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SAUVIGNON BLANC  2016 
When you open a bottle of this stunning Sauvignon, you will thrill to the perfume. When a Sauvignon is young it has all sorts of perfumes, noses, and smells.
 
In fact, you can tell what the weather will be like in 3 days with a young Sauvignon. The stronger the perfume, the sunnier the weather will be...

Not many people know that!!!

This is one of those classic Sauvignons that you just want to open at any time. A glass while cooking, a glass to begin the meal, a glass to finish off the meal. Just lovely.

The flavours are of gooseberries, elderflower and peaches. The wine is dry, not in the least bit acidic.
In time the wine will take on more of a white flower flavour, and almond flavour.
It is the easiest wine of all my wines to just quaff!
 
ALL OUR WINES ARE TOTALLY UNOAKED
 
SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS


Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
White - Sauvignon Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de Marcé
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£53.70 per case (£8.95 per bottle)
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Pouilly Fumé  2015 
You know what it's like when you taste something that suddenly takes you back years?
This just happened to me when I tasted the 2015 edition of Benoit and Emmanuelle's Pouilly Fumé.
 
It's a stunning Sauvignon Blanc, which is what I expected for this vintage.
What took me back was how I was catapulted back to when I was 28 and taken out to a very old-fashioned, traditional fish restaurant somewhere in St. James, London.
It was the first time I had ever tasted Pouilly Fumé and I was suddenly struck..!
I didn't want the flavour to disappear so I kept on sipping it just to make sure.
I even remember the food I ate... Dover sole with a butter, cream sauce.
This is what Pouilly Fumé does to you!
It makes you remember everything around the wine as well as the wine itself. I have been a very staunch supporter of PF ever since. Wouldn't you be?!
 
2015 was an exceptionally dry, warm year and quite outstanding for the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The harvest was not enormous, but OK. The soil is small pieces of clay and flint which gives this wine a very mineral, gun metal, flavour.
It is bone dry!
Very pale yellow colour and totally clear.
The nose is fruity
Clear, crisp, and crunchy!
There is a softness which denotes the flavour of the Terroir.
It's pure perfection for easy sipping or to pair with seafood, oysters, grilled fish and white meat not forgetting goats cheese!
 
Totally unoaked which is normal for this Appellation.
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
 
Image result for medaille d'or gilbert et gaillard 2016Gold Medal winner in the Gilbert & Gaillard Guide for 2016
 
Silver Medal winner in the Mondial du Sauvignon 2016
 
 


Appellation:
Pouilly Fumé  
Grape(s): 
White - Sauvignon Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine Chauveau, Emmanuelle & Benoit Chauveau
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£161.40 per case (£13.45 per bottle)
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Sancerre Blanc  2015 
I could go into rhapsodies and eulogies about this wine...
Sancerre as we all know is just the king of all Sauvignon Blancs, coupled with an outstanding year as was 2015 makes this wine just exquisite!
 
When I was many years younger and working as a secretary in Paris, Sancerre, which wasn't very well known at the time, opened a small shop on the Boulevard Saint Germain on the left bank in Paris so that people would get to know their wines better.
Needless to say, they sold their wine by the glass along with sandwiches made of the local goats cheese or country ham if you wanted it.
It became quite an "in" place to go at the time as the wine was so gorgeous and young and fresh and exciting!
The shop lasted about 2 years then closed. I suppose they'd got enough publicity from this project, so that was the end.
 
Suddenly, when I tasted the 2015 vintage, it all came back to me!
I remembered the taste of that Sancerre, the flavour of their goats cheese and the chewiness of their ham.
 
I am sure when you taste this wine you will have the same sort of feelings about it as I did all those years ago in Paris.
 
It's delightful with goats cheese, ham salads, roast chicken, in fact most white meats.
It's really just scrumptious!!!
 
All our wines are unoaked.
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Image result for medaille d'argent concours salon d'agriculture paris 2016 Silver medal at the Grand Agricultural Show in Paris 2016

Olly Smith's favourite wine from my stand at The 3 Wine Men Cardiff 2016:

Domaine La Gemière Sancerre White 2015

Great vintage.  Beautiful intensity, balance of citrus and peachy fruit.  Tough to find an absolutely amazing Sancerre to blow your mind for this price, but that absolutely does the job and then some.  Hats off Amanda!



