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Domaines Leflaive, Corney & Barrow Selection, Mâcon-Verzé, Burgundy, France, 2016

From six parcels in Mâcon-Verzé, this offers subtle citrus, wet stone and apricot aromas followed by a juicy, lively palate with good density. On the rich scale, with honeyed lemon rind and creamy edges balanced by a crisp finish.

Amy Wislocki (Decanter) - October 2020

£29.95

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Egy Kis Dry Furmint Barta, Tokaji, Hungary, 2019

A delightful introduction to dry Furmint, this will appeal to Sauvignon Blanc lovers in need of adventure. Its very pale in colour, and made in a linear, restrained style. Fragrant, mineral and textured: salted lemons and sun-kissed rocks. Would be perfect with monkfish risotto.

Amy Wislocki (Decanter) - October 2020

£14.95

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Licantén Cabernet Franc Idahue Estate La Roncière, Chile, 2017

This Malbec is vibrant and winning, utterly self-assured. It brims with floral and wild berry character, followed by a juicy, refreshing yet complex palate. Compelling - and outstanding value for money.

Peter Richards MW (Decanter) - September 2020

Bright crimson. Just a hint of reduction on the nose. This needs to be served a little cool; it has a mix of sweet fruit and fragrance. It's awfully promising. I would imagine that subsequent vintages will be absolutely thrilling and this is anyway pretty impressive – especially on the long finish. From any more classic source it would cost very much more. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£13.95

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Intipalka Malbec, Ica Valley, Viñas Queirolo, Peru, 2018

Intipalka means 'valley of the sun' in Quechua, the language of Peru's Inca people. Juicy blue and black berry aromas with a touch of spice. Lush black cherry and blueberry palate, but fresh with medium tannins and a spicy finish. An interesting alternative to Argentine Malbec; good for barbecues.

Julie Sheppard (Decanter) - September 2020

A Peruvian Malbec! Quite different in style but incredibly delicious. Crisp, fresh and light on its feet, with notes of cool raspberry, red cherry and liquorice spice. 

Helena Nicklin (Three Drinkers) - May 2020

£10.75

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Sauvignon Blanc Cakebread Cellars 2018, California, 2018

While the label doesn’t have you swooning, what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in flavour. It’s crisp and fruity with juicy pineapple, green apple and grapefruit acidity. From Rutherford in California, this family winery has produced a great Sauvignon Blanc that pairs nicely with a variety of foods.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - September 2020

£29.50

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Delamotte Rosé Brut NV, France

Another centuries-old Champagne house, Delamotte is one of the five originals and today part of the Laurent-Perrier group. This beautiful Delamotte rose is heavily Pinot Noir with just 20% Chardonnay, produced by the saignée method. The result is an elegant sparkling rosé that is alive with strawberries and ripe red berries. Expect a beautiful mousse and long, enjoyable finish, there’s plenty of scope for this rosé to age nicely.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - September 2020

£54.95

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Le Faite Blanc AOC Sant Mont Producteurs Plaimont, Gascony, France, 2016

"Gascony used to be regarded as foie gras and Armagnac country (not necessarily at the same time) until the Producers Plaimont co-operative came along and changed the image of the region’s dry reds and whites. Le Faîte is their top white blend, made from a trio of local grapes – Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu – and is a stunning cuvée, somewhere between a Spanish Albariño and a Greek Assyrtiko in style. Pithy, saline and very complex, with quince, apple and grapefruit flavours, mouth-watering acidity and the concentration to age brilliantly in bottle."

Tim Atkin (timatkin.com) - August 2020

£20.95

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Corney & Barrow Sparkling Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle, France, NV

“Posh-looking, crowd-pleasing champagne alternative.”

Fiona Beckett (The Guardian) - August 2020

With aromatic intensity and florality, this traditional-method sparkling (a blend of Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc) is light and refreshing, with a creamy mouthfeel from its 12-month ageing on the lees. Crisp apple and lemon flavours with a subtle sweetness on the delicately textured palate.

Georgie Hindle (Decanter) - July 2020

£13.50

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Pinot Noir Eradus, Marlborough, New Zeland, 2019

A crisp white with huge appeal. A nose of white flowers, and honey, then a palate of green apple, lemon and a touch of exotic pineapple and salty minerality all underpinned by the grape's zingy acidity. A quaffable wine with structure and freshness.

