Our Wine List

Our Wine List

The Witchery has developed over four decades an internationally renowned reputation for its wines, winning virtually every award going

and gaining a reputation as one of the world's finest restaurant cellars. Explore our extensive wine list by region...

The Witchery Selection

Champagne

Bin   £   
18 Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve N.V.   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ  85.00    
  Rich, yet possessing finesse and delicacy, one of the very best 14.50  125ml 
       
    46     Billecart-Salmon Rosé  Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 120.00  
   Delicious, strawberry-scented rosé Champagne, with ultra fine bubbles                                                              20.00 125ml 

 

White Wine

 1   Château Billot 2019  Bergerac, France 30.00   
  A light & fresh Sauvignon/Semillon blend, with a lovely herbaceous nose 7.50 175ml
       
3 Viognier 2018  Domaine de La Baume, Languedoc Rousillon, France 35.00  
  Full of luscious peachy fruit with an elegantly expressive finish 8.75 175ml
       
2 Sauvignon Blanc  2018  Mont de Joie, Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France 36.00  
  Crisp and fresh with citrus, grassy aromas on the nose 9.00 175ml
       
4 Riesling  2018  Fritz Haag, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany 40.00  
  Delicious; rich, crisp and fresh Riesling 10.00 175ml
       
5 Pinot Grigio  2018  Franz Haas, Trentino, Italy 45.00  
  First-rate, high-altitude Pinot Grigio, from this exemplary producer 11.25 175ml
       
   6     Bourgogne Blanc  2018  Les Setilles,  Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy, France 56.00  
  Terrific Chardonnay from de-classified Meursault & Puligny-Montrachet grapes                     14.00 175ml

 

Rose Wine

    7     Rosé, la Source Gabriel  2019   Côtes de Provence, France                                                             40.00   
  A first-class Provencal rosé with some lovely fresh fruit  10.00   175ml

 

Red Wine

    8     Incanto del Sud Frappato 2019  Baglio Gibellina     Sicily, Italy  30.00   
  Deliciously refreshing red berry fruits,  balanced with smooth tannins & juicy acidity 7.50  175ml
       
9 Cabernet Sauvignon  2015  Casa Lapostolle, Chile 39.00   
  Very fine and elegantly underplayed Cabernet 9.75 175ml
       
11 Pinot Noir  2017  Pencarrow, Martinborough, New Zealand 37.00   
  Ripe and generous fruit-driven wine, delivering classic Pinot character 9.25  175ml
       
10 Shiraz/Riesling  2018  ‘Lion's Tooth of McLaren Vale’  Dandelion Vineyards, Eden Valley, Australia 42.00   
  Big and juicy wine, that balances chewy fruit and freshness 10.50  175ml
       
14 Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon  2017  Amancaya, Rothschild Catena, Mendoza, Argentina 42.00  
  Beautifully proportioned & balanced Malbec, with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon 10.50 175ml
       
12 Château Montaiguillon  2016  Montagne St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France 56.00  
  Thick and ripe young claret, full of black cherries and chewy tannins 14.00 175ml

 

 Dessert Wine

bin                                                                                                           By the glass  Bottle
 898  Carte D’Or, Coteaux du Layon 2018               
  Domaine des Baumard, Loire, France      70ml glass  8.00  125ml glass  13.00  37cl  38.00
            
899 Tokay Aszu Blue Label 5 Puttonyos 2013        
  Royal Tokaji Wine Company, Hungary 70ml glass   14.00 125ml glass   25.00 50cl 100.00
           
897 Banyuls, Cuvée Thérèse Reig 2016  (red)          
  Domaine de la Rectorie, Languedoc, France 70ml glass   9.25 125ml glass   16.25 50cl 65.00
           
146 Château Doisy-Védrines 2004        
  Grand Cru Classé, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 70ml glass   12.00 125ml glass   20.00 75cl 120.00
           
           

 

Champagne

 

 

 Non-Vintage

   
 Bin     Year  £ 
18 Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ  N.V.   85.00 
  Family-owned, Billecart Brut Réserve is a fine, light and elegant Champagne; a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier, sourced from the best sites in Champagne, with a quality second to none.     
       
 21 Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ     N.V.    100.00
  This unique cuvée (a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier & Pinot Noir), entirely vinified in oak, is a virtuoso example of subtle barrel-aging. A radiant yellow colour with a super-fine mousse and a creamy palate balanced with bracing vivacity.     
       
 15 Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut   Epernay   N.V.  110.00 
  Renowned for delicacy and elegance, with lovely balance between fruit aromas and light bready, yeast notes.     
       
 20  Pol Roger Réserve   Epernay N.V.  120.00 
  One of the fuller and fruitier styles, this is an old favourite here. Blended from an equal proportion of the three permitted varieties, to give a rounded and very sippable glass of wine.    
       
25 Louis Roederer Brut Premier   Reims N.V. 120.00
  Although best known for Cristal, Roederer’s N.V. is one of the very best. A fuller style that carries its fruit with great elegance.    
       
27 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut    Mareuil-sur-Aÿ N.V. 120.00
  This extra-dry champagne is great example of the zero-dosage style; very dry, lean, crisp and refreshing.    
       
26 Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut   Aÿ N.V. 125.00
  Bollinger make a unique and hand-crafted wine with attention to detail from the vine to the cellar. A fuller style that benefits from ageing in old oak barrels.    
       
23 Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin   Reims N.V. 130.00
  It’s hard to say anything more about this grandest of the Champagne Grande Marques.  A full, almost rich, style is produced consistently by using a high proportion of Pinot Noir.    
       
22 Jacquesson Cuvée no. 741 Brut   Epernay N.V. 145.00
  This small house was recently named as the third best in Champagne (behind Krug and Bollinger) by the influential magazine La Revue du vin de France. The 741 refers to the number of blends the house has put together since 1798 and is updated with every release.    

 

 

 Vintage   

 Bin     Year    £  
  Billecart-Salmon   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ   2007   195.00 
 19   Lovely vintage wine only ever produced in very small quantities. Youthful, with a rich fruit character and very delicate bubble structure.     
       
24 Pol Roger Brut   Epernay  2008 270.00
  One of the few remaining independent Grande Marques left in Champagne. Bright and fruity, with a delightful brioche nose and a clean, broad palate.     
       
31  Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart  Mareuil-sur-Aÿ  2002  280.00
  One of Billecart’s top wines and possibly the best in their portfolio (and really as good as anything else in Champagne). Generous and powerful, whilst retaining restraint and elegance; the epitome of fine Champagne.    
       
37 Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs   Taittinger     Reims 2007 295.00
  Now back in the hands of the family, Taittinger’s Comte is on a roll, and this is one of the best. Rich, but with an ethereal lightness and persistence on the palate.     
       
34 Dom Perignon   Möet et Chandon   Epernay 2006 325.00
  For many, the most prestigious of all prestige cuvées, blending 65% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir and 8% Pinot Meunier. Rich aromas of intense fresh citrus fruits, with nicely rounded biscuity acidity.    
       
35 Clos Des Goisses   Philipponnat    Mareuil-sur-Aÿ 2004 350.00
  A rarity, one of only a handful of vineyard & site-specific, terroir- driven, wines to be produced in Champagne. Seldom seen and only really known to aficionados, this is one of the greatest Champagnes you will ever try.    
       
36 Salon   Mesnil-sur-Oger 1996 460.00
  One of the great names in Champagne, Salon make only this one wine, a Blanc de Blancs; only releasing it in exceptional vintages. A classic 1996 with crisp acidity; now starting to unveil its huge potential.     
       
29 Perrier-Jouet Belle Époque   Epernay  2008 475.00
  An elegant Champagne that celebrates the artistic past of this great house. The famous bottle, with its swirl of white flowers, echoes the delicate floral style of the wine, with aromas of honeysuckle, magnolia, pear & peach.    
       
33 Krug   Reims 2000 550.00
  In a hot year that had many Champagne houses shying away from creating a vintage blend, 2000 saw Krug seize the opportunity to create this powerful, expressive Champagne, full of citrus peel, honey, brioche and candied apple character.    
       
39 Louis Roederer Cristal   Reims 2007 575.00
  Once produced in crystal bottles for Tsar Alexander II, this wine offers sublime aromas of honeyed apple, toasted peaches, vanilla and honeysuckle.    
       
  Please note that our vintage Champagnes bins 33, 36 & 44 are chilled to order.    

 

 Champagne Rosé  

 Bin    Year £
 46 Billecart-Salmon Rosé   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ N.V. 120.00
  Consistently great non-vintage rosé, from this wonderful small house. Strawberry-scented with ultra fine bubbles.    
       
43 Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé   Epernay N.V. 180.00
  Bright and creamy, with a lovely bubble structure and red fruit profile. Probably the best N.V. rosé on the market right now.    
       
44 Dom Perignon Rosé Brut    Moet et Chandon   Epernay    
  Very rare wine from a great vintage. The sheer quality of D.P. rosé will be blatantly obvious to anyone fortunate enough to taste it.  2002   850.00 

 

 

Demi-Sec Champagne  

 Bin     Year   £ 
45 Billecart-Salmon Demi-Sec  Mareuil-sur-Aÿ N.V.  125.00 
  This sweet and rich wine has the same cepagé as the brut, but with an elevated dosage. Full-flavoured with a fine balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity, this is a superb accompaniment to for desserts with a subtle sweetness.    

 

Sparkling Wine

  
       
Bin   Year £
 48   Cava Brut   Parxet   Spain.  2018   43.00
  A delightfully fresh and zesty wine from this highly regarded traditional family firm, using organically farmed Macabeo, Xarel-lo & Parellada, the wine exhibits aromas of tropical fruit & white flowers.    
       
51 Triple Zero   Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups    Montlouis sur Loire, France N.V. 62.00
  A lightly effervescent Pétillant Naturell Chenin Blanc from the pioneering Jacky Blot; 'Triple Zero' refers to the fact that no sugar is added at any stage of the wine-making, this is unfiltered and naturally made, with no residual sweetness. Citrus, pear and floral nuances, with a delicate yet creamy mousse.    
       
 55   Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz   Mollydooker 2017 80.00
  McLaren Vale, Australia    
  A fine example of the uniquely Australian style of sparkling red wine. Like a typical full-bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz, but with vivacious bubbles; rich red berry & cherry flavours with a hint of chocolate, well worth a try.    
       
50 Nyetimber   Classic Cuvée   England N.V.  110.00
  English sparkling wine is finally getting the attention it deserves or fulfilling its potential, whichever way you prefer to look at it. Nyetimber have long been at the forefront and can certainly give most Champagne a run for its money; crafting their Classic Cuvée from the same vinous holy trinity of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier    
       
       

Sparkling Sweet Wine

49 Moscato d’Asti Frizzante   G.D. Vajra, Italy 2018 52.00
  Typically sweet and light (5% ABV), with masses of absolutely delicious sweet fruit, this is a top example of the slightly sparkling frizzante style    

Bordeaux

Bin    Year  £
60 Château Cadet 2016 55.00
  Côtes de Castillion    
  Very well-made claret, mostly Merlot and from a superb vintage.    
       
61 Château Grand Village,  Bordeaux Supérieur 2010 75.00
  Fronsac    
  This is a side project from the owners of Château Lafleur is lavished with the same degree of attenion to detail and is simply stunning.    
       
 62  Château Clark     2012  75.00
  Listrac    
  One of the lesser-known properties owned by the Rothschild family, Clarke offers extremely good drinking for its price. Beautifully structured with a great generosity of fruit.    
       
63 Château Cantemerle  2012  100.00  
  5ème Cru Classé    
  Cantemerle is situated in Macau in the Southern Médoc and has a reputation for elegance.  This is fine, light and ethereal claret with unmistakable class.    
       
58 Château Roc de Cambes 2011 250.00
  Côtes de Bourg    
  Francois Mitjavile of Chateau Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf uses the same techniques here as in his far more expensive St-Émilion property, with equally impressive results. Very rich and lavish, yet still fundamentally Bordelaise in style.    

 

Saint-Émilion

 Bin    Year  £
 59 Château Barrail du Blanc  2009   90.00
  Grand Cru    
  This tiny property, just three hectares in size, is located in Saint Sulpice de falevrons, planted on rather light, well-drained soils. Such terroir makes for generous & easy drinking wines, at every stage of maturity.    
       
 64 Clos Canon 2010 135.00
  Grand Cru Classé    
  This is the second wine of Château Canon and under the ownership of the fashion house Chanel the quality has risen here in parallel with massive investment. Made from young vines during the properties replanting, this is a great wine from the superlative '10 vintage    
       
 67 Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarrosse 1998 200.00
  1er Grand Cru Classé    
  A very good offering from this oft excellent property. The ninety-eight vintage was a strong one on the right bank and this is a lovely mature wine with a developed autumnal character.    
       
 66 Chapelle d'Ausone 2007 300.00
  Grand Cru Classé    
  This is the ultra-rare second wine of Ausone, one of the greatest estates in Bordeaux. Made from young wines in a rich, serious and deliciously accessible style.    
       
 70 Château Ausone  1998 540.00
  1er Grand Cru Classé (A)    
  The only other St-Emilion to be classified as on a par with Cheval Blanc. A big bruiser of a wine, built for the long haul.    
       
 72  Château Ausone  1989 550.00
  1er Grand Cru Classé (A)    
  Once an obscurity pursued by the connoisseur, Ausone is now one of the hottest properties in Bordeaux. This is tough by the standards of the vintage amd will help cement the Chateau's cerebral reputation.    
       
 69 Château Cheval Blanc 1995  975.00
  1er Grand Cru Classé (A)    
  A great Cheval Blanc and certainly one of the best wines made here in the nineties. A powerful bouquet of plum, blackcurrant and blackberry with roasted notes of coffee, with hints of leather and truffle at it comes of age.    
       
 68 Château Cheval Blanc  1985 995.00
  1er Grand Cru Classé (A)    
  The eighty-fives have always been seen as pretty, but possibly a bit short term. This however is first class; up there with the great Cheval Blancs. Mature and quite lavish on the nose and palate, with no rough edges.    

 

Pomerol & Lalande-de Pomerol

 Bin    Year  £
 76 Château Gazin 2008 165.00
  Gazin is a large estate by Pomerol's standards, so lovers of the region will find it good to hear that the quality is steadily on the rise. Very fine and luscious wine, with enough structure to go the distance.    
       
 77 Pensées de Lafleur  2008   400.00  
  Not quite the second wine of the legendary Chateau Lafleur as since 1999 this has been made from a specific clay-rich plot of the Lafleur vineyard. Soft, gentle and harmonious whilst still rich, this is close to perfection.     
       
