2019 Sauvignon Blanc, La Girouette, Languedoc, France
A staff favourite here, and one of the best value wines in our range. It's just as good Sauvignon Blanc should be; fresh, aromatic, vibrant and very easy to drink. There is a classic herbal, slightly leafy edge to the tropical aroma, yet on the palate it is citrus characteristics that come through on the finish. In all this is a classic Sauvignon with great versatility.
2019 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.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marquis de Goulaine, Loire Valley, France
This is a great little Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It may not quite be a Sancerre but it still shows some fresh gooseberry and a hint of riper tropical fruit. There is a subtle herbal note on the finish, which is classic Sauvignon, and the acidity gives it a fresh lift at the end. This is definitely a wine to have in the rack as it will appeal to many white wine fans.
2019 Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Morin Langaran, Languedoc, France
Delicate and fresh with excellent refreshing acidity and structure. Lots of ripe melon and pear fruits and a lovely crisp dry finish. This is exactly the type of wine that the French guzzle with their seafood on the Mediterranean coast, and with seafood and summery salads is definitely when it's at its best.
2020 Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng, Vignobles Fontan, Gascony, France
An exceptional southern French white from the Armagnac region. Vibrant and fruity Sauvignon Blanc is given a bit more depth and roundness with the addition of some Gros Manseng.
Lots of Intensity on the nose with ripe peach, pear and some exotic notes of pineapple. Full, rounded mouthfeel with apricot and hints of mango, backed up by juicy grapefruit citrus.
2020 Reuilly, Domaine Aujard, Loire Valley, France
Reuilly is a Loire Valley village not far from the famous villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, and it's white wines are made in very much the same way and, whisper it, often to the same quality.
This Reuilly really stood out for us in recent tastings, and given the current price tag of good Sancerre it was a very easy decision to add it to the range.
It's got a vibrancy and minerality that good Loire Sauvignon should. There's a hint of passionfruit in the background, but the dominant characteristic is more vibrant apple and citrus with a hint of elderflower. A very versatile wine as at home with a delicate piece of fish as it is with well herbed roasted veg.
2019 Viognier, Domaine de la Baume, IGP Pays dOc, France
A fabulous, generous textured Viognier from the south of France. Rich in apricot and ripe peach flavour, yet finishing dry with great freshness.
2017 Marsanne, La Forge Estate, Languedoc, France
Bright gold with straw yellow tints. Very elegant aromas with white flowers, hazelnuts and a hint of toast and vanilla. Rich and creamy on the palate, this Marsanne reveals a well-balanced acidity and a long finish.
Jean-Claude Mas has significantly grown and enhanced Domaines Paul Mas with the acquisition of several carefully selected properties throughout the Languedoc. His portfolio of estates now accounts for over 440 acres of premium vineyards, planted with 25 different varieties, including Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Viognier and Chardonnay. Above all else, his vineyards are maintained at the utmost quality so as to yield the highest calibre grapes.
La Forge Estate wines symbolize the fusion of the old and the new worlds of wine, as well as the fusion between carefully selected grapes from the best South of France vineyards and an expressive, round and aromatic style, brightened up by a subtle dose of oak barrel ageing.
2020 Pinot Gris Classique, A Metz, Alsace, France
This is a wonderfully rounded Pinot Gris with ripe stone fruits and pear to the fore. It coats the mouth with flavour, yet a nice refreshing acidity gives it vibrancy on the finish. This is a great allrounder when it comes to serving with food as it is equally at home with fish as it is with white meats and roasted vegetables.
2018 Gewurztraminer Classique, A Metz, Alsace, France
This Gewurztraminer has a lovely balance between sweetness and acidity. As you'd expect from a Gewurz it's aromatic and rich, yet the finish is quite dry. It combines flavours of lychee, citrus peel and candied fruit, and is perfect with aromatic dishes.
2019 'O' Haut-Poitou Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvion, Loire, France
A wonderfully fresh and zesty Sauvignon Blanc with a vibrant citrus zing to it.