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - August 2020

£15.95

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Picpoul de Pinet Domaine de Morin Langaran, Languedoc Roussillon, France, 2018

A crisp white with huge appeal. A nose of white flowers, and honey, then a palate of green apple, lemon and a touch of exotic pineapple and salty minerality all underpinned by the grape's zingy acidity. A quaffable wine with structure and freshness.

Georgina Hindle (Decanter) - August 2020

£10.50

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L'Aure Sauvignon Blanc IGP Cotes de Gascogne, France, 2018

Lovely variety tipicity and purity with crunchy green apple flavours, wonderful freshness and delicate acidity. Made from Sauvignon grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this is a brilliant inexpensive bottle, perfect for everyday drinking and a great find from Gascony.

Georgina Hindle (Decanter) - August 2020

£9.25

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Veigadares Albarino Adegas Galegas, Spain, 2013 

Albarino is Spain’s other great wine, a fragrant and aromatic dry white made for summer that is also good for all-year round drinking. This multi award winning example from the albarino heartlands in Galicia, north western Spain, is rich in tropical and stone fruit flavours with a subtle oakiness that comes after it’s aged in oak barrels for six months. Bright and textured it’s an ideal accompaniment to fish or seafood dishes or Spanish cheeses.

John Clarke (The Independent) - August 2020

£17.95

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Primario Atelier Kramar, Slovenia, 2017 

Fruit! So much fruit! Orange, of course, crops up subtly, but the overwhelming flavours here are those of apple and pear, with a barrage of lemons and limes adding fresh acidity to the finish.

Jonathan Wells (Gentleman's Journal) - August 2020

£28.25

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Corney & Barrow Sauternes, France, 2017 Halves

Gorgeous: as seductively smooth as a lemon posset.

Fiona Beckett (The Guardian) - August 2020

£14.25

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Château Barrail du Blanc Grand Cru St-Emilion, France, 2015

Quite sappy and refreshing. There's a certain inkiness to this as well as the ripe fruit one would expect of a proper 2015 red bordeaux. This is accessible and useful, and so much less exaggerated than many St-Émilions at many times the price. Good stuff for the short term. Pretty big wine though. Just no obvious evidence of oak or needless extraction. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£22.95

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Corney & Barrow Côtes-du-Rhône Vignobles Gonnet, France, 2017

Pure 'beaker of the warm south' on the nose. Very much a southern Rhône Grenache on the nose. Transparent garnet. Rich and sweet-tasting but still quite appetising. I've tasted many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that gives less pleasure than this. VGV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£12.25

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Château La Tour de l'Evêque Rosé AOC Côtes de Provence, France, 2019

Solid dry finish with quite a bit of flavour and a bit of structure – thank the Lord. Definitely superior food wine, though I don't think I'd be tempted to age it for too long. Impressive persistence. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£13.95

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Breaky Bottom Cuvée Koizumi Yakumo Brut Traditional Method, Great Britain, 2010

Very light but varietally 'hedgerow' nose that evolved into something more autolytic.impressive depth and grip on the palate. Serious sparkling wine. Not given away but (a) it has benefited from many years' ageing and (b) it's a useful and distinctive contribution to the range of English wines available. Very long – in fact this wine really opens up on the finish. Very clean and refreshing. Bone-dry finish. Thoroughly satisfying.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£36.95

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Cirque Nord AOC Saint Mont Producteurs Plaimont, France, 2016

Real structure to this. Though very, very different from any other wine I can think of. Citrus-peel flavours and some real grip on the palate (though not astringency). I can see how this is the jewel in the Plaimont crown; I can't quite see how to convince people to pay the price for something so incomparable.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£39.50

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Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese Dr H Thanisch (Thanisch), Germany, 2016

All summer flowers and delicacy. Great purity with a mildly mineral, super-clean finish. There is some fruity sweetness here but held beautifully in check by the stony acidity and a little texture. Could any summer guest fail to be charmed by this before, or possibly after, a meal? A good price for a wine with such potential to age.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£24.65

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Naranjo Torontel Loncomilla Maturana Wines, Chile, 2019

There are the spices, such as cardamom, in there — as well as a shade of orange peel. But the Naranjo retains more delicacy… with whispers of white flowers and potpourri also coming through.

