Whistling Duck Shiraz 2019 8.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/whistling-duck-shiraz358 1952786710616 Calabria Family Wines The spectacular plumed Whistling Duck frequents the watercourses of country Australia and is the inspiration for this range of wines which are made from the grapes grown in the highest quality regions.Whistling Duck Shiraz - A really sumptuous Australian classic. Rich flavours of ripe plums, dark cherries and fresh blackberries with a lovely hint of spice. This beautifully concentrated wine is deliciously smooth and drinking superbly.  Drink Now BBQ Meat, Sausages Dry Full Bodied Dense Berry Shiraz New South Wales, Australia Calabria Family Wines 2019 Contains Sulphites Passieno Rosso 2017 9.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/passieno-rosso3121 1973081636952 Conto di Lamberti A beautifully smooth and velvety wine with great depth of fruit. (2017 - 14% abv) Produced by the world famous Lamberti winery at Tenuta Preella, Cavaion (less than 10 minutes drive from the shores of Lake Garda) but using grapes from the sun-drenched South of Italy. This is a 'baby' Amarone as the wine is made with the famous, and very expensive, Passimento technique. The first part of the harvest is picked at optimum ripeness and vinified separately to retain acidity and freshness while the remaining grapes are left on the vines to become even more ripe and sweet. Once harvested, approximately a month later than the original grapes, the best of this selection are then naturally air-dried in the attics/rafters of the wineries for another 30 days, losing 30% of their water through evaporation to leave densely flavoured, concentrated raisins. These are separately fermented and the young wine is put into small oak barrels for a year. It is then blended with the wine made from the 'normal' grapes and placed into large oak barrels, not for extra flavour but to soften the tannins and make the wine even more soft and generous on the palate.This is not wine making by numbers but a slow, careful and genuinely artisan process needing highly skilled and intuitive winemakers. In Valpolicella, the prices of Amarone has spiralled sharply upwards (we did point out that it was a very expensive way to make wine) to the point where even the Ripassas, fermented on the lees of the Amarone, are causing raised eyebrows. Using grapes from the South has allowed Lamberti to make a true Passimento with all the correct techniques and attention to detail that you get from the top-end kit but which costs a fraction of the price. It works for us!Aromas of fresh blackberry and plum with a touch of dried flowers. On the palate, the flavours are rich and velvety with dried fruits, black cherry, creamy vanilla and lots of spice.  Drink Now BBQ, Casseroles, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Bramble Southern Italian varietals Veneto, Italy Lamberti Winery 2017 Contains Sulphites   Whistling Duck Cabernet/Merlot 2019 8.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/whistling-duck-cabernet-merlot110 1952790970456 Calabria Family Wines Dark mulberry notes with plummy flavours and a surprising burst of spice on the finish. Very morish and approachable.The spectacular plumed Whistling Duck frequents the watercourses of country Australia and is the inspiration for this range of wines which are made from the grapes grown in the highest quality regions. (2019 - 14% abv) Drink Now BBQ Marinated Meat, Sausages Dry Light Bodied Deep Plum Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot New South Wales, Australia Calabria Family Wines 2019 Contains Sulphites Brouilly 2017 (Certified Organic), Chateau du Pave 14.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/brouilly-2015-certified-organic140 1952780746840 Chateau du Pave A deep-coloured, fruit-intense Brouilly with gossamer-fine tannins and a zingy freshness. The dominant fruit on the palate is black cherry, with a touch of cassis and raspberry on the palate. A wine that finishes long and is a wonderful partner to English lamb.Owned by the Brac de la Perriere family, this is Chris Piper’s ‘base camp’ in Beaujolais and where he continues the tradition of making his “Chairman’s Plonk”, something that Chris started at Château des Tours, in 1976.Originally established in 1631 by Antoine Brac, this three hectares vineyard is perfectly situated at the foot of the Côte de Brouilly. The vines are cultivated using certified organic (Ecocert) methods; there is minimal intervention in the cuvage (winery), allowing the exceptional terroir to show through.Wine making is traditional, with partial de-stemming (30%) in temperature-controlled concrete vats. There is no addition of sulphites prior to fermentation and only wild, indigenous yeasts are used. The semi-carbonic maceration lasts for 8 days at a controlled temperature between 27°-30°C. Extraction is carefully managed with two pump-overs per day. Then follows an élevage of between 7-8 months in hermetically-sealed vats and an early bottling to capture the wine’s intrinsic freshness and fruit. There is only a very light filtration using a tangential filter.13.0% abv. Drink Now Lamb, Pork, Cheese Dry Light Bodied Deep raspberry Gamay Beaujolais, France Chateau du Pave 2017 Contains Sulphites   Picpoul De Pinet 2020 Domaine Saint Peyre 10.52 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/picpoul-de-pinet-2017878 1952789561432 Domaine Saint Peyre Domaine Saint Peyre, Pomerols, LanguedocDry, crisp and fragrant, with a distinctive nutty nuance. Perfect with seafood, white fish and poultry, and as an aperitif. The grape is Picpoul, and the Village is Pinet, about 10km North of Agde, near Marseillan. It's what the locals drink with the famous oysters of the region, and is little seen in this country. The sub division of the Coteaux du Languedoc is situated in the middle of a sea of red wine vineyards in the heartlands of the Languedoc. Pomerols is a small picturesque village with a passionate historical past. Located between the garrigue in the north (a few kilometers from Pezenas) and the Mediterranean Sea, dominated by the Mont St Clair with, in the south, the Cap D'Agde.The Pomerols vineyards stretch over vast sunlit terraces with clay/calcareous soils.This Co-operative was founded in 1932 and produces 55,000 hectolitres. It has 320 members covering 800 hectares of which 230 are in the Appellation of Picpoul de Pinet. Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Picpoul Pomerols, Languedoc Domaine Saint Peyre 2020 Contains Sulphites Muscadet La Bretonniere 2019, Domaine Bretonniere 10.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/muscadet-la-bretonniere230 1952785236056 Domaine de la Bretonniere Le Landreau, Loire Atlantique. Pale green in colour with clear-cut floral aromas. Hyper-fresh and crisp with plenty of richness and depth. Lots of volume and balanced fruit. Very classic. (2019 - 12% abv)The Chapentier-Fleurance family have been running this estate for four generations and since 1989, it has been run by the two brothers, Pierre-Yves and Patrice. Pierre-Yves is the wine-maker and in charge of the cellars whilst his brother, Patrice, is responsible for the vineyards and sales. The vineyards are managed using minimum intervention and Domaine de la Bretonniere is a member of the Ariane early-warning weather group, which means that they can fully optimise the moment they intervene with any chemical sprays, meaning that they have managed to reduce their use of fungicides and herbicides by 50%.One of the most highly regarded villages in the Muscadet region, situated about 18km. to the east of Nantes. The style of this villagees wines tends to result in wines with distinctive white flower and green apple aromas and a very crisp, penetrating fruitiness. Generally wines that are best drunk within 2-3 years. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Lemon Melon de Bourgogne Loire Valley, France Domaine de la Bretonniere 2019 Contains Sulphites Whistling Duck Chardonnay 2020 8.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/whistling-duck-chardonnay78 1952793526360 Calabria Family Wines The Whistling Duck Australian Chardonnay is pale straw with lively edges encompassing a bouquet of citrus, tropical notes complemented with a hint of oak. This fresh zesty wine is balanced by a creamy palate whilst exhibiting up front citrus lemon and stone fruit flavours. Enjoy with seafood or grilled polenta with wild mushrooms.The spectacular plumed Whistling Duck frequents the watercourses of country Australia and is the inspiration for this range of wines which are made from the grapes grown in the highest quality regions. 2018 13.0% abv Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale Gold Chardonnay New South Wales, Australia Calabria Family Wines 2020 Contains Sulphites Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Moda 2019,Talamonti 9.32 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/montepulciano-dabruzzo-moda284 1952796737624 Talamonti Estate Talamonti Estate, Loreto Aprutino, Pescara, AbruzzoThere is always an initial confusion between the Montepulciano the grape and Montepulciano the Tuscan town. This is the grape. Although it has given its name to the major DOC for the region of Abruzzo the Montepulciano grape is cultivated extensively throughout the southern half of Italy and features in many blends. Montepulciano is a late maturing grape with only moderate acidity. As a consequence of this longer period of grape maturation the wine produced is a deeper and fuller in style. (2019 - 13% abv)From selected vineyards located near the village of Loreto Aprutino inland from the city of Pescara, the average age of the vines is between 8 and 13 years old.The resulting wine is aged for 6 months in 34hl French oak barrels and a 2 month ageing in bottle before release.The Abruzzo region on Italy's Adriatic coast has with its Montepulciano grape variety the potential for creating one of Italy's great wines. A chunky, chewy red with lashings of dense fruit, backed up by full, but soft tannins and a long finish.The Talamonti vineyard-estate was born in 2001 as a result of the introduction of innovative winemaking techniques into an historic winemaking area. This stride was generated by a tremendous passion for wine, the respect for a local culture, and above all the affection to our roots, the Abruzzo region. The founders of Talamonti, a group of 18 leading entrepreneurs, kicked off this adventure with the goal to promote the interest in Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, the historic grape of the region. Today, this desire and objective are still vibrantly alive, yet paired with a great attention to detail and respect of the vine. Drink Now Pasta with Tomato Sauce, Ossobucco Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Montepulciano Marche Lazio, Italy Talamonti Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Merlot & Syrah Les Terrasses 7.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/merlot-grenache-les-terrasses2976 1952785825880 Vignerons Ardechois IGP ArdecheA soft, rounded and fruity red from long established vineyards in the foothills between the Ardeche and La Baume rivers. Deep coloured with a bouquet of ripe cherry fruit, this is a very approachable wine with the emphasis on ripeness and "crunchy" fruit with excellent balance.Les Vignerons Ardechois is a union of twenty small cooperatives with its headquarters in the town of Ruoms, situated on the river Ardeche, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, about 70km. east-south-east of Montelimar. Always an excellent source for red wines, the Vignerons Ardechois are now making some quite delicious whites.Luc Tallaron, their dynamic wine-maker has made a lovely red (60% Merlot 40% Syrah) which is vinified in separately to extract ripe fruit and deep colours whilst avoiding the extraction of dry tannins. 13.0% abv. Drink Now BBQ, Grilled Meat Dry Light Bodied Dark Berry Merlot, Syrah Ardeche, France Vignerons Ardechois 2015 Contains Sulphites Donini Pinot Grigio 2019 8.17 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/donini-pinot-grigio4268 1952792215640 Donini This Pinot Grigio has a lovely freshness combined with a full and rounded ripe fruitiness. Certainly a Pinot Grigio with a lot more varietal appeal and character than many others. IGT delle Venezie.   Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Grigio Veneto, Italy Donini 2019 Contains Sulphites Este Vinho Verde 2019 Ponte de Barca 7.89 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/este-vinho-verde-branco-2017445 1952794148952 Ponte de Barca Ponte da Barca, Vinho Verde, DOC, PortugalThis is THE wine of the summer. With a touch of sparkle, this is a deliciously fresh Vinho Verde full of light ripe william pear fruits and a refreshing finish. Absolutely delicious as an aperitif or the perfect accompaniment to fish and picnics. At 11% abv there's no guilty feeling about cracking this open at lunchtime and enjoying in the sunshine. A real must for anyone planning a summer outing or for lounging the garden. Unanimous applause! (2018 - 11.5% abv)  Drink Now Aperitif, Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Vinho Verde Portugal Ponte de Barca 2019 Contains Sulphites Lanark Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2019 12.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lanark-lane-sauvignon-blanc50 1952793690200 Lanark Lane Lanark Lane Sauvignon Blanc is intensely aromatic, crisp and fresh, reflecting the world famous Marlborough style. It is delicious lightly chilled, either on its own or as an accompaniment to fresh seafood, or summer salads.Leafy, tree lined Lanark Lane runs from Marlborough?s West Coast Road down to a precious vineyard, planted exclusively in Sauvignon Blanc. The leaf on the label is inspired by the Oriental Plane trees, which border this picturesque lane. The changing colours of the leaves mark the rhythm of the vineyard team?s work through the seasons. (2019 - 12.5% abv).  Aperitif, White Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand Lanark Lane 2019 Contains Sulphites Rose Grenache & Merlot Les Terrasses 7.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rose-grenache-syrah-les-terrasses1133 1952787824728 Vignerons Ardechois IGP ArdecheA crisp rose from the mountains of the Cevennes full of fresh strawberry and raspberry fruitiness. (2019 13.5%)Les Vignerons Ardechois is a union of twenty small cooperatives with its headquarters in the town of Ruoms, situated on the river Ardeche, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, about 70km. east-south-east of Montelimar. Always an excellent source for red wines, the Vignerons Ardechois are now making some quite delicious whites and ros‚s.Made from 70% Grenache and 30% Merlot this is a free run rose from the tanks after a contact time of 4-6 hours and then fermented at low temperature of between 12øC and 14øC for 16 to 20 days. Salmon pink in colour with a distinctive raspberry dominated red-fruit nose, this is a full flavoured and yet very fragrant and fruity with a refreshing crispness. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, marinated pork Dry Light Bodied Pale Raspberry Merlot, Grenache Languedoc Roussillon, France Vignerons Ardechois 2019 Contains Sulphites Bivio Pinot Grigio 2019 8.28 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bivio-pinot-grigio2087 4520866807896 Bivio “An elegant and lively bouquet with structured notes of pear, exotic fruit and crisp acidity. Finishes with gorgeous minerality." - Marco Galeazzo, WinemakerTastes of ripe Conference pear, green apple (Golden Delicious but not the watery types that you get in supermarkets!) and a delicate hint of ginger on the finish. The grapes are grown in two areas of Italy's northernmost region. One vineyard is in the Rotaliano plain, a remarkably cool and airy region in the north of the Veneto as it gradually climbs in altitude towards the Dolomites. The other is a very high quality vineyard in the Alpine foothills of Collio, Fruili near the Italian/Slovenian border. This combination of vineyards creates ideal conditions for a crisp white wine that combines bright acidity, fresh aromas and a good weight of fruit. (12% abv - 2019)  Aperitif, creamy dishesDry Light Bodied Pale Gold Pinot Grigio Della Venezia Bivio 2019 Contains Sulphites Chateau La Passonne 2017 Rouge 9.98 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-la-passonne987 1952795197528 Chateau La Passonne A delicious Merlot dominated, modern-style 'claret' with an easy, ripe fruitiness, which makes it approachable and food friendly. Situated in the commune of Cadillac, on the opposite bank of the Garonne to the Graves and Sauternes, this Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux has been something of a find. Made by Michel Bonot and Louis-Michel Muyst, of Chateau Carbon d'Artigues, in the Graves, this is an outstanding claret with plenty of easy, succulent fruit, a good structure provided by very soft, ripe tannins and a long finish. It shows you that even cheaper red Bordeaux can provide some terrific drinking if carefully made by passionate artisan-craftsmen. (2017 - 13.5% abv) Merlot 60%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Cadillac Chateau La Passonne 2017 Contains Sulphites Rioja Crianza 2017 Lopez de Haro 11.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rioja-crianza-2016-lopez-de-haro618 2027619024984 Bodegas Classica Bodega Classica is a winery specializing in the creation of great reds that have been aged in the cask, created by and for the consumer of quality wines. It bases its philosophy on its taste for simplicity, elegance, and experience. (2016 - 13.5% abv) Situated on a picturesque hillside of the historic village of San Vicente de La Sonsierra, the winery ‘Bodega Classica’ rises above a veritable sea of vineyards, flanked by the winding course of the River Ebro and the slopes of the mountain range of Sierra de Toloño. " feels quite classical in its style, lightly coloured with clean red spicy fruit, a touch of leather and a polished, soft palate that makes it very pleasant and easy to drink. At this price level, this wine is a steal." Drink 2019-2020. (91 points) Parker.  Drink Now Grilled Meat, Casserole Dry Medium/Full Bodied Deep Berry Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo Rioja, Spain Bodegas Classica 2017 Contains Sulphites   Pinot Noir Domaine De Coussergues 2019 11.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-noir-domaine-de-coussergues234 1952793952344 Domaine de Coussergues IGP Pays d'Oc, Montblanc, Languedoc, FranceWhilst we have never been that impressed by this estate?s white wines, their Pinot Noir has been a real eye opener. This is not a jammy Pinot as it has an appealing freshness and vivacity that raises it to a serious class. It is quite remarkable value. Vibrant dark ruby colour, the palate is bursting with strawberry and blackberry fruit with a hint of woodiness against a rich earthy backdrop. Good acidity and length. For drinking now. Serve slightly cool.The Chƒteau de Coussergues, a former Royal Manor has been in the Sarret de Coussergues family for thirteen generations (since 1495). The Manor is located on the southern fringe of the C“tes de Thongue, near the village of Montblanc about ten kilometers east of Beziers on the last group of hills overlooking the Mediterranean sea. The majority of the vineyards lie on the hillsides running down to the coastal plain and are cooled by the maritime breezes coming off the Mediterranean.The Chateau de Coussergues Winery has over 600 hectares of which 210 have been set aside for vines. It is run by Arnaud de Bertier who, together with his wine-maker Natalie Arnaud (who trained at St. Halletts in the Barossa Valley), understand the importance of low yields for Pinot Noir and have kept production to around 50hl/ha.They plant an impressive array of different grape varieties here including Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Viognier for white wines and Pinot Noir, MourvŠdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Cinsault for the reds. Drink Now Pork, Marinated Meat, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Dark Bramble Pinot Noir Languedoc Roussillon Domaine de Coussergues 2019 Contains Sulphates Ardeche Syrah 2018, Les Classiques, Vignerons Ardechois 8.43 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/ardeche-syrah46 1952794968152 Vignerons Ardechois Ardeche Indication Geographique Proteg‚eThis Syrah has very ripe aromas, is intense and fruit-packed with a good dose of gamey spiciness on the finish.The wine is very soft on the palate with a good depth of ripe fruit and good length. This is an easy-drinking, 'gouleyant' Syrah with no hard edges yet with plenty of varietal character. Drink Now Beef, Ragu, Pasta Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Syrah Ardeche, France Vignerons Ardechois 2018 Contains Sulphites Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc Les Terrasses 7.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/grenache-and-sauvignon-blanc-les-terrasses2308 1952779239512 Vignerons Ardechois Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l'ArdecheA fresh, clean and fruity white from the Cevennes mountains. 13% abvLes Vignerons Ardechois is a union of twenty small cooperatives with its headquarters in the town of Ruoms, situated on the river Ardeche, in the foothills of the Cevennes mountains, about 70km. east-south-east of Montelimar. Always an excellent source for red wines, the Vignerons Ardechois are now making some quite delicious whites.Luc Tallaron, their dynamic wine-maker has made a super-fresh white - 60% Grenache Blanc 40% Sauvignon Blanc from grapes grown on the alluvial and limestone hillsides of the rivers Ardeche, Chassezac and la Beaume. It is translucent pale green in colour with highly defined floral/fruit aromatics on the bouquet. There are overtones of lime and melon, with a fresh and vibrant palate and a long finish with plenty of zingy fruit. Drink Now Aperitif, Fish, Shellfish Dry Light bodied Pale Yellow Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc Coteaux de l'Ardeche Les Vignerons Ardechois 2019 Contains Sulphites Folonari Pinot Grigio Rosé 2019 8.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/folonari-pinot-grigio-rose1575 4520862220376 Folonari IGT delle VenezieA pale salmon coloured rosé, off-dry, with fresh strawberry summer berry flavours. Extremely zesty, light and drinkable and great value for money. Not many wines are available at this level of quality and drinkability so definitely worth a go.This makes a delicious lunchtime pink and won't leave you feeling like you need an afternoon sleep. (2019 - 11.5% abv)  Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, creamy dishes Off-Dry Light Bodied Pale Pink Pinot Grigio Provincia di Pavia Folonari 2019 Contains Sulphites Gros Manseng Domaine Des Cassagnoles 2019 9.23 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gros-manseng-domaine-des-cassagnoles-2017210 1952799129688 Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng is a Basque grape variety that is now making a name for itself in Gascony in Southwest France. This wine is crisp yet complex, overlaid with a gorgeous acacia/pink grapefruit bouquet. On the palate there are hints of greengage and grapefruit, with a touch of lime, and a superb long, rich finish. It is excellent as an aperitif or with poultry or fish. (2017 - 13%abv)The Baumann family, father wife and daughter, originally focused more on producing Armagnac but over the past several years they diversified their production into producing table wines. Their 75 ha estate is planted with a diverse mix of predominantly white grape varieties like Colombard, Gros Manseng, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Ugni Blanc. About 10% of the vineyards are planted with the red grapes of Tannat, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink Now Aperitif, Smoked Eel, Fish Dry Light bodied Pale Yellow Gros Manseng South West France Domaine des Cassagnoles 2019 Contains Sulphites Rosso Puglia 2019 Vezzani 7.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rosso-puglia1121 1952796803160 Azienda Vezzani A naturally spicy red, unoaked, with fresh notes of wild strawberries and ripe cherries and smooth tannins. Extremely drinkable and great for parties. (2019 12.0% abv)Francesco Rocca began producing Vezzani wines in the south of Italy in the 19th century. Four generations later, Ernesto Rocca and his three sons produce traditional and drinkable wines all over the country. The wines of Puglia are of ancient origin having been developed by the ancient Greeks, however it is only since the 1980's that these wines have begun to re-establish their own identity and to be remarkably good value for money wines.The Roccas have had a winery in Foggia in Puglia since 1936, and their knowledge of the region shows in this blend of 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nero from vineyards in Salento and Murge plateau. Drink Now BBQ Meat, Lamb Chops, Meatballs Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Negroamaro, Malvasia Nero Puglia, Italy Vezzani 2019 Contains Sulphites Tejo Rose 2019, Quinta do Casal Monteiro 8.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rose-2018-quinta-do-casal-monteiro0 4597741748312 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Tejo, PortugalCharming, pale pink rosé. Crisp and dry with abundant red berry aromas and a lovely fresh finish. Cotes Du Rhone 2019 Domaine Roche Audran 12.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cotes-du-rhone473 1952796213336 Domaine Roche Audran Wonderful Cotes du Rhone from the Domaine Roche-Audran in the Visan area west of Gigondas. Intensely fleshy, generous and full-bodied red packed with mulberry spice and damson fruit. Grenache 70% , Syrah 15%, Carignan 15%. Drink 2021 to 2023 (2019 - 14% abv)The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his early 30?s but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Cotes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines. Very careful selection is carried out in the vineyards and in the winery and minimum intervention is used during the fermentation and ageing processes. Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality. His organic, bio-dynamic wines have an additional depth to them and exhibit a purity of fruit and ripeness which manifests itself in the wines' silky texture as much as its flavours.  Drink Now Game, Duck, Beef, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Grenache, Syrah, Carignan Southern Rhone Domaine Roche Audran 2019 Contains Sulphitestrong> Cornellana Merlot 2020 7.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornellana-merlot390 1952791265368 Vina La Rosa This is a wonderfully smooth red wine which can easily be drunk without food. A brilliant Merlot from an area that is producing some of the best Chilean wines. A deep red wine with classic Merlot characteristics; soft with concentrated ripe fruit in particular cherries plums and blackberries. (2019  13% abv)Vi¤a la Rosa was founded in Chile at the end of the 18th century by the Ossa family, who left Spain in search of new horizons. Don Gregorio Ossa travelled throuhout the country, looking for the most abundant land, and bought the Hacienda La Rosa, situated on the banks of the Cachapoal River. In 1824 Vi¤a y Bodega La Rosa was founded, with vinestocks brought from France. In 1930, Don Recaredo Ossa Undurraga took over the administration of the haciendas, and is still in charge today. The Cornellana vineyard is situated in the valley of the same name, and enjoys exceptional exposure to the sun, which, together with its hill slopes and valley plains, means an optimal ripening of very healthy fruit, which reaches the cellars within an hour of harvesting, thus preserving all their freshness and aroma. Drink now Pork, Lamb, Curry Dry Medium Bodied dark plum Merlot Cachapoal Valley, Chile Vina La Rosa 2020 Contains Sulphites Il Medaglione Salento Primitivo 2019 12.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/il-medaglione-salento-primitivo24 1952797163608 Leone di Castris Beautiful colour, lots of spice on the nose (think Christmas cake) and lovely rich mouthfeel. Deep red wine with an intense nose of blackberry and plum. In the mouth it is warm, velvety and balanced. Very well matched with main courses, roasted meats and cheeses. 13.5% abvLeone de Castris is one of the top producers in Puglia and since 1665 the Leone de Castris family have operated the oldest winery in Puglia. Their large holdings produce a wide range of wines, all of which are very reliable, if not excellent in quality and value. The estate is situated on lands of ancient vine growing and wine making tradition in Salento in Puglia. Salento is located on the heel?of the boot that we geographically know as Italy. The soils are renowned for their content of clay and tufo which support the many varietals that are grown in this part of Italy?s south. The Salento Peninsula gets more than its fair share of hot sunshine. Luckily the vineyards are well ventilated by the Mediterraneo?s soft and constant breezes that blow across the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.Although the vineyard operations of Leone de Castris are not certified as organic they in essence are. This is akin to many European operations that have always managed their holdings in this natural manner. The vineyards are cared for using organic practices such as the placement of natural fertilizer around the vines and intra-vigna growth of grasses to cut down on any troublesome weeds. Aggressive pruning in the vineyards is practiced to reduce any biological interference with the grape?s growth. This ranges from insect infestation to skin rusts. Thus, the vines are aggressively pruned back and the harvest of grapes is highly selective. The production facility at the famed winery is ultra modern and the winery now turns out award -winning wines year in and year out. They also bring to the market, as part of their line, some of the most outstanding values available from any Italian producer. Drink Now Grilled Meat, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Primitivo Puglia, Italy Leone de Castris 2019 Contains Sulphites Viognier 2019 Saint-Peyre 10.41 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/viognier-2017-saint-peyre318 1952795000920 Domaine Saint Peyre Les Costieres de Pomerols, IGP Cote de Thau, Languedoc-RoussillonRipe, clean fruit, surprisingly powerful and with a very long finish. Alluringly exotic with aromas of ripe apricots, peaches and blossom. (13% abv - 2019)Pomerols is a small picturesque village with a passionate historical past. Located between the garrigue in the north (a few kilometers from Pezenas) and the Mediterranean Sea, dominated by the Mont St Clair with, in the south, the Cap D'Agde.The Pomerols vineyards stretch over vast sunlit terraces with clay/calcareous soils.This Co-operative was founded in 1932 and produces 55,000 hectolitres. It has 320 members covering 800 hectares of which 230 are in the Appellation of Picpoul de Pinet. White Rioja Lopez De Haro 2019 10.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/white-rioja-lopez-de-haro466 1952792871000 Bodegas Classica Bodega Classica, Rioja AltaSituated on a picturesque hillside of the historic village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most well-known wine villages in La Rioja, Bodega Classica takes current tastes as a starting point and attempts to recreate new ?classics? and to recover from the principles of simplicity and elegance, the time honoured philosophy of great wines.Made from 100% Viura grapes in the Rioja Alta vineyards of Bodegas Classica, this is hyper-fresh with a bright greenish straw yellow colour. It has a lingering fruity bouquet with intense citrus and apple aromas. Fresh and silky on the palate with a vibrant fruitiness which is balanced with a lifting acidity. Perfect with tapas or any seafood. (2019 - 12.5% abv)Lopez de Haro Blanco "white fruit and flowers , a touch spicy and a fresh, vibrant palate of a young white. Easy to drink. Drink now" (85 points) Parker Drink Now or Keep Chicken, Pork Kebabs Dry Full Bodied Golden Yellow Viura Rioja, Spain Bodegas Classica 2019 Contains Sulphites Papillon Gin 32.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/papillon-gin17 2011185840216 Christopher Piper Wines Papillon Gin is created in a small distillery nestled deep within the Dartmoor National Park. They marry traditional gin botanicals with Dartmoor flavours: gorse, hawthorn and rowan berries, chamomile and specialy grown local Devon violets.It is named Papillon for the Pearl Bordered Fritillary, an endangered Dartmoor butterfly that feeds on wild violets, and are donating 1% from every bottle sold to 'The Butterfly Conservation Project' protecting fritillaries in the local area.Papillon gin is made with fresh Dartmoor spring water from a nearby hill farm where the Pearl bordered Fritillaries frequent. Nectar for both the gin drinker and the butterfly.70cl bottle Aperitif Spirit Spirit Clear Gin Dartmoor, Devon, UK Papillon Gin NV N/A Whistling Duck Semillon/Sauvignon 2020 8.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/whistling-duck-semillon-sauvignon95 1952793821272 Calabria Family Wines The Whistling Duck Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is filled with a luscious bouquet of gooseberry &and grassy notes. A fresh tropical fruit palate with soft acidity. Enjoy with antipasto platter, tapas with friends or light pasta dishes. The spectacular plumed Whistling Duck frequents the watercourses of country Australia and is the inspiration for this range of wines which are made from the grapes grown in the highest quality regions. Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale Gold Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc New South Wales, Australia Calabria Family Wines 2020 Contains Sulphites Altivo Classic Malbec 2019, Bodegas Finca Eugenio Bustos 8.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/altivo-classic-malbec1232 1952797294680 Bodegas Finca Eugenio Bustos Ripe and rounded with a plummy fruit and good balance. Eugenio Bustos was established in 1890, after Eugenio Bustos purchased some land in Valle de Uco, in Mendoza, and began to build the winery. His daughter, Celia Bustos, inherited the estate and thanks to her leadership, the land was turned into a profitable vineyard.The town of Eugenio Bustos, as the immediate area is now known, is a hugely traditional Argentinean town, situated at the base of the Andes. Being slightly higher, at 1200 metres, than the rest of Mendoza and closer to the Andes, the temperatures in The Uco Valley are more moderate than the rest of Mendoza, which gives the wines more subtle characteristics than many of their counterparts.More recently years the winery has been extended, restored, and equipped with French and Italian state-of-the-art technology. Drink Now Beef, Ragu, Pasta Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Finca Eugenio Bustos 2019 Contains Sulphites Sauvignon De Touraine 2018, Chateau de la Presle 11.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sauvignon-de-touraine-ch-de-la-presle248 1952796704856 Chateau de la Presle A wonderful example of a Loire Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a lovely grassy, dry, gooseberry fruit and crisp refreshing acidity. (2018 - 13.5%)Domaine de la Presle is owned and run by the youthful Frederic and Ann-Sofie Meurguey-Penet. The estate has been in their family since 1885. After studying oenology in Beaune Frederic and Ann-Sofie gained valuable experience working abroad with 5 months at Coldstream Hills in Australia and 3 months in South Africa at Rhebokskloof Estate.Their estate is planted over 38 hectares with 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Gamay and the remainder in a mixture of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pineau d'Aunis and Chardonnay. Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France Chateau de la Presle 2018 Contains Sulphites Villarrica Sauvignon Blanc 2019 8.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/villarrica-sauvignon-blanc-2017306 1952796868696 Villarrica Maule, Central Valley. Villarrica takes its name from one of Chile's active volcanoes.Delicious as an aperitif, this Sauvignon has a crisp expression with notes of elderflower and gooseberry. It is an elegant wine to accompany light meals and salads. (2019 - 12.5% abv)   Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Sauvignon Blanc Maule, Chile Villarrica Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Terra De Touros Pinot Noir/Touriga Nacional 2019 8.78 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/terra-de-touros-pinot-noir-touriga-nacional-20161003 1952792281176 Christopher Piper Wines Vinho Regional Tejo, PortugalPinot Noir (50%) and the noble Portuguese grape, Touriga Nacional (50%) blended seamlessly, creating a smooth red wine with bright red fruits and soft tannins. (13% abv - 2019)Quinta do Casal Monteiro is a dynamic and innovative estate, located in one of the most prestigious growing regions in Portugal, the Tejo (named after the Tagus river, which flows through the region). This starts approximately 50 miles NE of Lisbon and then expands towards the Spanish border, encompassing a range of terriors from lush river valleys to barren, sunblasted hilltops. This diversity of complex soils and climate allows a wide range of grapes to be grown, utilising specific micro-climates to bring out the best in each. Drink Now Pasta, Pork, Pizza Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional Portugal Quinta do Casal Monteiro 2019 Contains Sulphites Scotto Family Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2017 11.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/scotto-family-vineyards-old-vine-zinfandel119 1952799457368 Scotto Family Vineyards This wine is drinking beautifully, with initial flavours of rich, ripe plums and dark chocolate, followed by vanilla and spice. The racy nose has black cherry and pepper with a hint of herbs.This medium bodied, well balanced wine pairs well with red meats and game, roasted or from the grill, as well as spicy sandwiches. The acidity cuts through heavier, fattier foods including hearty stews and roast duck. 13.5% abv. 2017  In August 2009, Scotto Family Wines became Lodi's newest winery."Here in the heart of California?s wine country we produce small lots of handmade wine from local vineyards. We?ve known many of these vineyards and their owners for generations, and they share our passion for making fine wine from Lodi grapes for wine lovers around the world. Maybe one day we will have a tasting room, but for now we hope you will enjoy our wines at home or in your favorite restaurant or wine bar." Drink Now Roasted Meat, Duck, Herby Lamb Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Zinfandel Central Coast, California USA Scotto Family Wines 2017 Contains Sulphites Bianco Terre Siciliane 2019 Vezzani 7.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bianco-terre-siciliane-vezzani205 1952797196376 Francesco Rocca Remarkable value for money. A dry, crisp and peachy white with apple blossom aromas and a mouthfilling palate.Francesco Rocca began producing Vezzani wines in the south of Italy in the 19th century. Four generations later, Ernesto Rocca and his three sons produce traditional and drinkable wines all over the country.Sicilian wines have changed and progressed over the last thirty years with the island's wine makers growing in confidence with the realisation of the quality of their raw materials - soil, climate and grapes. The wines coming out of Sicilty have such quality that they are surely ones to look out for, now and in the future.This blend of 50% Cataratto and 50% Grecanico grown in vineyards in Palermo and Trapani is an excellent introduction to the ripe, sunny whites of the island. (2017 12% abv) Drink Now Light pasta dishes, salami Dry Light bodied Pale yellow Cataratto, Grecanico Sicily Ernesto Rocca 2019 contains sulphites Prosecco Spumante Porte Nova 12.37 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/prosecco-spumante-porte-nova468 1952787955800 Porte Nova With a varied geography, many different micro-climates and a vast variety of and viticultural traditions, it is not surprising that Italy can offer a full range of sparkling wine in all styles and quality.The dry Prosecco Spumante is produced in the Veneto region from Prosecco grapes using the transfer method. It is a fashionable aperitif on its own and also the inspiration for the original Bellini when combined with fresh white peach juice. A small addition of the red Raboso grape creates a rose Prosecco. The cooler Alpine regions are the source of Italy`s finer method traditional sparkling wines, often including blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Tank fermented sparkling wines are produced in many other of Italy`s warmer regions. These often incorporate local varieties and are simple sparkling wines, made for every day enjoyment enjoyment.This fashionable Italian sparkler is a real jewel from the Veneto region. Pale light yellow in colour with a fine mousse it is delicately fruity and slightly aromatic in bouquet. On the palate there are hints of flowers among which honey and wild apple scents are notable. It is well balanced and light. (abv 11%)These producers mean business. The impressive Casa Vinicola Botter was founded in 1928 and is still owned and run by the same family, and they are an ambitious bunch! From humble beginnings with just a 100 hectare estate, the family can now proudly boast working with producers right across Italy, including the regions of Puglia, Molise, Abruzzo and Sicily. Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot BLanc Veneto, Italy Casa Vinicola Botter NV Contains Sulphates Altivo Vineyard Selection Malbec 2019 Finca Eugenio Bustos 10.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/altivo-vineyard-selection-malbec627 1952797753432 Bodegas Finca Eugenio Bustos Ripe and smooth with a gutsy fruit and softening tannins. (2017 - 13% abv)Eugenio Bustos was established in 1890, after Eugenio Bustos purchased some land in Valle de Uco as it was named by the Haurpe Indians (Uco Valley in English) , in Mendoza, and began to build the winery. His daughter, Celia Bustos, inherited the estate and thanks to her leadership, the land was turned into a profitable vineyard.The town of Eugenio Bustos as the immediate area is now known, is a very old traditional town at the base of the Andes. Being slightly higher, at 1200 metres, than the rest of Mendoza and closer to the Andes the temperatures are slightly more moderate which gives the wines more subtle characteristics than other areas of Mendoza. It also means that excellent quality whites can be produced here, which is not he case in all of Mendoza.More recently years the winery has been extended, restored, and equipped with French and Italian state-of-the-art technology. Drink Now Beef, Ragu, Pasta Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Finca Eugenio Bustos 2019 Contains Sulphites Beret Noir 2017 St Mont Aoc 9.02 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/beret-noir-st-mont-aoc234 1952795295832 St Mont AOC Boasting crisp acidity and a plump texture, this medium-bodied red shows dark cherry, muddled plum and blackberry fruit, with sweet spice and floral accents. Lightly grippy tannins match with herb and mineral details on the finish.The wine is 100% Tannat, widely better known as the red grape of Madiran, but modern vineyard practices and advanced wine making techniques have helped to soften this traditionally formidable grape. The wine offers rich, dark raspberry and 'bramble' flavours with soft, ripe tannins and a delightful finish on the palate. The tannins leave a light but tell-tale 'grip' on the palate but they are so smooth, supported by a delicods. .the Beret Noir does this with gusto whilst still keeping masses of ripe fruit to the fore. (ABV 13.5% - 2017)Situated on the first rolling slopes of the Pyrenean foothills with villages clustered under hilltop castles (the area is often referred to as the French Tuscany), the Saint Mont appellation is in Gers, half-way between coastal Bayonne and Toulouse, and part of Gascony. It is noted for being amongst the most rural, least densely populated areas in Europe. The villages are small and far apart so agriculture is the main industry, helped by a warm but mild microclimate and excellent terroir. If you like peace and quiet whilst eating top class 'hearty' food, washed down by good value wine, then a holiday in the Gers would be ideal for you.The name 'Beret Noir' is a reference (tongue in cheek?) to the long tradition of beret wearing vignerons in this area, where fashion has a minimal influence! Drink Now Red meat, Beef pie Dry Medium Bodied Dense purple Tannat South West France St Mont AOC 2017 N/A Mosel Riesling 2018 8.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mosel-riesling1643 1952794640472 Romerhof Weinkellerei Rounded medium limefresh grapey flavours with a hint of honey, a mineral undertone and delicately balanced acidity. (2018- 9% abv)This is a 100% Riesling from the Middle Mosel, where the steep banked slopes and the convoluted, looping course of the river ensure that the vineyards get lots of sun and the soil retains the heat, thereby helping the grapes to fully ripen. The fruit acquires a mineral tang from the soil in this area, which adds an extra layer of flavour to the wine.The Riesling grape has almost single-handedly rescued the general reputation of German wines, following the 'fall from grace' in the 1980's. Riesling is now considered one of the finest wine grapes in the world and capable of maturing into wines with unique sensuous flavours. In fact, these wines have much greater complexity and nuances than anything that Chardonnay, for example, can offer and it was only 25 years ago that the top Mosel wines were achieving auction prices that the prestigious white Burgundies could not begin to reach - how times change. However, the export of inferior wines damaged the perception of German wine so badly that sales plummeted. It is a little unfair to castigate the Germans for originally sending us these wines, as we were more than happy to buy them in huge amounts at that time, but with hindsight they did score an 'own goal'. The problem was exacerbated by large volumes of wine pouring into the UK from Eastern Europe, which was labelled Riesling but was usually a pot pourri of low grade grapes, which the wineries then blended in order to hit the relevant 'price points' on retail shelves, regardless of quality.The Riesling grape has a piercing grapefruit and citrus acidity when young, allied to a natural concentration of multi-layered flavours of slate, honey and lime. The grape has a depth of fruit, which leaves a lingering presence on the palate even though the alcohol level is unusually low, especially by New World standards. It is this wonderful balance of fruit, acidity, sugar and the lower levels of alcohol which allow all the expressive flavours to shine through.  Drink Now Aperitif Medium Light Bodied Pale Gold Mosel Mosel, Germany Romerhof Weinkellerei 2018 Contains Sulphites Cotes Du Rhone Villages Visan 2019 Domaine Roche Audran 13.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cotes-du-rhone-villages-visan114 1952794509400 Domaine Roche Audran Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality of all his 2016 wines. His organic, bio-dynamic wines have an additional depth to them and a purety of fruit and ripeness which show in the wines' silky texture as much as their flavours. Drink Now Game, Duck, Beef, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Southern Rhone Domaine Roche Audran2019 Contains Sulphites Chameleon Cabernet & Merlot 2016, Jordan Vineyard, Stellenbosch 11.66 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chameleon-cabernet-merlot88 1952791855192 Jordan Vineyard Rich, plummy Merlot (43%) compliments the minty, blackcurrant flavours of Cabernet Sauvignon (44%). Mulberry fruit of Cabernet Franc (13%), peppered with spice, adds complexity to the blend. This wine is vibrant with soft tannins, very good balanciing acidity and length.abv 13.5% (2016)Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs were done three times daily during fermentation. The use of gravity and gentle pressing ensure full-flavoured wines with soft, balanced tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc all underwent malo-lactic fermentation in the barrel. The various portions of the blend spent 14 months in 225 litre French oak barrels (mostly Nevers and Alliers).Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992.The following year, the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance. Sauvignon Blanc Saint Peyre 2020 9.19 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sauvignon-blanc-domaine-st-peyre624 1952790020184 Domaine Saint Peyre IGP Cotes de Thau, LanguedocCrisp, grassy/gooseberry Sauvignon from the Languedoc. This wine has some body and a lovely citrus freshness. Rich and complex, the scents of exotic fruits (guava &and mango) and citrus are dominated by strong berry flavours: one of the most typical expressions associated with this magnificent Sauvignon, planted in vineyards a few kilometres away from the 'Etang de Thau'. (2020 - 12.5% abv) Pomerols is a small picturesque village with a passionate historical past. Located between the garrigue in the north (a few kilometers from P‚zenas) and the Mediterranean Sea, dominated by the Mont St Clair with, in the south, the Cap d?Agde. The Pomerols vineyards stretch over vast sunlit terraces with clay/calcareous soils.This Co-operative was founded in 1932 and produces 55,000 hectolitres. It has 320 members covering 800 hectares of which 230 are in the Appellation of Picpoul de Pinet. Drink Now Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Lemon Sauvignon Blanc Languedoc Roussillon, France Costieres de Pomerols 2020 Contains Sulphites Rioja Tinto Crianza, 2016 Cuné 12.29 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rioja-tinto-crianza-winemaker-maria-larrea12 1952795820120 CVNE Haro, Rioja AltaIn 1879, two brothers set up a business in the recently flourishing trade of the wine business. C.V.N.E., Compania Vinicola del Norte de Espa¤a (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cune, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created.The Cune winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling and it was one of the first wineries of Rioja to bottle its own wines. In 1900, the winery had an extraordinary aging capacity of 80,000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries were selling their wines as soon as possible.The Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta and Mazuelo grapes for the Crianza were carefully hand harvested, destalked, and short macerated, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks at between 26 and 28oC to retain varietal aromas. Following alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred to american oak casks where it remained for 18 months, with regular rackings to develop its finesse, before bottling and release.From one of the oldest, and most respected Bodegas in Rioja, this has a deep, complex toasty nose, with plum, damson, briar, coffee tones and good toasty vanilla on the palate, which is full, rounded and satisfying. Acidity and oak are in lovely harmony. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo Rioja, Spain CVNE 2016 Contains Sulphites La Courtine Cotes De Gascogne 2019 8.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-courtine-cotes-de-gascogne204 1952794443864 Producteurs des Plaimont Intensely fruity, crisp and zesty dry white with a lovely passion fruit and flint nose and concentrated fruit flavours. (10.5% abv - 2018) From what is traditionally Armagnac country in the very rural South-West of France, this area has been revitalised by the innovative and much respected co-operative 'Producteurs des Plaimont', which has had a catalytic effect on the wines produced here. Andr‚ Dubosc has almost single handedly driven the standards of this co-operative up to an internationally recognised level and, in the process, rescued the reputation of the Colombard grape! Colombard had been in decline from the 1960s as it had been sorely mis-used as a reliable base wine for either blending into generic table wines or as part of the production of brandy. However, once investment in new technology had been made and the winery started using innovative techniques imported from the New World (such as picking the grapes at night, rapid pressing to minimise exposure to oxygen, temperature controlled fermentation and scrupulous levels of hygiene in the winery), then this grape variety underwent a rapid re-assessment.The grapes for this wine are all hand-picked in a careful 'triage' at harvest time with the vines being heavily pruned earlier in the year in order to restrict yields to a surprisingly low level. The wine has also benefited from a superb vintage with optimum levels of ripeness being achieved so, as the grape has a high natural acidity, this means that the fruit, acid and sugar are all in harmony.Very pale, and crystal clear in the glass and with a lovely grapefruit and flint nose, this wine has very little residual sugar, but the fruit is so concentrated and ripe that the wine seems off dry, but with a lovely clean finish. Delicious ! Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Colombard Cotes de Gascogne, France Producteurs de Plaimont 2019 Contains Sulphites Gewurztraminer, Domaine Henry Fuchs 2018 15.91 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gewurztraminer-domaine-henry-fuchs149 1952793657432 Domaine Henry Fuchs Very aromatic with exotic fruit. Lovely mouthfeel with good acidity and a touch of honey on the palate. Hints of Earl Grey and Roses on the nose. Delicious, gulpable and up front. (2018 - 13% abv)Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvill‚, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines.Established in 1922, the Fuchs? family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvill‚, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim.The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very tightly so that their final rendement (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration.The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif Medium Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Gewurztraminer Ribeauville, Alsace Domaine Henry Fuchs 2018 Contains Sulphites Whale Point Pinot Noir 2019 10.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/whale-point-pinot-noir22 1952793395288 Whale Point South Eastern AustraliaThis Pinot Noir from South East Australia is a pale ruby red in colour with a soft nose of redcurrants and red cherries. The palate is very smooth with a core of red fruit flavours and sweet spices supported by supple tannins giving structure to wine. The finish is long and smooth with the red cherry and raspberry notes lingering on the palate.Amazing value for money. 500Ml: Otter Bright 2.