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AlsaceAlsace  Alsace is, in my opinion, the region which produces the best and widest range of wines from aromatic grape varieties. Despite the fact it has a very strong regional identity and many owners embrace organic and biodynamic principles, I believe Alsace never really receives the due credit for the fantastic wines that it produces. It is true that the regions markets and language are Germanic, but the “Alsacien” soul is undoubtedly French – it could be said that producers in the Alsace make wines from Germanic grape varieties but following the French way, capitalising fully on the unique climate, soil and grape varieties that this region has to offer. In the near future, I hope to see an increase in wines from Alsace on restaurant wine lists, as personally I think they provide an ideal match for a really wide range of food, from traditional French to Asian and fusion. Richard There are 14 products in this category.BeaujolaisBeaujolaisA summer barbecue in the sunshine with good friends is the perfect accompaniment to a light, fruity, very slightly chilled Beaujolais. Gamay is undoubtedly the region's flagship grape variety, although a small amount of white Beaujolais is also produced, using Chardonnay or Aligoté. The vast majority of Beaujolais should be drunk in its youth, and its juicy fruitiness comes from a process during vinification known as carbonic maceration, which encourages the fruit flavours, rather than tannins, to the fore. There are certain Beaujolais, however, that do show the ability to age wonderfully. There are five different classifications of Beaujolais: Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais, Beaujolais Supérieur, Beaujolais-Villages and 10 Beaujolais Crus. There are 7 products in this category.BordeauxBordeauxAs a wine merchant, it is always important to have a quality selection of wines from the Bordeaux region, but this is all the more important for us as there are very strong historical links between Britain and the Bordeaux area. It still commands a lot of respect all over the world, particularly in the emerging markets of China and India, as well as more traditional wine drinking nations. The bottom line is that, when it comes to blending the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, no region is able to produce the same quality than Bordeaux and the highly skilled winemakers that base themselves in the region. Despite being best known for wines fetching record sale prices in auction houses across the globe, Bordeaux also produces a number of quality entry to mid-range wines that offer excellent value for money. Among these, Château le Grand Verdus is a personal favourite, while we are also delighted to add Château Fonbel St Emilion Grand Cru to our list, a wine produced by the Famille Vauthier, owners of arguably the most famous Château in St Emilion, Château Ausone. PhilippeThere are 27 products in this category.
BurgundyBurgundyAs a child, my parents drank Bordeaux wines, so it wasn’t until my later life that I discovered the true wonders of Burgundy. Now however, like many wine fanatics, I believe Burgundy to be the true epitome of quality winemaking, as it revolves around the terroir and the craftsmanship of the winemakers themselves. One of the most notable differences regarding the region compared to other well-known wine-making areas is that, when dealing with Burgundy producers, you contact the producer directly. In the case of other regions, including Bordeaux, your requests are more commonly forwarded to a sales manager or other representative. In my opinion, that typifies just how personal the Burgundy wine-making process is, despite global commercial success, vineyards are still run and owned by passionate local farmers rather than large co-operatives. The obvious problem with Burgundy wines is that, as a result of major worldwide demand brought about by their often unparalleled quality, it is very hard to secure good allocations from top producers. To underline the demand, despite the global recession, this year, exports from Burgundy have risen by 13%! It is my view however, that although they are often inaccessible and relatively expensive, Burgundy wines deliver excellent quality as well as great value for money. Burgundy is home to numerous young, quality minded producers who, in an effort to raise the quality bar in the region, are pushing for higher restrictions and higher quality requirements to qualify for the Appellation. This will undoubtedly lead to wines becoming more expensive, but importantly it will protect the true essence of Burgundy wines that has ensured their position at the forefront of global wine production for over a century. RichardThere are 33 products in this category.ChampagneChampagneI was very privileged to become an ‘old boy’ when I spent a week in the summer of 2006 at the Champagne Academy in Reims. It was an amazing opportunity to devote time to enhancing my knowledge of Champagne by tasting incredible Champagnes from the 16 ‘Grandes Marques’. My hope of celebrating with more Champagne the result of the World Cup Final was unfortunately destroyed by my compatriot Zidane who had other ideas! True Champagne is unique and is prized around the world. l’Art du Vin has decided to introduce a wide range of wines from this region, from small independent producers offering quality at entry level, such as Dangin, to the prestigious Grandes Marques like Pol Roger, Dom Pérignon, Krug or Ruinart. These wines need no introduction. l’Art du Vin is particularly delighted to represent the family-owned and independent Maison Dampierre. Under the control of the Comte, the quality and consistency of the Champagne produced offers excellent value for money. Santé! PhilippeThere are 23 products in this category.JuraJuraJura lies immediately to the east of Burgundy, and shares many of the same climate characteristics as its neighbour to the west. The region's local varieties, namely the distinctive Savagnin and Poulsard, are its best ambassadors. Other vine varieties found here include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Trousseau, a fairly rare local grape.There is 1 product in this category.