This is from Jean-Pierre Sauvion, who almost single handedly is bringing the historic Haut-Poitou appellation back from near extinction. Based close to the city of Poitiers it is one of the most southerly Loire appellations and one that enjoys a good level of sunshine. Sauvignon Blanc is the key white grape here and in the last decade the wine quality has rocketed. We're very excited about the future of Haut-Poitou if this wine is anything to go by.
2019 Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine du Petit Soumard
The Pouilly-Fume from Domaine du Petit Soumade is just about as good as Sauvignon Blanc gets. It's aromatic and intense, with citrus and tropical fruit aromas leading to a palate that is fresh and vibrant.
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.
2018 Anjou Chenin Sec, Chateau de Fesles, Loire Valley, France
This a very expressive Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. It has a generous weight and richness with a wonderful combination of quince, dried fruits and a hint of elderflower on the palate.
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
2018 Les Coteaux Blanc, Chateau Belles Eaux, Languedoc, France
This wine is a wonderful example of modern southern French winemaking. It's a blend of traditional grape varieties; Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Rousanne, a very small proportion of which is briefly aged in oak. The flavours are clean and precise, it has a delightful texture and finishes with a generous flourish of stone fruits. The oak is barely noticeable, although there is a touch of spice in the background. This should appeal to white Burgundy drinkers as well as those after something a little fresher.
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.
2018 Riesling Classique, A Metz, Alsace, France
This vibrant Riesling is definitely at the dry end of the scale, but it does still have a distinctive Alsace richness to it. Steely citrus fruits dominate the nose and palate, and the finish is fresh and long. Perfect with seafood.
2020 Viognier/Marsanne, Domaine Saint-Paul, Languedoc, France
Domaine Saint-Paul is a fabulous organic estate, located close to Béziers in the commune of Colombiers in the heart of the Languedoc. Their focus is on traditional southern French grape varieties, with a huge amount of emphasis on work carried out in the vineyard to ensure the quality of grapes harvested is absolutely first class.
This hard work has resulted in a trio of exceptional wines. We'd go as far as to say that this estate is one of our most exciting finds in recent years.
This viognier marsanne blend is an absolute delight. It has the most enticing tropical aroma and on the palate stone fruits (peach and apricot) and a hint of citrus combine beautifully. What's more it has a freshness and vibrancy that can sometimes be missing from southern French Viogniers. This aromatic beauty is a delightful aperitif, but comes into its own with lightly spiced Asian dishes.
Certified Organic and vegan friendly.
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.
2020 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, Domaine de Chauviniere, Loire, France
Bursting with aromas of ripe melon and white apple alongside a hint of tropical sweetness. Clean, linear and elegant in style, the palate sees zesty citrus flavours with tropical nuances supported by a mineral tone throughout.
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.
2019 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst, Signature de Colmar, Alsace, France
This fabulous Pinot Gris is what Alsace is all about, it perfectly combines richness of flavour with freshness and length on the finish. The famous Hengst vineyard is considered to be the driest in France, and because of this the wines have a tremendous richness and depth. This Pinot Gris shows exotic flavours of candied fruit, pear and gentle spice. It's rich without being too sweet and the flavours linger long in the mouth. This opulent and impressive wine is delicious with rich shellfish and creamy white meat dishes.
2017 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Pfersigberg, Signature de Colmar, Alsace, France
This beautiful golden yellow wine is a fabulous example of this floral and spicy grape variety. Off dry in style, yet coming across as a little sweeter due to the rish mouth coating nature of the wine, it can be drunk as an aperitif, served with aromatic food or drunk with vibrant fruity desserts. There is wealth of candied fruit and spice on both the aroma and palate, and the flavours linger long in the mouth.
2018 Riesling Grand Cru Florimont, Signature de Colmar, Alsace, France
2019 Sancerre, Cave Laetitia Ducroux, Loire Valley, France
Domaine Ducroux is a ten hectare estate based in Crezancy. The vineyard is situated on clay and limestone soil, part of which contains some small pebbles, and this is where the Sauvignon is planted; helping to add ripeness and bring out some of the variety�s fruit character in the wine. Incredibly the estate has been in the family since 1643 and Laetitia Ducroux, the current owner and winemaker, is the 11th generation, and first woman, to run the domaine.
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.
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.
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".