Appellation:
Sancerre  
Grape(s): 
White - Sauvignon Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine "La Gemière", Millet family
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£181.80 per case (£15.15 per bottle)
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Saumur White  2015 

When you first put your nose in the glass and sniff you think... Ah! Overtones of honey.
That is, of course, the signature of the Chenin Blanc grape variety.
On the tongue it is bone dry and fresh as a daisy. The perfume may be honey but it really is bone dry!
We love it!
This dry, honey, wine that grows on you as you sip the wine. Roll it round in your mouth and breathe through the back of the throat to feel the body.
Then you start to imagine all the wonderful dishes you could pair it with.
Prawns come to mind immediately.
As do any fishy finger foods. Also Italian antipasti dishes.
It is what I would call easy sipping wine too, very easy sipping wine.
Easy for every day!

All our wines are totally UNOAKED

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans



Appellation:
Saumur  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Guilloterie
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£129.00 per case (£10.75 per bottle)
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£64.50 per case (£10.75 per bottle)
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VOUVRAY DRY  2016 
As you open the bottle your nose is thrilled by the aromatic flavours of this tiny 2016 vintage. It is off-dry so on the back of the tongue you have the subtle flavours of honey and a hint of minerality coming through, which gives it the Vouvray typicity. The soil is clay & limestone.

As the wine airs itself in the open bottle, it takes on a rounder flavour, still keeping its freshness as if just opened.
Swirling the wine around the glass, sniffing it, you have a slightly stronger honey-ness on the nose.

This wine will match up with so many foods, but especially crudities, cuisined fish dishes, butter chicken, light cheeses especially goats cheese, all white meat and most slightly spicey dishes.
It is an easy, affordable wine which is wonderful for dinner parties!

It is also a treat for an easy, staying-at-home evening just chilling out!
Serve at 10-11°c.

The wine is lovely now and as it ages it will take on flavours of acacia honey and quince.
It will age easily up to 7 years, depending on your cellar.

All our wines are totally unoaked!
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians


Appellation:
Vouvray (still)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Racauderie - Jean-Michel Gautier
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£63.60 per case (£10.60 per bottle)
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£127.20 per case (£10.60 per bottle)
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Amanda's Chardonnay - Unoaked  2011 

Find your way back to Chardonnay!

This Chardonnay will be like the 2006 one - do you remember that one? Gorgeous!

Right now it is still young, fresh and dry and you can taste the fruit.

Quietly perfumed so as not to overpower you, this Chardonnay is soft and flinty with a softness on the back of the tongue; and will become nutty over the next few years.

It is an easy- to-drink; everyday Chardonnay today.

Tickle your taste buds over and over again with it.

Match with fisherman’s pie, scampi; seafood salads; pizza & pasta and roast chicken. When older it will match well with more gourmet fish dishes.

All our wines are totally UNOAKED!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



 
Grape(s): 
White - Chardonnay

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£127.81 per case (£10.65 per bottle)
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Sancerre White  2013 
Of all the Loire wine regions, Sancerre is probably the most famous.
100% Sauvignon blanc, this gourmet white is a real treat!

Raised on the terroir of Bué, when you taste it you will suddenly remember the day you first discovered Sancerre and fell in love with it.

Leave it to breathe for about 20 minutes after opening.
Then just let the different flavours fill your mouth.

With this beautifully aromatic wine you will re-discover Sancerre.

Bone dry, with a hint of flint and citrusy, fruity and slightly spicy notes.
It's gooseberries and elderflower!

This outstanding wine is easy sipping and will accompany any seafood platter including fish and chips, goats cheese, gourmet chicken dishes or even slightly spicy dishes.
Go on - spoil yourself!
 
Serve well chilled. 8°-10° (Fridge for 2 hours before drinking)
 
Silver Medal 2014 Loire Valley Wine competition
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Appellation:
Sancerre  
Grape(s): 
White - Sauvignon Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine "La Gemière", Millet family
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£81.48 per case (£13.58 per bottle)
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Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie  2014 

Oh boy! Just wait till you try this! It is dry but not acidic. It is fresh and crisp! Gorgeous!

The nose is floral and dry at the same time. It is light. It is an easy quaff. It is a "simple wine" with a flinty body. (Oh dear, I hope you understand that...)
There is a slight muskiness to it, hence the name of the wine.
The overall flavour is very understated and charming.
It's an easy-to-drink dry, white wine.You could make this your new summer lunch/dinner white wine.
It is made with a grape called "Melon de Bourgogne" which originates in Burgundy, but is no longer allowed there.