 79 Le Pin 1989 3500.00
  Le Pin now ranks alongside Petrus as Bordeaux's most expensive wine. This is one of the estates finest releases, 100% Merlot, exotically perfumed (coconut, clove & rich black fruits) with a firm structure for ageing.    
       
 80 Château Petrus 1989  5000.00  
  Very serious Petrus from the wonderfully approachable 1989 vintage. Starting to open up beautifully now, like the 1990 a blockbuster wine, intense, rich and massively concentrated.    
       
 81 Château Petrus  1990 6000.00
  One of the finest wines ever to be produced at Petrus, or for that matter, all of Pomerol. A big, black, viscous glass of wine, this exhibits huge amounts of ripe, black, almost caramelised fruits on the nose and lots of rich multi-layered fruit, tannin and rich oak on the palate.    

 

Pessac Leognan & Graves

 Bin    Year £
 83 Château Couhins 2010 90.00
  Cru Classé    
  Elegant on the nose and palate, with a harmonious aromatic complexity. Chateau Couhins exemplifies the refinement and long-lasting power of the top wines from Graves.    
       
 85 Château Haut-Bailly  2006    195.00  
  Cru Classé    
  From one of the top tiers of Pessac producers, with a great track record for consistency. Stylistically things are underplayed; silky rather than monumental, though not insubstantial.    
       
 84 Château La Mission Haut-Brion 2003 450.00
  Cru Classé    
  One of the finest estates in Bordeaux and often on par with its sister property Haut-Brion. Forward wine from a warm vintage, that's drinking extremely well now.    
       
 87 Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1995 700.00
  Cru Classé    
  This big, structured wine is built for the long haul and is now starting to drink well.    
       
 88 Château Haut-Brion  1995 800.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  Of all the First Growths Haut-Brion matures quickest, yet lasts the pace with the best. Rich and complex on the nose with aromas of wood-fire smoke, blackcurrant and plum, with the depth and elegance that typifies this wine.    
       
 89 Château Haut-Brion  1996 900.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  A very classically structured wine from one of the best vintages of the nineties. Tightly concentrated, with lovely balance; rewarding now and for the long haul; displaying a luxuriant nose of tobacco, black fruits and dried herbs.    
       
 90 Château Haut-Brion  1998 950.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  Very good Haut-Brion from a vintage that excelled on the right bank and in Pessac-Leognan. Typically elegant with a ripeness of fruit in the middle, only found in the estates finest wines, while sweet black fruits, black olives, cinnamon, smoke and earth dominate the nose.    

 

Saint-Estèphe

 Bin    Year  £
 92 La Dame de Montrose 2012  110.00  
  As Montrose has risen in status and quality so has this superb second wine. Full and rich, with the delightful elegance associated with this vintage.    
       
 94 Château Lafon-Rochet  2009   150.00
  4ème Cru Classé    
  The road to greatness has been a long and winding one at Lafon-Rochet, but the vinous equivalent of the emerald city appears to be in sight. A very appealing wine, in the classic style of this great vintage, now maturing beautifully.    
       
 98 Château Cos d-Estournel 1995 400.00
  2ème Cru Classé    
  Since Druno Prats too over wine-making here in 1978, the quality has soared, making this a true 'super-second' growth. The high proportion of Merlot used imbues a fatness not usually associated with the Médoc, well-demonstrated by this lip-smacking '95.    

 

 Saint-Julien

 Bin    Year £
 101  Château Lalande-Borie  2009   125.00 
  This is the highly regarded second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou from a great vintage. Classically proportioned with some quite exuberant, forward fruit.    
       
103 Château Lagrange 2009 150.00
  3ème Cru Classé    
  Following massive investment by owners Suntory of Japan & under the guidance of winemaker Bruno Eynard, the quality of Lagrange's wines has escalated; this is a great claret from a classic vintage, from this big & beautiful estate.    
       
 102  Château Branaire-Ducru 2003 250.00
  4ème Cru Classé    
  For a long time Branaire-Ducru was sold mainly in France, making it undeservedly obscure. The accent here is on quality and terroir, rather than modernity, as seen in this stunning ’03.    
       
 104  Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2006 350.00
  2ème Cru Classé    
  After a bit of a shaky period in the late eighties, Ducru returned to form with a vengeance, in the mid-nineties. A real powerhouse, with lots going on aromatically, and a reassuring weight on the palate.    

Pauillac

Bin   Year £
115 Château Batailley 2012 130.00
  5ème Cru Classé    
  Once considered a bit of an under-performer compared with its more aristocratic neighbour, Batailley now punches its weight in classic Pauillac style. Young and focused with a rich cigar box aroma.    
       
108 Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse 2010 150.00
  5ème Cru Classé    
  A great effort from this reliable estate in an excellent vintage. Bigger and riper than their usual style, this wine oozes quality.    
       
109   Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 2006   185.00  
  5ème Cru classé    
  Although eclipsed by the first growths and super seconds Grand-Puy-Lacoste epitomises all that is great about Pauillac. Drinking well now, this is elegant and mature.    
       
111 Château Pontet-Canet 2008 250.00
  5ème Cru Classé    
  Pontet is one of the hottest properties in Bordeaux bar none and this superb '08 is a candidate for wine of the vintage. Rich and full-bodied with an abundance of dark fruit and lively freshness keeping things interesting.    
       
 112 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  2005 350.00 
  2ème CruClassé    
  Classic Pauillac; just starting to shed its tannins & open up.    
       
124 Château Lafite-Rothschild 1997 950.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  Lafite has become one of the most traded and sought after of all the first growths, as the market recognises the leaps in quality made here since the early nineties. Lafite have produced a grand effort here, from the slightly underwhelming 1997 vintage.    
       
125 Château Lafite-Rothschild 1990  1300.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  This wine typifies the style and complexity of a grand Bordeaux though still in its infancy.    
       
121 Château Mouton-Rothschild 1998  1400.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  A great wine from an insider's vintage and probably the best Mouton of the nineties.  Typically firm for the vintage, but with a super-ripe core of fruit now overcoming some serious tannin.    
       
119 Château Latour 1995  1400.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  A magnificent Latour still in the early stages of its very long drinking window. Classically proportioned with everything in the right place, thisis possibly the wine of the vintage, as is often the case with Latour.    
       
120 Château Latour  1990  1750.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  A monumental wine, just ready for those who like their Claret concentrated, yet suavely balanced. Classic Latour with the richness and power you would expect, now entering maturity with a great degree of elegance.    
       
118  Château Latour  2000  2000.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  Once again Latour produces possibly the finest wines of this excellent vintage. A very serious Cabernet-dominated effort that is at the start of its drinking window (this is from the 2016 release).    
       
122 Château Lafite-Rothschild 1986  2000.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  An awesome wine that is drinking surprisingly well given the rather austere nature of the vintage, in fact it's hard to imagine it getting much better. Massively fruity, with an almost regal opulence, with supple, rather than hard tannins.    
       
123 Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982  2500.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  One of the greatest Moutons ever, still remarkably youthful and adolescent rather than fully mature. A rich and opulent, perfectly open now after a fairly long tannic slumber.    

 

Margaux

Bin   Year  £
128 Château Kirwan 2012 125.00
  3ème Cru Classé    
  A strong candidate for most-improved Château, Kirwan has proved to be a consistent best buy in Margaux for over a decade. Medium weight and savoury this is a decent example from this cool vintage.    
       
126   Ségla 2010    130.00  
  This is the excellent second wine from Rauzan-Ségla; an estate vastly improved under the custodianship of Chanel. Properly proportioned from a vintage of the first order and drinking very well now.    
       
130  Château Rauzan-Ségla 2005 395.00
  2ème Cru Classé    
  This is probably the first truly great wines to be made here in the modern era. Now up there with Palmer and Margaux itself, this is deep and powerful, with the sophistication expected from a Margaux.    
       
132 Château Palmer 2004 695.00
  3ème Cru Classé    
  Palmer is a third growth usually thought of as one fo the super-seconds and these days produces wines to rival the firsts. A beautiful Palmer showing the great elegance that could be achieved in this very under-rated vintage.    
       
133 Château Margaux  1998 950.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  From an overlooked vintage that has gained plaudits over time, this is a great Margaux. Medium-bodied, richly perfumed, this has a voluptuous touch; definitely not a tannic behemoth.    
       
134 Château Margaux 1995  1000.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  After an inauspicious start, the nineties produced a series of decent vintages beginning with the excellent 1995. Margaux excelled in this year and this is first growth claret in all of its majesty.    

 

Bordeaux White

Bin     Year £
143 Blanc de Lynch-Bages  2017    160.00  
  A very good example of the rare white from this rare white from this top-flight Pauillac estate. A fine pear-scented nose shows hints of citrus, with a lovely lively finish on the palate.    

 

Sauternes & Barsac

Bin   Year £
147 Château Guiraud 2003 100.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  After a lot of time and investment Guiraud has risen from relative anonymity to become one of the finest estates in Sauternes. They are renowned for making powerful wines in a poised style, that even in hot vintages like '03 don't become too fat.    
       
148   Château Coutet  2001    125.00  
  1er Cru Classé    
  Coutet is one of the best estates in Barsac, whose wines have a reputation for a deft lightness. Showing well now, but with power and finesse that auger a long and bright future.    
       
145 Château Rieussec 2011 160.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  Since being purchased by Lafite-Rothschild in 1984 Rieussec has shown its potential as one of the finest estates in Sauternes. The style here is unashamedly opulent and supported by generous amounts of oak.    
       
151 Château Climens 2003 180.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  From one of the finest estates in Barsac, Climens' wines are the epitome of delicacy and complexity. This '03 is an outlier from an unusually hot vintage showing more power and concentration.    
       
149 Château de Fargues 1997 195.00
  1er Cru Classé    
  De Fargues was the sister estate of Yquem that remained with the Lur-Saluces family after LVMH bought its illustrious sibling. The selection here is as strict as Yquem and the élevage as lavish and lengthy, resulting in one of the finest wines in Sauternes.    
       
150 Château d'Yquem 1997 675.00
  1er Cru Supérieur    
  One of the finest Yquems of the nineties, starting to open up at this comparatively youthful stage. A great big wine (Yquem embraced the plus-size trend long ago) bursting with exotic scents, ranging from honeycomb to white peach.    
       
152 Château d'Yquem 1990 700.00
  1er Cru Supérieur    
  The last of a triumvirate of great vintages (preceded by 1988 & 1989) this behemoth is one of the richest wines ever made here.  Intensely botryised and seamlessly full; truly profound wine. (chilled to order)    

Red Wines

Bin   Year £
174 Bourgogne Rouge  2017 49.00
  Albert Bichot    
  A lovely Pinot Noir with a touch of firmness to it, from one of the most reputable producers in Burgundy.    
       

Côtes de Nuits

       
175  Nuit-St-Georges  1er Cru Clos des Porrets St Georges 2013 150.00
  Henri Gouges    
  Gouges is the top name in this village and is one of the seminal names in the history of Burgundy. The wines from this monopole vineyard are built to last like everything else made here.    
       
171 Chambolle-Musigny    2015   200.00  
  DomaineCoquardLoison-Fleurot    
  With a name that hardly trips of the tongue this domain has gone from utter obscurity to critical darling in the last few years. The style here is elegant and transparent, with only light extraction and restrained use of new oak.    
       
172 Morey St Denis  Trilogie 2015 195.00
  Hubert Lignier    
  This domain is known for its traditional approach making contemplative, rather than flashy wines. Made from three lieux-dits situated below the Grand Crus, this is elegant with some structure.    
       
176 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru  2011 250.00
  Domaine des Varoilles    
  The vineyards of Charmes are known for producing some of the most elegant Grand Crus around Chambertin.  A lovely wine that opens with the beautiful perfume of Pinot, backed up with depth and structure.    
       
179 Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 250.00
  Clause Dugat     
  Claude Dugat's diligent work over the last twenty years has made this small estate one of the top names in this famous village. With a subtle, not dominating, use of oak, this is destined to age with grace.    
       
173   Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Baudes 2010 260.00
  Joseph Drouhin    
  Perhaps not as well known as its illustrious neighbours. Chambolle produces soem of the finest wines in Burgundy.  This is a first rate wine with the precision and focus that Drouhin are renowned for.    
       
178 Chambertin Grand Cru  2007 375.00
  Domaine Louis Remy    
  Remy's wines are known among collectors as Burgundy with a good deal of finesse. This Chambertin really knocks it out of the park offering an elegance that most wines can only dream of.    
       
187 Gevrey-Chambertin Coeur de Roy  2014 350.00
  Dugat-Py    
  Bernard Dugat-Py's wines are currently among the most collectable in Burgundy, mainly as the village wines trounce all but the grandest Grand Crus. Smooth, deep and rich without ever feeling forced.    
       
181 Gevrey-Chambertin  1er Cru  Clos-St-Jacques 2009 350.00
  Bruno Clair    
  Bruno Clair epitomises the modern Burgundy domain and produces fine wine the length of the Côte D'Or. This is from one of the best premier cru vineyards in the Côtes de Nuits, from a softer vintage now starting to show it's depth and complexity.    
       
180 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru  2008 850.00
  Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé    
  Stunning wine from one of the greatest names in Burgundy and the largest landholder in this great vineyard. Known for their longevity, the wines only start getting into their stride after ten years.    
       
183 Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole 2009 850.00
  Domaine Clos de Tart    
  Once regarded as the finest of the Grand Crus of Morey-St-Denis, this wonderful wine is well on the way to regaining that reputation. A forward wine from a ripe vintage with a very long future ahead of it.    
       
184 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Cuvée Duvault-Blochet 2006 1000.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  First made in 1934 then not seen again until 1999, this is made from a selection of the younger vines across the domain’s Grand Crus. Only produced in exceptional years, this is a snapshot of both the domain and the vintage    
       
185 Grands-Échézeaux  Grand Cru 2002 2250.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  The smaller and arguably better-sited neighbour of Échézeaux and Clos du Vougeot. Noted for having more structure than most other Grand Crus, this is a stunning example both now and for the very long term.    
       
186 Romanée-St-Vivant  Grand Cru  2002 2500.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  DRC are the largest owner of vines in this Grand Cru (as they are in almost all their holdings). The domain has farmed here since the sixties and owned the plot since 1988; as great as the rest of the wines in this incredible portfolio.     
       