Jonathan Wells (Gentleman's Journal) - August 2020

Pale orange-tawny. Very nicely balanced. The sort of orange wine you could take home to meet your mother. Nothing too extreme but a definite charmer. Very seductive indeed. Just the job to introduce the concept of orange wine with its smoky, neat finish. What's the Spanish equivalent of bravissimo? VGV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£15.25

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Psi Bodegas y Vinedos Alnardo, Spain, 2017

Deep crimson. There's the spice of high-elevation Ribera and an impressively persistent, vibrant, dry finish. Pretty persistent. Pretty grainy. Fun – especially if viewed as a lively alternative to the much, much more expensive other wines from Sisseck.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£27.25

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Rijalla La Tunella, Italy, 2018

Polished, suave, lightly smoky fruit. Very settled with some green tanginess (very slightly like a Jurançon) and admirable length and depth for a wine at this price. Deserves to be served relatively cool although there is quite a bit of body and chew to this very well judged, serious wine. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£14.95

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Sanziana Pinot Noir Recas Cramele, Romania, 2018

Pronounced nose of violets, goji berries, candied strawberries, plus a mineral, white pepper touch. Juicy and fresh berry fruit and black-pepper flavours are balanced by brisk acidity. Tannins are present and finely structured. Spiced berry notes linger.

Georgie Hindle (Decanter) - July 2020

£8.25

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Los Camachos Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Viñedos Marchigüe, Valle Central, Chile,2019

From a small single vineyard 22km from the Pacific, this over-delivers for the price. Fresh gooseberry, lime and peapod with a cool, clean mineral streak. Expressive and textured, with mouth-watering acidity.

Julie Sheppard (Decanter) - July 2020

£10.25

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Breaky Bottom Cuvée Gerard Hoffnung Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2009

It has a delightful, winsome bouquet of white flowers, brioche and Braeburn apple aromas that are very well defined. The palate is sharp on the entry, with orange peel and lemon zest flavors, and quite taut and focused… overall this is a fine English sparkling wine that is developing a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

£34.95

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Breaky Bottom Cuvee Reynolds Stone Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2010

It has a superb bouquet of lively citrus fruit, crushed stone, white and yellow flowers and a subtle walnut note in the background, all very focused and sophisticated. The palate is taut on the entry, steely and citrus-fresh, becoming more malic toward the Granny-Smith-apple-driven finish. A nimble, energetic and complex wine that will appeal to those who like a more Zen-like sparkler.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

£32.95

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Ambriel Blanc de Blancs Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2010

The 2010 Blanc de Blancs has one of the best bouquets from Ambriel, offering aromas of lemon thyme, baked bread and orange blossom. The palate delivers tension and admirable weight. Hints of brioche and lemon zest surface toward a finish that fans out nicely. This is a well-crafted Blanc de Blancs that is worth seeking out. Very fine.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

£36.95

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Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese Weingut Dr H Thanisch (Thanisch), Mosel, Germany , 2017

This is a lovely vintage from a revered family-run vineyard, currently with Sofia Thanisch at the helm. The 2017 rings of peach and orange blossom, weighing in with plenty of body and a persisting finish that unfolds notes of minerality. It gives a real taste of the terroir from the offset, it is distinctively on the sweeter side and sits at 7.5% ABV.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

£64.75

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Riesling Beblenheim Domaine Trapet, Alsace, France, 2015

A biodynamic Alsace Riesling from the Trapet family, predominantly known for their Burgundian, this vintage has depth delivered from a few years’ laid down. Reflective of the limestone and clay soils, this Riesling is dry with a distinctive mineral backbone and stone fruit prevailing from nose to palate alongside high levels of citric acidity.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

£18.95

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Lonely Vineyard Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, 2016

For those that love the petroleum characteristics that are so unique to Riesling, this Lonely Vineyard vintage is bursting with it. From Australia’s Eden Valley this dry, vibrant Riesling displays the characteristics of its loamy soils in soft minerality and light floral notes.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

£18.95

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Tenuta di Trinoro, IGT Rosso Toscana, Italy, 2010

When Andrea Franchetti discovered this site in the deep south of Tuscany, he knew the terroir was like nothing he’d seen before. As a Bordeaux man, terroir is everything and so removing acres of scrubs and deserted woodland he planted his vines, did his thing and naturally word spread. 9,700 vines are handpicked bunch by bunch with several passages through the vines to ensure optimum ripeness. The wine itself is created from 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The result? Stunning juicy red fruits with tobacco, spice, savoury smoke and a kiss of minerality binding it all together.