It is THE wine to have with shellfish, especially oysters. If you have oysters you MUST have Muscadet. In fact, all fish is good, so don't delay, get in some nice fish (scampi for example) and get the Muscadet in the fridge!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Muscadet Sèvre & Maine sur Lie  
Grape(s): 
White - Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet grape)

Grower: 
Domaine David
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RRP: £58.20 per case
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£51.00 per case (£8.50 per bottle)
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Arbois "La Pieuse"  2011 

This stunning Arbois is just coming into it's own. Although it is still young, it is a very easy kind of quaff. It has already started to have that soft feel of honey around the edges. It is little green pears and honey BUT it will always be bone dry.

It is soft on the palate and easy. It matches gourmet fish dishes in a cream/butter wine sauce. Think of sole meunière - that sort of dish is just lovely with this wine... and it will last well!

This grape variety is cousin to the Chenin Blanc grape and the characteristics are very similar. So it will take on the honey and pollen overtones more and more for about 3 or 4 more years. But it will always be bone dry!

Needs to breathe for at least 1/2 an hour before consuming. Open well in advance. Put the cork back and keep in the door of the fridge till you're ready.

At The 3 Wine Men Show 2014 Oz Clarke said that it was a very different wine, with overtones of little green pears and Spanish peppers. Soft and polleny. Taste the "Terroir"

A delightful alternative to Sauvignon Blanc

All our wines are totally UNOAKED!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
 
Oz Clarke's favourite wine from my stand at The 3 Wine Men, London 2016:
Domaine du Prieuré Arbois La Pieuse 2011
Want to try what is possibly France's rarest grape?  The lovely, leafy, lemony Arbois is it.


Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
White - Arbois

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£126.00 per case (£10.50 per bottle)
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£63.00 per case (£10.50 per bottle)
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Vouvray Medium/Dry  2011 

As this medium-dry Vouvray ages it will take on soft, round honey and pollen overtones with just a touch of quince and apricot on the back of the tongue.

It is just lovely as the cook's tipple before Sunday lunch. Matches spicey and sweet & sour cooking well.
Treat yourself to a glass with a light pudding such as apple pie, strawberries and cream, trifle and summer pudding!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

All our wines are totally unoaked!



Appellation:
Vouvray (still)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Racauderie - Jean-Michel Gautier
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£153.12 per case (£12.76 per bottle)
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£76.56 per case (£12.76 per bottle)
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Vouvray Medium-Dry  2014 
 
Pure butter!
 
The nose is discreet with quiet perfumes of honey and pollen.
 
In the mouth this just explodes! It is really lovely... For those of you who just love Vouvray and a little bit fruitier than most of my other wines, this will be just what you are looking for.
For those of you in the know the residual sugar is 26g/1L.
 
2014 was in fact a superbe vintage. Most of us thought it wouldn't give too much given the cool spring and summer.
But everything was forgiven by the gorgeous Indian Summer we all had!
 
Pair this wine with lightly spiced dishes.
Pork, chicken, and of course fish.
Also desserts... Trifle, strawberries and cream, Eton mess... you know what I mean


Appellation:
Vouvray (still)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Racauderie - Jean-Michel Gautier
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£139.80 per case (£11.65 per bottle)
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Vouvray Sweet  2011 

The Chenin grape is probably the most versatile in the world. It makes wonderfully light dry wines, astounding medium-dry wines, and the most sumptuous sweet pudding wines!
This Vouvray sweet is very sweet although not in the least "tacky". It leaves your mouth feeling like having just one more sip. Just to make sure...

Open this wine at least an hour in advance so that the wine can breathe well. Fill your mouth with the subtle flavours of honey, pollen, apricots & cream. Feel how the wine launches forth to match the desserts you have made for it. Marvellous with trifle. Wonderful with strawberry mousse and custard creams... and, of course, Christmas pudding!

You can also drink it as a cocktail as a change.
Half used bottles will keep well in the door of the fridge. Just put the stopper back in.

Domaine de la Racauderie Vouvray Sweet 2011 - As sweet as a festive honey bee with attitude.
Tim Atkin MW, December 2015


Suitable for vegetarians and vegan



Appellation:
Vouvray (still)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Racauderie - Jean-Michel Gautier
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£181.08 per case (£15.09 per bottle)
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£90.54 per case (£15.09 per bottle)
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St. Nicolas de Bourgueil - Rosé  2012 

From the very first sip of this truly delightful, bone dry, rosé you will be transported to another realm of rosés. Made 100% with the Cabernet Franc grape, its minerally, gravelly flavours are enhanced by the intense youth of the fruit of the wine.
Simply delightful!

Pair with cocktails in the garden, cold cuts, luscious salads, barbecues and simple easy summer living.

