|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, ‘20
As fresh as wine gets and ethically made! Crisp green, apple lip smacking citrus…… an explosion of freshness.
Picpoul de Pinet, Creyssels, Languedoc, France, ‘20
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, '20
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!
Sax, Riesling, Ried Loiserberg, Kamptal Reserve, Austria, ‘19
From a high, terraced vineyard using 52 year old vines. Pale gold, incredibly open perfume of grapefruit zest and white peach. Intense ripe citrus. This is vibrant, racy, dry Riesling with mineral zip.
Chablis, Domaine d’Elise, Chablis, Burgundy, France, ’19
An amazing text book Chablis - delightful lemony acidity, classic mineral notes and a long finish.
Can Sumoi, Xarel lo, Spain, ‘20
Is a crunchy, deep and honest wine. On the nose, the fresh white fruit stands out, with notes of flowers and Mediterranean grass. In the mouth, it is unctuous and easy to drink with a long and refreshing finish.
Pouilly-Fumé: Domaine Dominique Guyot 'Les Loges', France, ‘19
Dominique Guyot produces this bright, rich, rounded Pouilly Fumé wine from mature rootstock on the coveted 'Les Loges' escarpment in the centre of this Loire appellation. With a bouquet of gooseberries and gun-flint and a fresh, zesty, mineral-edged palate with a persistent, dry finish.
Chablis ‘Le Bas de Chapelot’, Eleni et Edouard Vocoret, France, ‘18/'19
Bas de Chapelot comes from a small parcel of vines just below the Montée de Tonnerre Premier Cru. Unlike most modern Chablis, the wine is fermented with wild yeasts and sees some old oak (rather than just stainless steel). The result is a wonderful wine with weight and balance, plus the freshness and minerality so typical of the region.
|Aromatic and Fruity|
Reserve, Danebury, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, ‘19
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.
Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, South Africa, ‘20
From 85% Chenin Blanc with 10% Viognier and 5% Chardonnay, open and fruity – stone fruit (from that dollop of Viognier) plus crunchy green apple and tangerine; with a pleasant floral accent and minerality.
Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Les Mazelle, Guy Allion, France, ‘19
Unoaked. Fresh, zesty Sauvignon with bright acidity. A classic Loire example with restrained fruit and savoury character from ageing on the lees.
Pinot Gris ‘The Edge’, Escarpment, Martinborough, New Zealand, '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.
Viognier, Côteaux de l’Ardèche, Vignerons Ardèchois, Rhône, France, ‘20
Floral, honeysuckle and ripe apricot notes on the nose, backed by white peach, mineral and tropical fruit flavours. A great example of the grape.
|Rich and Full Bodied|
Mâcon-Burgy ‘Les 3 Terroirs’, Oliver Fichet, Burgundy, France, ‘19
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.
Chavy-Chouet Les Femellotes, Burgundy, France, ‘19/'20
This is a charming, rich, focused and delightful white with a smooth texture, the wine has a fresh backbone of acidity, clean apple and citrus flavours, and an excellent balance. A most refreshing quaff and one that is great value. A delicate, expressive wine of exceptional quality.
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.
The FMC, Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa, ‘19
Iconic oaked Chenin Blanc from esteemed Stellenbosch-based winemaker Ken Forrester, who uses creates the FMC using natural fermentation in new French oak.
Chassagne-Montrachet, Bruno Colin, Burgundy, France, ‘18
This complex Chardonnay wine is charged with bags of stone fruit, flinty minerality and a hint of new oak. Round and fleshy peach, apricot and mirabelle plum flavours balance zesty acidity and a silky-smooth finish. From 1.71ha of vines across 9 plots of clay-limestone , this Chardonnay from Bruno Colin is a great example of the classic mineral notes of Chassagne-Montrachet.
Meursault 1er cru Les Gouttes d’Or, Domaine Buisson-Battault, France, ‘17
Goutte d'Or, which means drops of gold, is the furthest north of the top premier cru vineyards. 2017 is a brilliant vintage for white Burgundy and this demonstrates the energy, precision and classic nature of this year. With fresh and chiselled notes of freshly baked patisserie, wet stone and ripe citrus. 20-25% new oak and occasional lees stirring. A very authentic, terroir-driven Meursault 1er cru.
Kolone Null Riesling, Germany, ‘19
Low alcohol, low-calorie wine? Absolutely. With its clear structure, crisp acidity and tense minerality, is a revelation. With an average 16 calories per 100ml, it has less alcohol than a ripe banana or that present in cloudy fruit juice. Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly to boot.
|Light and Juicy|
Bajel Pirata, Monastrell, Alicante, Spain, ‘20
A simple, smooth, easy drinking quaffer, strawberry fruited with a little substance and a hint of meatiness. The Monastrell (Mourvedre) grape is the country's lesser-known winner, making deeply coloured, ripe and full-flavoured wines.
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.
Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge, France, ‘20
A wine designed for early drinking, this supple Gamay blend displays raspberry and violet aromas followed by light, tannins and juicy berry fruit on the palate. We believe that this is best served at cellar temperature.
Touraine Pinot Noir, Les Mazelles, Guy Allion, France, ‘18
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, ’20
The manganese-rich, clay soils of this domaine yield Fleurie’s most original wine. Densely coloured, 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.
|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.
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.
Beaune ‘Les Teurons’ Premier Cru, Francois Gay et Fils, France, ‘16
'Les Teurons' is one of the 42 Premier Cru vineyards (there are no Grand Crus in Beaune) that sits plum in the middle of this 400+ hectare appellation. Complex game and forest floor aromas are supported by concentrated dark cherry and damson flavours against a background of rugged tannins.
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.
Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, Argentina, ‘17
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.
Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali', France ‘15
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.
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, ‘18
Classic Cabernet nose of ripe blackcurrant and a touch of menthol, with subtle gravelly and plummy hints. Rich and complex with spice and liquorice, this is a wine that's delicious young.
Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albert Duran, France, ‘16
Jacques Perromat’s sixth generation family estate lies at Mazères near Langon at the very southern end of the Graves, with about 50 hectares of gravelly vineyards on limestone sub-soils hacked out of the surrounding forest from 1850. Lovely, fine-grained texture; a red fruit compôte plus woodsmoke and spice. Splendid aromatics.
Austin Bailey, Malbec Reserve, Argentina, ‘17
Austin Bailey Reserve is an intense wine, persistent with tannins, our Reserve is produced with grapes from the Tunuyan valley. With an intense violet red colour, our Reserve offers a harmonious palette of luscious red fruits, spices combined with a menthol background topped with notes of vanilla and tobacco.
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, Spottswoode Estate, Napa Valley, USA, ‘17
This is a perennially incredible wine it has a wonderfully complex nose of dark blue and black fruit, violet, lavender and fruit cake. Full and rich with beautifully refined tannins, it is remarkably fresh, elegant and cohesive with a long, layered finish. The 2017 is a blended of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.
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.
Stein Rosé Secco, Mosel, Germany, ‘19
Sparkling rose!! Dr Ulrich “Ulli” Stein has a fanatical following in Europe. This is a blend of pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot ethereally light and dry with a soupçon of watermelon. Perfect summer bubbles.
English Sparkling Wine ‘Cossack’, Danebury, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, ‘16
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.
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 ‘20
A classic Provençal blend which has become a firm Red Lion favourite. Pale, fruity and elegant.
Costieres de Nîmes Château Roubaud Rosé, Languedoc, France, ‘20
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, ‘20
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.