House Wines The following selection of house wines has been chosen with, as ever, consideration to ‘drinkability’ and a complement to our food.
Picpoul de Pinet has been a ‘staple white’ since our opening and is crisp, clean, mineral and fruity. Wonderful as an aperitif or with fish, we recently found a beautiful example of the grape from Domaine de Morin-Lanagran.
The wines from one of Chile’s oldest estates, Santa Rita have consistently been one of the best sources of ‘text book’ fruit driven yet well-structured varietals that Chile continue to produce at great value. The Chardonnay is a clean, tropical fruit laden style with a crisp, fresh backbone whilst the Sauvignon Blanc’s refreshing, zippy citrus and herbaceous character has been a crowd pleaser in the restaurant. Finishing the Santa Rita trio is their soft, very approachable Cabernet Sauvignon delivering rich blackcurrant and fine tannins. From another excellent estate, Santa Ema’s Merlot has a more serious feel to it, rich and plumy with lovely notes of spice.
New to the house selection list are two beautifully poised wines which offer a contrast to the fruit-driven Chileans and show exemplary regional typicity and quality from two brilliant producers of their regions.
Bodegas Zugober are a relatively new estate that under the label Vina Belezos, have been chiselling out beautifully balanced wines since they founded the estate 1987. The Crianza is a great introduction their style. Look at this as fabulous drinking comfortably positioned somewhere between Rioja, Burgundy and Bordeaux with all the appeal.
Domaine Perrin is somewhat more established with ownership of the Chateau de Beaucastel and other key sites in the Southern Rhone now in its fifth generation. The wines are always ones that we would look out for as benchmarks for the vintage. They possess stunning quality and structure.
The Red Earth Shiraz has a delicious forward style. Subtle oak, spices & supple tannins with a chocolate and berry flavour.
2. Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Morin-Langaran, Languedoc, France, 2012
3. Unoaked Chardonnay, Gran Hacienda, Santa Rita, Chile, 2012
4. Sauvignon Blanc, Gran Hacienda,Santa Rita , Chile, 2012
6. Rioja Crianza, Vina Belezos, Bodegas Zugober, Spain, 2009
7. Merlot, Santa Ema, Cachapoal Valley, Chile, 2012
8. Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Rita, Central Valley, Chile, 2012
9. Shiraz, Red Earth, Australia, 2008 /9
10. Cotes du Rhone, Domaine Perrin, Southern Rhone, France, 2010
Half Bottle Selection
H1. Chablis, 1er cru Beauroy, Domaine Geoffroy, Burgundy, France, 2010
H2. Pouilly Fuisse, JJ Vincent, Burgundy, France, 2010
H3. Gewurztraminer, Hugel, Alsace, France, 2009/10
H4. Pouilly Fume, Patrice Moreux, 2010/11
H5. Sancerre, Les Baronnes, Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France, 2011/12
H6. Cotes du Rhone Rouge,Parcelles 38, Vignobles Jerome Quiot, 2010
H7. Frank Phelan, St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France, 2008
H9. Ch. Cissac, Medoc, Bordeaux, France 2008
H10. Gevrey Chambertin, Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France, 2009
Champagne & Sparkling Wines
Kaapse Vonkel 2011, Simonsig Estate, Paarl, South Africa
Champagne Deutz, non vintage, Ay
One of the small group of Champagne houses that deserve the right to be classed or invited to be one of
the elite group of sixteen Grand Marque Champagnes. Bruce and myself have proudly poured Deutz as our
recommended Champagne since we opened in Elie. Elegant with a remarkable depth of fruit and structure
Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier, non vintage, Epernay
An exceptional Champagne house that was established in 1776 and is still under the original family
The Brut Premier is an immaculate champagne, beautifully made and one of the great Grande Marque
Champagnes. From up to 7 different vintages in the assemblage, the blend is 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot
Meunier and 40% Chardonnay and aged for 3 years before disgorging.
