Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages 2019Regular price £11.95
Good Cotes du Rhones that are worth their money are few and far between. We’ve kissed a lot of frogs to find this one!
Elegant bramble fruit aromas such as blackberry and raspberry, backed with a cedar and spice, lead into dark flavours and soft, supple tannins.
Grapes: 85% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah
Food Match: Cold charcuterie platters or meaty stews
Great In Their Own Right: For centuries Rhone reds were used to improve the colour of weedy Bordeaux and Burgundy wines. It became so common that Medoc wines that had been hermitage had the highest price. Today the practice is completely illegal and the finest Rhone wines are finally receiving the respect they deserve.
Cotes du Rhone Rosé Les CerisiersRegular price £10.95
As close to a Provence rose as you can get. Just don't tell your guests...
A pale, sublime and very elegant Rose with a lovely soft texture; delicate,fresh, red fruit flavours combined with the aromatic herbs of the Southern Rhone.
Grapes: 75% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
The Great Pretender: If you are particularly taken with the ever popular Provence style of Rose (pale, delicate, red fruit and a herbaceous note) but don't fancy shelling out over £10 per bottle, then this is the Rose for you! Made from a similar blend, this is a superb style and excellent value.
Saint Louis de Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence RoséRegular price £12.95
Fresh, vibrant and pale pink in colour. Dry in style with aromatic rose petals on the nose, this wine follows through with notes of cranberry and strawberry fruits on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.
Grapes: Grenache 50% Cinsault 30%, Syrah 20%
The Chocolate Block 2020 BoekenhoutskloofRegular price £21.95
Iconic South African wine by South African Winemaker of the year 2020 Gottfried Mocke, one of the most innovative winemakers in South Africa. Tim Atkin has rated this vintage 92 points in his latest South African report The 2020 wine is bigger and better than ever!
The nose is dark, intense and brooding with aromas of black cherries, cardamom, sweet tobacco, espresso and subtle whiffs of perfume. The dark fruit character of the nose follows through onto an exceptionally complex, juicy palate with gentle nuances of ripe plums, violets, black olives, cloves, and liquorice. The mid-palate is focused, lithe and elegant with very fine, cocoa powdery tannins. The wine is medium to full bodied, very balanced with an earthy, layered character, covering the entire spectrum of berry fruit - from tart red plums to rich blue and black berries. The finish is svelte, clean and dry, peppery and lingering, with hints of dried cranberry, tar, graphite and smoke.
Country: South Africa
Grapes: Syrah 71%; Grenache 11%; Cinsault 9%; Cabernet Sauvignon 8%; Viognier 1%
Darriaud Cairanne 2019Regular price £15.95
Rich, intense and packed with dark red fruits. With morello cherry and a touch of sweet spice on the nose, ripe berry, liquorice, chocolate, summer pudding and a hint of cinnamon spice on the palate, this wine is full flavoured and smooth with supple tannins. Brilliant! Perfect for Chateauneuf lovers.
Region: Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache Noir, Syrah, Carignan
This wine has a natural affinity with herby lamb dishes, but would be superb with most grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rosé OrganicRegular price £21.95
A serious Rose with a strong personality.
Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealing lemon & herb nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs & rich, rounded fruit. Very much a food wine with a powerful character & a delicious dry finish.
Grapes: 65% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault
Domaine Lafran Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10 ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate nestles in and is protected by the hills of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The estate works organically and the yields are kept extremely low. Domaine Lafran Veyrolles reds have made it one of the star performers of the appellation … but don’t overlook the rosé wines as they deserve attention too!
Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Reserve de l’AbbeRegular price £10.95
Mulberries and blueberries on the nose. Soft and supple on the palate with a juicy red cherry finish. Classic Southern Rhône easy drinking red.
Region: Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah
Small Town Vineyards Clovella Grenache and Mourvedre 2018Regular price £16.95
In the early 1990s, Magpie identified this special site - a single vineyard of Grenache and Mourvèdre. After an olympic blending exercise one night with the wine from here, they name the vineyard 'Clovella'. This wine is a heady embrace of dark spice; it's no coincidence that there’s a distinct clove note in this wine. Bright, fresh, textural in spite of 22 months ageing in older French oak. Soft, moreish and foody.