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-otter-bright152 1952784187480 Ottery Brewery Otter Bright has a very pale, golden colour (which can be mistaken for lager) and a floral bouquet with a touch of that tell-tale ’Otter’ citrus fruit. The palate is fruit dominated with a persistent bitter-sweet finish. Drink Now Ploughmans, Curry, Sausages Dry Light Beer Hops Luppit, Devon Otter Brewery NV N/A Churchill's Estates Douro 2016 14.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchills-estates-douro-201666 1952799391832 Churchill's Estates A deep but lively and youthful colour. On the nose, distinctive ripe fruit and floral characters combining with discreet wood flavours contribute towards a fine and complex aroma. There are hints of wild sweet basil on the nose. In the mouth an elegant wine with a rich flavour and well integrated tannins to give a very long and well balanced finish to the palate.About 30% of this wine is aged for 12 months in both new and old French oak casks. It is fined and lightly filtered before bottling.This wine is produced from grapes grown on the Companyïs Cima Corgo estates, Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio. The areas of vineyard or "talhoes" chosen depend on which grape varieties are most favoured by the climatic conditions of the year. This year favoured the Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca grape varieties. The grapes are picked into small boxes and brought to the winery where they undergo a careful selection process before being crushed.Johnny Graham's verdict:The Quinta da Gricha "terroir" once again imposes its personality on this wine, a blend of predominantly Touriga Nacional ,Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca grape varieties from our own vineyards.Our objective has been to produce a Douro wine with a more elegant style, and I think that the Gricha influence brings a freshness of fruit to the blend which is not often found in other Douro wines."Grape Varieties 40% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca and 30% Tinta Roriz Drink Now or Keep Digestif Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca Portugal Churchill's Estate 2016 Contains Sulphites Stablemate Chardonnay 2019 8.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/stablemate-chardonnay511 1952795131992 Excelsior Estate Bright lime green in colour with an aroma revealing hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom. On the palate there are green apple fruit flavours and a full creamy palate. This is a Chardonnay for everyday drinking and is only very lightly oaked. In the South Western Cape there is a great valley encircled by tall, gaunt mountains. A wide river meanders through the valley floor, which, during the millennia, created a fertile flood plain for itself. It is an arid land, for the mountains which shelter the valley also shield it from rainbearing clouds. The lack of rain matters not, for the early settlers soon learned to channel the river to irrigate the fertile plain. Here they planted their vineyards, orchards and pastures whose lush herbage makes a stark contrast to the thorny, stunted vegetation of the veld.With the simplicity of nomads the first people who trekked through the valley gave places names as they beheld the natural phenomena. The mountains which form the northern border they are called the Langeberg, which in Dutch means ?Long Mountains?, and those to the south they are called the Sonderendberge which are the ?Mountains which have no end?. The river they named the Breede, which in English, would be the River Broad.In 1859 a young man with energy and vision came to the valley and bought a large tract of land. He pioneered the channelling of the river to bring water to his fields. He planted crops and established vineyards and orchards and built a cellar which, because it was continually being extended, became known as the Long Cellar. In his old age he divided his land among three sons, the youngest of whom named his portion Excelsior. Stephen and Freddie de Wet who now own Excelsior are the fourth generation of De Wets to farm the land of their ancestor.Throughout its long history Excelsior Estate has been prominent in many ventures. Before the advent of the motorcar, the best hackney carriage horses were bred at Excelsior. Later these gave way to thoroughbred racehorses, and today Excelsior boasts one of the most distinguished studs in South Africa. In the last fifteen years eight individual Classic winners were bred at Excelsior.At the turn of the century when woman of fashion wore elegant ostrich plumes, Excelsior was at the forefront in the production of these. The large stately homestead with its ornately carved furniture bears evidence to the opulence of this area. The once famous herd of Friesland Cattle were sold when it was decided to concentrate on racehorses. Today large peach, apricot and citrus orchards are cultivated on the Estate, the fruit of which is mostly exported.Excelsior Estate has over 200 hectares planted to vineyards. Of these Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most important varieties. In 1981, a modern winery was constructed with adequate capacity to cater for further expansion. Great care was taken to select the best machinery to facilitate the vinification process.The vineyards at Excelsior are all irrigated by drip irrigation and much emphasis is placed on applying the correct amount of water. Canopy management also plays an important role in the vineyard management and every effort is made to ensure harvesting is done at optimum ripeness. It is the philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards and the winemaker can only succeed if he has good basic ingredients with which to work. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Robertson, South Africa Excelsior Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Fleurie Clos De La Chapelle Du Bois 2015 14.94 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fleurie-clos-de-la-chapelle-du-bois537 1952794771544 Clos de la Chapelle du Bois This is what Chris Piper wrote on our website, at the beginning of January 2018:“Very, very sad news. Fernand Verpoix, one of the legends of Fleurie and Beaujolais, passed away last week at the age of 83. Fernand was one of the first independent Beaujolais growers to join the CPW 'team' in 1991 and was, without doubt, one of the most adored by us all. He epitomised the older generation in Beaujolais, where an impish sense of humour and sheer hard work came together to produce amazing Fleuries from his Clos de la Chapelle vineyard. Utterly modest and always meticulous in his wine-making, Fernand also loved a good time. We last lunched together at the "Au Bon Cru" and it was our usual get-together: a pastis 51 and a bottle of Fleurie (always someone else's) and a 'déjeuner campagnard'. He was regularly disappointed that I turned down a marc (as a disgestif) but understood - as he was never pushy. We gossiped, talked about Beaujolais in the 1970's and most importantly, its future. Recently, talking to some other friends in the village of Fleurie, they marvelled how, at the age of 82, he was out on his tractor in the vines, always working away. Someone said they saw him going to get his baguette and paper in the village just before Christmas and he didn't look at his best. I guess we all have to accept that time runs out but it's terribly sad when it does. Our sincere condolences to his wife, Andrée and his two children Christian and Nathalie. Santé!”Until we know exactly what is going to happen to this wonderful domaine, we have been lucky enough to be offered some more of the outstanding 2015 vintage. Sourced from the lieu-dits of en Champagne, Grille-Midi and the 3.5 hectares of Clos de la Chapelle des Bois, this is a classic Fleurie with excellent silky fruit, penetrating concentration and the tell-tale iris and chocolate nose that Fernand Verpoix' wines often show. Drink Now or Keep Cheese, Hame, Coq au Vin Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Fleurie, Beaujolais Domaine Fernand Verpoix 2015 Contains Sulphites   BMW Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Botham Merrill Willis, South Australia 19.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/botham-merrill-willis-cabernet-sauvignon22 1952787791960 Botham Merrill Willis After a warm winter and heavy spring rains, a rain free vintage provided perfect growing conditions for harvesting healthy physiologically ripe fruit. Consistent berry set and a mild summer meant our premium red varieties displayed concentrated colour and flavour making this vintage one of the best ever. 2013 14.5% abvCricket legends and fellow wine buffs Ian Botham and Bob Willis joined forces with one of Australia's top wine makers, Geoff Merrill, to launch their own range of fine wines. Botham Merrill Willis wines - BMW for short - was born out of the cricketers' mutual love of Australian wine, developed over many years during their tours Down Under with the England team.Geoff Merrill took the leading role in selecting the grapes and blending the wines. Ian Botham and Bob Willis were consulted at each stage of the process, trying a variety of samples before agreeing on a final blend.The colour is very deep red with youthful purple hues. The aroma shows intense varietal characters of menthol, black olive, mint and capsicum with subtle complex oak in the background. The palate is wonderfully supple and fleshy with fine firm tannins providing excellent structure. Intense flavour, good length and well balanced acid complete this outstanding wine which will evolve and develop further with bottle maturation.'When two of the greatest names in the modern era of world cricket, Ian Botham and Bob Willis, join forces with one of the biggest hitters in the world of Australian wine-making, you can expect an impressive delivery: intense aromas of menthol, black olive and capsicum with complex yet subtle oak, and a supple, fleshy palate supported by fine, firm tannins.'  Drink Now Beef, Game, Cheddar Dry Full Bodied Deep Berry Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia Botham Merrill Willis 2013 Contains Sulphites Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2019 14.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/green-lip-sauvignon-blanc-marlborough30 1952797786200 Jackson Estate For the past few years, we have been working with John Stichbury, of Jackson Estate, to try and develop a unique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from a multi-parcel selection of older vines. The grapes for the Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc were harvested from over 30 different blocks located in the Homestead Vineyard (where the original plantings of Sauvignon are) and the Stonewall Vineyard situated out towards the Wairau River.Viticulturist, Geoff Wollcombe, harvested the grapes in cool morning conditions . As with all Jackson Estate Sauvignons made by winemaker Mike Paterson, the Green Lip was cool fermented for just under four weeks, ensuring maximum varietal character. Following a racking of its ferment lees, the wine spent several months in tank on its fine lees, further developing palate richness and flavour. The final blend of the various parcels was finalised in August, when the wine was bottled, using a minimal dose of SO2.Now, with a year in bottle, the wine is beginning to show at its very best, exhibiting great varietal purity. It combines a dense, tropical and citrus fruitiness, with hints of basil and spiciness. The palate is wonderfully textured, with a laser-show of juicy fruit flavours balanced out by a scintillatingly refreshing acidity.Jackson Estate embodies the very best of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and it is a testament to the vision of the Stichbury and Jackson families who have farmed the land at Runnymede, on Jackson Road, for over 160 years. The Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc is named after the native New Zealand greenlip mussel (perna canalicus) which is easily identified by their vibrant green and gold shell colouring. Harvested in the pristine waters of Marlborough Sounds, they are one of the world's most unique delicacies, making a perfect and natural accompaniment to the Jackson Estate Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc. Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light bodied Pale Yellow Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand Jackson Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Clos Montblanc Tempranillo 2018 Bodegas Concavins 9.21 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/castell-tempranillo-2016-bodegas-concavins-montblanc-do-catalunya-spain294 1952789921880 Clos Montblanc A superbly made bold red with warm fruit and spice flavours. (2018-13.5% abv)Fresh, juicy and unoaked 100% Tempranillo (the grape that brings us red Rioja) from an estate tucked away in Historic Montblanc just the otherside of Barcelona.Conca de Barbera is nestled away in the Catalan hinterland, approximately 50 miles South-West of the lovely city of Barcelona. The countryside in this area becomes starkly barren and, once you move this far inland, precious little vegetation grows apart from rows of vines and infrequent small 'orchards' of almond trees. This is ideal terrain for growing intensely flavoured and well structured grapes. The winery is quite new and has been extensively equipped with the very latest in technology, including a state of the art bottling line, fully temperature controlled fermentation equipment and an enviable quality control/analysis laboratory.Tempranillo flourishes in these arid, difficult conditions and the only vegetation in the immediate area surrounding Castillo itself are Tempranillo vines! The wine displays classic Tempranillo character with flavours of tobacco, spice and a hint of leather on the palate. The wine is unoaked, in contrast to most Rioja Tempranillo, to allow the ripe, warm fruit to shine through and give the succulent fruit an opportunity to match a wider range of foods. Drink Now Beef, Ragu, Pasta Dry Medium Bodied Medium bodied Red Tempranillo Catalunya, spain Bodegas Concavins 2018 Contains Sulphitestrong> Jordan Black Magic Merlot 2015 14.97 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/jordan-black-magic-merlot234 1952781566040 Jordan Vineyard Mature vineyards yield opulent fruit with plum, rich blackberry and mocha flavours. The wine has an iintense honey and flowery nose with hints of morello cherries. Framed by generously-rounded tannins and spiciness from maturation in French oak, this wine is seductive from start to finish.Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors at 26-30§C. Pump-overs were done three times daily over the fermenting cap. A small portion received extended maceration while the remainder was pressed immediately after fermentation. The wine was racked into barrels during the second week of March where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation. After further racking it spent between 14 months in new and second fill 225 litre French oak barrels.Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992.The following year, the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance. Drink now Beef, Cheese, Game Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Merlot Stellenbosch, South Africa Jordan Estate 2015 Contains Sulphites 'Tre Saggi' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 14.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tre-saggi-montepulciano-dabruzzo-2015127 2114966782040 Talamonti Estate Talamonti, Loreto Aprutino, Pescara, Abruzzo,p> Dark ruby-red in colour with violet undertones. On the nose there are complex wild berry notes framed by elegant oak spices. Chiefly blackcurrant on the palate with spicy cherry integrated with hazelnut and coffee. (2015 12.5% abv)Made from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from selected vineyards located near the village of Loreto Aprutino in the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo area. The soil is stony, calcareous, structured and free draining situated at an altitude of 300m above sea level.VINIFICATION: Following a rigorous hand harvest in mid - October, the grapes are destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation with skin contact takes place with selected yeasts during 14 days with periodic pumping over. Malolactic fermentation follows in 300 litre French barriques (Allier and Troncais oak). Subsequently, the wine is aged for twelve months in 300 litre French oak barrels. The wine is then bottled and spends a further 12-months in the cellar before release.While it is drinkable right now, Tre Saggi will age well for the next 8-10 years. Perfect with red meats, game and aged sheep cheese.The name 'Tre Saggi' (The Three Wise Men) stems from three figures present in a fresco found in the Church of Santa Maria in Piano, located only 4km from the Talamonti vineyard-estate. These have been identified by historians as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The landmark painting dates back to the 13th century and is considered one of the greatest artistic feats still existing in the region. The unknown author appears to have been inspired by Alighieri Dante's 'The Divine Comedy', as the fresco depicts an incredible journey in the afterlife. In the Catholic religion the Three Wise Men are considered magicians (astrologists) that travelled to Jerusalem to pay homage to the newly born baby Jesus. In addition, the number, three, has always been considered by ancient civilizations as the perfect number. ,p> Talamonti's 'Tre Saggi' is the result of the team work and passion of their three pillars: The Chief Winemaker, Lucio Matricardi; The Sales Director, Rodrigo Redmont; The Family Proprietor Antonella Di Tonno. Such a name was a natural choice for this single-vineyard wine, produced only in outstanding vintages. Drink Now Red meat, game, aged cheesee Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Montepulciano Marche Lazio, Italy Talamonti Estate 2016 Contains Sulphites Chateau Tassin 2016, Bordeaux Superieur 11.74 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-tassin-2016-bordeaux-superieur34 2065751638104 Chateau Tassin Gonfrier Frères, Lestiac, Gironde, France50% Merlot - 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. A beautiful garnet colour with brilliant tints, this wine offers a generous bouquet of red berried fruits, cherry and spices, underpinned by toasty notes. The palate is generous and rich, with nobly elegant tannins. A wine with good length, a fine example of the genre. 2016 13.5% abv. Best drunk within 2 to 5 years of the vintage but will keep for up to 8 years.TERROIR The vineyard's south-west exposure reveals clay-limestone soil that provides very good natural drainage. The high density of plantation and traditional cultural methods provide ideal conditions for the grapes to mature.WINEMAKING/MATURING The grapes are harvested manually at optimum maturity. As they are brought into the cellars, they are destemmed and kept in thermoregulated vats, between 28 and 30°C. Such conditions provide the ideal environment for successful fermentations (alcoholic and malolactic) and maceration, which may last from 2 to 3 weeks depending on the vintage. The wine is then kept in stainless steel vats for 8 to 12 months. Before bottling the wines are fined and filtered.  Drink Now or Keep Roast Beef, Duck, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Gironde Chateau Tassin 2016 Contains Sulphites Muga Rioja Reserva 2016, Bodega Muga 19.72 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/muga-rioja-reserva262 1952792248408 Bodegas Muga Bodegas Muga, Haro, Rioja AltaThe vineyards are located in the Oja and Tir¢ river valleys of La Rioja Alta but the winery is based on the outskirts of Haro, the historical home of Rioja's most prestigious bodegas. Bodegas Muga was created in 1932 and over the years Muga wines have gained international recognition and acclaim.Meticulously faithful to their tradtional wine-making methods, Muga use the classic Rioja grape mix - Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano which are vinified in traditional Riojan oak vats and then matured for 24 months in small French and American oak barrels.The wine has a bright cherry colour with a beautifully balanced contrast between oak and fruit on the nose. On the palate, the wine is rich, rounded and full bodied with lots of fruit combining with a gentle touch of oak. (2016 14.0%abv) Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo, Graciano Rioja, Spain Bodegas Muga 2016 Contains Sulphites Feather Falls Blush Zinfandel 7.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/feather-falls-blush-zinfandel-201416 1952779141208 Feather Falls Feather Falls Zinfandel Rose‚ has a pale ruby hue with a red berry and peach bouquet; delicious as an aperitif, with spicy dishes or with light foods. Medium sweet, with a lovely watermelon and strawberry freshness and a creamy finish. (10.5% abv) Drink Now Aperitif, Berry Desserts Medium Sweet Medium Bodied Strawberry Zinfandel California, USA Feather Falls 2018 Contains Sulphites Massaya Le Colombier 2018 14.48 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/massaya-le-colombier-2015302 1952794804312 Massaya The blend: 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Tempranillo. This new wine replaces the Classic red. The wine is named after the dove cote on the Tana‹l property, where the doves return to nest each year. The grapes come from vines that are 40 years old on average, planted on chalky clay hillside sites in the Beqaa Valley at altitudes of 900-1,200 metres above sea level. The hand-picked grapes are sorted on tables and fully destemmed. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 20-30 days, then matured in vat for one year. The wine is lightly filtered before bottling. ABV:14.5%Massaya is run by brothers Sami and Ramzi Ghosn in partnership with Fr‚d‚ric and Daniel Brunier from Domaine du Vieux T‚l‚graphe and Dominique Hebrard, formerly from Chƒteau Cheval Blanc. Until recently Massaya?s vineyards have solely been located in the fertile Beqaa Valley, at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level. At these Tana‹l vineyards the slopes are protected by Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanese mountains. Free of frost and disease the Beqaa Valley enjoys a unique climate with long gentle summers, wet winters and an average temperature of 25§C, perfect for viticulture. However, over the last seven years Sami and Ramzi together with Fr‚d‚ric and Daniel Brunier, have developed Massaya vineyards in the more extreme, mineral areas of the Beqaa valley, moving onto hillside sites to the North East (Ras Baalbeck) and North West (Hadath Baalbeck), as well as further to the north of Baalbeck. These vineyards are planted with Grenache and MourvŠdre for the red wines, and Clairette, Roussanne and Vermentino for the Massaya white.Wine has been the pride of Lebanon for thousands of years and today it's better than ever. The winemakers craft began with the Pheonecians and developed through many centuries. Now at Massaya they have added modern expertise to this rich heritage. Drink Now Beef, Casserole, Game Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Massaya 2018 Contains Sulphites BMW Shiraz 2014 Botham Merrill Willis, South Australia 19.21 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/botham-merrill-willis-shiraz25 1952794574936 Botham Merrill Willis Sir Ian Botham, President of LLR, is marking this extra special 25th anniversary of his first walk, with two very special vintage releases of Botham-Merrill-Willis wines.Cricket legends and fellow wine buffs Ian Botham and Bob Willis joined forces with one of Australia's top wine makers, Geoff Merrill, to launch their own range of fine wines. Botham Merrill Willis wines - BMW for short - was born out of the cricketers' mutual love of Australian wine, developed over many years during their tours Down Under with the England team.Geoff Merrill took the leading role in selecting the grapes and blending the wines. Ian Botham and Bob Willis were consulted at each stage of the process, trying a variety of samples before agreeing on a final blend.The palate displays fresh fruits and a silky texture with very fine tannins. Toasted smoky oak, well balanced acid and concentrated fruit flavours provide a great structure to this wine. Youthful and vibrant, the complexities that only bottle age can bring are just beginning to develop. Although drinking well now, the rewards of cellaring will add new dimensions to the enjoyment of this wine. Drink Now Game, Hearty Stews, BBQ Dry Full Bodied Dense Purple Shiraz South Australia Botham Merrill Willis 2014 Contains Sulphites Stablemate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 9.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/stablemate-sauvignon-blanc-2017175 1952791986264 Excelsior Estate Yellow-green in colour. Complex nose with passion fruit, guava and ripe fig aromas. Gooseberry and capsicum on a full, rich palate with a long sweet-fruited finish. 13% AbvIn the South Western Cape there is a great valley encircled by tall, gaunt mountains. A wide river meanders through the valley floor, which, during the millennia, created a fertile flood plain for itself. It is an arid land, for the mountains which shelter the valley also shield it from rainbearing clouds. The lack of rain matters not, for the early settlers soon learned to channel the river to irrigate the fertile plain. Here they planted their vineyards, orchards and pastures whose lush herbage makes a stark contrast to the thorny, stunted vegetation of the veld.With the simplicity of nomads the first people who trekked through the valley gave places names as they beheld the natural phenomena. The mountains which form the northern border they are called the Langeberg, which in Dutch means ?Long Mountains?, and those to the south they are called the Sonderendberge which are the ?Mountains which have no end?. The river they named the Breede, which in English, would be the River Broad.In 1859 a young man with energy and vision came to the valley and bought a large tract of land. He pioneered the channelling of the river to bring water to his fields. He planted crops and established vineyards and orchards and built a cellar which, because it was continually being extended, became known as the Long Cellar. In his old age he divided his land among three sons, the youngest of whom named his portion Excelsior. Stephen and Freddie de Wet who now own Excelsior are the fourth generation of De Wets to farm the land of their ancestor.Throughout its long history Excelsior Estate has been prominent in many ventures. Before the advent of the motorcar, the best hackney carriage horses were bred at Excelsior. Later these gave way to thoroughbred racehorses, and today Excelsior boasts one of the most distinguished studs in South Africa. In the last fifteen years eight individual Classic winners were bred at Excelsior.At the turn of the century when woman of fashion wore elegant ostrich plumes, Excelsior was at the forefront in the production of these. The large stately homestead with its ornately carved furniture bears evidence to the opulence of this area. The once famous herd of Friesland Cattle were sold when it was decided to concentrate on racehorses. Today large peach, apricot and citrus orchards are cultivated on the Estate, the fruit of which is mostly exported.Excelsior Estate has over 200 hectares planted to vineyards. Of these Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most important varieties. In 1981, a modern winery was constructed with adequate capacity to cater for further expansion. Great care was taken to select the best machinery to facilitate the vinification process.The vineyards at Excelsior are all irrigated by drip irrigation and much emphasis is placed on applying the correct amount of water. Canopy management also plays an important role in the vineyard management and every effort is made to ensure harvesting is done at optimum ripeness. It is the philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards and the winemaker can only succeed if he has good basic ingredients with which to work. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Sauvignon Blanc Robertson, South Africa Excelsior Estate 2020 Contains Sulphites Cremant De Bourgogne Brut NV, Cave de Lugny 14.72 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cremant-de-bourgogne-brut228 1952788185176 Cave de Lugny Situated in southern Burgundy and, under the guidance of Paul Brunet, the Cave de Lugny has, over the past twenty years, been making some of the best Cr‚mant to be found in France. This Cremant de Bourgogne is made from 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, resulting in a methode traditionellee with great finesse and style, and a soft, ripe and balanced fruitiness. They are one of the few producers who believe in an extra period of bottle-ageing before release on the market. (abv 11.5% 03/11/18)  Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Golden Yellow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Burgundy, France Cave de Lugny NV Contains Sulphites 500Ml: Branscombe Vale Branoc Traditional Ale 2.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-branscombe-vale-branoc-traditional-ale31 1952786120792 Branscombe Brewery A fruity, amber ale from the nearby Branscombe Brewery.Drink NowPloughmans, Curry, SausagesDryLightBeerHopsBranscombe, DevonBranscombe BreweryNVN/A Croc Of Gold Chardonnay 7.51 1 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/croc-of-gold-chardonnay287 1952779075672 Croc of Gold 2017 Australia South Eastern AustraliaThis well-balanced Chardonnay displays aromas of toasted bread, nuts and butter. On the palate, flavours of peaches, pineapple and melons. Bottled especially for Chris Piper Wines with a label designed by renowned Devon artist, Simon Drew. (2016 - 12% abv) Drink now Chicken, Seafood Dry Light Bodied Light Yellow Chardonnay South Eastern Australia South Eastern Australia 2017 Contains Sulphites Barbera d'Asti 'Casareggio' 2018 Agosto Pavia 13.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/barbera-dasti-casareggio-2016-agosto-pavia1 2115133243480 Agostino Pavia & Figli Agostino Pavia and Figli, Agliano Terme, Piedmont, ItalyTasted here 23/04: Fantastic value for money! It has the rich, generous texture on the palate that good Barbera offers. The nose is sour cherry, lavender and leather but, on the palate, it has flavours of 'smokey' cassis, strawberry, mocha and vanilla. It has that classic Italian balance of acidity and fruit that makes it very food friendly.From a small, family owned/run winery in the beautiful rolling hills of Algliano Terme, situated in Asti, North-West Italy (at the centre of a triangle between Genoa on the coast and the cities of Milan and Turin). The vineyards are on quite steep hillsides, looking South, and the vineyards look stunning. The wine is 100% Barbera (see below) and has been aged in large oak barrels for just four months. This gives it an layer of 'creaminess' without damaging the fruit.Barbera grape is one of Italy's native grapes rarely found outside its natural home in the northwest. After many years of being relatively neglected while the market paid silly money for Barolo and Barbaresco, the joys of the simpler and much better value Barbera is being rediscovered. They're not comparable in terms of quality but they are heaps of fun. .you can't eat fillet steak every day and sometimes a cheddar and home made pickle sandwich really puts a smile on your face!Barbera is super-food friendly as it tastes full flavoured but is only medium bodied, allied to low tannins and a high acidity. This makes it a natural match for 'fatty' or high tannin meals that a lot of other wines struggle with. 13.5%. Drink Now Red meat, game, aged cheesee Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Barbera d'Asti Piedmont, Italy Agosto Pavia 2018 Contains Sulphites Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2017, Domaine Hudelot Baillet 19.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bourgogne-blanc-chardonnay-2015142 1952792051800 Domaine Hudelot Baillet This wine is every bit as rich and vibrantly fruity as many a more expensive Cote de Beaune. It is altogether richer and fatter than the previous vintage with a wonderful ripe freshness and length. It is quite weighty for its humble appellation and has an unctuous, toasty, buttery fruitiness which makes it very pleasant to drink on its own or with food. 2017 13% abv.An exploratory trip around the Cote de Nuits in the spring of 2007 turned up this gem of a domaine, situated in the heart of the village of Chambolle.Joel Hudelot and his wife, Chantal Baillet, created the domaine in 1981 with 35 vineyard plots dotted about 8 hectares, including two Grand Cru and twenty-two Premier Cru sites.Their son-in-law, Dominique le Guen (an ex-French air force engineer) took over the wine-making here about ten years ago and has lifted the estates reputation into the first division in the past three or four years. They are strong believers in following an eco-friendly viticultural route and have been very successful in redeveloping the micro-organic structure of the soil. Working with sensibly low yields and meticulous attention to detail in the chais, has resulted in some superb wines. Drink Now Creamy chicken dishes, meaty white fish Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Hudelot Baillet 2017 contains Sulphites Bobbie Burns Shiraz 2017 18.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bobbie-burns-shiraz-20156 2077202251864 Campbells Rutherglen  Deep dark red with purple hues. The nose has real depth, almost brooding, with dark plums and blackberry perfectly integrated with the more elegant characters of black pepper and aniseed. A hint of spicy oak sits in the background. This wine is full bodied with mouth filling plum and mulberry fruit, beautifully structured with layers of fine tannin and complementary characters of liquorice, ironstone and cocoa. A wonderful vintage that is drinking well in its youth but destined to reward careful cellaring. After fermentation on skins for six to seven days using closed and rotary fermenters, the wine was subsequently aged for a period of 12 months in a mixture of new to three year old premium French and American barrels. The favourable 2017 growing season has produced a Bobbie Burns Shiraz with incredible depth and concentration of fruit flavours. Our long history with this wine suggests it will continue to develop in the bottle for a further 10-12 years. Enjoy now with a Moroccan spice rubbed fillet of beef or over time with slow braised beef or lamb. Drink Now Braised Beef or Lamb Dry Full Bodied Deep Blackcurrant Shiraz Rutherglen, Australia Campbells Vineyard 2017 Contains Sulphites  Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2018, Casas del Bosque 10.36 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sauvignon-blanc-casablanca-reserva-2017153 1952794607704 Casas del Bosque On the nose intense notes of key lime, grapefruit and fresh ginger dominate with just a hint of salinity. In the mouth, bright flavours of ginger and citrus zest give way to a tight mineral backbone and rapier-like acidity.Alcohol: 12.5% 2018Casas del Bosque is one of Chile's top wineries and we are delighted to be importing a wide range of these excellent wines. Created in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, this 245 hectare estate in nearly all situated in the premium wine region of Casablanca (although there are 13 ha. of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere in Rapel). The temperatures in the Casablanca Valley (situated just beyond the coastal mountain range) are amongst some of the coolest in viticultural Chile and it is not surprising that varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir do so well. The brilliant New Zealander, Grant Phelps, is in charge of wine-making and his philosophy is based upon using as little new oak as possible and where it is used, it is there to improve a wine's texture. The Reserva Sauvignon Blanc sees no oak but undergoes long, pre-fermentation skin contact, to help develop a wonderful aromatic complexity. The other Reservas and Gran Reservas see a judicious amount of oak-barrel ageing but it is the terroir and varietal fruit that are allowed to dominate in the final assemblage. These are amazingly pure and concentrated wines that reveal Chile's (and particularly Casablanca's) true potential Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Light Gold Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley, Chile Casas del Bosque 2018 Contains Sulphites Pinot Noir Reserva, Casas Del Bosque 2019 12.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-noir-reserva-casas-del-bosque651 1952793591896 Casas del Bosque DO CasablancaVery fruity on the nose with red fruits in the lead role. This also has a pleasant earthy note. Fruit forward with a touch of black cherry and strawberry flavours. Some earthy nuttiness adds a very nice complexity, particularly on the lengthy finish. (2019 - 14% abv)Casas del Bosque is one of Chile's top wineries and we are delighted to be importing a wide range of these excellent wines. Created in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, this 245 hectare estate in nearly all situated in the premium wine region of Casablanca (although there are 13 ha. of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere in Rapel). The temperatures in the Casablanca Valley (situated just beyond the coastal mountain range) are amongst some of the coolest in viticultural Chile and it is not surprising that varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir do so well. The brilliant New Zealander, Grant Phelps, is in charge of wine-making and his philosophy is based upon using as little new oak as possible and where it is used, it is there to improve a wine's texture. The Riserva Sauvignon Blanc sees no oak but undergoes long, pre-fermentation skin contact, to help develop a wonderful aromatic complexity. The other Riservas and Gran Riservas see a judicious 'amount of oak-barrel ageing but it is the terroir and varietal fruit that are allowed to dominate in the final assemblage. These are amazingly pure and concentrated wines that reveal Chile's (and particularly Casablanca's) true potential.Country: Chile Wine Vintage: 2015 Serving Temperature: 60ø-64ø Fwine Club Featured In Premier Series - 1 Red 1 White Premier Series - 2 Reds Masters Series - 2 Reds Tasting NotesFor centuries France dominated the production of world-class Pinot Noir. Burgundy and Champagne were the only games in town until California and Oregon got in the act, followed by Tasmania and others. Now, it is Chile?s turn. Casas del Bosque has fashioned a riveting Pinot in their 2015 Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley. Medium to full-bodied, this 2015 Pinot offers a savory nose along with plenty of juicy cherry and raspberry flavors, beautiful spice tones, fine texture, and ripe tannins. Youthful, exuberant and full of varietal flavor, it is easy to see why the 2015 Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir has received numerous 90+ ratings, including 92 Points from James Suckling. Enjoy this delicious world-class Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir at cool room temperature (60ø-64ø F) after a few minutes of aeration. Enjoy!Food PairingsFine Pinot Noir such as the 2015 Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir needs only time and a clean wine glass to delight. As a world-class Pinot Noir, Casas del Bosque?s 2015 Reserva Pinot Noir constitutes a meal in itself. Nonetheless, there is no better wine to accompany food than Pinot Noir. Consider pairing the 2015 Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir with poultry, beef, lamb, pastas, cheeses, grilled vegetables, and even Ahi tuna. Lamb tenderloin served with Pinot Noir au jus offers an incomparable partner to this wine. Roast turkey with all of the trimmings provides another splendid accompaniment. Duck confit, herb encrusted pork tenderloins, smoked meats, and all kinds of charcuterie make excellent pairings, too. Poppy seed crusted Ahi tuna served with soba noodle salad and a lobster chipotle sauce creates more magic in the company of a bottle of 2015 Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir. A roasted turnip and leek soup or roasted root vegetables also make fine companions to Casas del Bosque?s splendid Pinot Noir. Enjoy!Winery NotesChile continues to be a source of exceptional wines for quality, value and variety. This is due largely to the burgeoning number of boutique wineries such as Casas del Bosque that continuously push the envelope on quality through excellent vineyard management, site selection and meticulous attention in the cellar.Casas del Bosque sprang to life in 1993 as a family boutique winery dedicated exclusively to the production of high quality wines. And by all accounts this boutique operation is ably fulfilling its mission, as the recent spate of 90+ point ratings from world renowned critics will attest. Casas del Bosque is located just 40 miles from Chile?s capital of Santiago and a mere 18 miles from Chile?s principal port of Valparaiso. This boutique operation cultivates its own vineyards in the nearby Casablanca Valley, the preferred place for premium Pinot Noir, Syrah, and white grape varieties. They also have significant vineyard holdings in the premier red wine producing valleys of Maipo and Rapel south of Santiago, areas noted for fashioning exceptional CarmenŠre and Cabernet Sauvignon. Casas del Bosque?s meticulous attention to vineyard management and careful site and varietal selection guarantee superior fruit for the winery?s portfolio of high quality wines. Such care has also earned Casas del Bosque the distinction of Chilean Winery of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London for two years in a row and most recently Decanter magazine?s Platinum Award for the estate?s Syrah.Presently, Casas del Bosque has approximately 500 acres of vines under cultivation, which are spread throughout Chile?s best viticultural valleys and microclimates. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah hail from the winery?s superb Casablanca holdings, while Casas del Bosque?s exceptional ultra-premium CarmenŠre and Cabernet Sauvignon red wines emanate from the warmer Rapel and Maipo valleys. The winery?s Peque¤as Producciones (very limited productions) of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah are Casas del Bosque?s ultimate luxury offerings. Drink Now Chicken, Veal, Turkey Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Pinot Noir Chile Casas del Bosque 2019 Contains Sulphates Guillaume Delcoeur 2018 Chateau d'Oupia 10.38 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/guillaume-delcoeur29 1952785891416 Chateau d'Oupia Pays d'HeraultThe Guillaume Delcoeur Herault, despite its humble origins, has all the breeding and class of something with a more famous appellation, being superbly concentrated with a pervasive cocoa/coffee nose and a deep, smooth blackberry-fruit flavour.Chateau d'Oupia is one of the Minervois region's finest estates. The intelligent use of older vines and some new oak results in a stunning Cuvee des Barons with incredibly complex and intense fruit.   Drink Now Beef, Game Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault Pays d'Herault Chateau d'Oupia 2018 Contains Sulphites Chateau Beard La Chapelle 2014 23.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-beard-la-chapelle-2012454 3846936232024 Chateau Beard La Chapelle Grand Cru St Emilion, BordeauxWith a mix of blackcurrant and vanilla aromas lifted by a fresh note of aniseed, this opulent wine is well-balanced with layers of rich black fruit flavours and a long mineral finish that is silky smooth. (2014 - 13% abv)Béard La Chapelle produces 100,000 bottles per year with a yield of 45hl/ha. Franck Moureau is the wine maker and runs the property with the help of two full-time workers (and their wives who work part-time in the vineyards). They have worked for the property for over 17 years. In addition, seasonal workers are employed for jobs such as the green harvest and for deleafing prior to harvest-time. Franck’s sister, Laurence Moureau is in charge of communication and the development of international sales.The Chateau has been in the same family for 9 generations. In 1980, Franck's father, Richard, decided to integrate his parents' parcels to expand the domain. Franck took over as winemaker in 2006, along with his sister Laurence in charge of sales development. They have worked very hard to make the Chateau a success, investing in new equipment but also in conducting traditional winemaking techniques and improving the care given to the vines. Today Château Béard La Chappelle is an incredible value for money Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, a rising star within the appellation and definitely a Château to follow in the coming years.  Drink now or keep Big Beef Dishes, Duck, Game Dry Medium Bodied Dark Blackberry Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon St Emilion, Bordeux Chateau Beard La Chapelle 2014 Contains Sulphites Minervois Rosé 2019 Chateau D'Oupia 10.86 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/minervois-rose-2018-chateau-doupia250 2112851116120 Chateau d'Oupia There is something quintessential about the association between the Languedoc and crisp, refreshing rosés. Maybe it's the thought of soaking up all that lovely southern french sunshine whilst on holiday without a care in the world. Year in year out André Iché manages to produce one of our most popular pink wines. Predominantly made with Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Syrah this is a pale-coloured rosé with an excellent depth of spangly strawberry fruit. (2018 - 13.5% abv)Marie-Pierre continues Andre Iche's remarkable run of award-winning wines from the Minervois region. The 45-hectare estate surrounds the sleepy hamlet of Oupia and the preponderance of old vines (along with the magic ingredient of 100 year-old Carignan vines) guarantees a succulent, intense and richly coloured ‘villages’ Minervois.The intelligent use of even older vines and some new oak results in a stunning Cuvée des Barons with incredibly complex and intense fruit. The Minervois Blanc is made from 49% Marsanne and 49% Roussanne (with just a ‘touche’ of Viognier!), resulting in a particularly floral bouquet, soft peachy fruit and a lively, zesty acidity. Last, but by no means least, is Château d’Oupia from one of the region’s very finest estates. His hand-crafted, very limited selectionwhich he calls Nobilis is sourced from a very small parcel of 50 year-old vines situated on steep hillsides in the mountainous Beaufort zone and is almost opaque in colour, has an amazing texture and a formidably complex black-fruit complexity and velvety tannins.  Drink Now Aperitif, Strawberries, Salmon Dry Light Bodied Pale Strawberry Grenache Noir, Cinsault,Syrah Languedoc Roussillon, France Chateau d'Oupia 2019 Contains Sulphites Chianti 2018, Villa Domiziano 11.22 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chianti4 1952789430360 Villa Domiziano Bright red colour, tending slightly to garnet with an intense bouquet. Velvety on the mouth with a great tannin characteristic. Made from Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Tuscan Trebbiano ; Malvasia hand harvested from hillside vineyards in the Tuscany region DOCG area of Chianti Classico.  Drink Now or Keep Veal, Pork, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Trebbiano, Malvasia Tuscany, Italy Villa Domiziano 2018 Contains Sulphites Morgon Corcelette 2018, Domaine Perrachon 13.61 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/morgon-corcelette158 1952783728728 Domaine Perrachon Grown in beautiful vineyards and on soil, which is extremely rich in the mineral manganese (which helps the vines impart a special flavour to the grapes), this is supple and lingering on the palate. The wine fills the mouth with ripe, rich red cherry fruit flavours with hints of fresh raspberries and spices. From a tiny plot of vines situated in les Versauds, planted in the 1920's.We have worked with this lovely family since the early 1990’s, when we first started buying wines from Laurent Perrachon’s father, Jacques. Fifth generation vignerons, Laurent and Martine Perrachon, have recently been joined by their sons, Maxime and Adrien. The former is very much concerned with viticulture whilst Adrien is to be found in the cellars and involved in the wine making side of the business. This is an important 30-hectare estate, situated in the la Bottière lieu-dit in Juliénas. Currently, the Perrachon’s are working towards 100% lutte-raisonnée (sustainable viticulture) and only mechanically working their soils, removing any need for weed-killers. This is a domaine that is very much on the up and in 2018, they received one of the few, highly coveted Coup de Coeurs’ awarded by La Revue de Vin de France. Laurent Perrachon is the current president of the Juliénas cru and is very involved in the development of individual lieu-dit sites which he promotes on his own labels.  Drink Now or Keep Cheese, Lamb, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Beaujolais, France Domaine Perrachon 2018 Contains Sulphites Beaujolais Villages Chateau de Grandmont 2016 11.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/beaujolais-villages-chateau-de-grantmont-2015143 2114688909400 Chateau de Grandmont This is a rich, concentrated Villages with deep colours and plenty of black cherry and raspberry fruit. (2016 - 12.5% abv) Chateau de Grandmont is a 9ha. property, situated in the commune of Blacé, about 15 minutes drive south of Château du Pavé. It is owned by Jean Brac de la Perriere, and the domaine is managed by Laurent Santailler. Chris Piper has been the wine maker since 2001 and since 2002, there has been a severe investment in the vineyard. The aim has been to dramatically reduce yields and to restructure the vineyards.Grandmont has been overtly eco-friendly (no pesticides, weed-killers or man-made fertilisers) since 2010. The soil is manured and ploughed and has competitive "swiss grass" planted between the vines for hydric competition, ensuring deeper roots and reduced yields. A very tight pruning is carried out and unusually for Beaujolais, the vines are pruned on the double-guyot system, trained on wires, giving the grapes better aeration and sun exposure. In 2018, Grandmont was accredited with full Ecocert organic status.For this vintage, the grapes were partially (80%) de-stalked prior to fermentation which was in temperature controlled concrete vats. There was a minimum use of sulfites prior to fermentation for anti-oxidative purposes; fermentation lasting for seven days between 27°-30°C. Over the winter months, the wine was stored in stainless steel and was then bottled in March to capture the fresh fruit.The 2016 has a deep, purple-red colour and black cherry and cassis aromatics. There is an excellent balance between succulent ripe, concentrated fruit and a fine structure.  Drink Now Spring Lamb, Sausages, Cassoulet Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Beaujolais Chateau de Grandmont 2016 Contains Sulphites  Chateau Carbon D'Artigues Rouge 2018 Graves 14.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-carbon-dartigues27 1954564472920 Chateau Carbon d'Artigues GravesAn extremely ripe 2018 from this extremely good value Chateau, with plenty of fleshy juicy black fruits on the nose, soft tannins and a very drinkable palate. While your waiting for your other clarets to mature this is one to savour in the meantime.You will find this relatively newly-created property in the southern part of the Graves region, just to the north-west of Sauternes. It was the brain-child of two friends, Michel Bonnot and Louis-Michel Muyst, both having read oeneology together at the University of Bordeaux and, who on leaving, managed to persuade a number of growers in the commune of Landiras, who were near retirement, to sell them some prime parcels of old vineyards whose average age is now 30 years old.The first vintage released was in 1991. Merlot 65%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 35% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Steak, Charcuterie, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Graves Chateau Carbon d'Artigues 2018 Contains Sulphites Malbec Anubis 2019 Susanna Balbo 13.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/malbec-anubis-2017-susanna-balbo84 1952799096920 Dominio del Plata This Malbec is deep-coloured and definitely full of ripe, plummy/spicy fruit. It is deliciously and jam-packed with fruit.Tasted here 23/04: old style Malbec (6 months in French oak) that punches way above its price. Rich and meaty (newer styles of Malbec are much gentler than people assume) with robust flavours of damson, cassis, cocoa, spicy plum and a gentle layer of creamy vanilla. Anubis is an exciting joint-venture between Alberto Antonini (ex-winemaker at Antinori in Tuscany) and the brilliant Argentinean wine-maker, Susana Balbo, in whose winery (Dominio del Plata) the Anubis range is made. Fruit for the vintage was sourced from the Agrelo and Vistalba regions, widely recognised as the quality heartland of Mendoza. Our two red wines from this estate show off the wine-making prowess of this Argentine/Italian team - these are modern, richly fruity and extracted wines with an open, approachable style. 13.5% abv 2016The fruit for this very tasty little 100% Malbec comes from Luj n de Cuyo at around 950 metres above sea level. The secret to its success is its simplicity, its soft texture, its attractive fruity aromatics with a hint of violets. The wine spends 6 months in used oak before release to give just a subtle kiss of vanilla. Drink Now Lamb, Beef, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Malbec Argentina, South America Susanna Balbo 2019 Contains Sulphites Jordan Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay 2019 Stellenbosch 17.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/jordan-barrel-fermented-chardonnay60 1952794312792 Jordan Vineyard A powerful expression of Chardonnay. Brimming with fruit flavour and elegance. A buttery toastiness from the oak rounds off the complex hazelnut and citrus flavours.The juice was barrel-fermented in a selection of 228 litre Burgundy-shaped French oak barrels (50% new, 30% second-fill and 20% third fill Nevers and Burgundian oak barrels from selected French cooperages). The wine was matured sur lie in the barrel for 9 months with occasional rolling of the barrels to accentuate the leesy character. 12% tank-fermented Chardonnay was blended with the barrel-fermented wine to ensure a good balance of citrus flavours. Both the tank and barrel-fermented Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation.Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992.The following year, the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance.  Drink now Chicken, Marinated Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Chardonnay Stellenbosch, South Africa Jordan Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Corbieres Rouge Chateau Trillol 2016 8.