New Wines

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Our Buying Team

It is well documented that the region of Chablis suffered from terrible frosts last year and that yields were down, in some instances by as much as 50%. That spurred our buying team on to source another grower so that we could ensure continuity of supply of this key wine on your list.

We are very pleased to announce that Domaine Dauvissat has joined our portfolio.  This family run estate owns 53 parcels of vines spread over 22 hectares and 7 communes.   Fabien Dauvissat takes a non-interventionist approach and favours organic products to treat the vineyards. Fermentation occurs naturally using wild yeasts and a signature of Domaine Dauvissat is an extended lees ageing in order to maximise complexity and depth of flavour.

CHABLIS

 
 
Chablis Domaine Dauvissat 2016

This fresh and zesty Chablis comes from vineyards on the hillsides of both sides of the river Le Serein on the famous kimmeridgien soil. The palate has a crisp mineral note from the soils combined with pear, green apple and gentle floral notes.

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Chablis Domaine Dauvissat

 

Chablis Premier Cru `Vaillons` Domaine Dauvissat 2015

The soils here are rocky with fossils and shells, this forces the roots of the vines to dig deep which boosts the quality of the grapes. The wine has a great balance of power and finesse, combining an elegant and fresh acidity with mineral and smoky notes.

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Not wanting to rest on their laurels, our team have also been busy sourcing other new wines from both new and old-world producers.

Premium USA has been a growing category in the market and we have supplemented our offering with four iconic Californian wines; two Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay from David Bruce and a Merlot from Markham Vineyards. The David Bruce winery was established in the early 1960s and was one of the first pioneering wineries of the region to lead a modern resurgence of premium winemaking. David Bruce was one of the 12 Californian wineries to participate in the now famous 1976 'Judgment of Paris' in which Californian wines outscored their more illustrious French rivals in a blind tasting. Today, the David Bruce Winery has 16 acres, specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Based in the historic Laurent Winery building – one of the oldest Napa cellars, Markham Vineyards produce premium wines from classic varieties with a particular focus on Merlot. This example is a blend from Napa vineyards in the Oak Knoll and Yountville districts and demonstrates the expertise Markham Vineyards have with this variety.

David Bruce Chardonnay Russian River 2015
David Bruce Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2015
David Bruce Pinot Noir Russian River 2015
Markham Merlot 2015

 

Portugal is another country of origin showing good growth in the market.  It has always shown great value for money at various price levels and also stands out for its eclectic indigenous grape varieties. We have three great new examples of this from the cool Vinho Verde region in the north of the country. AB Valley Wines was formed in 2016 by renowned winemaker Antonio Sousa and Bernardo Lencastre. Their idea was to make wines which showcase the indigenous grape varieties of the region with the terroir of Vinhos Verde's sub region of Amarante. The terroir is ideal for grape growing; Amarante is protected from the influence of the Atlantic and has a high average altitude, higher temperatures than the regional average and the hottest summers overall. These conditions favour the development of late-maturing varieties such as Azal and Avesso.

Loureiro Vinho Verde AB Valley 2017
Azal Vinho Verde AB Valley Wines 2017
Avesso Vinho Verde AB Valley 2017

 

Beaujolais has long been a source of great quality wine and with Burgundy prices heading into the stratosphere, the best examples are a very attractive alternative.  Our buyers have found a real gem here. Jean-Michel Dupre`s vineyard is perched above the village of Beaujeu in the heart of Beaujolais. When he inherited the vineyard from his father, it was only two hectares. So, Jean-Michel set about converting old farm buildings into a winery and purchasing well located plots in Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, Morgon and Regnie. This wine comes from the `Tour Bourdon` plot; an 11-acre vineyard with granitic, sandy soils and vines which were planted in 1940.

Beaujolais Villages ‘Vignes de 1940’, Jean-Michel Dupre 2016

 

Continuing our quest for great Spanish wines after the addition of three Rioja producers last Autumn, we have two wines from Ribera del Duero. This upstart region was set up in 1982 and has been challenging Rioja ever since for the position as Spain’s premier wine producing area. Like Rioja, the region produces wines selected for long ageing and uses the same age categorisation for its products. Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel was established in 2000. They have 80 hectares of vineyards and a state-of-the-art winery where they combine traditional winemaking methods with modern technology to create high quality, modern wines which are reflective of the region. We are shipping a Roble and a Crianza, both of which are 100% Tempranillo.

Lecco Roble Tinto Ribera del Duero 2016
Lecco Crianza Tinto Ribera del Duero 2012