LanguedocLanguedocThese days, the Languedoc is viewed as the region in France which most closely resembles the wine growing conditions and philosophy of the New World, so much so that a number of Aussies, Kiwis and a handful of Brits have settled in the region to establish new wineries. Despite the fact that vines have been present in the region since the times of the Romans, the Languedoc has only emerged as a wine growing region to be reckoned with in the past 20 years. Prior to that date, the viticulture of the Languedoc had been dominated by co-operatives and large producers, creating wines which were uninteresting and mass produced. Now though, the INAO (the French body that governs appellations) has identified specific appellations that they regulate and manage, giving a new breed of young, passionate and quality driven producers the opportunity to establish small independent vineyards. Countless small producers have emerged and as a result, the quality of production in the region has increased dramatically. By combining the terroirs and modern techniques, Languedoc is able to offer approachable, Mediterranean style wines that are terrific value for money. This year, we have introduced a new range of entry level wines called Terre des Olivettes which offers excellent value for money. We are also delighted to have added two stunning, small boutique wineries which we highly recommend, namely Clos Fantine in Faugères and a white Minervois from Domaine Cros, quite simply as it was the best white wine from the region that we tasted last year! PhilippeThere are 28 products in this category.LoireLoireThe Loire Valley is a region close to my heart, having spent my formative years growing up in this beautiful area. Home of vineyards since the Roman times, the Loire has always been a region that showcased fine wines, and this trend continues to this day, particularly thanks to the emergence of a number of young and independent producers, many of whom embrace sustainable, organic and biodynamic principles. At just 29, Jonathan Pabiot is our youngest producer. The success of his Pouilly Fumé has led many of Jonathan’s peers to suggest he shall follow in the footsteps of Didier Dagueneau, identified as one of the greatest winemakers the Loire valley has ever produced. His initiative and originality is displayed in his attempts to revive Chasselas, the original grape variety in Pouilly. In fact, Jonathan’s work is so well respected that his father, who previously had an estate of his own, has started working under his son’s tutelage, as he believes he makes better wines! Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Vincent Gaudry’s top cuvée Sancerre “A mi chemin” – meaning “half way to heaven” - as a birthday present. This is a wine which unfortunately does not feature on our list, as Vincent only produces 260 bottles, and even then, only if it is a good vintage! It was quite simply, however, the best white wine I have ever had the pleasure to drink, so it is definitely one to look out for. RichardThere are 35 products in this category.ProvenceProvenceProvence's reputation as a wine-producing region has been gathering speed recently, and while its principal ambassador is undoubtedly rosé, there are now a good deal of impressive reds around too. It is the sunniest and driest region in France, and because of this the region does not suffer from many of the fungal diseases that affect other areas. This makes it very well suited to organic viticulture, a methodology and philosophy we always endeavour to champion. Varieties that flourish here include Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tibouren and Rolle.There are 12 products in this category.
