1 Bottle each of:
Champagne: Pierre Paillard, Les Parcelles, Bouzy, Grand Cru, XV, NV
This has to be one of the best value and most compelling NV cuveés on the market today. Produced from no less than 22 individually vinified parcels of their own vineyards, entirely in Bouzy; a celebrated Grand Cru village on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims, whose Pinot Noir is famed for its brilliance. Along with neighbouring Ambonnay this is the widely considered to be the centre of Champagne’s Pinot Noir universe. As an estate with over 200 years of history behind it, the Paillard’s are blessed with wonderful holdings of old vines, planted to a complex mixture of their own selection massale, and Burgundian Pinot Noir fin. The resulting blend for their Les Parcelles bottling offers a sophisticated and very precise picture of Bouzy terroir as golden fruit and salty stone fruit notes flood the palate, offering impressive reverb and depth for a wine at this level. Beautiful backlit peach and citrus fruit appear towards the finish, accented with fine herbs, chalk and a lick of autumn raspberry. Crisp, deep and elegant in structure, this is a gorgeous bottle by anyone’s standards. Less Parcelles is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, with 30% reserve wine. It spends a full four years sur lie (slightly less for half bottles) prior to disgorgement.
Chablis, Prieuré Saint Côme, 2018
Classic Chablis, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, with a flinty feel underlying a full-flavoured expression of quality fruit. it is a traditionally-made, unoaked gem. Mouth-wateringly racy, with delicate, apple and lemon aromas and flinty mineral charm. Owner Jean-Marc Brocard raises his vines around the village of Préhy in an area whose terroir produces wines of great complexity and minerality.
Sancerre, Lucien Crochet, 2018
Bon Viveur Gilles Crochet, son of Lucien, looks after winemaking duties at this Estate. The winery is ultra modern, fitted out with the very latest temperature controlled fermentation vessels. The emphasis is on creating wines of finesse and complexity that are faithful to terroir and vintage. The vineyards are located around the towns of Bué, Sancerre and Crézancy, the finest of which is the south-facing limestone-based Chêne Marchand vineyard. Gilles makes his wines as naturally as possible using indigenous yeasts and through hand picking, careful selection of the grapes and long, slow ageing sur lie produces taut, sophisticated and age-worthy Sancerre.
2017 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge
The Rollins exploit two hectares worth of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge from various parcels of 30-to-45-year-old Pinot Noir in Pernand and Echevronne. Always a sleek yet charming wine of immense energy, its fruit is crunchy and snappy rather than thick and juicy, underlining the deep mineral streak that runs through all of Rollin’s red wines. No new oak is employed, and the wine is bottled after a relatively brief élévage of ten months in order to preserve its fruit.
Château Teyssier, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2012
Soft, supple and expressive. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, mint and cinnamon all open up in the glass. Racy and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2012 is a great example of the forward, open-knit appeal of the year. As is often the case, Teyssier delivers exceptional quality for the money. The blend is approximately 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.
Château Petit Védrines, Sauternes, 2016
Pure, fresh and harmonious with caramel, spice, ginger and confit fruit notes. Round, full and supple palate with tangy freshness. Great value. Drinking Window 2018 – 2023 Decanter 93 pt.