This week we continue our series of posts looking at our new discoveries by travelling to the French region of Bugey, midway between Lyon and Geneva.
From his 10 hectare estate in the foothills of the Alps, Yves Duport crafts artisan wines which are steadily putting this lesser known French region on the winemaking map.
Half of Yves’ production consists of Bugey Blanc, including a key focus on the indigenous grape variety of Altesse, known elsewhere in France as Roussette. This cuvée displays subtle mineral and fresh floral aromas, which develop through ageing to notes of honey and bees wax.
Along with Altesse, Yves also cultivates the local grape variety of Mondeuse, which along with Pinot Noir, forms the base of his red wines.
A grape which contributes deep colour and high levels of acidity, Mondeuse is one of the key components in Yves’ spectacularly elegant sparkling wine. A blend which also contains Chardonnay, Aligoté and Pinot Noir, the ‘Origin’L’ Brut is produced using the Traditional Method and displays graceful floral notes, rendering it a perfect aperitif wine. It is simply one of the best French regional sparkling wines that we have encountered in a very long time, underlining the value for money on offer if you are patient enough to trawl meticulously through some of world’s lesser known wine regions.
We are delighted to be able to introduce Yves and his wines to you all. We hope that you enjoy them as much as we do!
Bugey Origin’L Reserve Brut Sparkling 2013 - £15.15
Bugey ‘En Chinvre’ Blanc, Altesse de Montagnieu 2014 - £13.55
Bugey ‘Sous le Chateau’, Terre Brune Mondeuse 2014 - £14.75
Bugey ‘Sous le Chateau’, Terre Rouge Pinot Noir 2014 - £14.75
As these wines are not yet available on our website, should you be interested in placing an order, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call our team on 01383 873 510.
This week we kick off our series introducing our new exciting selection of producers with Vriesenhof – a range of wines from South Africa that we are delighted to have been able to bring to Scotland.
Winemaker Jan Boland Coetzee is revered in South Africa for his success in two very different careers. He is a rugby legend, having played for the Springboks against the British Lions in 1974 among many other highlights in a sparkling career.
However simultaneously, Jan was building a reputation on the South African wine scene. Having graduated in oenology and viticulture from the University of Stellenbosch, he learned his trade under the tutelage of various winemakers before acquiring the Vriesenhof estate in 1980.
Since that point, his reputation for producing complex, well-structured wines that speak for their unique terroirs has grown exponentially. From his hilltop vineyards that sit above False Bay, Jan cultivates rugged Pinotage bush vines, along with Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir – a varietal which he fell in love with during time spent in Burgundy.
Alongside the strides he has made in the wine world, Jan is also respected for his contribution to the social situation of his vineyard staff. He has developed various projects with his team that now include new housing schemes close to his vineyards along with the construction of local sports facilities.
We are delighted to be working with Jan and we hope you have the opportunity to try his wines soon!
Look out for details of these wines appearing on our new website very soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Vriesenhof range then please contact email@example.com
Spring is always an exciting time for us at l’Art du Vin and this year is no exception. Our recent lack of blog activity is due to the fact that we have spent the last few months sourcing a diverse range of new and exciting wines to add to our existing portfolio. This year, we have discovered a number of organic, boutique wines that we are sure you will all enjoy, as well as wines from some of the most dynamic winemakers from across the globe.
While scouring the globe for new wines to bring you all, we have also been investing time in the preparations for the launch of our new-look website. We hope that this fresh, user-friendly site will allow customers to fully explore our wines and learn more about the artisan producers that we work with – so watch this space!
In preparation for our New World arrivals (including exciting new ranges from South Africa and Australia), we are conducting a little spring clean in Southern Hemisphere section of the warehouse! As a result, we have a small selection of wines available at 15% off their original prices! Please see details of these offers below.
To place an order please call us on 01383 873 510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Spring Clean” in order to receive these special reductions (valid until Friday 22nd April).
We look forward to bringing you exclusive information about our new wines in the coming weeks!