188 Échézeaux  Grand Cru 2005 2700.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  Of all the domain’s wines, this is the most forward and easy to understand. It opens out before the others, with a clarity of expression and softness, cloaked in a steely structure which permits it to evolve with elegance.    
       
189 Richebourg  Grand Cru 2005 2900.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  Known for showing opulence over finesse, Richebourg is DRC at its most lavish. This wine was made in a great vintage and has decades ahead of it.     
       
190 La Tâche  Grand Cru  1992 3600.00
  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti    
  Thought by many to be the finest of all red Burgundies, La Tâche excels in every element of its make-up.  On the nose a profusion of exotic, spiced aromas intermingle with the darker, extracted flavours of pure fruits and silky tannins that fill out the palate    
       
       

Côtes de Beaune

 

The Hospice de Beaune auction, established in 1851, is the World’s oldest wine auction.

All the wines sold come from exclusive plots of land bequeathed to the Hospice,

who in turn look after the vinification of the grapes.

Since 1999 James Thomson has been buying barrels of these exclusive wines and has made a

selection available in his restaurants. After purchasing the barrels, the élevage has been overseen

by the historic house of Albert Bichot, who are one of the great names in Burgundy

White Wine

Bin   Year £
160   Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru  Cuvée Dames de Flandres  2003    250.00  
  Hospices de Beaune    
  This truly exceptional wine epitomises what white Burgundy at this level can achieve. Full and opulent, with lavish rich fruit and a beautifully focused finish    

 

Red Wine

165   Pommard 1er Cru  Cuvée Dames de la Charité  2008    150.00  
  Hospices de Beaune    
  The wines of Pommard are the fullest in the Côtes de Beaune and closest to the Côtes de Nuits in style. This was the top barrel in the 2008 Hospice auction and has plenty of freshness for the long haul.    
       
166 Corton Grand Cru   Cuvée Docteur Peste  2011  175.00
  Hospices de Beaune    
  A lovely wine from the Côte de Beaune’s only red Grand Cru. Still plenty of primary fruit here and delicious drinking right now.    
       
167 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Cuveé Madeleine Collignon   2004  250.00
  Hospices de Beaune    
  This cuveé, the Hospices’ only vineyards in the Cotes-du-Nuits, is always one of the stars of the famous auction. Lots of hedonistic forest fruit aromas on the nose, with a decent amount of grip on the palate.    
       
192 Hautes-Côtes-Beaune     2015  60.00
  Domaine Rollin    
  Situated to the north-west of Beaune in the direction of Savigny-Les-Beaune, this beautiful 34.5-acre parcel produces gloriously fragrant, supple, fruity, easy to drink wines.    
       
194 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvée Les Rouges Gorges  2011  80.00
  Henri Prudhon    
  An excellent introduction to Burgundy, this is a stunning example from a much under-valued appellation. Classic red berry aromas dominate the nose with light oak and refreshing green notes.    
       
199 Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi  2011  120.00
  Luc Camus-Bruchon    
  Luc Camus is a wine maker who gets better with every vintage.  This is from a tiny plot of Beaune 1er Cru from which Luc makes a gloriously ripe and silky wine.  This is Burgundy at its most ravishing, elegant and full of fruit    
       
201 Beaune 1er Cru Les Gréves  2014  145.00
  Domaine de Montille    
  A recent addition to this superb estate, Les Gréves is one of the finest premier crus in Beaune. Historically know for their Volnays and Pommards, it’s fair to say that all the wines made here are great    
       
202 Beaune 1er Cru Clos de Mouches  2012  225.00
  Joseph Drouhin    
  Drouhin’s wines are some of the finest in Burgundy and exemplify elegance and a deftness of touch, over weight and extraction. One of their signature wines from a near monopole vineyard and an excellent vintage    
       
163 Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs  2006  240.00
  Marquis d'Angerville    
  d’Angerville are amongst the great names in Burgundy, and one of the originators of domain bottling. The wines are known for their long aging potential; the Clos des Ducs is one of the most improved of the various premier crus here    

 

Beaujolais

Red Wine

Bin   Year £
208   Brouilly   Combiaty   Vieilles Vignes     2016   55.00  
  Laurent Martray    
  A wonderfully elegant and persistent Beaujolais, from this small producer operating at the highest level. Made in old barriques to add a touch of complexity, this is easy, delicious and hard to beat.     
       
207 Morgon   Cote de Py-Javernières    2017 67.00
  Domaine des Terres Dorées    
  Old vines and traditional wine making are used to produce complex and Burgundian examples of cru Beaujolais. Full, fresh and moreish this is exceptional Morgon    
       
210 Fleurie   Clos Vernay    2014 85.00
  Domaine Lafarge-Vial    
  This is the quality-led Beaujolais outpost of the famed Lafarges of Volnay. Unsurprisingly reminiscent of fine Côte de Beaune, this is high-level winemaking with a very fine structure    
       
209 Moulin-À-Vent   Cœur de Terroirs   Vieilles Vignes  2015 90.00
  Domaine Labruyère    
  Beaujolais is becoming fashionable again, as many are seeking lighter, more gastronomic wines, and Labruyère excel at making some of the very best. Crafted with the elegance of fine Burgundy, whilst remaining a true Beaujolais in style    
       

 

White Wine

Bin   Year  £
6 Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles    2018   56.00  
  Olivier Leflaive    
  A delightfully well-made white from one of Burgundy's best respected producers and negociants. Slightly tropical and minerally on the nose, and long yet crisp on the palate    
       
213   Bourgogne Aligoté de Bouzeron    2014 65.00
  A et P de Villaine    
  Over the last few decades, most Aligoté vines have been ripped up and replaced with the more profitable Chardonnay. This Aligoté is one of the best available, from the owner of Romaneé-Conti.    
       

Chablis

       
215 Chablis    2017 60.00
  Domaine Long-Depaquit    
  Though its single vineyard wines are fêted, this domain’s A.C.  Chablis are a benchmark of depth and quality; typifying what is great about Chablis, with firm acidity & a complex, chalky finish    
       
217 Chablis   1er Cru Vaillons 2017 85.00
  Albert Bichot Domaine Long-Depaquit    
  Long-Depaquit’s wines are held in high regard and they are widely seen as one of the best half dozen or so producers here. The wines are steely, focused and un-oaked with good depth on the palate    
       
219 Chablis   1er Cru Beauroy 2017 90.00
  Laurent Tribut    
  The Tributs produce miniscule quantities of great wine at their tiny five-hectare domain. Lean, edgy and terroir driven; a great expression of Chablis    
       
218 Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2016 100.00
  Domaine Garnier    
  The Garnier brothers buy the grapes for this wine from two parcels where the vines are 45 and 20 years old. Aged in one 2-year-old foudre, its lemon-flecked fruit has a saline edge, from limestone delineating the finish    
       
221 Chablis   Grand Cru Valmur 2017 175.00
  Moreau-Naudet    
  Chablis of the first order, from a young domain making waves amongst critics and wine lovers. Fresh and bright but carrying that extra weight and complexity you would expect at Grand Cru level    
       
220 Chablis   1er Cru Vaillons 2013  250.00
  François Raveneau    
  Raveneau’s wines are the pinnacle of the whole appellation and his Premier Crus are unrivalled.  This example beautifully typifies the mineral character of Chablis, with added length and depth    

 

Mâconnais & Côtes Chalonnaise

Bin   Year £
223   Viré Clessé     2016    65.00  
  Domaine Rene Michel et Fils    
  Clessé is one of the most highly thought-of villages in the Mâconnais.  This must surely be one of the top wines in the A.C., its robust charm backed up with complex layers of fruit, exotic oils, minerals and gentle acidity    
       
225 Montagny   1er Cru Les Bonneveaux 2017 75.00
  Olivier Leflaive    
  Olivier Leflaive has cemented his reputation as an innovator, both as negociant and grower. Classic Montagny from a rich, forward vintage with fine mineral and slightly toasty characteristics    
       
229 Mâcon-Verze 2016 90.00
  Domaine Leflaive    
  Now a fixture in this renowned domain’s portfolio, this delicious Mâcon shows the grandeur of the wines made here, but at a slightly less grand price. Made for rewarding drinking on release and from one of a run of fine white vintages in Burgundy    

 

Côte de Beaune

White Wine

Bin   Year £
232 St.-Aubin  1er Cru En Remilly 2017 120.00
  Olivier Leflaive    
  Olivier Leflaive (formerly of the iconic Burgundian Domaine Leflaive) has crafted this refined and stylish Chardonnay, creamy & refreshing with steely acidity, rounded off with a gentle kiss of oak.    
       
232 Chassagne-Montrachet   Les Masures 2017 165.00
  Jean-Nöel Gagnard    
  This is Gagnard’s top village Chassagne-Montrachet, typifying this renowned producers’ style & all-round excellence.    
       
235 Chassagne-Montrachet   1er Cru Les Macherelles 2015 195.00
  François Carillon    
  The first vintage made after the esteemed Louis Carillon estate was split up. Almost impossible to resist, even at this stage of its evolution, this is a hedonistic powerhouse of a wine.    
       
237 Puligny-Montrachet   1er Cru Clavoillon 2008 325.00
  Domaine Leflaive    
  From one of Burgundy’s most famed producers. Citrus fruits combine with vanilla on the nose & palate, with great subtlety & balance.    
       
243 Le Montrachet   Grand Cru   Marquis de Laguiche 2000 700.00
  Joseph Drouhin    
  An excellent offering from the largest holding on Burgundy’s greatest white wine. Still holding up beautifully (this wine will age for decades even in lesser vintages) and displaying the exotic depth and complexity that Montrachet can achieve.    

Southern Rhône

Red Wine

Bin   Year £
250 Lirac   La Fermade    Domaine Maby  2016 52.00
  In the last thirty years Lirac has been transformed from the rustic big brother of Tavel, into an extremely alluring alternative to increasingly costly Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  The Mabys make a delicious round, smooth and quaffable wine    
       
251   Rasteau   M.Chapoutier  2017    62.00  
  With Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre grapes from the vineyards of Rasteau village, this wine has delightful spice, redcurrant and pepper aromas.  The palate is medium to full-bodied with soft vegetal and hedgerow fruits that become almost jam-like    
       
254 Gigondas   Domaine Saint Gayan  2014 72.00
  For almost fifty years this Domaine has exemplified this appellations ability to make great wine.  Dominated by Grenache, with some Syrah and Mourvèdre, this has a delightfully spiced nose with hints of violets, white pepper and black cherries    
       
257 Châteauneuf-du-Pape   Vignoble Fabre Mont-Redon  2014 76.00
  Mont-Redon is a large estate with some of the best terroir in the appellation. Recently reinvigorated by a new winemaker, the wine is a warm, spicy and succulent Grenache-dominated blend.    
       
261 Châteauneuf-du-Pape   Domaine Charvin  2014 120.00
  Described by one notable critic as the “Richebourg of Châteauneuf” and very close in style to Rayas. Rich and generous, whilst remaining soft, accessible and delicious    
       
258 Châteauneuf-du-Pape   Château de Beaucastel  2010  195.00
  Beaucastel has been at the forefront of fine wine production in the Southern Rhône for some time and is still the benchmark for great Châteauneuf. This is a great wine from an excellent, well- proportioned vintage    

 

White Wine

Bin   Year £
265   Cairanne Blanc   Domaine L’Oratoire St Martin  2016    50.00  
  Big, but not inelegant, food-friendly wine from an excellent domain. A blend of Rousanne and Clairette, typifying the fatter style of wine from this part of the world    
       
       
       

 

Northern Rhône

Red Wine

Bin   Year £
270 Crozes Hermitage   Yann Chave  2017 69.00
  This wine is ripe, firm and has oodles of black cherry and spiced aromas, with earthy flavours, giving it great depth and good concentration    
       
271   Crozes Hermitage   Alain Graillot  2017    95.00  
  Since his first vintage in 1985, Graillot’s reputation has risen so fast, that he is now regarded as one of the appellations top producers.  His style of winemaking is a heady, eclectic mix of tradition and modernity, resulting in big, pungent wines that may need a little time to open up in the glass    
       
272 Saint Joseph   Domaine Bernard Gripa  2016 95.00
  Fantastic, bright and focused Syrah, from this oddly underrated AC. Aromatic with little oak, this exemplifies the mid-weight, food-friendly wines made here    
       
274 Côte Rôtie   Robert & Patric Jasmin  2016  150.00 
  This four-hectare domaine exemplifies the individualism achieved by small growers, rather than the international, homogeneous style of many larger negociants.  An elegant wine, light in colour and abundant in fruit with very little oak yet possessing great finesse    
       
273 Côte Rôtie Ampodium   Domaine Rostaing 2009 175.00
  Showing great style, sophistication and power. A skilful blend of grapes from thirteen parcels at both ends of the appellation, this is a classic expression of Syrah    
       
281 Hermitage   J.L.Chave  2007 450.00
  To many Chave’s wines are the best in Hermitage and this must be rated as one of the greatest estates in the world. Still relatively youthful and from a great vintage, this can be enjoyed now and for decades to come    
       
279 Hermitage L’Ermite   M.Chapoutier  2000 500.00
  Michel Chapoutier has spent the last few decades revitalising this large firm, and his Sélection Parcellaires wines have received massive, positive critical attention. A great wine that shows an aristocratic balance of breadth and precision    
       
283 Côte Rôtie La Landonne   E. Guigal  2001 550.00
  In 1978 Guigal produced his first vintage of this single vineyard wine.  The wine is opaque in colour with aromas of toasted oak and vanilla, the palate is medium-sweet with ripe blackberry and plum flavours with a finish of glorious soft ripe tannins    
       
284 Côte Rôtie La Turque   E. Guigal  2001 595.00
  This is one of the rarest and most talked-about wines. All Guigal’s single vineyard wines are remarkably fine, but in 1985 the first vintage of La Turque raised the stakes in quality and longevity and is testament to this producers’ skills & belief in long oak-aging    

 

White Wine

Bin   Year £
285   Saint Peray   Les Pins   Domaine Bernard Gripa  2017    85.00  
  Admittedly on the obscure side, but at this level the wines offer a great alternative to white Burgundy. Marsanne with a touch of Rousanne, but with more focus and edge than you often find; bordering on exceptional    
       
286 Hermitage Blanc   Tardieu-Laurent  2014 120.00
  Criminally overlooked, white Hermitage has the potential to be one of France’s best and certainly most age-worthy dry whites. Made from old vine Marsanne with a touch of Rousanne, this opulent apricot-scented wine is one for the true connoisseur    
       
287 Condrieu   Coteau de Vernon   Georges Vernay  2011 275.00
  The name Georges Vernay is inseparable with the history of Condrieu and Viognier, his fifty years of experience possibly making him the authority on both subjects.  Vernay’s patience and attention to detail, help produce this stand-out example of this uniquely peachy and aromatic wine    

Loire

White Wine

Bin   Year £
305   Pouilly-Fumé   Les Porcheronnes   Marc Deschamps  2017   56.00  
  A classic example of this appellation’s wines. Subtle gooseberry aromas combine with a characteristic gun-smoke nose brought together with clean acidity.    
       
