This Spanish red wine reveals itself in a deep dark cherry-red colour, which turns a little bit into black. In the nose, this wine presents fruity nuances (blackberries, red currants, cherries) and pleasantly intense aromas of spices, fine wood, toasted notes and vanilla. A juicy, fleshy mouthfeel and a dominant body unfold on the palate. The long-lasting finish shows a good balance between ripe fruit and clear tannins.
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Style: Savory and classic
Occasion & theme: Perfect for an evening in front of the chimney
This fresh Sauvignon Blanc is full of tropical fruit flavours with aromas of white peach and nectarine leading to a clean citrus finish on the palate.
Country/Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Style: White - Green and Flinty
Nose:Aromas of white peach and nectarine
Palate: A well balanced palate, with significant crispness
Food Pairing: Goats Cheese and Feta
Louis Tramier started this prestigious burgundy house in 1842 and it remains in the same family to this day. Extraordinary freshness in this light but concentrated, dominated Pinot Noir flavours with a breezy red fruit nose, subtle spice and a well-structured finish.
Made from grapes grown in Puglia, the warm southern state which makes up Italy's 'heel', this expressive Fiano is full of ripe stonefruit and zippy acidity, with a generous mouthfeel and lingering finish. For fans of a light, bright summer white.
Made from Glera grapes, grown in the Valdobbiadene hills which are hand-picked and gently pressed in the winery. The must obtained is fermented in for nearly 40 days, at about 15° C, with the addition of selected yeasts. Characteristic, fruity with scents of golden apple, Williams pear, acacia flowers and lily of the valley.
Absolut Raspberri is made exclusively from natural ingredients, and unlike some other flavored vodkas, it doesn’t contain any added sugar. It’s rich and intense with the fresh and fruity character of ripened raspberries. The main ingredients in Absolut Raspberri are Absolut Vodka and raspberry flavor. Absolut Vodka is made from water and winter wheat. The water comes from a deep well in Åhus where it’s protected from impurities. The winter wheat is also grown in Åhus and differs from other crops: it’s sown one fall, and harvested the next one. Days in between it grows under the Swedish snow developing its hard grain. Also, the use of fertilizers is minimized. The raspberries are as natural as the rest of the ingredients
Country / Region: Russia
Nose: Intense, on raspberry notes
Allergènes: Contient des sulfites
Absolut Vanilia was introduced in 2003. Basically because vanilla is one of the most beloved flavors in the world. And it wasn’t long until that fact was reinforced through the instant success of Absolut Vanilia – it is almost equally popular as vanilla itself.
The 20 year-old vines for this deliciously elegant Pinotage are grown on the southeastern slopes of Paardeberg mountain in 9.3ha, halfway between the towns of Malmesbury and Paarl in Western Cape Province, South Africa. The area provides advantageous differences in day and night temperatures with Mediterranean-like warm days and cool nights of 12-16˚C brought about by the south west winds sweeping across from the ocean. The grapes are handpicked in mid-February and undergo natural and spontaneous fermentation. They are macerated by hand, left in contact with the skins for 3 days and then basket pressed. This Pinotage is aged for 12 months in old french oak barriques.
Country/Region: Paarl, South Africa
Type: Rich and Intense
Look: A bright red ruby color
Nose: Fresh and ripe red fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of sweet herbs
Palate: Youthful and refreshing and yet elegant with a lovely long finish
Best Food Pairing: Beef and Venison
A top-quality gin made using botanicals from Shetland, including wild water mint, meadowsweet and sea pink flowers. Blackwoods is also unusual in that is released with a vintage statement for each small batch distilled. Shetland botanicals are infused with juniper, coriander and other botanicals, including lime, before being steeped in natural mineral water to release their gentle flavours to give the gin its unique and complex character. Each year, the botanicals are harvested by hand - changing slightly with each harvest due to the quality and quantity available. The distillation is then done in small batches using a traditional copper pot still.
Chivas Regal is a world-famous Scotch blend which was first made in the early 20th century by Chivas Brothers. The company can trace its roots back to 1801, with the opening of a grocers at Number 13 King Street, Aberdeen. Selling luxury food, coffee and spices, it wasn't until half a century later that the company started to make whisky, and then not until post-US Prohibition that Chivas Regal 12 Year Old was first officially released. F. Paul Pacult described Chivas Regal 12 as "the blend for grown-ups", awarding it an impressive 9 out of 10. It's a very apt statement - this is a very refined blended whisky, with herbs, honey and fruit leaping forth on the palate. Regularly lauded by the critics, this is a superb blend in its price category, representing great value for money. Nose: A creamy, aromatic melange of vanilla custard, hints of aniseed, lemon curd and butter toffee. Wood shavings and dried banana chips develop with just a hint of cassis. Palate: More of those banana chips showing through on the palate, this time there's a creamy hit of barley malt too, pepped up with a little allspice. Notes of ground walnut and caramel. Finish: Light spice and black pepper on the tail. Lingering notes of cereal sweetness. Overall: A spicy, beautifully balanced blend. Lots going on here.