Champagne Deutz Rosé, non vintage, Ay
Moet et Chandon Brut Grande Vintage 2004
Moet et Chandon Imperial, non vintage, Epernay
Champagne Pol Roger Epernay, non vintage, Epernay
In 1945, Sir Winston Churchill was already a legend who was to mark history. During a dinner, Duff Cooper,
the British ambassador in Paris, introduced him to Odette Pol-Roger, whose wines he already knew and
enjoyed. It was to be the start of a long friendship between the British prime Minister and the person that
for him “embodied France so well”. The White foil is one of the most stunning of Grande Marque
champagne Non Vintages. A straw, yellow colour, fine bubbles, floral and fruity aromas with a thirst
quenching palate and luxurious brioche flavours.
Scalebrone Bolgheri Rosato, guado Al Tasso, Italy 2009/10
The vineyard (and subsequent wine) was named after a bandit named “Scalabrone” who was native to this
area in the early 1800’s.The wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah, while classified as a
rose is quite unique with a particularly intense colour & bouquet.
White Wines: France
11. Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Molhiere, Terroirs des Ducs, Cotes de Duras, 2011
Fourth generation family wine makers, the Blancheton brothers make wine in the Cote de Duras
Region a stone throw from Cote de Bordeaux. This wine is clean and full of freshness, with a tinge
of country farm essence. 1005 sauvignon blanc. Grippier and firmer than Loire grape this wine has a great
12. Sauvignon Blanc, Les Beaux Jours, Coteaux du Giennois, Loire, 2011
This wine is hand picked 100% Sauvignon and is from the youngest vines planted in 2000.
Great ample and full mouth feel. A wonderful example of the skill and passion of this winemaker.
14. Pouilly Fume, Henri Bourgeois, Upper Loire, 2011
Lovely example of the Loire’s flinty, interpretation of Sauvignon blanc
16. Chablis, Domaine le Verger, Domaine Geoffroy, Yonne, Burgundy, 2011/12
Classic Chablis from a small, family grower, showing wonderful purity of fruit, intense concentration,
with characteristic minerality and a very long finish.
17. Gewurztraminer, Hugel et Fils, Riquewihr, Alsace, 2011
Hugel are the champions at producing Gewurztraminer and this wine is a classic example. Intense
perfumed nose of rose petals, lychees and a touch of spice with an oily texture. Everything you
would expect. A wonderfully powerful wine.
18. Rully, Vieilles Vignes, Vincent Girardin, Côte de Chalonnaise, Burgundy, 2010
Delicious south Burgundian chardonnay, toasty aromas with mouth filling palate
19. Chablis, 1er cru, Fourchaume, Jean Marc Brocard, Yonne, Burgundy, 2011
Elegant, well balanced and stylish premier cru Chablis.
20. St Veran, Domaine Morats , J J Vincent, Cote Maconnais, Burgundy, 2010
A great estate in the CoteMaconnais, Domaine JJ Vincent is more well known for fabulous
Estate of Chateau de Fuissé.. However, this delivers all the style and class of carefully-crafted Burgundy.
21. Sancerre le MD de Bourgeois, Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Upper Loire, 2010
Loire Valley winemaker of the year 2006 ( Fleurus Wine Guide ),Henri Bourgeois is well known
for the quality and authenticity of his wines .The MD ( Mont Dames) is produced from very old vines
on Kimmeridgian soil and shows remarkable intensity and vibrancy of fruit, with lifted gooseberry and
citrus flavours and an incredibly long finish.
22. Meursault 1er Cru les Charmes, Domaine Yves Boyer Martenot, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, 1999
Classic mature white Burgundy from one of Meursault’s top growers.
23. Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Louis Latour, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, 2009£69.50
Pleasant aromas of fresh picked nuts including hazelnuts and walnut skins, along with hints
Rest of Europe
24. Collio, Pinot Grigio, Marco Felluga, Friuli, Italy, 2011/12
Outstanding Pinot Grigio, delightful peach/lemon fruit aromas, rich, dry palate. Perfect with seafood.
25. Cervaro, Castello della Sala, Marchesi Antinori, Umbria , Italy, 2009
Without doubt, one of the finest Chardonnays outside of Burgundy. It has to be said this benefits
From approximately 20% Grechetto in the blend. Beautifully refined, balanced with delicious
opulence, another gem in the Antinori portfolio.
26. Gruner Veltliner, Lenz Moser Prestige, Austria, 2010/11
Gruner Veltliner is Austria’s own grape variety.This example shows exuberance
with spicy-peppery notes.Youthfully fresh in its acidity.
