Every wine tells a story…
New Mixed Cases for Autumn!
Inspired by harvest time in Europe and the longer, cosier evenings, we’ve put together our new wine collections, with casseroles, heartier dishes and even blackberry and apple tart in mind. They will also pair perfectly well with a long film or fireside chats, so embrace the season and pull those curtains!
Grower Champagne is our new obsession and this week we are featuring 2 different producers, both of whom have established a reputation for excellence and precision, but produce very different expressions of their terroir.
Antoine Bouvet works 5ha of vines across the villages of Mareuil-sur-Ay, Avenay Val d’Or and Bisseuil, an area that sits on the border of the Valée de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims. The domaine was founded by Antoine’s grandfather, Guy, in the 1970 and the majority of the selection massale vines were planted in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Roughly 60% is planted to pinot noir, and 40% chardonnay, though there is a small amount of co-planted pinot meunier. Since taking over sole management, chemical herbicides have been totally abandoned in favour of a shift to organic and biodynamic principles.
The current vintage release is 2014, the last vintage that Antoine and Guy worked together – the amazing labels are a tribute to this relationship . The 2015 has also recently been released. The wines are blends of 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir, are impeccably balanced, with a generous mouthfeel and persistent minerality. Antoine also produces a range of single varietal wines in tiny quantity – they instantly grab your imagination and the prospect of watching them develop over the next few years is very exciting indeed. They are worth seeking out
This family-owned and managed estate was founded in 1847 and Raphäel and Vincent Bérèche are the current custodians. Following organic and low-intervention principles, they have been recognised as one of the lowest treatment frequency index in the Champagne region. It is also among the first to be certified High Environmental Quality (level 3). The wines are slowly aged in oak, on the lees, are unfiltered and manually disgorged.
In their own, charming, tinged-with-French words “We have a close relationship with our vines, they are the guarantor of our wines, the starting point of every subtlety. Man is strongly present, guides them, and accompanies them. Then the wine must sweat this earth. We are in search of the right taste, a work simplicityto let speak the history of the great terroirs of Champagne in our glasses. Passionate and devoted, we are mindful to offer you accomplished champagnes in the fairest Champagne expression.”
Fine Wine Friday Series
Our new Fine Wine Friday series gives you a wallet-friendly chance to taste some of the world’s greatest wines.
The wines come pre-poured into 100ml sample bottles, available on the featured Friday for collection, from 12pm. Last orders online on Thursday at midnight, to allow us the time to prepare these wines with due love and care!
You can choose to get a glass (i.e. tasting sample) of all four wines or just your favourite. Your sample bottle (100ml) will come with tasting notes and useful information like critics’ notes on the wines.
We were delighted with the response to our inaugural event and we’ll do another one soon, so keep an eye on our social media or sign up to our mailing list below, to get first dibs on the next event!
In The Press!
A collection of wines that have been recently featured by well-known and respected writers such as John Wilson of the Irish Times, Mick O Connell of the Business Post, Cathal McBride of Business Post magazine and Jancis Robinson’s writer team, who recently recommended Remelluri Reserva as their wine of the week.
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