HOUSE WINES AND WINES AVAILABLE BY THE GLASS
The two wines below are selected and shipped from Spain and France respectively by Giles Hine.
175 ml glass per bt
600 Red: Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2009 (Barreda)
Though a passionate Frenchman, my father Denis was delighted to sell this Spanish wine as his house red. The vineyard has been in the Barreda family for three centuries and this particular wine is made from 40 year old tempranillo vines. Perfect growing conditions mean that chemical interference is minimal thus creating a very pure wine with blackberry and plum fruit flavours. Great with red meat or game.
601 White: Muscadet 2010 (David)
We have stocked this wine for nearly 10 years now and it continues to please. Muscadet is no longer the fashion it once was as chardonnay and sauvignon have taken over but nevertheless it is still a good drink. Made near Nantes in the Loire Valley it is dry in style with a hint of melon.
In addition to the 2 wines above we like to recommend 4 more whites and reds that we are happy to sell by the glass and that we feel represent good drinking at the less` expensive end of the range.
Whilst the 2 wines above remain constant the wines below tend to change as we go through the year and reflect our current quaffing favourites!
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602 Tierra Antica Merlot 2010 (Chile)
This winery is now at the forefront of modern wine making in Chile, placing great emphasis on using non-invasive winery techniques so that the purest possible fruit can be expressed. This is an excellent example made in the Central Valley, it has an aroma of ripe berries with generous fruit flavours and soft tannins.
603 The Black Shiraz 2010 (Berton Vineyards)
Established by Bob and Cherie Berton in May 1996. The Heart of the Berton Vineyards is their own personal plot in a sub-region of Eden Valley in South Australia. Made with 100% Shiraz this wine is intense in colour has a huge palate and displays vanilla, ripe plum and black cherries on the nose. The palate shows intense berry and rich fruit characteristics and a toasty oak that carry through to a lovely finish. A big wine at a mere 14.5% alcohol!
604 Vin des Cotes Catalanes Grenache Noir 2010 (Elodie Grebul)
To our minds this is so good that we took the decision to import it ourselves as it was proving a little difficult to get hold of. It originates from the foot of the Pyrennees and has great power and a really rustic attraction. Superb with game.
605 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 2009 (Marechal)
Particularly delicious Pinot Noir, 2009 was a good vintage and that the whole of Burgundy made great wine.
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175 ml glass per bt
606 Vin de Pays Charentais Chardonnay 2009 (Hauselmann)
Made near La Rochelle, this was found by Mrs. Hine’s brother-in-law, Jacques who ran Hine Cognac for many years and thus should know what he is doing. This is another wine that we import – 56 cases at a time – as it is the only way that we can get it in England. It’s a delicious chardonnay – dry with a touch of oak.
607 Pinot Grigio 2009 (Monticello)
This is a dry yet fruity wine with citrus notes and a long lingering finish.
608 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Marlborough, NZ)
Quite simply, Saint Clair are considered the best makers of sauvignon blanc in New Zealand. Giles, who now lives in New Zealand having run Corse Lawn for 15 years, describes the wine as, “refreshing and intensely aromatic with all the characteristic elements of this variety – gooseberries with hints of tropical fruits and a full crispness on the palate.
609 Cotes du Roussillon Blanc Le Ciste 2005 (Eric Laguerre)
Fantastic! Mon. Laguerre, with a little help from Gerard Gauby, makes this wine using biodynamic techniques and keeping yields low. This creates a wine that is both mineral and creamy and whilst the grapes used are not that well known (Marsanne, Rousanne, Rolle, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu) the result is stunning.
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610 Pol Roger White Foil N.V.
What can we say? In our opinion Pol Roger is one of the top three Grande Marques and yet we have managed to secure it at a reasonable price – although sadly champagne is now never cheap. In terms of taste it is definitely dry – drier than Bollinger for example – and this is how we like it. Also it was the fizz usedat the wedding of Denis and Baba Hine and the funeral of Denis.
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