White Wines: The New World
31. Sauvignon Blanc, Mulderbosch, Stellenbosch,South Africa 2011
Since we first tasted this stunning Cape Sauvignon on a visit to the winelands, we have managed to
maintain a continuity of supply of this highly regard wine. A tropical nose packed with guava, ripe green,
fig, granadilla, lychees, gooseberry and a hint of green pepper yet still maintaining a complex character
of nettle and freshly- cut grass. The mouth filling fruit is supported by crisp acidity for the distinctive palate..
32. Sauvignon Blanc, Buitenverwachting, Constantia, South Africa, 2012
Consistently one of the top Cape Sauvignons, oozing class and refinement. Leaner and tighter than the
Mulderbosch above, we continue to enjoy the wine’s reserved character so typical of Constantia’s wines.
35. Chardonnay, Buitenverwachting, Constantia, South Africa, 2012
One of the best ‘Burgundian styled’ chardonnays that we have tasted – nice toasty aromas and
delicious fruit and structure.
36. Eroica Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle, Washington State, USA, 2011
Exciting collaboration between Ch Ste Michelle and Mosel’s renowned Dr Ernst Loosen. The Eroica
stands head and shoulders above the recent surge of Rieslings. Every vintage earns a spot on the
Wine Spectator Top 100 List. A unique combination of tangerine, grapefruit and pear aromas
characteristic of Washington state Riesling balanced with the slate and spice notes and lively
acidity associated with German Riesling.
40. Sauvignon Blanc, CloudyBay, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011
Undoubtedly New Zealand’s most famous wine, this is fantastic Sauvignon, bursting with
gooseberry,passion fruit, and lime flavours.
Red Wines: France
54. Chateau Les Graves De Viaud, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux 2009
Lucious fruit with hints of tobacco and mushrooms, well intregrated oak and a long finish.
Bordeaux is a minefield at this price point. Here we really have something worth tasting.
Its a pure delight
55. Ch Montaiguillon, Montagne St Emilion, Bordeaux, 2008
We have followed this fine estate for years consistently producing supple, merlot-based wines true
to the style of the vintage with good fruit and soft tannins.
57. Savigny les Beaune, Louis Latour, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, 2011
A remarkable blackcurrant and strawberry boquet follows through with black cherries
on the palate.
58. Fleurie, Domaine Pierre Ferraud, Beaujolais, 2011
From a well-respected family grower, this is deliciously succulent wine, oozing ripe and juicy
raspberry flavours, and showing smooth, silky mouth feel a great all-round red, which can
accompany red meats, poultry and even some fish.
59. Gevrey Chambertin, Joseph Drouhin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, 2007/08
Top red burgundy from one of the region’s finest domaine/negociants. Dark red with a powerful nose.
Good structure, rich, elegant and well balanced with avery fine finish picking up flavours of liquorice.
60. Chambolle Musigny, Louis Latour, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, 2002
The appellation of Chambolle Musigny fits nicely between the vineyards of Flagey-Echezeaux and
Morey st Denis with the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot neighbouring also. Stylistically, the limestone soil
of the vineyards determine the character of these beautifully perfumed, silky, mouth-filling wines that
charm on the nose but quietly delivers a muscular, powerful finish..
Latour’s 2002 Chambolle is drinking beautifully.
61. Chateau Cissac, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux, 2008
Text Book Medoc with plenty of juicy chunky blackcurrant fruit firm tannins and fine length.
Cissac’s new style has good balance and is best enjoyed with food.
Red Wines: Rest of Europe
63. Tempranillo, Finca Antigua, La Mancha, Spain, 2009/10
Rich and succulent, up front fruit with well judged oak integration from Martinez Bujanda’s,
outstanding project in La Mancha
64. Villa Antinori Rosso, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy, 2009/10 Undoubtedly one of the most significant developments in modern Tuscany has been the decision of
Chianti specialists to opt out of the DOCG system to produce an IGT wine sourced from fruit grown
on Antinori’s outstanding sites in the region. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon add to the 60%
Sangiovese from the Chianti sites. A masterful wine, modern yet sympathetic to regional typicity
65. Finca Valpiedra, Reserva, Bodegas Martinez Bujanda, Rioja, Spain, 2007 One of the few single vineyard Riojas produced. A Reserva that offers refinement on a level
unparalleled in the region. It is stylish with more than a ‘nod’ to the wines of Bordeaux
66. Il Bruciato,Guado Al Tasso, Bolgheri,Italy,2010/11
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/30% Merlot/10% Syrah, this is the second wine from
Antinori’s famous Guado al Tasso estate situated in DOC Bolgheri in Tuscany. A modern-styled
super-Tuscan, French-oaked red, both classy and delicious.
