Not Your Ordinary Red Wine Pack
THE ROAD TO DELICIOUS WINES
BEL-AIR - MOULIN-À-VENT "GRANIT & MANGANÈSE" 2013 - $48
Domaine de Bel-Air, owned and operated by Jean-Marc Lafont is producing Beaujolais wines of great finesse. It is indeed Jean-Marc’s exemplary work in his very well-located vineyards that is the key to these magnificent wines. The Moulin-à-Vent “Granit et Manganese” is, fittingly, from a vineyard planted on granite and manganese. The vines are on average 80 years old and bring a natural concentration into this wine. Moreover, the wine is matured in French oak barrels for fifteen months adding to its deep complexity.
The nose is layered with faded rose, dry leaves, intense black fruits and minerality. On the palate the tannin's are silky and the flavours linger. It pairs well with a slow cooked lamb shoulder, terrines, game or meat on the barbecue. This wine needs to be decanted 45 minutes before serving and it can be cellared up until 2025. 100% Gamay.
ALVINA PERNOT - SANTENAY "BIEVEAUX" 2018 - $89
An exciting new arrival on the scene in the Côte de Beaune is Alvina Pernot, granddaughter of Paul Pernot of Domaine Paul Pernot and cousin of Philippe Pernot of Domaine Pernot-Belicard. After working for three years at her grandfather's domaine, Alvina and her husband, Philippe Abadie, set up a tiny domaine & maison in Puligny-Montrachet. In the debut 2018 vintage, none of these wines saw any new oak, and they matured on lees until they were racked for bottling in used barrels.
The bouquet is entertaining and pure, embracing a good balance with fresh candy strawberries and pomegranates, lingering green snap peas and beetroots. The palate is extremely pleasant with juicy red berries, plums and toffee apples. The tannins show a cocoa softness, finishing off with a long fun tangy finish. It can be enjoyed with venison, veal, duck, quail, kangaroo, smoked meats and charred eggplant. Drink now by decanting for one hour or age until 2025+. 100% Pinot Noir
FABRICE DODANE - LE DOS D'CHAT "TROUSSEAU" 2016 - $51
The Jura region is one of France's smallest wine regions comprising just 2,500 hectares. Despite its size however, it has grown a steadfast reputation for the sheer quality of its wines. Fabrice Dodane, owner of Domaine de Saint Pierre is part of a small group of discerning producers, which includes Jean-Francois Ganevat, who push the boundaries, making stunning, profound and complex wines. The wine is fermented in stainless steel with native yeast and no sulphur added.
First of all, it’s concentrated, not reductive, the nose if full of fresh strawberries, melting in different spices and forest moss, honey and fresh wood. The palate is vibrant, lively with crunchy red fruit and tree sap structure and velvet tannin's. It can be drunk with charcuterie, roast chicken and pork and char-coaled rib eye. Drink now or keep up until 2026+. 100% Trousseau. Please decant for 25 minutes and serve in big Pinot Noir glasses.
CLAU DE NELL - ANJOU - CABERNET FRANC 2016 - $59
Clau de Nell is a tiny, triumphant, biodynamic winery. It is the brainchild of some of the wine world’s most forward thinkers. The late Anne-Claude Leflaive bought Clau de Nell in 2008 and appointed Sylvain Potin as manager. The Cabernet Franc vineyard is composed of old vines, that have been grown organically for some time.
The nose is fresh and floral with bright cherry and raspberry fruit. Expressive with some grippy tannin's, but they are fine-grained and work well on the background of the bright raspberry and cherry fruit. There is a lovely focus here. You can drink it now by decanting it for 20 minutes or cellar up to 2026+. It goes well with charcuterie, lamb racks, beef and cow cheeses. 100% Cabernet Franc.
JEAN-LUC JAMET - CÔTE DU RHÔNE ROUGE "L'ENCLAVE" 2018 - $69
Jean-Luc Jamet is an iconic producer of the North Rhône Valley, home to the best Syrah the world has to offer. The "Enclave" cuvée of Côte du Rhône comes from within Côte-Rôtie appellation in Bonnivières in the Côte Brune.
The colour is deep red and purple. The nose is very present, floating aromas of violets, soaked black cherries, flint, smoke and a lovely savouriness all throughout. The palate is tender though driven and structure with plenty of voluptuous fruits. The final is clean and refreshing. It can be paired with charcuterie, pork roast or simply with the barbecue. Drink now or keep in the cellar up to 2028+. 100% Syrah.
CHATEAU LA MISSION - LALANDE DE POMEROL 2015 - $66
Château La Mission’s jewel-sized vineyard in Lalande-de-Pomerol has been in the Garde-Lasserre family, who has also owned Pomerol’s Clos René and Moulinet-Lasserre, for several generations. Located on the south-western edge of the appellation bordering Pomerol, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are planted on an excellent terroir of loess and ferric clay. The 40 year old vines are tended with meticulous care (manual harvest). The name “La Mission” dates back to the time of the crusades, when knights passing through the region of Pomerol on their way toward the Mediterranean would stop to pray in front of the Mission Cross, which is still present today on the property.
The bouquet displays a rustic earthy side to it with dark bramble berries and spicy oak and dried tobacco notes. The palate is robust and juicy with blackberries, cassis and a soft dusty earthy tannin structure. This wine works well with meaty and full bodied dishes like beef wellington and stroganoff, spiced pumpkin soup, dark chocolate and Manchego cheese. Drinking amazingly now up until 2023. 80% Merlot – 20% Cabernet Franc.