Adrian Smith (Oracle Time) - May 2020

£137.50

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Petit Verdot, Bodega Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina, 2017

There aren't many 100% Petit Verdot wines to be found in Argentina, but this example from Ruca Malen suggests that there should be more. Attractive juicy black fruit aromas are edged with chocolate and herbs, followed by an intense but elegant palate, with well integrated tannins. Deep black fruit with liquorice spice is wrapped in sweet cedary oak that lingers on the rich and persistent finish, alongside a savoury note.

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - April 2020

£13.95

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Breaky Bottom, Cuvée Oliver Minkley Brut Traditional Method, East Sussex, England, 2011

It has a quality nose of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples plus a touch of orange peel and grilled hazelnut, all nicely focused and classy. The balanced palate offers a touch of orange peel on the entry, well-judged acidity and good weight in the mouth, yet delivers the requisite tension toward the quince- and brioche-tinged finish. Excellent.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

Inviting toasty aroma. Very high acidity but it is balanced by the rich toasty autolytic effect. Creamy texture and so full of flavour. Mature and complex but plenty of potential ahead. Slight sweetness shows on the finish.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

£36.95

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Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes, Domaines Leflaive, Burgundy, France, 2017

Bright citrus and green fruits and a very strongly stony mineral quality, almost like concrete but in a good way. Juicy even though it is utterly and deliciously bone dry. Direct and long and very pure.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

£33.25

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Saint-Péray, Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent, Rhône, France 2017

Creamy, lightly oaked aroma. Some peaches and cream but zesty with citrus too. More oaky on the palate, the freshness and chalky texture counterbalancing the sweetness of the peachy fruit (sweet flavour not sweet in terms of sugar). Slightly bitter peach-kernel finish. Lots of flavour and lovely freshness. Distinctive but well-made oaky style.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

£29.55

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Maranges 1er Cru Les Clos Roussots, Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau, Burgundy, France, 2017

Lightish cherry red and sweet-smelling red fruits. Tight and lively on the palate, well balanced between the freshness and the fruit, and the tannins are fine rather than silky. Harmonious and ready now though there’s no rush. Persistent finish. It’s good but shows how hard it is to get value in Burgundy.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

£27.95

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Gattinara DOCG, Azienda Vitivinicola Nervi, Piedmont, Italy, 2015

Roberto Conterno (proprietor of the Giacomo Conterno estate in Barolo) recently acquired this historic Gattinara estate. Mid to light ruby. Very delicate fragrance of dark-red cherries. Subtle, elegant, dry and fine boned. Very long.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

£52.25

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Santa Florentina Pinot Gris Selección Reservada Fairtrade, La Riojana, Valles del Famatina, Argentina, 2018

This Fairtrade Pinot Gris hails from Famatina Valley in northern Argentina, where producer La Riojana employs over 2,000 local families. Fresh and fruity nose, with peachy notes, ripe pear and lemon citrus. A full-on and fruity palate, with zesty lemon and grapefruit opening up into peach and pineapple. A touch of oiliness to the texture is balanced by zingy acidity, with a crisp lime finish. Mouthwatering!

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - April 2020

£9.95

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Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, Terre di Cariano, Cecilia Beretta, Veneto, Italy, 2017

Oodles of black cherry and dried plum flavours along with a welcome savoury note make it the go-to wine to accompany any meaty pasta dish or ripe Italian cheese.

John Clarke (The Independent) - March 2020

£16.25

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Öreg Király Dűlő Dry Furmint, Barta, Tokaji, Hungary, 2015

Refined and complex, this expressive wine has aromas of quince, apple, lime leaf and jasmine. The palate balances ripe fruit – white peach, yellow plum, greengage, pineapple – with a touch of spicy oak and mineral freshness.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) -  April 2020

This example from the highest vineyard in the Tokaj region has beautifully balanced flavours of peach and mirabelle plum with soft oak notes and a long finish.

John Clarke (The Independent) - March 2020

£23.95

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Domaines Leflaive, Corney & Barrow Selection, Mâcon-Verzé, Burgundy, France, 2016

 

From six parcels in Mâcon-Verzé, this offers subtle citrus, wet stone and apricot aromas followed by a juicy, lively palate with good density. On the rich scale, with honeyed lemon rind and creamy edges balanced by a crisp finish.

