2018 Mâcon Lugny St Pierre, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Mâcon-Lugny is a village appellation growing in the wider area of Mâcon-Villages appellation, and located in the middle of an area formed by Mâcon, Cluny and Tournus. The vineyard combines different exposures that result in different levels of earliness for the grapes. The terroir is for a great part made of limestonefrom the Jurassic era that is perfect for the Chardonnay, but there are also flint clay soils and marls. They all contribute to give the wines their freshness and fruity aromas, as well as their rounded caracter. Grapes were slowly pressed and after settling the must at low temperature, the fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats so to preserve the freshness and natural fruitiness of the Chardonnay. Then the wine is aged partly in vats and partly in oak barrels in order to emphasize its structure and give it more richness. The proportion of vat and oak is our winemaker's secret; he works in accordance with the vintage to make the grapes and its terroir outstand in the wine.
Cremant de Limoux, Domaine de Tholomies, Languedoc, France
Established in 1990, the AOP Cremant de Limoux is issued from the AOP Limoux and is located on the same designation area, 25 km far from Carcassonne, along the high valley of Aude, between the plateaux of Chalabrais and Lacamp on the eastern side. It's a blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir, three varieties that lend themselves well to quality sparkling wine production. The second fermentation and ageing takes place over 12 months and the result is a fresh and vibrant style of sparkling wine. The nose displays cuitrus and almond notes, and then on the palate the wine is supple and refreshing, with notes of quince, citrus and a hint of toastiness on the finish.
2018 Molu Chardonnay, Kalfu, Casablanca Valley, Chile
On the nose tropical fruit aromas, such as papaya, mango and ripe pineapple are complemented by gentle notes of vanilla. A well-rounded wine with good volume, a concentrated palate and a long, clean finish.
The Kalfu ranges are linked to the sea creatures depicted on the labels: Molu means 'where the sun sets' - historically it was believed that during the day stars would hide in the sea and become starfish.
Made by Viña Ventisquero, Kalfu means ‘blue’ in Mapudungun, the language of the aboriginal Mapuche people of southern Chile, representing the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and the extensive skies of the region. Kalfu wines are made from 100% estate owned vineyards in the coastal regions of Leyda Valley (pictured above), Casablanca Valley, Colchagua Valley and the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert.
Situated so close to the Pacific, each vineyard site benefits from cooling coastal breezes and a subsequently longer ripening period.
2018 Vineyard Selection Morning Fog Chardonnay, Wente, California, USA
This wonderful wine is named after the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay, and lured inland by Livermore Valley�s unique East-West orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay. It has intense aromas of honeysuckle and green apple with a hint of toasted oak. Brilliantly balanced; filled with flavours of lime and fresh, ripe pear. Firm crisp finish of mineral and fruit.
2019 Chardonnay, Domaine de la Baume, Languedoc, France
This was the standout Chardonnay when we were on a hunt for one from southern France. It's unoaked, yet it still has a good texture to it, so Burgundy lovers should definitely take note. This gem of a wine has freshness at its core, this stainless steel treated white is filled with yellow and white fruits, dried apricot, minerals and a hint of honeydew.
This is a great little white Burgundy. There is a touch of oak in the background, but the emphasis is very much on freshness and minerality. This elegant white Burgundy is very good for the money
2019 Elite d'Or Chardonnay/Rousanne, Domaine de la Baume, Languedoc, France
This is a full-throttle Chardonnay from the south of France. It has been matured in new oak barrels and has undergone full malolactic fermentation, so this is definitely a wine for lovers of richer, more creamy textured Chardonnays. The balance, however, is absolutely spot-on, so the fruit is still very much still to the fore. You get a lot of wine for your money here, and it will certainly impress at a dinner party.
2019 Macon Villages, Chateau de la Tour de l'Ange, Burgundy, France
A delightful white with a focus on fresh fruit and minerality. There is a hint of floral honeysuckle and orange blossom on the nose alongside ripe melon and greengage. The palate is fruit driven moving towards fresh citrus notes on the finish.
l'Evidence Brut, Blanquette de Limoux, Maison Salasar, Languedoc, France
This rich and opulent Blanquette de Limoux is quite something, in fact it gives many Champagnes at twice the price a run for their money, although it is perhaps a little unfair to compare two different styles. It is the texture and yeasty character that draws Champagne comparisons, however, there is softness and gentleness that differs from the more racy acidity you get from Champagne. Melon and peach are the dominant flavours that linger on the finish.
2018 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc, Domaine Billard, Burgundy, France
This delicious, barrel fermented white Burgundy is yet another exceptionally well priced wine from Jerome Billard. The barrel fermenting gives it the opulence and richness to mark it out as a true white Burgundy, unlike too many simple Bourgogne blancs. It might not quite be a Meursault, but serve it blind to your guests and they may well believe that this weighty, mouth-filling Burgundy is from a far grander village.