PyreneesPyreneesThere is 1 product in this category.RhoneRhoneRHÔNE Rhône is one of, if not the oldest winemaking region in the whole of France. There is evidence of vines being cultivated in these parts as early as 800 BC, and widespread knowledge of its use as the winegrowing region for Romans under the leadership of Julius Caesar, before the Gaul conquest of 53AD. The region itself is divided into two distinct areas, that showcase very different terroirs and climates. That to the north, known as Rhône Septentrionale, is far cooler, creating perfect conditions for the production of very elegant, lean wines using Syrah grapes. Contrastingly Rhône Meridionale, in the south, experiences a far more Mediterranean climate, ensuring the widespread use of grapes dependant on slightly milder temperatures, such as Grenache and Mourvèdre. Generally speaking, The Rhône is best known for the quality of its reds, but white wines from the area are criminally underrated. Local grape varieties Roussanne and Marsanne are beginning to receive the recognition they deserve, especially in the Australian market, and provide a fantastic alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. We at l’Art du Vin are particularly pleased to continue our association with Domaine Ferraton, in the north of the region, and Domaine Duseigneur in the south. Both are very good independent producers who we believe continue to produce excellent wines that our customers evidently enjoy! PhilippeThere are 25 products in this category.RoussillonRoussillonRoussillon, despite often being hitched nominally to the Languedoc (Languedoc-Roussillon), has its own unique scenery, culture and viticultural history. Traditionally it products are rich sweet wines, namely Banyuls and Maury; however the region is now producing increasingly noteworthy unfortified wines. Roussillon's main grape varieties are Grenache, Grenache Blanc and Muscat.There are 3 products in this category.
South-west of FranceSouth-west of FranceThe south west of France is a very interesting winemaking region, primarily due to the fact it is home to a huge variety of indigenous grape varieties. This ensures that wines from this region provide a great alternative for restaurateurs, whose wine lists are, more often than not, dominated by international grape varieties such as Chardonnay or Cabernet. South western wines, as well as often being unique in their grape blend, also offer great value for money. Furthermore, they are very food friendly, providing ample support to many dishes, particularly suiting those typical of this gastronomy-proud region, delights such as cassoulet and a wide range of confits among others. This year, we had the pleasure of welcoming two of our south-western producers to our annual ‘Meet the Producers’ tasting. It was very reassuring to see two producers, namely Didier Barré from Domaine Berthoumieu in Madiran and Pascal Verhaege from Château du Cèdre in Cahors, who were both extremely passionate as well as down to earth and fun. It became apparent that their wines are truly an expression of terroir, and they make wines utilising their traditional methods and local customs, rather than attempting to roll out commercially pleasing wines to please famous American wine writers. Both also displayed the mantra that, in their eyes, they are craftsmen, not businessmen; being a ‘vigneron’ is not a profession, but rather a privileged position as a custodian to their land that must be cherished and embraced. RichardThere are 21 products in this category.

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Bandol, Domaine La Suffrene, 2011Bandol, Domaine La Suffrene, 2011Our price: £20.90ViewAlthough he has only been bottling his wines for a few years, Cedric Gravier is already a superstar in the making.Domaine La Suffrène extends over 45 hectares across the communes of La Cadière d’Azur and Castellet.Vineyard practices are traditional from gobelet-trained vines to the strict vendange vert which keeps yields low, optimising quality and contributing towards concentration in the grapes when harvested.The 2011 Bandol Rouge is a mastodon, weighing in at a burly 15 degrees of alcohol and is hugely concentratedand wildly aromatic with spices, pepper, sandalwood, coffee and leather.Bandol, Domaine La Suffrene, 2013Bandol, Domaine La Suffrene, 2013Our price: £17.90ViewAlthough he has only been bottling his wines for a few years, Cedric Gravier is already a superstar in the making. Domaine La Suffrène extends over 45 hectares across the communes of La Cadière d’Azur and Castellet. Vineyard practices are traditional from gobelet-trained vines to the strict vendange vert which keeps yields low, optimising quality and contributing towards concentration in the grapes when harvested.Côtes du Rhône Villages Blanc - Massif d'UchauxCôtes du Rhône Villages Blanc - Massif d'UchauxOur price: £13.45ViewChief winemaker and manager Christian Voeux has been at the estate's helm since 2008, and he presides over a vineyard which cultivates a diverse range of grape varieties, including Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and, most interestingly, Carignan, an ancient grape variety which possesses a unique bouquet and structure.
