The Dal Cero family has transformed their Ca’ dei Frati property into a model Italian estate over the past two decades. Today they remain the best producers in Lugana. The secret to the success of the Ca` dei Frati wines is outstanding vineyards.
Called the "love-child" of Beajolais and Burgundy, George Lignier's "Passetoutgrain" shows just how approachable, yet elegant, this appellation's blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes can be. Fresh notes of countryside flowers, cassis, raspberry and earth, open up to a palate of cooked red fruits, cranberry and even a balsamic tang.
This exceptional red wine from Touraine is made from 30 year old Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel soils in a warm micro-climate. It has been aged on the lees in Burgundy casks for a year to bring roundness and subtlety. The colour is an unexpectedly deep purple, and the bouquet combines black fruits and spice.
From the famous Petra house this brilliant value `Super Tuscan` is bright ruby red in colour. The bouquet is full of red fruit, with hints of black cherry and blueberry. The wine has excellent balance and length with a tangy finish of blackberry and dried fruit. A real Tuscan treat!
“GSM” and “SMG” are both everyday acronyms within the wine fraternity for blends of these 3 grape varieties, but have you ever come across a wine labelled as MSG…? I suspect not, and it’s because producers are afraid that their wine will be tarnished with a link to the well-known, much-maligned food flavour enhancer.
Vouvray, located to the northeast of the town of Tours, produces the Loire Valley`s best-known Chenin Blanc wines and Alexandre Monmousseau`s Chateau Gaudrelle offers pure, complex wines considered among the finest of the appellation.
Vins Julien Schaal is a young forward looking company owned and run by the very enthusiastic Julien Schaal, as well as his native Alsace his portfolio also encompasses his second love – South Africa. This Grand Cru Alsace Riesling has a lovely, intense minerally nose with complex lime fruit, a touch of honey and some spice.
The passionate and innovative young winemaker Pascal Cuisset owns this beautiful Dordogne estate, south west of the town of Bergerac. His rich and concentrated dessert wine from the neighbouring village of Saussignac, is made from Semillon and Chenin grapes affected by noble rot and aged in barrel for 15 months.
Translates as “as if it were a piece of me”, a small parcel of Gunderloch`s Nackenheimer Rothenberg vineyard has been converted to biodynamics with this wine the result. Its success or failure determining whether the remainder of land will be converted. The experiments aren’t restricted to the vineyard.
Rich and full-bodied pleasure of Riesling at its best with comparatively little residual sugar. Hence a perfect main course wine, not a pudding wine. Juicy and fresh expression of peaches and dried apricots, great ageing potential.
The Domaine des Marrans Fleurie is the flagship of their estate. An elegant, refined and subtle wine with blackcurrant, raspberry and floral aromas on the nose, while dark berry fruit dominates the palate.