307 Montlouis Sur Loire   Remus   Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups 2015 62.00
  Always the bridesmaid to Vouvray’s bride, Montlouis seemed destined to remain in obscurity until Jacky Blot realized this AC’s potential to make some of the world’s greatest Chenin Blanc. Made from low-yielding single site old vines with no malolactic, this is precise and concentrated wine.    
       
306 Sancerre   Domaine du Nozay 2018 65.00
  First-rate Sancerre from this passionate winemaking family, dedicated solely to the pursuit of making perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Delicate aromas of lime and ripe fruit on the nose, with the kind of racy acidity you won’t find anywhere else.    
       
308 Anjou Blanc Sec   Thibaud Boudignon 2015 75.00
  Very fine Anjou from a tiny producer who is on top form at the moment. Micro-management in the winery and vineyard allow a minimalist approach to intervention, producing seriously concentrated and age-worthy Chenin Blanc.    
       
302 Sancerre   Monts Damnés   Gérard Boulay 2017 95.00
  A neighbour of the highly fashionable François Cotat, the wines here are less edgy, but no less good. Meticulously hand-crafted from vineyard to cellar; it’s hard to imagine better Sancerre.    
       
304 Sancerre   Le Cul De Beaujeu   Lucien Crochet 2013 110.00
  Crochet’s wines are the product of modern techniques allowing minimal intervention. This is the top cuvée from a great vineyard and raised in large, old oak barrels.    
       
309 Sancerre   La Grande Côte   François Cotat 2017   130.00  
  Cotat is a champion of non-intervention and produces some of the most remarkable dry wines in the Loire. There is a concentrated elegance and ability to age in this top cuvée, that marks it out as one of the greatest Sauvignon Blancs found anywhere.    

 

Rosé Wine

Bin   Year £
310   Sancerre Rosé   Cuvée Maulin Bèle   André Vatan  2018  65.00
  Fantastic rosé from this first-rate producer, in this popular AC. Salmon-pink in colour and perfectly poised on the palate.    

 

Red Wine

311   Samur-Champigny   La Grande Vignolle   2018    55.00  
  Paul & Fredrik Filliatreau    
  Produced from very low yields of Cabernet Franc, the Filliatreau’s wine shows concentration and class that shame many more lack-lustre examples.    
       
312 Sancerre Rouge   Cuvée Maulin Bele   Andre Vatan 2017 65.00
  A full-flavoured example of this typically very light wine, from an extremely consistent producer. Distinctive Pinot Noir characteristics on the nose, and a pleasingly grippy palate make this the ideal partner for fish and white meats.    
       
314 Bourgueil   Les Perrières   Domaine de la Butte 2015 70.00
  Jacky Blot is the man of the moment in Vouvray and is making waves with these Burgundian takes on Bourgueil. Richer and riper than wines traditionally made here this is none the less elegant and well-defined.    

 

Sweet White Wine

318   Vouvray Moelleux   Clos du Bourg 1er Trie   Gaston Huet  2005    145.00  
  Since these wines can really last a century, it’s fair to describe this as a young example. This is the top selection made from the botryised and raisined grapes, picked in the harvester’s final pass through the vineyards.    

Regional France

White Wine

Bin    Year £
322 Picpoul de Pinet   Hugues de Beauvignac 2018 36.00
  Coteaux du Languedoc    
  Deliciously light and fresh, with zingy acidity and a crisp finish.    
       
 324   Viognier   Domaine Rougie  2018    44.00  
  Vin de Pays d’Oc     
  From a small producer situated near Minervois; aged in tank & old barrique this exhibits the classic apricot & peach aromas you would expect with fresh acidity holding things together on the palate.    
       
326 Savagnin Ouillé   Domaine du Pélican  2015 90.00
  Arbois   Jura    
  The first release from the new Jura venture of Marquis d’Angerville maker of the finest wines in Volnay. Very light and elegant, but with persistent length; think Chablis Premier Cru style-wise.    

 

Red Wine

       
 338  Bandol   Château Sainte Anne  2014  80.00
  Côte de Provence    
  On the nose you find black fruits, liquorice, a hint of game and a lightly saline note; while the palate is supple and mid-weight, with black fruits, liquorice, truffle and leather. Elegance can be an extremely rare quality for most Mourvèdre, but patently not for this fine example.    
       
 336 Arbois Trousseau   Cuvée Les Bruyères    Lucien Aviet 2017 90.00
  Côtes du Jura    
  Very on trend right now. The wines here are light, like good Loire Cabernet Franc; focused and precise. Light with a very edgy complexity; much more to this than it’s “hipster wine” reputation may lead you to believe.    
       
 343 Roc d’Anglade 2008 90.00
  Vin de Pays du Gard,   Languedoc Roussillon    
  Previously in partnership with René Rostaing in Côte Rôtie, Rémy Pedreno produces this predominantly Carignan blend (Mouvèdre Syrah & Grenache make up the rest of the cépage) Finessed and fresh, with floral and spicy notes on the nose, with hints of dark chocolate and black cherry on the palate, leading to a silky finish.    
       
 342 Domaine de Trévallon   Eloi Dürrbach 2014  160.00
  Alpilles    
  One of the best wines in Southern France, its half Syrah & half Cabernet Sauvignon cépage puts it out of the A.C. system. Pungent and heady on the nose, and tightly structured on the palate, this is a truly superb wine.    

Alsace

White Wine

Bin   Year £
359 Gewurztraminer   Rolly Gassmann 2016  80.00  
  Incredibly intense aromas and extremely full on the palate, this bench-mark wine epitomises all that is great and unique about these wonderfully rich wines; their signature Gassman sweet edge, superbly balanced by the vibrant acidity of the fruit    
       
365   Riesling   Sélection de Vieilles Vignes    Trimbach  2015    95.00  
  This cuvée perfectly illustrates the typical Trimbach style; fully dry, but rich and engagingly concentrated    
       
367 Gewurztraminer   Trimbach 2012 110.00
  Cuvée des Seigneurs De Ribeaupierre    
  Dry, in the signature Trimbach style, but so rich it almost seems sweet (it isn’t!). Lots of floral and lychee aromas on the nose, balance with a fresh chalky minerality on the palate    
       
366 Gewurztaminer   Grand Cru Mambourg   Cuvée Laurence  2004 120.00
  Domaine Weinbach    
  With Weinbach’s wines at this level it’s hard to overdo it with the superlatives. Opulent and flamboyant by any standards; a heady take on Gewurztraminer    
       
362 Pinot Gris   Vendange Tardive   Trimbach 2008 130.00
  Produced in small quantities and only when the vintage permits. Made from late harvested grapes that have not been affected by botrytis, this is rich and lavish but never overdone    
       
361 Pinot Gris   Grand Cru   Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann  2012 145.00
  Zind Hunbrecht    
  Grown in a beautifully situated monopole vineyard this may well lay claim to the title of World’s best Dry Pinot Gris. Coming from one of the best white wine makers around, this may be dry but still carries around 38g/l of residual sugar making for a lavish and expansive wine    
       
368 Riesling   Cuvée Frédéric Emile     Trimbach 2008 150.00
  Trimbach believe that Alsatian wines are meant to be dry & their concentrated, linear Rieslings are some of the region’s best. Focused & minerally with lovely definition, this cuvée is hugely regarded    
       
364 Riesling Selection de Grains Noble   Hugel 1988  200.00
  Selection de Grains Noble from Alsace are amongst the sweetest and rarest dessert wines in the world. This Riesling is super-rich and massively concentrated and sweet    

 

363 Tokay Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Noble   Hugel 1989 220.00
  Hugel are one of the biggest players in Alsace and their sweet cuvées are undoubtedly amongst the very best available. Dark and sticky with an elevated botrytis nose and a long, intense palate    
       
369   Riesling      Clos Ste. Hune         Trimbach  2002    375.00 
  This exceptionally rare wine can lay a very strong claim to be the best dry Riesling in the world. The absolute epitome of Trimbach’s rich, whilst remaining completely dry, style    
       
       
       
       

Germany 

 

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

White Wine

Bin   Year £
373 Purist Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2015 60.00
  Axel Pauly    
  Axel Pauly is a rising star on the German wine scene since taking the reins of the family estate. This an incredibly well-balanced example of the Trocken style; lean without being mean    
       
372   Riesling Kabinett Brauneberger Juffer 2016   60.00  
  Weingut Fritz Haag    
  Classic Mosel, rich and yet at the same time tangy. A very fresh and zesty Kabinett, with great depth and good length    
       
371 Riesling Kabinett Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg 2013 70.00
  Carl von Schubert     
  This is just about the perfect example of Mosel Kabinett and has few rivals for sheer pleasure in the glass    
       
375 Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2014 70.00
  Joh Jos Prum    
  Prüm are one of the finest estates in the Mosel and the whole of Germany. This is a stunning wine, with a long life ahead of it    
       
374 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2008 75.00
  Willi Schaefer    
  Perhaps not as well-known as some of the other Mosel greats, Schaefer still produces world-class Riesling. This tiny estate is known for its taut, powerful and mineral wines    
       
377 Riesling Spätlese Wehlener Sonnenhur 2016 110.00
  Joh Jos Prüm    
  Wehlener Sonnenhur is one of the middle Mosel’s finest vineyards and Prüm produce their signature wines here. Sumptuous now and built for the long haul    
       
378 Riesling Auslese Wehlener Sonnenhur 2009 120.00
  Joh Jos Prum     
  A rich but not sticky or fully botrytis wine. Full and opulent on the palate but never tiring; you may wonder why you would ever drink anything else    
       
376 Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese 2010 120.00
  Carl von Schubert     
  A very full, yet wonderfully balanced style of Auslese, from one of the greatest estates in Germany    
       
379 Riesling Kabinett Scharzhofberger 2011 150.00
  Egon Müller    
  Egon Müller has a good claim to be the finest estate in Germany and some of the greatest Riesling in the world. Incredible wines from Kabinett level onwards    
       

 

Rheingau

389 R Riesling Kabinett 2016 45.00
  August Kesseler    
  Rheingau’s wines tend to be slightly weightier than the more mineral Mosels    
       
390   Riesling Kabinett  2014   70.00  
  Robert Weil    
  The wines of Robert Weil have not only been the standard bearers for Rheingau for the last few decades, but also on a par with the half dozen top estates in Germany    

 

Baden

393   Weisser Burgunder Bienenberg Grosse Gewachs  2012   85.00  
  Bernhard Huber    
  Baden’s proximity to Alsace goes some way to explain why this Pinot Blanc is the only white wine here that’s not Riesling. A dry wine made in oak to add texture, this top estate’s best white is a sensory knock out    

 

Nahe

White Wine

Bin   Year £
392   Riesling Kabinett Oberhäuser Leistenberg  2010   70.00  
  Dönnhoff    
  Helmut Dönnhoff produces some of Germany’s most intense, bewitching and mouth-watering wines, that mixes Rheingau body with Mosel minerality; truly compelling Riesling    
       
394 Riesling Auslese Monzinger Halenberg 2010  125.00
  Emrich Schonleber    
 

Emrich produces some of the top wines in Nahe, and today the estate stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in Germany. A beautiful Auslese of medium-weight and delicate aromatics

   
       
395 Riesling Fruhlingsplatzchen Grosse Gewachs 2010 135.00
  Emrich Schonleber    
  If you are slightly confused by Germany’s delightfully precise labelling laws prepare to be bewildered. Grosse Gewachs are grand crus or first growths denoting historic vineyards and the style resembles a dry Auslese. The result is simply gorgeous    

 

Rheingau

Red Wine

396   Pinot “N” Spätburgunder Trocken  2015    75.00  
  August Kesseler    
  German red wine seems to be having its moment, with Pinot Noir (or Spätburgunder) getting the most serious consideration. Stylistically taut in comparison to Burgundy and well worth investigating.     

 

Baden

397   Spätburgunder Bienenberg “R” Grosse Gewachs  2015    145.00  
  Bernhard Huber    
  Bernhard Huber is rated as one of the top ten estates in Germany and possibly the best in Baden. This is world-class Pinot Noir from great terroir, that would be the envy of anyone    

Austria

White Wine

Bin   Year £
 521   Grüner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen   Weingut Bründlmayer  2015    60.00  
  Kamptal    
  Willi Bründlmayer’s excellent wines show thoughtful balance between the winemaker and the land. Spicy on the nose with medium body and lively acidity    
       
523 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd  Dürnsteiner Liebenberg   F.X.Pichler  2013  100.00 
  Wachau    
  Great wine from one of the steepest and least accessible vineyards in the Wachau. Fine and mineral, with the extra mid-palate weight you would hope for in a Smaragd style    
       
524 Riesling Smaragd   Loibenberg   Weingut Knoll 2008 100.00
  Wachau    
  Knoll are right up there with the best in Wachau, with decent holdings in the best vineyards. The style here is tight and concentrated with depth and power, whilst avoiding being tiring or over-exuberant    
       
525 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd ‘M’    F.X Pichler  2015 175.00
  Wachau    
  F.X. Pichler is the biggest name in the Wachau and has trail-blazed the international perception of the region. The ‘M’ selection Grüners are made from the best grapes in the finest plots and are hedonistic brews    
       
526 Riesling Smaragd   Unendlich    F.X Pichler  2009 275.00
  Wachau    
  Perhaps the world’s finest dry Riesling, certainly Austria’s. Superlatives aplenty for this stunning wine    

Hungary

White wine

Bin Mád Dry Furmint  Szent Tamás  Year £
 530  Dry Furmint had often been seen as a novelty in comparison with the majesty of Tokaji, but there are now many examples that are compelling wines in their own right. This is excellent with great linear depth of flavour and a fresh, framing, acidity.  2015   48.00 
       

 

Sweet wine

 899  Tokay Aszu Blue Label.  Royal Tokaji Wine Company  2013   100.00 
  5 Puttonyos    500ml Bottle    
  The world's most historic sweet wine has been given a new lease of life by outside investment. Not as oxidised as some of the communist-era wines, this is lightly oxidised, but intensely sweet and raisiny.    
       

