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Château Beauchene Châteauneuf-du-Pape  Homage Odette Bernard  2009 <br>(Rhône Valley, France)

Château Beauchene Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Homage Odette Bernard" 2009
(Rhône Valley, France)

 

A historic Château in the Southern Rhône, located just to the south of Orange and owned by the Bernard family, Château Beauchêne farm 80 hectares of vines split between Châteauneuf du Pape, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône. Michel & Dominique Bernard run the Château with the help of their daughter Amandine and a team of six others in the winery and vineyards.

Château Beauchêne have their Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards in the Mont-Redon and Courthézon sector of Châteauneuf du Pape, situated towards the north of the appellation on a distinct plateau. Here, the galet roulé boulders are at their most apparent and the vines are at their most exposed to the Mistral wind. This geographical situation tends to produce the Châteauneuf du Pape wines with the highest proportion of Grenache, due to its affinity with heat, wind and the low water table found on the plateau.

The Beauchêne Châteauneuf du Pape is no exception to this general rule – up to 85% Grenache from vines planted in 1905. Syrah and Mourvédre make up the rest of the blend, with a slightly higher proportion of the earlier ripening Syrah used to Mourvédre, as Mourvédre can struggle in some years that have continuously cold Mistral winds. The wine is aged both in foudres (large old oak barrels) and newer, smaller oak barriques for around a year before bottling. This early bottle date for Châteauneuf du Pape tends to capture a dynamically powerful young wine and consequently, "Hommage Odette Bernard" is highly age-able.

Drink : Now – 2024

Price: £29.99

Château de Vimières 2006 <br> (Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France)

Château de Vimières 2006
(Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France)

 

Vimières is famous for not wanting to be famous! Owned and run by Jacques and Eric Boissenot this small property in the Northern Médoc is much sought after by those in the know. Not because of it having any great status itself but because of the Boissenots. Painfully discrete to the point of anonymity the Boissenots are the consultants for the ‘Left Bank’ and you can be pretty much assured that if any Médoc winery got the nod in the 1855 classification the Boissenots will be playing a part in it today. Their 180 clients include Latour (since 2000), Lafite (since 1967), Margaux (since 1985), Mouton-Rothschild etc etc.

This being the Boissenots own property they don’t want it to overshadow any of their clients so they do their best to hide it from journalists politely asking them not to give it public reviews!

Price: £29.99

Givry 1er cru Clos Salomon 2011 <br> (Burgundy, France)

Givry 1er cru Clos Salomon 2011
(Burgundy, France)

 

The Clos Salomon vineyard dates back to at least 1375 from when there are records of the domaine selling not only to the Papal Court in Avignon, but to the Pope himself in Rome. It was also the favourite wine of the popular French King Henry IV.

Ludovic du Gardin and Fabrice Perrotto now own the 7 hectare 1er cru monopole 85% of the domaine’s production here is red, chiefly due to the eponymous Clos Salmon vineyard, which has been owned by Ludovic’s family since 1632: an especially impressive feat when you consider that this includes the period of the French Revolution which did not exactly do wonders for the continuity of family held estates.

The Clos Salomon vineyard itself is a rocky, steeply sloping south and east facing vineyard, just to the south-west of Givry. An absolute suntrap, Clos Salomon makes a distinctly full-bodied wine and the domaine has to harvest different parts of the vineyard at different times, to try to balance out the soaring ripeness levels found between the lower and upper slopes and the older and younger vines. The gutsy, ripe wine style cries out for a bit of softening in most years, so the domaine feels fully justified in using around 25-30% new oak, which is an unusually high proportion for many Côte Chalonnais domaines and adds to the impression that this is not ‘typical’ Givry rouge.

Drinking now where it is showing the distinctive raspberry aroma of younger Givry it is best served decanted for at least a couple of hours and between 16 – 18 degrees. Well-cellared it will continue to improve for at least 5 years and will keep for a further 10 during which time it will take on more earthy and gamey flavours.

We sometimes have limited stocks of magnums and even jeroboams of this wine – please contact the store if interested.