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/corbieres-rouge-chateau-trillol-20141157 1952794017880 Chateau Trillol Famille Sichel.Nose of red fruits with a nuance of thyme and black pepper. Fresh, filigree front-of-palate with a crescendoing bouquet of black fruit. Fine length and an elegant structure with fine-grained tannins. A sensation of aerial lightness and generous sunshine.Drink within 2-8 years after the vintageHigh in the hills of the CorbiŠres, in a stunning corner of south west France, Chƒteau Trillol has been the Sichel family property since 1990. Since then, Benjamin Sichel, Technical Director and Henri Guiot, Estate Manager, have worked tirelessly to fulfill its potential. Following the latest acquisition of plots of vines adjoining the estate, the entire harvest will, in future, consist exclusively of grapes from the historic vineyard of Trillol. Benjamin Sichel, and Henri Guiot will now have greater control over vintage quality and will be able to produce wines which correspond exactly to their vision. The wines of Trillol have gained in depth and intensity and are displaying greater freshness than ever before - an essential feature of this high-lying vineyard. To mark this major turning point in the control that the estate has over quality, and at the same time the reconstitution of this historic vineyard, Domaine du Trillol is changing its name to Chƒteau Trillol. At 400m above sea level, the vineyard is located in two of the CorbiŠres terroirs: TermenŠs and Qu‚ribus. The first, the silica-rich, Terroir de TermenŠs is located high up in the hills. The second, Terroir de Q‚ribus, is in the middle of the valley that surrounds the village of Cucugnan. Here the local grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan (harvested by hand), result in an authentic wine that is packed with character and a strong sense of place.AREA OF VINEYARDS 40 Ha (red wine) AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 35 years BLEND OF GRAPES 44% Grenache - 29% Carignan - 27% Syrah WINEMAKING/MATURING The grapes are totally de-stemmed and then fermented for 6 to 8 days at 30 to 32øC. Maceration lasts for 30 to 40 days with daily pumping over. The vats are run off and the press wines separated from the free run juice. This is followed by the malolactic fermentation. Some of the grapes are vinified by carbonic maceration. Depending on the vintage, the wine is then aged for 6-12 months in oak barrels and racking takes place every 3 to 4 months. Trillol is lightly fined but not filtered before bottling. VINTAGE 2014 Alc: 13.5 % Es Vino Malbec Finca Sophenia 2019 13.38 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/es-vino-malbec-finca-sophenia55 1952789889112 Finca Sophenia Complex aromas of plums, ripe cherries and violets, enhanced by dried fruits and hints of mint. Great concentration and complexity on the palate with sweet and voluminous tannins, and a hint of chocolate on the finish. Ageing in French oak barrels for twelve months, with Bordeaux superstar Michel Rolland as consultant, makes this a really serious wine! 2019 13.5% abvWinemaker Mat¡as Michelini. Consultant Michel Rolland.The land selected to plant in 1997, is located at the slopes of the Andes mountains in the famous district of Tupungato, Mendoza, where the best quality wines are made. With an elevation of 1200 meters (4000 feet) the terroir benefits from the cooler climate, abundant sun, and sharp contrast between day and night temperature, delivering the highest quality from Argentina. This must be also one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world with a back drop of the Andes making for a truly spectacular sight. Drink Now BBQ, Beef, Pork Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum, Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Finca Sophenia 2019 Contains Sulphites Acantus Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Bodegas Olarra 7.77 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/acantus-sauvignon-blanc-201828 1952789758040 Bodegas Olarra The wine is of a characteristic golden colour and has a classic sauvignon nose of gooseberries underscored by honey and acacia blossom notes. It has good balance between fruit and acidity on the palate and a long persistent finish. Clean and refreshing, and at only 11.5% abv it can easily be drunk on its own as an aperitif or accompany fish and seafood dishes.Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logro¤o, right in the heart of the Denominaci¢n de Origen Calificada Rioja and within the prestigious Rioja Alta sub-district.Since it was founded in 1973, Olarra has been characterised by the beauty and complexity of its facilities, known as the Cathedral of Rioja, with its unique 'Y' shaped ground plan, as well as its 111 hexagonal "egg box" domes.This bodega has been able to combine the most modern winemaking techniques with the traditional vinification and ageing processes of Rioja, creating wines which have been conceived according to strict quality standards.In Olarra they believe that it is by taking perfect care of the grapes that a fine wine is made, so every detail is supervised to the maximum. In making its wines, Bodegas Olarra only uses those berries which meet a set of strict conditions. Currently, Olarra offers several labels to the market and behind each of these is a wine with its own identity. Its star wines are the red oak-aged wines.All in all, a wide range of wines whose quality has been acknowledged in the world's most important contests. Drink Now Cauliflower Cheese Dry Light Bodied Pale Gold Sauvignon Blanc Valdepenas, Spain Bodegas Olarra 2019 Contains Sulphites Le Pigeoulet Rouge 2018 , Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 17.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/le-pigeoulet-rouge-2015-vin-de-pays-de-vaucluse12 4597719859288 Christopher Piper Wines A mini Chateauneuf du Pape with a great concentration of flavours. Full-bodied and powerful with lots of peppery spiciness.As well as making exceptional Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Daniel Brunier also makes this impressive Vin de Pays de Vaucluse called Le Pigeoulet Rouge which continues to win many new friends. The grapes are sourced from young parcels of vines within the southern part of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation and also from 17 and a half acres of newly acquired vines situated on the slopes of Mont Ventoux.The grape mix is 80% Grenache, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon 5% Syrah and 5% Cinsault and the vines have an average age of 20 years.The resulting wine is full bodied and chunky with a gamey nose and a long wholesome fruit in the mouth. It has incredibly good length with a fine, spicy punch on the finish. Spago Prosecco Frizzante, Botter, Italy 10.47 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/spago-frizzante-botter-italy420 4579126345816 Azienda Botter Casa Vinicola Botter, Treviso, ItalyThe wine has a lovely lemon/citrus freshness with hints of elderflower. The palate is dryish but creamy and it offers delicious flavours of fresh peaches and passionfruit on the finish. 11% abv The Botter family are enthusiastic, enquiring and warm. Casa Vinicola Botter is an exclusively family run business and it functions with a Swiss efficiency and Italian soul. Chateau Cavalier Rose 2019 Cuvee Marafiance 14.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-cavalier-rose-2017-cuvee-marafiance32 2114777940056 Chateau Cavalier Côtes de Provence, Cuvée Marafiance,An opulent blend of Grenache, Syrah, Rolle, Cinsault, Sémillon, Cabernet-Sauvignon. The nose is complex and refined with notes of citrus and red fruit and floral, spicy aromas. The palate shows good structure and finesse. Flavours of red fruit and citrus, developing floral and mineral notes. Aromatic and complex on the finish with good tautness. Marafiance is an expressive pairing for a wide variety of cuisines. (12.5% ABV)91/100 James Suckling Gold Medal: Concours de Bruxelles 2017 Gold Medal: Concours des Vins de Provence 2017 Aperitif, salads, chicken Dry Light Bodied  Pale RaspberryGrenache, Syrah, Rolle, Cinsault, Sémillon, Cabernet-Sauvignon Cotes de Provence, France Chateau Cavalier 2019 Contains Sulphites Grandial Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Vin Mousseaux 9.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/grandial-blanc-de-blancs-brut-nv144 1971044221016 Grandial Vins With a beautiful shiny pale yellow colour Grandial reveals delicate fruity aromas and great character. It has elegance combined with persistent fine bubbles.  Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay France Grandial NV Contains Sulphites Chateau Haut Rian Rose 2018, Bordeaux 10.63 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-haut-rian-rose147 1952799719512 Chateau Haut Rian Rose Vibrant and juicy Bordeaux Ros‚. The 2018 vintage is made from 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 60% Cabernet Sauvignon. This year, the grapes were pressed almost directly on arrival with virtually no juice to skin contact. The wine is then made like his great white Bordeaux, using cool fermentation, resulting in a wine that has good colour and a lovely purity of summer fruit flavours. 12.5% abvThe wine maker at Chateau Haut-Rian is the very skilled and experienced Michel Dietrich, who has degrees in winemaking from both Beaune and Bordeaux universities. He then spent time in the wine business in Australia before taking over this vineyard, and the wide range of skills and experiences show in the wine. The extra layers of fruit that is the New World trademark are evident here, but balanced with the traditional Bordeaux approach. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Strawberry Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Graves Chateau Haut Rian 2018 Contains Sulphites The Idiot Shiraz 2017 15.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-idiot-shiraz-20157 1952797687896 Philip Shaw Philip ShawShiraz from Orange is quite unique in style compared to most other regions in Australia and is more reminiscent of the Northern Rhone, France. Our Idiot Shiraz is a young wine that has a lovely colour ? deep red with some purple hues. The aroma is spicy, lifted and intense. There is an appealing liquorice character to the intense fruit aromas. Bright full fruit flavours in a medium-bodied package; classic cool area shiraz ? some spice integrated with red fruits; lovely soft tannins and finish. (2016 - 13%) Drink Now Beef, Casserole, BBQ Dry Full Bodied Deep Blackcurrant Shiraz Orange, New South Wales, Australia Philip Shaw 2017 Contains Sulphites Selection Du Domaine Muscadet Aop Sur Lie 2019, Brettoniere 11.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/selection-du-domaine-muscadet-aop-sur-lie413 1952796901464 Domaine de la Bretonniere Domaine de la Brettoniere, Le Landreau, Loire.This is an old-vine selection made from their vineyards in the commune of Le Landreau, on a complex geological mix of green rock, gneiss and clay. The vineyards are at about 200 metres altitude, facing south-westwards. The fully ripe grapes are classically fermented at low temperatures using neutral yeasts which allow the complex terroir to talk. Only the best vats are chosen for the Selection and elevage on the lees is in underground, cement vats for at least eight months, with the wine being bottled in May.Pale green in colour with white fruit and floral aromas. Fresh and zingy with a definitive minerality, giving an overall effect of balance and depth. Rounded and yet with great vibrancy. Will keep well over at least two years.The Chapentier-Fleurance family have been running this estate for four generations and since 1989, it has been run by the two brothers, Pierre-Yves and Patrice. Pierre-Yves is the wine-maker and in charge of the cellars whilst his brother, Patrice, is responsible for the vineyards and sales. The vineyards are managed using minimum intervention and Domaine de la BretonniŠre is a member of the Ariane early-warning weather group, which means that they can fully optimise the moment they intervene with any chemical sprays, meaning that they have managed to reduce their use of fungicides and herbicides by 50%. Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Melon de Bourgogne Loire Valley, France Domaine de la Brettoniere 2019 Contains Sulphites Valpolicella Superiore 2017, Zenato 15.38 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/valpolicella-superiore-201518 1952792936536 Azienda Zenato beautifully smooth and velvety wine with great depth of fruit. (2017 - 13.5% abv)Produced from vineyards in the historic zone in the commune of Sant?Ambrogio, from 85% corvina, 10% rondinella, and 5% sangiovese. Production is traditional. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, followed by a 6-7 day maceration on the skins. The wine is kept in steel until malolactic fermentation, followed by 12 months? maturation in 33- and 55-hl Slovenian oak barrels. Although the grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from Classico vineyards the production is supplemented from outside this DOC. As a result it cannot be labelled Classico.The nose offers supple fragrances of almonds and violets. Crisp and dry in the mouth, well structured, with a lovely, velvety texture. Ready to enjoy now, but can be cellared a few years.Documents of the 12th century are the first to mention the area, referring to it as Valle Policella, or Val Polesella; the etymology may be from the Greek ?polizelos?, or doubly blessed. The territory is set between the river Adige and Lake Garda, which separate it from the Verona plain; the Lessini hills form its frontier against Trento to the north, while Verona protects it on the east.The landscape is one of gentle valleys, all interconnected, filled with woods, springs, and cultivated fields. Vines, olives, and cherry trees dot gently undulating hills, and its fields are rich and fertile.  Champagne Gremillet Brut Selection NV 28.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-champagne-gremillet-brut-reserve196 1952789135448 Champagne Gremillet Our 'House' Champagne made from a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This is excellent value for money and has a lovely elegant 'mousse' ('mousse' is a term used with sparkling wines to describe the finesse of the bubbles within the wine). The high proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend results in a champagne that is quite creamy in texture and has a lovely depth of fruit.Jean-Michel Gremillet's growers Champagne continues to be extremely well written-up in press reviews but, more importantly, has won over an increasingly large band of supporters in the past fifteen years. These are extremely elegant wines that have undergone a surprisingly long bottle-ageing process that gives them a roundness not often found at this level. (12.5% abv).The Gremillet family own some prime-site vineyards in the Aube departement and their impeccable cellars are situated in the village of Balnot-sur-Laignes, about 50km. to the south-east of Troyes. The Brut Selection has a firm structure with a lovely soft, toasty fruit and pale straw colour. Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Balnot sur Laignes, Champagne, France Champagne Gremillet NV Contains Sulphites NEW: Spring Case of Mixed RED Wines 60.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/spring-case-of-mixed-red-wines3 6550288466008 Mixed Wines We hope you agree that this mix is really interesting. Not only have we included our favourite French 'go-to' wines, we have also selected a great Lebanese spicy red from Massaya and a wonderfully rich and fruity Côte Roannaise from Domaine Sérol.Includes 1 bottle of each, with Free Delivery (Mainland UK) Minervois Rouge, Château d'Oupia, Minervois, France; Full of plummy fruit this really is a quite delicious red, filled with dense dark bramble flavours and a wonderfully long length. Les Terrasses Merlot/Syrah, IGP Ardeche, France; A very approachable red with aromas of ripe cherries and almost crunchy fruit on the palate giving a real burst of flavour. Château La Passonne, 1er Côtes de Bordeaux, Cadillac, France; A delicious Merlot dominated red with easy succulent fruit and very ripe, soft tannins.Eclat de Granite, Domaine Sérol, Côte Roannaise, France; From a virtually unknown (in the UK anyway) region in the Southern Loire, this is absolutely superb Old Vine Gamay, with all the elegance and finesse of a top notch cru Beaujolais.Le Colombier, Massaya, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon; An extremely elegant blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Tempranillo from an average of 40 year old vines, giving a soft, rounded and incredibly dense palate of dark fruitiness and lingering length. Massaya is run by brothers Sami and Ramzi Ghosn in partnership with Frédéric and Daniel Brunier from Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe and Dominique Hebrard, formerly from Château Cheval Blanc.Red Herring Shiraz/Cabernet, Australia; Bottled especially for Chris Piper with a label designed by the renown Devon artist Simon Drew, this is a rich, rounded and fruity red with a very fruit-driven finish. Muga Blanco 2019 Bodegas Muga 13.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/muga-blanco-2018441 4051885588568 Bodegas Muga The grapes, 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia, are double checked before going into the winery with up to 50% of the harvest being rejected if necessary. Slow fermentation follows in new French oak after which the wine spends 3 months on fine lees. (2019 13% abv)The result wine is a bright yellow, very pale wine with a remarkable greenish component. This green hue tells us about the excellent state of conservation of this wine. On the nose it is the most floral vintage that we can remember. Usually, the fresh fruit (especially peaches) is the first thing one notices but this time, fresh fruit lies in the background with notes of green cut hay and citrus, pineapple and apple. The typical spices of the oak lie way in the background but we can expect them to appear more strongly after some time in the bottle. Drink Now or Keep Marinated chicken, Tapas Dry Medium Bodied Pale gold Viura, Malvasia Rioja, Spain Bodegas Muga 2019 Contains Sulphites Chateau Garraud 2014 21.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-garraud258 2066908512344 Chateau Garraud Lalande de Pomerol, Néac2014 Vintage Deep garnet color. Delicate aromas of vanilla and oak over a ripe fruit background. Soft, juicy and round on the palate. Clean finish, great fruit-oak balance. A distinct Lalande personality that benefited from the oak ageing.Made from a variety of terroirs (deep gravel, sandy soils and clay on the classic crasse de fer ) which ensures a wine of considerable complexity. [Drink: 2014-2026]The average vines are aged 40 years. The wines see 20 days of maceration - 80% of wine aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new oak, 2/3 used). They produce roughly 80,000 bottles per annum.The new generation that is now in charge at this splendid 32 hectare (total incl l'Ancien) property has managed to elevate Château Garraud into star-status in a comparatively short space of time. The vineyards are situated in the prime zone of Néac, where all the region’s most respected châteaux are to be found. The dynamic Jean-Marc Nony is employing Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist and minute attention to detail has resulted in a run of vintages which are nothing short of spectacular.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Cheese, Casserole Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Lalande de Pomerol Chateau Garraud 2014 Contains Sulphites Stablemate Shiraz 2018 9.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/stablemate-shiraz825 1952796377176 Excelsior Estate Deep brick red on rim of glass, almost black in centre. Smoked meat, mocha, toffee and spicy new wood on nose. Lingering flavours of vanilla and ripe black cherries with a long and smooth finish. (2017 - 13.5% abv)In the South Western Cape there is a great valley encircled by tall, gaunt mountains. A wide river meanders through the valley floor, which, during the millennia, created a fertile flood plain for itself. It is an arid land, for the mountains which shelter the valley also shield it from rainbearing clouds. The lack of rain matters not, for the early settlers soon learned to channel the river to irrigate the fertile plain. Here they planted their vineyards, orchards and pastures whose lush herbage makes a stark contrast to the thorny, stunted vegetation of the veld.With the simplicity of nomads the first people who trekked through the valley gave places names as they beheld the natural phenomena. The mountains which form the northern border they are called the Langeberg, which in Dutch means ?Long Mountains?, and those to the south they are called the Sonderendberge which are the ?Mountains which have no end?. The river they named the Breede, which in English, would be the River Broad.In 1859 a young man with energy and vision came to the valley and bought a large tract of land. He pioneered the channelling of the river to bring water to his fields. He planted crops and established vineyards and orchards and built a cellar which, because it was continually being extended, became known as the Long Cellar. In his old age he divided his land among three sons, the youngest of whom named his portion Excelsior. Stephen and Freddie de Wet who now own Excelsior are the fourth generation of De Wets to farm the land of their ancestor.Throughout its long history Excelsior Estate has been prominent in many ventures. Before the advent of the motorcar, the best hackney carriage horses were bred at Excelsior. Later these gave way to thoroughbred racehorses, and today Excelsior boasts one of the most distinguished studs in South Africa. In the last fifteen years eight individual Classic winners were bred at Excelsior.At the turn of the century when woman of fashion wore elegant ostrich plumes, Excelsior was at the forefront in the production of these. The large stately homestead with its ornately carved furniture bears evidence to the opulence of this area. The once famous herd of Friesland Cattle were sold when it was decided to concentrate on racehorses. Today large peach, apricot and citrus orchards are cultivated on the Estate, the fruit of which is mostly exported.Excelsior Estate has over 200 hectares planted to vineyards. Of these Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most important varieties. In 1981, a modern winery was constructed with adequate capacity to cater for further expansion. Great care was taken to select the best machinery to facilitate the vinification process.The vineyards at Excelsior are all irrigated by drip irrigation and much emphasis is placed on applying the correct amount of water. Canopy management also plays an important role in the vineyard management and every effort is made to ensure harvesting is done at optimum ripeness. It is the philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards and the winemaker can only succeed if he has good basic ingredients with which to work. Drink Now Game, Casserole, Stews Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Shiraz Robertson, South Africa Excelsior Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites La Tremenda Monastrell 2017 Alicante D.O. 10.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-tremenda-monastrell-2016-alicante-d-o9 1952795721816 Enrique Mendoza Enrique Mendoza, Alicante, Spain.Made from 100% Monastrell, which is also known as Mourverdre in France and elsewhere, this is grown in the harsh and arid conditions in the countryside around Alicante by Enrique Mendoza and the wine is named after the vineyard.The wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. The palate is full and shows silky texture, liveliness and long length and makes for a very accessible wine. (abv 14.5% 2017)The vines are planted at about 2000 feet above sea level in the mainly sand and limestone soil found at this height, they are harvested by hand and the grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks with the juice being pumped over the fruit regularly. The wine is aged in two to three year old American oak barrels for 6 months before being bottled and then kept for a further 12 months before being released. Pork chops, Rare Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Monastrell Valencia, Spain Enrique Mendoza 2017 Contains Sulphites Mas Fleurey Cotes De Provence Rose 2019 13.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mas-fleurey-cotes-de-provence-rose29 1952793788504 Mas Fleurey A delicious dry rose in an elegant, curvaceous bottle. Full of peach and apricot aromas with a soft herbal palate and a summer berry finish. Perfect for picnics and for enjoying in the sunshine. text here Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Salmon Pink Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Cotes de Provence, France Mas Fleurey 2019 Contains Sulphites   Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Superieur 2016 13.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-argadens-bordeaux-superieur316 1952793198680 Chateau Argadens Saint-Andre-du-Bois - Famille SichelBeautiful, brilliant garnet colour. The nose is fine and delicate with aromas of black fruit, tobacco and vanilla. The palate is generous and smooth, with velvety tannins imparting outstanding balance. The finish is rich yet gentle at the same time, with more oaky flavours on the back of palate. A very fine wine, with all the signs of beautifully ripened grapes and perfectly mastered ageing. 63% Merlot - 32% Cabernet Sauvignon - 5% Cabernet Franc. Alc: 13%The original name of this property, parts of which date back to the 12th and 16th centuries, was La Salle d'Argadens. It became Chateau Argadens in 2002, when it was bought by Maison Sichel. Sichel's aim in acquiring Argadens was quite simply to see it express the full potential of its wonderful terroir and become one of the benchmark properties in the Bordeaux Superieur category. To achieve this, the Sichel family has put in place a vast renovation program. After 12 months in oak barrels, Argadens red is thoroughly modern Bordeaux with lots of concentrated fruit and an attractive, supple balance. Not surprisingly, it gets consistently high marks in tastings and competitions.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Steak, Charcuterie, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Bordeaux Chateau Argadens 2016 Contains Sulphites 500Ml: Otter Bitter 2.77 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-otter-bitter239 1952784154712 Otter Brewery Otter Bitter is a golden brown beer with a deep, bronze colour and hint of citrus on the nose. The palate starts off with a well-balanced malt flavour leading into a refreshing bitterness. Drink Now Ploughmans, Curry, Sausages Dry Light Beer Hops Luppit, Devon Otter Brewery NV N/A Allram Gruner Veltliner Strass 2019 14.89 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/allram-gruner-veltliner-strass-20187 4582385385560 Weingut Allram Weingut Allram, Strass, Kamptal, Austria12.5% abvA cracking good Gruner with excellent fruit and available at a very sharp price. This is going to be very popular! The winery is approximately 50 miles N-W of Vienna (please note that there direct flights from Bristol - Vienna with Easyjet but other airlines are available!). The soil is a complex mixture of slate, gravel/loess and limestone. .you couldn't find a better soil for Gruner if you tried to invent it from scratch.From the first mouthful to last, this wine offers superb flavours of peppery pear, dessert apple and tangy, crisp citrus, supported by a subtle spiciness that lingers on the palate. The wine is dry and very refreshing but offers a big mouthful of fruit. Its quality shows through in the way it keeps everything in balance from the inital lush hit of fruit right through to the warm spice as it gently fades on the tastebuds. A few glasses of this with angulas (elvers/glass eels) and mushrooms in a rich creamy sauce would be amazing! Chinon 2019, La Cuisine de ma Mere, Grosbois 18.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chinon-la-cuisine-de-ma-mere-grosbois15 2121168355416 Domaine Grosbois  Domaine Grosbois, Loire, France - ORGANICDomaine Grosbois is a 9h Domaine run by two brothers, Nicolas and Sylvain. Their family vineyard is located at a place called “The Pressoir” Panzoult in the Chinon appellation in the heart of the Loire Valley. Nicolas arrived at the family estate in 2008, after spending 10 years as a “flying winemaker” and having spent time in New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Oregon. After his time abroad, Nicolas strongly believes in not vinifying and ageing in wood, choosing concrete instead to preserve the freshness and vitality. No old oak has been used since 2015. Sylvain similarly spent time abroad in Chile, Oregon working for Domaine Drouhin and Australia. The brothers are passionate about organic viticulture and show their wines at The Raw Wine Fair. The vinification changes a little every year depending on what the harvest gives you, Nicolas says, like a chef in the kitchen, you must react. The Cuisine de ma mère comes from their young vines from clay and sand and is designed for early drinking. The grapes are destemmed and undergo a 5-day skin maceration, fermented in concrete and then aged in concrete.  Pork sausages, salami Dry Light Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Franc Loire Valley, France Domaine Grosbois 2019 Contains Sulphites Roc du Gouverneur Blanc 2018, Rivesaltes Cooperative 9.21 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/roc-du-gouveneur-blanc172 1954565390424 Rivesaltes Cooperative The formidable Roc du Gouverneur Blanc, Cotes du Roussillon, is cool-fermented to help accentuate the wine's enticing fruity freshness; this dry white has a floral bouquet and a surprisingly complex flavour (Macabeo/Grenache Blanc/Vermentino). The vineyards of the Cotes du Roussillon are amongst some of France?s most southerly (the majestic Pyrenees form an impressive backdrop) and the Rivesaltes cooperative, managed by the highly innovative Fernand Baixas, is one of the most forward-thinking in France, paying their 700 members purely on the quality of their grapes rather than on potential alcohol.Baixas has mapped-out all the vineyards that he draws grapes from and has worked out quality-style-microclimate graphs to further increase quality. Interestingly enough this practice is also undertaken at Les Producteurs de Plaimont in Gascony, from whom we source other excellent wines. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, marinated pork Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Macabeo, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino Languedoc Roussillon, France Rivesaltes Cooperative 2018 Contains Sulphites Paso A Paso Tempranillo Joven 2019 9.19 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/paso-a-paso-tempranillo-201724 1952797524056 Bodegas Volver Bright purple with infused aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and dark chocolate. Supple and juicy in the mouth, with spice-accented cherry and fresh herb flavours. Finishes on a tangy note, with a good length. (14% abv - 2017)This winery is a joint venture between Jorge Ordonez and Rafael Canizares, who is also the winemaker. It is located in the Cuenca in the east of La Mancha.The soil is sandy with a lot of clay and pieces of chalk beneath and slate on the surface. The altitude of the vineyards is 660m. The vines produce very low yields of 1-2 kg per vine as they are 32 years old. The terroir has a Mediterranean climate with very warm summers with little or no rainfall and mild, wet winters. Drink Now Roast Lamb, Casserole Dry Medium Bodied Dark Strawberry Tempranillo Conca de Barbera, Spain Bodegas volver 2019 Contains Sulphites Domaine De Cassagnau Pays D'Oc Rouge 2018 9.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/domaine-de-cassagnau-pays-doc-rouge-2016645 1952793165912 Domaine de Cassagnau Jacques Abet, Pauligne, Languedoc, FranceA beautiful, sombre wine with an expressively fruity bouquet and a hint of spice and Mediterranean herbs that herald in a smooth, creamy palate with velvety tannins. Definitely a wine to share with friends over an informal meal or, slightly chilled, simply as an aperitif.  35% Syrah - 35% Grenache - 30% MerlotProduced in the low foothills of the Pyrenees, where the climates of the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet, this original blend is light and easy-to-drink. Jacques Abet, doctor by profession, winemaker by passion, runs this family-owned estate with enthusiasm and painstaking care in a terroir that is unique.Family-owned since the eighteenth century, the estate owes its longevity to its women. Jacques' grandmother Berthe, who managed the estate for six decades, took it through two world wars and many a viticultural crisis. He inherited this family property from his mother, Jacqueline. Today, it is thanks to his wife Colette that Jacques, who had chosen to pursue a career in medicine, is able to satisfy his passion for winegrowing and for the terroir in which he grew up.You'll find Jacques in the tiny village of Pauligne near Limoux, at the heart of "Cathar country". For the past few years, thanks to passionate dedication, strict standards and an authentic approach, he has been breathing new life into the estate. Whenever the vines need him, he swaps his doctor's coat for winegrower's gear, driving the tractor, pruning or working in the winery with his oenologist. The scientist in him gives way to the farmer, repeating the same gestures as his ancestors before him. An enthusiastic head of a magnificent estate, this bon vivant has succeeded in reconciling his two activities of GP and winemaker.One of the estate's master cards lies in its hugely diverse mix of varieties - proof of the curiosity and open-mindedness of its renovator! Besides the Mediterranean varieties, Syrah and Grenache, you'll also find Atlantic varieties more typical of Bordeaux - Merlot and Cabernet, the Burgundy varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and last but not least, the time-honoured local varieties, Mauzac and Chenin Blanc.The geographical situation of the Languedoc and the Atlantic climate are the defining influences when it comes to explaining the excellence and uniqueness of this terroir. Here, by an almost magical stroke of luck, two climates come together: the Mediterranean and the Altantic. The Mediterranean influences make for generous wines, with the sunshine providing ripeness, while the westerly influence maintains the humidity and freshness that is necessary for the fruit to express itself fully. Rounding out the picture is the diversity of the soils: gravel terraces with large round pebbles predominate on the low slopes of the foothills of Pyrenees.The carefully picked grapes are transported to the winery and placed in cement vats. Meticulous care is taken during fermentation to allow the fruit and the personality of each grape variety to fully express itself. The wines are vat-aged, then blended for bottling at the end of the winter following the harvest. Every generation comes together at harvest time for a family grape-picking party. Drink Now Sausage, Casserole, Hard cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Red Syrah, Grenache, Merlot Pays d'Oc Domaine de Cassagnau 2018 Contains Sulphites In Situ Carmenere Reserva 2018 12.82 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/in-situ-carmenere-reserva-2016661 1952792543320 Vina San Esteban Allergens: Sulphites, Egg, Milk Soft and ripe tannins give a silky texture to this round and elegant wine.In Situ Carmenere is produced with grapes grown on the slopes of Paidahuen (940 m a.s.l.). Hillside vine cultivation offers rocky soil, low fertility and special solar exposure that favour the accumulation and ripening of tannins. Moreover, the cool, night breezes that descend from the Andes Mountains create an exceptional temperature variation, producing the complexity and elegance that distinguish Aconcagua Valley wines.Hand-picked and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel (28§C), it was macerated for 18 days and then aged in 70% French and 30% American 225-litre oak barrels for 12 months. After the bottling this wine was aged for at least 3 additional months before release.Intense red in colour with violet highlights. Aromas of red fruit, spices, smoke and forest tones lead to a palate that's soft and fruity with ripe tannins, a silky texture and great elegance.In 1974, Jos‚ Vicente bought the two estates Paidahuen and La Florida for the cultivation of wine-producing grapes. Jos‚ and his son Horacio, a Bordeaux trained winemaker, founded Vi¤a San Esteban to produce quality Aconcagua Valley wines. Throughout his career Horacio Vicente has worked in France, at Chƒteau Mouton Rothschild and Chƒteau Olivier, and in the United States at Chalone Vineyard, one of the first boutique wineries in California. Drink Now Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Carmenere Aconcagua Valley, Chile Vina San Esteban 2018 Contains Sulphites Cahors L'Origine 2016, Chateau les Grauzils 12.74 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cahors-lorigine211 1952789168216 Chateau les Grauzils A big, deeply coloured red with lots of fruit and well balanced tannins.Situated in the commune of Prayssac, in the central region of Cahors, the Ponti‚ family?s estate covers 32 hectares in prime sites on the steep terraces above the river Lot, planted on meagre sandy/gravelly soil.75% of the vines planted are Malbec (locally known as the Auxerrois) with the rest being Merlot (22%) and Tannat (3%). Philippe Ponti‚ is a big exponent of minimal chemical interference in the vineyard and allows grass to grow amongst the vines so as to use no herbicides. (2016 13.0%)Traditionally fermented for 14-16 days, The Origine is 80% Malbec, 20% Merlot, and is fruity and well balanced. The original cuvee of the Chateau. Drink Now Beef, BBQ, Casserole Dry Full Bodied Deep Berry Malbec, Merlot Cahors, France Chateau les Grauzils 2016 Contains Sulphites Secret Malbec 2014 Finca Eugenio Bustos 24.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/secret-malbec-2014-finca-eugenio-bustos217 1952786546776 Finca Eugenio Bustos The best secret of the winery."A selection of Malbec grapes from a unique vineyard in the Uco Valley. A blend only appreciated by those who know more. Everything kept, jealously hidden, for the enjoyment of only those that value the subtleties that the time grants." (2014 - 15% abv)Intense purple in colour this wine reflects the perfect conjunction of fruit and spice, enriched by subtle oak. Well structured, intense but elegant.Eugenio Bustos was established in 1890, after Eugenio Bustos purchased some land in Valle de Uco as it was named by the Haurpe Indians (Uco Valley in English) , in Mendoza, and began to build the winery. His daughter, Celia Bustos, inherited the estate and thanks to her leadership, the land was turned into a profitable vineyard.The town of Eugenio Bustos as the immediate area is now known, is a very old traditional town at the base of the Andes. Being slightly higher, at 1200 metres, than the rest of Mendoza and closer to the Andes the temperatures are slightly more moderate which gives the wines more subtle characteristics than other areas of Mendoza. It also means that excellent quality whites can be produced here, which is not he case in all of Mendoza.More recently years the winery has been extended, restored, and equipped with French and Italian state-of-the-art technology. Drink Now Salami, Stews, Casseroles, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Finca Eugenio Bustos 2014 Contains Sulphites Niersteiner Gutes Domtal 2019, J Egberts 8.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/niersteiner-gutes-domtal-201410 1952783663192 Weingut Egberts A pleasantly refreshing, fruity wine from the Rheinhessen area of Germany.Nierstein is widely recognised for producing some of Germany's great wines from its single vineyard sites like Hipping and Pettenthal. Gutes Domtal's only connection with Nierstein is that it represents a large are of vines over several kilometers around the famous town and sweeps up in its homogenous whole vineyards which would otherwise struggle to find a market for their wines. Good Gutes Domtal provides us with easy and pleasant drinking with very little complexity.   Drink Now Aperitif Medium Sweet Light Bodied Golden Yellow Riesling Rheinhessen, Germany J Egberts 2019 Contains Sulphites 'Trebi' Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2018 9.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/trebi-trebbiano-dabruzzo-2017172 2114898067544 Talamonti Estate Talamonti, Loreta Aprutino, AbruzzoPale straw in colour with light green hues. Intense bouquet of ripe apples and peaches on the nose which follows through on the palate where the refreshing ripe apple and peach notes end with a gentle acidity. (2018 - 12.5% abv)The wine is made from 100% Trebbiano d'Abruzzo grapes from selected vineyards located near the village of Loreta Aprutino in the Trebbiano d'Abruzzo area. Soils are stony, calcareous, well structured and free draining and are situated at an altitude of 300m above sea level.VINIFICATION: Following a careful selection of the grapes in early September, the grapes are de-stalked and a short cold maceration of the crushed grapes in stainless steel then takes place. Subsequently, a soft pressing and decanting of the must takes place. Alcoholic fermentation with selected yeast lasts for 10 days. Bottling takes place a few months after the harvest.Perfect as an aperitif and well suited to shellfish and seafood in general.  Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Veneto, Italy Talamonti Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites Langham Culver Classic Cuvee Brut NV 26.74 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/langham-classic-cuvee-brut13 1971022659672 Langham Estate Crawthorne, Dorchester, Dorset, U.K.This traditional brut is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot noir and 25% Pinot meunier.Barrel fermentation and ageing adds richness and depth.On the nose there are aromas of red apple, brioche and pear. A full palate, dry with brioche flavours predominating and a good length on the finish. A luxurious glass of wine!A warm spring resulted in an early start to the season devoid of any late spring frosts. Dry and warm weather throughout early July provided near perfect flowering conditions with fertilisation and fruit-set happening quickly.Plenty of sunshine in September ensured the large crop load ripened well with harvest beginning on the 10th October and continuing to the 29th. Fermented over a period of 14 days at 17 degrees C using a specialist Champagne yeast. Fermented in a combination of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and neutral Burgundy barriques. Bottled on the 5th March 2015, aged on its lees for 39 months it was disgorged on the 31st May 2018. (12% abv). Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier Dorset, UK Langham Estate N.V. Contains Sulphites Ladoix Cote De Beaune 2018 Domaine Durand 24.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/ladoix-cote-de-beaune75 1952794935384 Domaine Durand 28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Rene at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the region?s premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xaviers reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutieres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the village?s Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2018 Contains Sulphites Rio Alto Merlot 2020 8.13 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rio-alto-classic-merlot2228 1952792608856 Vina San Esteban Smooth and medium-bodied with classic Merlot characteristics. Sweet plums, blackberries, black cherries and a touch of chocolate. Soft and rounded. Herbacious with a touch of spice. (2019 - 13% abv)Belonging to a family with a long-standing tradition in Chilean viticulture, Vina San Esteban was founded when Jos‚ Vicente, an established grape producer, was joined by his son Horacio, a Bordeaux-trained winemaker, to produce quality Aconcagua Valley wines.Throughout his career Horacio Vicente has participated in vintages in France, namely Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Mouton Cadet, and in the United States at Chalone Vineyard, one of the first boutique wineries in California. Drink Now BBQ, Sausages, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Deep Red Merlot Aconcagua Valley, Chile Vina San Esteban 2020 Contains Sulphites Pouilly-Fuisse En Cenan 2018 Domaine Mathias 23.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pouilly-fuisse48 1952789954648 Domaine Mathias The colour is deep and golden. The bouquet is rich with an almost honeyed buttery intensity. The viscosity of the wine (its legs) suggest a wine of great concentration and the palate clearly delivers. Notes of honey again with that elegant, fat Chardonnay buttery richness. The acidity is in perfect balance and the intense flavour lingers on the palate for a good while. Hard not to enjoy now this wine will still keep happily for another 3 to 4 years. Pure joy and an absolute must for everyone!Fuisse is the pinnacle of white Maconnais production. This Fuisse is very concentrated and ripe with delicate nutty flavours and overtones of acacia. 30% of the assemblage sees moderate oak-ageing, thereby acting as a support rather than a dominant factor.Gilles Mathias has been running this immaculate estate since the mid-1990?s with the continued support of his father, Jean. We first started buying wines from Jean over twenty five years ago and we have seen this estate improve in quality ever since. Aperitif, Shellfish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Maconais, France Domaine Mathias 2018 Contains Sulphates 500ml: Devon Ridge Dry Cider 6.8% Four Elms 2.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-four-elms-devon-ridge-dry-6-817 4607184994392 Four Elms Cider With bright straw gold appearance, this lightly effervescent cider has aromas of blossom and fruit. Crisp, dry and fruity with a persistent finish.“In our quest for high quality local drinks, we have been on the search for a genuinely top-quality local cider. Over the past six months, prior to C-19, we blind-tasted over 40 Devon ciders and our final winner was, by a country-mile, the Four Elms ciders from Harpford, near Sidmouth. These are very definitely authentic, hand-crafted Devon ciders!Four Elms Fruit Farm established its roots in Devon more than 50 years ago and has been run by the Smedley family since the early 1960s. Now into its third generation of family ownership, Four Elms continues to commit its investment in modern orchards and infrastructure, providing a sustainable future for apple production.The Smedley's currently grow 14 varieties of apple. A range of 7 'Real Devonshire Apple Juices' and 3 'Real Devonshire Ciders' are also produced onsite at Four Elms. With many years experience in the industry the team's passion and dedication to quality has resulted in numerous champion places in 'The National Fruit Show' and 'Taste of the West' for Juice and Cider. Cerro Anon Tinto Reserva 2016 16.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cerro-anon-tinto-reserva-201524 4582381191256 Bodegas Olarra As is traditional for Cerro Áñón Reserva, the selection of individual vats for the final blend was carried out with classic Rioja taste in mind. The wine is fermented at a controlled temperature of around 30º C. with medium maceration and then spends 20 months in barrel. At this point in its development it is at its optimum for taste but will continue to develop in the bottle as it ages. GRAPE VARIETIESTempranillo 80%, Garnacha 5%, Mazuelo and Graciano 15%. TASTING NOTES Cherry red with ruby highlights in the glass. Complex and fine aromas on the nose with red fruit and vanilla in balance. The palate is round and well structured, the result of its long ageing in bottle.Bodegas Olarra is located on the outskirts of Logroño, in the heart of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin and within the highly regarded sub-area of Rioja Alta.Since its establishment in 1973, Olarra has been noted for the beauty and complexity of its unique premises thanks to its Y-shaped ground plan and its 111 hexagonal domes. Bodegas Olarra is commonly known as the Cathedral of Rioja.This winery tastefully merges cutting edge wine-related technologies with the traditional winemaking methods of La Rioja, and as a result, it creates wines within the strictest parameters of quality.Olarra are strong believers of the theory that to make a great wine it is most important to take perfect care of the grapes and use a thorough attention-to-detail approach. In the making of its wines, Bodegas Olarra only uses grapes that meet their series of strict criteria. Casas del Bosque Chardonnay Reserva 2018 10.36 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/casas-del-bosque-chardonnay-reserva-201839 2077172662360 Casas del Bosque Pale straw in colour. On the nose aromas of walnut, ripe pear and quince dominate. In the mouth a citrus backbone is fleshed-out by ample mineral notes finishing with a very subtle smoky/woody note. A bright, zesty acidity imparts excellent structure and length.   Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, Creamy Fish Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Chardonnay Casablanca Valley, Chile Casas del Bosque 2018 Contains Sulphites   Torrontes Crios 2019, Susana Balbo 14.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/torrontes-crios-201820 1952794181720 Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Cafayate, Salta and Uco valley, Mendoza, ArgentinaTasted here 23/04: The balance of Salta (warm, full flavoured) with Uco Valley (cooler, better acidity) grapes is a perfect combo. Uber-fresh (not slightly 'soapy' like so much cheap Torrontes can be) with mouth-tingling flavours of elderflower, lemon zest, lime and a touch of salty peach. Yep, salty peach may sound bonkers but that's what I tasted!abv 14% Crios means offspring (as in children). Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines that haven't quite grown up to the same level of quality and maturity as her more expensive Susana Balbo signature label wines, but they receive the same loving care and attention throughout the winemaking process. Crios wines are meant to be consumed while still young and vibrant and have great fruit expression.Susana Balbo and her viticulturist partner, Pedro Marchevsky, have combined their respective skills and experience at Dominio del Plata where they are totally in charge, concentrating on planting, varietal selection, water management and canopy conduction. The project was specially designed so that the vineyards do not harm the natural resources and, at the same time, preserves the environment.We have been keen supporters of Susana?s excellent Anubis Malbec for many years and we have just added a tremendous lime-fresh Torrontes, sourced from their vineyards in the Cafayete Valley. Quite simply, it's one of the best white we've tasted from Argentina.We are never shy about our firm belief that this is, quite simply, the best Torrontes in Argentina; or at least the best unoaked example.It has all the floral subtlety and delicate exotic nuance that this grape is so cherished for but, unlike a lot of other examples, many from Salta Province in the far north, this one is more subtly nuanced than in your face! Also, unlike many others, this one is really lean and lively on the palate, ultra zesty and fresh. In fact, texture wise, it feels more like a very good Sauvignon Blanc, such is the acid balance and structure in relation to the lovely ripeness of fruit. Stunning."Susana Balbo's ever-reliable Torrontes is sourced from Cafayate and the Uco Valley and is a lovely expression of the grape. Aromatic, grapey and fresh, with notes of pear and stone fruit and a fresh, sappy finish. A really good introduction to Argentina's near native white grape." Pecorino Pescaresi Trabochetto 2018 14.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pecorino-pescaresi-trabochetto38 1952792019032 Talamonti Estate Talamonti, Loreto Aprutino, Pescara, AbruzzoA lovely soft rounded wine with a good weight on the palate and a lovely long slightly herby finish. The Talamonti winery was started in 2001 to exploit the unrealised potential of the Abruzzo region and has been very successful in doing so. The Pecorino grape has been around for many years but only recently has it been revived and developed into a wine of significance.100% Pecorino from vineyards near the village of Loreto Aprutino in the province of Pescara in Abruzzo where the vines have an average age of 7 years. After a soft pressing there is a maceration for 6 hours at 8.0C. This is followed by a 12 day fermentation in stainless steel vats. There is no malolactic fermentation. It is aged for 6 months in stainless steel vats until bottling in March.The name of the wine, Trabocchetto, does not refer to a medieval war machine but to a local fishing device consisting of a wooden platform attached to rocks with long arms stretching into the air with a large fishing net at the end - although it would certainly have resembled a medieval trebuchet.This recently re-discovered grape variety shows the depth and diversity of Italy?s vines and wines. A great little number. Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Pecorino Veneto, Italy Talamonti Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites Rasteau Villages Domaine La Soumade 2018 18.36 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rasteau-villages-domaine-la-soumade-andre-romero5 1952788545624 Domaine la Soumade "The superstar of Rasteau is Andre Romero who produces five Cuvees of drop-dead delicious red wine." Robert ParkerAndre Romero is one of our most characterful and talented growers and a favourite. A love of wine, food and Marseille Football Club, shared with the leading restaurants in the region underline the character he is. A visit chez Romero is a must. Dozens of some of the world's best wines line the shelves of his tasting room, wines he has enjoyed with his friends. The yields here are low - around 40 hl/ha for his C“tes du Rh“ne, 35 for the Villages and much less for his super cuv‚es (28 hl/ha in the 2005 vintage).The grape mix is mainly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, the proportions varying a little with each vintage. The grapes receive a cold maceration of around 4 days followed by a cuvaison of some 20 to 30 days depending on the Cuvee at a temperature of 32ø, coupled with a system of Burgundian pigeage inspired by Clos des Lambrays in Morey-Saint-Denis. The wine is then matured in cement tanks for one year before spending 6 months in a variety of oak: foudres, demi-muids and barriques.The wines are fined with egg whites but receive no filtration. Andre loves Bordeaux and his Cabernet Sauvignon is a really gorgeous wine. He does not appreciate white wine and the Viognier and Roussanne are blended in with Syrah, for Les Violettes (as in Cote Rotie). Andre is well known from Bordeaux, where he exchanges wines with the best of Grand Cru Classe, to California where the top growers really appreciate his wines.Andre has built himself a new house or rather a large new cellar on top of which he lives! Everything is now temperature controlled and he is able to bottle all of a vintage when he wants and in one go. His first vintage in the new winery was 2002, where he massively overachieved in that difficult vintage by picking a month later than most in the region. Big hearty stews Red Wine Full Bodied Dense Plum Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Rhone Valley, France Domaine La Soumade 2018 Contains Sulphates Cremant De Loire Brut NV, Domaine la Presle 15.83 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cremant-de-loire-brut211 1952788119640 Domaine de la Presle The Cremant has a firm, assertive flavour which is perfectly off-set against a creamy mousse and supported by a ripe, clean pure fruitiness and balancing acidity. It is made from Chenin Blanc (85%) and Cabernet Franc (15%) and this addition of Cabernet gives the wine its intrinsic quality and individuality.Frederic &and Anne-Sophie Meurgey-Penet are making some really outstanding Cremant de Loire sparkling wines; Sophie is the oenologist and her husband, Frederic is a Burgundian with a great deal of sparkling wine experience. This young couple met whilst they were studying at Beaune and they have both worked extensively in Australia and South Africa.  