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ITALY

White

PINOT GRIGIO, 2013/14                                                                                                                                                     £35.50

St Michael-Eppan, Alto Adige, Italy

From an award winning winery, this is a stunning example of Pinot Grigio! Grown at altitude on the foothills of the Alps, where the cooler climate allows the development of great fruit flavour combined with intense freshness.

 

Red

VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE, 2012                                                                                                                        £28.00

Zenato, Veneto, Italy

A beautifully smooth and velvety wine with a great depth of fruit very soft and gentle.

 

SPAIN

White

RIOJA BLANCO, 2014                                                                                                                                                    £29.50

Bodegas Muga, Haro, Rioja Alta

Classic white Rioja fermented and aged in oak barrels giving a crisp acidity and a greater depth of flavour, with a distinct lemon zest and vanilla finish. Quite Burgundian in style, this wine makes a refreshing change from Chardonnay.

Red

RIOJA RESERVA, 2010/11                                                                                                                                                  £36.00

Bodegas Muga, Haro, Rioja Alta, Spain

Meticulously faithful to their traditional wine-making methods, Muga use the classic Rioja grape mix -Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano which are vinified in traditional Rioja oak vats and then matured for 24 months in small French and American oak barrels. A stunning Rioja, from one of the most sought after bodegas.

 

PORTUGAL

White

ESPOROA RESERVA BLANCO, 2012/13                                                                                                                      £31.00

Herdade do esporao, Alentejo, Portugal

Complex, creamy, well balanced palate showing full fruit flavours and mineral notes with a long fresh finish.

Brilliantly made from indigenous grape varieties at this privately owned and now very significant (in Portuesguese wine making terms ) estate. A top flight white somewhat similar to a white burgundy in style with careful use of French and American oak. David Baverstock, Portuguese win e maker of the year 2013 consults here. Our choice to match most of Roger’s stunning fish dishes and rich white meats.

 

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

White

SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2013                                                                                                                                        £33.00

Nautilus, Marlborough, New Zealand

This Sauvignon is intensely aromatic with aromas of fresh basil, mint and coriander with subtle notes of mandarin peel.

A mouth-watering yet smoothly integrated palate reveals notes of passion fruit and papaya with a well-rounded mouthfeel.

 

Red

PINOT NOIR, 2009                                                                                                                                                          £38.00

Tindall Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand

From just 4 hectares on this family run estate, this shows a wonderful expression of the Pinot Noir grape. Fresh and lively with fabulous red fruit flavours New World Pinot Noir at its best.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

 

PINOTAGE ‘Greenhouse’, 2012 [Organic]                                                                                                             £25.00

Bon Cap Organic Wine Cellars, Robertson, South Africa

South Africa’s own grape ( a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) this is a full bodied and soft wine and packed full of ripe fruit with a long and persistent finish.


 LEBANON

 

MASSAYA ‘Silver Selection’ RED, 2011/12                                                                                                               £45.00

Bekka Valley, Lebanon

A stunning red that is a must-try for all lovers of Rhone Valley wines. Made in partnership with the Brunier brothers of Chateauneuf Vieux Télegraphe fame and Dominique Hébrard, who used to own Cheval Blanc, you can be assured of its supreme quality. Made with Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre it has a huge concentrated fruitiness and seriously long finish. A world class wine, from one of the oldest wine growing regions in the world. We recommend with red and white meat dishes with rich sauces.

 

MOSEL

 

KASELER NIES’CHEN RIESLING KABINETT, 2005/06                                                                                  £45.00

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Trier, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Exquisitely delicate, with lovely floral fragrances and very ripe fruit. The Von kesselstatt Estate is one of the very top estates in the Mosel and has been producing fine wines since the 14th Century.

 

BEAUJOLAIS AND RED BURGUNDY

 

FLEURIE ‘Clos de la Chapelle des Bois’, 2011/13                                                                                                       £29.95

Fernand Verpoix, Beaujolais, France

Very concentrated with rich and silky black cherry fruit.