A Pisco from Hacienda La Caravedo, the oldest working distillery in the Americas (established 1684) and producer of the extremely popular Pisco Porton. There are eight grapes permitted to be used for Pisco in Peru, with this 'Pisco Puro' made exclusively from Quebranta. Around 8lbs of Quebranta grapes go into each and every bottle.
Bacardi's premium rum release, the 8 year old is blended with rums aged for between 8 and 16 years. The nose is fresh and perfumed with notes of oak and peels, a little syrup with a fennel note. The palate is sweet and rich with tropical fruits, peels and winter spice. The finish is gentle and luscious.
Brighton gin is an incredibly smooth, juniper and citrus led gin made in miniscule batches by gin lovers Kathy and Helen. Their distillery is situated in a little pub just outside the centre of Brighton and everything about the product is lovingly crafted by hand from the individual waxing of the bottles to the elegantly simple mixture of botanicals. Even the colour scheme was carefully chosen to mimic that of the iconic railings on Brighton sea front. Smooth and refreshing this gin slides down easily when drunk neat thanks to the milk thistle in the botanicals (which incidentally is also very good for your liver). It's refreshing, clean and the hints of zesty coriander pop through the juniper.
Named after the number of botanicals used, the final abv chosen was also supposedly the eighth tasted from a final shortlist of twelve possible percentages. It is aimed at the sophisticated male gin drinker. Made in small batches using the purest 100% English Grain Spirit, Langley's No.8 Distilled London Gin is hand crafted specifically to let the selected botanicals do the talking. An old-fashioned gin, perfect for a traditional gin and tonic.
Daffy's Small Batch Premium Gin is made with grain spirit from northern France, which is then distilled using a copper pot still. The Scottish distillers use a selection of eight botanicals for Daffy's Gin, including juniper, Lebanese mint, coriander, angelica root, Spanish lemon and orange peels, cassia bark and orris root. It has been bottled at a very specific 43.4% ABV, as the distillers believe this to be the perfect strength for their expression - not excessively punchy, but with enough power behind it for balance and flavour. The bottle design, incidentally, is the work of Robert McGinnis, the American artist who made film posters for various James Bond and Matt Helm films as well as Breakfast at Tiffany's and Barbarella!
In the fine epicurean tradition of France comes a vodka of uncommon brilliance. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is distilled from French wheat and is made with spring water from Gensac that is filtered through champagne limestone. The expertise of the Maître de Chai ensures an unparalleled smoothness and exceptional taste. In the fine epicurean tradition of France comes a vodka of uncommon brilliance. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is distilled from French wheat and is made with spring water from Gensac that is filtered through champagne limestone.
Launched in 2005, No. 209 Gin is one of the dozen or so gins that emerged in recent years from the re-invigorated craft distilling culture underway globally. With its citrussy and spicy flavour profile, No. 209 Gin is what we’ve come to call a “contemporary classic” here at Gin Foundry. No doubt, the flavour profile leans more towards American pallets with a slightly subdued juniper presence and more prominent citrus notes. However, the core gin backbone is still there. It hasn’t shied away from the category’s heritage and the team has managed to create a modern, contemporary gin, which would appeal to many. The best gin we've tasted in a very long time, this quintuple-distilled gin has perhaps the best flavour we've ever encountered for a Gin Martini.
The Casamigos tequila brand was created by long-time friends George Clooney and Rande Gerber, as well as Discovery Land Company founder Mike Meldman. It was originally made just for them to enjoy as their own house tequila, one that they could sip and savour with friends and family. But in January 2013, they released it to the public! From the Casamigos range (which we believe means 'house of friends') comes an Añejo tequila, which has spent 14 months ageing in American white oak casks. This maturation has resulted in a tequila brimming with toffee penny, roasted agave, dark chocolate and sweetly spiced oak notes. Yes, that George Clooney.
For nearly two centuries, Jaboulet has been producing wines that represent generations of hard work and a passion for excellence. In order to perpetuate these values, Jaboulet adheres to an unswerving commitment to improving vineyards, through strategic acquisitions and work in the cellars, while respecting the environment at the same time.