Drink now Pork, Lamb, Curry Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc Loire Valley, France Domaine la Presle NV Contains Sulphites Anjou Rose 2019 Domaine des Essarts 10.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/anjou-rose202 1952786939992 Domaine des Essarts This is deliciously fresh but leaning towards the off-dry with a clean strawberry fruit that is perfectly balanced. (2019 -11%) 70% Grolleau, 15% Gamay and 15% Cabernet Franc.Domaine des Essarts is owned by Olivier Fardeau and his family. He produces this lovely fresh-tasting Ros‚ d'Anjou which is a free run wine.   Drink Now Aperitif, Strawberries, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Strawberry Gamay, Grolleau Anjou, Loire, France Domaine des Essarts 2019 Contains Sulphites Chateau La Tour De By 2016 20.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-chateau-la-tour-de-by-201065 1952780189784 Chateau La Tour de By Cru Bourgeois Superieur  Medoc, BegadanThis is a brilliantly executed 2016 with classic dark plum and 'a point' cherries on the nose with well-integrated tannins on the palate, a big concentrated mouthfull of rich summer berries and a finely-tuned finish. Excellent wine making and very good value. Drinking well now with great succulence but also a claret that will continue to improve and develop with age, showing how Marc Pages winemaking skills are second to none.This extensive 70 hectare estate is perfectly positioned on a group of gravely ridges overlooking the Gironde whilst the chateau's name comes from the tower that stands in the vineyards which was built in 1825 as a lighthouse to cover the rivers estuary. In the 1960's, three friends purchased the estate and, since then, have built it up into one of the most successful and consistent of all the Crus Bourgeois. Marc Pages, who currently manages the property, makes a rigorous selection when he chooses his final cuvees to bottle, discarding anything that does not come up to scratch. These are always deep-coloured, full-flavoured and concentrated wines with a clearly defined, black-berry fruitiness.Cabernet-Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 32% and Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot Medoc, France Chateau La Tour de By 2016 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Chateau La Tour de By 2016 10.53 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-la-tour-de-by202 4602065092696 Chateau La Tour de By Cru Bourgeois Superieur  Medoc, BegadanThis is a brilliantly executed 2016 with classic dark plum and 'a point' cherries on the nose with well-integrated tannins on the palate, a big concentrated mouthful of rich summer berries and a finely-tuned finish. Excellent wine making and very good value. Drinking well now with great succulence but also a claret that will continue to improve and develop with age, showing how Marc Pages winemaking skills are second to none.This extensive 70 hectare estate is perfectly positioned on a group of gravely ridges overlooking the Gironde whilst the chateau's name comes from the tower that stands in the vineyards which was built in 1825 as a lighthouse to cover the rivers estuary. In the 1960's, three friends purchased the estate and, since then, have built it up into one of the most successful and consistent of all the Crus Bourgeois. Marc Pages, who currently manages the property, makes a rigorous selection when he chooses his final cuvees to bottle, discarding anything that does not come up to scratch. These are always deep-coloured, full-flavoured and concentrated wines with a clearly defined, black-berry fruitiness.Cabernet-Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 32% and Cabernet Franc 5% Lugana San Benedetto 2019 Zenato 15.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lugana-san-benedetto-2018-zenato9 4579007725656 Azienda Zenato Lugana, San Benedetto DOC, Zenato, Santa Cristina, Peschiera, Lake Garda, Veneto, Straw yellow with tints of olive green. Delicate aromas of waxy white flowers and almond are followed by a surprisingly full bodied, rich hit of spicy apple, almond and lemon on the palate. The rich fruit is nuanced, complex and given balance by a light citrus acidity. Very food friendly. (2017 -13% abv)Made from 100% Trebbiano di Lugana, which is not actually Trebbiano. .yep, thanks for nothing, Italy. Called Turbiana for many years, recent DNA profiling indicated that this grape was a clone of the more prestigious and tasteful Verdicchio but there is considerable heat and disagreement over this conclusion. Verdicchio is usually grown around Ancona on the Adriatic Sea (approx ½ way down eastern side of Italy) rather than in the more mountainous north. Zenato have some of the best vineyards in the San Benedetto DOC, situated just outside Peschiera and overlooking Lake Garda itself. The soil is chalky clay. The area under vine in this DOC is relatively small, trapped between the physical barrier of the lake, tourism development and the political barrier of the surrounding province of Lombardy.Zenato were responsible for the transformation of Lugana from a sleepy wine 'backwater' into an internationally recognised DOC with a reputation for top quality wines. However, all this is under threat due to (long delayed, it must be said) plans to build a TGV line, linking Venice and Milan, through the vineyards. This would effectively destroy a large % of the Lugana vineyards. If they moved the line only 400m and used some older/slower existing track, the vines would be safe. As this would add an estimated 4 extra minutes onto the journey, it's been declined! This train line will, hopefully, never get built as the plans were made in less challenging times but don't take Lugana for granted. Clos de Gat Har'el Syrah 2015 Israel 21.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/clos-de-gat-harel-syrah95 4464359080024 Clos de Gat Har’el Vineyards, Judean Hills, Ayalon ValleyISRAELThe Israeli wine scene involves over 350 wineries, situated in five different viticultural regions. It is in the Judean Hills (known as the “Bordeaux of ancient Israel”) that Israel’s leading boutique wineries are to be found. In a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany, Clos de Gat is situated in the former HQ of ex-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, three miles from the West Bank. Rabin commanded the Israeli army from the old stone house at Clos de Gat, during the 1948 (or First) Arab–Israeli War.Situated in the foothills of the Judean Hills, bordering Israel’s biblical Ayalon Valley, where Joshua defeated the Five Kings, Clos de Gat takes its name from a 3000 year-old “Gat” (Hebrew for wine press), which is located by the house, set in the heart of the vineyards. The estate is jointly owned by Eyal Rotem and Bordeaux’s Maison Sichel; Rotem is a former businessman who studied winemaking in Australia and planted his first block of vineyards in 1998, following a detailed geological and soil survey, to select the most suitable varieties. The Judean Hills have had a history of grapevine cultivation for thousands of years. The combination of a thin layer of topsoil on top a bed-rock of lime-stone, together with a unique micro-climate, make the area Israel’s finest viticultural region.Tight pruning of the Syrah and Merlot vines results in a miserly yield of just 40 hectolitres per hectare and Clos de Gat’s top wines are the barrel-aged Har’el Syrah (16 months) and Har’el Merlot (14 months), both of which see 30% new French oak, fermented only using indigenous yeasts. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.  Drink now or Keep Lamb, Spicy Stew Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Syrah Israel Clos de Gat 2015 Contains Sulphites   Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore 2016, Zenato 23.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/ripassa-valpolicella-superiore-20161 1952797655128 Azienda Zenato Azienda Zenato, Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Veneto 14% AbvA Ripasso wine shares many of the characteristics of Amarone. As soon as the fermentation is completed of the dried grapes for the Amarone, selected lots of Valpolicella are then 're-passed' on the Amarone lees, thus initiating a second fermentation which increases slightly the alcoholic content and gives the wine deeper colour, increased extract, and more complex aromas.After 6 months' bottle-ageing, the result is a rounded, velvet-textured wine with rich, complex aromas of berries and an impressively lengthy finish that seems to linger forever.The Azienda Zenato is owned by the Zenato family. Sergio Zenato founded it in 1960, motivated by his passion for wine and by the devotion to quality he had learned from his father Silvino.Sergio Zenato pours into the making of his wines his energy and his talent, animated by an absolute passion for quality and by the determination to constantly eclipse past results. He has poured his efforts into the land as well, experimenting with new vineyard plantings. The crafting of his wines becomes a kind of ritual, which he celebrates together with his two children, Alberto and Nadia.  Drink Now Veal, Roast Lamb Dry Medium Bodied Dark berry Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara &and Negrara Veneto, Italy Azienda Zenato 2016 Contains Sulphites Terra De Touros Blanco 2019 8.78 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/terra-de-touros-arinto-2017130 1952795787352 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Vinho Regional Tejo, PortugalMade from the Arinto grape, the wine features bright, crisp citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a lively lime acidity on the finish. Superb with seafood favorites like sea bass, haddock etc and very, very tasty when paired with shellfish.(2018 - 13% abv)Quinta do Casal Monteiro is a dynamic and innovative estate, located in one of the most prestigious growing regions in Portugal, the Tejo (named after the Tagus river, which flows through the region). This starts approximately 50 miles NE of Lisbon and then expands towards the Spanish border, encompassing a range of terriors from lush river valleys to barren, sunblasted hilltops. This diversity of complex soils and climate allows a wide range of grapes to be grown, utilising specific micro-climates to bring out the best in each. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Arinto Portugal Quinta do Casal Monteiro 2019 Contains Sulphites Cornellana Cabernet/Merlot 2019 8.13 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornellana-cabernet-merlot611 1952792510552 Vina La Rosa Well structured approachable red, medium bodied with plummy, curranty fruit. The Cabernet gives superb depth and structure to the fleshy Merlot, a pairing that is well established in many countries, and most especially of course in Bordeaux, where, with a few other varietals, the dynamic duo account for the bulk of all red wine plantings.Vi¤a la Rosa was founded in Chile at the end of the 18th century by the Ossa family, who left Spain in search of new horizons. Don Gregorio Ossa travelled throuhout the country, looking for the most abundant land, and bought the Hacienda La Rosa, situated on the banks of the Cachapoal River. In 1824 Vi¤a y Bodega La Rosa was founded, with vinestocks brought from France. In 1930, Don Recaredo Ossa Undurraga took over the administration of the haciendas, and is still in charge today. The Cornellana vineyard is situated in the valley of the same name, and enjoys exceptional exposure to the sun, which, together with its hill slopes and valley plains, means an optimal ripening of very healthy fruit, which reaches the cellars within an hour of harvesting, thus preserving all their freshness and aroma.This is very versatile wine which would accompany a huge range of foods , from simply grilled meats, to hearty beef stews and melted cheese dishes. 2018 13% abv Drink now Pork, Lamb, Curry Dry Medium Bodied dark plum Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Cachapoal Valley, Chile Vina La Rosa 2019 Contains Sulphites Beaujolais Blanc Clos Rochebonne 2018, Chateau Thivin 18.56 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/beaujolais-blanc-clos-rochebonne-201622 1952791035992 Chateau Thivin "White Beaujolais is a rarity, only 1% of wines made are white. They are only made where the soils are perfectly suited and in the case of Rochebonne they are not only ideal, they are celestially beautiful. This Chardonnay is fermented and aged over fine lees for 8 months in older oak barrels. The trick here is to impart the faintest touch of oak while retaining the aromatic purity of the grapes. If you think that you are a long way south in Beaujolais and only slightly north of the Rhone and its heady Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne varieties, this will inform you as to what to expect in this wine. ( 14.0% abv)Chateau Thivin has to be one of the most iconic estates of the Beaujolais. Dating back to the 14th century, this modest but utterly beautiful chateau exudes history. The original 2 hectares, purchased by Zaccharie Geoffray in 1877, have grown to 24 hectares today, still owned by the Geoffray family. Claude-Edouard, and his wife, Sonja, (both in their mid-thirties) are now in charge of the day-to-day running of the estate and wine-making. Determined to work as ecologically as possible, they have recently embarked on a programme of organic conversion. The property is situated on the hillside of the Cote de Brouilly, with predominantly south-facing vineyards.Known for its first class Cote de Brouilly, a little-known secret is Chateau Thivin's exceptional white wines, made from the Chardonnay grape. The Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Cuvee Marguerite, comes from grapes grown on a vein of clay-limestone, on east-facing slopes of the Cote de Brouilly. The wine is 50/50 barrel and tank fermented and has a wonderful freshness and balance with a white blossom nose and a rounded, intense peachy fruitiness. About ten years ago, the Geoffrays acquired a unique Beaujolais Blanc 1« hectare vineyard, the 16th century Clos de Rochebonne, situated in the Pierres Dores village of Theiz‚ in the south of the region, with its clay and chalk soil being ideally suited for growing Chardonnay. This is a very different wine to the Cuvee Marguerite, as it completely fermented in oak, with barrels anything between one and ten years old and then it sees a further six months in oak. The wine tends to be a bit racier and more zesty than its counterpart, with lovely purity and complexity. Drink Now Trout, Freshwater Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Chardonnay Beaujolais, France Chateau Thivin 2018 Contains Sulphites Saumur Champigny 2018, Chateau de Villeneuve 17.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/saumur-champigny7 1952791003224 Chateau de Villeneuve Decanter, 2018.  "Earthy aromas, but pure. The palate is supple with a juicy weight of fruit, floral perfume and dry tannins. Balanced by its acidity, leading to a crunchy finish ".Firm, gently earthy red with a supple light cherry fruitiness. The wine is relatively light in body, with an appealing fruity freshness, and flavours of raspberries and even violets. It is best drunk slightly cooler than the majority of red wines to allow those aromas and flavours to show at their best. It is a wine that can be drunk within one year of release but in good vintages can age really well, developing increased body and richness after several years in bottle.The Loire Valley is the point in France where for many people the 'Frenchness' really starts. It is also the most northerly region for red wine production in the country. This is made possible by the warming influence of the Loire river. Around the historic town of Saumur, with its majestic chƒteau overlooking the river, the only red grape grown is the Cabernet Franc, known locally as the Breton after the abbot who imported it from the south of the country.This is the only area in France where this variety is used to make a wine on its own, elsewhere it is blended with other varieties, for example in St Emilion in Bordeaux. It has the distinct advantage of ripening at lower temperatures than any other noble red variety which is why it succeeds in this particular location. The Champigny appellation is to be found on the high ground behind the town on the white tufa based soils where it benefits from the best orientation to the sun.The Chateau de Villenueve estate has been described as the 'Petrus of Saumur Champigny' which is praise indeed, but the wines justify such comment. The winemaker is Jean-Pierre Chevallier, who previously taught winemaking at Bordeaux University before returning to the family property. To retain the natural freshness of the variety it is fermented in stainless steel but the real secret is that it is not filtered, a process that can often remove subtle but important elements of flavour.  Drink Now Lamb, Pork, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Franc Loire Valley, France Chateau de Villeneuve 2018 Contains Sulphites Bardolino 2019, Zenato 13.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bardolino15 1952789233752 Azienda Zenato A light, easy drinking wine, full of character and fruit from Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara &and Negrara grape varieties. After hand harvesting, the grapes are gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Then ageing for a 6 month period in oak barrels before release.One of the most highly respected, family owned wineries the Veneto, Italy and beyond. Zenato was founded in 1960 by Master Winemaker, Sergio Zenato and his wife Carla Prospero. He chose some of the best sites for his vineyards and winery in San Benedetto di Lugana on the banks of Lake Garda and today presides over a 90 hectare estate that produces over 1.5 million bottles of quality wines a year. His children, Nadia and Alberto, have inherited his passion for quality winemaking; Nadia looks after the commercial aspects of the business with a hand from Alberto who also assists his father in the newly refurbished cellar.  Drink Now Veal, Roast Lamb Dry Medium Bodied Dark berry Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara &and Negrara Veneto, Italy Azienda Zenato 2019 Contains Sulphites Minervois Rouge 2018 Chateau d'Oupia 11.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/minervois-rouge-201696 1952787562584 Chateau d'Oupia Powerful and full flavoured, with plenty of plummy fruit, and excellent structure. The Minervois Tradition is 60% Carignan (from vineyards up to 100 years old), 30% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It is aromatic, full and densely colored, with a long finish of dark fruits. The wine is elegant and balanced and is both enjoyable to drink young and can age 5-7 years. (2018 13.5% abv)We were very sad to hear that Andre Iche, Oupia's charming owner, died at the end of 2007 but his daughter, Marie-Pierre, has taken over the reins and will no doubt continue the remarkable run of award-winning wines from the Minervois region. The 45-hectare estate surrounds the sleepy hamlet of Oupia and the preponderance of old vines (along with the magic ingredient of 100 year-old Carignan vines) guarantees a succulent, intense and richly coloured villages Minervois.The intelligent use of even older vines and some new oak results in a stunning Cuv‚e des Barons with incredibly complex and intense fruit. The Minervois Blanc is made from 49% Marsanne and 49% Roussanne (with just a touch of Viognier!), resulting in a particularly floral bouquet, soft peachy fruit and a lively, zesty acidity. Last, but by no means least, as Chƒteau d’Oupia is one of the regions very finest estates, comes the hand-crafted, very limited selection which is called Nobilis. This is sourced from a very small parcel of 50 year-old vines situated on steep hillsides in the mountainous Beaufort zone and is almost opaque in colour and has an amazing texture and a formidably complex black-fruit complexity and velvety tannins. Drink Now Grilled Meat, Tapas, Salami Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Carignan, Grenache, Syrah Languedoc Roussillon, France Chateau d'Oupia 2018 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Chateau Musar 2013 17.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-musar-201119 4610662957144 Chateau Musar Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. A very Bordeaux feeling vintage - black cherries, figs, damsons-even chocolate and olives. Superbly balanced. For drinking now or cellaring.Chateau Musar was founded in an 18th century castle in Ghazir by Gaston Hochar (pronounced Oh-Shar) in 1930 in the Bekaa Valley some 15 miles north of Beirut in the Lebanon. The vineyards are some 1000m up and Gaston spotted the suitability of the climate for the growing of classical varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Cinsault. The estate is now run by his sons Serge and Roland.You have to admire what this family has achieved - especially prior to the ceasefire in 1990. Anyone who goes on making fine wine whilst bombs are falling around their estate surely deserves a medal.Miniscule yields of 30 to 35hl/ha produced a wine with a deep dark red colour, perhaps darker than usual at Chateau Musar.The nose is a complex intriguing mixture of figs, prunes, leather, dark tea, tobacco, black olives with spices and a certain earthiness.On the palate, you will find ripe black cherries, figs, damsons-even chocolate and olives. There is good acidity with nice smooth tannins resulting in a wine which full-bodied, rich and velvety with very long length.Perhaps more Bordeaux like in character than in previous vintages. Il Paradosso Syrah 2018, IGP Sicily 9.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/il-paradosso-syrah-2018-igp-sicily23 4579116810328 Fossalta di Piave Ruby red in colour with a slightly spicy, fruity bouquet and notes of blackberries, blueberries and mulberries. The aftertaste has a pleasant sensation of ripe fruit. The company was born as a retailer in 1928 in the Veneto region for sales of wines in casks and demi-johns to restaurants and small retailers. In the fifties the family expanded their horizons to selling wines across Central Europe and beyond. Throughout all this expansion, the Botter family retained control and the company is now run by the third generation and from their roots in Veneto they now have a portfolio of wines produced in some of Italy’s finest regions. Cote de Nuits Villages VI 2017, Xavier Durand 23.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cote-de-nuits-villages-vi-2017-xavier-durand3 4191235047512 Domaine Durand This special cuvée takes its name from the time when Xavier played rugby for Nuits St. Georges - the No. 6 position is the left flanker. The wine comes from an exceptional parcel of sixty year-old vines which are only 100 meters from the famed Nuits St. Georges vineyard Clos de Maréchale. This is a young Burgundy that is full of fruit and a dash of earthiness - it can be drunk straight away, after a 10-15 minute aeration. It is full of incredible and dense fruit, (very pure and ripe) bordering on the darker cherry side, which is framed by Xavier's meticulous and judicious use of new oak. He is the master of new oak of all our Burgundy producers. (We only get a tiny allocation of 60 bottles.) Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2017 Contains Sulphites Altivo Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Selection 2014 8.58 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/altivo-cabernet-sauvignon-vineyard-selection-20140 3869665034328 Bodegas Finca Eugenio Bustos Finca Eugenio Bustos, Uco Valley, Mendoza, ArgentinaIntense and finely tuned Cabernet from the high altitude Uco Valley. Aromatic and generous with rich, ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, hints of vanilla and classic varietal notes of mint and eucalyptus. (14% abv)  Drink Now BBQ, Marinated Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza, Argentina Finca Eugenio Bustos 2014 Contains Sulphites The Wire Walker Pinot Noir 2018 15.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-wire-walker-pinot-noir-20174 2077193830488 Philip Shaw Light crimson red colourings. Aroma - great lift of bright fruit followed by a matrix of layers. This wine has personality with varietal fruit present and a light savoury texture.The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo vineyard in 1988. Philip Shaw spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident he noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near-perfect balance of elevation and sunshine.The Koomooloo vineyard is in close proximity to the region’s highest peak, Mt Canobolas, and rises to an altitude of 900M with red loam soils over limestone. With less than 1% of Australian vineyards above 600M, Koomooloo is one of the highest vineyards in AustraliaKoomooloo is a hand kept vineyard with a routine of hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning, and hand picking.In detail the Orange region and particularly Koomooloo Vineyard is perfect for the styles of wines Philip is keen to make; really understanding the uniqueness of the region. To respect and work a vineyard like Koomooloo to its full potential is sometimes daunting, however the future is too exciting to sleep through.Philip has been making wine in Australia for more than four decades and he approaches each aspect of wine making with a healthy mix of innovation and unrelenting quality standards. Drink Now Lamb, Casserole, BBQ Dry Full Bodied Deep Plum Pinot Noir Orange, New South Wales, Australia Philip Shaw 2018 Contains Sulphites   Klippenkop Chenin Blanc 2019 8.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/klippenkop-chenin-blanc111 1952797360216 Robertson Winery An appealing light straw colour. Full-bodied palate with powerful varietal flavours of tropical fruit, ripe green fig and melon. These follow through with a mouth-watering thread of acidity to a crisp clean aftertaste. (2019 - 13% abv)Klippenkop is an export label of the Robertson Winery situated in the Cape Winelands.Established in 1941, Robertson Winery is recognised today as one of South Africa's leading cellars. The fertile Robertson Valley with its variety of meso-climates and soil conditions create a wide spectrum of terroirs, allowing the estate to produce an exciting diversity of wine styles.The winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4th generation growers. Today, no less than 35 families, cultivating some 1900 hectares of vine, take pride in contributing to the success of the winery. Working in close partnership with our viticulturist, Briaan Stipp, they are committed to identifying the vineyard sites best suited to specific cultivars and to nurturing the grapes to optimum flavour and varietal character.The fruit was sourced from 35 specially selected grape growing families in the Robertson Valley. Vines are grown in deep cool alluvial soil that is rich in lime and receives an annual rainfall of only 280 mm per year. Fruit was harvested very early in the morning from the last week of February to the middle of March. The Chenin Blanc vines are planted on the riverbanks with a row direction from northwest to southeast to utilize the prevailing sea breeze. The sea breeze cools down the fruit, extends the ripening period and builds up concentrated flavours in the grapes. The average annual rainfall is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River.Gentle pressing of the grapes followed by using a Pneumatic bag press to capture the delicate fruit component. The wine was made reductively to prevent any oxidation and to ensure that natural flavours of the grapes could be retained. Fermentation happened slowly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 18 days at 13½¦C.An appealing light straw colour. Full-bodied wine with powerful varietal flavours of pineapple, granadilla, melon and green apple. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity. Drink now Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chenin Blanc Western Cape, South Africa Robertson Winery 2019 Contains Sulphites Paul Cluver Pinot Noir 2018 17.73 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/paul-cluver-pinot-noir105 1952796442712 Paul Cluver The wine has an excellent colour with lots of wild berry fruit on the nose complemented with hints of chocolate, violet and coffee aromas. The complex palate is brimming with sweet berry flavours that are long and lingering. The finish is typical of the varietal with a long velvety texture. The wine has tightly structured tannins ensuring that it will age, it can be enjoyed young but will gain complexity if cellared for a further 5 ? 7 years.Pinot Noir is most probably the most difficult red wine to make. Wherever you are in the world, winemakers that make Pinot Noir usually have a passion for it. At Paul Cluver Estate Wines they are not only passionate about Pinot Noir but also about winemaking.Paul Cluver Wines are the result of a close-knit family who are dedicated to the holistic production of fine handcrafted wines. Guided by Dr Paul Cluver, Neurosurgeon, Apple farmer and chairman of Capespan and Vinfruco, the companies whose visionary and pioneering spirit created the foundation for Paul Cluver Wines.Paul Cluver?s vision for the family run business is-?To combine the tremendous diversity of mesoclimates and soil of our farm and the passion of our family to develop great and distinctive wines.?This vision is ably carried by G.M. Paul Cluver junior, and Winemaker Andries Burger, married to one of the Cluver daughters Inge. Andries qualified in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. Andries Burger?s winegrowing credo is focused on expressing the Elgin Terroir through handcrafted individual wines with fruit intensity, balance and elegance. Dr Cluver?s wife Songvei and daughter Karin are deeply involved with the nurturing and upliftment of the De Rust farming community. Drink Now or Keep Lamb, pork chops Dry Medium Bodied Ruby Pinot Noir Elgin, South Africa Paul Cluver 2018 Contains Sulphites Stablemate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 9.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/stablemate-cabernet-sauvignon190 1952796409944 Excelsior Estate Blackish plum in colour. Nose redolent of ripe black currant and plummy fruit. Toasty oak aromas and sweet fruit flavours are balanced by soft, ripe tannins. Good structure with soft, clean finish.In the South Western Cape there is a great valley encircled by tall, gaunt mountains. A wide river meanders through the valley floor, which, during the millennia, created a fertile flood plain for itself. It is an arid land, for the mountains which shelter the valley also shield it from rainbearing clouds. The lack of rain matters not, for the early settlers soon learned to channel the river to irrigate the fertile plain. Here they planted their vineyards, orchards and pastures whose lush herbage makes a stark contrast to the thorny, stunted vegetation of the veld.With the simplicity of nomads the first people who trekked through the valley gave places names as they beheld the natural phenomena. The mountains which form the northern border they are called the Langeberg, which in Dutch means ?Long Mountains?, and those to the south they are called the Sonderendberge which are the ?Mountains which have no end?. The river they named the Breede, which in English, would be the River Broad.In 1859 a young man with energy and vision came to the valley and bought a large tract of land. He pioneered the channelling of the river to bring water to his fields. He planted crops and established vineyards and orchards and built a cellar which, because it was continually being extended, became known as the Long Cellar. In his old age he divided his land among three sons, the youngest of whom named his portion Excelsior. Stephen and Freddie de Wet who now own Excelsior are the fourth generation of De Wets to farm the land of their ancestor.Throughout its long history Excelsior Estate has been prominent in many ventures. Before the advent of the motorcar, the best hackney carriage horses were bred at Excelsior. Later these gave way to thoroughbred racehorses, and today Excelsior boasts one of the most distinguished studs in South Africa. In the last fifteen years eight individual Classic winners were bred at Excelsior.At the turn of the century when woman of fashion wore elegant ostrich plumes, Excelsior was at the forefront in the production of these. The large stately homestead with its ornately carved furniture bears evidence to the opulence of this area. The once famous herd of Friesland Cattle were sold when it was decided to concentrate on racehorses. Today large peach, apricot and citrus orchards are cultivated on the Estate, the fruit of which is mostly exported.Excelsior Estate has over 200 hectares planted to vineyards. Of these Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the most important varieties. In 1981, a modern winery was constructed with adequate capacity to cater for further expansion. Great care was taken to select the best machinery to facilitate the vinification process.The vineyards at Excelsior are all irrigated by drip irrigation and much emphasis is placed on applying the correct amount of water. Canopy management also plays an important role in the vineyard management and every effort is made to ensure harvesting is done at optimum ripeness. It is the philosophy at Excelsior that good wine is made in the vineyards and the winemaker can only succeed if he has good basic ingredients with which to work. Drink Now Venison Sausages, BBQ, Game Dry Medium Bodied Dense Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson, South Africa Excelsior Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Monteiro Chardonnay/Arinto 2019 9.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/monteiro-chardonnay-arinto157 1952794476632 Quinta do Casal Monteiro KQuinta do Casal Monteiro is located in one of the most prestigious growing regions in Portugal - the Tejo region. This area takes its name from the Tagus river, which flows through the region and provides a singular diversity in terroir and climate.This vintage wine is a good example of the resulting harmony from the blend of the Chardonnay and Arinto grape varieties. It presents a clear citrine colour with high aromatic complexity. Well structured mouth feel, freshness and persistence. (13% abv - 2019)Established in 1979, Quinta do Casal Monteiro bottles limited production vintages exclusively from their 80 hectare vineyard property. The vines are located in alluvial sandy loam soil where, the characteristic of the sub-Mediterranean temperate climate and its proximity to the river Tagus, provide vintages with their own specific identity. This identity is reflected in both the aromas and the palate of the vintages which are very rich in fruit tones and reveal in general superb acidity - Excellent food companions.The grapes are totally destemmed and crushed by means of a pneumatic press followed by pellicular maceration for 12 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel vats is processed at a controlled temperature of 15øC.In 2015 they were pleased to announce that Luis M. A. Santos was appointed the new Winemaker at Quinta do Casal Monteiro. After a 7 years experience as resident winemaker at Carregal do Sal (Quinta de Cabriz), Luis is currently in charge of both the winegrowing and winemaking divisions of Quinta do Casal Monteiro being responsible for all wine products produced and bottled at the Estate. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay, Arinto Portugal Quinta do Casal Monteiro 2019 Contains Sulphites Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2018 17.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/paul-cluver-chardonnay-201628 1952793854040 Paul Cluver The Estate Chardonnay 2018 was awarded a Gold medal at the same competition, proving that South Africa is without a doubt a world-leader when it comes to this underrated varietal.London seems to love Paul Cluver Wines when earlier this month at the International Wine Challenge the Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015 walked away with three trophies: the Elgin Pinot Trophy, South African Pinot Noir Trophy and South African Red Wine Trophy. In the April issue of Decanter magazine, The Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2015 and Seven Flags Chardonnay 2015 were both rated as Outstanding by three of Britain's Masters of Wine (MW). Only five other South African Chardonnays received the same rating out of a total of 120 wines tasted and reviewed for the magazine. Closer to home they were awarded with no less than 10 awards at this year's The National Wine Challenge | Top 100 SA Wines. Six of the wines received Double Platinum awards as well as the prestigious Top 100 status for 2017 as well as the Grand Cru National Champion - Best in Class. They were also one of six producers to have received the Vineyard Consistency Special Award at this year's competition, having won 26 Top 100 placings over the past seven years."All the credit goes to the entire Paul Cluver Wines team. This shows an understanding of our terroir with the ability to adapt to vintage changes to still produce wines at the highest quality, "says Managing Director, Paul Cluver. Drink Now or Keep Creamy Dishes, Chicken, Fish Dry Medium Bodied Golden yellow Chardonnay Elgin, South Africa Paul Cluver 2018 Contains Sulphites Gamay De Touraine 2019, Domaine de la Presle 11.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gamay-de-touraine28 1952788709464 Domaine de la Presel The Touraine is notable for its success in growing Gamay outside its usual stronghold of Beaujolais. Here it produces soft, light fruity reds which are very refreshing especially when served slightly cooler.Domaine de la Presle is owned and run by the youthful Frederic and Ann-Sofie Meurguey-Penet. The estate has been in their family since 1885. After studying oenology in Beaune Frederic and Ann-Sofie gained valuable experience working abroad with 5 months at Coldstream Hills in Australia and 3 months in South Africa at Rhebokskloof Estate.Their estate is planted over 38 hectares with 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Gamay and the remainder in a mixture of Cabernet Franc, Malbec. Pineau d'Aunis and Chardonnay. Drink Now or Keep BBQ, Pork, Spicy Food Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Gamay Touraine, Loire Domaine de la Presle 2019 Contains Sulphites Victoria Park Chardonnay 2020 10.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/victoria-park-chardonnay42 1952786677848 Robert Hill-Smith The grapes for this delicious wine have been sourced from sustainably managed vineyards within South Australia. This Chardonnay is pale gold with vibrant green hues. Flavours are reminiscent of citrus, honeydew melon and ripe peach with a hint of nougat and cinnamon. The palte finishes with a creamy texture and persistent mineral acidity.The wine takes its name from Victoria Park which the first settlers carved out of the rugged bushlands of Adelaide in South Australia. Named after Princess Victoria before being crowned Queen. The park has become a place to relax and share with friends. Victoria Park make wines that give true varietal expression from their unique growing climate. Perfect to serve at your next park picnic. Burrow Hill Medium Cider 500ml 2.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-burrow-hill-medium-cider33 1952786088024 Somerset Cider Brandy Company Fine cider is made from a blend of different varieties and this Medium-Dry version includes 7 different examples, all of which bring something important to the final flavour. For instance, the legendary Kingston Black brings aromatic fruit flavours whilst the age-old Dabinett gives body and structure. This is a cider made from a blend of at least 11 varieties of vintage apples, that dances on the palate with freshness and verve but is also profound and flavoursome.Hidden away in the criss-cross lanes of the Somerset Levels, just outside the village of Kingsbury Episcopi, you will find an extraordinary collection of eclectic buildings that is Pass Vale Farm, huddled together below the dominant Burrow Hill. This is the home of the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, established in 1989, when it was the first cider producer in the UK to be granted a licence to distil in recorded history. Established by the ever-present and eccentric Julian Temperley, Pass Vale Farm houses two continuous pot stills which Temperley affectionately calls Fifi and Josephine. Made by Gazagne , a well-known Parisian still-maker, at the beginning of the last century, these two elderly spinsters consume about 7 tons of cider apples to produce 500 litres of cider brandy. The use of continuous stills ensures a fruitier and fresher cider brandy than you would get from a pot still but the real secret of making fine Cider Brandy comes from the quality of the initial produce. Burrow Hill has one of the great cider apple ?terroirs? where the soil, climate and geology come together to guarantee perfect conditions for the 40 different varieties of cider apple that are grown on the 150 acres that surround the distillery. The other two ?vintage? cider zones in Somerset are situated around Baltonsborough and Wedmore. Drink Now Aperitif Medium Dry Medium Bodied Cider Apples Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset Somerset Cider Brandy Company NV Contains Sulphites Lopez De Haro Rioja Rosado 2019 10.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lopez-de-haro-rioja-rosado-201524 1952784646232 Bodegas Classica This wine shows an intense nose, red fruits to the fore, with hints of banana and some floral notes. The mouthfeel is silky and pleasant , with great balance, resulting in being both simultaneously sweet and fresh.Bodega Classica is a winery specializing in the creation of great reds that have been aged in the cask and also whites and roses, created by and for the consumer of quality wines. It bases its philosophy on its taste for simplicity, elegance, and experience.Situated on a picturesque hillside of the historic village of San Vicente de La Sonsierra, the winery, Bodega Classica, rises above a veritable sea of vineyards, flanked by the winding course of the River Ebro and the slopes of the mountain range of Sierra de Tolo¤o. GRAPES: Tempranillo and Garnacha  Drink Now Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Medium Bodied Pale Raspberry Tempranillo, Garnacha Rioja, Spain Bodegas Classica 2019 Contains Sulphites Chablis 2019, Domaine Pinson 22.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-chablis-pinson408 1952784515160 Domaine Pinson Chablis, made from 100% Chardonnay from the northern most part of Burgundy, produces some of the most remarkably clean, minerally, soil driven wines Chardonnay in the world. This exciting wine, from one of Chablis top wineries, is an excellent example of Chablis goodness: bright, vibrant, pure, refreshing, aromatic, loaded with gout de pierre … fusil (gunflint taste), and perfectly balanced between ripe fruit and lemony, green apple, acidity.Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most senior estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.The Pinson brothers grandfather, Louis, established the estates pedigree in the late 1940?s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work). The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness and elegance which is so often lacking in the wines from this region. Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Light Yellow Chardonnay Chablis, France Domaine Pinson 2019 Contains Sulphites Salcombe Gin Start Point - 44% Abv 34.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/salcombe-gin-start-point-48-percent-abv-varies-from-small-batch-to-small-batch3 1952784384088 Salcombe Distillery Harmonious balance of fresh citrus and piney juniper with warm spicy notes from cinnamon and coriander seed. Subtle floral notes comes through from the camomile flowers. With tonic the fresh citrus is accentuated. Palate Rich and full in the mouth with juniper and fresh ruby red grapefruit on the fore followed by layers of warming citrus spice from English coriander seed and cubeb. Subtle savoury tones from bay leaf, balanced by a touch of sweetness from liquorice root Drink Now Aperitif Dry Spirit Clear Spirit and Botanicals Devon, England Salcombe Distillery N/A N/A St Hilaire Chardonnay Pays D'Oc 2019 11.04 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/st-hilaire-chardonnay-pays-doc205 1952783761496 Domaine St Hilaire Domaine Saint Hilaire, MontagnacUnoaked, dry and elegant, a light wine with soft peachy fruit, and a hint of spice. Nick Kent, previously a successful management consultant in the UK, and his American wife, Lisa, fell in love with Domaine St Hilaire in 2015. After six months of negotiation with the previous owners, Anne and Jonathan James, they were finally able to secure the sale and now own and run this important 70 hectare estate, just outside the town of Montagnac.The Domaine has probably been producing wine since Roman times but it was Baron Hilaire Reynaud who gave it the name of his patron saint, Saint Hilaire, when he purchased it in 1817. The Baron was a local celebrity, having been born in the area and risen to fame as an illustrious hero and general in Napoleon's Grande Armée. At Domaine Saint Hilaire there are 34 hectares of vineyards, with two distinct areas, each with its own natural terroir, perfectly suited to the growing of different grape varieties. The stony plateau is where the red varieties are grown; the vines having an average age of 40 years, with yields that never exceed 35hl./ha. Down at the bottom of the hillsides there are more alluvial soils, ideal for the production of Chardonnay and Vermentino.  There is minimum intervention in the vineyards and largely organic methods are used, with the sea breezes  keeping diseases at bay and reducing the need for chemical vineyard treatments. The wine making team is headed up by Vincent Maurel, who has been making the wines at Saint Hilaire for over 25 years. Vincent is well-known for his attention to detail and the Kents have extensively invested in new winery equipment to make sure that the wines have an added level of precision and depth. Where oak is used, the barrels are sourced from top Burgundian coopers and are a mix of new and one or two year-old barrels, giving the wines the necessary balance and complexity.  Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Languedoc Roussillon, France Domaine St Hilaire 2019 Contains Sulphites Lyme Bay English Sparkling Wine NV 20.88 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lyme-bay-english-sparkling-wine10 1952780681304 Lyme Bay Winery This is a 100% Seyval Blanc sparkling wine from Lyme Bay. A fruit driven sparkling wine with lemon citrus notes and a gentle, persistent mousse. Quite delicious and perfect for drinking in the summer sunshine.Lyme Bay Winery and its three vineyards are situated in Devon's beautiful Axe Valley. A maritime region, it enjoys a temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording grapes exceptional depth and expression of character.  Drink Now Chicken, Smoked Meats, Garlic Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Seyval Blanc Lyme Bay, Devon Lyme Bay Winery NV Contains Sulphites Bourgogne Rouge Buissonnier 2018, Vignerons de Buxy 12.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/montagny-1er-cru-buissonnier83 1952779042904 Vignerons de Buxy  Vignerons de BuxyBright red berry and cherry flavours with lovely earthy, leathery complexity, fabulously balanced acidity and silky soft tannins. Perfect for current drinking.  Drink Now or Keep BBQ, Slow cooked lamb Dry Medium Bodied Bright red Berry Pinot Noir Cotes Chalonnaise, France Vignerons de Buxy 2018 Contains Sulphites Gran Fabian Albarino 2020 Sobreira 12.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gran-fabian-albarino-2019-sobreira56 4662846193752 Sobreira Bodegas Viña Sobreira, Pontevedra, Rias Baixas, Galicia, SpainFrom a family-owned winery situated in a beautiful location on the coast (some outstanding surf beaches are only 5 miles away) where the Salnes Valley meets the Atlantic, just to the west of Pontevedra. The winery was founded in 1990. The Gran Fabian is made with 100% Albariño from hillside vineyards with a sand/granite soil, producing a very fresh Albarino with white peach, melon and citrus flavours, leading to a superb mineral 'kick' on the finish. The grape selection for quality is meticulous with only the best, ripest fruit making it to the press. 100% natural yeasts are used as the winery has found that trying to 'tweak' the wine will only damage its balance and finesse. The winery has tried its utmost to make Gran Fabian the most honest representation of Albariño in the Salnes terroir.As ever, Albarino is very food friendly and accompanies a wide range of shellfish, seafood and chicken (just about any way it can be done). 2020 12.5% abv Half Bottle: Muga Tinto Reserva 2016 11.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-muga-tinto-reserva-2015192 4610657386584 Bodegas Muga Bodegas Muga, Haro, Rioja AltaThe vineyards are located in the Oja and Tiró river valleys of La Rioja Alta but the winery is based on the outskirts of Haro, the historical home of Rioja's most prestigious bodegas. Bodegas Muga was created in 1932 and over the years Muga wines have gained international recognition and acclaim. Meticulously faithful to their tradtional wine-making methods, Muga use the classic Rioja grape mix - Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano which are vinified in traditional Riojan oak vats and then matured for 24 months in small French and American oak barrels.The wine has a bright cherry colour with a beautifully balanced contrast between oak and fruit on the nose. On the palate, the wine is rich, rounded and full bodied with lots of fruit combining with a gentle touch of oak. Bodegas Olarra Cerro Anon Crianza 2017 11.44 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bodegas-olarra-cerro-anon-crianza-201629 4582380273752 Bodegas Olarra Bodegas OlarraFruity, spicy, good structure, mellow, round with a good balance. Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano (2016 - 13.5% abv)Bodegas Olarra was created in 1973. Situated on the outskirts of the city of Logroño in Rioja Alta. The Y shaped building is designed to make optimum use of the space for both production and ageing of the wine. The clay and chalky soil is watered by the rain and the Ebro river 'Aternum' Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2017 14.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/aternum-trebbiano-dabruzzo-201719 2114914156632 Talamonti Estate Talamonti Estate, Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzi, ItalyAternum is a product of craftmanship which is applied to one of the outstanding white grape varieties of the area, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. Only made in good years when the grapes are at their best, they are carefully selected and harvested by hand in September from the vineyards belonging to the Redmont - Di Tonno family. The wine is aged on its lees in 3400 litre barrels of French oak for 7 months with frequent "batonnages" (ie stirring) which results in its fine body and also elegance. It is a big wine with good structure, greenish yellow in colour, intensely perfumed and mouth filling with a light hint of spiciness on the finish. It is best drunk young but will keep for up to ten years. 2017 13% abv.Talamonti was founded in 2001 by the Di Tonno family, in a magnificent, unspoiled part of the Abruzzi. Their ethos lies in constantly seeking the most harmonious blend between the fruit in their vineyards, the sun-exposure, the training method, and the desired yield, with the overriding objective to obtain the best expression of their unique terroir for each varietal.By the turn of the century Talamonti vineyards had grown to 32 hectares under cultivation in the municipality of Loreto Aprutino. In addition to the native Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, other varietals have been planted. Pecorino, for example was planted in 2004 as part of an estate experiment to study the ability of other varieties to adapt and express themselves. The vineyards surround the winery and are located at 300 meters above sea level and are on South East facing slopes in the Tavo Valley region.The Cellars are filled with a large quantity of prime oak barrels selected for their variety in origin, grain, seasoning and with different degrees of toast. Following an extensive study on the ageing of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine in wooden casks, Talamonti has chosen to utilize different 300 and 3400 litre oak barrels from Austria, France, USA, and Eastern Europe.The vinification area hosts select state-of-the art fermentation vats of different sizes in order to vinify separately the different parcels of the vineyards. In addition, they have their own bottling line and labeling equipment, purchased in 2008, in order to vertically integrate so as to personally control as much of the process as possible.  Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Pecorino Marche, Italy Talamonti Estate 2017 Contains Sulphites Vermentino 2018, Domaine St Hilaire 10.