 

GEVREY CHAMBERTIN, Clos Prieur, 2011                                                                                                        £78.00

Domaine Dupont-Tisserandot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Supple and displaying great finesse with soft, ripe raspberry/cherry fruit lighter than some Gevreys but wonderfully balanced and a much better match with food.

 

WHITE BURGUNDY

 

RULLY BLANC ` LA CHAUME `, 2011                                                                                                 £35.00

Domaine Jacques Dury, Burgundy, France

A full bodied and complex white Burgundy with ripe citrus aromas and a touch of hazelnut, from an exceptional year.

 

CHABLIS, 2011/2012                                                                                                                                                   £35.00

Domaine Pinson, Burgundy, France

First class fruit excellently balanced by a fresh crispness; a very elegant wine with perfect concentration.

 

CHABLIS 1er CRU ‘Mont de Milieu’, 2011/12                                                                                                            £55.00

Domaine Pinson, Burgundy, France

If Louis Pinson's 'basic' Chablis is a delight then his 1er Cru is superlative with superb depth and complexity of rich, balanced fruit.

 

PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er CRU ‘Les Perrières’, 2010 /11                                                                             £92.00

Domaine Jean Louis Chavy, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Finely balanced and very concentrated; a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit from this Premier Cru showing it’s typicity and ‘terroir’.

 

LOIRE VALLEY

 

MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, 2012                                                                                            £23.50

Domaine de la Tourlaudière, Loire Valley, France

Dry with plenty of balanced fruit and good with seafood

 

SANCERRE ‘Chavignol’, 2013/14                                                                                                                                   £35.50

Domaine Laporte, Loire Valley, France

Serge and Elizabeth Laporte's Sancerre has a wonderful purity of intense fruit extract as well as great vivacity and perfect balance.

 

POUILLY FUMÉ, 2013                                                                                                                                            £35.50

Michel Bailly, Loire Valley, France

Well balanced fruit and freshness with a typical flinty finish.

 

ALSACE

 

GEWÜRZTRAMINER, 2005                                                                                                                                         £28.50

Huber & Bleyer (‘Medaille d’Or’), Alsace, France

A classic Gewürztraminer with plenty of spicy, lychee fruit and superb balancing freshness.


 

DRY WHITE BORDEAUX


CHATEAU LA MOTHE DE HAUX, 2014                                                                                                        £26.50

Bordeaux Blanc, France

Aromatic, and refreshingly crisp, with deep subtle flavours. Made with 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon and 20% Muscadelle

 

RED BORDEAUX

 

CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, 2009                                                                                                                            £39.50

Cru Grand Bourgeois Médoc, Bordeaux, France

Soft, rich and medium-bodied with plenty of fruit shining through and good, soft tannins that lend the wine structure.

                                                                                                              

 

CHATEAU SIRAN, 2007                                                                                                                                             £72.00

Grand Cru Exceptionnel, Labarde, Margaux, Bordeaux, France

Full bodied with an elegant fruit and well integrated, powerful tannins. One of our very favourite châteaux making some splendid Margaux of undoubted ‘cru classé’ quality.

 

CHATEAU FERRIERE, 2004                                                                                                                                      £ 58.00

3eme Cru Classé Margaux, Bordeaux, France

This wine has considerable structure and depth with plenty of balance and tannins. Managed by Claire Villars-Lurton since 1992. Claire also manages La Gurgue. Chasse-Spleen, Haut-Bages-Liberal and others. Lucky her! The estate got its name from Gabriel Ferrière who owned it in the 18th century. Monsieur Ferrière was the king's hunting officer.

 

CHATEAU L’ENCLOS, 2001                                                                                                                                      £75.00

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Densely structured succulent Pomerol which comes to maturity quickly and in this case has produced a charming velvety Claret with great character. 82% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec.

 

CHATEAU BOURGNEUF-VAYRON, 2003                                                                                                          £85.00

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

This 2003 Pomerol is starting to drink very well now. It has a beguiling depth of chocolaty, earthy Merlot fruit and the tannins are already softening.

