|Bright, Crisp and Dry|
Les Chapelieres, Comté Tolosan IGP, France ‘19
Easy drinking blend with a refreshing bite. Clean and lemony, with a pleasing pear accent and flinty freshness.
Quinta do Ermizio ‘Chin Chin’, Vinho Verde, Portugal, ‘18
As fresh as wine gets and ethically made! Crisp green apple lip smacking citrus…… an explosion of freshness.
Picpoul de Pinet, Creyssels, Languedoc, France, ‘19
Crisp and zingy with citrus, nettle and herb aromas and a stony finish. It’s always a fresh but generously weighted wine.
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine, France, '18
There's Muscadet, and then there's Muscadet. This zesty, palate-tingling wine makes a bracing aperitif and goes down a treat with oysters, mussels and other 'fruits de mer'. It also displays a fabulous, unique label, designed by Quentin Blake!
Oppenheim: Riesling Rheinhessen 2013, Germany, ’13
A textbook dry Riesling – lime leaf aromas backed by a whistle-clean, mineral edged palate of orchard fruit. Great as an aperitif.
Chablis, Domaine d’Elise, Chablis, Burgundy, France, ’18
An amazing text book Chablis - delightful lemony acidity, classic mineral notes and a long finish.
Pouilly-Fumé, Arret Buffatte, Tinel-Blondelet, France, ’17
Fine mineral purity and depth with lifted floral spice, elderflower, pear and gooseberry style fruit. This is a well-focused and balanced sauvignon blanc.
Chablis Grand Cru Preuses, Nathalie & Gilles Fèvre, France, ‘15
Located on an exposed south-west slope, which dominates its Grands Cru neighbours. The wines are from 70-80 year old vines, producing harmonious and generous wines with immense depth.
|Aromatic and Fruity|
Reserve, Danebury, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, ‘18
From the Test Valley in Hampshire light and refreshing with floral hints, crisp apple and plenty of white peach perfume. Excellent with fish and seafood.
Viognier, Côteaux de l’Ardèche, Vignerons Ardèchois, Rhône, France, ‘19
Floral, honeysuckle and ripe apricot notes on the nose, backed by white peach, mineral and tropical fruit flavours. A great example of the grape.
Coteaux du Giennois, Les Genets Gris, Thibault, France, ’17
This Sauvignon Blanc became an instant favourite of Britt’s upon trying. A light, green flecked straw colour to the eye with a rich nose of grassy, nettly citrus. The palate is lean and very fresh with great intensity.
Pinot Gris ‘The Edge’, Escarpment, Martinborough, New Zealand, ‘17/'18
Easy-drinking off-dry wine with delicate hints of pear, white peach and a long finish. Equally delightful as an aperitif or with lighter dishes.
Cederberg, Chenin Blanc, Cederberg, South Africa, '18
Powerful nose of tropical, grapefruit and lemon peel precedes a fruit laden plate and the merest salty note.
|Rich and Full Bodied|
Mâcon-Burgy ‘Les 3 Terroirs’, Oliver Fichet, Burgundy, France, ‘18
Nicely weighted un-oaked chardonnay with hints of grapefruit and almond a perfect all-rounder. Buttery and complex with ripe fruit and minerality.
Domaine des Dieux, Chardonnay, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa ‘16
A beautifully complete wine that builds well, clean oak and green fruit gives a full flavour.
Viognier Terre Rouge, California, USA, ‘15
This zesty fresh, floral and spicy Viognier, makes a great change from rich chardonnays, and at a fantastic value. Another favourite of Britt’s, perfect for drinking in the sunshine.
Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, California, USA, ’16/'18
A fantastic mouth-watering wine, the beauty is the aromatics with an initial impression of lime zest, lemon and citrus blossom. It then opens to nectarine, mandarin with hints of vanilla and lime curd both on the nose and the palate. Rich and texturally enticing with great balance and length.
Chassagne-Montrachet, Coffinet-Duvernay, France, ‘16
When it comes to the world’s greatest white wines, the border between Chassagne and Puligny is the ‘X’ that marks the spot, the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Rich and intense depth, with apple, pear, and honey mingling with herbal scents and a focused minerality. Long and powerful finish.