Italy

Red Wine

Piemonte & the North West

Bin   Year £
401 Barbera d’Alba   G.D.Vajra  2017  70.00
  Vajra produce some of Piedmont’s most pure and understated wines, respecting tradition but not hampered by it. Vibrant, generous and beautifully balanced    
       
400   Nebbiolo Langhe   Paolo Scavino  2015    65.00  
  Subtly perfumed black fruits, with hints of tobacco dominating the nose, whilst the palate is chewy, with very firm tannins. Textbook Nebbiolo from this very fine producer    
       
407 Barbaresco   Produttori del Barbaresco   2011  75.00
  Produttori del Barbaresco are amongst the most well-regarded producers in Piedmonte and can claim to be one of the best wine co-ops in the world. This is classically proportioned and firm and drinking beautifully now    
       
403 Barolo   Paolo Scavino  2014 110.00
  Scavino was one of Barolo’s great modernisers of the eighties, introducing vineyard specific crus and small oak barriques. The oak is now toned down, and these wonderfully harmonious wines are firm favourites here    
       
404 Barbaresco   VignetoBordini   La Spinetta  2013 145.00
  The wine produced from this latest plot to be acquired by this superb estate, reins in the oak while still retaining their trademark opulence    
       
405 Barbera d’Alba   Cascina Francia   Giacomo Conterno  2013 170.00
  Conterno’s Barolos are some of the greatest wines on Earth and the Barbera is a real treat as well. Rich and complex, but with such hedonistic purity that’s impossible not to like    
       
408 Barolo   Ciabot Mentin      Domenico Clerico  2009 175.00
  Clerico is one of the most respected names in all Barolo, and his wines are renowned for both winemaking of the highest quality, and for their exceptional character. This ‘09 Barolo Ciabot Mentin is a powerful yet elegant wine, loaded with layers of deeply spiced dark fruit    
       
411 Barbaresco   VürsüVignetoStarderi    La Spinetta  2005 275.00
  Phenomenally polished single-vineyard wine from this superstar producer; an exhilarating yet elegant expression of what can be acheived with Nebbiolo     
       
398 Barolo   Cascina Francia     Giacomo Conterno  2005 280.00
  This estate produces what is regarded as the pinnacle of traditional Barolo. Long aging in large wooden vessels, gives these wines an almost unrivalled complexity    
       
399 Barbaresco    Asili     Bruno Giacosa  2005 300.00
  Bruno Giacosa produces some of the finest expressions of Nebbiolo to be found and is renowned for incredible consistency. A fine and complex bouquet with violet and wild berry notes, whilst flavour is full, velvety, harmonious and firm on the palate    
       
409 Barolo   Monprivato    Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio  2008 300.00
  Mascarello fly slightly under the radar and are one of the greatest old school producers of Barolo; eschewing barriques for traditional large oak vessels. They own a large chunk of this exceptional vineyard that year-in year-out produces one of the world’s finest wines    
       
412 Barbaresco   Angelo Gaja  2007 320.00
  Gaja’s wines continue to be the most prized and respected in Italy. Beautifully balanced and structured, supremely rewarding even at this relatively youthful stage    
       
406 Barolo   Brunate    Roberto Voerzio  2006 395.00
  Few would disagree that Voerzio produces some of the very finest Barolo available. Young-ish, yet approachable, you can’t find a more text-book example of the ‘tar and roses’ character of Nebbiolo    
       
402 Barolo   Rocche dell'Annunziata Torriglione        Roberto Voerzio  2006 395.00
  Voerzio is often regarded as a producer of new wave Barolo, which roughly translated means smaller barrels and softer tannins.  A more feminine expression of Barolo, with a complex high tone nose and a firmly youthful palate    
       
410 Barolo   Brunate    Elio Altare  2007 420.00
  Elio Altare was one of the pioneers of the new style of Barolo in the eighties and is now seen as one of the greatest and most consistent producers in all of Italy. The single vineyard Crus are the pinnacle of his production, with the Brunate rarely producing more than 100 cases    


Veneto & the North-East

Bin   Year £
413 Valpolicella   Bertani  2018  50.00
  Bertani are one of the great names in Valpolicella and have been making quality wines here since the late 1800’s. This is a light classically proportioned Valpolicella, with fresh acidity and a subtle tannic grip    
       
415   Valpolicella Superiore   Azienda Agricola Marion  2014    90.00  
  Quality-wise this estate is approaching the likes of Quintarelli and Dalforno. Classic new wave Valpolicella, full of delectable black cherry flavours and nicely integrated oak.    
       
416 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico   Allegrini  2015 185.00
  Whilst not attaining the stratospheric prices of Quintarelli or Dal Forno, Allegrini’s wines are still class-leaders. Very much a modernist, with generous use of new wood, and favouring a richer, sweeter finish; Amarones don’t get much better than this    
       
414 Valpolicella Classico Superiore   Romano Dal Forno  2011 200.00
  Romano Dal Forno is now widely regarded as the pre-eminent producer of fine wine in Valpolicella. Their Valpolicella is Amarone in everything but name (being made from 100% air-dried grapes since the 2002 vintage) and is a truly massive wine    
       
418 Valpolicella Classico Superiore      Quintarelli  2008 200.00
  Quintarelli have long been respected for pushing the boundaries of quality of Valpolicella and at their best they are peerless. The wine is rich yet elegant, without ever feeling forced    
       
417 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico   Bertani  2010 225.00
  Bertani are one of the oldest estates in Valpolicella and have a long and highly respected tradition of Amarones. The style here is restrained in comparison with some supercharged modern interpretations, coming across as balanced and wholly irresistible    
       
419 Amarone della Valpolicella   Romano Dal Forno  2006 695.00
  Dal Forno is at the top of the game as for as Amarone is concerned. These wines are wildly hedonistic and lavish in scale; a real treat    


Tuscany

Bin   Year £
425 Rosso di Montepulciano   Poliziano  2018  45.00
  A really delicious, fruit-driven wine from one of very top producers in Montepulciano. Very fine and approachable Sangiovese, with good depth and only moderate tannins    
       
421   Pergolaia   Caiarossa  2013    54.00  
  The second wine from the super-Tuscan Caiarossa estate is a very fine Sangiovese-dominated blend, a really lovely alternative to Chianti    
       
422 Chianti Classico   Fontodi  2016  80.00
  Terrific Chianti from a top estate that rates among Tuscany’s best. Aromatic with good grip and texture, and hints of black cherry    
       
426 Brunello di Montalcino   Il Poggione  2015 110.00
  Il Poggione is that rare thing; a good-sized producer making decent quantities of excellent wine at a fair price. Another truly fine wine from a run of great recent vintages, from a producer with a very solid track record.    
       
424 Brunello di Montalcino   Uccelliera  2012 150.00
  First rate and luxurious Brunello from this top-tier producer. Full and rich, yet harmonious, without any elements making the whole thing feel forced or overwrought    
       
431 Cepparello   Isole e Olena  2015 225.00
  This is a different take on Super-Tuscan, as it flouts Chianti regulations by being a 100% Sangiovese, rather than using international varieties. Rich, yet elegant, this stands shoulder to shoulder with the best Chianti or Brunello    
       
427 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva   Fattoria dei Barbi  2011 220.00
  Barbi are one of the oldest and most respected names in Montalcino, with a large estate producing everything from wine to cheese to salami. The wines are on top form now; dark and brooding with firm, but not forbidding tannins    
       
423 Tignanello   Marchesi Antinori  2014 200.00
  Made from Sangiovese with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc, this proudly wears the badge of Super Tuscan IGT, even though it could now be called a Chianti. Fresh and savoury, with well-integrated oak notes and a long persistent finish.    
       
432 Sassicaia   Tenuta San Guido  2010 450.00
  Now honoured with its own D.O.C., this Cabernet is the precursor to all other Super-Tuscans. Taking its influence from the classic wines of the Haut-Medoc, it is stylistically similar, but with more forward fruit.    
       
428 Brunello di Montalcino   Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera  2005 500.00
  Superlative Brunello from this paragon of finesse. Soldera’s wines are the epitome of elegance and persistence of flavour, rather than depth of colour and fruit    
       
435 Brunello di Montalcino   Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera  2006 525.00
  Soldera’s wines are the stuff of legend; a fountain of greatness in the oft murky waters of Brunello. This is the last wine made here before five vintages were maliciously destroyed by vandals    


Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Bin    Year £
450 Vertigo   Livio Felluga  2016   70.00
  A very fine blend of Merlot and Cabernet from this top Friuli estate. Mid-weight and savoury, this resembles the more elegant end of the Pomerol spectrum, rather than a Parkerised fruit bomb    


The South & Islands

436 Cerasuolo di Vittoria   Planeta  2018  60.00
  Planeta are famed for their mastery of international varietals, but here they show they are equally adept at handling local varietals. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, with lots of red berry fruits on the nose and a long supple palate    
       
433   Etna Rosso   Tenuta delle Terre Nere  2016  53.00
  Marco de Grazia is one of the pioneers rediscovering the black soils on the slopes of Mount Etna. Made from Nerello Mascalase and Nerello Mantellato, with vines ranging from ancient to just very old, this is a complex wine that stylistically leans towards Barolo    
       
437 Passorosso IGT Tenuta di Passopisciaro    Franchetti   2015   100.00  
  Etna reds are the next big thing in certain circles and Andrea Franchetti is probably making the best. Made entirely from Nerello Mascalese, the style lies between Barolo and Burgundy, with firm tannins and enthrallingly complex aromatics    

 

 

White Wine

Piedmont & the North West

Bin   Year £
441  Gavi di Gavi   Ascheri  2018   65.00
  Ascheri produce great wines and are driven by a holistic view of food and wines ability to enhance each other. This is classic Gavi with some serious depth to it    

Veneto & the North-East 

440  San Vincenzo  Anselmi  2018   40.00
 

Frustrated by the regulations for producing Soave DOC, quality-driven wine-maker Roberto Anselmi has confected this delicious blend, mostly Garganega with some Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer, Pinot Bianco and Incrocio Manzoni; Aromas of tropical fruit, apricot, peach & lemon zest on the nose, with juicy well-balanced acidity on the palate with a lovely mineral finish.

   
       
       

Tuscany

442   Vernaccia di San Gimignano   Riccardo Falchini    2018   48.00 
  Vernaccia di San Gimignano is made on the slopes of the San Gimignano village.  The wine is perfumed, light and fresh with a hint of crisp acidity    

 

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

445 Collio Pinot Grigio   Marco Felluga  2017    62.00  
  Absolutely fantastic depth and concentration of fruit, seldom found in Italian whites, with good weight on the mid-palate    
       
447   Friulano   Livio Felluga  2018  80.00
  At Livio Felluga they make some of the best whites in this highly fashionable region, and this is no exception. Delicately aromatic and floral, with lovely weight and delineation on the palate    
       
443 Vintage Tunina   Vinnaioli Jermann  2016  130.00
  One of Jermann’s inspired blends, this time of Chardonnay, Malvasia Istriana, Picolit, Ribolla Gialla and Sauvignon Blanc. Elegant on the nose, with hints of honey and country flowers, and a pleasingly soft yet persistent finish on the palate    
       
446 Dreams   Vinnaioli Jermann  2014  165.00
  Jermann’s take on barrel-fermented Chardonnay is typically brilliant. An intense Burgundian nose with gentle, toasty lift is followed by a long, smooth and very refined finish on the palate    
       
444 Capo Martino   Vinnaioli Jermann  2014  145.00
  Blending old-vine Frulian whites; Tocia Friulano, Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla, & Picolit and, this is an absolutely beautiful wine. Intensely aromatic, invoking scents of perfumed white flowers and citrus fruits bound together with fresh acidity on the palate    


Marche

Bin   Year £
452  Verdicchio Classico Superiore     Villa Bucci  2017   57.00
  Bucci are at the top of their game and this is one of the finest white wines in Italy. Complex and mineral, with good aging potential, but utterly delicious right now    

 

The South & Islands

Bin   Year £
451 La Segreta    Planeta  2018  36.00
  Planeta are probably the most celebrated young winery in Sicily, consistently gathering accolades at home and abroad. This delicious blend of mainly Grecanico and Chardonnay, epitomises their clean fresh style that never disappoints    
       
453   Rosé   Planeta  2018    36.00  
  This juicy blend of Syrah and Nero d’Avola comes from one of wineries who helped bring renewed interest to Sicily. Bright, fresh, salmon pink and strawberry-scented, this is a smart modern rosé for any occasion    

Spain

 

Red Wine

Valencia

Bin   Year £
 454  Vermell   Celler del Roure  2016   40.00 
  Bright, fresh and fruity blend of mostly Garnacha with some Monastrell & Mando from this unique winery; medium-bodied and well balanced with fine tannins.    
       

Rioja

       
 456  Rioja Crianza  Luis Cãnas  2016  48.00
  A lovely, ripe crianza,  with lots of succulent red fruits on the nose, supported by gentle vanilla oak tones, and long on the palate.    
       
457 Rioja Reserva   Izadi 2015 50.00
  Tempranillo grapes from 50 year vines produce this succulent, modern, perfumed & food-friendly Rioja, from this very highly regarded producer.    
       
458 Rioja Reserva   Seleccion de la Familia   Luis Cañas 2014 80.00
  Luis Cañas has been running this estate as one of the most progressive in Rioja since the 70’s. This is a fabulous reserva with lots of ripe fruit, wrapped up in spicy oak.    
       
463 Viña Tondonia Reserva 2006  100.00
  Lopez de Heredia    
  Tondonia’s lengthy aging & vineyard specific bottling make their wine’s paragons of both place and process. Superb in the traditional style, with the emphasis on mature tertiary aromas rather than primary fruit.    
       
459 Rioja Gran Reserva 904   La Rioja Alta 2009  130.00
  The reserve 904 is a great example of fine old-school Rioja. The wine has tremendous structure, great body and mature flavours of liquorice, leather and fine, ripe fruit.    
       
464 La Cuvea del Contador 2006  175.00
  Bodegas Contador    
  Benjamín Romeo’s wines are some of the most prized and lauded in Rioja. As none of the flagship ‘Contador’ was produced in this vintage, here is a great example of his second wine.    
       
460 Castillo Ygay Tinto, Gran Reserva Especial 2005  220.00
  Marques de Murrieta    
  A young release of this wine from one of the most highly rated vintages of recent years. Full-bodied with excellent balance between fruit and sweet oaky vanilla, this is a cracking wine.    
       