Amy Wislocki (Decanter) - October 2020

 

£29.95

 

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Egy Kis Dry Furmint Barta, Tokaji, Hungary, 2019

 

A delightful introduction to dry Furmint, this will appeal to Sauvignon Blanc lovers in need of adventure. Its very pale in colour, and made in a linear, restrained style. Fragrant, mineral and textured: salted lemons and sun-kissed rocks. Would be perfect with monkfish risotto.

Amy Wislocki (Decanter) - October 2020

 

£14.95

 

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Licantén Cabernet Franc Idahue Estate La Roncière, Chile, 2017

This Malbec is vibrant and winning, utterly self-assured. It brims with floral and wild berry character, followed by a juicy, refreshing yet complex palate. Compelling - and outstanding value for money.

Peter Richards MW (Decanter) - September 2020

 

Bright crimson. Just a hint of reduction on the nose. This needs to be served a little cool; it has a mix of sweet fruit and fragrance. It's awfully promising. I would imagine that subsequent vintages will be absolutely thrilling and this is anyway pretty impressive – especially on the long finish. From any more classic source it would cost very much more. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

£13.95

 

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Intipalka Malbec, Ica Valley, Viñas Queirolo, Peru, 2018

Intipalka means 'valley of the sun' in Quechua, the language of Peru's Inca people. Juicy blue and black berry aromas with a touch of spice. Lush black cherry and blueberry palate, but fresh with medium tannins and a spicy finish. An interesting alternative to Argentine Malbec; good for barbecues.

Julie Sheppard (Decanter) - September 2020

 

A Peruvian Malbec! Quite different in style but incredibly delicious. Crisp, fresh and light on its feet, with notes of cool raspberry, red cherry and liquorice spice. 

Helena Nicklin (Three Drinkers) - May 2020

 

£10.75

 

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Sauvignon Blanc Cakebread Cellars 2018, California, 2018

 

While the label doesn’t have you swooning, what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in flavour. It’s crisp and fruity with juicy pineapple, green apple and grapefruit acidity. From Rutherford in California, this family winery has produced a great Sauvignon Blanc that pairs nicely with a variety of foods.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - September 2020

 

£29.50

 

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Delamotte Rosé Brut NV, France

 

Another centuries-old Champagne house, Delamotte is one of the five originals and today part of the Laurent-Perrier group. This beautiful Delamotte rose is heavily Pinot Noir with just 20% Chardonnay, produced by the saignée method. The result is an elegant sparkling rosé that is alive with strawberries and ripe red berries. Expect a beautiful mousse and long, enjoyable finish, there’s plenty of scope for this rosé to age nicely.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - September 2020

 

£54.95

 

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Le Faite Blanc AOC Sant Mont Producteurs Plaimont, Gascony, France, 2016

 

"Gascony used to be regarded as foie gras and Armagnac country (not necessarily at the same time) until the Producers Plaimont co-operative came along and changed the image of the region’s dry reds and whites. Le Faîte is their top white blend, made from a trio of local grapes – Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Petit Courbu – and is a stunning cuvée, somewhere between a Spanish Albariño and a Greek Assyrtiko in style. Pithy, saline and very complex, with quince, apple and grapefruit flavours, mouth-watering acidity and the concentration to age brilliantly in bottle."

Tim Atkin (timatkin.com) - August 2020

 

£20.95

 

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Corney & Barrow Sparkling Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionnelle, France, NV

 

“Posh-looking, crowd-pleasing champagne alternative.”

Fiona Beckett (The Guardian) - August 2020

 

With aromatic intensity and florality, this traditional-method sparkling (a blend of Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc) is light and refreshing, with a creamy mouthfeel from its 12-month ageing on the lees. Crisp apple and lemon flavours with a subtle sweetness on the delicately textured palate.

Georgie Hindle (Decanter) - July 2020

 

£13.50

 

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Pinot Noir Eradus, Marlborough, New Zeland, 2019

 

A crisp white with huge appeal. A nose of white flowers, and honey, then a palate of green apple, lemon and a touch of exotic pineapple and salty minerality all underpinned by the grape's zingy acidity. A quaffable wine with structure and freshness.

 

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - August 2020

£15.95

 

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Picpoul de Pinet Domaine de Morin Langaran, Languedoc Roussillon, France, 2018

 

A crisp white with huge appeal. A nose of white flowers, and honey, then a palate of green apple, lemon and a touch of exotic pineapple and salty minerality all underpinned by the grape's zingy acidity. A quaffable wine with structure and freshness.