In winter think pork chops, Sunday roast pork and apple sauce. Mmm!

Shortlisted for the Taste Wine Awards 2013



Appellation:
St. Nicolas de Bourgueil (pronouced Bor-gher-yi)  
Grape(s): 
Rosé - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
La Chevallerie - Gaëtan Bruneau
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£119.88 per case (£9.99 per bottle)
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£59.94 per case (£9.99 per bottle)
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Sancerre Rosé  2013 
Oh boy! This is such a cracking rosé!
 
Just when you are thinking that you know all about rosés, well, you haven't yet tried a Sancerre rosé!
 
Made only from the Pinot Noir grape, it is bone-dry and fruity at the same time plus a little bit flinty.
It's nose is floral - like roses and peonies.
A bone-dry fruit cup of strawberries and raspberries, plus a smidgeon of peardrops too! (remember those?)

It is really quite a delightful wine for barbecues.
 
Pair with sausages, grilled chicken or duck, in fact anything you feel like grilling is good.
Also complicated salads
 
Even if its bucketing outside, it feels suddenly sunny with this rosé!
 
Serve well chilled. 10°-12°

The only Gold Medal winner for Rosé with the International Wine Challenge!!!

Silver Medal 2014 Loire Valley Wine competition

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Sancerre  
Grape(s): 
Rosé - Pinot Noir

Grower: 
Domaine "La Gemière", Millet family
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£84.90 per case (£14.15 per bottle)
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Rosé de Gamay  2010 

It is just a dream and is pure poetry in a bottle for the whole season! 100% gamay grape. The flavour of strawberries fills the mouth even though it is bone dry and Fruity! It is a really charming rosé.

It is just idyllic with barbecues, cold cuts, summer sipping, everything! You really should have some in your fridge all year long!

In winter, it is truly delightful with roast pork and potatoes for Sunday lunch.

Of course, it is totally unoaked!

Won Bronze Medal for European wine competition for Central France

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Dear Amanda, Had the party last weekend. The wines were fantastic. With 60 people the 30 ltrs. were almost finished. Now we are drinking the last Rose de gamay... Thanks again for the wonderful wines and looking forward to seeing you next year.. all the best
Frank and Sara (Holland) 6/07/2012



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Rosé - Gamay

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£112.32 per case (£9.36 per bottle)
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£56.16 per case (£9.36 per bottle)
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Saumur Affinité  2014 

This gorgeous little appellation is one of those that the French try to keep for themselves.
The grape is 100% Cabernet Franc which gives a big, fruity flavour
This Saumur is lighter in body than it's big sister wine from the next door Appellation of Saumur Champigny which is much stronger in flavour.

They are both very similar in character, so it is really a question of personal taste; if you like the lighter version of this wine or the stronger bodied version of the Saumur Champigny.

It can be paired with loads of different dishes - A wonderful Greek meze springs to mind with lots of lamb dishes and especially barbecued lamb chops.
Try also with plain roast chicken with herbs.
The flavour of this medium-bodied Saumur is raspberries, blackberries and plums. So very easy to match

Like all our wines, this is totally unoaked
Image result for gold medal concours general de paris 2015Gold Medal, Paris, 2015

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans



Appellation:
Saumur  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Guilloterie
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£65.82 per case (£10.97 per bottle)
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Saumur Champigny - Tradition  2014 
At the foothills of the Chateau of Saumur is this fantastic little appellation.
It is generally considered to be the strongest in flavour of all the reds from the Loire Valley.
If you have visited the area you will, without doubt, have tasted some in a restaurant or with your picnic.
100% Cabernet Franc.

The nose is chocabloc full of late, warm summer fruits - blackberries, blackcurrants and Victoria plums. (Remember the Indian summer we had? Still in the garden in late October!)
The flavour is plummy - rich and plummy!
The structure is without doubt superb! Not too tannic, not too flimsy.
Whether you drink it now or like to keep you wines for a while, you will find this just gorgeous.

This medium-bodied wine will pair with Sunday roast lamb or roast beef beautifully.
You'll just love it!
 
All our wines are totally unoaked

Gold Medal winner Grand Vins de France Macon     Image result for medaille d'or Macon
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Appellation:
Saumur Champigny  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Guilloterie
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£71.00 per case (£11.83 per bottle)
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St. Nicolas de Bourgueil - Red  2015 
This gorgeous wine from the 2015 vintage is so yummy and it'll just get better and better. It is stilll quite young for a Cab Franc so patience is a virtue here. 
 