462 Castillo Ygay Tinto, Gran Reserva Especial 1989  250.00
  Marques de Murrieta    
  Murrieta’s top wine is top-flight and undoubtedly one of the most serious Riojas available. The ’89 is fully mature, and with this wine’s vast aging potential, will drink beautifully over many years to come.    
       
461 Rioja Gran Reserva 890   La Rioja Alta 1998  275.00
  Only ever released after many years and only in the best vintages. Full, soft aromas and a satin-smooth palate make this a fine example of a grand old Rioja.    

 

Ribera Del Duero

 

469   Flor de Pingus   Dominio De Pingus  2012  170.00 
  This, the second wine of the fabulously expensive Pingus, is made from ancient, low-yielding Tempranillo vines; the wine is deep, almost black, with sweet black cherry on the nose and dense, dark creamy fruit on the palate     
       
470 Alion   Vega Sicilia  2015    250.00 
  In the early nineties Vega Sicilia became aware that international tastes were changing, and rather than alter the way they made their own legendary wines, they created Alion, to reflect the modern style of wine being produced in Ribera del Duero. Deep, yet delicate, this is one of the best buys in the world of fine wine    
       
471 Valbuena 5?   Bodegas Vega Sicilia 2009 350.00
  The second wine of Vega Sicilia has an ardent following, and some even think that the less vigorous oak aging gives a fresher, more vital wine    
       
481 Único   Bodegas Vega Sicilia 2000 725.00
  The millennial offering from Vega is a full-scale wine with great depth and backbone, rather than fat and extraction; built to last yet utterly delicious now    
       
474 Vega Sicilia Reserva Especial NV 725.00
  Reserva Especial is regarded as the top wine of Spain's greatest winery, where the best parcels of the best vintages are blended to produce a wine of unrivalled opulence. This is the 2010 release and contains the 1991, 1994 and 1995 vintages    
       
472 Único   Bodegas Vega Sicilia 1999 670.00
  Vega Sicilia has long been held as the pinnacle of Spanish wine and this excellent example illustrates why. Meticulously produced from fruit from its unusual Bordeaux-influenced vineyard, the wine has a plummy depth and roundness that seems to go on forever    
       
477 Único   Bodegas Vega Sicilia 1994 900.00
  Unico is without a doubt the finest wine in Spain and sits shoulder to shoulder alongside the world’s greatest. A big nineties release that ranks with the best wines ever produced here    
       
473 Único   Bodegas Vega Sicilia 1998 950.00
  Always stunning, this is one of the best releases of the single- vintage bottling from Vega Sicilia. Dense, full-bodied and concentrated    


Toro

 

476   Pintia   Bodegas Pintia  2013   145.00 
  Pintia is the Toro-based winery of Spain’s greatest estate, Vega Sicilia. Dark in colour with a deep spicy nose, this is a firm and impressive expression of Tempranillo    


Catalonia

 

475   Gotim Bru   Castell Del Remei  2016    55.00  
  A stunning blend of Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah & Cabernet, from the up and coming Costers de Segre D.O.  Packed with sweet raisin-y fruit on the nose, rich and grippy on the palate; this is a cracking wine    
       
478 Les Terrasses   Alvaro Palacios 2015 95.00
  A blend of Carignan, Grenache and a little Cabernet.  Huge and impressive on the nose, with lots of spice and wild berries, followed by the rich mocca-tinged palate; a richly hedonistic wine    
       
479 Mas La Plana   Miguel Torres. 2013  130.00
  Torres started producing this Cabernet Sauvignon in 1970 and was out-classing his Bordelaise rivals from the start. A rich and complex wine with a bouquet of oak, vanilla, and ripe plums.  Wonderful flavours and concentration of fruit, balanced with elegant tannins    
       
480 L’Ermita   Alvaro Palacios. 1998  500.00
  The steep slate slopes of Priorato have never been associated with Spain’s most expensive wine; but through determination and no small amount of skill, Alvaro Palacios has changed all that.  Made predominantly from Grenache, with a little Carignan and Cabernet, all from vines over 100 years old; this is incredibly concentrated, with immense black fruits and astounding complexity on the finish    

 

 

White Wine

Rioja

 

Bin   Year £
488   Viña Tondonia Reserva                                                         2004   95.00
  Lopez de Heredia    
  Tondonia’s whites are the gatekeepers of tradition in Rioja; do not come here looking for primary fruit! Old-fashioned, nutty and mildly oxidised; classic old-school white Rioja    
       
489 Rioja Blanco   Remelluri 2012  150.00 
  Remelluri produce only tiny quantities of this outstanding white. The winery has a special dispensation within the Rioja D.O.C. to use international varietals such as Viognier and Marsanne, to produce what is quite possibly the best white wine in Spain    
       


Penedes

 

490   Viña Esmeralda   Miguel Torres  2018   35.00 
  By blending Gewürztraminer and Muscat, this decidedly aromatic wine evokes summer, while the palate displays orange blossom, hazelnuts and apricots    


Guetaria

 

491   Txakoli   Bodegas Agerre  2018   45.00 
  This fairly obscure region in the Basque country produces one of the most interesting and individual white wines in Spain. Crisp and dry with a slight spritz, this is a wonderful and unique wine    


Rias Baixas

 

492   Albarino   Palacio de Fefiñanes  2018   70.00 
  Albarino is probably the most fashionable white wine in Spain right now, and Fefiñanes are one of the pioneers, being amongst the first to gain D.O. status. Typically bright and aromatic on the nose, but with a length and depth of flavour rarely achieved here    

Portugal

White wine

Bin   Year £
507 Redoma Branco   Niepoort 2016 55.00
  Douro    
  Niepoort have transformed native Portuguese varietals into this refreshing yet balanced Burgundian-style wonder.    
       
 499  Branco   Julia Kemper  2016   75.00 
  Dão    
  A delicious modern Dão from this highly regarded young estate. Made with a healthy proportion of Malvasia, this is floral and bright.    
       

 

Red wine

 501  Drink Me   Niepoort  2018   45.00 
  Douro    
  Niepoort deftly marry the complexity of classic Douro wines with an easily approachable lightness of touch, wherein soft tannins are balanced with a refreshing minerality.    
       
507 Elpenor    Julia Kemper 2011 58.00
  Dão    
  A full-bodied and food-friendly blend of the main varietals of the Dão; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen; with good depth, colour and freshness.    
       
504 Tinto Reserva   Julia Kemper  2010   95.00 
  Dão    
  An excellent wine from a winery making waves in Portugal. Made mainly with Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, this resembles a good Rioja Reserva in style and quality.    
       
 503  Quinta do Vallado Reserva  2016   125.00 
  Douro    
  Made mainly from Touriga Nacional, this is the top wine from one of Portugal’s most recent critical success stories. Rich and concentrated, without ever being jammy; very fine indeed.    
       
 505  Chryseia    Prats & Symington  2012   150.00 
  Douro    
  A prized and rare offering from two of the most venerable names in wine, the Symington’s of Graham’s and Warre’s, and Bruno Prats of Cos D’Estournel. Utterly massive and concentrated, this looks to be the pinnacle of the new breed of Douro reds.    
       
 506  Barca Velha    Casa Ferreirinha  2008   600.00 
  Douro    
  The finest dry red made in Portugal; although it has been in production since 1952 this is only the 18th release. Still young and showing an abundance of fruit, tannin and acidity.    

 

Port

 509  Warre’s  1991   95.00 
  Possibly a bit underrated Warre’s Ports straddle the fine line between restraint and opulence. Still relatively young and sweet, this is a powerhouse of a wine.    
       
 511  Gould Campbell  1997   110.00 
  Flying slightly under the radar this is the least known of the six Symington Port houses. Made to celebrate their 200th anniversary this is an excellent wine with serious structure and fruit.    
       
 514  Croft  2003   115.00 
  A convincing return to form from this venerable name and also the first time the grapes were trodden by foot since 1963. An opulent palate with freshness and balance; starting to drink nicely now.    
       
 512  Smith Woodhouse  1994   140.00 
  One of the lesser known houses in the Symington portfolio Smith Woodhouse produce wine that show immense depth and concentration. Made in a slightly drier style and built for the long haul this is drinking beautifully now.    
       
 510  Dow  1994   150.00 
  One of the all-time great Dow’s from one of the best, and almost universally declared, vintages of the last 40 years. A big and opulent Port, drinking well now and for a long time to come.    
       
 515  Fonseca  1992   170.00 
  Fonseca consistently produce some of the most polished wines in the Douro. Smooth with plenty of ripe fruit still evident this is one of the best of this little declared vintage.    
       
 517  Taylor’s  2003   170.00 
  To many Taylor’s wines are the pinnacle of Vintage Port production and this is one of their finest of the modern era. A big wine from a hot vintage, this is a young and magnificently opulent wine.    
       
       
 881  Quinta Do Crasto    Half Bottle  2005  49.00 
  Intense & complex; well-structured with sweet, fully ripe dark berry fruits.    

Lebanon

Red Wines

Bin   Year £
 546   Château Musar.  Serge Hochar  2012    85.00  
  This mid-weight vintage is perfectly balanced with excellent acidity & fine tannins; sweet bramble & hedgerow fruits linger sumptuously on the nose and lengthy palate    

North America

Sonoma County

White wine

Bin   Year £
 578  Sauvignon Blanc  Rochioli  2007   50.00 
  Russian River Valley    
  The Rochiolis are important players in Sonoma, growing grapes for many of the county’s best producers as well as producing very fine Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays & probably California’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Very full & forward with the ripe green fruits on the nose bordering on tropical; the palate is clean & dry with great length.    
       
580 Chardonnay   Flowers 2015 150.00
  Sonoma Coast    
  For 20 years Flowers have been making exemplary Chardonnay in this rugged corner of the true Sonoma coast. Lush and focused as the best Californian Chardonnays should be.    
       
 582  Chardonnay Les Noisetiers    Kistler  2015   225.00 
  Sonoma Coast    
  Steve Kistler is without doubt at the forefront of Chardonnay production in California, and his wines can sit comfortably with the world’s finest. This is typical of his style of massive, sensual wines, where every component seems full-throttle, yet perfectly balanced.    
       
       

 

Red wine

 595  Geyserville   Ridge  2014   140.00 
  Sonoma County    
  One of Ridge’s trademark Zinfandel-dominated blends, this wine clearly deserves its loyal following.  Heady dark fruits and sweet American oak dominate the nose and the mouth-filling palate    
       
592 Pinot Noir   Chenoweth Ranch    Patz & Hall 2014 160.00
  Russian River Valley    
  There is a distinct Burgundian influence at this winery specialising in terroir-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A balanced Pinot with rewarding richness and a fresh, dynamic energy.    
       
593 Pinot Noir   Littorai 2015 200.00
  Sonoma Coast    
  In the world of high-end Californian Pinot Noir, Littorai are at the top of the game, making wines that are exemplars of balance and longevity. The style here is not overly showy, letting the delicate, savoury character of Pinot shine through    
       
594 Pinot Noir   Russian River Valley   Kistler 2013 245.00
  Sonoma Coast    
  Kistler are renowned for making some of California’s best Chardonnays, but their equally impressive Pinot is rarely seen over here. Elegant and mid-bodied, with abundant fruit.    

 

Napa & Carneros

White wine

 601  Chardonnay   Hyde Vineyard    Patz & Hall  2015   150.00 
  Carneros    
  Patz & Hall have been at the forefront of single vineyard Pinot and Chardonnay since 1988. Fruit-forward, but not overblown, with a lovely mineral finish.    
       
602 Chardonnay   Red Shoulder Ranch    Shafer 2015 160.00
  Carneros    
  Full, voluptuous fruits and a gentle toasty-oak element combine to make a truly Epicurean premium Chardonnay, from one of Napa’s rising stars.    
       
603 Chardonnay   Hyde Vineyard    Ramey 2015 170.00
  Carneros    
  One of the most respected winemakers in California, David Ramey is making some of the very best Chardonnays in the US. Full of intense tropical fruit and supported by floral notes allowing the oak to integrate beautifully.    

 

Red wine

609 Zinfandel   Heitz Cellars  2014 95.00
  Napa Valley    
  This is a great Zinfandel from one of Napa’s most historic wineries; a lovely balance of juicy acidity and soft tannins.    
       
 606  Belle Cousine   Hyde de Villaine  2010   125.00
  Carneros    
  This Merlot-dominated blend is the flagship blend from the joint venture between Aubert de Villaine of DRC in Burgundy and Larry Hyde in Napa. Complex, savoury and with a nice balance of power and restraint this is reminiscent of fine Pomerol.    
       
605 Cabernet Sauvignon   Silverado 2015 140.00
  One of the most established names in Napa, Silverado make good quantities of the well-structured, savoury Cabernets that originally put the Napa Valley on the world-stage. This is proper Cabernet with all the varietal traits present and correct, focusing on balance rather than extraction.    
       
608 Merlot   Shafer Vineyards 2014 160.00
  Shafer’s wines have evolved into some of the best in the Stag’s Leap district, and their Merlot is simply a joy to drink; with rich and supple fruits, unburdened by any hard tannin.    
       
607 Cabernet Sauvignon   Cakebread 2014 200.00
  Rutherford    
  Cakebread have been producing very serious wines since 1973, eschewing trends & producing thoughtful, tightly structured Cabernets.  This excellent example epitomises that style, with a Bordelais structure, lifted by black fruits and blessed by the Californian sunshine.    
       
614 Cabernet Sauvignon    Philip Togni 2005 225.00
  Spring Mountain    
  Togni is a small producer of exemplary, long-lived Cabernets seldom seen outside the US. Classically built along the lines of great Bordeaux, this only begins to open up 5 years after vintage.    
       
610 Cabernet Sauvignon   Fay Vineyard 2011 275.00
  Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars    
  Renowned for quality, Stag’s Leap wines balance richness with structure. The Fay vineyard is a particular Napa ‘hot-spot’ and the wines produced there exhibit very forward and opulent fruits    
       
611 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon     Château Montelena 2005 275.00
  Calistoga    
  One of the oldest names in Napa and a star of the famous Judgement of Paris tastings in the seventies. This top Cabernet is consistently one of the valley’s best and is built to last.    
       
612 Cabernet Sauvignon    Martha’s Vineyard   Heitz Cellars 2010 475.00
  St. Helena    
  Joe Heitz was one of the pioneers of Napa Cabernet and his Martha’s Vineyard set the standard that many others have striven to emulate, this wine typifies the power and finesse that you would expect from top-flight Napa Cabernet.    
       
