overtly oaky. Great alternative to a Burgundy at twice the price!

    grape typePinot Noir
    wine styleUnoaked Reds
    countryFrance
    vintage2019
    bottlesize750 ml
    abv14%+

    Regular Price: £18.50
    Special Price: £17.50

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