A new season is right at our doorstep with the official start of Spring this Sunday. No better time to set your sights on new things: new flavours, new experiences and maybe even some new wine favourites!
Gardens (literally) spring into life at this time of year, serving up generally lighter foods on the table which make our taste buds crave wines that are fresh and clean. If you’re wondering what wines to go for, read on and discover our suggestions to celebrate the start of the new season.
€131.00 €108.261. Catalan Eagle, Terra Alta D.O., 2015
2. Château La Nerthe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2017
3. Château Valcombe, Épicure Rosé, Ventoux, 2020
4. Château de Parnay, Le Blason de Parnay, Saumur-Champigny, 2018
5. Domaine Boillot, Les Rouchaux, Moulin-à-Vent, 2015
6. Domaine Felettig, La Justice, Gevrey Chambertin Village, 2017
0.75l2015 Catalan Eagle (BIO)Terra Alta D.O.0.75l WhiteBio€8.70 €7.19Catalan Eagle white is a blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca, 25% Viognier and 15% Roussanne grapes, the two latter grape varieties originally coming from the Rhone. Catalan Eagle takes its name from the bird that soars above the nature reserve close to the 26 hectare organic vineyard in Terra Alta which is near Tarragona in southern Catalonia. This wine has an expressive nose of peaches, pears and grapefruit. On the palate there is minerality, fruit and some warm, spicy notes. Round and full on the palate this is an aromatic wine with good acidity and a rich texture. Enjoy with seafood and paella.
0.75lChâteauneuf-du-Pape0.75l WhiteBio€34.50 €28.51The 2017 vintage joins the 2015 and the 2016 as a trio of exceptional vintages for La Nerthe, one of the oldest and largest estates in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Thanks to great investments and a great terroir, La Nerthe is at the top of its game and producing gorgeous organic white and red wines at its large domain south-east of the village of Chateauneuf. The grape blend is 55% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 7% Cinsault, 3% Counoise and the remaining 3% is a blend of the other varietals planted in the vineyard. La Nerthe 2017 is very elegant and composed, fruity and spicy with an abiding freshness. Its drinkability perhaps belies the power and the concentration that this great wine possesses. It seems wonderful to drink now but it could age for another ten years to reveal layers of depth and complexity.
0.75lEpicure Rosé Ventoux0.75l RoséBio€8.70 €7.19Luc Guénard has tweaked the style of his natural, pretty rosé and there is more Cinsault (40%-50%) in the wine which compliments the fruity Grenache. The colour is lighter - a pretty, delicate rose and the nose has sweet, fruity aromas of rose hips and red fruit. Very little sulphur was used in the 2020 vintage so the wine is appetizing and crunchy with great purity and a light, smoky finish. There were very small yields so this is a small production of a delicious, artisan rosé.
0.75lBlason de Parnay Saumur-Champigny0.75l RedBio€12.60 €10.41Since we launched this wine last year, it has had a great success with our clients who want an organic, elegant red wine from the Loire. The 2018 has a very sweet and fresh nose of hedgerow fruit – sloes, blackberries and cassis. On the attack there is the typical bite of fresh acidity coming from the Cabernet Franc grapes and then the wine opens up on the palate to reveal a silky texture with natural flavours of spice, berries and herbs. Lying just 50 metres above the Loire river this is an easy drinking, lively wine with soft balance and a slightly spicy, fresh finish. A good red wine for fish, game dishes and light cuisine which we like to serve slightly chilled.
0.75l2015 Domaine BoillotLes Rouchaux Moulin-à-Vent0.75l Red€20.00 €16.53Clément Boillot has quite a lot to live up to (his parents are Louis Boillot and Ghislaine Barthod) but as these beautiful trio of Moulin à Vent wines shows, he is a confident winemaker who knows how to preserve the beautiful fresh fruit flavours in the wines he makes. Made to be drunk young and slightly chilled, this is very attractive wine with a purple tinged hue and a gorgeous nose of raspberries and red berries interspersed with floral notes of rose petals and violets. On the palate the wine is full and generous with the red fruit character predominating over notes of vanilla, spice and minerals.
0.75l2017 Domaine FelettigLa Justice Gevrey ChambertinVillage 0.75l Red€46.50 €38.43There is great energy in this cuvée which has lovely, sweet spiciness; autumn berry flavours of sloes, black currants and blackberries; lovely freshness and poise with a fine vein of fruity acidity running through the long structure.