100% Cabernet Franc. When you first look at the glass of wine you know you are going to love it - Intense black...!
The nose is powerful in it's complexity. Spicy!
This wonderful cuvée is chocabloc full of rich red and black summer fruit. Black cherries and blackberries just fill the mouth and refuse to go away!
Of course it will pair beautifully with any lamb dish starting with the Sunday roast leg of lamb, but just imagine it with meze, kleftico, lamb & potato pie, mulligatawny soup, the list is endless.  
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
 
All our wines are totally unoaked!
Silver Medal in the Agricultural Show Paris 2016! Image result for silver medal paris 2016


Appellation:
St. Nicolas de Bourgueil (pronouced Bor-gher-yi)  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
La Chevallerie - Gaëtan Bruneau
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£141.96 per case (£11.83 per bottle)
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£70.98 per case (£11.83 per bottle)
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Chinon - Esprit du Loup  2014 
Remember those wines of yore, when the flavour filled the mouth, and the wine slipped down like velvet! Yes, I've decided to wax lyrical about this one as it really is quite outstanding!!!
 
As soon as you look at the bottle, you will see it's something different...
Something to contend with...Then the cork, yes, it is a real cork. (We don't get many of those any more.)
Then you pour the wine... black as ink!!!
The vines grow in 2 tiny plots of land on the south-western slope of the best area of Chinon.
Also, they are over 60 years old, so very Vieilles Vignes!
It shows in the wine
Then the nose... full, rich summer fruit... brambles, blackcurrants and blackberries! Yummmmm!
 
The richness of the wine and fullness in the feel on the mouth calls for something like Boeuf Bourguignonne or a big thick rump steak, or venison in a full rich sauce.
It calls for food... definitely a food wine...
Full, rich food... food... food...
I know you'll love it as soon as you try it!
Also, it'll bring back happy memories of your trip to the Loire, and if you haven't visited yet, then you really should do
 
Remember ALL my wines are totally unoaked! Including my Chinon wines
 
Vegetarian and vegan friendly!

You may find a small amount of residual gravel in the bottom of the bottle. It's just because it's made of grapes with just very light filtering.



Appellation:
Chinon  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine de Bel Air
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Alcohol Percentage - 13%
£179.40 per case (£14.95 per bottle)
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£89.70 per case (£14.95 per bottle)
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Chinon - La Fosse aux Loups  2014 
Chinon has been a long time coming to my website due to the fact that my memories of Chinon wine from 20 years ago did not match what I was tasting.
Then I tasted this Chinon...
Wow - Everything changed for me!
Jean-Louis raises his wines in the most traditional manner imaginable and it comes through in his wines. This particular one is the lighter version of his Esprit du Loup which you can see here.
 
Visually it's fun! the label on the bottle has an imprint of a wolf's paw in a wine glass to bring attention to the name of the plot of vines. The Wolves Gully... Nice name! Nice label!
 
Then, the colour of the wine is warm and rich.
The nose is full of summer fruit, raspberries, redcurrants, plums, etc.
It's an easy quaff and keeps its nose and flavour right to the end of the bottle.
It is delightful with most meat dishes, and tapas!
 
Some people might want to chill the wine very slightly. I wouldn't.
The age of the vines on average is 45 years and you don't want to upset them at that stage.
But try it if you'd like to...
 
This is a traditional Chinon with all the flavour you'd expect from that.
 
Like all our wines it is totally unoaked
 
Vegetarian and vegan friendly!

You may find some residual gravel in the bottom of the bottle. It's just because it's made of grapes with very light filtering.



Appellation:
Chinon  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine de Bel Air
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£153.00 per case (£12.75 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£76.50 per case (£12.75 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£12.75 per bottle  
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Cabernet de Touraine  2008 

This is our "cheerful" red. And it is great! Easy to drink and matches your pocket. What more could you want?

Super bouquet of raspberries and blackcurrants, this cabernet has loads of fruit supported by soft, well-structured tannins, this is a must-have with all lamb dishes. Also, while relatively young goes well with pizzas and pasta.  If you are in doubt as to which type of red wine to serve, this cabernet will probably be the ticket!

All our red wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£119.88 per case (£9.99 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£59.94 per case (£9.99 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£9.99 per bottle  
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Gamay de Touraine  2011 

Absolutely delightful gamay! It's young enough to be flinty, perfumed and fruity!

Redolent of strawberries and crushed grapes, it is just so ... Easy sipping just as a cocktail. Locally they often add a dash of Cassis liqueur and make a red kir.