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vermentino-2016-domaine-st-hilaire79 2114818670680 Domaine St Hilaire IGP Pays d'Oc Decanter SilverABV 13.5%Vermentino is a little-known grape variety (also known as Rolle) that produces a pale green, floral, soft and mouth-filling dry white. Deliciosuly crisp and with a clean refreshing fruitiness.Nick Kent, previously a successful management consultant in the UK, and his American wife, Lisa, fell in love with Domaine St Hilaire in 2015. After six months of negotiation with the previous owners, Anne and Jonathan James, they were finally able to secure the sale and now own and run this         important 70 hectare estate, just outside the town of Montagnac.The Domaine has probably been producing wine since Roman times but it was Baron Hilaire Reynaud who gave it the name of his patron saint, Saint Hilaire, when he purchased it in 1817. The Baron was a local celebrity, having been born in the area and risen to fame as an illustrious hero and general in Napoleon's Grande Armée. At Domaine Saint Hilaire there are 34 hectares of vineyards, with two distinct areas, each with its own natural terroir, perfectly suited to the growing of different grape varieties. The stony plateau is where the red varieties are grown; the vines having an average age of 40 years, with yields that never exceed 35hl./ha. Down at the bottom of the hillsides there are more alluvial soils, ideal for the production of Chardonnay and Vermentino.  There is minimum intervention in the vineyards and largely organic methods are used, with the sea breezes  keeping diseases at bay and reducing the need for chemical vineyard treatments. The wine making team is headed up by Vincent Maurel, who has been making the wines at Saint Hilaire for over 25 years. Vincent is well-known for his attention to detail and the Kents have extensively invested in new winery equipment to make sure that the wines have an added level of precision and depth. Where oak is used, the barrels are sourced from top Burgundian coopers and are a mix of new and one or two year-old barrels, giving the wines the necessary balance and complexity.   Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, marinated pork Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Vermentino Languedoc Roussillon, France Domaine St Hilaire 2018 Contains Sulphites Langham Blanc de Blancs Reserve 2015 34.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/langham-blanc-de-blanc-201418 1971029311576 Langham Estate WINNER: IWSC Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year 2020Made from 100% Chardonnay grown at the Langham's Crawthorne vineyard. A bright golden green colour with a stream of very fine bubbles. An intense nose of toasted brown bread, spice and honey gives way to a palate of crisp green apple and distinctive saline and mineral characteristics.All Langham Estate wines are made using grapes grown at their estate in rural Dorset. The Crawthorne vineyard consists of 12 hectares planted solely with the classic Champagne varieties – Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot meunier. The site was carefully selected for its south facing slope and free-draining chalk subsoil. A long growing season and considerate viticulture ensure the finest grapes possible.For the Blanc de Blancs Reserve, Chardonnay grapes from the Crawthorne Vineyard were handpicked from 28th October – 1st November 2015 and gently pressed, whole bunch. Press fractions were carefully separated and left to naturally settle for two days. The wine was initially fermented in stainless steel vats and later moved to neutral Burgundy barrels for 8 months. Following secondary fermentation, the wine was aged on yeast lees for 18 months, disgorged and left under cork for 6 months prior to release. Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Dorset, UK Langham Estate 2015 Contains Sulphites Villa Wolf Pinot Blanc 2019 11.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/villa-wolf-pinot-blanc-201725 1952797622360 Villa Wolf Medium bodied, dry style is very food friendly. On the nose there are green apples and apricots with a hint of herbs. The wine is full but dry and elegant on the palate and there is a persistent finish. Alcohol: 12.5%Villa Wolf Varietal Wines The Villa Wolf varietal line-up includes classic Pfalz wines made from traditional varieties. These value-priced wines combine Villa Wolf estategrown fruit with grapes from contracted growers.The Pfalz Region (aka ?Palatinate?) region is in the Rhine river valley in southwest Germany, directly north of France?s Alsace region. The low-lying Haardt mountains protect the area from cold, wet Atlantic weather, making it one of the warmer and drier areas of Germany. Wine grapes do quite well here where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage. The predominant soil type in this area is well-drained, weathered sandstone. It produces wines with a fruit-driven purity and a stony structure.Winemaking Notes &and Technical Info:- The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness for a bright, fresh style. No overripe or botrytis affected fruit is permitted in the harvest, the fruit is processed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness. Fermentation and maturation takes place in stainless steel tanks and malolactic fermentation is avoided in order to maintain lively acidity. There is only light filtration before bottling and no other filtering or fining takes place.About the winemakers:- Patrick and Sumi met while working in the cellar at Dr. Loosen. Together they now manage the entire winemaking process at Villa Wolf, from vine to cellar. They share Ernst Loosen?s philosophy that great wines are created on the vine, so they employ sustainable practices to foster a balanced environment in the vineyards. Drink now Asian Food, Salmon, Aperitif Dry Light/Medium bodied Pale Gold Pinot Blanc Rheinpfalz Villa Wolf 2019 contains sulphites Chateau Haut-Rian Blanc 2019, Bordeaux Blanc 10.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-haut-rian-blanc15 1952795492440 Chateau Haut-Rian Blanc Dry and fresh, with masses of fresh gooseberry fruit and a soft citrus acidity. Whilst the wine is fully dry it is packed with rich gooseberry flavour and has a wonderful fresh zesty acidity that balances the fruit, providing a ripe mouthfilling experience. This is a wine that makes a perfect aperitif, and happily accompanies creamy chicken and fish dishes. (2019 - 12.5% abv)Haut-Rian Sec is a blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. It is pure and aromatically fresh on the nose leading on to a crisp palate with hints of citrus fruits and gooseberries. Ideal as an aperitif but would also go well with fish dishes. It is also classic in its fresh fruit driven style and the method of production, maceration peliculiere, where the grapes are held for a short time on their skins before crushing. This adds an extra level of flavour and structure to the wine, but has to be done with care so as not to add excess tannins and unbalance the wine. The fermentation is then long and slow to allow maximum aromatic development in the fruit.The wine maker at Chateau Haut-Rian is the very skilled and experienced Michel Dietrich, who has degrees in winemaking from both Beaune and Bordeaux universities. He then spent time in the wine business in Australia before taking over this vineyard, and the wide range of skills and experiences show in the wine. The extra layers of fruit that is the New World trademark are evident here, but balanced with the traditional Bordeaux approach Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, Chicken, Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Graves Chateau Haut Rian 2019 Contains Sulphites 50cl, Maury 2018 Domaine Pouderoux 19.48 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/maury-domaine-pouderoux33 1952795263064 Domaine Pouderous Vin Doux NaturelLying back from the Roussillon plain, the Maury terroir benefits from a geology (schist and calcareous clay) which allows it to create robust wines of exceptional taste. The Maury wines from Domaine Pouderoux come from vines situated in the heart of the commune of Maury.Paul Pouderoux, the grandfather, was born in 1909. He was a pioneer of Maury and a tireless defender of the legislation for A.O.C. Robert, his grandson and present owner of the Domain, is carrying on the tradition with a growing program close to nature, respecting the soil, biological diversity and the ecosystem.Maury are powerful wines which lend themselves to a long oxidative maturing process. But when they are young, with their black and red fruit balance, the delicacy of the tannins and the aromatic fragance, they are a real revelation. One grape variety is identified with Maury: the Grenache noir, capricious, low yield, it guarantees the quality of Maury and it represents 100% of Pouderoux's vines.The grapes are selected and sorted in the vineyard. They are picked by hand, de-stemmed, fermented (with skins), macerating for 30 days. Pressing is with a pneumatic press - in manual mode. The juices are separated and then blended. The unfiltered and non-clarified wine is bottled in June following the harvest and is allowed to mature slowly.And the result? Beautiful garnet red colour, aromas of red fruits, cherry, black-berry. Generous and well balanced Full-bodied and well-structured: good tannins combined with a red fruit taste. Drink Now Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Vin Doux Naturel Grenache Noir Maury Domaine Pouderoux 2018 Contains Sulphites Roc du Gouverneur Rouge 2017 9.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/roc-du-gouveneur-rouge420 1952794411096 Rivesaltes Cooperative The Roc du Gouverneur Rouge is made from Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Cinsault, is deep coloured and has an excellent concentration of spicy, blackberry fruit and plenty of character.The vineyards of the Cotes du Roussillon are amongst some of France?s most southerly (the majestic Pyrenees form an impressive backdrop) and the Rivesaltes cooperative, managed by the highly innovative Fernand Baixas, is one of the most forward thinking in France, paying their 700 members purely on the quality of their grapes rather than on potential alcohol.Baixas has mapped-out all the vineyards that he draws grapes from and has worked out quality style microclimate graphs to further increase quality. Interestingly enough this practice is also undertaken at Les Producteurs de Plaimont in Gascony, from whom we source other excellent wines.  Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, marinated pork Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Carignan, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault Languedoc Roussillon, France Rivesaltes Cooperative 2017 Contains Sulphites Rioja Tempranillo Lopez De Haro 2019 10.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rioja-tempranillo-lopez-de-haro1179 1952789626968 Bodegas Classica Bodega ClassicaHacienda L¢pez de Haro Tempranillo is rich in fruity tastes with a sweet tannin structure, making it a vibrant wine and displaying the entire potential of the Tempranillo variety grown in the area of greater wine-making tradition in La Rioja.Its short aging, 3-4 months in new barrels, provides the wine with complexity, accompanying red fruits and liquorice aromas typical of the variety. 2017 13.5% abvBodega Classica is a winery specializing in the creation of great reds that have been aged in the cask, created by and for the consumer of quality wines. It bases its philosophy on its taste for simplicity, elegance, and experience.Situated on a picturesque hillside of the historic village of San Vicente de La Sonsierra, the winery ?Bodega Classica? rises above a veritable sea of vineyards, flanked by the winding course of the River Ebro and the slopes of the mountain range of Sierra de Tolo¤o.2012 "is a pure young Tempranillo used to break in the new barrels for three to four months, showing the purple colour and the exuberance of the Young fruit with strawberries, raspberries flowers and red licorice notes. A pleasure to drink slightly chilled with charcuterie. Refreshing and a real bargain." Drink 2014-2015.(89 points) Parker Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Plum Red Tempranillo Rioja, Spain Bodegas Classica 2019 Contains Sulphites Vermentino Di Sardegna Costamolino 2018 15.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vermentino-di-sardegna-costamolino-20153 1952788742232 Argiolas Argiolas Estate, Cagliari, SardiniaBright yellow colour with a slight greenish tinge. A subtle, delicate and intense bouquet with a fresh, dry, well defined palate.Just North of Cagliari, in the beautiful southern Sardinian countryside, lies the Argiolas Estate, known for its crisp, refreshing white wines. Argiolas personifies Sardinia, due in part to the family's devotion to indigenous Sardinian grape varietes such as Cannonau, Bovale Sardo, Carignano. Their passion is shared by the famous oenologist Professor Giacomo Tachis, the father of prestigious Italian wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Solaia, who has worked closely with the Argiolas family for over a decade now.Antonio Argiolas established the winery in 1918, committing his family and descendants to the Sardinian soil when he planted his first vineyard in Serdiana. In turn, his sons Franco and Giuseppe, took up their fathers mantle investing heavily in the vineyards and production facilities. Today, joined by the Antonio's grandchildren; Valentina, Francesca, Maria Luisa and Antonio, Franco and Giuseppe preside over a 230 hectare estate that covers some of the finest vineyard locations in Sardinia, producing wines that, according to the Wine Advocate are 'essential tasting for anybody interested in learning about Sardinia and its wines'.95% Vermentino (95%) and Uve (5% to add aroma) grapes are manually harvested from vines in the Selegas area in vineyards situated near Suelli. The wine is then traditionally fermented in stainless steel tanks. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, marinated pork Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Vermentino Sardinia, Italy Antonio Argiolas 2018 Contains Sulphites Clos Montblanc Castell Macabeu/Chardonnay 2018 9.21 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/clos-montblanc-castell-macabeu-chardonnay132 1952787988568 Clos Montblanc D.O. CatalunyaA fresh and lively white that's full of zesty fruit. (12.5% abv - 2018)Conca de Barber… is situated west of PenedŠs and north of Tarragona and is very much a high altitude, cool climate region (average height of vine plantings being 400 metres) producing some excellent whites and one or two very exciting reds.The Castillo de Montblanc winery is owned by Concavins and, since its creation in 1988, has been making a delicious, cold-fermented Macabeo/Chardonnay which has been left on its lees for a couple of extra months to impart extra complexity to an already fresh, clean and zesty dry white with a backdrop of mouth-tingling citrus and peach fruit flavours. Drink Now Aperitif, tapas, fish, chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Macabeu, Chardonnay Conca de Barbera, Spain Castillo de Montblanc 2018 Contains Sulphites Domaine St Hilaire Viognier 2019 12.13 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/domaine-st-hilaire-viognier-2018190 1952783859800 Domaine St Hilaire IGP Pays d'OcDomaine St. Hilaires Viognier is alluringly exotic, with aromas of ripe apricots, peaches and honeysuckle. The palate exudes lush and unctuous fruit flavours, which is due to the fact that the vines are over 20 years old and were planted long before this variety was fashionable. (2019 14% abv). Nick Kent, previously a successful management consultant in the UK, and his American wife, Lisa, fell in love with Domaine St Hilaire in 2015. After six months of negotiation with the previous owners, Anne and Jonathan James, they were finally able to secure the sale and now own and run this         important 70 hectare estate, just outside the town of Montagnac.The Domaine has probably been producing wine since Roman times but it was Baron Hilaire Reynaud who gave it the name of his patron saint, Saint Hilaire, when he purchased it in 1817. The Baron was a local celebrity, having been born in the area and risen to fame as an illustrious hero and general in Napoleon's Grande Armée. At Domaine Saint Hilaire there are 34 hectares of vineyards, with two distinct areas, each with its own natural terroir, perfectly suited to the growing of different grape varieties. The stony plateau is where the red varieties are grown; the vines having an average age of 40 years, with yields that never exceed 35hl./ha. Down at the bottom of the hillsides there are more alluvial soils, ideal for the production of Chardonnay and Vermentino.  There is minimum intervention in the vineyards and largely organic methods are used, with the sea breezes  keeping diseases at bay and reducing the need for chemical vineyard treatments. The wine making team is headed up by Vincent Maurel, who has been making the wines at Saint Hilaire for over 25 years. Vincent is well-known for his attention to detail and the Kents have extensively invested in new winery equipment to make sure that the wines have an added level of precision and depth. Where oak is used, the barrels are sourced from top Burgundian coopers and are a mix of new and one or two year-old barrels, giving the wines the necessary balance and complexity.   Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, Pate Dry Medium Bodied Pale Golden Viognier Pays d'Oc Domaine St Hilaire 2019 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Chateau La Gorce 2016 8.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-la-gorce-201674 4610638807128 Chateau La Gorce Blaignan - Cru Bourgeois MédocA good value fruit-driven claret, with good weight and balance.The very attractive 1821 chartreuse of Château la Gorce is to be found about 7 kilometres to the north of St. Estèphe. The thirty-seven hectares of vineyard stretch out around the property and chais, and are in immaculate condition. A blend of 50% cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, Henri Fabre uses 20% new oak barrels each year and makes a wine that always exhibits a juicy fruit and a rich colour. The wine is powerful and concentrated and is amply endowed with fruit - very much the modern style of Bordeaux, made for relatively early drinking, so it is ready now Half Bottle: Brouilly 2017, Chateau du Pavé 8.01 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-brouilly-2017-chateau-de-grandmont82 4599504404568 Chateau du Pave Owned by Michel Brac de la Perrière and his children, this is now where Chris Piper is making his ‘Chairman’s Plonk’ , having left Château des Tours after the 2000 vintage. This is a structured Brouilly where there is a dominant raspberry and cassis fruit, soft tannins and an essential, refreshing balancing acidity. From the superlative 2005 vintage.Originally established in 1631 by Antoine Brac, this three hectares vineyard is perfectly situated at the foot of the Côte de Brouilly. The vines are cultivated using the ’eco-firendly’ methods, yields are kept impressively low and there is minimal intervention in the cuvage (winery), allowing the exceptional terroir to show through. Chateau Carbon d'Artigues 2019 Blanc, Graves 12.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-carbon-dartigues-2018-blanc-graves75 2076302311512 Chateau Carbon d'Artigues The 6-hectare parcel of old Semillon vines that Michel Bonnot discovered and purchased in the late 1980’s has come in very good stead at Carbon d’Artigues where they are now making some wonderfully fragrant and honeyed dry white Graves which has a crisp flavour of melons balanced with a lively, refreshing finish. The wine sees no oak-ageing but does stay on its lees in the stainless steel vats over a 3-4 month period, adding a further dimension of complexity and a more exuberant fruitiness. Semillon 40%, Sauvignon Blanc 60% (2019 - 12.5% abv)  Fish, Creamy Chicken Dry Light/Medium Bodied Pale Golden Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc Graves Chateau Carbon d'Artigues 2019 Contains Sulphites   Half-Bottles Puligny-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Folatieres 2018 31.02 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-puligny-montrachet-1er-cru-les-folatieres-2016112 1952798998616 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy At the time of the 2002 vintage Alain and Jean-Louis Chavy were in joint charge of this superb 12-hectare domaine (established in 1820 by their great-great grandfather, Charles Chavy) but the brothers have now split the domaine into two. This estate, and no doubt the subsequent 2 estates, has always been regarded as being amongst the top estates of Puligny. It was not all that long ago that the Chavys sold the vast majority of their wines to the negotiants of the area but, in the past ten years, they bottled a large percentage of their production themselves.Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and terroir. Drink Now or Keep Chicken, Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France Domaine JL Chavy 2018 Contains Sulphites Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2019 11.79 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/villa-wolf-pinot-gris5 1952797589592 Villa Wolf The Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is relatively full-bodied, compared to Italian Pinot Grigio. It is off dry on the palate but with ripe, refreshing fruit (flavours of spicy Conference pear with an undertone of clementine and just the faintest hint of peppery rocket on the finish) and it is unoaked to maximise the vibrant flavours. Ernie Loosen describes the wine as having a 'crackling' texture: his English is excellent but he spends a lot of time in the USA so this may well be a translation issue from Californian slang! JOK 23/11/2020(12.5% abv - 2019) In Germany this wine used to be sold as Grauburgunder (literally Grey Burgundy) and it is a sign of the determination to simplify the complicated German nomenclature that such wines are now more familiarly labelled. Pinot Gris has a very long tradition in the Pfalz region. In fact, it was here that the variety was first identified.The winery was founded in 1756 by the then mayor, Johann Wolf, who bought some of the best vineyard parcels above the villages of Wachenheim, Forst and Deidesheim. In 1828 the King of Bavaria commissioned a cartographer to produce a map showing the taxable value of every slope in the area. The J L Wolf holdings still include five grand cru and four premier cru vineyards. The 10 hectare estate was turned into a model farm, designed by Eisenlohr, in 1843. It boasted a unique country villa, a courtyard with mature trees, a formal garden and magnificent vaulted cellars. The estate had fallen into complete disrepair (the legacy of labour shortages following the wars) by the time that Ernie Loosen found the original plans of the vineyards and, upon visiting the site, literally stumbled into top class vineyards. He has revitalised the vines, turning the estate into a 'green' enterprise in the process, and it now produces superb grapes.Ernst is more famous as the owner of the Dr Loosen Estate in Bernkastel on the Mosel and has been voted Gault-Millau "Winemaker of the Year 2001" amongst the many international plaudits that he has gathered. Drink now Asian Food, Salmon, Aperitif Dry Light/Medium bodied Pale Gold Pinot Gris Rheinpfalz Villa Wolf 2019 contains sulphites Verdicchio Classico Le Vele 2019 12.14 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/verdicchio-classico-le-vele19 1952797130840 Moncaro Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, grown to the west of Ancona, about 30km. from the Adriatic, is generally a rather bland wine but, when made by someone like the talented oenologist, Giuliano d?Ignazi, who heads up the wine making for the Moncaro co-operative at Montecarotto, it becomes a different beast. This is a 100% Verdicchio picked ultra-ripe at the beginning of October and cool fermented to allow the fresh, honeyed aromatics to come to the full with a rich, zesty fruitiness. (12.5% abv - 2018)In 1964 a group of grapegrowers founded the Societ… Cooperativa in order to raise vineyard quality throughout the region, beginning the construction of the Cantina Montecarotto in 1971. Sancerre Rose 'Malice' 2019 , Serge Laporte 17.54 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sancerre-rose-malice-2017-serge-laporte19 1952796999768 Domaine Serge Laporte This wine has a pervasive strawberry-fruit freshness, a distinctly floral bouquet and finely tuned balance. It is very clean and elegant on the palate. Superb with shellfish and chicken.   Drink Now Aperitif, Strawberries Dry Light Bodied Pale Raspberry Sauvignon BLanc, Pinot Noir Loire Valley, France Domaine Serge Laporte 2019 Contains Sulphites Serbal Pinot Noir 2019 Tupungato 14.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/serbal-pinot-noir-2015-tupungato105 1952796016728 Bodegas Atamisque Bodegas Atamisque, Tupungatao, Uco Valley, MendozaElegant and pale clear red in the glass, very fruity on the nose with overtones of cherries and strawberries. A soft and velvety palate with a good fruity finish.Fermented in stainless steel at 25øC then spending 3 months in bottle prior to release, slowly but surely, Argentine Pinot Noir starts to be taken seriously, and not only those from Patagonia. This delicious offering from Atamisque's own Uco Valley vines fits the Serbal ethos perfectly - don't spoil a lovely young wine with oak! - it is all about fruit and pure varietal character. There is also an attractive plumpness and texture on the mid palate that you don't often see in wines in this price range. There's a way to go before the Argentines are up there with Marlborough, but this definitely kicks lower end Burgundy into the long grass. 2015 14% abv.Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2017 vintage)The Vineyard's phiosophy is "We want to make great wines, we want to be successful, but we don't want to be big!" This is a small to medium sized producer that believes it must work within a pre-defined maximum scale in order to maintain the highest possible style and quality credentials. It's working, as testified by the 2018 Sommelier Wine Awards when no fewer than three of the wines (from the unoaked Serbal range) won gold medals and Atamisque was named New World Producer of the Year.Located in the district of San Jos‚ in Tupungato, Uco Valley, this stunning yet simple winery is the first you will see on the famous 'Ruta del Vino', Route 86. The humble slate roofs and drably coloured walls host an extremely impressive modern facility, where winemaker Philippe Caraguel quietly plies his trade, bringing a touch of French restraint to the fruits of these 100% estate-owned vineyards, many of which boast some particularly old vines. Atamisque makes great Malbec, of course, but it is perhaps with 'other' varietals and blends that you will find the finest examples of Uco expression. Serbal Cabernet Franc, for example, is the most exciting and best value example of this grape that we have ever tasted, from anywhere. There are three, easy to climb tiers in the range - Serbal, Catalpa and Atamisque itself - all named after indigenous trees and shrubs that can be found growing amongst the vines. Drink Now Lamb, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Deep Plum Pinot Noir Tupungato, Argentina Bodegas Atamisque 2019 Contains Sulphites Beaujolais Rose 2016, Chateau de Grandmont 11.52 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/beaujolais-rose193 1952794345560 Chateau de Grandmont This is a ripe and rounded rose, pale pink with a zest strawberry like fruit and well balanced acidity.Chateau de Grandmont is a 9ha. property, situated in the commune of Blacé, about 15 minutes drive south of Château du Pavé. It is owned by Jean Brac de la Perriere, and the domaine is managed by Laurent Santailler. Chris Piper has been the wine maker since 2001 and since 2002, there has been a severe investment in the vineyard. The aim has been to dramatically reduce yields and to restructure the vineyards. Grandmont has been overtly eco-friendly (no pesticides, weed-killers or man-made fertilisers) since 2010. The soil is manured and ploughed and has competitive "swiss grass" planted between the vines for hydric competition, ensuring deeper roots and reduced yields. A very tight pruning is carried out and unusually for Beaujolais, the vines are pruned on the double-guyot system, trained on wires, giving the grapes better aeration and sun exposure. In 2018, Grandmont was accredited with full Ecocert organic status.For this vintage, the grapes were partially (80%) de-stalked prior to fermentation which was in temperature controlled concrete vats. There was a minimum use of sulfites prior to fermentation for anti-oxidative purposes; fermentation lasting for seven days between 27°-30°C. Over the winter months, the wine was stored in stainless steel and was then bottled in March to capture the fresh fruit.  Drink Now Trout, Freshwater Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale raspberry Gamay Beaujolais, France Chateau de Grandmont 2016 Contains Sulphites      Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2019 13.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/paul-cluver-sauvignon-blanc-201693 1952794214488 Paul Cluver The colour is clear and bright, with a hint of green. The nose is clean and fresh with expressive granadilla, grape fruit, gooseberry and black currant characteristics. These flavours follow through onto the palate which has a lovely creamy texture ? the result of extended lees contact and the higher Semillon portion.Food pairing Food pairing The ideal wine aperitif but best enjoyed with food. Refreshing summer time wine, it pairs well with salads and lighter meats. Richer seafood and cheese platters make it work through autumn and winter.This wine can be enjoyed with salads, seafood or on its own. Only the best quality grapes in three different blocks of Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are used for making the Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc.Paul Cluver Wines are the result of a close-knit family who are dedicated to the holistic production of fine handcrafted wines. Guided by Dr Paul Cluver, Neurosurgeon, Apple farmer and chairman of Capespan and Vinfruco, the companies whose visionary and pioneering spirit created the foundation for Paul Cluver Wines.Paul Cluver?s vision for the family run business is-?To combine the tremendous diversity of mesoclimates and soil of our farm and the passion of our family to develop great and distinctive wines.?This vision is ably carried by G.M. Paul Cl�ver junior, and Winemaker Andries Burger, married to one of the Cl�ver daughters Inge. Andries qualified in viticulture and oenology at Stellenbosch University. Andries Burger?s winegrowing credo is focused on expressing the Elgin Terroir through handcrafted individual wines with fruit intensity, balance and elegance. Dr Cl�ver?s wife Songvei and daughter Karin are deeply involved with the nurturing and upliftment of the De Rust farming community. Drink Now Creamy Dishes, Chicken, Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Sauvignon Blanc Elgin, South Africa Paul Cluver 2019 Contains Sulphites Victoria Park Shiraz 2017 10.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/victoria-park-shiraz-viognier21 1952790610008 Robert Hill-Smith The grapes for this delicious wine have been sourced from sustainably managed vineyards within South Australia. This Shiraz is bright crimson red in colour. The palate is true to variety with a generous sweet fruit core and flavours reminiscent of plums and blackberry. A subtle floral lift lingers through the long succulent finish.Our wine takes its name from Victoria Park which the first settlers carved out of the rugged bushlands of Adelaide in South Australia. Named after Princess Victoria before being crowned Queen. The park has become a place to relax and share with friends. We make wines that give true varietal expression from our unique growing climate. Perfect to serve at your next park picnic. Vouvray Sec Coteau De La Biche 2016, Domaine Pichot 19.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vouvray-sec-coteau-de-la-biche18 1952790446168 Domaine Pichot Very dry, with good body, and a delicious honeyed finish. The Chenin Blanc grape grown here in the Loire, around Tours, produces some of the most elegant and long-lived wines in the world. The grape has a naturally high acidity, which helps in this longevity, and ensures that even the very sweet style of Vouvray is very well balanced.The soil in this region is very chalky, and there is a hint of chalkiness on the palate of this wine - The limestone caves in the region are used in huge scale mushroom production, and maybe for this reason the wines seem to accompany mushrooms particularly well. This wine is dry, with lots of body, and has a honeyed finish which complements rich fish dishes and full flavoured white meat dishes. Jean-Claude Pichot, and his son, Christophe, have been supplying us with Vouvrays since the early 1980?s and our original belief that this is one of the finest estates in the central Loire is now widely accepted. For tax purposes, the domaine has been split up between father and son, with Christophe using the name of Domaine du C“teau de la Biche, although all the wines are the same, appearing on different labels at different times of the year! The Pichots? run of recent vintages has produced a wonderful collection of dry, demi-sec and sweet wines. This is the longest established estate in Vouvray (est. 1739) and their current reputation has been built on their obsessively low yields and rigorous triages during the harvest - the 1995 Vouvray Moelleux ?Collection? is the result of a third ?tri? right at the end of the harvest, for example. Robert Parker recently wrote that ?these wines represent uncommonly natural expressions of both Chenin Blanc and terroir?. These are totally authentic products of great class, character and individuality. Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2018 Casas del Bosque 13.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gran-reserva-chardonnay-casablanca57 1952785694808 Casas del Bosque Medium straw in colour. On the nose heady aromas of lemon tart and ripe pear combine effortlessly with rich notes of toasted almond. In the mouth quince and citrus dominate giving way to mealy yeasty notes and a rich, creamy finish. A lively, fresh acidity imparts excellent structure and length.Casas del Bosque is one of Chile's top wineries and we are delighted to be importing a wide range of these excellent wines. Created in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, this 245 hectare estate in nearly all situated in the premium wine region of Casablanca (although there are 13 ha. of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere in Rapel). The temperatures in the Casablanca Valley (situated just beyond the coastal mountain range) are amongst some of the coolest in viticultural Chile and it is not surprising that varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir do so well. The brilliant New Zealander, Grant Phelps, is in charge of wine-making and his philosophy is based upon using as little new oak as possible and where it is used, it is there to improve a wine's texture. The Riserva Sauvignon Blanc sees no oak but undergoes long, pre-fermentation skin contact, to help develop a wonderful aromatic complexity. The other Riservas and Gran Riservas see a judicious 'amount of oak-barrel ageing but it is the terroir and varietal fruit that are allowed to dominate in the final assemblage. These are amazingly pure and concentrated wines that reveal Chile's (and particularly Casablanca's) true potential. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, Creamy Fish Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Chardonnay Casablanca Valley, Chile Casas del Bosque 2018 Contains Sulphites Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2020 15.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/templars-hill-pinot-gris16 1952781500504 Mount Difficulty This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of white pear, passionfruit and melon. On the palate this is duplicated with lovely rich flavours, a textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.With their founding vineyards established in 1992, Mt Difficulty owns some of the oldest vineyards and is one of the most respected wineries in the Central Otago region of New Zealand's rugged South Island. Situated in Bannockburn, a unique and rare area of extremes, Mt Difficulty has harnessed the once brutal terrain to produce premium wines at the forefront of Central Otago's wine production.The grapes for this wine come from selected Central Otago vineyards. The fruit was hand harvested and processed in a reductive manner, with the juice settled overnight and racked clean the following morning. The wine was fermented cool, to help maximise varietal character. The wine was stop fermented in an off-dry style to provide some palate weight and texture. It was lightly fined with isinglass before being filtered and bottled. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Gris South Island, New Zealand Mount Difficulty Wines 2020 Contains Sulphites Valtea Albarino 2019, Bodegas Vilarvin 13.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/valtea-albarino-2019-bodegas-vilarvin31 4854984900696 Bodegas Vilarvin Bodegas Vilarvin, Vilar, Rias Baixas, Galicia, SpainAlbarino is very food friendly and accompanies a wide range of shellfish, seafood and chicken (just about any way it can be done).This is Gold Medal winning wine (International Wine Challenge) and is full of soft, lusciously ripe fruits and a freshness that carries through all the way to the long finish. Dow's Vintage 1994 55.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/dows-vintage-199431 4846084194392 Dow's Port Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port.Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Dow’s Vintage Ports have been landmark wines in virtually every great year, consistently setting the standards amongst all Port houses. Vintage Ports such as the remarkable Dow 1896, the 1927, 1945, 1955, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1980 and the Dow 1994 are all legends in the history of this great wine. These Ports are still magnificent today, even when 50 or over 100 years old. Few wines can claim this quality and this pedigree.Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards; Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira. Each property contributes to the Dow’s unique and distinctive style. When young, Dow’s Vintage Ports are purple-black, austere, complex and intensely concentrated, full-bodied and balanced with very fine peppery tannins. Lanark Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2017 11.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-lanark-lane-sauvignon-blanc-20190 4812646678616 Lanark Lane Lanark Lane Sauvignon Blanc is intensely aromatic, crisp and fresh, reflecting the world famous Marlborough style. It is delicious lightly chilled, either on its own or as an accompaniment to fresh seafood, or summer salads.Leafy, tree lined Lanark Lane runs from Marlborough?s West Coast Road down to a precious vineyard, planted exclusively in Sauvignon Blanc. The leaf on the label is inspired by the Oriental Plane trees, which border this picturesque lane. The changing colours of the leaves mark the rhythm of the vineyard team?s work through the seasons. (2017 - 12.5% abv).  Aperitif, White Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand Lanark Lane 2017 Contains Sulphites 500ml: Devon Roots Medium Cider 5.5%, Four Elms 2.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-devon-roots-medium-cider-5-5-four-elms15 4607183454296 Four Elms Cider This has a pale Chartreuse colour with fine bubbles. There is a clear-cut, fresh apple nose with a touch of pears, leading on to a silky, soft palate and enticing, balanced acidity“In our quest for high quality local drinks, we have been on the search for a genuinely top-quality local cider. Over the past six months, prior to C-19, we blind-tasted over 40 Devon ciders and our final winner was, by a country-mile, the Four Elms ciders from Harpford, near Sidmouth. These are very definitely authentic, hand-crafted Devon ciders !Four Elms Fruit Farm established its roots in Devon more than 50 years ago and has been run by the Smedley family since the early 1960s. Now into its third generation of family ownership, Four Elms continues to commit its investment in modern orchards and infrastructure, providing a sustainable future for apple production.The Smedley's currently grow 14 varieties of apple. A range of 7 'Real Devonshire Apple Juices' and 3 'Real Devonshire Ciders' are also produced onsite at Four Elms. With many years experience in the industry the team's passion and dedication to quality has resulted in numerous champion places in 'The National Fruit Show' and 'Taste of the West' for Juice and Cider. Half Bottle: Beaujolais Villages 2017 Chateau de Grandmont 6.57 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-beaujolais-villages-2016-chateau-de-grandmont34 4607147966552 Chateau de Grandmont A soft, light, wonderfully fruity red with raspberry overtones, delicious served slightly chilled.As with all wine, it is the restricted yields and careful grape selection when picking that distinguish the great from the insipid, and Jean-Charles Pivot is a master viticulturalist. The grapes are hand picked at optimum ripeness, and left in whole bunches. The sheer weight of the fruit and gravity is the only form of crushing - the Maceration Carbonique method of winemaking, which ensures a freshness, youthfulness, and unadulterated "grapiness" impossible to achieve in red wines by conventional methods, where the grape must sees a longer period of skin contact. This wine is an equal to many Cru Beaujolais, and has a concentration and "gouleyance" that is hard to beat. Packed full of raspberry fruit, with a hint of parma violets and fresh cherry on the nose, it is perfect as a chilled summer glass, or with a wide range of dishes, from salads to the rich sausage based specialities of the region. It is one of the only red wines that will happily wash down an omelette, and not overpower more delicate fish dishes. Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019, Domaine Girardin 16.91 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bourgogne-pinot-noir-domaine-girardin111 4581282250840 Domaine Girardin Chateau de la Charriere100 % Pinot Noir grown on clay soil from vines with an average age of 35 years old, this is an approachable soft easy drinking wine which belies its humble appellation as a simple Bourgogne rouge. It has a good amount of mouthfilling fruit with red berries to the fore and well balanced soft tannins on the palate. Aged in oak barrels, of which 10% are new, it spends between 10 to 12 months before being bottled in the waning phase of the moon. The grapes are hand picked and sorting takes place in both the vineyard and on a sorting table in the winery.After their passage on the sorting table, the grapes are totally destemmed and then macerate for 15 days in vats. This period commences with 5 days’ cold maceration with the object of extracting the fruit characters from the grapes. This is followed by an increase in temperature during which pumping over and punching down liberates the tannins present in the grape skins. And finally, the temperature is raised to around 32°C for 5 to 7 days to stabilise colour and tannins. Puligny Montrachet, 2018 Jean Louis Chavy 46.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/puligny-montrachet-2017-jean-louis-chavy47 4548501012568 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy A particularly well-defined 'village' Puligny with an exotic floral-fruit nose, great intensity and richness, all balanced by a fresh acidity. Definitely punching above its weight and exhibiting all the style and balance. Up until the 2003 vintage, Jean-Louis and his brother, Alain, had been running their father's vineyards together and we had been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years. From the 2003 harvest onwards, these are now two very separate estates and we have decided to follow Jean-Louis because, we felt, his wines had rather more definition and concentration than those of his brother's. The excellent range of 2004's that Jean-Louis made were proof of this but we were totally bowled over by the incredible 2005's that he has made, which is why we are offering four wines from the same Puligny grower. You will not be disappointed, especially at the sensible prices that J-L is charging. Jean Louis' scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has secured him a reputation for great Puligny. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and ‘terroir’. Château Argadens Blanc 2018 13.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-argadens-blanc-2018157 4271521890392 Chateau Argadens AOC BordeauxBrilliant in appearance with pale yellow tints, this wine offers a powerful nose, its fruity notes of apricot and grapefruit zest underpinned by subtle nuances of acacia blossom and boxwood. A blend of Sauvignon and Sémillon, it displays superb balance on the palate, which is supple, fleshy and vibrantly fresh. A long finish with notes of tropical fruit and peaches.To ensure that its wine gets noticed in an appellation which produces large quantities of heterogeneous wines, Maison Sichel’s policy is to produce top quality – the result is a fine white wine which is balanced, fresh and fruity, with floral aromas. Efforts to bring out the very best of an outstanding terroir have yielded a wine of greater complexity and depth than ever before. Unlike the red, the white wine is produced in only low quantities. Drink Now or Keep Chicken, smoked fish Dry Light/Medium Bodied Pale Golden Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux Chateau Argadens 2018 Contains Sulphites Menetou Salon Blanc 2018, Chavet et Fils 16.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/menetou-salon-blanc-2017-chavet-et-fils36 3824036020312 Chavet et Fils Zingy herbaceous white with classic greengage, gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf flavours. A real alternative to Sancerre. (13.0% abv) The wine is wonderful, with a mouthfilling gooseberry freshness and long lasting blackcurrant leaf aromas. It is produced by one of the leading growers in the area, Georges Chavet who grows grapes as well as ancient varieties of apples and pears on the family estate. His wines are some of the most sought after in the regions leading restaurants, always a good sign - if the locals want to drink it, it must be good. His red Menetou Salon made from Pinot Noir is well worth a detour too. The quality of any wine starts in the vineyard, look after the vines and you are going to get quality fruit, which is after all the first stage of making good wine. The Chavets are rightly proud of their vineyards. The high levels of winemaking skill and a state of the art winery are further components in the equation that results in this well balanced and tasty wine.Menetou Salon could be considered to be the forgotten kid brother of Sancerre, maybe not quite as bright or good looking but actually really a smart but quiet little achiever. It is made from the same grape variety as Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, in virtually the same location, the Loire valley but a few miles further west, and on the same chalk, flint and clay soils. The mystery is why it is not as well known. Perhaps it is because Sancerre is a pretty little hilltop town on one of the major north-south roads through France, maybe the publicity machine in Sancerre is better. Drink Now Aperitif, Salmon, Cold chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Green Gold Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France Domaine Chavet 2018 Contains Sulphites  Grandial Rose Brut NV 9.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/grandial-rose-brut108 1971044712536 Grandial Vins With a beautiful rose petal colour, Grandial Rose reveals an expressive bouquet with elegant red fruit aromas and great freshness. Fine bubbles and well balanced. 11.5% abv.    Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light bodied Pale Salmon Grenache France Grandial Contains Sulphitestexts here Chianti Classico 2017 Borgo Salcetino 17.54 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chianti-classico20 1954564407384 Borgo Salcetino A well structured, well balanced wine with ripe cherry fruit and raspberries on the nose and a rich, savoury character on the palate. Smooth and velvety tannins follow with a good length. (2016 - 13% abv)The Borgo Salcetino is a prestigious Tuscan property purchased in 1996 by the well known, Friuli based, Livon family. The previous owners used the property as a holiday retreat and made wine there for friends and family. It is located in the countryside around Lucarelli in the municipality of Radda in Chianti, a region ideally suited to the cultivation of the Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes. The Livon brothers are applying the same philosophy of quality and respect for the terroir that has bought them so much such success in the Friuli to this small holding and the Estate produces exceptional full-bodied wines. This is a direct result of a stringent selection process in the vineyard followed by the use of ultra-modern winemaking techniques. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Sangiovese, Canaiolo Tuscany, Italy Borgo Salcetino 2017 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle : Chateau Gloria 2010 28.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-chateau-gloria-20096 1952798146648 Chateau Gloria Cru Bourgeois St Julien"Full, rich and explosive on the nose. Very subtle and well balanced and gorgeous. Dry not drying finish. The zest of St-Julen with a hint of white pepper and clove. Nice wine!" Jancis RobinsonHenri Martin, Gloria's owner and once Mayor of Saint Julien was one of Medoc's legendary figures. In 1956 he became President of the Interprofessional Committee of Bordeaux Wines. Beginning in the 1940's, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Chateau Gloria with parcels of land from such neighbouring vineyards as L‚oville-Poyferr‚, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon. The property is now run and managed by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and spends 16 months in barrels producing round, generous, rich, long-lasting wines with cedary and spicy bouquets. The wine of Chateau Gloria shows well young, and also ages well. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 5%  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Julien Chateau Gloria 2010 Contains Sulphites Cornellana Chardonnay 2019 7.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornellana-chardonnay-2017384 1952797950040 Vina La Rosa This boldly flavoured Chardonnay has a distinctively juicy pineapple-tinged fruitiness. An attractive, aromatic and expressive unoaked wine with ripe, tropical fruit aromas and flavours with citrus overtones. It is both smooth and rich with a pleasant long finish. (2019 - abv 13%)Vi¤a la Rosa was founded in Chile at the end of the 18th century by the Ossa family, who left Spain in search of new horizons. Don Gregorio Ossa travelled throughout the country, looking for the most abundant land, and bought the Hacienda La Rosa, situated on the banks of the Cachapoal River. In 1824 Vi¤a y Bodega La Rosa was founded, with vinestocks brought from France. In 1930, Don Recaredo Ossa Undurraga took over the administration of the haciendas, and is still in charge today. The Cornellana vineyard is situated in the valley of the same name as the river, and enjoys exceptional exposure to the sun, which, together with its hill slopes and valley plains, means an optimal ripening of very healthy fruit, which reaches the cellars within an hour of harvesting, thus preserving all of its freshness and aroma. Drink now Chicken, Meaty Fish, Curry Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Chardonnay Cachapoal Valley, Chile Vina La Rosa 2019 Contains Sulphites Gran Reserva Syrah Casablanca 2018 14.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gran-reserva-syrah-casablanca144 1952797720664 Casas del Bosque Bright purple in colour, on the nose lifted floral notes of lavender and violet predominate together with a hint of blueberry. In the mouth lashings of boysenberry combine with fresh acidity and crisp tannins leading to a long, vibrant finish.(2018 - 14.5%)Casas del Bosque is one of Chile's top wineries and we are delighted to be importing a wide range of these excellent wines. Created in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari, the son of an Italian immigrant, this 245 hectare estate in nearly all situated in the premium wine region of Casablanca (although there are 13 ha. of old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere in Rapel). The temperatures in the Casablanca Valley (situated just beyond the coastal mountain range) are amongst some of the coolest in viticultural Chile and it is not surprising that varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir do so well. The brilliant New Zealander, Grant Phelps, is in charge of wine-making and his philosophy is based upon using as little new oak as possible and where it is used, it is there to improve a wine's texture. The Riserva Sauvignon Blanc sees no oak but undergoes long, pre-fermentation skin contact, to help develop a wonderful aromatic complexity. The other Riservas and Gran Riservas see a judicious 'amount of oak-barrel ageing but it is the terroir and varietal fruit that are allowed to dominate in the final assemblage. These are amazingly pure and concentrated wines that reveal Chile's (and particularly Casablanca's) true potential. Drink Now or Keep Lamb, Pork Dry Medium Bodied Dark Raspberry Syrah Casablanca Valley, Chile Casas del Bosque 2018 Contains Sulphites Crego E Monaguillo Godello 2018 Monterrei Galicia 13.48 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/crego-e-monaguillo-godello-2017-monterrei-galicia0 1952795852888 Crego e Monaguillo Pale straw colour with green hues. Fresh and lively with intense aromas of mature fruit and floral notes; apple, hay roses. The palate is fresh with an excellent balance between fruit and acidity. Silky and buttery with a long finish.Located in Salgueira, Monterrei is in the river Duero basin where the river T mega flows from north ot south. The history of the region spins around Monterrei Castle, the cultural and commercial centre of the region.Monterrei is characterized by having a mild Mediterranean climate with a continetal trend, influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. For this reason, Monterrei has a special microclimate with hot, dry summers and cold winters, providing considerable fluctuations in temperature of up to 30 degrees during the ripening season.Crego e Monaguillo, which means in Gaelician language, Priest and Altar Boy, is owned and operated by Ernesto and Ernesto, uncle and nephew. The uncle is a Catholic priest and the nephew has been working in the family vineyards since he was a kid. Some years ago they started making their own white wines, which have been selected by the Board of wines of Galicia as the best white in the region (on top of all the famous Albari¤os).Crego e Monaguillo is made with Godello (85%) and Treixadura (15%). It is one of the smallest producers in Spain and the key here is the fantastic soils and the tremendous work in the vineyards. A careful vinification allows us one of the best whites in Spain at a fantastic price. This is a wine different from any white in Spain, fresh, floral, balanced, long, a great white. 