The Pinot Grigio grapes used to make this wine were grown in the Pavia region, not far from Milan. Shows apple and pear with hints of white peach and elderflower.
Appelation: Pinot Grigio
A full, blackcurranty flavour backed by soft, juicy tannins results in a deeply coloured, rich and mouth-filling, yet very easy-drinking, style of wine.
The Verdejo grape is an aromatic variety, this wine shows melon and green apple on the palate with floral notes on the finish.
Region: Castilla - La Mancha
Malbec’s original home is in south-west France; vines were taken from here to plant vineyards in Argentina and Chile. Velvety, fruit-driven wine with bramble fruit and violet aromas alongside some spice on the palate.
Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in vineyards influenced by the cooling effects of the Atlantic are used to make this fresh and zesty white, with citrus, blackcurrant leaf and tropical fruit notes.
Ripe, dense blueberry, cherry fruit aromas combined with notes of chocolate and sweet vanillin oak spice. The palate reflects the dark fruits on the nose with the structure supplied by firm tannins and a balancing acidity. The grapes come from the Langhorne Creek region and the wine receives some American and French oak contact during fermentation and just after.
Region: South Australia
Made in a traditional, robust style using the Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grape varieties and benefiting from ageing in large oak barrels called 'foudres'. A good example of this appellation produced by a top producer based in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Region: Rhône Valley
Best Food Pairing: Fish, tuna, haddock and chicken
The vineyards around the village of Pourcieux enjoy their own special microclimate in the foothills between Mont Aurelien and Mont Saint-Victoire (made famous in paintings by Cézanne and Picasso). Mostly Grenache with Syrah and Cinsault and made by the ‘vin de pressurage’ method, the red grapes are gently pressed so that just enough colour and flavour is extracted before the juice is separated from the skins for fermentation. Rose-pink with wild strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant aromas, the palate offers a combination of ripe red fruits and zesty apple, with a decent amount of acidity which adds grip and texture.
Appelation: Côtes de Provence
The organic Montepulciano grapes that produce this wine are sourced from two separate vineyards: Popoli and Capestrano. Capestrano's soaring summer temperatures and silty soils yield richness and structure. The rocky and exposed terrain of Popoli bestows fragrance and freshness.
Food Pairing: This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces eggplant parmigiana, and risotto ai funghi.
Whilst most of the wine made under the Coteaux Bourguignons appellation is red, whites are also permitted: this is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Aligoté grapes harvested from both the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. The Aligoté brings an aromatic freshness complementing Chardonnay’s richer apple and citrus character.
Other: Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
This beautiful 12th-century property lies in the heart of the appellation. The seven hectares of vines with an average age of 45 years are on granite soils that suit the Gamay grape well. Classically vibrant summer-fruit bouquet with a typically light ripe, juicy palate.
The small appellation of Menetou-Salon, just under 500 hectares, is adjacent to Sancerre to the south-west; like its better-known neighbour, it too is planted with Sauvignon Blanc. Here, the vines are planted on Kimmeridgian limestone soils, very similar to those of Chablis, and similar minerally notes can be detected in the wines. Cool-fermented and unoaked, the wine shows fresh citrus fruit, such as grapefruit, green fruit and herbaceous nuances.
Region: Loire Valley
Appelation: Menetou Salon
From the outlying parts of the Chablis region comes this dry, steely white wine, similar in style to its more famous big brother only a little lighter. J. Moreau et Fils, already with an excellent international reputation for producing great wines, the Chablis house established in 1814 continues to develop its capabilities. Recently it has created a new position of Viniculturist to more closely link the activities in the vineyards and winery.
Bone-dry white Burgundy from Chablis’ most famous house. Classic Chablis flintiness with no oak ageing. A regular Gold Medal winner at prestigious competitions, confirming the consistently high quality of this wine. Elegant, restrained and dry.
The Montagny 1er Cru La Grande Roche 2015 reveals delicious floral aromas of honeysuckle. Full in the mouth with notes of almond, apricot and pepper, the finish is fresh with a hint of mint.
Appelation: Montagny 1er Cru
Food Pairing: Lobster & Shellfish
The vineyard of Pied Redal, with its pebble and sandy soils, is cultivated without any weed-killers or pesticides and certified organic. The blend is mainly Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Shows dark fruit flavours, such as black cherry and blackcurrant, spiced with liquorice and aromatic herbs; the palate is full-bodied with fine-grained tannins which give it a smooth finish.
Region: Rhône Valley
Baron de Brane is the second wine of Château Brane-Cantenac, a second growth château owned by Henri Lurton and one of the oldest and largest properties in Margaux. The blend is made up of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the grapes coming from developing vineyards, some on gravel beds 12 metres deep. Aged for a year in French oak this supremely elegant wine has plenty of complex fruit on the palate and silky tannins on the finish.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve has flavours of red and black fruit and spices; as it ages it also becomes suggestive of mushrooms and leather. It is a very virile wine, typical of its terroir, strongly influenced by the Mistral and the sun. A wine that will bring the traditional robustness and warmheartedness of Provence to your table.
Wine region: Rhône
Appelation: Châteauneuf du Pape
Best Food Pairing: Lamb and beef
Robert Parker eRating: 93
Character: Well balanced with a superb balance of red fruits and tannins. <br>
Sauzet is one of the top names in Burgundy, famous for producing some of the finest Grands Crus in Puligny-Montrachet. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2006 but switched to biodynamic a few years ago. A textbook Puligny Montrachet sourced from seven parcels of vines, vinified separately prior to ageing in barrel 15% of which are new oak. The nose shows white blossom and lemon the palate shows an understated richness, precise and well executed with excellent length. Drink 2017 through 2025.
Robert Parker eRating: 94