Accompanies all white meats especially chicken dishes! If you like a lighter red wine with fish, this is the ticket. Easy too with pasta dishes. Great for an evening in with friends!

All our red wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Gamay

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£136.32 per case (£11.36 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£68.16 per case (£11.36 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£11.36 per bottle  
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Côt (Malbec) de Touraine  2007 

This was a year for easy sipping reds.
It is a wonderful late summer/autumn quaff, rusty autumn leaves outside under a bright autumn sun, fire burning inside to keep out the cold. That is Côt! (or Malbec - it is the same grape variety)

So just to differentiate between the 2005 and the 2007, this one is so much lighter and so easier to match with lots of dishes.
The flavour of the grape is morello cherries. This wine is bone-dry, however.
Delightful with cold roast beef and salads in the summer.
Warming soups in winter and most red meat or farmhouse cheese, especially goats cheese.
You can consume it cool if you like but not cold.
It is definitely a food wine!

All our wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£131.88 per case (£10.99 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£65.94 per case (£10.99 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£10.99 per bottle  
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Mesland Unoaked Red  2005 
The silky, satin tones of raspberries, blackberries and violets in this exquisite red wine bring out the best qualities of artisan winemaking.
Bags of fruit and body! Gilles excelled himself in making this wine.
The blend of these 3 gorgeous grape varieties fills the mouth, the gamay in the beginning, then the cabernet, and last of all the côt.

Try it with the Sunday roast or a mansize steak!

Consume at room temperature.
 
Gold medal winner in the county wine competition in March 2007.
 
All our wines are unoaked.
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
 
"The Touraine Mesland Tradition Red 2005 is a marvellous blend of youth and maturity, raspberry fruit washed over pebbles with rock dust. Any barrel aging would have spoilt it." Oz Clarke, November 2015


Appellation:
Mesland (pronounced Melung)-Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Gamay
Red - Cabernet Franc
Red - Côt (Malbec)
Red - BLEND Gamay, Cabernet, Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Les Vaucorneilles, Christine & Gilles Chelin
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 13.5%
£187.56 per case (£15.63 per bottle)
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Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 13.5%
£93.78 per case (£15.63 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 13.5%
£15.63 per bottle  
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Côt (Malbec) de Touraine  2011 

Jean-Marc Gallou has done it again - he has made the most wonderful Côt!
2011 was a piping hot year in the spring and the Côt has just loved it.

Although it's still young, it is just beginning to find the fruit at the back of the tongue. Very soon it will be just lovely, maybe even for Christmas this year.

Even young it is still lovely. Needs very much to be matched with food. You must think of a huge steak, or venison, or duck.
It also loves strong, smelly cheeses - adores goats cheese!
(Sometimes doctors tell patients with heart problems to have a small glass of a very tannic wine. This would be suitable)

It is definitely a food wine!

All our wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 11.5%
£142.68 per case (£11.89 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 11.5%
£71.34 per case (£11.89 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 11.5%
£11.89 per bottle  
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Cabernet "Vieilles Vignes"  2009 

2009 was a really lovely year for reds. And this one is so smooth! It is just like velvet on the tongue. Full and fruity... Silky and as elegant as you can get. A dream in a bottle!

The vines are over 40 years old. That is why it is so soft and easy to quaff.
Match with spring roast leg of lamb and soft farmhouse cheeses.

All our wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£147.36 per case (£12.28 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£73.68 per case (£12.28 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£12.28 per bottle  
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Cabernet de Touraine  2005 

2005 is still THE year of the century.

Super bouquet of raspberries and blackcurrants, this Cabernet has loads of fruit supported by elegant, soft structured tannins, this is a must-have with all lamb dishes.

A very versatile wine which will go with loads of dishes especially the Sunday roast. If you are in doubt as to which type of red wine to serve, this Cabernet will probably be the ticket!

Awarded a Gold Star by Oz Clarke in 2008 at The Wine Show!

At The 3 Wine Men 2014 Oz Clarke tasted it again and was overawed by the structured tannins, and the total taste of TERROIR. The fruit of the vines is prevalent as is the picture of the landscape where the vines are grown. He said it will last at least a further 10 years. What a wonderful quaff!

All our red wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Sauvignon
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£186.72 per case (£15.56 per bottle)
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Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£93.36 per case (£15.56 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£15.56 per bottle  
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Cuvée Tradition  2005 

2005 was the year of the century (so far),  just in front of 2009 which is also quite outstanding. This particular wine was made in the modern way of making wine, which means it macerated in its skins for only a week. So the wine is fruitier than it's 2004 counterpart and easier to quaff. It is interesting to taste the Tradition 2004 and 2005 side by side. By doing so, you can easily understand the difference in wine-making the old-fashioned way (2004) and the modern way (2005). I would love to know which one you prefer...

