The wine is mainly Syrah (70%) and Grenache (20%), plus a little Mourvedre (10%), and similar to a quality Rhone wine in style.
Superb value - Their domaine is situated on the north end of the Appellation "Corbieres", 5 km from Lezignan-Corbieres.
The owners, Anne-Marie et Guilhem Durand, bought the property in 1989. They have particularly attached importance to the development
of quality wines and the improvement of the vineyards by uprooting ordinary ones andreplacing them with prestigious varieties.
To drink when eating : red meat, game.
|CHÂTEAU HAUT RIAN ROUGE 2003
An excellent fruity wine. Michel Dietrich is from Alsace by birth and a graduate of both Beaune and Bordeaux.
He worked for 6 years in Australia prior to settling in Rions in the Premieres Cotes. He has brought all of his winemaking heritage
expertise and passion together to produce a superb range of wines.
TANNAT / MERLOT 2005,
Vin de Pays Cotes de Gascogne
Alain Brumont makes superlative Madiran, the signature wine of the Pyrenean foothills. This wine, from the principal grape of Madiran,
Tannat, shows the same powerful damson character, while the Merlot complements perfectly with its soft fruit to make a very satisfying
glass. Like the Gros Manseng (from the same producer), a refreshingly different wine from the usual gamut of familiar grape
varieties. Highly recommended.
Wonderfully fruity red from one of the region's flagship producers. Full bodied, rich and lingering aftertaste. We make no apologies for
listing wines from Umani Ronchi - they offer some of the best value for money anywhere in Italy.
Vineyard is run by Bernard Latour who is a highly qualified grower in his mid-forties and
even finds time to teach viticulture at the local wine school. Slow fermentation, some cask
ageing, no fining and only light filtration contribute to a rich, old-fashioned, spicy wine.
André Collonge produces one of the finest Beaujolais Villages, comparable with many
more expensive crus. Lovely raspberry fruit, with plenty of body and a long satisfying finish.
|BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES 2005,
|LE PIGEOULET Vins de Pays de Vaucluse, 2004
A Rhone wine from the
Bruniers, proprietors of the excellent Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer Vieux-Telegraphe. Although its vineyards aren't far from Chateauneuf,
their location qualifies them for labeling only as Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. The largest proportion of the blend in this wine is old-vine Grenache,
which gives an impressive intensity of flavour to the wine. Delicious Autumnal fruit nose and rich plummy and Autumn raspberry flavours on the palate. A little
spice and pepper is evident which gives the wine an extra dimension. This really is an essential wine for the coming months to serve with roast beef, game, a
herby stew or roast pumpkin.
|CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2003, DOMAINE LA SOUMADE (André Romero)
A real cracker of a wine from André Romero, one of the finest producers of
Côtes du Rhône. The wine shows intense blackcurrant Cabernet
flavour, and great length and complexity on the palate. This Domaine's
increasing reputation has resulted in all Soumade wines now being on strict allocation.
|FRIULI ISONZO, Cabernet Franc, 2006
With a dry, velvety, soft and harmonious taste this wine from the Venezia region of Italy
has pleasant aroma with the hints of grass on the nose. The Cabernet Franc
gives a juicy, fruit picked taste and is certainly "Gluggable".
|CHÂTEAU SAINT JACQUES Bordeaux Superior 2003.
The average age of vines here are 25 years old and the grapes used in the blend comprise 43%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, which are all
hand-picked. The wine is aged for a further 12
months in one-year-old barrels to add even greater complexity to the wine.
CONERO, VIGNETO SAN LORENZO, 2005, (Umani Ronchi)
Brilliant ruby red colour with garnet tints. The nose is sweet, predominantly fruity, with
typical notes of morello cherry. Rich and pulpy in the mouth, flavourful and pleasantly harmonious,
with silky tannins. The long finish is austere and intensely fruity. This is a rich, velvety wine
with aromas of liquorice and black fruits.
|CHINON les GRAVIERES, Domaine Couly-Dutheil, 2006
Nice purple colour. Very pleasant nose with green pepper and small red fruits aromas. Fruity,
soft, easy to drink and charming. Can be kept for 4-5 years. To be
served at 14-16 degrees, and recommended to go with chicken, ham, and veal.
|QUINTO DO CRASTO, Douro, 2006
This wine is made from a blend of Douro grapes including a high proportion of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional.
Quinta do Crasto's Douro Red is a fresh, fruity wine which is accessible at an early age combining the character
of the fruit with hints of spice.
The palate is rich and vibrant well supported by soft tannins and balanced acidity.
Andre’s Rasteau is one of his top wines, which Robert Parker describes as “one of the
greatest Côtes du Rhône Villages wines I have ever tasted”.
Very perfumed, full bodied, peppery fruit, a wine of real class.
|RASTEAU VILLAGES 2004 (André Romero)
|CHATEAU de CARDAILLAN, GRAVES ROUGE, 2003
the 25 hectares of appellation Graves which makes up the vineyards of Chateau de Malle, a large part is consecrated to making Red Graves
under the name of Chateau de Cardaillan. The wine has a pronounced bouquet, a lively character and is strongly reminiscent of ripe red
fruit with a velvety tannic structure. It expresses all the finesse and elegance of its soil character, “terroir”, as the
French put it.
rich deep wine of exceptionally good quality grown in very old vine of Carrignan, Syrah
and Grenache. The vineyard in the heart of Maury - clay, limestone,
chalk and granite and the Pouderoux family and producing wine since
1826. (seen in a restaurant list at £28 !)
|LATOUR de GRES, COTES du ROUSSILON, Domaine Pouderoux, 2004
Deep, ruby-red colour. Good Tannins and Leathery Fruit. Finely perfumed with a hint of violets. Seen on sale at The Curlew restaurant in Bodiam at £31.75 !
|CHÂTEAU PATACHE D'AUX 2000 Cru Grand Bourg
eois, Haut Médoc