Cabidos Petit Mansenf Doux - Cuvée des Anesses VDP du Comté Tolosan 37.5clCabidos Petit Mansenf Doux - Cuvée des Anesses VDP du Comté Tolosan 37.5clOur price: £9.35ViewHeaded by Vivien de Nazelle and his partner Meo Sakorn Series, incidentally the only Thai lady to hold a top position in a French winery, Château de Cabidos and its surrounding Domaine is one of the South West’s more spectacular areas of land, a fact recognised by the government, who have rendered it a protected sight of natural beauty. North of Pau, situated in the Atlantic Pyrenees, the Domaine produces fantastic white wines, both sweet and dry, masterfully crafted by Vivien and his team, which also includes Swiss oenologist Jean-Michel Novelle.Château D'Aydie, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec Odé d'AydieChâteau D'Aydie, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec Odé d'AydieOur price: £13.45ViewSituated in the heart of South West France, among the vineyards of the Madiran appellation, Château d’Aydie has been run by the Laplace family ever since its inception in 1930.Chateau de Sours,Blanc, 2013Chateau de Sours,Blanc, 2013Our price: £12.40ViewSituated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the south-west of Libourne and Pomerol and facing St. Emilion, the great beauty and tranquility of Chateau de Sours will leave you spellbound. Chateau de Sours originally dates back to the 14th century, when it served as an inn on the ‘St. Jacques de Compostelle’ pilgrimage route to Northern Spain. The Comtes du Richemont, who survived French Revolution, subsequently renovated the property, planted its first vines and built the current house in 1792. Since 2004 Chateau de Sours has been under the watchful stewardship of Martin and Nicolette Krajewski who have, during that time, carefully restored the property to its former glory. Today they continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern, creative approach and produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, as well as a top class rosé that has been credited ‘as probably the best rosé in the world’.
Chateau de Sours,Rose, 2013Chateau de Sours,Rose, 2013Our price: £12.00ViewSituated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the south-west of Libourne and Pomerol and facing St. Emilion, the great beauty and tranquility of Chateau de Sours will leave you spellbound.Chateau de Sours originally dates back to the 14th century, when it served as an inn on the ‘St. Jacques de Compostelle’ pilgrimage route to Northern Spain. The Comtes du Richemont, who survived French Revolution, subsequently renovated the property, planted its first vines and built the current house in 1792. Since 2004 Chateau de Sours has been under the watchful stewardship of Martin and Nicolette Krajewski who have, during that time, carefully restored the property to its former glory. Today they continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern, creative approach and produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, as well as a top class rosé that has been credited ‘as probably the best rosé in the world’.Chateau de Sours,Rouge, 2011Chateau de Sours,Rouge, 2011Our price: £13.20ViewSituated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the south-west of Libourne and Pomerol and facing St. Emilion, the great beauty and tranquility of Chateau de Sours will leave you spellbound.Chateau de Sours originally dates back to the 14th century, when it served as an inn on the ‘St. Jacques de Compostelle’ pilgrimage route to Northern Spain. The Comtes du Richemont, who survived French Revolution, subsequently renovated the property, planted its first vines and built the current house in 1792.Since 2004 Chateau de Sours has been under the watchful stewardship of Martin and Nicolette Krajewski who have, during that time, carefully restored the property to its former glory. Today they continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern, creative approach and produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, as well as a top class rosé that has been credited ‘as probably the best rosé in the world’.Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape BlancChateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape BlancOur price: £53.26ViewChâteau la Nerthe, residing in the high-brow Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, owes a lot of its success to the favourable microclimate that affects the estate. 200 days of sunshine a year result in grapes maturing more quickly than in our estates and the famous northerly Mistral stops fungus spreading on vines, yet simultaneously proves problematic to spindly, youthful vines. The team at Château la Nerthe are well used to combatting the wind however, and succeed in cultivating 13 distinct grape varieties. Both red and white production take place, however it is the reds, showcasing grapes including Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, which give this estate its fantastic reputation.