 

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  RHÔNE VALLEY

White

CESAR BLANC, 2014 [Bio-dynamic]                                                                                                                          £36.50

Domaine Roche-Audran, Buisson, Rhône Valley, France

Made by the very talented Vincent Rochette, this is a bio-dynamique wine, which is the equivalent of ‘turbo-organic’! This blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier is fermented in small oak barrels and offers a superb depth and texture. Apricot, almond and ‘honeysuckle’ flavours are to the fore, balanced by a fresh acidity and underlying ‘mineral’ tang, which leads to a superb finish on the palate.

 

Red

CESAR ROUGE 2012                                                                                                                                                       £36.50

Domaine Roche-Audran, Buisson, Rhône Valley, France

Made by the very talented Vincent Rochette, this is a bio-dynamique wine, which is the equivalent of ‘turbo-organic’!

Made from 55% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The Grenache is from 55-100 years and the Syrah & Mourvedre are a minimum of 50 years old. On the palate there are many layers of voluptuous yet clearly defined and structured fruit.

Overall, very full-bodied but with a beautiful purity and freshness. Very long and intense at the finish. A must have for any Rhône wine enthusiast!


HALF BOTTLES

White Wines

MUSCADET DE SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE, ‘Vieilles Vignes’, 2012 - [HALF BOTTLE]                    £13.50

Domaine de la Tourlaudière, Loire Valley, France

Made with vines of 25+ years good fresh acidity with citrus flavours and a rich texture.

 

SANCERRE ‘Chavignol’, 2013/14 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                                    £18.50

Domaine Laporte, Loire Valley, France

Serge and Elizabeth Laporte's Sancerre has a wonderful purity of intense fruit extract as well as great vivacity and perfect balance.

 

POUILLY FUMÉ, 2010 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                                                         £18.50

Michel Bailly, Loire Valley, France

Well balanced fruit and freshness with a typical flinty finish.

 

 

PULIGNY MONTRACHET 1er CRU ‘Les Folatières’, 2011/12 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                    £45.00

Domaine Jean Louis Chavy, Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

Elegant and concentrated with a wonderful balance of acidity and richness on the palate.

                                                                                                   

 

Red Wines

FLEURIE ‘Clos de la Chapelle des Bois’, 2011 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                            £18.50

Fernand Verpoix, Beaujolais, France

Very concentrated with rich and silky black cherry fruit.

 

VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE, 2010 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                              £18.50

Zenato, Veneto, Italy

A beautifully smooth and velvety wine with a great depth of fruit very soft and gentle.

 

                                                                                 

 

COTES DE BEAUNE ‘Ladoix’, 2010/11 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                        £22.50

Xavier Durand, Comblanchien, Cotes de Beaune Burgundy, France

Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father René, at the beginning of 2011. This highly talented young man has propelled this domaine into the region’s premier league.

Here we have a wine of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity

 

RIOJA RESERVA, 2010 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                                                       £22.50

Bodegas Muga, Rioja, Spain

Classic blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Graciano, aged for two years in oak. Rich, ripe and spicy!

 

CHATEAU LA TOUR DE BY, 2008/09 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                                £22.50

Cru Grand Bourgeois Médoc, Bordeaux

Soft, rich and medium-bodied with plenty of fruit shining through and good, soft tannins that lend the wine structure.

 

CHATEAU HAUT BAGES LIBERAL, 2005 - [HALF BOTTLE]                                                                                 £39.50

5eme Cru Classé Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

The bouquet offers aromas of cassis, earth, dried herbs and licorice. Medium bodied, with good ripeness and moderately hard tannin.


 

DESSERT WINES & PORT

 

                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                

 

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                                                                                                                     6.25                              27.00                              

MUSCAT DE RIVESALTES, 2001                                                                                             -                 

Domaine de Rolland, Roussillon, France (15% abv)

Rich and flavoursome with a soft, grapey fruit.

 

CHATEAU ST. HELENE, 2011                                                                                       -            32.50                           -

2nd wine of Ch de Malle, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France    

A beautiful Sauternes which demonstrates everything you would expect from this appellation. Fine, concentrated and well balanced with notes of white flowers and honey.

The perfect partner for foie gras or desserts.