Georgina Hindle (Decanter) - August 2020

 

£10.50

 

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L'Aure Sauvignon Blanc IGP Cotes de Gascogne, France, 2018

 

Lovely variety tipicity and purity with crunchy green apple flavours, wonderful freshness and delicate acidity. Made from Sauvignon grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this is a brilliant inexpensive bottle, perfect for everyday drinking and a great find from Gascony.

Georgina Hindle (Decanter) - August 2020

 

£9.25

 

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Veigadares Albarino Adegas Galegas, Spain, 2013 

 

Albarino is Spain’s other great wine, a fragrant and aromatic dry white made for summer that is also good for all-year round drinking. This multi award winning example from the albarino heartlands in Galicia, north western Spain, is rich in tropical and stone fruit flavours with a subtle oakiness that comes after it’s aged in oak barrels for six months. Bright and textured it’s an ideal accompaniment to fish or seafood dishes or Spanish cheeses.

John Clarke (The Independent) - August 2020

 

£17.95

 

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Primario Atelier Kramar, Slovenia, 2017 

 

Fruit! So much fruit! Orange, of course, crops up subtly, but the overwhelming flavours here are those of apple and pear, with a barrage of lemons and limes adding fresh acidity to the finish.

Jonathan Wells (Gentleman's Journal) - August 2020

 

£28.25

 

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Corney & Barrow Sauternes, France, 2017 Halves 

 

Gorgeous: as seductively smooth as a lemon posset.

Fiona Beckett (The Guardian) - August 2020

 

£14.25

 

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Château Barrail du Blanc Grand Cru St-Emilion, France, 2015

 

Quite sappy and refreshing. There's a certain inkiness to this as well as the ripe fruit one would expect of a proper 2015 red bordeaux. This is accessible and useful, and so much less exaggerated than many St-Émilions at many times the price. Good stuff for the short term. Pretty big wine though. Just no obvious evidence of oak or needless extraction. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£22.95

 

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Corney & Barrow Côtes-du-Rhône Vignobles Gonnet, France, 2017

 

Pure 'beaker of the warm south' on the nose. Very much a southern Rhône Grenache on the nose. Transparent garnet. Rich and sweet-tasting but still quite appetising. I've tasted many a Châteauneuf-du-Pape that gives less pleasure than this. VGV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£12.25

 

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Château La Tour de l'Evêque Rosé AOC Côtes de Provence, France, 2019

 

Solid dry finish with quite a bit of flavour and a bit of structure – thank the Lord. Definitely superior food wine, though I don't think I'd be tempted to age it for too long. Impressive persistence. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£13.95

 

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Breaky Bottom Cuvée Koizumi Yakumo Brut Traditional Method, Great Britain, 2010

 

Very light but varietally 'hedgerow' nose that evolved into something more autolytic.impressive depth and grip on the palate. Serious sparkling wine. Not given away but (a) it has benefited from many years' ageing and (b) it's a useful and distinctive contribution to the range of English wines available. Very long – in fact this wine really opens up on the finish. Very clean and refreshing. Bone-dry finish. Thoroughly satisfying.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£36.95

 

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Cirque Nord AOC Saint Mont Producteurs Plaimont, France, 2016

 

Real structure to this. Though very, very different from any other wine I can think of. Citrus-peel flavours and some real grip on the palate (though not astringency). I can see how this is the jewel in the Plaimont crown; I can't quite see how to convince people to pay the price for something so incomparable.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£39.50

 

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Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese Dr H Thanisch (Thanisch), Germany, 2016

 

All summer flowers and delicacy. Great purity with a mildly mineral, super-clean finish. There is some fruity sweetness here but held beautifully in check by the stony acidity and a little texture. Could any summer guest fail to be charmed by this before, or possibly after, a meal? A good price for a wine with such potential to age.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£24.65

 

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Naranjo Torontel Loncomilla Maturana Wines, Chile, 2019

 

There are the spices, such as cardamom, in there — as well as a shade of orange peel. But the Naranjo retains more delicacy… with whispers of white flowers and potpourri also coming through.