Clos Cantenac, Clos Cantenac, 2010Clos Cantenac, Clos Cantenac, 2010Our price: £45.50ViewClos Cantenac is a small but seductive 6 hectares property with carefully planted vines on an exceptional “terroir” of deep gravel, sand and clay over limestone situated close to the prehistoric “Megalith de Pierrefitte”. This enchanting, Saint Emilion Grand Cru vineyard, was purchased in January 2007 by Martin Krajewski already the owner of Chateau de Sours along with his great friend and wine enthusiast Marcus Le Grice from New Zealand. ¨Our first challenge was to take control of the day-to-day management of the vines, to improve the vineyard architecture and then to renovate the ancient winery in preparation for the first harvest. Now in our eighth year of ownership of Clos Cantenac, we continue to proudly respect both the history and culture of the region and to work in a traditional way to produce these fine wines¨ Martin KrajewskiCuvee Reserve, Champagne Pierre GerbaisCuvee Reserve, Champagne Pierre GerbaisOur price: £31.70ViewThe Côte des Bar is the most southern vineyard of the Champagne appellation. A region more previously identified with Burgundy than with Champagne, it is a natural extension of the vineyards producing the great wines of Chablis. Clay and limestone characterise the diverse soils and give their imprint on grapes such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc or Blanc Vrai as it is locally known. All the vineyards are rooted on the sunny slopes in the Ource Valley in the heart of the village of Celles-sur –Ource, a microclimate that offers a variety of soils and unusual exposures.The Réserve is based on a single vintage, a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Blanc from a vineyard on Kimmeridgean marls. The average age of the vines is 30 years old, fruit is hand-harvested and the varieties are vinified separately.Domaine de la Rochette, Touraine Chenonceaux Sauvignon Blanc, 2012Domaine de la Rochette, Touraine Chenonceaux Sauvignon Blanc, 2012Our price: £13.75ViewHidden amongst the most beautiful chateaux in the Loire, right in the heart of the region and close to the banks of the river Cher, Domaine de la Rochette comprises 46 hectares of vines used to produce both red and white wines. Now run by Francois Leclair, the latest of three generations of fathers and sons to control proceedings, the estate is part of the "Appellation d'Origine Controlee Touraine", indicating that all vines have passed quality control checks that render the wines they produce of a sufficient level to be bottled as "high quality".
La Paradou Viognier, Chateau Pisque 2013La Paradou Viognier, Chateau Pisque 2013Our price: £8.95ViewVines were introduced in the Ventoux area, as well as the rest of the Rhône Valley, by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. Yet the history of Château Pesquié wines is the story of a family passionate about the Ventoux region. They recognized the region’s potential to make great wine and set out to uncover this hidden treasure. This family adventure, spanning three generations, began early in the 1970s with Odette & René Bastide who restructured the vineyards. In 1985 Edith and Paul Chaudière took over and created one of the first independent wineries of the AOC (then mostly ruled by Cooperatives). In 2003, Paul & Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine.Ideally situated at the crossroads between Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, the Château Pesquié vineyards enjoy an outstanding microclimate. The southern slopes of Mont Ventoux are blessed with great levels of sunshine. This Mediterranean climate reinforced by the Mistral, the frequent northern wind, is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines. The average altitude of the vineyards of more than 300 metres and the wide variation of temperatures between days and nights create excellent physiological balance in the vines, add colour, concentration, freshness and balance to the wines. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area.La Source du Chateau de Sours, Blanc, 2012La Source du Chateau de Sours, Blanc, 2012Our price: £18.40ViewSituated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the south-west of Libourne and Pomerol and facing St. Emilion, the great beauty and tranquility of Chateau de Sours will leave you spellbound.Chateau de Sours originally dates back to the 14th century, when it served as an inn on the ‘St. Jacques de Compostelle’ pilgrimage route to Northern Spain. The Comtes du Richemont, who survived French Revolution, subsequently renovated the property, planted its first vines and built the current house in 1792.Since 2004 Chateau de Sours has been under the watchful stewardship of Martin and Nicolette Krajewski who have, during that time, carefully restored the property to its former glory. Today they continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern, creative approach and produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, as well as a top class rosé that has been credited ‘as probably the best rosé in the world’.La Source du Chateau de Sours, Rose, 2012La Source du Chateau de Sours, Rose, 2012Our price: £17.70ViewSituated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the south-west of Libourne and Pomerol and facing St. Emilion, the great beauty and tranquility of Chateau de Sours will leave you spellbound.Chateau de Sours originally dates back to the 14th century, when it served as an inn on the ‘St. Jacques de Compostelle’ pilgrimage route to Northern Spain. The Comtes du Richemont, who survived French Revolution, subsequently renovated the property, planted its first vines and built the current house in 1792. Since 2004 Chateau de Sours has been under the watchful stewardship of Martin and Nicolette Krajewski who have, during that time, carefully restored the property to its former glory. Today they continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern, creative approach and produce some of Bordeaux’s most respected red and white wines, as well as a top class rosé that has been credited ‘as probably the best rosé in the world’.