Red Wines: New World
70. Merlot Reserva, Vina Santa Rita, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2010
Bursting lush black & plumy fruit with a lovely, warm, rounded palate, this is excellent Chilean Merlot.
71. Shiraz, Lodge Hill, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Australia, 2010
Consistently, one of our favourite wines from south Australia. The Barry family’s shiraz is beautifully
perfumed with a lovely purity of cool and dark fruit characters with a deceptively long finish.
73. Pinot Noir, ‘Ona’, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2011
Voted the top Pinot noir of Chile awards 2008, this is a very classy pinot from Casablanca Valley.
Pale in colour, the wine displays ripe cherry and strawberry fruits on the nose and palate, is smooth
in texture and well balanced, with a long, ripe, toasty finish. Very versatile, this red can be enjoyed
with red meat, poultry and even fish.
77. ‘Symmetry’, Rodney Strong, Alexander Valley, California, USA, 2009
The spirit of Symmetry is truly the essence of Sonoma County. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it shows an opulent bouquet of blackberries, ripe dark plums and
sweet spices.Layers of blackberry and cassis on the palate framed with accents of dark chocolate
78. ‘Phoenix’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Penley Estate, Coonawarra, Australia 2008
The name Penley comes from a combination of ‘Penfold’ and ‘Tolley’ the two famous winemaking
families of which the owner, Kym Tolley is a member. Situated in The famous Coonawarra
vineyard in South Australia, the vines benefit from the unique Terra Rossa soil area. The wine
shows a dominance of spicy, Cabernet fruit, with great denseness and hints of smokey oak. Ripe but
elegant, with great length of finish
79. Pinot Noir, Te Muna Road, Craggy Range, Martinborough, New Zealand, 2011
Stunning ‘Burgundy’ styled Pinot displaying dark fruits & cherries with hints of game & truffles this has
fabulous structure with a sweet, lush mouthfeel and long finish.
Dessert & Fortified Wines
90. Muscat de Frontignan, Ch de Stony, Languedoc, France, 2011
Elegant and refined Muscat from one of the best producers from the region.
91. Mellifera Botrytis Riesling, Jordan Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2009/10
From the excellent Jordon estate, this is a very classy Riesling from a small20 year old
vineyard block. Produced from botrytis-affected grapes, the wine shows delicate floral
aromas, with layers of complex flavours on the palate ranging from apricot and peach to lime.
The finish is long and luscious yet fresh.
92. Late Harvest Furmint, Domaine De Disznoko, Tokaji, Hungary 2011
Very fruity and floral on the nose with a soft round honeyed, sweetness and delicious
93. Muscat Beaumes de Venise, Domaine de Coyeax, France, 2006
The Beaumes-de-Venise of Coyeux has been praised by Robert Parker as “superb,” and
Gault Millau calls Coyeux ” the best.” The grapes at Coyeux are planted in a 120 acre vineyard
on the steep rocky slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail at an elevation of 260 m. The vineyard
has the very thin topsoil characteristic of the region. The vines have an average age of 30 years.
There are two types of Muscat planted at Coyeux – grains blancs and grains noirs. The latter,
being darker, have more aroma and flavor. In the words of the owner, the dark berries give body
and the lighter ones give elegance.
94. Ch. Jolys, Jurancon, South West France, 2009
Remarkably intense and versatile Jurancon that complement the most complex of dishes as well
as a range of richer cheeses.
Port, 20 yr old Tawny, Graham’s, Upper Douro, Portugal
Port, Quinta da Cavadinha, 1996, Upper Douro, Portugal Port, Dows, 2001, Upper Douro, Portugal