13% abv 2017 Drink now Fish, Chicken, Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Godello, Treixadura Galicia,Spain Crego e Monaguillo 2018 Contains Sulphites Tindall Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2019 15.34 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tindall-sauvignon-blanc-marlborough60 1952795394136 Tindall Vineyard An exceptionally good Kiwi Sauv Blanc from a low yielding vintage. (2019 - 12.5%) Textbook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with strong red capsicum character, fresh 'zingy' acidity and crispness.Tindall Vineyards are situated in Hammerichs Road, Rapaura, in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The vineyards are owned by Terry &and Lynley Sowman and managed by sons Clyde and Nigel Sowman. The name Tindall Vineyard honours grandfather Henry Tindall.The estate was purchased in 1993 and was originally an extensive cherry orchard and cropping land. Nowadays 2 hectares remain in intensively grown cherries for the premium fresh market.The first vines were selectively planted in 1995 on alluvial deposits from the Wairau River.The vineyard comprises 12 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, 1 hectare Chardonnay, and 4 hectares of Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir site was selected for its propensity of yellow clay in ratio to the alluvial deposits. The clonal mix comprises of 667, 777, 5 and 115 which achieves the desire to craft elegant, red cherry/gamey pinot noir.Crafting these wines into wonderful expressions is the responsibility of Dave Knappstein (senior winemaker at Forrest Estate).The 10 year old Sauvignon vines were shoot thinned, but poor flowering due to a cool spring and wet early summer, resulted in a low crop of just 6 tonnes per hectare. Perfect ripening weather ensued late summer and early autumn and carried on during harvest. The result was a very good vintage with excellent ripeness and intensity of flavour.The fruit was harvested during the cool early morning and was immediately de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. The cold settled juice was racked, with settlings fined and filtered, then added back to the fermentation. Fermentation was undertaken at 12-14 degrees for 28 days to retain the vibrant fruit characters. Traditional finings were added prior to bottling.Alive with aromas of fresh herbs, pineapple, guava, passion-fruit and other tropical fruits. Mouth filling with a refreshing dry finish. An exceptional wine has been produced from a season of low yield. Delicious as an aperitif, or serve with lobster bisque, crab cakes or smoked salmon. Also great with creamy chicken and pasta dishes. Macon Davaye Les Belouzes 2018, Domaine Saumaize 15.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/macon-davaye-les-belouzes329 1952795033688 Domaine Saumaize This wine has a lovely, lemony crispness married to that typical Maconnais floweriness. (2018 13.0% abv)Guy and Annie Saumaize run this 10-hectare estate with passion and total dedication. Guy's other job is growing young vines for other growers (p‚pinieriste) and, as you can imagine, he takes viticulture very seriously. Careful selection of grafts to match the correct soil-type is somewhat of a speciality and this, coupled with some meticulous wine-making, ensures wines that have vivid fruit flavours and excellent concentration.Both the St. Veran and Macon Davay‚ wines are the result of amazing attention to detail in the vineyard. Drink Now Aperitif, Creamy Fish Dishes Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Maconnais, Burgundy Domaine Saumaize 2018 Contains Sulphites Zinfandel Edmeades 2017 Mendocino County California 20.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/zinfandel-2016-anderson-valley-mendocino-county-california1 1952793460824 Edmeades Winery This years tannins are soft and supple, the cherry fruit is vivacious, and the addition of Petite Sirah and Syrah adds a nice rural feel with earthy notes and some nice structure. Aging the wine should help it evolve into a nicely layered and complex Zinfandel, with toast and smokiness from the oak picking up in intensity.? -David Ready, Jr., WinemakerThe first row of vines were barely in the ground when the neighbors began lining up to lean on their shovels and scoff.Grapes in Anderson Valley Nobody could make it work, they insisted. The naysayers grew so vocal that Dr. Donald Edmeades dragged some old redwood planks out from behind the barn, found some red paint, and christened his vineyard with a sign out on Highway 128: "Edmeades' Folly.""When we first planted up there, people said we were nuts," said Deron Edmeades, son of the Pasadena cardiologist who founded the winery and vineyards. Nearly four decades later, nobody is laughing at Anderson Valley wines.Dr. Edmeades and his family made Edmeades wine the standard-bearer on the Mendocino County fine wine frontier. Yet Edmeades was not the first grape grower in the region--far from it.During the Gold Rush, most miners struck anything but gold. Many of them turned to the soil in search of a less romantic living. A Kentucky native named Samuel Orr gets credit for planting the first Mendocino County vineyard north of Ukiah in Reeves Canyon.The industry gained momentum when Italians and Swiss-Italians planted the hillsides and valleys throughout much of the North Coast in the late 1800s. The Tuscan and Umbrian immigrants favored their beloved Zinfandel, Muscat, Malvasia and Palomino.But the county was nowhere on the map of commercial winemaking when the Edmeades family began vacationing there during the 1950s. Dr. Edmeades fell in love with the area. On the dude ranch where they stayed, Edmeades asked the owner about buying 108 acres of grazing and orchard land.Edmeades became the first modern-day grape grower in Anderson Valley in 1963 when he planted 24 acres on his new land near Philo, his son recalls.The family supplied other wineries, such as Seghesio and Parducci, for almost a decade. The first award-winning Anderson Valley wine was the product of another winery made from Edmeades fruit. That Cabernet Sauvignon collected a Silver Medal at the Los Angeles County Fair.In 1972, the family founded the winery and launched its own brand. That same year, Dr. Edmeades and his wife died of cancer within three months of each other. Son Deron took over and completed the first vintage.Thus began what many consider the classic era of early Edmeades. The wine gained a cult following with specialties such as Rain wine, Whale wine, Opal and Queen Anne's Lace."There were some pretty good wines, and some serious dogs too," Deron said.Still other wines were unforgettable. Their foundations were the aged vineyards of those old Italian families who first planted large-scale vineyards in Mendocino. Some of them, like Perli, Piffero, and Ciapusci, still supply grapes to renowned Edmeades Zinfandels."Those old Italian vineyards with no water, there was nothing like them," remembers Earlene Merriman-Wiley, who, with her husband, went into partnership with Deron and his sister. "It was a funky, warm and cozy atmosphere. Not often do you see the owner of a winery living at the winery; and he's the guy who gets up at 4 a.m. to turn the sprinklers on when there's a frost warning."When the owners sold Edmeades in 1988 to Jess Jackson, Jackson retooled the winery and replanted vineyards.Since that year, Edmeades has set the wine world ablaze. We've averaged 10 Gold Medals a year at major competitions from 1994 through 2004. During the same period, Edmeades claimed 57 critical ratings of 90 points or better, growing from just two in 1994.All the while, Zinfandel set the pace, accounting for two-thirds of both Gold Medals and 90-plus scores.The story of Edmeades, in the end, is written in the wine. Deron Edmeades, now a salesman in Oregon, still takes a little vicarious pride in setting a wine legend in motion."Going into that valley and starting it all back then, it's still one of the things in life that's a great experience," he remembers. Laguna Del Inca 2016 19.87 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/laguna-del-inca-2015114 1952792674392 Vina San Esteban Laguna del Inca is homage to the Legend of a beautiful Inca princess that died on her wedding day. Taken by grief, her groom buried her at the bottom of a lake at the Andes Mountains, near to the source of the Aconcagua River. Instantly, the waters turned green, forever tinted by the green eyes of the princess.Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere Colour: Dark ruby-coloured Aroma: wild berry and exotically herbed and spiced edge, complemented by some cool climate aromas such as black currant and black cherry permeated by dried thyme. Palate: Firm tannins add structure to the bitter cherry and liquorice flavours, with good mineral lift to the finish. Serving T§: Serve between 16 § and 18§ C. Game, Casserole, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere Aconcagua Valley, Chile Vina San Esteban 2016 Contains Sulphites Saint Veran La Bruyere 2018 Domaine Saumaize 17.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/st-veran-en-pommard233 1952792346712 Domaine Saumaize Stylistically this represents a sort of halfway house between Macon Blanc and Pouilly Fuisse. This has the floral quality of a Macon Blanc but with greater body and extract. Classic Maconnais Chardonnay at its best. The lieu-dit En Pommard, in St. Veran, is sappy and concentrated with a crisp, rounded dry fruitiness. 13.0% abv 2014. Guy and Annie Saumaize run this 10-hectare estate with passion and total dedication. Guy's other job is growing young vines for other growers (pepinieriste) and, as you can imagine, he takes viticulture very seriously. Careful selection of grafts to match the correct soil-type is somewhat of a speciality and this, coupled with some meticulous wine-making, ensures wines that have vivid fruit flavours and excellent concentration.Both the St. Veran and Macon Davay‚ wines are the result of amazing attention to detail in the vineyard. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Chardonnay Maconnais, France Domaine Saumaize 2018 Contains Sulphites The Prospector Syrah 2015 14.97 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-prospector-syrah114 1952788021336 Philip Shaw Spectacular panoramic views of Stellenbosch and Cape Town, cool hillside vineyards planted to classic varieties, and a modern family-run winery have combined to produce distinctive wines displaying the ripe concentrated fruity accessibility of the New World, with the complex elegance of classic wine styles.Harvested from selected west-facing vineyards overlooking Cape Town and Table Mountain. Vertical hedge trellising and low yields ensure a complex concentration of flavours.Fermentation between 26-28§C and gentle pressing retains the intensity of the fruit flavours. Fermentation was completed in French and American oak barrels where the wine was matured for a total of 16 months.Dense, rich, black-fruited flavours, white pepper and spice laced with dark chocolate and fynbos. Barrel maturation adds toasty nuances to the richly textured structure. Saint Aubin Blanc 1Er Cru La Chateniere 2019 Gerard Thomas 28.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/saint-aubin-blanc-1er-cru-la-chateniere232 1952784679000 Christopher Piper Wines The leading Premier Cru that the Thomas family make is the 1er Cru la Chateniere which is a wine that has a lime-blossom and dried fruit bouquet and a nutty, peachy fruitiness. There is also an intelligent use of oak with 20% being used in an entirely supporting role.Until the mid-1990's, the sleepy little village of St. Aubin was rarely visited by the wine-trade as its wines didn't really have a place on most peoples lists and most of the wine (predominantly red) was sold as Cote de Beaune. Geographically, it is a bit out of the mainstream, just off the N6, up a little valley behind the villages of Chassagne and Puligny. Things changed as the big name white burgundies became increasingly expensive and buyers discovered that white St. Aubin made an excellent substitute at a sensible price.Gerard Thomas took over the domaine from his father in 1982 and has built-up a core of top vineyard sites since then. He is ably assisted by his two daughters, Anne-Sophie (now the winemaker) and Isabelle, producing top class St. Aubin and Meursault Blagny, the latter coming from a tiny parcel of 50 year old vines with an ideal south-facing aspect. The 1er Cru la Chateniere is fruit-driven but with a zingy raciness and plenty of freshness. The Meursault 1er Cru Blagny is rich and stylish with a good follow-though, showing just a touch of new oak. Drink Now Chicken, Smoked Meat Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Gerard Thomas et Fils 2019 Contains Sulphites Halves Sichel Sauternes 2017 14.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-sichel-sauternes-201615 1952783269976 Maison Sichel TASTING NOTES Sichel Sauternes, crafted by one of the most prestigious classified growths of the appellation, enjoys the same meticulous, very special care that goes into producing the top botrytised wines of this renowned appellation. Here, the Semillon and Sauvignon combine harmoniously to offer a highly expressive bouquet of citrus notes and jammy fruit with a hint of honey. Over an ample,richly extracted base, the palate displays a many-layered, persistent aromatic array of jammy orange and dried fig notes. Drink very chilled, with a seasonal fruit salad or blue cheese, for example. AGEING 8 to 12 years. Blend 80% Semillon - 20% Sauvignon blanc BOTTLING Bottled for Maison Sichel Drink Now Digestif, Fruit Desserts Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Semillon, Sauvignon Sauternes, France Sichel 2017 Contains Sulphites Cremant De Bourgogne Rose NV, Cave de Lugny 14.72 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cremant-de-bourgogne-rose444 1952780615768 Cave de Lugny A zesty fresh light sparkling rosé full of creamy raspberry and ripe strawberry charm. A delicate palate of fruitiness leads to an elegant and very long finish.  Drink now Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Pale Salmon Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Burgundy, France Cave de Lugny NV Contains Sulphites Carabus, Limited Edition Papillon Gin 35.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/carabus-limited-edition-papillon-gin16 4821041709144 Papillon Gin Papillon Dartmoor Distillery launches a new gin, Carabus, in celebration of rare Dartmoor beetle.In collaboration with local TV wildlife presenter Nick Baker, Papillon Dartmoor Distillery have created a new gin, called Carabus, focussed on the Blue Ground Beetle and will be donating to Buglife to help protect it. The Blue Ground Beetle (Carabus intricatus) is a nocturnal beetle found in the ancient woodlands on Dartmoor. Adults can grow to 3cm long and they have long wiry limbs to help them climb up trees to find their prey. They have large protruding jaws so they can capture slugs and suck out their insides! First discovered in 1811, it was soon presumed extinct until 1985 when it was rediscovered on Dartmoor. It is estimated that Dartmoor represents over 80% of the Blue Ground Beetle population in the UK.In honour of this rare Dartmoor beetle, Papillon have chosen woodland botanicals for their new gin. Instead of the traditional citrus they have used rowan and hawthorn berries which give a fruity roundness to the flavour. Nettles and wood sorrel provide fresh notes. Roasted hazelnuts and a hint of vanilla leave a lovely pearly lasting finish.To help protect the Blue Ground Beetle, Papillon will be donating £2 from every 70cl Carabus bottle sale to Buglife, the UK invertebrate charity. It is no surprise that they have teamed up with Buglife because they already donate to Butterfly Conservation with their other two gins; Papillon and The Admiral. As well as donating to the charity, the owners volunteer for a local Butterfly Conservation project.Nick Baker is very enthusiastic to be involved in this new product and was absolutely delighted when Papillon chose the Blue Ground Beetle to focus their gin around. ’Every delicious sip is putting money into a local conservation project to help secure the woodland habitats of this local hidden Dartmoor jewel. It’s perfect.’ Stablemate Merlot 2018, Excelsior Estate 8.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/stablemate-merlot-2018-excelsior-estate486 4777389064280 Excelsior Estate The nose shows lovely ripe cherry characters, backed up by smoky coffee and spice notes. The palate is soft, yet has good structure for medium term ageing.The 2018 vintage was well known as the drought vintage in the Western Cape. The Robertson region was no different and Excelsior only had 50% of the normal irrigation water available. Fortunately, near perfect growing conditions were experienced. The days were warm and dry and cool nights were experienced throughout the growing season, resulting in a very healthy crop of very good quality. Some cultivars did experience the worst frost damage in 30 years, but this influenced quantity over quality. 45% of the total wine was aged in a mixture of French and American oak for a period of 6 months, whilst the remaining wine was aged in stainless steel tanks. Ribera del Duero 2018 Roble, Bodegas Ventosilla 13.64 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/ribera-del-duero-2018-roble-bodegas-ventosilla23 4755029721176 Bodegas Ventosilla Real Sitio de Ventosilla has 520 hectares of vineyards, which are irrigated by the river Duero. The plantation, which began in 1989, is divided into estates, which in turn, are separated into plots. Each plot is planted with different clones of the Tinta Fina grape variety (90% of the plantings), particularly adapted to the terroir of each plot. The rest of the vineyards (10%) are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Merlot. American and French oak are used in the winery and a lot of work goes into research to obtain the best quality possible.Grape Varieties: 95% Tinta Fina, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot 2016 13% abvThe wine spends 3 months in American oak, one in French oak and five months in bottle.The nose shows complex aromas of ripe red fruit, coffee beans and vanilla. On the palate, it is well rounded, meaty, fruity and spicy with good tannins and offers a pleasant, long finish. La Reserve D'Angludet 2016, Margaux 34.29 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-la-reserve-dangludet-2015-margaux105 4666110967896 Chateau d'Angludet La Reserve d'Angludet is the new name that has been given to the second wine from Chateau Angludet. While it is true that the vines are young, the stock available today is of much better quality than previously. This makes for vines which are able to yield usable fruit earlier in their lives. This is why La Reserve d'Angludet offers top quality wine for its price in the Margaux appellation, with dazzling aromatic expression and gentle extract, which is sustained yet delicate. The grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.The colour is beautiful, intense red with garnet tints. An expressive nose with distinctive, profound black-berry aromas and spicy notes typical of the estate?s Petit Verdot. Combined with these are toasty, subtly oaky notes that gradually emerge on the nose. Creamy roundness is the predominating impression on the palate, with tannins and silky, delicate fruit that aptly reflect the quality of this terroir. The finish is long-lasting and intensely aromatic. A harmonious and elegant balance that reflects an exceptional vintage. A wine for drinking young, usually between the third and tenth year after the harvest.Best served at 17-18øC. (Slightly less than room temprature). Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot Margaux, Bordeaux, France Chateau d'Angludet 2016 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Fleurie 2015, Domaine Verpoix 9.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-fleurie-2015-domaine-verpoix127 4607150063704 Domaine Verpoix Classic Fleurie with excellent silky fruit, penetrating concentration and the tell-tale iris and chocolate nose that Monsieur Verpoix's wines often show. Situated in the lieu-dits of ‘en Champagne’, the Grille-Midi and in the 3.5 hectare Clos de la Chapelle des Bois, Fernand Verpoix (now ably assisted by his son) is in the unassailable position as the doyen of Fleurie growers. Half Bottle: Haut Rian 2019, Bordeaux Blanc 6.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-haut-rian-201942 4607128698968 Chateau Haut Rian Dry and fresh, with masses of fresh gooseberry fruit and a soft citrus acidity. Whilst the wine is fully dry it is packed with rich gooseberry flavour and has a wonderful fresh zesty acidity that balances the fruit, providing a ripe mouthfilling experience. This is a wine that makes a perfect aperitif, and happily accompanies creamy chicken and fish dishes. (2019 - 12.5% abv)This is a blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. It is pure and aromatically fresh on the nose leading on to a crisp palate with hints of citrus fruits and gooseberries. Ideal as an aperitif but would also go well with fish dishes. It is also classic in its fresh fruit driven style and the method of production, maceration peliculiere, where the grapes are held for a short time on their skins before crushing. This adds an extra level of flavour and structure to the wine, but has to be done with care so as not to add excess tannins and unbalance the wine. The fermentation is then long and slow to allow maximum aromatic development in the fruit.The wine maker at Chateau Haut-Rian is the very skilled and experienced Michel Dietrich, who has degrees in winemaking from both Beaune and Bordeaux universities. He then spent time in the wine business in Australia before taking over this vineyard, and the wide range of skills and experiences show in the wine. The extra layers of fruit that is the New World trademark are evident here, but balanced with the traditional Bordeaux approach Blanc des Moines 2016, Chateau de Grandmont 13.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/blanc-des-moines-2016-chateau-de-grandmont147 4599512039512 Chateau de Grandmont This beautiful family domaine can be found in the hamlet of Grandmont, just to the east of the village of Blacé. The vines are planted in parcels surrounding the château and the historic twelfth century buildings of the Priory of Grandmont. The monks of the Priory cultivated vines from this period until the dissolution of their religious order by Louis XV in 1769. The château that is standing today dates from the beginning of the 19th century. Part of the two hectare Clos des Moines has been planted with Chardonnay vines since 2007, hence the Beaujolais-Villages Blanc being called Le Blanc des Moines.From youngish vines (7 year-old in 2016), this is a tank- fermented Chardonnay; refreshingly energetic with an enticing minerality. There are lovely citrus and exotic fruit notes and the wine is given some added ‘weight’ by finishing the élevage in tank on the lees. Perfect with crab, sole, plaice and salmon.Proprietor: Jean Brac de la Perrière - Viticulturist : Laurent Santailler - Winemaker/ Oenologist: Christopher PiperSoil &and Geology: Situated to the north of Villefranche-sur-Saône, the vines are planted on a clay-limestone sub-soil with a light covering of top-soil composed of sand, granitic schist. Altitude: 210 metres Aspect: south-south-westCommune: Blacé (69-Rhône) Surface area: 9 hectares (8ha. Beaujolais-Villages/ 1ha. Beaujolais-Villages Blanc)VITICULTURE: Grape variety: Chardonnay Age of vines: 12 years Pruning: Guyot - trellised Since 2015, Château de Grandmont has been in organic conversion and received full Ecocert certification in 2018. No agro-chemicals have been used since 2011 when competitive groundcover was introduced. The objective is to restore the vineyard’s eco-system and the natural balance of the soil, which is fed by the addition of organic fertiliser or manure. Harvesting: Hand harvesting. Yield in 2016: 37hl./ha. Start of harvest in 2016: 23rd SeptemberWINEMAKING: The whole bunches of grapes are pressed directly with no use of sulfites but are protected from oxidation through the use of CO², which is injected into the press. Pressing: 50% of total juice is free-run and only one very light pressing is used. Settling and decanting: for 36 hours at 8°C, followed by a clarification racking. An organic starter yeast is then incorporated. Type and length of fermentation: at low temperature (15°- 17°C) for 8 weeks. In 2016, the malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place, to round off the wine’s natural acidity. The wine is then kept in stainless steel, under inert gas, until March the following year, when it is bottled under natural cork. Half Bottle:La Scolca Gavi di Gavi 2018 13.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/hlvs-la-scolca-gavi-di-gavi-20187 4579021881432 La Scolca Made from the Cortese grape this wine is light straw in colour. Fresh with lemon and green apple character, a medium body and a clean finish. 12% voL.In the rolling hills outside the town of Gavi lies the estate of La Scolca, which was taken over between 1917 and 1919 by the Soldati family. Today the estate is managed by Giorgio Soldati and his daughter Chiara, the fifth generation of the Soldati family to own the winery.La Scolca is comprised of 55 hectares of vineyards, some owned, some leased, but all farmed bio-dynamically by the Soldati team. Some of the vines are more than 60 years old. The vineyards extend through 11 towns, including the Rovereto commune of Gavi in Piedmont, considered by experts to have the best terroir for the Cortese grape variety. Three years before the Gavi was granted DOC status, La Scolca registered the trademark Gavi dei Gavi in the US, better known as the "Black Label". Gavi obtained DOCG status in 1998. Producers within the commune of Gavi are allowed to label their wines as 'Gavi DOCG del commune di Gavi' or 'Gavi di Gavi' but La Scolca is the only producer allowed to use their popular and renowned 'Gavi dei Gavi' trademark name to distinguish themselves. Forma de Arte Reserva 2018 Quinta do Casal Monteiro 10.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/forma-de-arte-reserva-2018-quinta-do-casal-monteiro84 4574630379608 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Quinta do Casal MonteiroA blend of Touriga Nacional (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), this wine presents a clear burgundy colour with intense, ripe aromas of black fruit, with hints of balsamic. Smooth tannins, full-bodied, modern style, juicy and fresh with a long and persistent finish. From 30 year old vines. (2018 13.5% ABV) Barolo San Carlo 2014, Luigi Dezzani 27.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/barolo-san-carlo-2014-luigi-dezzani2 4530911182936 Luigi Dezzani The colour is typically red garnet. On the nose there are aromas which are complex and elegant, ranging from ripe red fruit and spices to toasty and 'tar'. On the palate the flavour is gently tannic, austere, full and velvety.There are 3 varieties of Nebbiolo - Michet, Lampia and Rosé which grown in the Langhe area of Piedmont region and go to make up this elegant BaroloThe grapes are harvested manually in early October. There follows a forty day maceration of temperature controlled fermentation with a subsequent malolactic fermentation. The ageing process is completed by a twenty-four months in large oak barrels and a further twenty four months in bottle. Drink Now Red meat, game, aged cheesee Dry Medium Bodied Red Garnet Nebbiolo Piedmont, Italy Luigi Dezzani 2014 Contains Sulphites Telegramme 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape, Brunier 37.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/telegramme-2016-chateauneuf-du-pape-brunier57 4469831368792 Christopher Piper Wines Ltd 'Telegramme' is Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe's second-label Chateauneuf-du-Pape red, made with the grapes of young vines under 30 years old, plus older parcels not located on the Plateaux of La Crau or Piedlong.GRAPE VARIETIES: Grenache 80%, Syrah 10%, Mourvedre 6%, Cinsault 4% VINE AGE: 40 years on averageVINIFICATION: Grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sorting in the winery. They are destemmed, followed by 25-30 days’ traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.MATURATION: in vats for 10 months, then in French oak foudres (30 hl) for about 7 months. Bottled at 15-16 months, released at 18 months.PERSONALITY AND AGEING: a Chateauneuf-du-Pape seriously dominated by Grenache, which confers very singular suppleness and roundness. Best savoured young.  Drink now or Keep Belly Pork, Duck Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Syrah Rhone, France Domaine Brunier 2018 Contains Sulphites   Half Bottle: Lieutenant de Sigalas, Sauternes 2010 15.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-halves-lieutenant-de-sigalas-sauternes-20105 4382971363416 Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud A.C. SauternesMade by Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud 1er Cru Sauternes, this is mainly Semillon with Sauvignon blanc added to give the wine freshness and balance. The wine is quite fresh on the nose with white fruit and floral aromas and a well balanced palate.  Drink Now or Keep Dessert, blue cheese Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Semillon Bordeaux, France Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud 2010 Contains Sulphites Vallisto Criolla Extremo 2019 18.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/barbera-vallisto-criolla37 4031929516120 Vallisto Criolla vines are thought to have been taken to the Americas as long ago as the 16th Century by missionary settlers (there is a variant in California known as Mission). The name Criolla actually refers to a group of vine species, and best known are Criolla Grande and Criolla Chica. This is Criolla Chica, one of the parents of Argentina’s own Torrontés variety in its various forms. Over the centuries, Criolla (we shall refer to it singularly for simplicity) has adapted special resistance to the extremely challenging growing conditions in the north of Argentina; very low rainfall and high soil salinity amongst others. It has thrived for generations as a hard-working grape, useful for the production of simple, light, so-called ‘peasant’ wines. More recently, however, winemakers like Pancho Lavaque have recognised the potential of this grape to make amazing wines that are full of flavour and energy.This wine, which is typically light in colour due to the pinkish colouerd skins, has the potential to blow your mind. Or, at the very least, introduce you a completely ‘new’ grape variety. It looks light but it packs a delicious punch with raunchy acidity and playful, quite pronounced tannins, almost like biting into a delicious red apple. The nose is lovely, almost exotic with charming floral notes, a subtle whiff of Turkish delight and ripe summer fruits.These grapes are grown at a staggering 2,600 MASL on a vineyard planted in 1898, (actually in the province of Catamarca rather than Salta but still in the Calchaqui Valley region). That’ll help to explain the amazing energy of the wine, as well as the name Extremo Criolla. No oak required!  Drink Now Light meats, sausages, mild cheese Dry Light Bodied Pale Ruby Torrontes Calchaqui Valley, Argentina Vallisto 2019 Contains Sulphites Rustenberg Roussanne 2020 13.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rustenberg-roussanne20 1952797458520 Christopher Piper Wines Fragrant flinty minerals, as well as peach and apricot fruit characters with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to the finish.Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. By 1781 some 3000 cases of wine were produced on the farm. Production doubled by the end of the century and a new cellar was built. Wine has been bottled at this cellar for an unbroken period since 1892.In the early 1800s Rustenberg was divided by owner Jacob Eksteen and a section was given to his son-in-law, who named it Schoongezicht and sold it soon after. Rustenberg and Schoongezicht were at their peak around 1812, with beautiful homesteads and flourishing vineyards. But by mid-century, recession coupled with disease in the vines, brought bankruptcy and dispossession.Schoongezicht was rescued in 1892 by John X Merriman (who was to become Prime Minister of the Cape), and Rustenberg by his brother-in-law Sir Jacob Barry. Together they revitalised the farms. Fruit was sent to Covent Garden; new vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American rootstock; wines were exported to England and the Continent ? and even found in Siberia.In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, later acquiring Schoongezicht and reuniting the properties. Their son Simon took over the running of the farm in 1987. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm. Old Winery Pinot Noir Tyrrell's Winery 2018 13.98 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/old-winery-pinot-noir14 1952797261912 Tyrrell's Winery The Old Winery Pinot Noir (here the grapes are Hunter, McLaren Vale and Barossa) is extremely authentic and represents excellent value with its expansive black cherry and plum fruit, up-front charm and fragrant strawberry and cherries bouquet. 2018 13.5% abv.The Old Winery range was first released in the 1970?s, intended as a selection of premium varietal wines which are all ready for early drinking.  Drink Now BBQ, Sausages Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Pinot Noir South East Australia Tyrrell's Winery 2018 Contains Sulphites Les Allees De Cantemerle 2015, Haut Medoc 22.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/les-allees-de-cantemerle29 1952796311640 Chateau Cantemerle The second wine of Chateau Cantemerle predominantly made from the fruit of the vineyards' younger vines. To retain its youthfulness and vigour it is aged primarily in vats with some oak barrel ageing.From the start, expressive aromas are evident, both fruity and floral; then, in the mouth the wine shows a mouth-filling richness which combines charm and tannic depth. This is a generous wine, full of zest, whose silky structure makes it very inviting. Serve it with a starter of creamed mushrooms in puff pastry, or with fresh goat’s cheese. Drink Now or Keep Game, Beef &and Ale Pie Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Haut Medoc, Bordeaux Chateau de Cantemerle 2015 Contains Sulphites Pouilly-Fume Villa Paulus 2018, Domaine Masson Blondelet 20.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pouilly-fume-villa-paulus81 1952793755736 Domaine Masson Blondelet Vines grown on two types of soil (Marne and Calcaire), give the wine a terrific balance and depth, and that smokey richness that only Pouilly-Fume can achieve. (2017 12.5% abv)Jean-Michel Masson is passionate about his wines (he makes excellent Pouilly-Fum‚ and some very good red Sancerre) and this motivation is reflected in the sheer quality of his produce. He strives to produce wines as in keeping with the unique terroirs of his vineyards as possible.This is very much a family domaine with his wife Michelle, daughter M‚lanie and son Pierre. The entire family always seems to be happy and smiling and they clearly enjoy a good laugh - often at the expense of their customers.Other wines we are delighted to import from this estate include his Tradition Cullus which is a Vieille Vignes selection, a third of which is vinified and aged in new oak, the remainder being tank-fermented and aged. The grapes are sourced from 1.50 hectares of 40-75 year-old vines situated on a mix of Marne clay and Silex-flint. The resulting wine has amazing depth, structure and complexity, with overtones of acacia, honey, nuts and a very rich fruitiness.For some time now, we have persuaded Jean-Michel to let us have some of his Sancerre Blanc from the Thauvenay vineyard. It is distinctly rich and zesty with more weight than the Laporte version due to the very different terroir at Thauvenay. It has plenty of minerality and clean, gooseberry fruit and fine length. Last but not least a delightfully fruity red Sancerre from the PInot Noir grape which can do so well in this corner of France. Aperitif, Goats Cheese Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, France Domaine Masson Blondelet 2018 Contains Sulphates Vouvray Demi-Sec, Domaine Pichot 2015 Peu de la Moriette 19.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vouvray-demi-sec184 1952793722968 Domaine Peu de la Moriette Medium dry, with perfect balancing acidity. This wine is demi sec - medium dry, and has a honeyed finish which complements dried meats well.The Chenin Blanc grape grown here in the Loire, around Tours, produces some of the most elegant and long-lived wines in the world. The grape has a naturally high acidity, which helps in this longevity, and ensures that even the very sweet style of Vouvray is very well balanced. The soil in this region is very chalky, and there is a hint of chalkiness on the palate of this wine - The limestone caves in the region are used in huge scale mushroom production, and maybe for this reason the wines seem to accompany mushrooms particularly well.Jean-Claude Pichot, and his son, Christophe, have been supplying us with Vouvrays since the early 1980?s and our original belief that this is one of the finest estates in the central Loire is now widely accepted. For tax purposes, the domaine has been split up between father and son, with Christophe using the name of Domaine du Coteau de la Biche, although all the wines are the same, appearing on different labels at different times of the year!The Pichots run of recent vintages has produced a wonderful collection of dry, demi-sec and sweet wines. This is the longest established estate in Vouvray (est. 1739) and their current reputation has been built on their obsessively low yields and rigorous triages during the harvest - the 1995 Vouvray Moelleux Collection is the result of a third tri right at the end of the harvest, for example. Robert Parker recently wrote that these wines represent uncommonly natural expressions of both Chenin Blanc and terroir. These are totally authentic products of great class, character and individuality. Bergerac Rouge 2016, Chateau Vari 11.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bergerac-rouge103 1952792182872 Chateau Vari Nice and deep red colour with cherry tints. The aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and liquorice are harmoniously combined. Lightly spicy. On the palate, the attack is supple, the tanic structure is much present and already mellow. 2016 14.0% abv.The vines of Chateau Vari were repurchased in 1994 by Yann Jestin, an oenologist, who immediately launched a reorganisation process of the vineyard in order to optimise the wine potentialities of the soil: progressive replanting with high density, increase in the leaf area, severe pruning of the vine, work in green, work of the ground. The estate covers 22 hectares, 20 hectares of which are currently in full production. Monbazillac AOC has an area of 13 hectares, including 6.5 hectares for the red vines, while half a hectare is intended for the production of dry white. The grounds are clayey, on limestone outcropping in some places, which gives much freshness to the wines  Drink Beef, Lamb, pasta Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Tannat Bergerac, France Chateau Vari 2016 N/A Jordan Long Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 17.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/jordan-long-fuse-cabernet-sauvignon24 1952791822424 Christopher Piper Wines Deep ruby colour, huge mouth-filling flavours of blackberry, cassis and vanilla. French oak barrels add a complex toastiness. Alluring in its youth but will reward those who resist temptation and explore the wine's maturation potential. 93% Cabernet-Sauvignon with 7% Cabernet-Franc.Fermented in overhead retort-shaped, stainless steel fermentors. Pump-overs were done three times daily during fermentation. Extended maceration on the skins after fermentation. The use of gravity and gentle pressing ensure full-flavoured wines with soft, balanced tannins. The wine was racked into barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. After further racking it spent 20 months in new and used French oak barrels, before being lightly filtered prior to bottling.Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992.The following year, the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance. Drink now Beef, Cheese, Game Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch, South Africa Jordan Estate 2015 Contains Sulphites Cesar White 2019 Domaine Roche Audran 19.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cesar-white36 1952790773848 Domaine Roche Audran A beautifully aromatic white with aromas of honeysuckle and acacia. Full bodied on the palate with a perfect balance between fruit and acidity.Domaine Roche-Audran was established in 1998, the year in which Vincent Rochette decided to leave the cooperative winery system in order to produce his own wines and explore the specific characteristics of his vines. The estate was initially purchased by his grandfather over half a century ago and today the vineyard has vines aged from 35 years old up to nearly one hundred years old, on three very different types of soils.One section is located in the VISAN appellation where Vincent has been making the Le Pere Mayeux wine since the year 2000. The second is on the commune of BUISSON from which he has been producing, also since the year 2000, the Cuvee Cesar. The third is on the edge of the prestigious Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, in the commune of Courthezon. These three environments are extremely different and as a result, they not only vinify each parcel separately, but also individually vinify each soil type within each parcel. The objective here is to obtain wines with near perfect balance which must communicate and enhance the complexity of the blend of these difficult but fabulous soils. Through respect for the vineyard and in order to allow full natural expression from my soils, only natural products for fertilisation and plant protection are used. In 2006 Vincent began using bio-dynamic treatment throughout the vineyard. Furthermore, for many years now, they have been running the vineyard, from working the soils, to harvesting, racking and bottling. . in harmony with cosmic cycles.Grenache Blanc, one of the emblematic grape varieties of the southern Rhone Valley, offers this wine a delightful mineral tone. Its freshness originates from the north facing aspect of the soils, positioned amongst Aleppo Pine, White Oak, Viburnum Tinus, Boxwood, Rosemary, Dogwood, Thyme? and is greatly helped by the addition into the blend after maturing of two small parcels of Viogner (30% of the blend) which are grown next to the Grenache Blanc. Harvesting is carried out in cases of 10 kilos, the grapes are pressed, placed in casks and undergo alcoholic fermentation for several months (7 … 9 months) at a constant temperature of 15 degrees. This technique enables Vincent to respect the full expression of aromas and the mineral qualities offered by the terroir. Stirring of the fine lees after fermentation contributes to the development of aromatic power in the wine and full aromatic extraction and expression. Only the best vats are selected for making C‚sar Blanc.For the past five years, Vincent Durette has followed the bio-dynamic calendar for his vineyard work. The soil has been re-invigorated using bio-dynamic powders and the terroir has once again been allowed to express itself. Healthy grapes are the norm here and triage is a thing of the past. Each parcel is picked and vinified separately. Grapes are de-stalked and lightly crushed, followed by a cold pre-fermentation maceration in a mixture of concrete and conical wooden vats. Only indigenous yeasts are used and a two week alcoholic fermentation is accompanied by stamping down of the cap (pigeage), pumping over (remontage) and juice separation (d‚l‚stage). After a further 60 days, the grapes are then pressed. For the ‚l‚vage 225 litre French oak barrels are used. Each parcel is aged separately for 12 months and then the blending (assemblage) is carried out from the very best of the Buisson parcels.The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his early 30's but has already made a name for himself with his superbly sculpted Visan and C“tes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines. Very careful selection is carried out in the vineyards and in the winery and there is minimum intervention during the fermentation and ageing processes. Over the past few years, Vincent has been edging towards a truly bio-dynamic vineyard and, although he is a year or so away from achieving this, all the preparatory work that he has put in place can clearly be seen in the sheer purity of his wines. A walk in the vineyard block behind the winery this spring revealed a fantastic eco-system where wildlife, insects, flowers and fauna, that had long disappeared, had returned in abundance. The vines were in fine health as they had not been treated with any man-made sprays for the past five years. This indeed was one of the 'happiest' vineyards that we had ever visited! Drink Now chicken, beef, salad, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense White Viognier, Grenache blanc Southern Rhone Domaine Roche Audran 2019 Contains Sulphites Crozes Hermitage Les Champs Fourne 2017 18.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/crozes-hermitage-les-champs-fourne25 1952789692504 Domaine des Entrefaux This 2017, like the 2015, has a deep, lush damson fruitiness with classic smokey, tarry Crozes character.Charles and Fran‡ois Tardy parted company with Bernard Ange a few years ago and the 25 hectare estate is now making some of the most exciting red and white wines to be found in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation.Fran‡ois is a qualified oenologist and installed a new winery just before the 1999 harvest and, at the same time, introduced a judicious amount of oak ageing for all the wines. However, like all good wine-makers, he realises that the root of quality is to be found in the vineyards and he and his father, Charles, have made enormous strides in canopy management and yield control. Drink now Venison, Casserole, Beef Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Syrah Northern Rhone, France Domaine des Entrefaux 2017 Contains Sulphites Lyme Bay Pinot Noir Rose 2018 16.12 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lyme-bay-pinot-noir-rose-20176 1952789495896 Lyme Bay Winery This is a 100% Pinot Noir with a gentle strawberry and cream bouquet with a rosehip undertone on the palate. Delicious summer drinking ros‚. (2018 12% abv)Lyme Bay Winery and its three vineyards are situated in Devon's beautiful Axe Valley. A maritime region, it enjoys a temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording grapes exceptional depth and expression of character. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken, Dry Light Bodied Pale pink Pinot Noir Lyme Bay, Devon Lyme Bay Winery 2018 Contains Sulphites Maiana Salice Salentino Rosso 2017 14.88 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/maiana-salice-salentino-rosso6 1952789266520 Leone di Castris Red intense wine made with Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce. The nose has fruity hints of plum and spiced of vanilla. In the mouth it is smooth, velvety and nicely tannic. 90% Negroamaro &and 10% Malvasia Nera di Lecce 13.5%volThe Leone de Castris winery is based in Salice Salentino and is an intrinsic part of the history of wine-making in the Southern Italian region of Puglia. The estate was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos. After being enchanted by the landscape of Puglia he decided to sell all his properties in Spain, and dedicated himself to making great wine from the rich terroir of Salento. He began by planting new vines, olive trees and wheat on the 5,000 hectares of property which spanned Salice, Guagnano, Veglie, Villa Baldassarri, Novoli and San Pancrazio. 'Five Roses', the now famous rosǸ made by Leone de Castris, was first produced in 1943, and was the first rosato to be bottled in Italy. Its name comes from a 'contrada', belonging to the family, so called, because for several generations each de Castris had five children. During the 1960s, the direction of the company was in the hands of Cavaliere del Lavoro Salvatore Leone de Castris, and thanks to his efforts the winery developed both locally and internationally. The philosophy of continuous improvement is now driven on by his son, Piernicola Leone de Castris, who has been Managing Director since the late 1990s. Leone de Castris have always been pioneers in spreading the richness of Salento's viticulture all over the world. They have 350 years of history looking towards the future. Drink Now Beef, Game, Casseroles Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera di Lecce Veneto, Italy Leone di Castris 2017 Contains Sulphites Amarone Della Valpolicella 2016, Azienda Zenato 54.74 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/amarone-della-valpolicella13 1952789200984 Azienda Zenato The Amarone is a small jewel in Zenato's product line, made from outstanding Corvina, Rondinella and Sangiovese grapes of the Valpolicella Classico zone, in the communes of Sant?Ambrogio, Negrar, Pedemonte, Fumane, San Pietro in Cariano and Marano.After being picked into small, 2.5 kg trays, the grapes are cleaned and placed on drying mats for 4 months in dry, well-ventilated rooms. In January they are finally crushed, then very slowly fermented on the skins; the wine goes into 300-litre French barrels and Slavonian oak barrels for maturation, followed by a year?s ageing in bottle before release.A wine of superb richness and majestic flavours. Dense with fruit and enormously complex with exceptional balance of all its components making it ideal for lengthy cellaring.The Azienda Zenato is owned by the Zenato family. Sergio Zenato founded it in 1960, motivated by his passion for wine and by the devotion to quality he had learned from his father Silvino. He pours into the making of his wines his energy and his talent, animated by an absolute passion for quality and by the determination to constantly eclipse past results.He has poured his efforts into the land as well, experimenting with new vineyard plantings. The crafting of his wines becomes a kind of ritual, which he celebrates together with his two children, Alberto and Nadia. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Ragu, Pasta Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Corvina, Rondinella, Sangiovese Veneto, Italy Azienda Zenato 2016 Contains Sulphites Cesar Rouge 2016, Domaine Roche Audran 18.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cesar-2014-cotes-du-rhone-buisson111 1952788676696 Domaine Roche Audran Ripe, but present tannins will ensure a long life. Drink from the end of 2017 until 2022. A must have for any Rhone wine enthusiast!The vines are situated on the flank of the Buisson hillside, exposed north-east/ north-west at between 180 and 250 metres altitude. It is a blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre. The Grenache is from 55-100 years and the Syrah &and Mourvedre are a minimum of 50 years old. The yield is between 25 and 35 hectolitres/ hectare (1 - 1.2 tonnes per acre).For the past five years, Vincent Rochette has followed the bio-dynamic calendar for his vineyard work. The soil has been re-invigorated using bio-dynamic powders and the terroir has once again been allowed to express itself. Healthy grapes are the norm here and triage is a thing of the past. Each parcel is picked and vinified separately. Grapes are de-stalked and lightly crushed, followed by a cold pre-fermentation maceration in a mixture of concrete and conical wooden vats. Only indigenous yeasts are used and a two week alcoholic fermentation is accompanied by stamping down of the cap (pigeage), pumping over (remontage) and juice separation (d‚l‚stage). After a further 60 days, the grapes are then pressed. For the elevage 225 litre French oak barrels are used. Each parcel is aged separately for 12 months and then the blending (assemblage) is carried out from the very best of the Buisson parcels.The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his early 30's but has already made a name for himself with his superbly sculpted Visan and C“tes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines. Very careful selection is carried out in the vineyards and in the winery and there is minimum intervention during the fermentation and ageing processes. Over the past few years, Vincent has been edging towards a truly bio-dynamic vineyard and, although he is a year or so away from achieving this, all the preparatory work that he has put in place can clearly be seen in the sheer purity of his wines. A walk in the vineyard block behind the winery this spring revealed a fantastic eco-system where wildlife, insects, flowers and fauna, that had long disappeared, had returned in abundance. The vines were in fine health as they had not been treated with any man-made sprays for the past five years. This indeed was one of the 'happiest' vineyards that we had ever visited! Drink Now Game, Duck, Beef, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre Southern Rhone Domaine Roche Audran 2016 Contains Sulphites Half Bottles Chateau Carbon D'Artigues Blanc 2019 6.98 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-chateau-carbon-dartigues-blanc48 1952788480088 Chateau Carbon d'Artigues The 6-hectare parcel of old Semillon vines that Michel Bonnot discovered and purchased in the late 1980?s has come in very good stead at Carbon d?Artigues where they are now making some wonderfully fragrant and honeyed dry white Graves which has a crisp flavour of melons balanced with a lively, refreshing finish. The wine sees no oak-ageing but does stay on its lees in the stainless steel vats over a 3-4 month period, adding a further dimension of complexity and a more exuberant fruitiness. Semillon 90%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%You will find this relatively newly-created property in the southern part of the Graves region, just to the north-west of Sauternes. It was the brain-child of two friends, Michel Bonnot and Louis-Michel Muyst, both having read oeneology together at the University of Bordeaux and, who on leaving, managed to persuade a number of growers in the commune of Landiras, who were near retirement, to sell them some prime parcels of old vineyards whose average age is now 30 years old. The first vintage released was in 1991. Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Light Yellow Semillon, Sauvignon Graves, France Chateau Carbon d'Artigues 2019  Contains Sulphites A'Becketts Chardonnay Two Degrees West 2018 14.02 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/abecketts-chardonnay-two-degrees-est-20161 1952788414552 A'Becketts Vineyard Delighted that their unoaked chardonnay is back, the grapes grown on the 2 Degrees West Longitude line and we are delighted with the results. It builds upon the traits and characteristics of the 2014 but offers greater depth reflecting more mature vines and the great weather of 2016.Their 2016 Chardonnay is made from burgundy clone vines, they decided not to oak the wine as part of the wine making process and are delighted with the results.Bronze Medal Winner at the English and Welsh Wine of the Year Awards.Drink nowFish/Creamy chicken dishesDryLight bodiedWhiteChardonnayWiltshire, EnglandA'Becketts Vineyard2018Contains Sulphites Churchill's Dry White Port - 50Cl 19.