Le Paradou Cinsault, Chateau Pesquie, 2013Le Paradou Cinsault, Chateau Pesquie, 2013Our price: £9.00ViewVines were introduced in the Ventoux area, as well as the rest of the Rhône Valley, by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. Yet the history of Château Pesquié wines is the story of a family passionate about the Ventoux region. They recognized the region’s potential to make great wine and set out to uncover this hidden treasure. This family adventure, spanning three generations, began early in the 1970s with Odette & René Bastide who restructured the vineyards. In 1985 Edith and Paul Chaudière took over and created one of the first independent wineries of the AOC (then mostly ruled by Cooperatives). In 2003, Paul & Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine.Ideally situated at the crossroads between Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, the Château Pesquié vineyards enjoy an outstanding microclimate. The southern slopes of Mont Ventoux are blessed with great levels of sunshine. This Mediterranean climate reinforced by the Mistral, the frequent northern wind, is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines. The average altitude of the vineyards of more than 300 metres and the wide variation of temperatures between days and nights create excellent physiological balance in the vines, add colour, concentration, freshness and balance to the wines. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area.Le Paradou Viognier, Chateau PiqsqueLe Paradou Viognier, Chateau PiqsqueOur price: £9.00ViewVines were introduced in the Ventoux area, as well as the rest of the Rhône Valley, by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. Yet the history of Château Pesquié wines is the story of a family passionate about the Ventoux region. They recognized the region’s potential to make great wine and set out to uncover this hidden treasure. This family adventure, spanning three generations, began early in the 1970s with Odette & René Bastide who restructured the vineyards. In 1985 Edith and Paul Chaudière took over and created one of the first independent wineries of the AOC (then mostly ruled by Cooperatives). In 2003, Paul & Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine.Ideally situated at the crossroads between Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, the Château Pesquié vineyards enjoy an outstanding microclimate. The southern slopes of Mont Ventoux are blessed with great levels of sunshine. This Mediterranean climate reinforced by the Mistral, the frequent northern wind, is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines. The average altitude of the vineyards of more than 300 metres and the wide variation of temperatures between days and nights create excellent physiological balance in the vines, add colour, concentration, freshness and balance to the wines. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area.Le vin de Levin Gamay Cot, David Cot, David Levin, 2009Le vin de Levin Gamay Cot, David Cot, David Levin, 2009Our price: £9.30ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, these world class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levin is based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modern winemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - the Loire. David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity. Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Le Vin de Levin Sauvignon Chardonnay, Levin Wines, 2011Le Vin de Levin Sauvignon Chardonnay, Levin Wines, 2011Our price: £9.30ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, these world class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levin is based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modern winemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - the Loire. David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity. Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.Les Terrasses Blanc, Chateau Pesquie, 2013Les Terrasses Blanc, Chateau Pesquie, 2013Our price: £11.25ViewVines were introduced in the Ventoux area, as well as the rest of the Rhône Valley, by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. Yet the history of Château Pesquié wines is the story of a family passionate about the Ventoux region. They recognized the region’s potential to make great wine and set out to uncover this hidden treasure. This family adventure, spanning three generations, began early in the 1970s with Odette & René Bastide who restructured the vineyards. In 1985 Edith and Paul Chaudière took over and created one of the first independent wineries of the AOC (then mostly ruled by Cooperatives). In 2003, Paul & Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine. Ideally situated at the crossroads between Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, the Château Pesquié vineyardsenjoy an outstanding microclimate. The southern slopes of Mont Ventoux are blessed with great levels of sunshine. This Mediterranean climate reinforced by the Mistral, the frequent northern wind, is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines. The average altitude of the vineyards of more than 300 metres and the wide variation of temperatures between days and nights create excellent physiological balance in the vines, add colour, concentration, freshness and balance to the wines. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area.Les Terrasses, Chateau Pesquie,2012Les Terrasses, Chateau Pesquie,2012Our price: £11.25ViewVines were introduced in the Ventoux area, as well as the rest of the Rhône Valley, by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. Yet the history of Château Pesquié wines is the story of a family passionate about the Ventoux region. They recognized the region’s potential to make great wine and set out to uncover this hidden treasure. This family adventure, spanning three generations, began early in the 1970s with Odette & René Bastide who restructured the vineyards. In 1985 Edith and Paul Chaudière took over and created one of the first independent wineries of the AOC (then mostly ruled by Cooperatives). In 2003, Paul & Edith’s two sons, Alexandre and Frédéric, took over the Domaine.Ideally situated at the crossroads between Alpine and Mediterranean worlds, the Château Pesquié vineyards enjoy an outstanding microclimate. The southern slopes of Mont Ventoux are blessed with great levels of sunshine. This Mediterranean climate reinforced by the Mistral, the frequent northern wind, is ideal for the cultivation of healthy vines. The average altitude of the vineyards of more than 300 metres and the wide variation of temperatures between days and nights create excellent physiological balance in the vines, add colour, concentration, freshness and balance to the wines. The Ventoux is an area in which grapes ripen the latest in the South of the Rhône Valley. Château Pesquié is located in the latest ripening part of this late area. Château Pesquié is now in organic cultivation for 60 hectares and getting certified for the rest of the estate. The vineyards are mechanically grown, without chemicals and synthetic products. The soils improvements come from the composting of organic waste. Everything is made in the vines to reach the purest expression of the Ventoux terroir.