Jonathan Wells (Gentleman's Journal) - August 2020

 

Pale orange-tawny. Very nicely balanced. The sort of orange wine you could take home to meet your mother. Nothing too extreme but a definite charmer. Very seductive indeed. Just the job to introduce the concept of orange wine with its smoky, neat finish. What's the Spanish equivalent of bravissimo? VGV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£15.25

 

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Rijalla La Tunella, Italy, 2018

 

Polished, suave, lightly smoky fruit. Very settled with some green tanginess (very slightly like a Jurançon) and admirable length and depth for a wine at this price. Deserves to be served relatively cool although there is quite a bit of body and chew to this very well judged, serious wine. GV

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£14.95

 

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Psi Bodegas y Vinedos Alnardo, Spain, 2017

 

Deep crimson. There's the spice of high-elevation Ribera and an impressively persistent, vibrant, dry finish. Pretty persistent. Pretty grainy. Fun – especially if viewed as a lively alternative to the much, much more expensive other wines from Sisseck.

Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson.com) - July 2020

 

£27.25

 

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Sanziana Pinot Noir Recas Cramele, Romania, 2018

 

Pronounced nose of violets, goji berries, candied strawberries, plus a mineral, white pepper touch. Juicy and fresh berry fruit and black-pepper flavours are balanced by brisk acidity. Tannins are present and finely structured. Spiced berry notes linger.

Georgie Hindle (Decanter) - July 2020

 

£8.25

 

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Los Camachos Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Viñedos Marchigüe, Valle Central, Chile,2019

 

From a small single vineyard 22km from the Pacific, this over-delivers for the price. Fresh gooseberry, lime and peapod with a cool, clean mineral streak. Expressive and textured, with mouth-watering acidity.

Julie Sheppard (Decanter) - July 2020

 

£10.25

 

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Breaky Bottom Cuvée Gerard Hoffnung Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2009

 

It has a delightful, winsome bouquet of white flowers, brioche and Braeburn apple aromas that are very well defined. The palate is sharp on the entry, with orange peel and lemon zest flavors, and quite taut and focused… overall this is a fine English sparkling wine that is developing a lovely creamy mouthfeel.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

 

£34.95

 

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Breaky Bottom Cuvee Reynolds Stone Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2010

 

It has a superb bouquet of lively citrus fruit, crushed stone, white and yellow flowers and a subtle walnut note in the background, all very focused and sophisticated. The palate is taut on the entry, steely and citrus-fresh, becoming more malic toward the Granny-Smith-apple-driven finish. A nimble, energetic and complex wine that will appeal to those who like a more Zen-like sparkler.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

 

£32.95

 

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Ambriel Blanc de Blancs Brut Traditional Method, Sussex, England, 2010

 

The 2010 Blanc de Blancs has one of the best bouquets from Ambriel, offering aromas of lemon thyme, baked bread and orange blossom. The palate delivers tension and admirable weight. Hints of brioche and lemon zest surface toward a finish that fans out nicely. This is a well-crafted Blanc de Blancs that is worth seeking out. Very fine.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

 

£36.95

 

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Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese Weingut Dr H Thanisch (Thanisch), Mosel, Germany , 2017

 

This is a lovely vintage from a revered family-run vineyard, currently with Sofia Thanisch at the helm. The 2017 rings of peach and orange blossom, weighing in with plenty of body and a persisting finish that unfolds notes of minerality. It gives a real taste of the terroir from the offset, it is distinctively on the sweeter side and sits at 7.5% ABV.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

 

£64.75

 

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Riesling Beblenheim Domaine Trapet, Alsace, France, 2015

 

A biodynamic Alsace Riesling from the Trapet family, predominantly known for their Burgundian, this vintage has depth delivered from a few years’ laid down. Reflective of the limestone and clay soils, this Riesling is dry with a distinctive mineral backbone and stone fruit prevailing from nose to palate alongside high levels of citric acidity.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

 

£18.95

 

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Lonely Vineyard Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, 2016

 

For those that love the petroleum characteristics that are so unique to Riesling, this Lonely Vineyard vintage is bursting with it. From Australia’s Eden Valley this dry, vibrant Riesling displays the characteristics of its loamy soils in soft minerality and light floral notes.

Kelly Sullivan (Boat International) - June 2020

 

£18.95

 

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Tenuta di Trinoro, IGT Rosso Toscana, Italy, 2010

 

When Andrea Franchetti discovered this site in the deep south of Tuscany, he knew the terroir was like nothing he’d seen before. As a Bordeaux man, terroir is everything and so removing acres of scrubs and deserted woodland he planted his vines, did his thing and naturally word spread. 9,700 vines are handpicked bunch by bunch with several passages through the vines to ensure optimum ripeness. The wine itself is created from 60% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The result? Stunning juicy red fruits with tobacco, spice, savoury smoke and a kiss of minerality binding it all together.