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchills-dry-white-port-50cl64 1952786743384 Churchill's Port Ripe, dry fruit mingles with lots of nutty characters on the full palate and nose bursting with apricot. (19.5% abv)Situated at 1,200 feet above sea level, the vineyards in the PinhÆo valley are perfectly suited for the Malvasia Fina white port grape, providing it with all the necessary acidity and balance.This is a White Port that makes a statement. Full flavoured with a dry nutty finish, it?s naturally rich, golden colour is the result of 10 years ageing in wood. The extent of extra ageing gives the white port a balance and smoothness which puts it firmly in a class of its own.Clear and bright orange-brown. Quite rich, nutty nose with hints of raisins. Off-dry, rich palate with nutty flavours and a long, fruit finish. It is delicious served chilled straight from the fridge on its own, with smoked salmon, pat‚ or sushi. Show off by using this as your aperitif /arrival drink instead of Champagne, Pimms or mulled wine.  Drink Now or Keep Digestif Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Malvasia Fina Portugal Churchill's Estate NV Contains Sulphites 500Ml: Otter Head 3.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-otter-head54 1952784220248 Otter Brewery The very intense Otter Head has a deep, luxurious almost red-brown colour with a heady malty barley wine aroma. Like all fine ales, this is wonderfully light on the palate whilst weighing in at an impressive 5.8%. It combines refreshing fruitiness with a complex finish and an almost velvety mouthfeel. The Guild of Fine Food awarded Otter Head one of its highest awards Best Speciality for the South-West and Reserve Supreme Champion, sponsored by Fortnum &and Mason. Drink Now Ploughmans, Curry, Sausages Dry Light Beer Hops Luppit, Devon Otter Brewery NV N/A Chenas Chassignol 2015, Domaine Thillardon 28.22 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chenas-chassignol55 1952783695960 Domaine Thillardon A new arrival on our list is the Thillardon's iconic Chenas Chassignol which is now regarded as one of Beaujolais most significant wines and would be classed as a Grand Cru if there ever was such a thing! It comes from a granite and quartz covered, perilously steep hillside, behind the house and cellars. This is a massive intense and rich wine.At just over 30 years old, Paul-Henri Thillardon is the youngest vigneron-winemaker that we deal with. From a Beaujolais family, who have grown grapes in the Pierres Dorees for over a century, Paul-Henri and his brother, Charles, created the domaine, out of nothing, in 2008. They started out with 2.30 ha. in the Blemonts lieu-dit and then, in 2009, added a further couple of hectares (in metayage) at Chateau des Boccards, situated on the more granitic soils of Les Deschamps. Conversely, les Blemonts, (where les Carrieres is sourced) has a terroir that has a high level of schist, with veins of quartz and manganese. The 45 year-old vines are planted on a south-facing slope in an old quarry (carrieres) and have been certified organic since 2007. Paul-Henri uses biodynamic treatments on his vines and ploughs using a Trait Comtois (a traditional plough-horse) thereby avoiding soil compaction through the use of tractors and also improving the soils aeration.Paul-Henri has gradually been building himself a reputation as being somewhat of an iconic wine-maker and grower amongst the new dynamic younger generation, who are helping to reinvigorate the Beaujolais region. At the end of 2012, he and Charles bought the run down buildings of the once famous Domaine de Chassignol, situated in les Brureaux, along with five hectares of stunning vineyards on the vertiginous hillsides behind the property. Although needing some restoration, these are some of the best-sited vineyards in the Chenas appellation. This is a man on a mission, with a passion and motivation that has obviously helped persuade his bank manager to come up with the necessary loan! The two brothers have now also renovated the old cellars and cuvage.Vinification leans towards the Burgundian style, with 100% de-stemming and a long, low-extractive fermentation which results in racy, taught and precise wines with intense fruitiness and nano-tannins. Paul-Henri keeps life in his cellar as simple as possible, allowing his wines to evolve as naturally as possible. He uses almost no sulphites, just a tiny little dose prior to bottling. Elevage is in old concrete vats and les Carrieres is bottled non-filtered, normally just after Easter following the harvest. It is a wine that can be broached fairly early in its life but can develop well, in good vintages for 3-4 years. The les Boccards cuvee comes from vineyards with a high quartz content and where the vines are over 60 years? old, resulting in a wine of even greater intensity and with an unmistakable silky smoothness. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Gamay Chenas, Beaujolais Domaine Thillardon 2015 Contains Sulphites Red Herring Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon 7.51 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/red-herring-shiraz-cabernet-sauvignon1933 1952780976216 Red Herring South Eastern AustraliaLovely deep red colour. A rich and rounded wine with soft tannins providing a lingering, fruit-driven finish. Bottled especially for Chris Piper Wines with a label designed by renowned Devon artist, Simon Drew. 14% abv.GAME/RED MEATS/PASTA/CHEESE Klippenkop Pinotage 2019, Western Cape, South Africa 9.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/klippenkop-pinotage-2019-western-cape-south-africa55 4751247900760 Robertson Winery A characterful Pinotage, classic of the Cape with bright and juicy cherry and plum flavours. A quintessential red from South Africa.Produced from grapes grown by a cooperative of 35 growers and best enjoyed with food. Try with marinated beef on the barbecue, peppery sausages and griddled pork chops. Delicious. 500ml: Summa That Pale Ale, Branscombe Brewery 2.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-summa-that-pale-ale-branscombe-brewery24 4671702401112 Branscombe Brewery Branscombe Vale Summa That Pale AleA bright and fresh bottle conditioned ale. ABV: 5% 500ml: Summa This Amber Ale, Branscombe Brewery 2.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-summa-this-amber-ale-branscombe-brewery12 4671700074584 Christopher Piper Wines An Amber Best Bitter, with dry malt tones, the kind of best bitter that's hard to find these days due to the propensity for UK breweries to produce Brewers Gold/Hophead/JHB clones. Some dry malt/golden syrup/malt loaf, but not heavy either. A best bitter. Bottle conditioned. ABV: 4.2% 500ml Devon Hills Sweet Cider 4.8% Four Elms 2.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/500ml-devon-hills-sweet-cider-4-8-four-elms18 4618755932248 Four Elms Cider Despite being called ‘sweet’ this is not a cloying, commercial style of sweet cider but a decidedly well-balanced style which is soft and full, reminiscent of freshly crushed apples wine with a mouth-filling juiciness“In our quest for high quality local drinks, we have been on the search for a genuinely top-quality local cider. Over the past six months, prior to C-19, we blind-tasted over 40 Devon ciders and our final winner was, by a country-mile, the Four Elms ciders from Harpford, near Sidmouth. These are very definitely authentic, hand-crafted Devon ciders !Four Elms Fruit Farm established its roots in Devon more than 50 years ago and has been run by the Smedley family since the early 1960s. Now into its third generation of family ownership, Four Elms continues to commit its investment in modern orchards and infrastructure, providing a sustainable future for apple production.The Smedley's currently grow 14 varieties of apple. A range of 7 'Real Devonshire Apple Juices' and 3 'Real Devonshire Ciders' are also produced onsite at Four Elms. With many years experience in the industry the team's passion and dedication to quality has resulted in numerous champion places in 'The National Fruit Show' and 'Taste of the West' for Juice and Cider. Villa Strass Zweigelt 2017 14.97 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/villa-strass-zweigelt-201711 4613649465432 Villa Strass Dark carmine red. The nose is delicate and very elegant, typical sour cherries with a floral touch. On the palate spicy-fruity with soft tannins and good length. A wine of great value for money. In the finish very seductive! Fabulous. Half Bottle: Hackett Chardonnay 2013 8.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-hackett-chardonnay-20138 4607137775704 Hackett Wines This Chardonnay has seen a very little oak maturation to ensure that the rich and natural buttery flavours of the fruit are able to shine through. The larger-than-life, fun-loving and passionate Hackett is a boutique wine-maker in every sense of the word. Following a spell as wine-maker at Saltram Winery and the Southern Vales Co-operative, he established a small-scale operation in the McLaren Vale, selecting grapes from top, local growers and then making small, yet commercial, quantities of rich, boldly flavoured varietals. The Simon Hackett story goes back well before the establishment of Simon Hackett Wines. Four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. In 1860, Simon's great uncle attended the esteemed Roseworthy Agricultural College whilst Simon's father was a graduate in the inaugural Oenology Course at the college in 1938. Simon grew up in an atmosphere steeped in wine, spending his boyhood in the Barossa Valley alongside his father, who was General Manager and a Director of the giant Barossa Valley Distillery, Tarac International. The family home was situated next to the sprawling Saltram Winery outside Angaston.Given this environment, it was not surprising that Simon, at the age of eighteen, elected to follow a career in winemaking and joined the team at the neighbouring Saltram Winery.Serving his apprenticeship under the watchful eye of master winemaker, Peter Lehmann, Simon progressed through the 'Saltram ranks'. In 1970 he completed a vintage in the Hunter Valley Region of New South Wales, before returning to the Saltram Winery for another two years.In 1973 Simon decided to move to McLaren Vale thus his association with the region began and continues today. Simon's first vintage in McLaren Vale was at the Southern Vales Co-operative Winery, where he worked with the outstanding winemaking team of Grant Burge and Ian Wilson. After eight years he was appointed Senior Winemaker at Southern Vales Co-operative Winery, now known as Tatachilla Wines.In 1984, Simon decided to leave Southern Vales Winery and concentrate fully on establishing his own boutique winery situated in McLaren Vale.Once out on his own Simon re-established his links with the Barossa Valley and today crushes grapes grown in McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia.Barossa Valley:Situated eighty kilometres north of Adelaide in the Barossa Valley, there are two vineyards from which Simon sources fruit. The Brightview vineyard is located in what is termed 'the valley floor' between the townships of Tanunda and Nuriootpa. This vineyard yields Semillon from two separate plantings. One plot was planted in the 1950's, the other from Semillon cuttings grafted onto Riesling root stock. Simon believes this root stock enhances the wine's citrus flavours. His Chardonnay is also grown on the Brightview vineyard.The second vineyard is situated near the township of Angaston. Here he is lucky to have a small vineyard which was planted to Shiraz vines in the 1890's. From these very low yielding but extremely high quality bearers comes a limited release single vineyard wine. In McLaren Vale he has four vineyard sites fifty kilometres south of Adelaide. The largest vineyard, just west of the township of Willunga, was planted in the early 1990's to Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache vines. Further east, in the foothills of the Willunga Ranges and nestled between rolling hills and aged gum trees, is where he sources his Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from vineyards planted in the mid 1980's.Closer to the township of McLaren Vale he takes Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from vines planted in the 1960's. Further east towards the hamlet of McLaren Flat he has Grenache vines planted in the 1950's. Nearby is the legendary Foggo Road vineyard planted in 1924. Only small quantities are harvested from the low yielding Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Situated fifty kilometres south east of Adelaide in the cool region of the Adelaide Hills Simon has established a ten acre property planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This low yielding, cool climate vineyard is designed to grow high quality grapes. Half Bottle: Macon Blanc Davaye 2018 Maillettes 9.78 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-macon-blanc-davaye-2018-maillettes56 4602084819032 Domaine des Maillettes This wine has a lovely, lemony crispness married to that typical Maconnais floweriness. Guy and Annie Saumaize run this 10-hectare estate with passion and total dedication. Guy’s ‘other’ job is growing young vines for other growers (pépinieriste) and, as you can imagine, he takes viticulture very seriously. Careful selection of grafts to match the correct soil-type is somewhat of a speciality and this, coupled with some meticulous wine-making, ensures wines that have vivid fruit flavours and excellent concentration. Quinta do Casal Monteiro Blanco 2017 Arinto/Fernao 8.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/quinta-do-casal-monteiro-blanco-2017-arinto-fernao10 4597750300760 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Do Tejo DOCAWARDS: Commended IWC 2018Made from Arinto and Fernao Pires grapes grown on the estate, this is pale green in colour with an intense nose of floral and citrus elements and also white fruit. Full on the palate with good body and fruit echoing the nose with a fine crisp persisitent finish. (13% abv 2017)Established in 1979 Quinta do Casal Monteiro produces limited editions of high quality vintages made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. The Estate Vineyard is planted in prime quality alluvial sandy clay soil overlooking the Tagus river. (Tejo in Portuguese) Mercurey 1er Cru l'Eveque 2017, Domaine Marechal 26.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mercurey-1er-cru-leveque-2016-domaine-marechal21 4592483008600 Domaine Marechal A very elegant Burgundy with the full and rounded structure we expect from these wines. Ripe and luscious, drinking beautifully but will last longer.  Drink 2018-2024Jean Maréchal and Marc Bonvigne (Jean’s son-in-law) have continued the successes that this 10 hectare estate enjoyed in the early 1990’s. Both are totally dedicated and passionate about what they produce and are making some profound, brilliantly coloured and complex Pinot Noir which always have overtones of cherries and raspberries. The Maurice Chevalier look-a-like, Jean, maintains one of the most immaculate wineries and barrel-cellars in Burgundy and this attention to detail is clearly reflected in the quality of the wines.  Non Confunditor 2016, Argiano 17.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/non-confunditor-2016-argiano0 4579085516888 Tenuta di Argiano Argiano, Rosso de Toscana'Non confunditur' is Latin for 'unique' or 'unmistakeable' - which says it all really. Traditional French grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are blended with the classic Tuscan, Sangiovese, to create a bold, decisive, full-bodied red with smooth tannins and a persistent finish. Generous and rounded with delicious aromas of currants and rich, earthy, berry flavours. Argiano is one of the most prestigious and historically significant estates in the Montalcino region, pedigree which is clearly apparent in this decidedly more-ish Baby Supertuscan. [14.5% ABV] Catarratto 2018 Cusumano 9.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/catarratto-2016-cusumano16 4579024765016 Cusumano Fresh, crisp white with a medium structure and mild acidity. Citrus fruit, lemon zest and citrus blossoms on the nose, along with hint of tropical fruits, herbs and sweet spices. Lovely minerality on the finish. Floral and citrus aromas followed by surprisingly Viognier'ish flavours (as grown so far South?) of spicy apricot and lemon. Very gentle acidity but perfectly judged to keep the wine crisp and fresh on the palate. Catarratto had a bad reputation as a bulk wine in the wine lake days but this wine shows what a delicious and refreshing summer white it can be when given some TLC. Like Vermentino, this is a grape variety that has taken a large step up the 'quality' ladder! The grapes are gently pressed at cold temperatures. Fermentation takes places at temperatures of 18°-20°C. The wine spends a period on the lees in stainless steel tanks. Auco Drylands Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 9.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/auco-drylands-cabernet-sauvignon-2017110 4565428600920 Vina San Esteban Made by Vina San Esteban this is a fruit driven example of Cabernet-Sauvignon filled with the taste of blackcurrants and has hints of subtle vanilla from a short time in oak. It is well balanced on the palate and the fruit is complemented by fine grained tannins with a long and full fruity finish.From the Aconcagua Valley in Chile located 60 miles (100km) north of the capital, Santiago. It was long thought that this hot, dry valley was not suitable for growing wine grapes – the Chilean wine pioneer Don Maximiano Errazuriz was ridiculed when he planted his first vines here – but the quality of the region's modern-day Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot has robustly reversed this opinion. The altitude varies from 50m in the West to 1000m in the East. In the morning as the land heats up the valley is cooled by the air from the Humboldt Current which flows along the coast of Chile. In the evening the flow is reversed as the ocean is then warmer than the land and this movement of air lowers the daytime temperatures which otherwise would scorch the grapes during the day and prolongs the warmth of the day into the evening. (2018 - 13.5% abv) Churchill Reserve Port 17.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchill-reserve-port489 4249119162456 Churchill's Port A dense, rich and plummy port with a mulberry like fruit and good levels of tannin. (20% abv)Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn’s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn’s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor’s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams’ – the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons – so what better name than his wife’s maiden name Churchill. In the beginning, Churchill’s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor’s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated. Churchill’s has met with increasing success in the USA. With the projected growth in sales it became clear that the Company had to acquire some of is own vineyards to secure on going supply of quality Port. With the purchase of Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio, both renowned Grade A vineyards in the premium Cima Corgo region of the Douro, Churchill’s is now in control.Churchill's Reserve has the character of vintage Port and is selected from the wines of different years from the top quintas. Plenty of structure and concentrated layers of fruit makes this a serious alternative to Vintage Port. It is bottled ready for drinking and retains much of the fruit characteristic of Vintage Port. Morellino di Scansano 2018 15.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/morellino-di-scansano-201822 4030475829336 Christopher Piper Wines Morellino ‘Spiaggiole’ has an intense ruby-red colour with a fruity nose and hints of wild berries. On the palate, it has notable acidity, characteristic of the Sangiovese grape, yet is balanced with great structure and elegance.The grapes (90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon &and 5% Merlot ) are harvested from 8 year old vines located within the 20 hectare Spiaggiole Estate in Magliano, Tuscany, approximately 130 to 150 metres above sea level. On arrival at the winery, they are immediately destalked and undergo temperature controlled maceration for 8 to 10 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in tank for 6 months but a small percentage is also aged in 32hl barrels for the same period of time. Spiaggiole is the second, recently acquired, property of Rocca di Castagnoli owners, the Cali family. Drink Now Veal, Pork, Meaty Pasta Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Tuscany, Italy Spiaggiole Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites  Oppenheim Herrenberg Riesling Auslese 2015 19.72 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/oppenheim-herrenberg-riesling-auslese-20169 3925185658968 Weingut Louis Guntrum Louis Guntrum, RheinhessenA well balanced wine with classic Riesling nose. Rich and full-bodied this is Riesling at the top of its game with comparatively little residual sugar so is a perfect savoury food wine, not a pudding wine. Juicy and fresh with overtones of peaches and dried apricots on the palate, with perfect balancing acidity leading to great ageing potential. Nestled between the "Grosse Gewächs" vineyards of Sackträger and Kreuz, Herrenberg has the same soil, exposure and potential. The vineyards are in a horseshoe-shape on the hillside, allowing for excellent sun exposure, protection from cold winds and rain and permitting slow, but complete ripening due to heat absorbed by the ground during the day being released at night. The family roots go back until 1648, to the small village of Wörrstadt in Rheinhessen. Ever since, the Louis Guntrum family has been growing grapes and making wine. The 8th generation, Louis Jean George Guntrum, built today's Estate building in 1923 - it offers a perfect and spacious environment to produce some of the finest wines from Germany, and is a stunning location directly adjacent to the Rhein river. Today, the estate is owned and managed by the 11th generation, Louis Konstantin Guntrum.The cellars offer the best of both worlds, old and new - traditional wooden barrels and modern stainless steel tanks. Their philosophy in winemaking is modern technology, where appropriate, but traditional approaches and ideas, handed over from generation to generation, for most of the grape growing and winemaking.This combination of new and old is exemplified in the wines. They grow traditional, classic grape varities only, such as Riesling, Silvaner, Spätburgunder (Pinot nero) or Gewürztraminer. Moderate pruning of the vines ensures long-term production of high quality wines generation after generation; use of fertilizers only upon natural needs, based on strict analysis of the soil; selective hand picking of the grapes to obtain the most suitable grape for each wine.The transformation from grapes to grape juice to wine follows the well-tried rules of European winemaking traditions: Time rather than mechanical equipment, Nature rather than technology and chemistry. The aim is to improve and refine the most precious gift of nature - the grape and to turn every single one into a unique, special type of wine, that reflects perfectly the typicity of the soil as well as the vintage. Drink Now Spicy Asian Dishes, Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Pale Golden Riesling Rheinhessen Louis Guntrum 2015 Contains Sulphites The Conductor Merlot 2017 15.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-conductor-merlot-20156 2077199532120 Philip Shaw A very elegant merlot with great intensity and vibrancy. This red has a fantastic rounded structure and is drinking beautifully now. 2017 was an excellent vintage for Merlot, with cool even temperatures throughout. The fruit was harvested in March, then hand sorted to remove any damaged berries and leaves. Grapes were then transferred into fermenters, where fermentation kicked off after 3 days and remained there for another 22 days. The aim was to remove as much colour and flavour from the skins and balance this with fine tannins. The wine was then separated from the skins at pressing and transferred to barrel for ageing. Drink Now Pork, Casserole, BBQ Dry Full Bodied Deep Blackcurrant Merlot Orange, New South Wales, Australia Philip Shaw 2017 Contains Sulphites   St Amour La Gagere 2019 Domaine Perrachon 15.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/st-amour-la-gagere-201660 2072589369432 Domaine Perrachon We have worked with this lovely family since the early 1990’s, when we first started buying wines from Laurent Perrachon’s father, Jacques. Fifth generation vignerons, Laurent and Martine Perrachon, have recently been joined by their sons, Maxime and Adrien. The former is very much concerned with viticulture whilst Adrien is to be found in the cellars and involved in the wine making side of the business. This is an important 30-hectare estate, situated in the la Bottière lieu-dit in Juliénas. Currently, the Perrachon’s are working towards 100% lutte-raisonnée (sustainable viticulture) and only mechanically working their soils, removing any need for weed-killers. This is a domaine that is very much on the up and in 2018, they received one of the few, highly coveted Coup de Coeurs’ awarded by La Revue de Vin de France. Laurent Perrachon is the current president of the Juliénas cru and is very involved in the development of individual lieu-dit sites which he promotes on his own labels.Today they harvest grapes on six appellations: Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chenas and our latest addition, Saint-Amour.Any visit to their lovely cellars is incomplete without a tray of warm-from-the-oven gougères which Martine Perrachon generously produces. Accompanied by a glass of cru Beaujolais. What could be finer?SAINT AMOUR AOC , ‘la Gagère’ 2016 - Perrachon, Saint Amour, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France Pursuing the work of their ancestors producing wines the traditional way the Perrachon family are masters at crafting greatness from the Gamay grape. This wine is from a small parcel of 28 acres, on a very rocky soil, on the most northern part of the Saint Amour appellation, overlooking the village of Saint-Véran. This is a sensual and delicate wine with a great personality. Made from hand picked 70 year old vines may we suggest this to accompany your lamb.  Drink Now Spring Lamb, Gougere Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Beaujolais Domaine Perrachon 2019 Contains Sulphites Langham Brut Rose NV 27.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/langham-brut-rose-nv4 1971026067544 Langham Estate Made from 100% Pinot Noir this is a blend of various vintages with the excellent 2014 vintage at its base. A classic fruit driven rosé this was aged for 24 months on its lees to give it character and develop its flavour of strawberries and cream and red berry fruits with hints of cherries. 12% abv. Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Raspberry Pinot Noir Dorset, UK Langham Estate NV Contains Sulphites Tarquin's Rhubarb And Raspberry Gin 70Cl 39.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tarquins-rhubarb-and-raspberry-gin-70cl5 1952799752280 Tarquin's Cornish Gin MOTHER'S DAY OFFERSend Today for just £39 with Free Delivery (Mainland UK).What could be better than a little bit of Cornish R &and R?No matter where you are, this Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin brings a little piece of idyllic Cornish coast directly to you.Flagship Tarquin's Cornish Gin is first distilled in small batches, it's then lovingly infused with the most delicious Rhubarb and Raspberries we can lay our hands on to give this gin its beautiful blush. Aperitif Dry Spirit Rich Pink Gin Botanicals, Rhubarb, Raspberry Cornwall, UK South Western Distillery N/A N/A Churchill's Ten Year Old Tawny - 50Cl 22.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchills-ten-year-old-tawny-50cl185 1952799588440 Churchill's Port If you are cutting out dessert at lunchtime, try instead a glass of slightly chilled Churchill's 10 year old Tawny - a great way to start the afternoon.Churchill's 10 Year Old Tawny starts its life like young Vintage Port. Although fully aged in wood, it still retains the freshness of youth, which is reflected in its darker brick red colour and lively finish. (19.5% abv)?Unquestionably the finest Tawny I?ve tasted in years. What makes it profound is its complex fragrance of roasted nuts and sweet fruit. There is impeccable definition and richness, a velvety texture and a long lusty finish. It is all a Tawny should be" Robert M. Parker Jnr. ? The WineDespite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn?s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn?s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor?s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams? ? the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons ? so what better name than his wife?s maiden name Churchill.In the beginning, Churchill?s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor?s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated.  Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Deep Golden Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca Portugal Churchill's Estate 10 Year Old Contains Sulphites Tindall Pinot Noir 2017 Marlborough 20.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tindall-pinot-noir-2016-marlborough7 1952797917272 Tindall Vineyard This wine from one of the few closely planted vineyards in Marlborough has delightful aromas of cranberry, plum and red cherry. The palate is elegant and lasting with hints of vanilla and subtle oak. The wine should develop more gamey characters with bottle age. Sealed with a screwcap to retain the vibrant fruit characters.Tindall Vineyards are situated in Hammerichs Road, Rapaura, in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The vineyards are owned by Terry &and Lynley Sowman and managed by sons Clyde and Nigel Sowman. The name Tindall Vineyard honours grandfather Henry Tindall.The estate was purchased in 1993 and was originally an extensive cherry orchard and cropping land. Nowadays 2 hectares remain in intensively grown cherries for the premium fresh market.The first vines were selectively planted in 1995 on alluvial deposits from the Wairau River. The vineyard comprises 12 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, 1 hectare Chardonnay, and 4 hectares of Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir site was selected for its propensity of yellow clay in ratio to the alluvial deposits.The focus is on producing single vineyard vibrant, pungent wines, characteristic of the Rapaura, Marlborough area, through intensive viticulture practices.Crafting these wines into wonderful expressions is the responsibility of Dave Knappstein (senior winemaker at Forrest Estate). Drink now Spring Lamb, pork, marinated chicken Dry Light/Medium Bodied Dark Plum Pinot Noir Marlborough, New Zealand Tindall Vineyard 2017 Contains Sulphites Bacchus Block 2018 Lyme Bay 17.08 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bacchus-block-lyme-bay30 1952797491288 Lyme Bay Winery This 100% Bacchus wine was isolated for its intense and powerful grapefruit freshness, broad tropical-fruit notes and herbal undertones. (2018 - 11.5% abv)These Bacchus Block grapes are from some very ripe fruit, which had a kiss of botrytis (noble rot). After crushing and destemming, the juice was left in contact with the skin before being gently pressed and cold settled for over 48 hours. The juice was then inoculated with a yeast strain, which helps reveal varietal aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Once this fermentation was underway the wine was co-inoculated with a yeast strain, specifically selected for its ability to reveal aromas of box wood and herbs. 20% of the wine was fermented in old oak barriques, with the remainder in stainless steel tanks.This is a real powerhouse of a Bacchus. Intense &and powerful citrus, rich green &and tangy grapefruit notes. Bold &and punchy!? John Mobbs, GreatBritishWine.com?Fresh bubblegum nose with a whiff of snapped pea pods, and super freshness and precision on the palate. Light and elegant style, with crisp apple zing, soft sweet citrus notes &and a pleasing herbal-mineral influence,? Decanter (92 points) Drink Now Chicken, Smoked Meats, Garlic Dry Light Bodied Pale Golden Bacchus Lyme Bay, Devon Lyme Bay Winery 2018 Contains Sulphites Mas De Daumas Red 2013, Daumas Gassac 32.26 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mas-de-daumas-red29 1952796049496 Mas de Daumas Mas de Daumas 20132013 was an outstanding vintage with very ripe, intense complex reds. This iconic wine will be superb over the next 20 plus years.At Mas de Daumas Gassac we celebrate the birth of each vintage as a uniquecreation. As it evolues, the vigneron helps it develop its own, unique character,emphasizing its strength, bringing out its absolute best.Here are the winery tasting notes:Distinguished, fresh, elegant, balanced, with unmatched complex aromas, this2013 is really impressive and thoroughly seductive.Period of fruitCrisp fruit and tannins to the fore. Lasts from three to seven years. A delicious and invigorating wine to drink. An absolute must.Period of youthVelvety tannins appear, the fruit fades. This period lasts for seven to fourteen years. The wine reveals its true complexity.Period of maturityBetween fourteen and twenty-one years. The fruity flavours fade giving way to tertiary aromas with hints of dried roses, woodland moss, truffles, game!Period of plenitudeOver twenty-one years, most Mas de Daumas Gassac vintages will continue to evolve into magical flavours if laid down in a cool cellar with the right humidity. A reasure for grandchildren to discover in grandad’s cellar!Aime and Veronique Guibert discovered the Arboussas mountainside in the 1970s. With roots in the Aveyron, Aim‚ Guibert comes from an old Millau family of tanners and glove makers.As for V‚ronique Guibert de la VaissiŠre, she?s an ethnologist, specialising in Ireland. Of their five children, three ? Samuel, Ga‰l and Roman - have been working in the Domaine and managing it since 2000.Much of the incredible complexity of Daumas Gassac wines stems from the perfumes of the rich Mediterranean wild plants and herbs that surround the clearings : bay, thyme, rosemary, lavender, laburnum, fennel, wild mint, lentisc, strawberry trees.80% Cabernet Sauvignon + 20% rare grape varieties. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Cabernet Sauvignon plus 20% Rare Varities Languedoc Roussillon, France Mas de Daumas Gassac 2015 Contains Sulphites Corton Grand Cru Le Rognet 2015, Domaine Durand 59.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/corton-grand-cru-le-rognet8 1952795459672 Domaine Durand 28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Rene at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xaviers reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutieres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the villages Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2015 Contains Sulphites Spumante Rose Frassinelli 12.49 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/spumante-rose-frasinelli35 1952794542168 Azienda Frassinelli Full of raspberry flavours and very fruity aromas. Perfect for a party.Founded in 1966 by Aldo Frassinelli, the 13 hectares estate is today run by his children Roberta, who is in charge of sales, marketing and exports, and Gianluca, who makes the wine. Their vines range in age from 10 to 25 years. The soil is generally white limestone. (11% abv)Rose Spumante Brut is a blend of Merlot and Raboso, picked separately, the latter about four weeks after the former. They are blended for the second fermentation, which lasts 40 days. The residual sugar is 10 gm/l. They do not use sugar for the dosage but concentrated Prosecco must. Drink Now Aperitif Off Dry Light Bodied Pale Strawberry Merlot, Raboso Italy Aldo Frassinelli NV Contains Sulphites Cornellana Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 7.63 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornellana-cabernet-sauvignon54 1952792641624 Vina La Rosa This wine is smooth and medium bodied with berry, mint aromas combined with fruit flavours of strawberries, cherries and blackcurrants. Vi¤a la Rosa was founded in Chile at the end of the 18th century by the Ossa family, who left Spain in search of new horizons. Don Gregorio Ossa travelled throughout the country, looking for the most abundant land, and bought the Hacienda La Rosa, situated on the banks of the Cachapoal River.In 1824 Vi¤a y Bodega La Rosa was founded, with vinestocks brought from France. In 1930, Don Recaredo Ossa Undurraga took over the administration of the haciendas, and is still in charge today. The Cornellana vineyard is situated in the valley of the same name, and enjoys exceptional exposure to the sun, which, together with its hill slopes and valley plains, means an optimal ripening of very healthy fruit, which reaches the cellars within an hour of harvesting, thus preserving all of its freshness and aroma. Drink now Pork, Lamb, Curry Dry Medium Bodied dark plum Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley, Chile Vina La Rosa 2017 Contains Sulphites Sancerre Rouge 'Esprit' 2019 Domaine Laporte 18.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sancerre-rouge-esprit-201537 1952792084568 Domaine Serge Laporte Domaine Serge Laporte, Chavignol, Loire Soft and supple Loire Pinot Noir with a nose of cherries and hints of spice. The palate is full of ripe fruit with a good mineral structure and well-balanced acidity. (13% abv - 2018)  Drink Now Roast Chicken, Pork Dry Medium Bodied Dark Strawberry Pinot Noir Loire Valley, France Domaine Serge Laporte 2019 Contains Sulphites   Grignan-Les-Adhemar Red Les Gourmandises 2018 10.63 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/grignan-les-adhemar-red-les-gourmandises22 1952791593048 Domaine de Montine Domaine de MontineDeeply coloured with a rich, purple hue with a nose that exudes spicy, red berry fruit. On the palate, the wine is remarkably supple with a heady ripe cherry and blackberry fruit and a long finish, supported by well integrated, high quality tannins. (2018 abv 14.5%)One of the most positive results of our recent buying trip in the Rh“ne Valley, was our fortuitous discovery of the quite delicious wines from Domaine de Montine, situated at Grignan in the heartlands of Tricastin country. Owned by the Monteillet family for three generations, the 70 hectare estate is run by two brothers, Jean-Luc Monteillet who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars and Claude (or Claudy to his friends!) who handles the viticultural side of the business. The domaine is split up in to 55 hectares of vines (45 hectares in the Coteaux du Tricastin communes of Grignan and Valaurie and 10 hectares in the Cotes du Rhone communes of Grillon and Taulignan) and 6 hectares of lavender production, 3 hectares of truffle "oak woods" and a further 6 hectares of woodland.Since 1994, the Monteillet's have been working their vineyards using eco-friendly methods that conform to our requirements to achieve a "smiley face" in the CPW catalogue. All the vines are short-pruned using the Royat cordon method, this guaranteeing low yields from the outset. The soil has seen no man-made fertiliser and all the vineyards have been laid to grass to ensure deep vine-root penetration to add a further layer of mineral complexity and to reduce vine stress. No fungicides or pesticides are used and the maximum yield for the Tricastin vines (which have an average age of 25 years old) is 45 hectolitres/ hectare, well below the legal norm of 52 hectolitres per hectare.Harvesting is 50% manual and 50% by machine, depending on the slopes of the various vineyard zones. The winery is extremely well equipped with temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for the white and rose. The grapes are sourced from the communes of Grignan and Valaurie, from chalky clay soils with an overlay of small stony deposits. Green harvesting in June is the order of the day to ensure a further reduction in yields. The blend of cepages is 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah which were vinified at 28ø-30øC for 22 days.  Drink Now BBQ, Game, Beef Dry Medium bodied Dark Berry Grenache, Syrah Southern Rhone Domaine de Montine 2018 Contains Sulphites Champagne Gremillet Blanc de Blancs Brut NV 35.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/champagne-gremillet-blanc-de-blancs-nv46 1952790544472 Champagne Gremillet The Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay has a very fine bead and creamy fresh fruit with a classic bouquet of pain-grill. Jean-Michel Gremillet's growers Champagne? continues to be extremely well written-up in press reviews but, more importantly, has won over an increasingly large band of supporters in the past fifteen years. These are extremely elegant wines that have undergone a surprisingly long bottle-ageing process that gives them a roundness not often found at this level.The Gremillet family own some prime-site vineyards in the Aube d‚partement and their impeccable cellars are situated in the village of Balnot-sur-Laignes, about 50km. to the south-east of Troyes. Minervois Cuvee Les Barons 2015, Chateau d'Oupia 13.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/minervois-cuvee-les-barons13 1952790478936 Chateau d'Oupia The intelligent use of even older vines and some new oak results in a stunning Cuv‚e Les Barons with incredibly complex and intense fruit. The wine is a blend of 60% Carignan and 40% Syrah and is aged in small oak barriques for 20 months. Rich, spicy berry flavours and well-ripended tannins produce a full-bodied and intense flavour.We were very sad to hear that Andre Iche, Oupia's charming owner, died at the end of 2007 but his daughter, Marie-Pierre, has taken over the reins and will no doubt continue the remarkable run of award-winning wines from the Minervois region. The 45-hectare estate surrounds the sleepy hamlet of Oupia and the preponderance of old vines (along with the magic ingredient of 100 year-old Carignan vines) guarantees a succulent, intense and richly coloured ?villages? Minervois. Drink Now Beef, Game, Cheese, Sausages Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Carignan, Syrah Languedoc Roussillon, France Chateau d'Oupia 2015 Contains Sulphites Chablis 1Er Cru Mont De Milieu 2018, Domaine Pinson 33.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chablis-1er-cru-mont-de-milieu131 1952788512856 Domaine Pinson Acacia and lime on the bouquet with a hint of spice. An incredibly powerful Pinson offering with terrific concentration of vibrant, racy fruit and that tell-tale Pinson minerality. Outstanding.Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most ?senior? estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.The Pinson brothers? grandfather, Louis, established the estate?s pedigree in the late 1940?s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work).The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region.These are world-class wonderful wines which benefit a sensible amount of ageing before being released. Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Chardonnay Chablis, Burgundy, France Domaine Pinson 2018 Contains Sulphites Pinot Gris 2018 Henry Fuchs 15.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-gris-tzigane100 1952787398744 Domaine Henry Fuchs Touch of honeyed sweetness with a rich mouthfeel, still fresh with smoky undergrowth characteristics. Lovely long length with balanced acidity and alcohol. Very rich even by Alsace Pinot Gris standards with a relatively high degree of residual grape sugars on the palate. (2018 abv 13.5%)Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvill‚, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines.Established in 1922, the Fuchs? family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvill‚, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim.The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ?tightly? so that their final ?rendement? (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration.The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Drink Now Aperitif, Ham, Salami Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Gris Ribeauville, Alsace, Domaine Henry Fuchs 2018 Contains Sulphates Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 Vincenti 27.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chianti-classico-riserva-2010-vincenti2 1952785334360 Azienda Vincenti Two brothers-in-law, Roberto Pucci (the wine-maker) and Francesco Muzzi (a successful businessman) own the 60 hectare property, which was bought in 1985 and lies at the heart of Gaiole. They are advised by the internationally respected oenologist, Carlo Ferrini. Eight hectares of south-facing sand and mar soil are planted with Sangiovese, and a tiny amount of Merlot for their super Tuscan, Stignano.The wines are wonderfully representative of the appellation and of the varietal. Silky, elegant and well-structured, they are unmistakably, authentically Chianti. The Riserva is 100% Sangiovese and spends 24 months in cask and a further 6 months before being released. (abv 14.0%) Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Sangiovese Chianti,Italy Vincenti 2015 Contains Sulphites Sichel Margaux 2016 24.71 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sichel-margaux-201598 1952783302744 Maison Sichel The product of one of the greatest Bordeaux vintages. Deep ruby red with deep violet tints indicating richness. Expressive, ripe bouquet displaying all the finesse and elegance typical of the Margaux terroir. Complexity on the nose, with overripe, jammy red fruit aromas, vanilla and spice. Swirling brings out more oaky, toasty notes denoting traditional ageing in oak barrels and which blend harmoniously with the fruity aromas. The palate is concentrated and generous but not capricious, highly expressive and underpinned by tannins of the highest quality.Drinking from 2017; a great match for a fine cut of grilled meat or a well-garnished cheese board, but whatever the case over any informal meal.Situated 25km from Bordeaux, the Margaux appellation covers five municipalities and is the only one in the M‚doc where you find the entire, rich and vast range of wines, from the first to the fifth Grand Cru Class‚. Margaux wines are particularly supple and refined. They are characterised by very elegant, fruity aromas, making them the benchmark for generous, sophisticated wines with soft ripe tannins.TERROIR:- The vineyard area of Margaux is essentially based on the Garonne 's layers, made up of gravel and pebbles from the quaternary period. This soil, well protected from the oceanic winds by the forest benefits from the bracing winds from the Gironde estuary which tempers the climate. The soil's poorness, the gravel's permeability and the slightly sloping hillsides that provide a good drainage allow the vines to be deep rooted, providing the ideal conditions for top quality wines.WINEMAKING/MATURING:- When fully mature, the grapes are for the most part, hand picked. In the cellar, the grapes are crushed and destemmed and then put into fermenters. The harvest is heated to around 22 øC to allow a quick start to the fermentation. Twice a day, pumping over with aeration takes place in order to extract as much colour and tannin as possible. When the alcoholic fermentation is over, the vats are maintained at a temperature around 30øC for 15 to 21 days. After the running off, the malolactic fermentation takes place in vats. A 6 to 8 months ageing in French oak barrels is done with racking every 4 weeks. The wines are fined and filtered on Bentonite before bottling. Drink Now Roast Beef, Casseroles, Venison Sausages Dry Medium Bodied Dark Bramble Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Margaux, France Sichel Wines 2016 Contains Sulphites Sandbar Lyme Bay 2018 14.82 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sandbar-lyme-bay-20152 1952781631576 Lyme Bay Winery A fruit-driven wine for all occasions. Crisp citrus and elderflower on the palate with a long length.Lyme Bay Winery and its three vineyards are situated in Devon's beautiful Axe Valley. A maritime region, it enjoys a temperate climate and a long, warm growing season, affording grapes exceptional depth and expression of character. Drink Now Chicken, Smoked Meats, Salmon Dry Light Bodied Pale golden Bacchus Lyme Bay, Devon Lyme Bay Winery 2018 Contains Sulphites The Strapper 2013, Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Yalumba 16.76 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-strapper-grenache-shiraz-mataro3 1952781008984 Yalumba Yalumba, Barossa Valley, South AustraliaThe 'strapper' in thoroughbred parlance, is the reliable and trustworthy member of the team - not generally in the limelight. The Strapper, Barossa Valley GSM is not the showy type, rather the wine that the winemakers drink, when they're not having a Riesling or an ale. Authentic Barossa Shiraz is sandwiched between the understated fragrant perfume of Grenache and the earthy, rustic tannins of Mataro (Mourvedre) - a well bred, strapping and savoury wine. Drink Now Casserole, Game Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro Barossa Valley Yalumba 2013 Contains Sulphites Cote Rotie Indiscrete 2013, Chante Perdrix 37.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cote-rotie-indiscrete-201326 1952780124248 Vignobles Verzier Grape variety: Syrah This cuvee comes from a small plot (240 ha) situated on very steep slopes exposed to the hot sun.  Maturing: oak barrels for a period of 14 months Aromas: Spring violets and wild red berries. Wine &and food pairing: Young wild boar stew, Mini ravioli stuffed with truffles Ageing potential: 5 to 10 yearsPerched high up on the steep hillsides above Chavanay, this dynamic estate is run by one of the new generation of ?vignerons? who are making considerable waves on the international market.Chavanay was one of the three original communes that were included in the original creation of the Condrieu appellation in 1940 and the young Philippe Verzier, who took control of the family vineyards in 1988, has emerged as a leading light in the appellation.The vines: planted on terraces and situated on a southeast-facing hillside overlooking Verenay Altitude: 250 m Climate: Sub-Mediterranean, hot and dry in the summer Rainfall: rains regularly in the other seasons (approximately 600 to 700 mm per year) Southern Right Pinotage 2018, Stellenbosch 20.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/southern-right-pinotage-2018-stellenbosch2 4887531225176 Southern Right Vineyards Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa’s unique grape variety.Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 hectare property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation, just behind the old fishing village of Hermanus. NEW: Chateau Langoa Barton 2010, St Julien 81.89 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-langoa-barton-2009-st-julien12 4839388708952 Chateau Langoa Barton The 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035. Wine Advocate Half Bottle: Valpolicella Superiore 2018 Zenato 8.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-valpolicella-superiore-2017-zenato15 4786216468568 Azienda Zenato beautifully smooth and velvety wine with great depth of fruit. (2018 - 13.5% abv)Produced from vineyards in the historic zone in the commune of Sant?Ambrogio, from 85% corvina, 10% rondinella, and 5% sangiovese. Production is traditional. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, followed by a 6-7 day maceration on the skins. The wine is kept in steel until malolactic fermentation, followed by 12 months? maturation in 33- and 55-hl Slovenian oak barrels. Although the grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from Classico vineyards the production is supplemented from outside this DOC. As a result it cannot be labelled Classico.The nose offers supple fragrances of almonds and violets. Crisp and dry in the mouth, well structured, with a lovely, velvety texture. Ready to enjoy now, but can be cellared a few years.Documents of the 12th century are the first to mention the area, referring to it as Valle Policella, or Val Polesella; the etymology may be from the Greek ?polizelos?, or doubly blessed. The territory is set between the river Adige and Lake Garda, which separate it from the Verona plain; the Lessini hills form its frontier against Trento to the north, while Verona protects it on the east.The landscape is one of gentle valleys, all interconnected, filled with woods, springs, and cultivated fields. Vines, olives, and cherry trees dot gently undulating hills, and its fields are rich and fertile. Chateau Duluc de Branaire-Ducru 2011, St Julien 36.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-duluc-de-branaire-ducru-2009-st-julien26 4644152180824 Chateau Branaire-Ducru At Branaire-Ducru, both our wines are made to express a distinctive home style. Branaire-Ducru is our main wine and Duluc de Branaire-Ducru is the second wine of the estate.2011 is an earlier vintage. The harvest was from 14th to 29th September. It is as well a rich vintage, due to a drought that started early spring and followed in autumn, it shows beautiful finesse thanks to a perfect ripening of the grapes. Quincy 2019, Domaine de Chevilly 16.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/quincy-domaine-de-chevilly22 4639992807512 Domaine de Chevilly “Quincy has a long history of winemaking and was the second appellation created in France back in 1936. It is situated south east of Tours and south west of Menetou-Salon. The terroir is mainly sand with patches of clay which suits Sauvignon Blanc as it warms rapidly, bringing early ripening.Yves Lestourgie gave up cereal farming 20 years ago to make Quincy. His wife Géraldine is an oenologue and helps Yves, as well as advising numerous other growers in Quincy. They have 11.5 hectares of vines, with an average age of 24 years. Both vinification and ageing is carried out in stainless steel.A pneumatic press is used, the juice then undergoes cold settling for 24 hours. The wines are then racked and yeast is added to start the fermentation which lasts 10 days at between 16 °C to 18 °C. The wine is aged on its fine lees for 3 months.This is now one of the best domaines in Quincy. Yves is currently president of the Quincy growers’ association.” Pinot Noir 2018, Penruddocke's, A'Becketts Vineyard 17.