Grapes: Grenache and Mourvedre
Slow cooked lamb shanks
The label design inspiration is all about the meeting of mouths, that energy before lips meet, whether meeting a glass of wine or each other. Two varieties blending into one....
Eté en Provence RoséRegular price £14.75
Very pale, a transparent onion skin pink. Generous fruit and restrained elegance: flavours of white peach, melon and berries, with satisfying weight and a clean, dry finish.
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
'La Chaussynette' Mas de Boislauzon 2020/1Regular price £14.95
'Baby Chateauneuf Du Pape' A rich fruity wine that is made easy to drink with smooth tannins and an elegant finish. The harvest is hand-picked, meticulously sorted and 100% destemmed. It’s a traditional vinification with temperature control. No yeast added.
Region: Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenacha, Syrah
ABV: 14 %
Food: It’s enjoyed with grilled meat, cheese, barbecue…
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chateau Beauchene 'Serriere' 2019Regular price £37.95
An excellent vintage in the Southern Rhone, full-bodied and creamy-textured for the estate. Hints of wood char and roasted meat mark the nose, while the flavours of mocha and brown sugar carry through the plush, velvety finish.
Region: Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache, Syrah
Clos Bagatelle ‘A l’Origine’ Saint-Chinian Rouge 2018Regular price £13.95
In the glass, the wine has a bright ruby colour with a fresh, herby, garrigue nose. A touch of liquorice is followed by full-flavoured and intense, typically southern flavours. Equal measures of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache and a dash of Mouvèdre provide youth, excellent balance and generous and gentle structure.
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, St Chinian
Grapes: 10% Mourvedre SYRAH 30%, CARIGNAN 30%, GRENACHE NOIR 30%
Hochar Pere et Fils Red 2018/9Regular price £18.95
Cinsault (50%), Grenache (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). Bright ruby colour with red fruit, plum, sloe berry and cherries on the aromas and flavours.
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache
Isola's Cannonau di SardegnaRegular price £13.95
Warm, ripe cherry and black fruit aromas with spicy notes. Soft berry and plum fruit characters on the palate, medium bodied with light tannins and a hint of pepper on the finish..
Food Match: Roast meats including game, or mature Sardinian Pecorino cheese.
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rouge 2015 OrganicRegular price £24.95
A top notch wild and organic Bandol!
Mourvèdre at its best! Wild flavours of fresh earth, black pepper, cinnamon, bay, cloves and blackberry. The finish is fresh and quite dry. A great way to discover Mourvèdre-dominant wine.
Grapes: Mourvèdre 70%, Grenache 20%, Cinsault 10%
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate is nestled in the protective hillsides of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The domaine works with minimal intervention: extremely low yields, organic viticulture and and natural winemaking including very limited sulphur dioxide.
Domaine Chante Cigale, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2017Regular price £32.00
This is a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape serious and brooding and benefits from a little time to breath and open up. The palate is complex with herby, tapenade flavours and ripe textured tannins balancing the significant 15% alcohol which is expertly managed and integrated.
Grapes: Grenache 65%, Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 10%
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2019Regular price £39.95
A rich and opulent wine with ripe blackcurrant aromas layered with notes of the herbs and flowers. Full bodied but with a soft texture on the palate; this wine retains the estate's characteristic elegance whilst embracing a modern style of winemaking. Ripe fruits combine with notes of cocoa and cherry and a hint of liquorice on the finish. Excellent example!
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache 50%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 10%
Chateau Unang Ventoux Blanc 2019Regular price £16.95
Les Coteaux Schisteaux' Seguret Cotes du Rhone VillagesRegular price £17.25
Layered with exotic spice, cracked black pepper and crushed vanillin.
The palate is polished and smooth but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. Plus, as everyone knows - every wine tastes better in Magnums!
Grapes: 75% Grenache Noir, 25% Syrah
Food Match: Rich casseroles, Sunday roast
In the Winery: All the grapes are handpicked. Traditional long cuvaison using only wild 'natural' yeasts and remontages to release all the potential of the grapes and their skins. 24 months in French oak 228 litre barrels and one quarter in 600 litre demimuids, one third new, one third of second fill and one third of 3rd and 4th fill.