Meursault 1er cru Perrières, Albert Grivault, France, ‘11
These wines have an almost regal air to them. This is possibly, in part, to this grandiose property in the middle of Meursault. This domaine is the largest owner of Meursault Perrières. Very fine with immense length and has excellent concentration of flavours and lots of flinty minéralité. Incredible power!
|Light and Juicy|
Les Pradelles, IGP Hérault, France ‘19
This red fruited blend of Carigan and Grenache. Has surprisingly good texture, soft, light and easy drinking.
Vallefrio, Maule Valley, Pinot Noir, Chile ‘20
This surprisingly concentrated Pinot Noir has black fruit and cherry on the nose but perfumed and refreshing.
Chianti Colli Senesi, Talosa, Montepulciano, Italy ‘19
This is largely from the younger vines in the Montepulciano vineyards, 85% Sangiovese with 15% mixed between Merlot, Caniolo and Mammolo. This expresses so well the perfect sunny ripeness of the vintage, without excessive alcohol, and a bright, fruity finish.
Guy Allion, Les Parcs, France, ‘17
Strawberry fruited and creamy textured, this is a joyously ripe, juicy Pinot with a good deal of cool climate finesse.
Olga Raffault, Les Barnabes, Chinon, France, ‘18
100% Cabernet Franc, fragrant and open with tangy fruits and a certain leafy quality balanced by body and roundness.
Fleurie, Clos de la Roilette, Alain Coudert, France, ’18
The manganese-rich, clay soils of this domaine yield Fleurie’s most original wine: densely-coloured and strongly-scented, with spice and olive notes, its firm extract is simply overpowered by its sweet fruit ripeness and amiable texture.
Pomerol, Chateau Gombaude-Guillot, France, '14
This 8 hectare estate in the heart of Pomerol, consistently produces classic, Merlot-dominated wines of grace. A nose of pure red fruit balances supple tannis and bags of concentrated bright, juicy fruit punch. Good acidity gives freshness and makes this Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend approachable relatively young.
Gevrey Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroirs, Denis Mortet, France, ‘14/'15
This Gevrey Chambertin is a blend of the Domaine’s five Gevrey-Chambertin holdings. Matured in 30% to 35% new oak, it has a brisk, stony red berry bouquet with attractive undergrowth scents percolating through. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp structure. This is an excellent Gevrey that comes highly recommended.
|Rounded and Flavoursome|
Comtesse de Marion, Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, France, ‘19
Aromas of sweet plum with a leafy touch, followed by a supple and lightly creamy, berried palate with barely discernible tannins. A lovely, versatile wine.
Côtes du Rhône ‘Domaine Saint Gayan’, Rhône, France, ‘17
Spice, jammy fruit and a rich silky finish. This Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre blend exemplifies all that is great about Southern Rhône reds.
Segares, Rioja Crianza, Spain ‘12
Classic Rioja aromas of; oak support ripe black fruit with hints of tobacco box, menthol and balsamic vinegar. At this estate they hold back their Crianza for an extra year before release and that really benefits the wine.
Chorey-les-Beaune, Domaine Tollot-Beaut, France, ‘16
Perhaps the best-known wine Domaine of Chorey, Tollot-Beaut wines are always very straightforward in their appeal with lots of plump, early maturing fruit. A great open-textured Burgundy Pinot Noir with a Syrah feel.
Château Deyrem-Valentin, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois, France, ‘15
Is a Cru Bourgeois estate in the north of the commune of Margaux run by Jean Sorge with his two daughters. 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus 1% each of Petit Verdot and Carmenère, a splendid example from the estate. Lovely complex palate, silky tannins, refined fruit notes, pencil shaving oak finish.
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Champs Perdrix, Alan Michelot, France, ‘13
From one of the appellations highest vineyards above Chaignots, this superb 2012 highlights the vineyard’s sense of minerality and freshness of fruit. With very striking aromas of wild berries, this is a wine which balances a natural feeling of ripeness with a great mineral bite. Whilst bold in the mid palate, there is a huge degree of elegance and finesse on the finish.
|Robust and Hearty|
Apaltagua, Envero, Gran Res Carmenere, Chile ‘18
From vines averaging 50 years this lightly oaked Carmenére shows gorgeous bittersweet red and blackcurrant fruit with liquorice hint over subtle tannins.
Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali', France ‘13
Terrific Languedoc quality at a modest price. Blended from Southern staples Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault, this Saint-Chinian wine has a fresh, lip-smacking finish that guarantees you'll want to take another sip.
Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, Argentina, ‘16
Very deep and inky. With silky, classy black fruit, always exhibits a seductive, liqueur element. This wine, from ancient (about 87 years old) vines is given a year in French oak. Malbec and beef (especially a big steak) is a pairing made in heaven, and this awesome wine could take rich sauces like our Béarnaise.
Syrah de Maroc ‘Tandem’, Alain Graillot, Ouled, Thaleb, Zeneta, Morocco, ‘18
Fantastic deep baked and jammy fruit depth with subtle oak and spice. A perfect accompaniment to red meat and spicy flavours. Try it! Be different!
Cabernet Sauvignon, Forest Hill, Mount Barker, Western Australia, ‘17
From the cool Mount Barker wine region, some 200 miles southeast of Perth, comes this spicy, tangy, wildberry-soaked wine which has none of the fruit-sweetness that is often associated with Shiraz from South Australia. Shaped more like a northern Rhône wine.
Chateau Lestage Simon, Haut-Medoc, France ’16
The perfect embodiment of a Cru Bourgeois. The Château produces a supple Haut-Médoc, with structure, richness and balance. Superb colour, great richness of fruit from old vines.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Jérôme Gradassi, Rhône, France, ‘15
Jérôme, 50 years old, was the boss and chef of a Michelin starred restaurant, L’Isle Sonnant in Avignon, until he sold it in 2003 to take up a mere 3½ hectares of vines. Terrific aromas of liquorice, cinnamon and herbs. Classic mixture of red and black fruits, backed with just enough tannin for grip. Lots of peppery spice. Fine, red fruit finish, hinting at raspberry jelly and Turkish delight. Great with our Chateaubriand.
Lyndenhurst, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA, ‘14
With crimson fruits and bramble, the Lyndenhurst unveils aromas of fresh thyme, cedar, lilac, juniper, and a wild understory. Fine, silken tannins entice the palate through an array of textures. All the while, a resonating acidity brings dynamism and precision through this wine’s long, layered progression. This is a wine with a refined poise in youth with a unique ability to offer enjoyment in its early years.
Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry, Valdobbiadene, Drusian, Italy, NV
A top prosecco, sherberty, light and with the merest hint of fruity ripeness.
Domaine des Dieux, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, ‘13
Sparkling Wine World Championships Winner 2018. From 80% Chardonay and 20% Pinot Noir, made in the Champagne method, it stands comparison with plenty of far more expensive vintage Champagnes. Yeasty, creamy, very long and linear.
English Sparkling Wine ‘Cossack’, Danebury, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, ‘15
Light aromatic pear and greengage flavours with real floral nose and grapefruit and apple depths. From a small vineyard with real potential.
Brut, Thomas-Hatte, Champagne, France, NV
Notes of crisp apple and rich brioche with a nutty character and full, persistent flavour. 70% Pinot Meunier with 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir.
Michel Gonet, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne ‘3 Terroirs’, France, ‘13
Extra Brut grower champagne. Elegant and racy with citrus, and pear aromas rounded out by hazelnut and toast from the long lees aging and a delightfully full and creamy mouthful.
Sparkling Brut Rosé, Cottonworth, ‘Wine of the Test Valley’, Hampshire, UK, NV
Crisp apple and rich brioche with a nutty character, full-flavoured and persistent. 70% Pinot Meunier with 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir.
Domaine Millet, Cotes de Gascogne, France ’19
Beautifully coral coloured with great red fruit flavours of ripe raspberries, strawberries and a zingy, crisp finish. This rose is a perfect refreshing aperitif to have in the sunshine. One of those wines that will put a smile on your face.
Les Quatre Tours, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé, Signature, France ‘19
A classic Provençal blend which has become a firm Red Lion favourite. Pale, fruity and elegant.
Costieres de Nîmes Château Roubaud Rosé, Languedoc, France, ‘18
The art-deco 1930s illuminated label on Françoise and Guillaume Molinier's Costières de Nîmes rosé sets high standards for the contents, backed up by regularly winning awards. A deep coloured rosé wine with ample red berry fruit aromas that give way to a rounded, redcurrant palate prior to a long, dry finish.
Domaine de la Ribotte, Bandol Rosé, Cuvée Anaïs, France, ‘19
Overt aroma of fresh peaches (and sea air?) leap out of the glass; and then there's an excitingly intense gamut of fruit flavours, from pink grapefruit and lemon peel to raspberries and red cherries. Really well-textured, with a characteristic long, mineral and saline finish which tempts one to sip again.