In the meantime, the 2005 is the most accommodating. Open well before drinking. Loves Sunday roasts, red meat and strong cheeses. Mmm... Enjoy!

All our wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - BLEND Gamay, Cabernet, Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£191.88 per case (£15.99 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£95.94 per case (£15.99 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£15.99 per bottle  
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Discover Touraine Unoaked REDS  2005 
  • 4 bottles Touraine Gamay 2005
  • 4 bottles Touraine Cabernet 2005
  • 4 bottles Touraine Côt 2005

     

  • Touraine Gamay

    The lightest in flavour of all the reds, the Gamay is full of summer strawberries and is slightly flinty, giving a lengthy flavour. Drink with fairly light meals, such as roast chicken, pork fillets and pasta dishes. (Alcohol 14%)

  • Touraine Cabernet

    A selected blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a very popular wine redolent of blackberries and redcurrants. A must-have with a Sunday leg of lamb, as well as salad, cows cheese and ewes cheese. (Alcohol 12%)

     

  •  Touraine Côt

     

    The strongest in flavour of all the wines, tasting of morello cherries and sometimes horse leather. Drink with game, red meat, and strong smelly cheeses. (Alcohol 12%)

 

2005 is still THE year of the century so far! (2009 is the runner-up)

All our wines are totally unoaked!

All suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - Gamay
Red - Cabernet Franc
Red - Côt (Malbec)
Red - Mixed Case Reds

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
RRP: £176.28 per case
£164.28 per case (£13.69 per bottle)
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Cuvée Tradition  2004 

This exquisite blend of 3 red varietals, gamay, cabernet & côt, 2004 has become a really outstanding wine. Jean-Marc made this wine in the old fashioned way as opposed to the Tradition 2005 which he made in the more modern way. This means that he macerated the grapes for one month with their skins! The tannins are now elegantly structured and will get softer. There are bags of black summer fruit that come from behind and support the wine all around the palate. Blackcurrants and plums fill the mouth and demand a good roast beef Sunday lunch or Christmas dinner.

It will keep for at least 10 years. You can consume now if you prefer.

Open several hours in advance and serve at room temperature!

All our wines are unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - BLEND Gamay, Cabernet, Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£197.40 per case (£16.45 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£98.70 per case (£16.45 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£16.45 per bottle  
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Cuvée Saint Marc  2010 

A stunning blend of two of the strongest grape varieties. Côt (malbec in other areas) and Cabernet.

This has length and fruit and bags and bags of flavour, with lots of elegant tannins which are still quite young.

BUT... it is gorgeous!

You need to open it a good hour before consuming, or even decant it if you like.
It is full of late summer berries, blackberries and blackcurrants.

Pair with Beef Bourguignonne, Coq au Vin or Beef and Mushroom pie.

All our wines are totally unoaked!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Touraine  
Grape(s): 
Red - BLEND Cabernet/Côt (Malbec)

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£138.00 per case (£11.50 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£69.00 per case (£11.50 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£11.50 per bottle  
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Saumur Crémant de Loire   

Every now and then you want to open a reliable bottle of white Crémant that is as simple as it comes and that you don't have to think about - you just want to enjoy!
This is it!
It doesn't  pretend to be anything it isn't.
It is bone dry!
Tiny bubbles!
Very clear in colour, and Oh So easy to sip!

You can quaff it at any reception, celebration, dinner party, or just because you feel like having a glass of bubbly yourself!
It is just delightful...



Appellation:
Fizz & Crémants (white, rosé & red)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc
White - Chardonnay

Grower: 
Domaine de la Guilloterie
Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£89.40 per case (£14.90 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£14.90 per bottle  
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Touraine Sparkling - Brut   

 

All crémants and méthode traditionnelles in France are made in the Champagne way.

This charming, everyday, easy white bubbly is just lovely at any occasion all year round. It is made mainly from  the arbois grape which gives it lots of structure and just a touch of chardonnay for fruit. It is brut, dry, but not at all sharp.

It is great for cocktails and all festive occasions, little shrimps, prawns and all finger food!

It has recently won 2 cups, a gold and a silver!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.



Appellation:
Fizz & Crémants (white, rosé & red)  
Grape(s): 
White - Arbois
White - Chardonnay

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£162.00 per case (£13.50 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£81.00 per case (£13.50 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£13.50 per bottle  
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CHAMPAGNE!   
I feel I have to add to my collection a Champagne...
 
