Gremillet Champagne Blanc de Noirs

OffLicence News April 2017 “The most exquisite expression of our terroir combined with the winemaking expertise of the Maison” Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Cellar Master Although less well-known among wine enthusiasts than its cousin, the Blanc de Blancs, this wine will surprise you and , most importantly, it wonderfully embodies the Cote des Bars terroir from where…

Alfrocheiro – ‘The Pinot of Portugal’

Alfrocheiro, Terra d’Alter 100% Alfrocheiro, Boavista Vineyard Afrocheiro is a unique variety with quite small bunches and berries reminiscent of Pinot Noir and Trousseau (Bastardo), to which we think it is genetically related, so we like to think of it as the « Pinot » of Portugal. Low yielding vineyard, handpicked fruit. Crushing followed by…

” Outstanding” Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2015

Decanter April 2017 Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2015 received an ‘Outstanding’ score and was the chosen favourite for two out of the three judges. Listed on our website at LESS than the value shown this is a winner for everyone ! Find it here 

Steven Spurrier’s Bride Valley; ’tis the time for English Wine

BRIDE VALLEY After 50 years in wine – and inspired by the unique chalky soils on his wife’s Dorset sheep farm – Steven Spurrier decided to join the English sparkling wine revolution. In 2008, he and Bella went to select the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier root stocks from Burgundy’s famous Pepinieres Guillaume…

Ginuary

Who doesn’t love a cold g&t in January ? It’s SUCH a long month, the children now return from school laden with spellings and physics projects, the wood pile is dwindling and the fridge offers up the vague smell of mincemeat and parsnips (and there’s STILL ham and turkey to get through..). So personally, I’m…

Christmas Mixed Cases – Half bottles, Magnums and Party Wines

Who doesn’t love a drop of something special at Christmas ? Our Half bottle case is a great gift for that couple where one likes red and one likes white wine. No arguments here and both get a great glass and a half of red, white or even champagne. This case contains 2 half bottles…

Lirac by Roger Sabon 2014

Friday lunchtimes (if we are lucky) are occasionally spent at The Rusty Pig in Ottery St Mary where Robin Rea cooks up the freshest and tastiest splendours seen rarely in our locality. No menu and no real idea of what we are about to receive, we have polished off the best belly pork, pigeon and…

Churchill Vintage Port 2014

  Churchill Vintage Port 2014 Founded in 1981 by Johnny Graham, Churchill Graham was the first independent port shipper to arrive on the scene in more than fifty years. The overall style of Churchill’s wines are rich, concentrated and with plenty of backbone and flesh. Terroir and grape quality are paramount in Johnny’s philosophy and, since…

Mas de Daumas 2015 En Primeur

EN PRIMEUR 2015 Rouge AN ICONIC LANGUEDOC ESTATE Created in the 1970’s by Aîmé and Véronique Guibert, this world-renowned Languedoc estate is situated in the Haut Vallée du Gassac, near Aniane. What makes Mas de Damas Gassac so special is its exceptional and unique terroir, which was originally discovered by the academic geographer, Henry Enjalbert. He found,…

Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2016 Château de Grandmont

RELEASE DATE: Thursday, 17th November “A wonderfully exciting late vintage – as good as the brilliantly balanced 2013!” AN IMPORTANT VINTAGE THAT WILL MAKE EXCEPTIONALLY FINE NOUVEAU WINES Way back in late May and early June, things were not looking too rosy for the growers in Beaujolais. A    really damp and grey May was followed…

A Master of Wine Favourite

In Situ Reserva Carmenere Aconcagua Valley, Chile – favourite wine: Bill Gunn MW “Intense red in colour with violet highlights Aromas of red fruit, spices, smoke and forest tones lead to a palate that’s soft and fruity with ripe tannins, a silky texture and great elegance.” In Situ Carmenère is produced with grapes grown on…

October – A Taste of Rioja

Our mixed case for October is in support of ‘Shop Rioja’, a promotion held each year by Rioja Wines. Offered at trade inc. VAT this is a super case (x12 bottles) of mixed wines from Rioja (funnily enough). 4 bottles each of Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza (“this wine is a steal” Parker 91 points),…