618 Cabernet Sauvignon  Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Paul Hobbs 2009 500.00
  Oakville    
  To Kalon dates from the 19th century and is one of the greatest vineyards in Napa, commanding the highest price for its fruit in the whole of the US. This is top-flight Cabernet and receives the highest critical plaudits year after year.    
       
619 Maya   Dalla Valle 2000 595.00
  Oakville    
  Established in the 1980’s, praised in the 1990’s, Dalla Valla’s super cuvee was the wine of the vintage in 2000. Produced in minute quantities from a four-acre hillside site, this is one of California’s rarest and most collectable wines.    
       
620 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS  Beckstoffer To Kalon   Schrader      2011 895.00
  Oakville    
  Schrader are right at the top of the tree in Napa, producing some of the most highly rated and collectable Cabs. Made from single berry section this is an incredibly opulent offering from a tough vintage.    
       

 

Santa Cruz & Monterey

Red wine

 629  Monte Bello  Ridge  2006   300.00 
  Santa Cruz Mountains    
  Opening up and ready to drink, this is a youthful example of the longest lived of all the great Californian Cabernets.  Still tight and concentrated, with seemingly never-ending layers of blackcurrants and cassis.    
       

 

Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo

Red wine

 628  Patrina Syrah  Alban  2009    135.00 
  San Luis Obispo    
  Made with estate-grown grapes from some of the younger vines throughout the properties disparate terroirs. This takes up where the old Central Coast Syrah left off and offers a better introduction to Alban’s marvellous wines    
       
636 Estate Grenache   Alban 2006 245.00
  San Luis Obispo    
  John Alban is the great pioneer of Rhône varietals, and as others have fallen by the wayside the wines here have grown in stature. Only 300 cases of this vintage were produced with a big 98 score from Parker, making this very collectable and hard to find.    
       
635 Raven Series Grenache    Sine Qua Non 2006 375.00
  Santa Barbara    
  Rated as one of the world’s best Grenaches; as good as anything from the Rhône or Barossa,  from one of California’s hottest cult wineries.    
       
633 Pictures Grenache   Sine Qua Non 2007 375.00
  Santa Barbara    
  Probably the best Grenache in California and fêted by some as the best in the new world. The accent here is on a feeling of graceful completeness rather than sheer attack of fruit.    
       
634 Labels Syrah   Sine Qua Non 2007 375.00
  Santa Barbara    
  More cult Rhônery from this beyond cult winery. Big and bracing by SQN’s standards, this is gorgeous stuff.    
       
632 Upside Down Grenache   Sine Qua Non 2009 500.00
  Santa Barbara    
  Big wine that doesn’t want for freshness or finesse. Grenache with a seasoning of Syrah and Mouvedre.    
       
631 Dark Blossom Syrah   Sine Qua Non 2007 545.00
  Santa Barbara    
  Syrah with a couple of other Rhône varietals added for complexity. Full-scale and lavish in the Sine Qua Non style.    
       
637 Stock Syrah   Sine Qua Non 2012 545.00
  Santa Barbara    
  And some more Sine Qua Nonsense. The Syrah is the one to go for in this vintage and is full without going overboard.    
       
627 Male Syrah   Sine Qua Non 2013 550.00
  Santa Barbara    
  Tired of simply giving each wine a different name every year Manfred Krankle has started to use symbols instead. Once more the flavours are copious, the experience hedonistic.    
       
639 Ode to E Syrah     Sine Qua Non 2004 750.00
  Santa Barbara    
  And it is at this point that things get very silly indeed. The top wine in a series of occasional releases, this has spent four years in wood and is released in microscopic quantities, with huge Parker points hence the funny money price.    
       
630 Patine Syrah   Sine Qua Non 2011 975.00
  Santa Barbara    
  One of SQN’s hyper-rare late releases. Dense and concentrated, this bears some resemblance to Giugal’s top La La Cote Rôtie’s.    

 

Oregon

Red wine

 641  Pinot Noir   Lenné  2015   120.00 
  Yamhill-Carlton District    
  Made from estate-grown fruit at this excellent small winery set up in 2000. The quality here is fairly jaw-dropping, with all the components delivering sensory pleasure harmoniously.    
       
643 Pinot Noir   Beaux Frères 2014 220.00
  Willamette Valley    
  Beaux Frères is a joint venture involving über-critic Robert Parker that is much talked about but seldom seen in the UK. A rich, smooth and plump Pinot, that should be a real crowd pleaser.    
       
644 Pinot Noir   Botanica   Antica Terra 2016 275.00
  Willamette Valley    
  A very small boutique operation, making intense wines from vineyards that seem to be more rock than soil. Concentrated and lush, backed up with compelling structure.    

South America

White Wine

Chile

Bin   Year £
646 Sauvignon Blanc   Lapostolle 2018 39.00
  Rapel Valley    
  Fresh and fruity, with melon & tropical fruit notes on the nose; well-balanced with crisp lively acidity on the palate and rounded off with a lengthy finish.    
       
 647   Sauvignon Blanc   Cipreses Vineyard   Casa Marin  2017    65.00  
  Lo Abarca, San Antonio Valley    
  In 2000 founder, owner and winemaker, María Luz Marín established Casa Marin as one of Chile’s first boutique wineries & their flagship Sauvignon Blanc has won many accolades along the way; elegantly balancing lip-smacking acidity & pure minerality    

 

Argentina

 648   Chardonnay   Catena Alta   Mendoza  2015    85.00  
  Dr Nicolas Catena is widely thought of as Argentina’s most progressive winemaker, and this astounding Chardonnay is a worthy testament to his skills. It’s remarkable subtlety, and serious, creamy complexity, rank it as truly fine wine, on par with California’s most exclusive boutique wines and top-end white Burgundy.    

 

 

Red Wine

Chile

Bin   Year £
 653  Armador Syrah   Odfjell  2018   39.00 
  Maipo Valley    
  Syrah is the current in-thing in Chile, with interesting wines appearing from most regions. This is styled in the manner of the Northern Rhône rather than Australia, from a winery that maintains an enviable lightness of touch in their wines    
       
656 Zardoz Cabernet Sauvignon    Indomita 2016 65.00
  Maipo Valley    
  Maipo is one of the oldest regions for wine production in Chile and is responsible for most of its great Cabernets. This is a big wine from an ambitious young winery, that would give most of the “icon” joint ventures a run for their money.    
       
657 Maipo Grand Cru   Caballo Loco 2014 90.00
  Maipo Valley    
  Caballo Loco produce a range of wines sourced from the best grapes available to them in Chile’s premier regions. This is their powerful Maipo Cabernet-blend, elevated with a claret-like precision and freshness    

 

Argentina

661 Felino Malbec  Viña Cobos 2018 47.00
  Mendoza    
  Full & ripe Malbec from low yielding and high-altitude vineyards. Rich dark berries & plum flavours with a hint of graphite & firm tannins, balanced with a touch of spice and a focused finish    
       
 662   Cabernet Franc   Catena  2016    48.00  
  Mendoza    
  Concentrated red berries with a hint of black pepper & eucalyptus, this is a fresh & juicy Cabernet Franc finished in French oak, from these pioneers of high-altitude viticulture    
       
663 Estate Malbec   Pulenta 2017 65.00
  Mendoza    
  After a few false starts Argentinean Malbec now seems to be worthy of its next-big-thing status. A top offering from this newish and much-fancied producer, making full, yet elegant wines    
       
664 Malbec   Catena Alta 2015 120.00
  Mendoza    
  This is one of the very best Malbecs produced anywhere; filled with gorgeous, creamy black fruits and supple silky tannins, this is very fine wine    
       
665 Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec   Viña Cobos 2014 200.00
  Mendoza    
  Viña Cobos is the pet project of respected Californian wine-maker Paul Hobbs, who has been working in Mendoza since the late eighties. Full-scale and rich, yet elegant and never overbearing.    
       
660 Finca Mirador Malbec   Achaval Ferrer 2014 250.00
  Mendoza    
  Stunning concentration is achieved by the old vines used here, to produce a rich and complex wine, with superb elegance; quite possibly the finest red wine in Argentina    

South Africa

White Wine 

Bin   Year £
       
 671 Chardonnay  Thelema Mountain Vineyards 2015 48.00
  Stellenbosch    
  Bored of Chardonnay? juicy marmalade fruit, complex yeasty flavours, balanced with fine oak.    
       
673  Sauvignon Blanc    Iona    2018   48.00 
   Elgin    
  South African Sauvignon Blanc are one of the Cape’s great success stories, combining the aromatics associated with New Zealand, yet retaining the fresh acidity of their French counterparts. Ripe, green fruits on the nose, the palate has both crispness and decent breadth.    
       
670  Aristargos   David & Nadia  2017   80.00 
  Swartland    
  David and Nadia Sadie run one of the most exciting terroir-led wineries in SA. This Chenin-based blend is richly exotic whilst retaining a lovely freshness and balance.    
       
677  Skurfberg   Sadie Family Wines 2014 90.00
   Swartland    
  One of the most fashionable estates in South Africa, championing minimal intervention by applying rigorous standards. Produced purely from old-vine Chenin Blanc, matured in old casks, with a natural fermentation.     
       
675  Chardonnay   Hamilton Russell  2018 85.00
  Walker Bay    
  Established in 1975, Hamilton Russell has a great reputation for making very good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  The wine has a richly nuanced and slightly spicy bouquet.  On the palate it is silky, yet full-bodied, with fabulous oak, melon and fresh, crisp, herbaceous flavours.    
       
674 Geelkapel Muscat de Frontignan     AA Badenhorst 2017 90.00
  Swartland    
  Adi Badenhorst is at the forefront of wine production in Swartland and is making some of the best wines in SA. A limited, single vineyard release, this is a wonderful waxy and dry Muscat.    
       
676 The FMC Chenin Blanc   Ken Forrester 2018 95.00
  Stellenbosch    
  World-class Chenin Blanc and probably South Africa’s best. Very assured and grown up in style; dry with a hint of residual sugar and reminiscent of a top Vouvray.    
       
       

Rosé wine

       
669 Pinotage Rosé   Delheim 2018 36.00
  Simonsberg, Stellenbosch    
  From the first winery in the world to produce a Rosé from Pinotage, this is lightly spicy & lively, yet still elegant.    

 

Red Wine  

 672  Mr. P Pinot Noir  Iona Estate  2017  46.00 
  Elgin    
  Ripe red berries and sweet spice on the nose & a silky focused palate, this is a fresh & bright Pinot Noir from this excellent estate    
       
 678 Pinotage   Springfontein 2014 46.00
  Walker Bay    
   A hand-crafted Pinotage, from this young and well-regarded winery. Spicy and soft, with ripe tannins and a long elegant finish.    
       
 696 Hawequas   Mont du Toit 2014 48.00
  Cape of Good Hope    
  This is a very juicy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz & Tinta Ammar, with rich & spicy dark fruits and fine tannins.    
       
 685 Shiraz     Thelema Mountain Vineyards 2015 49.00 
  Stellenbosch    
  Thelema’s whole range sits at the pinnacle of Cape wine-making. A generous, soft and spicy wine, drinking beautifully now.    
       
 680 Cabernet Sauvignon   Jordan Estate  2015 55.00 
  Stellenbosch    
  Stylistically benefiting from the wine-makers Californian training; this is not over-powering, but full of fruit, soft tannin and oak, working in a harmonious food-friendly manner.    
       
 687 Cabernet Sauvignon    Thelema Mountain Vineyards 2016 60.00
  Stellenbosch    
  Inspired wine-making and high-altitude vineyards impart a fullness and sophistication that competes with most other world-class Cabernets.    
    2015 75.00
 688 Rubicon    Meerlust Estate    
  Stellenbosch    
  This standard-bearing Cabernet-based blend is consistently one of South Africa’s finest wines. Not unlike a fine Bordeaux but rounded out with generous fruit for a full & sophisticated finish.    
    2015 80.00
 689 Kevin Arnold Shiraz   Waterford    
  Stellenbosch    
  Waterford was established in 1998, aiming to produce world-class wines and, on the strength of this, have more than achieved their goals. Rich and sumptuous in a very modern, elegant, style.    
       
 683 Trilogy     Warwick Estate 2014 80.00
  Stellenbosch    
  The top wine from this young winery is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.  Showing great richness and complexity, with plenty of round fruit and gentle vanilla oak.    
       
679 Treinspoor   Sadie Family Wines 2014 90.00
  Swartland    
  This estate champions old vines from largely ignored varieties. Made from old Tinta Barroca vines, (the Portuguese varietal), a reminder of the Cape’s history of fortified wines.    
    2014 90.00
681 Pofadder   Sadie Family Wines    
  Swartland    
  Eben Sadie has been at the forefront of fine wine in the now fashionable region of Swartland. This is made from Cinsault; once a forgotten oddity and now maybe Swartland’s signature variety.    
       
684 Estate Wine    Rust-en-Vrede 2015 95.00
  Stellenbosch    
  Rust-en-Vrede’s signature wine is one of South Africa’s finest.  Mostly Cabernet with a touch of Merlot & Shiraz, full of blackberries & cherries, with a dash of vanilla from lengthy oak ageing    
       
693 Pinot Noir   Ignis   Storm Wines 2016 95.00
  Hemel-en-Aarde    
  Hailing from an eastern slope in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Ignis Pinot Noir is made only in very small quantities; silky tannins complement the primary fruit, harmonised with aromas of raspberry & wild strawberry.    
       
694 Breton Cabernet Franc   Lukas Van Loggerenberg    
  Stellenbosch    
  This Cabernet Franc is classically styled, showcasing Lukas’s passion for elegant, drinkable wines. There’s notes of violets and mulberries, with just a hint of bell-pepper adding complexity.    
       
686 Pinot Noir    Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2016  100.00
  Walker Bay    
  Hamilton Russell are one of the few estates to produce a world class Pinot in the Cape. Classic Pinot character with wild red-fruits and warm woodland aromas, and a rich silky finish on the palate.    
       
692 Pinot Noir   Mabalel   Crystallum Wines 2018 100.00
  Hemel-en-Aarde    
  Crystallum are producing what is probably the finest range of Pinot Noirs in the Cape. Elegant, rich and perfumed, this is close to perfection.    
       
690 Cabernet Franc    Anthonij Rupert 2010 125.00
  Franschhoek    
  The flagship wine of Rupert estates and only produced in tiny quantities. Extremely elegant and refined, this is reminiscent of the finest St-Émilions.    
       
