2016 BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR (FR) LUCIEN MUZARD BTL$74
100% Pinot Noir.
Bright red in colour, attractive ripe raspberry and cranberry notes with an elegant palate, layered with liquorice, and spice. Fine acidity for a refreshing aftertaste.
2015 DOMAINE FAIVELEY, NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES (FR) 1ER CRU AUX VIGNERONDES BTL $290
100% Pinot Noir.
A beautiful dark ruby colour. The nose is very pleasant with fruity and spicy aromas. The wine is nice on the palate, where we find the same fruity and spicy notes and a few woody hints. Its fine and silky tannins give it great elegance.
2017 BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES, CELLIER DES SAMSONS, BTL$70/GLS$15
Medium minus intensity aromas of cherry with a touch of dark fruit, a little spice. More whole bunch and berry on the palate, structured; plenty of tannins. Long savoury finish.
2018 BROUILLY, PISSE VIEILLE, DOMAINE LATHUILIERE, (FR) BTL $92
100% Gamay. Deep Ruby Red robe. Aromas are intense and fruity of fresh red fruits, Morello Cherry & slight spice. The wine is juicy with a good structure to finish long and mineral.
2015 CHATEAU DU CEDRE (FR), BTL $105
90% Malbec, 5% Tannat and 5% Merlot
This Cahors is ripe in spicy black-currant aromas on the nose and intense in juicy black fruit on the dense palate. The rich, generous layers of fruit perfectly balance the tannins that build up to a harmonious whole.
2017 CHINON LES BARNABÉS, DOMAINE OLGA RAFFAULT, BTL $89
100% Cabernet Franc, Complex and ripe aromas showing cassis, raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish.
2018 COTES DU RHONE, LA GERBAUDE,DOMAINE ALARY (FR) BTL$72/GL$15
Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. Garnet red colour. Expressive nose, complex with dominant notes of red fruits. Smooth and round on the palate with hints of black pepper. Fine, persistent tannins.
2015 VACQUEYRAS, DOMAINE D’OUREA, (FR) BTL $98
Blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Carignan. Brilliant ruby. Ripe red berry and floral aromas are complicated by hints of white pepper, incense and game. Gently sweet raspberry and spice cake flavors show good depth and picking up a smoky nuance and hint of allspice. Gently tannic and a suggestion of smoked meat.
2016, LIRAC, CHATEAU BOUCARUT (FR), BTL $105
Neighbouring the famous Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac has a lovely red ruby color with notes of pepper, black fruits and oriental spices. Medium body with lovely and smooth tannins. Long and savoury finsih. Perfect with grilled meat or stew.
2014 CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE, COLOMBIS, DOMAINE ISABEL FERRANDO (FR) BTL $195
100% Grenache. Medium to full-bodied richness with a fabulous texture offering classic notes of black raspberries, strawberries, kirsch, crushed flowers and licorice. It is a rock star in the vintage and shines for both its purity and richness, great length.
2015 BANDOL, DOMAINE DU GROS NORÉ, (FR) BTL $109
80% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 5% Cinsault.
Aged 18 months in oak, full-bodied, notes of black cherry, blackberry, earth and ground herbs on the nose. Superb structure for a purity of fruit and a knockout finish.
LANGUEDOC - ROUSSILLON
2017 PETIT DETOURS (FR), BTL$69/GL$15
Petit Detours is all about the little unexpected journeys off the beaten track. This Pinot Noir is a beautifully medium-bodied French wine, sophisticated looking and tasty. Wild strawberry and mocha scents follow through to cherry and spicy flavours.
2013 LES OBRIERS DE LA PEIRA - Terrasses du Larzac BTL $89
A blend of Cinsault and Carignan.
Perfumed and complex with plenty of pepper, spices and leather style aromas and flavours and drinking beautifully.
2018 LE MAS, DOMAINE CLAVEL BTL $88
70% Syrah, 30% Grenache.
Beautiful bright red, the nose is intense and ripe with fresh red and black fruits, spice and aromatic herbs. The mouth feel shows great concentration and balance with a superb quality of tannins. This wine is juicy, deep, finishing long.
2017 ARJOLLE, COTES DE THONGUE (FR) BTL $78
Characterized by its deep, dark, cherry red colour. The nose opens up with red fruit. Aromas of blackberry develop after a few swirls in the glass. The palate offers a smooth attack and surprisingly velvety tannins. Exceptional balance between acidity and the density of the tannins. Excellent ripeness with notes of black fruits and prune at the end.
2016 CHÂTEAU GANTONNET, BORDEAUX (FR) BTL$72/GL$15
30 y/o vines, 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Expressive nose of black and red fruits. Well-structured in mouth with smooth tannins and a good volume.
2016 CHÂTEAU MARECHAUX, BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR BTL $94
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Juicy black-currant and plum flavours with hints of spices from the 12-months in French oak barrel ageing. Firmly backed up by elegant and well-integrated tannins. Dense with a fresh acidity and a long finish.
2016 CHATEAU LA PENSEE - LALANDE DE POMEROL DOMAINE MINGOT (FR) BTL $ 121 / MAGNUM 2015 $215
Made from a tiny 1.95 hectare plot of sandy, silty soil just outside Pomerol. A modern wine with vibrant aromas of fresh red and black fruits, undertones of cacao and licorice with a light wooden touch on the finish. Just delicious.
2014 CHÂTEAU PEYMARTIN, SAINT-JULIEN (FR) DOMAINE MARTIN BTL $152
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Dark ruby in color, attractive black fruits mix, hints of earthiness with well integrated oak, medium-bodied, firm but elegant tannins, fleshy mouthfeel and well structured with a long finish.
2009 CHATEAU MARQUIS DE TERME MARGAUX GRAND CRU CLASSÉ BTL $199
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 34% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot A ripe, woodsy wine with plenty of forest floor, blackcurrant, cherry and dusty, loamy soil notes, this wine is showing quite well, with medium- to full-bodied, silky tannins and a long finish. A bright, ripe style, with very fresh crushed plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit wrapped in silky tannins and laced with hints of anise and black tea.