 

CYPRESS DE CLIMENS, 2002                                                                                                                      50cl:   £58.00

2nd Wine of Chateau Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux, France

An uplifting bouquet of honeyed apricot and peach fruit, which, along with its vibrancy, gives its powerful, rich, intense flavours a sense of balance and focus.

 

ELYSIUM, (BLACK MUSCAT) 2011/13                                                                        -                     £29.00                  -

Quady Winery, California, USA

From Black Muscat grapes, giving a plummy, damson fruit flavour.

 

MAURY, 2011/12                                                                                                    £11.25                             50cl:   £39.50

Domaine Pouderoux, Languedoc Roussillon, France

This remarkable sweet wine is made from hand picked 50 year old Grenache Noir grapes   grown on the south facing slopes. It has an intense flavour of rum-soaked raisins, sweet plums, prunes and liquorice together with roasted nuts. Tremendously complex, this is a wine to sip and savour again and again. Perfect with rich puddings, especially chocolate!

50ml glass                                 

CHURCHILL’S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT, 2007                    £6.50                        -                        -

Churchill Graham, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

The LBV is a rich concentrated port from one good harvest which has been aged for 4 years in wood. It has been bottled without any filtration to allow the port to continue to develop in the bottle.

After 2 more years in bottle it is then released for sale. It is renowned for being full bodied, well balanced with deep plummy fruit, big tannins and superb structure.

 

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING WINES

 

 

125ml glass

½ Bottle

Bottle

GREMILLET BRUT RÉSERVE, N.V.

Balnot-Sur-Laignes, Aube, Champagne, France (12.5% abv)

£11.00

£29.95

£52.00

Our stunning 'House' Champagne made from a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Wonderfully creamy in texture and it has a lovely depth of fruit. A little known ‘grower’s champagne’ that has won many awards.

 

PROSECCO SPUMANTE                                                                                                                                          £28.50

Borgo del Col Alto, Veneto, Italy

A delicate nose of white flowers, almonds and pears. Delightfully fresh, light and fruity; the Italian fizz made from the Prosecco grape. Delicious!

 

BOLLINGER SPECIAL CUVÉE, N.V.        89.95                                                                                                           

Ay, Champagne, France

Famous for its robust style and richness, Bollinger Special Cuvée for many, is in a class of its own. Made predominantly from Pinot Noir, it is big and biscuity and, because of the fermentation in wooden casks, has a touch of spicy, creamy vanilla on the palate.


DIGESTIFS

 

25ml glass

 

Eau de Vie

 

EAU DE VIE DE POIRE WILLIAMS D'ALSACE - Gilbert Miclo                                                                   £5.00

Quite sensational! Opening the bottle is like uncorking a pear orchard. (43% abv)

 

EAU DE VIE DE MIRABELLE D’ALSACE Domaine Henri Fuchs                                                             £5.00

Made by an exceptional winemaker, at a domaine situated in the heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé. Made from little yellow plums, this example is soft and fruit driven. (45% abv)

 

Cognac

 

VSOP GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC                                                                                                          £5.50

Maxime Trijol, Martial Sur

Aged between 10 and 20 years old, this stunning Cognac comes from Jean-Jacques Trijol whose family

have been distilling for over 150 years. Praised internationally with frequent Gold medals for his VSOP Cognac, it is well structured with a mellow and rich palate and a fruity and elegant backdrop.

 

HINE EARLY LANDED COGNAC, 1981                                                                                                      10.50

This fine vintage will continue to develop in the bottle for many generations to come. It is the epitome of fine early landed Cognac being both powerful yet smooth and haunting on the palate. The concept behind early landed Cognacs: at the beginning of the 19th century, a few cognac houses began to ship Cognac soon after it had been put into cask, to British connoisseurs.

 

GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC FONTEVIEILLE ALLIANCE 35                                                     £12.50

Ragnaud-Sabourin, Barbezieux

As unique and outstanding as the soil of the Grande Champagne region may be, the Ladies that have

managed the House of RAGNAUD-SABOURIN for years endow it with an incomparable specificity and originality. Complex rich flavours with some dried fruit and a distinguished balance between the fruit and oak showing good rancio and finesse in the lengthy finish. Extremely limited and somewhat rare, Alliance No 35 is the Cognac used

at the Elisé Palace in Paris.