691 MR de Compostella   Mvemve Raats 2014 130.00
  Stellenbosch    
  Really exciting and one of the most highly-rated wines in South Africa. A full-size Bordeaux-blend built around Cabernet Franc; big and impressive, though not without restraint.    
       
682 V   Vergelegen 2012 165.00
  Stellenbosch    
  Vergelegen are at the top of the pile in South Africa, and this is their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, benefitting from almost 2 years in French oak. Rich and full-scale, whilst retaining great balance and poise.    
       
695 Granite Syrah    Mullineux    2016 195.00
  Swartland    
  Mullineux is certainly one of the current ‘superstar’ producers in South Africa. Always the most perfumed and elegant of the single-terroir reds, it offers up fresh red plum, graphite and black cherries, with a leafy black raspberry edge and fine tannins.    
       

Australia

 McLaren Vale  

Red Wine    
Bin   Year £
713  Sangiovese    Coriole  2016   52.00 
  Italian varietals are still only seen on the periphery of the Australian market, but some serious wines are starting to filter through to the U.K. Tasting like a very decent Chianti with Sangioveses’ typically firm tannins, yet in possession of a ripe core of fruit to express it’s Australian heritage.    
       
715 Dead Arm Shiraz   d’Arenburgh. 2016 140.00
  The top wine from d’Arenburgh’s excellent and exciting range of wines has become significantly scarcer and more expensive, as recent vintages have come under the critical spotlight. This very fine ’16 is in the style typical of rich and expansive Shiraz that coats the palate, whilst still remaining more-ish.    
       

  Barossa & Eden Valley  

White Wine    
717  The Contours Riesling    Pewsey Vale  2012   65.00 
   Pewsey Vale is the oldest winery in the Eden Valley and is a renowned Riesling specialist. Australian Riesling tends to resemble Alsatian Riesling more than its German counterparts, as it is dry, with distinctive lime notes on the nose    
       
       
Red Wine    
721 Nine Popes    Charles Melton  2013   120.00 
  A rather cheeky homage to a certain wine from the Southern Rhone, this is a wonderfully warm and jammy wine in its own right.    
       
723 Alice’s Shiraz   Greenock Creek  2014  140.00 
  Greenock Creek are a small-scale boutique winery making deliciously balanced Barossa wines. Big-boned but with a delectable freshness that doesn’t get lost under the weight of fruit.     
       
731 St Henri Shiraz   Penfolds  2009  200.00 
  This label was revived in 1953, the same year Grange was created. For many years seen as the equal of Grange (although intentionally more elegant in style) it is now somewhat neglected, but still utterly brilliant    
       
733 Magill Estate   Penfolds  2003  275.00 
  Penfolds are known for favouring multi-region blends at all levels, right up to Grange. The Magill is their only single estate wine, a 100% Shiraz from a very old historic plot, now nestling in the suburbs of Adelaide.     
    2007 300.00 
734 RWT   Penfolds    
  What if Grange was just made from Shiraz? And what if it was all from the Barossa and made in French, not American, oak? Well this is the glorious result; Red Wine Trial.    
    1983  475.00
727 Grange  Bin 95   Penfolds    
  If longevity is the true mark of a fine wine then Grange makes the grade. Ripe and plumy with lots of secondary, cigar-box character coming through, with ample tannin and acidity to hold it all together.    
       
728 Grange  Bin 95   Penfolds 1982 650.00
  After more than fifty years Grange remains the most highly regarded and collectable wine in Australia. A big Grange, still fruity with a firmly tannic backbone.    
       
725 Hill of Grace   Henschke 2008 900.00
  Hill of Grace is one of Australia’s most iconic wines and is the only wine to really stand shoulder to shoulder with Grange. It differs from its rival as it is site specific to a tiny patch of 19th century vines, that only produce a few hundred cases of this wonderful wine.    
       

 New South Wales  

Red Wine    
737 Shiraz/Viognier Clonakilla 2009 160.00
  Inspired by the wines of the Northern Rhône, Shiraz/Viognier blends have established themselves as an up and coming Australian wine style with Clonakilla one of the originators. Ripe, perfumed and perhaps a little bit Rhône-y on the nose with a rich, balanced and supple palate.    
       

 Clare Valley   

White Wine    
748 Alea Off-Dry Riesling   Grosset 2016 75.00
  Geoff Grosset makes some of the finest and most revered Riesling in Australia, producing rapier-sharp wines with huge potential; this stunning example is only off-dry by Grosset standards.    
       

 Western Australia  

       
       
755 Chardonnay     Stella Bella 2016 62.00
  Since Stella Bella’s inception in the early 2000’s their reputation for crafting fine wines from Margaret River fruit has grown to enviable levels. Their Chardonnay is a standout wine, with restrained oak and stone fruits, marrying together beautifully.    
    2014 220.00
756 Art Series Chardonnay    Leeuwin Estate    
  One of the best Chardonnays in Australia, or the entire New World for that matter. Dense, with great minerality, tropical fruit and even a touch of honey, but showing great balance and extraordinary length.    
       
Red Wine    
759 Shiraz   Stella Bella  2016 60.00
  Margaret River is best known as Cabernet country but also makes excellent cool climate Shiraz. Light to medium bodied, certainly by Australian standards, this bears more resemblance to the wines of the northern Rhône than Barossa.    
       
760 Cabernet Sauvignon  ‘Aquitaine’   Plantagenet Winery 2014 85.00
  Top quality Cabernet from this well-established, pioneering winery.  Big and fairly open wine, with blackcurrant and cigar-box aromas on the nose, and lots of depth on the long, broad palate.    
       
765 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon   Leeuwin Estate 2013 160.00
  Leeuwin exploit the cool micro-climates of the Margaret River to produce this very fine Bordeaux-style Cabernet. Beautifully assembled, with mocha, cassis and cigar-box aromas, with elegant tannins wrapped around the warm dark fruit on the palate.    
       
763 Cabernet/Merlot    Diana Madeline   Cullen 2010 200.00
  Consistently rated as the best Cabernet in Australia. Rich, vibrantly full, with succulent, blackcurrant fruit. Intensely perfumed, the oak has integrated with the soft, hedge-row fruit, to produce a velvety smooth finish.    
       
 

Victoria

  
       
776 Farrside Pinot Noir   By Farr 2015 150.00
  Garry and Nick Farr have a long affinity with Dujac in Burgundy and it shows in their wines. These hand-crafted Pinots are amongst the very best in Australia and are as good as any produced in the New World.    
       
771 Shiraz  Georgia’s Paddock   Jasper Hill 2012 160.00
  Since the mid 1970’s wine-maker Ron Laughton has striven to make the definitive ‘Great Australian Shiraz’, with considerable success.  Big, complex, yet with great finesse, and a structured back-bone, this wine has real star quality.    
       
772 Thousand Candles    2011 175.00
  The first release of one of the most talked about wines to emerge form Australia in recent years. This is a Shiraz-dominated blend, with the emphasis on purity and precision, rather than brute power.    
       
       
       
       

New Zealand

 North Island  

White Wine
Bin   Year £
801 Sauvignon Blanc    Pencarrow 2019 38.00
  Martinborough    
  A great introduction to NZ Sauvignon Blanc; not as big and unctuous as its Marlborough cousins, yet still possessing deliciously focused citrus flavours and aromas    

 South Island  

     
Bin      
       
807 Sauvignon Blanc   Dog Point  2018  56.00
  Marlborough    
  Produced by the former head wine-maker at Cloudy Bay, who favours a 'hands off' non-interventionist approach, producing this well-balanced and succulent Sauvignon Blanc.    
       
810 Sauvignon Blanc   Mount Difficulty 2017  63.00
  Central Otago    
  This estate is beginning to get a reputation as a great all-rounder, with this potential Cloudy Bay-beater. Aromatic grapefruit & gooseberry fill the nose, followed by a full palate, enhanced by some late-harvest fruit.    
       
811 Chardonnay   Jane Hunters 2017  65.00
  Marlborough    
  Aged in new French oak barriques, and almost Burgundian in style, with delicious apple and pungent fruit flavours, combined with a smoky oakiness.    
       
812 Sauvignon Blanc   Cloudy Bay 2018  90.00
  Marlborough    
  Since its inception in 1985, this winery has set the standard for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and launched it as an international wine style. This is classic Cloudy Bay, with tropical green fruits on the nose, with a full, pure fruit palate and a long intense finish.    
       
813 Chardonnay   Cloudy Bay 2015  80.00
  Marlborough    
  Although most famous for their Sauvignon, many rate Cloudy Bay’s Chardonnay as their best white. Lots of tropical fruit supported, but not smothered by some very fine oak.    
       
815 Gewurztraminer   Lovat Vineyard   Dry River Estate 2014  120.00
  Martinborough    
  Dry River are a well-established boutique producer making some of the finest wines in New Zealand. Rich and sumptuous Gewurztraminer, that is arguably the best in the southern hemisphere.    
       

 North Island  

Red Wine    
11 Pinot Noir   Pencarrow 2017   37.00
  Martinborough    
  Pencarrow is the second label of the highly respected Palliser Estate. This is a ripe and generous fruit-driven wine, that delivers unmistakable Pinot Noir character.    
       
822  Syrah    Dry River Estate 2008  145.00
  Martinborough    
  New Zealand Syrah is still a relative new-comer and stylistically resembles those from the Northern Rhône, rather than Australia. This is possibly the best Syrah ever made here; it starts like a Chave Hermitage and gains complexity, and even weight in the glass.    
       
820 Pinot Noir    Dry River Estate 2011  190.00
  Martinborough    
  Rated as one of New Zealand’s best Pinots; classy in every way, with exotic gamey fruits that seem to go on forever on the lengthy finish.    
       

 South Island  

       
825 Pinot Noir   Mount Difficulty 2016 65.00
  Central Otago    
  Interest in Central Otago has snowballed in the last few years.  This dark, pungent and seriously concentrated Pinot has depth and complexity in abundance     
       
826 Pinot Noir   Mount Edward 2016 90.00
  Central Otago    
  This extremely fine boutique wine from the world’s most southerly vineyards is produced in miniscule quantities to huge critical acclaim; possessing excellent balance between power and elegance.    
       
827 Pinot Noir   Burn Cottage 2015  175.00
  Central Otago    
  A young winery, even by Otago standards, producing Pinot Noir comparable with the very best. Meticulous viticulture and wine- making in harmony, to produce profound and elegant Pinot.    
       
828 Pinot Noir   Block 5    Felton Road 2010  220.00
  Central Otago    
  Felton Road have a reputation as one of the best producers of Pinot in Otago or anywhere else in NZ. This is one of their top cuvées produced in miniscule quantities and up there with the very best Pinots made outside Burgundy.    
       
       
 

Champagne

   
Bin   Year £
846  Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut   Epernay. N.V.  70.00
  Deliciously fresh and biscuity Champagne.    
       
847  Billecart-Salmon Rosé   Mareuil-sur-Aÿ N.V.  75.00
  Consistently great non-vintage rosé, from this wonderful small house. Strawberry-scented with ultra-fine bubbles.    
       
 

White Wines

   
       
870  Verdicchio Classico Superiore   Villa Bucci, Marche, Italy  2017   30.00
  Complex, mineral and a fine wine by anyone’s yardstick; one of Italy’s best whites.    
       
869  Soave, Pieropan   Veneto, Italy 2018  31.00
  Dry and crisp wine from one of Soave's benchmark producers.    
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 

Red Wines

   
       
       
879   Gigondas   Domaine Saint Gayan    Southern Rhône, France 2015  40.00 
   Very drinkable, Grenache-based, Chateauneuf-style wine.    
       
875   Crozes Hermitage   Yann Chave   Northern Rhône, France 2017  39.00 
   Well-made Syrah-based wine from a cracking vintage.     
       
873   Châteauneuf-du-Pape   Mont-Redon   Southern Rhône, France 2014  49.00 
   Elegant & balanced Châteauneuf from this well-regarded estate.    
       
877   Chorey-Lès-Beaune   Tollot-Beaut   Burgundy, France 2017  60.00 
   A very nice half of Tollot-Beaut’s signature wine.    
       
881   Quinta Do Crasto Vintage Port   Douro, Portugal  2005  65.00 
   Intense, complex, well-structured, with sweet, fully ripe dark berry fruits.    
       
         
       
       
 

 Sweet Wines

   
       
898   Carte d’Or   Baumard   Coteaux du Layon,  Loire, France  2018   38.00 
   Deliciously light & refreshing,from hand-harvested Chenin Blanc grapes    
       
897   Banyuls Cuvée Thérèse Reig    Domaine de la Rectorie  Collioure   Languedoc-Roussillon   France   500ml bottle  2016   65.00 
   Delicious sweet red wine made from Grenache; considerably more elegant and refined than most Banyuls.     
       
891   Grandjó Late Harvest    Real Companhia Vehla     Douro, Portugal  2008   65.00 
   Stunning botrytised Semillon from the heart of Port country.    
       
890   Old Premium Liqueur Topaque, Morris of Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia   500ml bottle N.V.   70.00 
   An incredibly sweet blend of extremely old Muscadelle wines, one of the finest examples of this uniquely Australian style.    
       
895   Noble One Botrytis Semillon   De Bortoli   Australia  2014   80.00 
   Big, powerful and sophisticated; Australia’s best sweet wine.      
       
889   Capitelli   Anselmi     Italy  2015   85.00 
   Made from 100% Garganega grapes, this is deliciously full-bodied and luscious, with honeyed apricot & pear on the palate.    
       
899   Tokay Aszu Blue Label   Royal Tokaji Wine Company   Hungary   5 Puttonyos.  500ml bottle  2013   100.00 
   The world’s most historic sweet wine; intensely sweet and concentrated with a lightly oxidised character.    
       
892   Cabernet Franc Icewine    Peller Family Estate    Niagara, Canada  2015   170.00 
   A rarely seen, rich & utterly delicious red grape example of this Canadian speciality.    
       
859   Ermitage Vin de Paille   M.Chapoutier    Rhône, France  1999   225.00 
   This extraordinarily rare & deliciously sweet wine is made from Marsanne grapes dried on straw; concentrated yet showing outstanding balance & great length    
       
856   Château D’Yquem 1er Cru Superieur    Sauternes   France  1986   500.00
   Outstanding Yquem and rare to see older vintages in halves!    
       
858   Château D’Yquem 1er Cru Superieur    Sauternes   France  1990   550.00 
   This near-perfect wine is still stunning 30 years on.