2018 Classic Cuvee Sparkling, Tuffon Hall, East Anglia, England
This is yet another example of how good English Sparkling wine is now getting, and what's more it's produced just down the road from us here in Essex. It's produced following the traditional method from the three Champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. A slightly shorter ageing period than Champagne makes for a fresher, fruitier style, yet there is still a sophisticated biscuit note in the background. A delicious sparkling wine that was awarded a bronze medal at the East Anglian Wine Awards.
2017 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Blanc, Vignes Moingeon, Billard, Burgundy, France
This wonderful St Aubin is a rich and seductive combination of exotic tropical fruit and buttery rich texture. It's very classic white Burgundy, made following traditional methods and is exactly how great Burgundy should be. This is a wine that will elevate succulent fish and white meat dishes to epic levels.
2014 Meursault 1er Cru Le Poruzots, Chartron et Trebuchet
Chartron et Trébuchet's Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots is aged 18 months in oak (50% new). It is light in colour but explosive in character. Bringing intense aromas and flavors of fresh citrus, wood, chalky minerals and some buttery notes. The fruit is so pure and focused, showing wonderful intensity with an elegant, yet delicious finish. This is very well-crafted with both new and old-world qualities and indicates excellent potential for cellaring.
2017 Whenua Awa Vineyard Chardonnay, Tohu, Marlborough, New Zealand
In Tohu's own words - 'Our Whenua Single Vineyard wines are a gift from the land, our tūrangawaewae, the place where we stand. Each wine is an expression of the uniqueness of our place, and our enduring connection to the land.'
From two distinct vineyards; their Whenua Matua vineyard sits among the sun-drenched slopes of upper Moutere, Nelson, while their Whenua Awa vineyard is high on the remote terraces of the upper Awatere Valley, Marlborough.
Their Whenua Awa Chardonnay is only shipped to the UK in very small quantities and our availability can be counted in bottles rather than barrels, but we're delighted to get some. It's a beautifully made Chardonnay that has been fermented in 500l French Oak puncheons to give the wine added texture and complexity.
2018 Chassagne Montrachet. F & L Pillot, Burgundy, France
This Chassagne promises great finesse on the nose and doesn't disappoint! The palate is warming, yet pure, concentrated and balanced with white fruit and peach carried by discreet oak notes. It is an elegant wine with remarkable minerality and amazing length on the finish.
Laurent Pillot, who took over the running of Domaine Pillot in his mid-twenties, transformed his family estate from grape growers to a leading estate and one of the superstars of Chassagne-Montrachet.
The hand harvested grapes arrive at the winery where they are very gently pressed and the free run juice put into oak for fermentation. Around a quarter of this oak is new and post fermentation the wine is aged for a further 11 months in barrel before release.
2016 Catarina white, Bacalhoa
2017 Chablis, Domaine de la Meuliere
Brothers Nicolas and Vincent Laroche are the fifth generation to run this 21 hectare estate. All of the vines are grown on the original Chablis subsoil of Kimmeridgian limestone and the fruit is harvested by hand and vinified in stainless steel without any use of oak, creating good, weighty Chablis that has buttery notes backed by steely minerality.
2019 Chablis 1er Cru 'Beauroy', Domaine Michaut Freres, France
A vivid yellow with a hint of green. An expressive nose of white flowers, acacia and a round palate, expressive, slightly unctuous with a fine mineral return. Powerful and rich.
The winery is located in Biene close to Chablis, built on the classic soil of the region, kimmeridgien, underpining the 60 hectares of vineyards. These wines show great typicity, steely acidity, plenty of fruit with that unmistakeable note of flinty "terroir".
2018 'Clos de Pierres' Chardonnay, Two Rivers, Marlborough, New Zealand
Clos des Pierres is French for place of stones and gives reference to The Spring Vineyard which has extremely stony soils.
Bright lemon in colour, the bouquet offers aromas of orange blossom and stone fruit mingled with toasted cumin seeds and struck match. On the palate the wine is focused, opening up to layers of white peach, lemon curd and honeysuckle, over flavours of cinnamon stick and cloves. The artisan winemaking approach has resulted in an elegant and delicious wine, showing great vibrancy, purity of fruit and underlying old vine minerality.
An ideal pairing with white sauce dishes and hard or smoked cheeses.
Predominately from 25 year old vines, the fruit for this wine was hand harvested, lightly whole bunch pressed and naturally fermented. Intermittent lees stirring was carried out and full malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was then aged for 11 months in a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels, a new French oak cuvee and a concrete egg tank. In pursuit of the highest quality, we have not filtered this wine. As a result a harmless residue may remain.
2018 Domaine Chablis, William Fevre
Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine.
Very fresh bouquet with notes of citrus and white fleshed-fruit. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation.
With food - Fish dishes, grilled or in a light sauce; various seafood, oysters and sushi.