The l’Art du Vin team
Seven Day Road, New South Wales, Australia 2013
Blanc, Main Divide, Waipara Valley, New Zealand 2014
- £13.55 £11.55
Sauvignon Blanc, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2014
- £12 £10.20
Chardonnay, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012
- £12 £10.20
Chardonnay, Seven Springs, Hermanus, South Africa 2012
- £14.15 £12.05
Blanc, Seven Springs, Hermanus, South Africa 2012
- £12.35 £10.50
Seven Day Road, Mudgee, Australia 2013
- £9.30 £7.90
Sauvignon Merlot, Main Divide, Waipara Valley, New Zealand 2012
- £14.15 £12.05
Seven Springs, Hermanus, South Africa 2012
- £14.15 £12.05
2016 has started with a bang here at l’Art du Vin!
We use the first few months of the year to compile our portfolio for the year ahead. In recent weeks we have been visiting our key producers all over Europe, all the while keeping an eye out for any hidden gems that we think you may all enjoy.
Last week, Richard attended Les Salons des Vins de Loire, tasting over 400 wines from his local region. Les Salons de Vins de Loire is the only trade fair in Europe that focuses on one particular region – perfect for us as we like focus on each area of our portfolio in as much depth as possible.
As well as hoping to find new wines to share with you all, these events are a chance for us to catch up with our existing producers. In the Loire, Richard spent some time with Francois Leclair, our key producer in the Touraine appellation.
Francois is a winemaker who we simply love working with. As well as producing amazing wines at his own estate which he recently purchased from his father, he devotes his time as a member of a group of local winemakers intent on driving up the levels of quality in the Touraine appellation.
To reach this objective, he has taken it upon himself, along with those who share his vision, to create a new appellation – AOC Chenonceaux, which was legally instated in 2011.
Francois’ Sauvignon de Touraine has been among our best-selling wines since we opened l’Art du Vin, a fact that has come as little surprise to us as we believe it offers exceptional value for money.
And the quality of his wine was evident at the Les Salons event, where we are delighted to report that Francois was awarded the award for best Sauvignon Blanc from the Touraine appellation.
We hope that over the next few months we are able to source wines made with passion and integrity like those of Francois for all of you to enjoy!
Click on the links below to learn more about Francois’ wines
We have definitely saved the best for last in our series of Christmas blogs, as we cover some of our favourite wines to enjoy with festive puddings!
Richard: Christmas Pudding
The ideal wines to partner traditional Christmas pudding should be full bodied red wines with lots of sweet spice, such as cinnamon and clove, or a spicy dessert wine. If you prefer something a little richer, opt for an aged Tawny Port.
Banyuls Rimage 'Les Clos de Paulilles', Château de Jau, Roussillon,
France 2012 (50cl) - £14.55
LBV Fonseca Port 2008 - £17.95
Chocolate desserts have the tendency to smother many wines, due to their extreme sweetness and mouth-coating texture. To avoid this, choose a wine that has at least as much sweetness as the pudding, as well as being full of flavour to match the chocolate.
Personally, I think a sweet red wine is the best option; our Maury from Domaine Lafage in the French region of Roussillon would be an ideal partner.
Maury, Domaine Lafage, Roussillon, France 2013 (50cl) - £13.65
Philippe: Fruit puddings
The majority of fruit-based puddings are less sweet than other popular festive desserts, while many also possess high levels of acidity. These characteristics can be matched perfectly by a sweet wine with fruit notes, such as our Petit Manseng Doux from Domaine Cabidos, which displays powerful quince and tropical aromas.
A personal favourite of mine at this time of year is Tarte Tatin. The high acidity of the apples and sweetness of the caramel component are delicious when paired with a glass or two of Rivesaltes Ambré, a fortified amber wine made from the Grenache Gris and Maccabeu grape varieties.
Petit Manseng Doux 'Cuvée Comte Philippe', Domaine Cabidos,
South West France 2011 (50cl) - £16.50
Rivesaltes Ambré Hors d'Age, Domaine Lafage, Roussillon, France NV (50cl) - £13.65
In the lead up to Christmas, the l’Art du Vin team would like to spread a little festive cheer. In order to do so, we would like to offer all our customers 10% off your total bill when you buy through our website. To take advantage of this offer, which will run until the 24th of December, you simply need to enter the discount code XMAS2015 when prompted as you complete your purchase.
Thanks to those of you who have come to visit our pop-up Christmas shop in our warehouse in Charlestown, near Dunfermline. We will remain open until 2pm on Christmas Eve, so please feel free to pop-in at any stage from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you have any specific food and wine matching requests then please do not hesitate to give our office a call on 01383 873 510 and speak with one of our in-house experts.
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