Adrian Smith (Oracle Time) - May 2020

 

£137.50

 

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Petit Verdot, Bodega Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina, 2017

 

There aren't many 100% Petit Verdot wines to be found in Argentina, but this example from Ruca Malen suggests that there should be more. Attractive juicy black fruit aromas are edged with chocolate and herbs, followed by an intense but elegant palate, with well integrated tannins. Deep black fruit with liquorice spice is wrapped in sweet cedary oak that lingers on the rich and persistent finish, alongside a savoury note.

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - April 2020

 

£13.95

 

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Breaky Bottom, Cuvée Oliver Minkley Brut Traditional Method, East Sussex, England, 2011

 

It has a quality nose of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples plus a touch of orange peel and grilled hazelnut, all nicely focused and classy. The balanced palate offers a touch of orange peel on the entry, well-judged acidity and good weight in the mouth, yet delivers the requisite tension toward the quince- and brioche-tinged finish. Excellent.

Neal Martin (Vinous) - July 2020

 

Inviting toasty aroma. Very high acidity but it is balanced by the rich toasty autolytic effect. Creamy texture and so full of flavour. Mature and complex but plenty of potential ahead. Slight sweetness shows on the finish.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

 

£36.95

 

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Mâcon-Verzé Les Chênes, Domaines Leflaive, Burgundy, France, 2017

 

Bright citrus and green fruits and a very strongly stony mineral quality, almost like concrete but in a good way. Juicy even though it is utterly and deliciously bone dry. Direct and long and very pure.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

 

£33.25

 

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Saint-Péray, Vieilles Vignes Tardieu-Laurent, Rhône, France 2017

 

Creamy, lightly oaked aroma. Some peaches and cream but zesty with citrus too. More oaky on the palate, the freshness and chalky texture counterbalancing the sweetness of the peachy fruit (sweet flavour not sweet in terms of sugar). Slightly bitter peach-kernel finish. Lots of flavour and lovely freshness. Distinctive but well-made oaky style.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

 

£29.55

 

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Maranges 1er Cru Les Clos Roussots, Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau, Burgundy, France, 2017

 

Lightish cherry red and sweet-smelling red fruits. Tight and lively on the palate, well balanced between the freshness and the fruit, and the tannins are fine rather than silky. Harmonious and ready now though there’s no rush. Persistent finish. It’s good but shows how hard it is to get value in Burgundy.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

 

£27.95

 

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Gattinara DOCG, Azienda Vitivinicola Nervi, Piedmont, Italy, 2015

 

Roberto Conterno (proprietor of the Giacomo Conterno estate in Barolo) recently acquired this historic Gattinara estate. Mid to light ruby. Very delicate fragrance of dark-red cherries. Subtle, elegant, dry and fine boned. Very long.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) - April 2020

 

£52.25

 

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Santa Florentina Pinot Gris Selección Reservada Fairtrade, La Riojana, Valles del Famatina, Argentina, 2018

 

This Fairtrade Pinot Gris hails from Famatina Valley in northern Argentina, where producer La Riojana employs over 2,000 local families. Fresh and fruity nose, with peachy notes, ripe pear and lemon citrus. A full-on and fruity palate, with zesty lemon and grapefruit opening up into peach and pineapple. A touch of oiliness to the texture is balanced by zingy acidity, with a crisp lime finish. Mouthwatering!

Julie Shepherd (Decanter) - April 2020

 

£9.95

 

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Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, Terre di Cariano, Cecilia Beretta, Veneto, Italy, 2017

 

Oodles of black cherry and dried plum flavours along with a welcome savoury note make it the go-to wine to accompany any meaty pasta dish or ripe Italian cheese.

John Clarke (The Independent) - March 2020

 

£16.25

 

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Öreg Király Dűlő Dry Furmint, Barta, Tokaji, Hungary, 2015

 

Refined and complex, this expressive wine has aromas of quince, apple, lime leaf and jasmine. The palate balances ripe fruit – white peach, yellow plum, greengage, pineapple – with a touch of spicy oak and mineral freshness.

Julia Harding MW (jancisrobinson.com) -  April 2020

 

This example from the highest vineyard in the Tokaj region has beautifully balanced flavours of peach and mirabelle plum with soft oak notes and a long finish.

John Clarke (The Independent) - March 2020

 

£23.95

 

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