I know what you're going to say - "Amanda, it's not from the Loire Valley!"
 
This is true, of course, Champagne can only be from Champagne in France... nowhere else!
But like many, I have my specialities and then, you know, I taste something just fantastic, so I feel I want to share it with you.
 
This Brut Champagne is raised by Eric Taillet whose family goes back many generations in Champagne.
Eric raises his vines in the sustainable agricultural practices manner, thereby taking great care of them.
It is white, made with 3 grape varieties, (listed below.)
It is creamy!!!
Can you imagine creamy Champagne?
It is just gorgeous - and I am quite smitten!

Like all my wines it is NOT AGED IN OAK BARRELS!



Appellation:
Champagne  
Grape(s): 
White - Pinot Meunier
White - Chardonnay
Red - Pinot Noir

Grower: 
Eric Taillet
Sold in cases of 6 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£149.94 per case (£24.99 per bottle)
Coming Soon
 
Vouvray Sparkling - Medium/Dry   

Of all the crémants and sparkling wines in the Loire Valley, the small appellation of Vouvray probably make the very best.

This off-dry sparkling is full of fun, great at any time, any occasion, and oh-so easy to drink. As you sip it, it is dry at the beginning and then you can savour the flavours of quince and apricots on the back of the tongue. In a sparkling wine this is so totally new and wonderful.

If you like something smoother for cocktails try it as an aperitif accompanied by cashew nuts and spicy olives.

At the end of a meal it matches all sorts of easy desserts such as apple pie, apricot pie, vanilla mousse, etc.

All our wines are totally unoaked.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegan.



Appellation:
Fizz & Crémants (white, rosé & red)  
Grape(s): 
White - Chenin Blanc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Racauderie - Jean-Michel Gautier
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£179.64 per case (£14.97 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£89.82 per case (£14.97 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£14.97 per bottle  
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Sparkling Touraine Rosé   
Made in the Champagne method from our own Touraine traditional rosé wine.
 
The Pineau d'Aunis grape, which you've probably never heard of, is only grown in our region of the Loire Valley and is probably the oldest known varietal in the region.
 
It is dry, soft, fruity, slightly peppery, easy to drink and well balanced.
It's like a glass of strawberries and cream except it is dry! 
This is a real treat for all festive occasions.
We all absolutely adore this one!
 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Appellation:
Fizz & Crémants (white, rosé & red)  
Grape(s): 
Rosé - Gamay
Red - Pinot Noir
Rosé - Pineau d'Aunis

Grower: 
Domaine du Prieuré, Jean-Marc Gallou
Sold in cases of 12 bottles
Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£178.80 per case (£14.90 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£89.40 per case (£14.90 per bottle)
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Alcohol Percentage - 12%
£14.90 per bottle  
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Red Traditional Sparkling from Saumur   

This astonishing medium-dry red Sparkling wine from the Saumur region is something that you don't find very often.
It is truly delightful to the taste buds as well as totally unexpected.

In essence, traditionally, it is for aperitifs, cocktails and receptions.

In fact, it is a pure delight throughout the whole meal.
Especially barbecue lunch with grills and salads.
Grilled pork chops, chicken wings and lamb chops too.
It is just lovely throughout.
It makes a change from a still red wine, and is as light as a feather!

It needs to be opened about 1/2 hour in advance.
You do not want to lose the bubbles so better to put a stopper on it for sparkling wines.
Fridge cold only (not ice cold)

It is medium-dry so can be paired with lots of different desserts including trifle AND cranachan! Not many sparklers can be paired with trifle. Also strawberry and raspberry tart and custard. Even ice-cream!!!


Olly Smith, wine critic and writer, December 2015
Domaine de la Guilloterie Sparking Red Fizz - Demi-sec red fizz: Fruity, vibrant, refreshing and gorgeous.  Such a treat with turkey and cranberry sauce.

Perfect wine pairing - Scotts cranachan & red samur fizz. Fab! One for your list next yr . Your ideas always good!

All our wines are totally unoaked

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.


Appellation:
Fizz & Crémants (white, rosé & red)  
Grape(s): 
Red - Cabernet Franc

Grower: 
Domaine de la Guilloterie
Sold in cases of 6 bottles
RRP: £87.00 per case
Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£77.94 per case (£12.99 per bottle)
Qty:      
 
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Alcohol Percentage - 12.5%
£12.99 per bottle  
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