 

Armagnac

 

BAS ARMAGNAC, 20 ANS D’AGE                                                                                                                         £7.00

Baron de Sigognac, Castelnau d’Auzan

Very supple on the nose dominated by impressions of vanilla and reminiscent of brioche. Quite velvety on the palate at the start followed by flavours of violets, prunes, and vanilla. A gentle but long finish evokes liquorice, cinnamon and dried fruit.

 

Calvados

 

CALVADOS PAYS D’AUGE, 17 ANS                                                                                                                     £8.50

Domaine Dupont, Victot- Pontfol

Domaine Dupont is situated in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, a region long considered to add a little extra to the finesse and delicacy of the calvados and only permits the use of apples and insists on double pot distillation.

Etienne Dupont took over from his father in 1980 and has worked hard to improve both the old orchards and the distilling methods. All the apples are hand picked and personally selected for quality. To perfect his distilling, Etienne went to Cognac to study their techniques. This combined with the knowledge he inherited produces a calvados

with the complex flavours and ripeness of the apple alongside the mellowness and warmth of a well aged spirit.


HOUSE WINES

 

 

 

Whites

175ml glass

Bottle

CHARDONNAY, 2012

Domaine St Hilaire, Montagnac, Languedoc, France (13.5% abv)

A pure, clean and intensely flavoured ‘unoaked’ Chardonnay.

£ 6.25

£25.00

SAUVIGNON BLANC ’Saint Peyre’, 2012/13

Les Costières de Pomerols, Pays d’Oc, France (12.5% abv)

Delightfully crisp, grassy/gooseberry Sauvignon Blanc from the Languedoc.

£ 6.25

£25.00

DR. LOOSEN “ESTATE” RIESLING, 2012 Qba,

Weingut Dr. Loosen, Bernkastel, Mosel, Germany (8% abv)

Fairly light in style, very fresh and perfectly balanced, and of Kabinett quality although bottled as Qba, it is wonderfully “grapey” with some residual sweetness,   The balancing acidity makes it a perfect match for a huge variety of foods and it is delicious with most white fish dishes.

At only 8% abv a glass makes a good aperitif.

£ 6.50

£26.00

VIOGNIER, 2012

Les Costières de Pomerols, Languedoc, France (12.5% abv)   Ripe clean and surprisingly powerful with a very long finish. Alluringly exotic with aromas of ripe apricots, peaches and blossom.

£ 6.25

£26.00

Rosés

 

 

MAS FLEUREY GRANDE RESERVE, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2012

Côtes de Provence AOC, South East France (13% abv )

A dry delicious Provence rosé in a super elegant and curvaceous bottle. Full of peach and apricot aromas and a herby soft palate with a summer berry finish. This is truly a delightful bottle of rosé.

£6.50

£26.00

SANCERRE ROSÉ, 2011/12

Domaine Bailly, Loire, France(12.5%abv)

The freshness of Pinot Noir strawberry fruit with a floral bouquet produce a clean and elegant style.

 

£33.50

Reds

 

 

MERLOT, 2012

Domaine St Hilaire, Montagnac, Pays d’Oc, France (14.5% abv)

Medium bodied, classy red, with plenty of lush, chocolate scented fruit.

£ 6.25

£25.00

PINOT NOIR, 2012

Domaine de Coussergues, Montblanc, Languedoc, France (13.5% abv)

Vibrant Pinot Noir bursting with strawberry and raspberry fruit against an earthy backdrop. Wine maker Natalie Arnaud (who trained at St Hallets in the Barossa Valley), clearly understands the importance of low yields for Pinot Noir.

£ 6.25

£25.00

CHATEAU LA COSTE, 2007

Cotes de Castillon, Bordeaux, France (13% abv)

Rich, berry fruit flavours and fine tannins giving a silky texture.

£ 6.75

£27.00

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