Country/Region : France / Rhône
Grapes : 100% Syrah
Année : 2014
Look: Deep cherry color
Nose: Intense and aromatic nose: sweet spices, floral notes (peony), very ripe fruit
Palate: Powerful and harmonious attack, noble tannins and very long finish
Best Food Pairing: Red meats - Spicy dishes - Hard cheeses
Allergen : Contain sulfites
One of the most tasty and interesting wines today, although it is hard to describe it correctly after so many nice treats today. Chateau La Lagune would have been name after its particular location on a strip of land between la Gironde river and the ocean. La Lagune is the first property you pass driving out of Bordeaux on the Route de Vins. It is in fact only 15 kilometres from Bordeaux city. There are 72 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petit Verdot (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 15-18 months.
Country/Region: Bordeaux, France
Grapes: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% petit verdot
Appelation: Haut Médoc
Style: Savory and Elegant
Nose: Red and black fruits
Palate: A bouquet of red fruits and tannins. Persistant in the finish
Best Food Pairing: Veal
This 2014 Pessac-Leognan Chateau Pape Clément offers a great amount of black fruits, frankly and purely given off, without being altered by wood. The swirling exhales a large palette of fresh blackcurrant, raspberry and smashed blackberry. A fresh cedar of Lebanon note concludes the olfactory examination. The attack is ample, bold and leads to a solid mid-palate. The wine is round carried by a strong tannic structure that is fine on the finish. The finish is fruity and the whole gives this Cru Classé a good ageing potential.
Country / Region: France / Bordeaux
Grapes: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc
Look: The wine is ruby red with good density, with brown highlights, mahogany, tuile. Brightness and clarity are preserved.
Nose: It seems at once expressive, frank and complex. There are all kinds of fragrance families: fruits, flowers, and spices
Palate: The attack is frank, round and suave, even caressing. Intense aromas first recall the complex sensations perceived on the nose. There is a fragrance of slightly burned leather and wood, roasting notes.
Best Food Pairing: Red meat, Venison, Cheese
The 2015 Cos d'Estournel is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot and 1.5% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up black currants, spice cake, warm cherries and plum preserves with touches of chargrill and forest floor. Medium-bodied and very firm with ripe, grainy tannins, it has a good core of earthy fruit, finishing with loads of layers and freshness.
Country / Region: France / Bordeaux
Grapes: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.5% Merlot, 1.5% Cabernet Franc
Type of wine: Reserve red
Style: Ripe and elegant
Look: Bright rubis
Nose: Intense and sweet spices. The signature of Cos d'Estournel
Palate: The palate is full-bodied with an aromatic mid-palate and a sophisticated tannic halo
Pairing: Cured cheese, red meat, game food
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is perched on a gorgeous Medoc site with an incredible view on Gironde estuary. Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2012 release is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Saint-Julien 2e Cru Classe reveals a lovely dark ruby hue. The nose exudes red fruits such as blackcurrant. The palate offers a fruity attack with smooth, tense tannins carrying pleasant acidity. The 2012 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou is well-structured, full, and perfectly balanced.
Country / Region: France / Bordeaux
Grapes: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
Type of wine: Reserve red
Style: Ripe and elegant
Look: Deep purple
Nose: Red fruit wall (blackcurrant) all accompanied by some floral scents
Palate: A lively attack full of freshness that is in the fruit. The sweet and elegant tannins bring the necessary roundness to this wine. The acidulous note in the final completes this tasting
Best Food Pairing: Cured cheese, Red meat
Even though all three varietals from Saint-Julien (and the entire Medoc region) are renowned for their prosperous maturity, Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 is more focused on defining its unique style with 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Not to mention, 2014 yielded Cabernets with distinctive power, complexity along with remarkably intense yet balanced aromas. Chateau Leoville Las Cases 2014 offers bursting dark fruits, very intense, without oppressing. Although complex, this wine is very measured: delectable fresh aromas, precise attack, and sophisticated structure with smooth, creamy, and silky tannins. This is controlled, with a finish that lingers long. An exceptional Leoville Las Cases that equals some of the Premier Crus.
Country / Region: France / Bordeaux
Grapes : 79 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 10 % Merlot
Style: Deep and complex
Look: Beautiful garnet red
Nose: Elegant and balanced black fruit notes.
Palate: On the palate there are soft and delicate tannins, a nice balance between fruit and tannins
Best Food Pairing: Chicken, cured Cheese