2016 Vintage 'Nutty' Brut, Nutbourne Vineyards, W.Sussex, England
A Traditional Method Sparkling Wine made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to create a golden colour, natural richness, floral & beautifully balanced wine.
This wine is matured in the bottle for 3 years before a vintage is released.
2016 Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Grossot, Burgundy, France
This 1er cru is a perfect example of one of the most renowned 1er Cru of Chablis. Skillfully crafted by Jean Pierre Grossot it shows incredible fruit purity and a real stony, mineral character that reflects the superb vineyards soils of Mont de Milieu. This is 1er cru Chablis as it should taste, sublime, with a fresh nose of apple and citrus. Full bodied and powerful mouth with a lengthy finish.
Following in the footsteps of her parents, Eve Grossot has now taken charge at this family domaine. Eve has chosen to continue the estate's focus on expressing the wonderful terroir of their land whilst translating this into more elegant, fine examples of Chablis. Following organic practices, her sights are set on all vineyards being fully certified organic by 2019. The wines have mouth-watering minerality and a wonderfully pure, appley fruit that electrifies the palate, whilst retaining a considerable richness for Chablis.
The parcels of Chablis premier Cru Mont de Milieu are on a hillside between Fleys and Chablis. It is sloping and exposed at South on a Kimmeridgian soil composed of clay and limestone. The total area is 0.65 hectars. The vines were planted in the 80’s. For the past 20 years the vineyard has been managed in line with the practises of "Reasoned Agriculture" which means soil tillage, using organic fertilizer, and using treatments only where they are strictly necessary. For two years, several of the plots have been grown Organically and the entire production will be certified as Organic within 3 years. This care for nature is reflected elsewhere too, the old branches of vine are collected and burned in a wood burner to heat buildings on the estate.
After a mild settling of the juice, the juice is put in stainless steel tanks for the beginning of the alcoholic fermentation. Then 1/2 of the juice is racked in barrel to finish its fermentation and begin the malolactic fermentation. The rest of the wine stay in stainless steel tanks. After 7 months the wine is racked and the two cuveé blended then further aged in tanks. Most years gentle fining with “bentonite” clay to eliminate proteins. Then the wine is filtered with the tangential process. The wine is bottling 18 months after harvesting.
2018 Pouilly Fuisse, Chartron et Trebuchet, Burgundy, France
This wine from Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy is a dry wine with soft toasted notes and aromas of ripe tropical fruit, a very elegant and versatile wine.
Les Perrieres Blanc de Blanc Champagne, Ulysse Collin, Champagne, France
The Chardonnay grapes from Ulysse Colin's fabulous Les Perrieres vineyard (one that's particularly high in chalk and flint), produce a Champagne that has a wonderful depth of fruit. It's richer than many Champagnes, leading some to describe it as a white Burgundy with bubbles.
Half bottle - 2015 Chablis, Defaix
2017 Meursault, Domaine Bouchard Peres et Fils, Burgundy, France
From the largest landowners in Meursault, this wine has aromatic fruit and floral aromas; with characteristic richness whilst retaining freshness on the palate.
2018 Mereworth Sparkling 'White from White', Mereworth Wines, Kent, UK
Mereworth's first ever vintage, and one that couldn't have been better in terms of growing conditions. A frost-free Spring and a reliably long, warm Summer, resulting in both high yields and an exceptional quality of grapes.
This is a traditional white English sparkling wine made entirely from our Chardonnay grapes.
This is a delicately balanced white sparkling wine with vibrancy and subtle sophistication. The White From White features citrus flavours with gentle toasted notes, which compliment the honied fruit and nut aromas on the nose. A graceful, soft gold in colour, with a silky texture carried into a fresh, crisp finish.
Premium Cuvee, Jansz, Tasmania, Australia
The Wine - Honeysuckle and citrus scents are immediately apparent. Slight aromas of nougat, roasted nuts and a hint of strawberry from the Pinot Noir. Delicate fruits and creaminess fills the mouth with a lingering finish of citrus and nougat.
The Viticulture & Winemaking - To maximize blending options and complexity in the final wine, batches are kept separate during winemaking. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees for as long as possible. The average age of the final blend is around two years.
Magnum - Brut Prestige Champagne, Pierre Mignon, Champagne, France
2018 Organic Chardonnay, Greystone, Waipara, New Zealand
The Chardonnay is a blend of two blocks and two clones – clone 95 and Mendoza.
Aromatically inviting with golden kiwifruit, nashi with mild oak and coconut husk. The palate is full with generous flavours supported by fine grained oak phenolics and ripe acidity.
2018 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, Trentham Estate, Murray Darling, Australia
Tumbarumba Chardonnay comes from a high altitude, eastern-sloping vineyard at the base of the Snowy Mountains National Park, a cool climate region highly regarded for producing premium Chardonnay.
Light straw green colour with lifted white peach fruit supported by toasted oak nuances. Persistent clean flavours show an ideal balance of fruit weight and cool climate crispness. A refined, elegant Chardonnay