Levin Gamay Rose, David Levin,2008Levin Gamay Rose, David Levin,2008Our price: £12.10ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, these world class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levin is based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modern winemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - the Loire. David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity. Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.Levin Gamay, David Levin, 2011Levin Gamay, David Levin, 2011Our price: £12.10ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, theseworld class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levinis based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modernwinemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the trueexpression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - theLoire.David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity.Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.Levin Sauvignon Blanc, Levin Wines, 2010Levin Sauvignon Blanc, Levin Wines, 2010Our price: £12.10ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, these world class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levin is based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modern winemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - the Loire. David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity. Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.
Lo Petit Fantet d'Hippolyte, Chateau Ollieux Romanis, 2012Lo Petit Fantet d'Hippolyte, Chateau Ollieux Romanis, 2012Our price: £11.00ViewA family owned vineyard for several generations Château Les Ollieux Romanis is in Montseret (renowned for honey-flavoured with thyme, rosemary and lavender), situated in the heart of the Boutenac region, an area dedicated to the culture of the vine since Roman times. The vines are located on a sheltered hillside facing south east. “Lo Petit Fantet” is a blend of old vines Carignan with Syrah and Grenache grown on limestone-clay. After a carbonic maceration, vinification is in cement without sulphur using indigenous yeast. Cherry-red with violets glints. Lo Petit has an intense nose with sweet raspberry and kirsch fruit, lovely balance despite its powerful alcohol and a herbal undertow. Try it chilled.Madame L, David Levin, 2009Madame L, David Levin, 2009Our price: £26.10ViewProduced by renowned hotelier David Levin and his Australian wife Lynne, these world class wines are made at their Organic Levin Winery in the Loire Valley. Levin is based on the terroir, history and tradition of France while using the finest modern winemaking techniques. The organic viticultural practices also allow the true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in its original and traditional home - the Loire.David Levin’s dream had always been to produce wines for his own luxury hotels and restaurants, selecting only the very best terrain for growing vines. Levin has 19 vineyards on two different types of terroirs. In Bourré, the tuffeau soil is a harmonious blend of loose and flinty clay, whilst the soils in Choussy/Oisly are of sandy topsoil sitting on top of a thick layer of excellent smectite clay. We believe truly special wine begins in the vineyard, with passion to nurture the vines organically to deliver grapes of unique structure, balance and complexity. Not content with just producing the best grapes from the very best terrain in the Loire, David wanted to extend his vision to create a state-of-the–art winery. Frustrated by not finding anyone in France to embrace his vision of an eco-sustainable, state-of-the–art winery using the finest modern winemakers techniques that would allow the purest expression of his organically grown Sauvignon Blanc grapes, David searched the world. With the help and advice of some of his oldest Australian friends, Brian Croser and Len Evans, David found a company in the Adelaide Hills, that could turn his dream into a reality. Shipped to France in its entirety from Australia, along with the engineers who specialized in its architecture and assembly, the Levin ‘Tin Shed Chateau’ now stands proudly among the most beautiful of Chateaux of the Loire Valley.Malbec Cedrus, Chateau Du Cedre, NVMalbec Cedrus, Chateau Du Cedre, NVOur price: £8.20ViewA true expression of a quite wonderful terroir, the team at Château du Cèdre produces Malbec wines that are both fruity and possess the necessary composition to improve with age. Their 27 hectares of vineyards are influenced heavily by a bedrock of clay and limestone, as well as the wooded area which surrounds the estate, leaving wines with aromas of eucalyptus and juniper aromas. Another key factor in the production process is the micro climate that the Domaine experiences, influenced by the prevailing wind from the Atlantic Ocean for 8 months of the year, yet also affected by the warm weather from the Mediterranean Sea for the duration of the summer.
Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc, Mas de Daumas Gassac,2012Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc, Mas de Daumas Gassac,2012Our price: £32.00ViewExquisite and sublimely subtle wines that are unique for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the terroirs exceptional, the vines growing on a deep, well-drained soil formed by glacial deposits. Secondly, the upper Gassac valley has a cool microclimate that allows a longer growing season. Thirdly, the vineyards have been created in small plots or clearings surrounded by forest and garrigue. The wines consequently soak up the fragrances of the surrounding plant life of laurel, thyme, rosemary, lavender, arbutus, fennel, wild mint and lentisque. Fourthly, Daumas Gassac embraces an organic culture, eschewing chemical fertilizers, using only natural dung compost as well as tree and straw cuttings. Fifthly, yields are naturally low (35 hl/ha), allowing the wine to express the terroir more than the grape variety & the vines are manually harvested. The white grape varieties are grown on the surrounding white lutetitian limestone. This vineyard is composed of 20% each of the following grape varieties: Viognier from Condrieu, Chardonnay from Burgundy, Chenin from the Loire and Petit Manseng from Jurançon. The remaining 20% of vines include grape varieties from Georgia, Armenia, Madeira etc. As well as the slightly better known Roussanne, Marsanne, Clairette, Muscat.Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2013Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant 2013Our price: £18.90ViewExquisite and sublimely subtle wines that are unique for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the terroirs exceptional, the vines growing on a deep, well-drained soil formed by glacial deposits. Secondly, the upper Gassac valley has a cool microclimate that allows a longer growing season. Thirdly, the vineyards have been created in small plots or clearings surrounded by forest and garrigue. The wines consequently soak up the fragrances of the surrounding plant life of laurel, thyme, rosemary, lavender, arbutus, fennel, wild mint and lentisque. Fourthly, Daumas Gassac embraces an organic culture, eschewing chemical fertilizers, using only natural dung compost as well as tree and straw cuttings. Fifthly, yields are naturally low (35 hl/ha), allowing the wine to express the terroir more than the grape variety & the vines are manually harvested. Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge, Mas de Daumas Gassac,2009/2011Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge, Mas de Daumas Gassac,2009/2011Our price: £32.00ViewExquisite and sublimely subtle wines that are unique for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the terroirs exceptional, the vines growing on a deep, well-drained soil formed by glacial deposits. Secondly, the upper Gassac valley has a cool microclimate that allows a longer growing season. Thirdly, the vineyards have been created in small plots or clearings surrounded by forest and garrigue. The wines consequently soak up the fragrances of the surrounding plant life of laurel, thyme, rosemary, lavender, arbutus, fennel, wild mint and lentisque. Fourthly, Daumas Gassac embraces an organic culture, eschewing chemical fertilizers, using only natural dung compost as well as tree and straw cuttings. Fifthly, yields are naturally low (35 hl/ha), allowing the wine to express the terroir more than the grape variety & the vines are manually harvested. The vinification for the red wines is similar to that in Médoc; long fermentation (three weeks), ageing in wooden casks, light fining with egg whites and no filtering. The white grapes undergo skin maceration for 5-7 days followed by fermentation in stainless steel, whereupon the juice is transferred briefly to Burgundy oak casks where it is filtered with an alluvionaire filter. The vineyard for the red wine is situated on a 40 hectare hill in the heart of the property and is planted with 80% of old Cabernet Sauvignon grafted onto root-stock R110 and 41B. The remaining 20% of vines are composed of 10 complementary grape varieties: Cot from Cahors, Merlot from Pomerol, Cab Franc from the Val de Loire, Syrah from Côte-Rôtie, Tannat from Madiran, Pinot from Burgundy, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Grenache from the Languedoc, Tempranillo from Navarre, Voskehat and Kontorni from Armenia, Salte from Syria as well as the small (very small) presence of ancient grape varieties from Georgia.
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