Price: £29.99

Les Giraudels de Milon 2005/9 <br> (Bordeaux, France)

Les Giraudels de Milon 2005/9
(Bordeaux, France)

 

A classic St-Emilion grand cru, with a blend of 75% Merlot and the remainder split equally between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Milon is located near the old church of St. Christophe-des-Bardes, on the St. Emilion plateau – so closer to Pomerol – and with a typical St-Emilion plateau soil type of gravel and clay for its vineyards. The wine is aged for around for 15 to 18 months in oak, with a high proportion of new oak within that, yet like most St-Emilion grand cru of this level, it can be drunk young due to the softer proportion of Merlot.

Price: £29.99

Pangea Syrah 2009 <br> (Chile)

Pangea Syrah 2009
(Chile)

 

Made by John Duval (previously of Penfolds Grange – Australia’s most expensive red) this is regarded as Chile’s best Syrah. The Grange vineyards are on similar red clay soil; and here Duval has created a big, heavy red with loads of herby blue fruit, black pepper and spice aromas. These develop into complex vanilla and dark chocolate flavours on the palate. Best decanted.

Price: £29.99

Morey-Saint-Denis 2007, Domaine Alain Michelot<br>(Burgundy, France)

Morey-Saint-Denis 2007, Domaine Alain Michelot
(Burgundy, France)

 

A robust, game-y, savoury and meaty Burgundy from the northern Côte de Nuits, made by the father and daughter team of Alain and Elodie Michelot. Morey-Saint-Denis is lesser known than its two neighbouring villages – Chambolle-Musigny to the south and Gevrey-Chambertin to the north – but makes equally good wines, particularly as food matches with classic Burgundian dishes like Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin. Alain and Elodie are one of the defiantly old-fashioned and traditional domaines of the Côte de Nuits, so would likely roll over and expire if anyone suggested drinking their wine without food. A great Sunday roast wine.

Price: £32.99

Montes Alpha Purple Angel 2011 <br>(Colchagua Valley, Chile)

Montes Alpha Purple Angel 2011
(Colchagua Valley, Chile)

 

"Intense youthful purple colour. Delicate with hints of chocolate and cigar box aromas. Some Petit Verdot (from Apalta) adds structure and at the same time the wildness of blackberries. This wine is full bodied, with a considerable amount of ripe tannins giving grip and structure. Mouth filling with a very long finish. A super wine! Best decanted at least an hour in advance." Winemakers notes.

Serve with roast llama at family feasts or cellar for as long as you like.

Price: £34.99

Chateau Mongravey 2010 <br> (Bordeaux, France)

Chateau Mongravey 2010
(Bordeaux, France)

 

There is an absoutely classic Margaux profile to this wine; light yet intense red fruit flavours with a violet perfume note. The oak and fruit are well integrated and there is a fine, dry, long finish. Where this wine stands out from the crowd however, is in its balance - light yet structured, fruity yet mineral, this is truly outstanding wine.

Price: £34.99

Domaine Roblet-Monnot, ‘Saint François’ Volnay 2008 <br> (Burgundy, France)

Domaine Roblet-Monnot, ‘Saint François’ Volnay 2008
(Burgundy, France)

 

Absolutely top notch red Burgundy, demonstrating just how good this appellation is. Concentrated ripe strawberry and a touch of sweet spice on the nose invite you in to a rich and juicy red fruit filled palate. Beautifully balanced structure, lovely complex flavour characteristics and an intensity of flavour that will leave you in awe!

Price: £36.99

Fleurie ‘Clos de la Roilette’ Magnum 2012<br> (Beaujolais, France)

Fleurie ‘Clos de la Roilette’ Magnum 2012
(Beaujolais, France)

 

A single vineyard Fleurie, amusingly named after a racehorse, and a great example of why good cru Beaujolais is perhaps France’s greatest wine bargain at the moment. The owner of this vineyard in the 1930’s named it after his racehorse as a snub to ‘les officiels’ who were trying to make him name the vineyard in a more official fashion to conform with the new appellation laws.

Made from old vines situated right on the border of Fleurie and Moulin-á-Vent, this wine is soft and delicate, yet full-bodied and rich too, and is a perfect bottle (magnum, no less!) to drink now or age for at least five years – great Beaujolais can and does improve with age!

Price: £39.99

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