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-noir-2018-abecketts-vineyard30 4571579383896 A'Becketts Vineyard Wonderful review by Jancis Robinson: 10/04/2020"Pale, clear ruby. Fragrantly spicy juice on the palate. Wonderful fruit ! Sour cherries and red plums, sumac spice persisting through the spine. Slender, not an ounce of fat, and delicate sheer tannins. But it's so fresh. You could chill this a little. "Paul has been making Pinot Noir since 2004 and this is a cracker. “100% Pinot Noir grown in Wiltshire. The vineyard is between 65 m and 80 m above sea level and is planted on greensand with lower cretaceous chalk between 2–5 m below the surface. Five months of ageing in third-fill French oak barrels. Ladoix Cote de Beaune 'La Rangie' Blanc 2017, Durand 30.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/ladoix-cote-de-beaune-la-rangie-blanc-2017-durand19 4523419140184 Domaine Durand A complex creamy Burgundy with a stone peach nose, classic Chardonnay lime and citrus fruits on the palate and a buttery spice finish.28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Rene at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the region?s premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xaviers reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutieres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the village?s Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Spicy lamb, chicken Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2017 Contains Sulphites Gremillet Brut Rosé NV 29.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gremillet-brut-rose-nv22 4474715340888 Champagne Gremillet This Rosé d'Assemblage has a lovely, dry strawberry fruitiness. It is fresh and vibrant on the palate making it an ideal aperitif.Gremillet’s ‘grower’s Champagne’ continues to be extremely well written-up in press reviews but, more importantly, has won over an increasingly large band of supporters in the past fifteen years. These are extremely elegant wines that have undergone a surprisingly long bottle-ageing process that gives them a roundness not often found at this level. 9 g/l residual sugar.The Gremillet family own some prime-site vineyards in the Aube département and their impeccable cellars are situated in the village of Balnot-sur-Laignes, about 50km. to the south-east of Troyes. The Brut Sélection has a firm structure with a lovely soft, toasty fruit and pale straw colour, whilst the Blanc de Blancs has a very fine ‘bead’ and creamy fresh fruit with a classic bouquet of ‘pain-grillé’. Aloxe Corton Les Chaillots 2017, Xavier Durand 38.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/aloxe-corton-les-chaillots-20165 4191230132312 Xavier Durand We have been buying the wonderful wines of Xavier Durand ever since he took over the 12 hectare family domaine, from his father, René, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented 30 year-old has propelled this Comblanchien-based domaine into the region’s premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroirThe Aloxe-Corton comes from Les Boutières, says Xavier Durand. It's the southern tip of the Aloxe-Corton appellation, just by the Chorey-lès-Beaune border. This and Les Chaillots are two very different parcels. Les Boutières is marly clay, quite deep, heavy soil. Les Chaillots below the Chateau, and right next to the premier cru Les Valoziéres, has more red soil. There is more substance. The tannins are finer.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2017 Contains Sulphites Chiroubles 2017 Domaine Remy Passot 15.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chiroubles-2017-domaine-remy-passot6 2031218589784 Domaine Remy Passot Medaille d'Or (Gold Medal) at the Concours des Grands Vins du Beaujolais January 2020WINNER : The Times Top 100 Wines of Summer, 2019Intense ruby red in colour with hints of purple. On the nose there are floral notes of iris, violets, lily of the valley and peonies. The palate is typically gamay with delicious mouth filling juicy red fruits and balancing acidity with a smooth fruity finish.The total area of the Chiroubles Cru AOC is some 350 hectares and mostly comprises light degraded granite sandy soil with generally a South-Western facing aspect. Domaine Passot have 4 plots in the AOC namely Bel Air, Les Grandes Terres, Crozet and Souzon. The average age of the vines is some 50 years old. The vines are head pruned and the resultant cuttings are shredded and spread over the vineyards as a mulch. 25% of the plots are grass-seeded for hydric competition to force the vines to seek out moisture and nutrients lower in the soil levels. The vines are planted so as to allow narrow tractors to work around them.Harvesting is carried out by hand and fermentation in the classic Beaujolais fashion ie maceration semi-carbonique, takes place in temperature controlled vats for between 7 and 9 days. The wine is aged in either stainless steel or epoxy coated cement vats for 7 months and bottled in the following April or May. It is best drunk young but will happily keep for 3 to 4 years. Drink Now Lamb, Smoked Ham, gougere Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Gamay Beaujolais, France Domaine Remy Passot 2017 Contains Sulphites Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons, Jean-Louis Chavy 2018 54.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/puligny-montrachet-les-clavoillons-jean-louis-chavy21 1974341173336 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy An incredibly profound wine with massive concentrated fruit which supports a marginally higher dose of oak. A little more opulent than the Folatières with maybe less minerality. The vines are 50 years old which further adds richness and dimension to the wine. Drink from 2019 to 2022.Up until the 2003 vintage, Jean-Louis and his brother, Alain, had been running their father's vineyards together and we had been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years. From the 2003 harvest onwards, these are now two very separate estates and we have decided to follow Jean-Louis because, we felt, his wines had rather more definition and concentration than those of his brother's. You will not be disappointed, especially at the sensible prices that J-L is charging. Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and ‘terroir’.  Aperitif Dry LightBodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Jean Louis Chavy 2018 Contains Sulphates Donnhoff Riesling 2018 17.66 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/donnhoff-riesling5 1952799883352 Weingut Donnhoff The Donnhof Riesling QbA has a lime-fresh fruit nose and an excellent, rich honeyed flavour and is perfect for current drinking.The river Nahe (which gives its name to this extremely attractive, rural region) flows north out of the Hunstruck hills and joins the Rhein at Bingen. The best vineyard sites (Niederhausen, Schlossb”ckelheim, Oberh„usen and Norheim) are situated around the spa town of Bad Kreuznach and the best wines have a full, pure and clean grapey taste with a fine, balancing acidity and a hint of aromatic, minerally fruit.The D”nnhof estate has been in the same hands since 1750 and Helmut D”nnhof is undoubtedly one of the Nahe?s (and probably one of Germany?s) best producers, making Rieslings from 15 hectares of prime vineyard sites with a wonderful combination of finesse, fragrance and racey fruitiness. In 1999, he won the coveted Gault Millau 'Winemaker of the Year? award and his 1998?s were amongst some of the finest German wines we have tasted. Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Riesling Nahe, Germany Donnhoff Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites Priorat Coma Vella 2013 29.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/priorat-coma-vella10 1952799686744 Mas d'en Gil From an isolated area inland from Tarragona in north-east Spain. Here, old-vine Garnacha and Carignena (Carignan) flourish on extremely poor soils. Soft, supple with bags of Spanish personality. This is a smoky dense red with spicy fruit and a soft, intense palate reflective of the changing soils throughout this estate. Nicknamed the 'Pomerol of Spain' and produced from hand picked grapes. Drink with roast meats or game.Although the Priorat wines have been produced for centuries, it is only recently, in the past decade or so, that these have taken a quantitative leap in quality that now puts them on the forefront of Spanish wines.In 2001, the geographical area of El Priorat was divided into two wine denominations: DOC Priorat, and DO Montsant. Geographically the DO Montsant area has a doughnut shape and completely encircles the DO Priorat area. They both share the same grape varietals, the same climate, and the same sub-soil, however the DOC Priorat region has the hard black slate surface that the vines grow on and that is so characteristic of El Priorat.One of the advantages of the Priorat region is its temperate and dry climate with hardly any rain whatsoever during the summer months. The geographical factor which affects both the price and taste of these wines is the fact that most vines are on steep slopes of slate of volcanic origin which confer a mineral character to the wines, and also preclude large automation of the picking process, thus making it a very manual affair. Roast Meat, Game Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Garnacha, Carignan Priorat, Spain Coma Vella 2013 Contains Sulphates Halves Churchill Late-Bottled Vintage 2013 11.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-churchill-late-bottled-vintage52 1952799555672 Churchill's Port Late-Bottled means bottled after 4, rather than 2, years in wood. The LBV is a rich concentrated port from one good harvest which has been aged for 4 years in wood. The word "traditional" indicates that it has been bottled without any filtration or refrigeration to allow the port to continue to develop in the bottle. After 2 more years in bottle it is then realeased for sale. It is now ready for drinking but can be kept, if preferred, for a few more years when it will take on more vintage port characteristics.Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn?s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn?s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor?s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams? ? the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons ? so what better name than his wife?s maiden name Churchill.In the beginning, Churchill?s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor?s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated.Churchill?s has met with increasing success in the USA. With the projected growth in sales it became clear that the Company had to acquire some of is own vineyards to secure on going supply of quality Port. With the purchase of Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio, both renowned Grade A vineyards in the premium Cima Corgo region of the Douro, Churchill?s is now in control.Churchill's Vintage Port spends two years in barrel before being bottled in heavy, dark bottles with driven corks. It is renowned for being full bodied, well balanced with deep plummy fruit, big tannins and superb structure. Drink now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francêsca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional Portugal Churchill's Estate 2013 Contains Sulphites Churchill Late-Bottled Vintage 2015 21.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchill-late-bottled-vintage-20128 1952799522904 Churchill's Port Late-Bottled means bottled after 4, rather than 2, years in wood. The LBV is a rich concentrated port from one good harvest which has been aged for 4 years in wood. The word "traditional" indicates that it has been bottled without any filtration or refrigeration to allow the port to continue to develop in the bottle. After 2 more years in bottle it is then realeased for sale. It is now ready for drinking but can be kept, if preferred, for a few more years when it will take on more vintage port characteristics. (19.5% ABV - 2015)Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn?s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn?s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor?s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams? ? the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons ? so what better name than his wife?s maiden name Churchill.In the beginning, Churchill?s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor?s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated.Churchill?s has met with increasing success in the USA. With the projected growth in sales it became clear that the Company had to acquire some of is own vineyards to secure on going supply of quality Port. With the purchase of Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio, both renowned Grade A vineyards in the premium Cima Corgo region of the Douro, Churchill?s is now in control.Churchill's Vintage Port spends two years in barrel before being bottled in heavy, dark bottles with driven corks. It is renowned for being full bodied, well balanced with deep plummy fruit, big tannins and superb structure. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Deep Purple Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca Portugal Churchill's Estate 2015 Contains Sulphites Churchill's Crusted Port (Bottled 2006) 25.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchills-crusted-port-bottled-2006127 1952799326296 Churchill's Port Churchill's Crusted Port is even closer in style to Vintage Port than their traditional LBV. It presents a dense, concentrated wine for far less than the price of a Vintage Port. (19.5% ABV - 2006)Crusted Port is a style of wine that was invented by English wine merchants when port was still being shipped in bulk and blended to their specification. It ceased to exist as soon as bulk shipments were stopped. There followed almost a decade before the Portuguese authorities reinstated Crusted port as a special category.Churchill's Crusted Port is made up of the very best wines from two or sometimes three different harvests. It is kept in wood for up to two years and then bottled for further maturation. As this blend is not subject to any fining or filtration it continues to develop and mature in bottle. Given sufficient time, it throws a thick sediment, otherwise called a Crust from which it derives its name. Churchill's Crusted, bottled in 2006 and aged in bottle in their cellars for a minimum of 3 years, is a full bodied port which has acquired the rich mellowness and distinctive nose usually associated with mature Vintage Port. It can be consumed now or laid down for a few more years. The wine is sealed with a driven cork allowing it to breathe and the bottle to be stored lying down.Care needs to be taken not to disturb the crust. When the bottle is taken from the horizontal position, it is best to leave it standing upright for a period of 24 hours prior to decanting.In his tasting notes the wine maker, Johnny Graham, writes " This Port Wine has a rich garnet colour with a violet hue. Fresh resinous notes on the aroma. Complex and elegant on the palate, combining cherry flavours with dark chocolate notes in a well balanced finish." Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Deep Purple Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Tinta Francisca Portugal Churchill's Estate Bottled 2006 Contains Sulphites Shoreline 2019 Lyme Bay 14.49 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/shoreline-201614 1952796639320 Lyme Bay Winery A wine for seafood, deliciously fresh and crisp with subtle notes of citrus fruits on the palate. Recently tasted with : brown shrimps, parsley, creme fraiche and spaghetti with buttery asparagus. A perfect combination. Varietals: Bacchus, Pinot Blanc &and Seyval BlancThe Sommelier Wine Awards is put together by Imbibe Magazine and is solely focused around the On Trade (and is indeed voted for by Sommeliers). this is what they said about the 2015: Wonderfully expressive, this cool fermented Bacchus/Seyval Blanc/Pinot Noir blend caught the panel's imagination. 'Peach and snowfruit on the nose, with a good, zesty palate attack,' said The Clove Club's Sam Heathcote, adding: 'The slightly saline finish makes it a great food wine.' Meanwhile Tomasz Kuszneruk of Plateau Restaurant found the 'jasmine, grassy, citrusy, white chalk' aromas of this wine attractive, also noting an 'almost spritzy palate of good minerality and fresh, summertime character'.  Drink Now Chicken, Smoked Meats, Garlic Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Bacchus, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Blanc Lyme Bay, Devon Lyme Bay Winery 2019 Contains Sulphites Chalk Hill Seyval Blanc 2015, A'Becketts Vineyard, Wiltshire 11.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chalk-hill-seyval-blanc-201412 1952796475480 A'Becketts Vineyard A quintessentially English, crisp, dry white. Light-bodied with delicate notes of green apple and poached pears and a zesty lime freshness on the lively finish.  Drink Now Aperitif, light fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Green Seyval Blanc Kent, UK A'Becketts Vineyard 2015 Contains Sulphites Chateau Cardaillan 2014, Graves 20.57 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-cardaillan8 1952796278872 Chateau Cardaillan Elegant and fresh, with soft and silky tannins. Plump wine with flavours of red berries and a touch of roasted coffee beans on the finish.40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot12 months in stainless steel (40%) and barrels (60%), with 20% in new oak, followed by 6 months in stainless steel. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Steak, Charcuterie, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Graves Chateau Cardaillan 2014 Contains Sulphites Pinot Grigio St Michael Eppan 2018 18.31 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-grigio-st-michael-eppan5 1952795951192 San Michele Appiano Founded in 1909 and named after the village where it is located, the San Michele Appiano winery was the first cooperative to win the Gambero Rosso's prestigious 'WINERY OF THE YEAR' award in 2000. The award recognised the hard work and talent that winemaker Hans Terzer has applied over the last 24 years.He has consistently produced wines which have been recognised by critics as exceptional.Hand harvested grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The result is a typical South Tyrolean wine with excellent acidity, balance &and structure. It has a lightly smokey fruit and great purity of flavour.This is one of the best Pinot Grigios that you will find; the difference in flavour and depth is amazing, so worth spending a few pounds more. Often appears in Matthew Jukes top 250 wines (see 2004) "This wine is terrific, loaded with intense apple and pear fruit, and oodles of thirst quenching acidity. It's the perfect pre-dinner glugger or relaxed lunchtime wine". Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Grigio Alto Adige, Italy San Michele Appiano 2018 Contains Sulphates Inurrieta Norte 2018 11.62 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/inurrieta-norte15 1952795754584 Bodega Inurrieta This wine was made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and aged for 5 months in oak. It is an intense, bright ruby-red wine, with ripe aromas of black fruit, blackberries and blueberries, underscored by light smoky hints. Long, ample and full of flavours with round, very ripe tannins. Drinkable in the short- and mid-term.A family Bodega founded in 2001, which owns 230 hectares of vineyards, thus guaranteeing absolute control over the winemaking process. The winery covers 6,500 m2. It has been designed following the most modern operational criteria. It has a capacity of four million litres of wine and 2,200 casks made of either French or American oak. Its production is about 1,400,000 bottles a year.Although it is a recently-created bodega, the most influential critics have already praised the superior quality of the wines of Bodega Inurrieta. This is backed by the numerous awards it has received and the excellent scores its wines have been given in the most prestigious guides.It is Bodega Inurrieta's intention to attract wine lovers and, in general, all those people who would like to obtain an inside look at how wine is made. To this purpose, it has a programme of visits and a Cask Club for all those who would like to acquire a whole cask of the limited selection that will not be put on the market. 2017 14.5% abv. Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah Navarra, Spain Bodegas Inurrieta 2018 Contains Sulphites Giro Ribot Cava, Brut NV 11.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/giro-ribot-brut297 1952790315096 Giro Ribot Fresh notes on the nose emphasise the youth of this Cava with reminders of flowers together with gentle touches of white fleshed fruits and biscuit undertones. Fresh, with excellent balance of acidity and sweetness. On the palate it is rich, with floral undertones and flavours of cream filled pastries. A long and persistent after-taste.50 % Macabeo, 30 % Xarelúlo, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Parellada. Bottle ageing : 12 - 15 months. Sugars: 10 g/l 12.0% abv.Gir¢ Ribot is Spain's pre-eminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The winery is located in Santa Fe del PenedŠs, in the heart of the Penedes. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Macabeo, Xarelulo, Chardonnay, Parellada Penedes, Spain Giro Ribot NV Contains Sulphites Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2019 16.03 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nautilus-sauvignon-blanc21 1952789790808 Nautilus Estate The Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc is intensely aromatic and complex on the nose displaying multi-layered characters of fresh basil, mint and coriander with subtle notes of mandarin peel. A mouth-watering yet smoothly integrated palate reveals notes of passion fruit, papaya and a strong textural component. (2018 - 13% abv)We are a small, family-owned winery based in the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand. We aim to craft delicious, food-friendly wines from the clean, cool and diverse valleys of Marlborough.The striking Nautilus shell - its shape expressing natural beauty and mathematical perfection - is our inspiration to create a collection of expressive, textural, precisely crafted wines. Our energetic and innovative viticultural and winemaking team takes the approach of blending several different fruit parcels to achieve layers of complexity in the wines, focusing on their texture and mouth-feel. Our state-of-the-art but small-scale winemaking facilities give them the tools to achieve this. Whilst Nautilus wines can easily be enjoyed on their own, we believe they are even better when paired with delicious food and the philosophy of creating food-friendly wines is paramount for winemaker Clive Jones.  Drink Now Aperitif, Shellfish Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Sauvignon Blanc South Island, New Zealand Nautilus Estate 2019 Contains Sulphites Cava Rosado NV, Giro Ribot 10.61 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cava-rosado-giro-ribot2 1952788217944 Giro Ribot Very bright, attractive, cherry pink color with well-developed small and constant bubbles. Exuberant fruity aroma dominated with intense notes of fresh red fruits On the palate this cava explodes with juicy red fruit flavors. Rich, lively and well-balanced. Lingering and pleasant after taste with elegant carbonic finish.85% Trepat, 15% Pinot Noir. Bottle ageing: 12-20 months. Sugars: 10 g/l.Giro Ribot is Spain's preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The winery is located in Santa Fe del PenedŠs, in the heart of the Penedes. Drink Now Aperitif, Spicy Food Dry Medium Bodied Ripe Strawberry Trepat, Pinot Noir Penedes, Spain Giro Ribot NV Contains Sulphitestrong> Cote De Brouilly 2014 Les Empreintes, Domaine Duport 18.92 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cote-de-brouilly-2012-les-empreintes18 1952787857496 Domaine Duport A deep coloured wine built for long-term and has fabulous depth and structure, developing well over three-five years in the bottle.In his mid-thirties, Julien Duport is one of the new generation of hugely talented young growers who are determined to bring the Beaujolais region back to its former glory. He took over his familys vineyards in 2003 and has worked tirelessly to re-structure them; grass-cover is now the norm and all parcels are ploughed, whatever the gradient of the hillside vineyards.The Cote de Brouilly les Empreintes comes from 0.8ha of vines in the lieu-dit of Brouilly, planted on sandy-granite schist and pruned using the double cordon method. The vines in this parcel are over 60 years old and the slopes are steep and almost impossible to be mechanised. In the cellars, all wines are vinified parcel by parcel, in 60 hectolitre concrete vats, for an average of 15-18 days, using a system of grills to keep the cap immersed in the juice. Minimum intervention is the order of the day, with indigenous yeasts used and no filtration, This cuvee undergoes an elevage in one year old oak barrels for 12 months. Drink now, Lamb, Pork, Ham, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied dark plum Gamay Brouilly, France Domaine Julien Duport 2014 Contains Sulphites Terrasses De Baalbeck 2017 Massaya 24.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/terrasses-de-baalbeck-2012-new-wine110 1952784908376 Massaya The blend: 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 15% Syrah. This new wine replaces the Silver red. The name relates to the vineyards that Massaya has developed in the foothills of Mount Lebanon in the Hadath Baalbeck area, overlooking Baalbeck and its Roman temple to Bacchus. The altitude here is more than 1,000 metres above sea level. The soil is chalky clay. The vines are 20 years old on average.The hand-picked grapes are sorted on tables and fully destemmed. The grapes are vinified for 20-30 days in temperature-controlled oak vats, and the wine was matured in oak foudres for 20-22 months before being bottled.The Ghosn brothers, Sami and Ramzi, were determined to realize their dream by bringing to life great wines at their Tana‹l Property. To do this they decided to bring in priceless know-how to one of the world?s oldest wine producing regions.On 27 May, 1998, a partnership was formed with an ambition to produce a world class Lebanese wine in the Bekaa Valley. It brought together The Ghosn brothers - Sami and Ramzi - and Dominique H‚brard, owner of Chateau Trianon (and previous owner of Ch Cheval Blanc) and the Brunier brothers, Daniel and Fr‚d‚ric, co-proprietor at Le Vieux Telegraphe. The new wine was to have a limited annual production and it was to be called Massaya, named after the time of day when twilight sets on the vineyard and the sky turns purple as the sun sets behind Mount-Lebanon.This prestigious Franco-Lebanese collaboration has united great men of wine and created optimum conditions for making great wine, taking advantage of the exceptional soil in the Bekaa.The vineyards of the Tana‹l Estate are located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley, where the slopes are protected by Mount Lebanon and the Anti -Lebanon mountains. Free of frost and disease, the Bekaa Valley enjoys a unique climate with long gentle summers, wet winters and an average temperature of 25 degrees that is perfect for viticulture. Drink Now Game, Cassoulet Dry Medium Bodied Dense Bramble Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Massaya 2017 Contains Sulphites Rioja Blanco Seco Cvne Barrel-Fermented 2018 12.33 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rioja-blanco-seco-cvne-barrel-fermented13 1952784285784 CVNE Classic White Rioja, full bodied and dry, with a crisp fruitiness and a good dollop of creamy vanilla oak. The Monopole Blanco is a barrel-fermented white Rioja, a style which was pioneered by CVNE's winemaker, Basilio Izquierdo, combining the classical use of American oak with the intense fruity flavours and refreshing acidity of the Viura and Malvasia varieties.The Compa¤ia Vinicola del Norte de Espa¤a (or, as it is better known, CVNE) opened its œ12 million winery in Haro in 1992 and it is still probably one of the most modern and best equipped in Europe. This high-profile, quality orientated firm was established in 1879 and, today, is run by direct fourth generation descendants. CVNE, still very much a traditional-style bodega, own over 1000 acres of their own vines in both the Rioja Alta and Alavesa which supplies over 65% of their overall needs. Drink Now Aperitif,Smoked Meat, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Pale Gold Viura, Malvasia Rioja, Spain CVNE 2018 Contains Sulphites Cote Roannaise Eclat De Granite 2016 14.39 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cote-roannaise-eclat-de-granite9 1952783827032 Domaine Robert Serol Bursting with rich, ripe velvety fruit. A deliciously pure, fresh and aromatic red. Bright raspberry flavours on the palate with an underlying complexity makes this an outstanding wine; it is bursting with earthy sweet characters, a good burst of acidity and has an intensely long finish. (2016 12% abv)From a virtually unknown (in the UK anyway) region in the Southern Loire, this is absolutely superb Old Vine Gamay, with all the elegance and finesse of a top notch cru Beaujolais without the price tag!With 21 hectares of Gamay, Robert Serol is one of the largest producers in the small Cote Roannaise appellation with its total of around 220 hectares of vines. Planted on granite soils, this is a considerable increase on 1990 when there were only some 60 hectares in production. Like most of the wine regions of France the current area under vine is only a small vestige of the production just prior to the arrival of phylloxera in the late 19th century. In 1788 there were 4800 ha in the Haute-Loire department with 7349 ha in 1880-1889 decade marking the high point but never anything like as significant as the neighbouring Puy-de-D“me department 34,293 ha planted in the same decade.The Cote Roannaise vineyards are mainly planted on the lower foothills of the Monts de la Madeleine that rise up steeply from the Loire Valley. Prior to promotion from VDQS status to AC in 1994, this was called the Cotes Roannaises as there were vines to the east of Roanne. The appellation is now confined to 14 communes to the west of Roanne from La Pacaudiere in the north to Bully in the south. However, the main vineyards lie either side of the North-South D8 road centred on the small market town of Renaison. Gamay is the only permitted variety for the appellation. Renaison is only just over 70 kilometres by road from Quincie-en-Beaujolais in the heart of the Beaujolais and probably around 60 km in a direct line.Unusually for the Upper Loire the Cote Roannaise has no cooperative unlike the Cotes de Forez and Saint-Pourtain where the coops are the dominant force. In the Cotes d'Auvergne the Cave Saint-Verny is a significant player.The Serol domaine, which has vines in the communes of Renaison, Saint-Haon and Saint-Andre, is now run by Stephane and Carine but it was Robert Serol, Stephane's father, who really established the domaine. Although the Serol family have been involved in viticulture and wine since 1700, it was Robert who in 1970 first bottled their wine. At that time they had two hectares of vines. Doubtless Robert's association with Pierre Troisgros, the famous chef of Roanne's three star Michelin Troisgros restaurant, helped and has made this domaine probably the best known of the appellation. There is a special cuvee  Cuvee Troisgros that is selected for the restaurant from the oldest vines as well as a small parcel of old vines (1.89 ha) that is now in conversion to organic viticulture. The oldest vines here are 90 years old. Next to these vines Stephane has recently planted some Viognier that will give their first crop this year.With the exception of the Troisgros parcel, the vineyard culture follows la lutte raisonnee (Terra Vitis). They use a mix of grassing over and contact weedkiller but no insecticides and Bordeaux mixture (copper sulphate) to control fungal diseases like mildew. Everything is is hand harvested and in their well-equipped winery there is a mix of cement and stainless steel vats. About 90% of their reds are made using semi-carbonic fermentation. Generally cultured yeasts are used but the Serols have a new wine called Incorruptible, which is fermented using indigenous yeasts.  Drink now Cheese, Beef, Lamb Dry Medium Bodied dark berry Gamay Cote Roannaise, France Domaine Robert Serol 2016 Contains Sulphites 330Ml: Powderkeg Cut Loose Beer 4.7% Abv 2.67 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/330ml-powderkeg-cut-loose-beer-4-7-percent-abv32 1952783007832 Powderkeg Brewery We love beer unashamedly. Not only because it tastes fantastic, but because it can bring such happiness. It brings people together to cut loose, have a good time and put the world to rights. It has been a source of refreshment and nourishment since ancient times and has inspired countless artists and great thinkers. It has fuelled rebellions and shaped British culture.Cut Loose is a traditional pilsner pepped up with a touch of the Motueka hop from New Zealand. The result is a dry, satisfying lager with invigorating citric fruitiness, made for carefree capers.Winner 'Best Lager - IWSC Beer Awards 2016. Drink NowPloughmans, Curry, SausagesDryLightBeerHopsWoodbury Salterton, DevonPowderkegNVN/A Amontillado Medium Sherry - Delgado Zuleta 10.92 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/amontillado-medium-sherry-delgado-zuleta23 1952782385240 Bodegas Delgado Zuleta Wonderful, intensely complex Amontillado. Medium dry. concentrated, salty, nutty flavours are the result of long ageing in one of Delgado Zuleta's amazing old soleras, within sight of the sea. (17% abv)Delgado-Zuleta are one of the oldest surviving family run businesses in Sanlucar having started in 1744 and they are dedicated to producing a quality product which, while it maintains their tradition of using the best materials and value for money also takes into account modern vinification and production methods, enables this old firm to still be at the forefront of Sherry production today. Drink Now Aperitif Medium Dry Medium Bodied Sherry Palomino Sanlucar de Barramdeda Bodegas Delgado Zuleta NV Contains Sulphites Glenfarclas 12 Year Old, Highland 43.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/glenfarclas-15-year-old0 1952781140056 Glenfarclas Distillery A straw-gold , delicately light, sweet and malty, leaving a long slightly spicy finish.The story of Glenfarclas Distillery, established in 1836, is as rich and colourful as the great Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky itself. It is the story of one Scottish family, the Grants, who since 1865 have been united by a single vision ? the creation of the perfect malt whisky, the ultimate taste of Scotland.My great-great grandfather, John Grant, born in 1805 at the family farm of Lynbeg in the heart of Speyside, purchased Glenfarclas Distillery for the princely sum of œ511.19s.0d on the 8th of June 1865." John LS GrantTo this day,Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled and matured at the family owned and run distillery, which remains independent. Their multi-award winning Glenfarclas Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky continues to impress the tasting panels at both national and international competitions, year after year. Confirming the words of a great rival distiller in 1912, ?of all the whiskies malt is king ? of all the kings Glenfarclas reigns supreme?. Negroamaro Eloveni 2018 15.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/negroamaro-eloveni0 1952780910680 Leone di Castris Pure Negroamaro, characteristically very deep brilliant red in colour. The nose has hints of clove, liquorices and plum. On the palate it is fresh, smooth and pulpy. Serve cool. 100% Negroamaro. (13.5% abv - 2015)The Leone de Castris winery is based in Salice Salentino and is an intrinsic part of the history of wine-making in the Southern Italian region of Puglia. The estate was founded in 1665 by Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos. After being enchanted by the landscape of Puglia he decided to sell all his properties in Spain, and dedicated himself to making great wine from the rich terroir of Salento. He began by planting new vines, olive trees and wheat on the 5,000 hectares of property which spanned Salice, Guagnano, Veglie, Villa Baldassarri, Novoli and San Pancrazio. 'Five Roses', the now famous rosǸ made by Leone de Castris, was first produced in 1943, and was the first rosato to be bottled in Italy. Its name comes from a 'contrada', belonging to the family, so called, because for several generations each de Castris had five children. During the 1960s, the direction of the company was in the hands of Cavaliere del Lavoro Salvatore Leone de Castris, and thanks to his efforts the winery developed both locally and internationally. The philosophy of continuous improvement is now driven on by his son, Piernicola Leone de Castris, who has been Managing Director since the late 1990s. Leone de Castris have always been pioneers in spreading the richness of Salento's viticulture all over the world. They have 350 years of history looking towards the future. Drink Now Grilled Meat, Game, Hard Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Negroamaro Puglia, Italy Leone de Castris 2018 Contains Sulphites Clos Floridene Blanc 2018, Graves 25.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/clos-floridene-blanc-201248 1952779501656 Clos Floridene Denis Dubourdieu (Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University) is one of the world's authorities on white wine making. Purchased in 1982 by Denis and his wife, Florence (hence the name!), the white wine sector of the estate now accounts for 14.7 hectares. With the bulk of the vineyard situated on the calcareous plateau of Pujols sur Ciron, in the Graves, it is ideal for Sauvignon and Semillon. This is the white Graves that many Bordeaux 'insiders' drink and we have followed it for over 15 years. Unlike some of the 2012 dry white Graves, which tend to lack freshness and balance, the Clos Floridene has great depth, poise and minerality with exciting white flower aromas and a piercingly refreshing fruit. [Drink: 2019-2022] CCNPThis 21-hectare property is situated at Pujols-sur-Ciron near Barsac but in the Graves appellation and is owned by Florence and Denis Dubourdieu (hence the name!). We have always admired the tremendous dry white wines made by Dubourdieu who is Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux and who is largely credited with the development of cold fermentation techniques in white wines to develop their aromatics and overall complexity. Of the 14 hectares of white wines, 50% are Semillon, 40% are Sauvignon and 10% are Muscadelle. Drink Now  Rich Fish Dishes, Creamy Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle Graves Clos Floridene 2018 Contains Sulphites Moulin-A-Vent Les Vignes De Tremblay 2018, Domaine Janin 18.36 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/moulin-a-vent-les-vignes-de-tremblay22 1952779370584 Domaine Paul Janin The two wines that we ship from the Janins are very different. The Les Vignes du Tremblay is sourced from 4« hectares of vines (whose age is between 25 and 80 years old) grown on sand-dominated soils in les Greneriers, Burdelines, Champ du Cour, Perelles and Brusellions. The 2018 yields were 29hl./ha. and this intense, rich and powerful Moulin saw 8 months ‚levage in old 45hl. foudres. It has an intensity and succulence of blackberry, plum and cassis flavours, intertwined with a floral backdrop. There is a tension, minerality and purity in the wine which ensures a remarkable balance.The Janins 8 hectare domaine was established in the early 1930's, when Eric Janins grandfather bought two hectares of vines in the remarkable terroir of le Tremblay (nowadays, known as les Burdelines). Paul, Erics father, added further parcels in the 1960?s, situated in the lieux-dits of Greneriers, Champ du Cour, Perelles and Brusellions. In 2013, the Janins purchased a small old-vine parcel of 60 year-old vines in the high-altitude les Caves lieu-dit. It is this mosaic of different terroirs that make the Janins wines so complex and interesting. Eric Janins philosophy is to let the soil talk through his wines?. Although not certified organic, his work in the vineyards is based on the principle of restoring the soil to its natural balance, allowing the flora and fauna to re-establish itself. Over the past ten years, the soil has been worked by hand and nearly all treatments and fertilisers have been organically based. Eric?s vinifications are traditional, with whole-bunch, open vat fermentation for 12-15 days, with regular pigeages and pump-overs. The blending of the individual terroirs takes place after the malolactic fermentation and the wines are aged in old foudres.  Drink Now Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Beaujolais, France Domaine Paul Janin et Fils 2018 Contains Sulphites 50cl: Coteaux d'Aix Provence Rose 2019, Chateau la Coste 13.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-coteaux-daix-provence-rose-2019-chateau-la-coste12 4912026058840 Chateau La Coste Château La Coste is a dramatically beautiful estate, situated 16km north of Aix en Provence with fine views of the Luberon mountains and the snow-capped Alps beyond. The property has been organic since 2009 and follows strict biodynamic principles to preserve the terroir and to safeguard the essence of the soil. The state of the art cuverie, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, is hugely impressive and symbolic of the acute attention to detail of everything at Château La Coste.It is also home to an extraordinary art collection, boutique hotel and highly regarded restaurants. However, it is the vines and the vignerons that take centre stage and are the beating pulse of this special place.Their flagship Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rosé (Grenache and Syrah) is refined and elegant and is supported by Les Pentes Douces cuvées in red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah) and white (Rolle, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc). Vidiano 2019, Lyrarakis, Crete 13.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vidiano-2019-lyrarakis-crete28 4829260578904 Lyrarakis Lyrarakis Vidiano 2019  This is bright and lively with a crisp citrus fruit base and some notes of white peach and a touch of spice. Has a grapefruit flourish on the end. Nice precision to this wine. Crisp, dry and satisfying. 89/100 Jamie Goode reviewVidiano has a pale yellow colour. Aromas of apricot and citrus with hints of blooming herbs reveal the rich varietal character of vidiano. The mouthfeel is velvety and full of texture with a strong presence of ripe fruit and minerality in the aftertaste.The Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer 2019, Robertson 12.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/neethlingshof-gewurztraminer-2019-robertson10 4780391039064 Neethlingshof Winery Crystal clear with a background of luminous green and a bouquet of Turkish Delight, rose petals and hints of jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate offers an initial sweetness with spicy flavours, lush ripe lychee and kiwi fruits and a wonderfully long finish. Zesty and vibrant in its youth, this wine has an enviable reputation of 'ripening' exquisitely as it develops in complexity with cellaring for up to 5 years - and even longer for those who enjoy the subtleties of mature wines.  Magnum: Mas De Daumas Red 2015, Gassac 67.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-mas-de-daumas-red-2013-gassac3 4769663582296 Mas de Daumas Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2015 Vintage:Samuel Guibert writes as follows: "Aimé Guibert used to say "Nature never repeats itself! Each year is quite unique!" The 2015 vintage is unique - in more ways than one … as it will never be forgotten in Daumas Gassac history, marking as it does the life of a man, a vigneron and his domaine. This is our thirty-eighth vintage that we have vinified and it is the last vintage seen by Aimé Guibert, who will go down in history as the founding father of Mas de Daumas Gassac, and the pioneer of fine wine in our region since the first vintage in 1978. Although it's fifteen years since he passed responsibility over to me and taught me the art of vinifying Gassac wines, my father's watchful eye has always been there … Today, I feel a certain emotion as I hold up a shimmering glass of 2015, my eye full of a lovely ruby red, whose highlights remind me of two historic years - 1978 and 2000. This vintage is majestic, with deliciously complex fruit and great body. In the mouth the finesse of the tannins stands out, as the perfect balance between strength and elegance. A truly royal treat! The 2015 is a timeless vintage. Drink it while it's young to relish its elegant fruitiness, or put it down, knowing that in 7 or 15 years this wine will be truly superb, classy and complex. So I lift my glass to toast a man who, wherever he is, will continue to keep a watch over his vines and his barrels - thank you and bon voyage Aimé Guibert!"As for Veronique Guibert de la Vaissiere, she's an ethnologist, specialising in Ireland. Of their five children, three  Samuel, Gael and Roman - have been working in the Domaine and managing it since 2000.Much of the incredible complexity of Daumas Gassac wines stems from the perfumes of the rich Mediterranean wild plants and herbs that surround the clearings : bay, thyme, rosemary, lavender, laburnum, fennel, wild mint, lentisc, strawberry trees.80% Cabernet Sauvignon + 20% rare grape varieties. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Cabernet Sauvignon plus 20% Rare Varities Languedoc Roussillon, France Mas de Daumas Gassac 2015 Contains Sulphites Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2019 11.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/villa-wolf-gewurztraminer-20196 4681310863448 Villa Wolf Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer is clean, fruity and wonderfully light on its feet, showing off the aromatic charm of the variety without being heavy or ponderous. It has a deliciously juicy texture and a delightfully delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses. It’s very refreshing to drink on its own and makes a perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian cuisine.   Drink now Asian Food, Salmon, Aperitif Dry Light/Medium bodied Pale Gold Gewurztraminer Rheinpfalz Villa Wolf 2019 contains sulphites   Batard Montrachet Grand Cru 2013, Jean-Marc Morey 129.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-batard-montrachet-grand-cru-2009-jean-marc-morey17 4669689593944 Domaine Jean-Marc Morey This Grand Cru white Burgundy is from the very top of the tree in quality terms. Made in totally miniscule quantities (Jean-Marc shares a few rows with his brother Bernard which they both inherited from their father, Albert). He manages to make about 3 barrels in an ordinary harvest. Wonderful wine.Jean-Marc, now ably assisted by his daughter, Caroline, is really back on form. After a run of tragedies in the early 1990’s (when he lost his wife to a tragic illness and, shortly after, an old friend and employee was killed in a tractor accident) Jean-Marc has rebuilt his life and has re-emerged as one of the leading lights in the village of Chassagne. Using only indigenous yeasts for the fermentation, maximum lees-contact prior to the first racking, 15% new oak casks and, above all, early bottling in September, this father and daughter team have managed to achieve a range of whites that exhibit a purity of rich fruit (coupled with a mouth-tingling freshness) that is rare to find. Extraordinary. Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Vasse Felix 18.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/filius-cabernet-sauvignon-2014-vasse-felix6 4662942597208 Vasse Felix ‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. This regional blend incorporates more delicate fruit from each of the Vasse Felix Vineyards.Blackcurrant and dark cherry perfumes are complemented by savoury notes of miso, mushroom, dried oregano and forest twigs. Underlying hints of charry, spicy oak round out the lovely aroma. PALATE Tangy, bright black cherry fruit arrives on a pure, polished stone texture. This builds to a long, dry finish with lingering black forest cake flavours. Half Bottle: Chateau de Myrat 2010 20.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-de-myrat-201138 4648418869336 Chateau de Myrat 2eme Cru Classé BarsacThe de Pontacs' have produced another stunning wine in 2010. Myrat has been punching above its weight since their spectacular 2003 vintage and this is their finest wine ever produced. It is extraordinarily concentrated with an almost exotic tropical fruit explosion on the palate but with a scintillating freshness derived from its high acidity - a particular characteristic of the best Barsacs this year, due to the high content of chalk in the appellation's soils. Finishes on a full-blown apricot and honey creaminess with a hint of nutmeg. 14% alc. and 150g/l residual sugar . [Drink: 2016-2025] CCNPWonderful wine in 2011 showing tremendous balance between honeyed, peachy intensity and fresh vibrant acidity. In spite of the wine's power it shows considerable elegance. Will drink well early but also reward keeping for 5 to 10 years. Drink 2013 to 2022. JREChâteau de Myrat is on a raised plateau in Barsac. The property has a total area of 30 hectares, of which 8 hectares is a park. The soil is typical of Barsac, with significant deposits of lime and clay. 88% Semillon, 8% Sauvignon and 4% Muscadelle. The Admiral, Navy Strength Gin 57%, Papillon Gin Distillery 44.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/the-admiral-navy-strength-gin-57-dartmoor-distillery4 4633825771608 Papillon Gin Distilled with 18 botanicals including Dartmoor flavours of fresh gorse flowers picked on the moor, rowan and hawthorn berries, nettles and navelwort.Named for the Red Admiral butterfly, a regular garden visitor on Dartmoor that feeds on nettles.Taste: Smooth, sophisticated flavour. Fresh lemon and lime peel and flesh give it a citrus start, nutmeg and cardamom give subtle spice notes, gorse and chamomile add a floral touch, and the nettles and navelwort provide a clean finish.Serve: We would recommend a single measure, over ice, with a premium tonic water and a small slice of lemon or lime peel.Salute the Admiral Half Bottle: Chateau La Passonne 2017, Cadillac 6.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-la-passonne-cadillac72 4610637135960 Chateau La Passonne A delicious Merlot dominated, modern-style 'claret' with an easy, ripe fruitiness, which makes it approachable and food friendly.Situated in the commune of Cadillac, on the opposite bank of the Garonne to the Graves and Sauternes, this Premières Côtes de Bordeaux has been something of a find. Made by Michel Bonot and Louis-Michel Muyst, of Château Carbon d'Artigues, in the Graves, this is an outstanding claret with plenty of easy, succulent fruit, a good structure provided by very soft, ripe tannins and a long finish. It shows you that even cheaper red Bordeaux can provide some terrific drinking if carefully made by passionate artisan-craftsmen. Merlot 60%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 35%, Cabernet Franc 5% Half Bottle: Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2018, Pinson 18.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chablis-1er-cru-mont-de-milieu-2018-pinson56 4607126732888 Domaine Pinson Acacia and lime on the bouquet with a hint of spice. An incredibly powerful Pinson offering with terrific concentration of vibrant, racy fruit and that tell-tale Pinson minerality. Outstanding.Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most ‘senior’ estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.The Pinson brothers’ grandfather, Louis, established the estate’s pedigree in the late 1940’s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work).The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region. These are world-class wines which benefit a sensible amount of ageing before being released. Half Bottle: Chateau Clinet 2011 41.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-clinet-201135 4602074497112 Chateau Clinet PomerolIt is impossible to overstate what is being done here to improve quality and re-instate this brilliant terroir into the premier league of Pomerol."Under proprietor Ronan Laborde, Clinet has returned to the high quality witnessed in 1989 and 1990 under the helmsmanship of the late Jean-Michel Arcaute. Made from a final blend of 85% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc that hit 14% natural alcohol, the inky, opaque purple-colored 2011 exhibits notes of blackberries, blueberries, espresso roast and subtle oak. Full-bodied, layered, opulent and flamboyant for a 2011, with loads of concentration and glycerin as well as a long finish, this is one of the most impressive wines of the vintage. It should drink well for two decades." (92-94 POINTS) Robert ParkerWith a perfect 100 point 2009 vintage and a spellbindingly good 2010, Ronan Laborde is continuing this run of success by once again producing "one of the most impressive wines of the vintage" (Parker). Clinet is at the the summit of the Pomerol plateau on the Gûnz gravel which is where all the appellation's greatest wines are to be found. Clinet wines are nearly always rich and powerful with good dep colours and persitance on the palate. Chateau Brane Cantenac 2011 (HALVES), Margaux Grand Cru Classé 30.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chateau-brane-cantenac-201112 4602058211416 Chateau Brane Cantenac Half BottleGrand Cru Classé, MargauxBrane Cantenac is considered the best vineyard in the commune of Catenac and until 1833 was known as Château Gorce. In that year, it was bought by Baron de Brane who sold his other château, Brane Mouton (later to become Mouton Rothschild) in order to devote all his energies to Brane Cantenac. Today, Henri Lurton is in charge and his family have been involved since 1925.The Estate has 90 hectares (222 acres) of vineyards comprised of a deep gravely soil that drains tremedously well, stresses the vines and promotes deep root growth and also provides trace minerals that add complexity to the taste of the wine. The vineyard is planted with a density of vines ranging from 6600 to 8000 vines per hectare Grape variety: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Average age of vines: 35 years.Modern vinification techniques including temperature-controlled fermentation and pumping-over with the wine being aged in barrels for 16-20 months before bottling.The wines from Brane-Cantenac are admired for the very forward, minty, apple character which makes them accessible 5-6 years after bottling.2001: Rich, open nose showing ripe fruit and some minerality. There’s great balance here between the fruit and the minerals on the palate and there’s some tannic structure evident. An elegant, serious example of Margaux. Excellent. Les Pends Rouge 2014, Crozes Hermitage, Domaine des Entrefaux 24.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/les-pends-rouge-2014-crozes-hermitage-domaine-des-entrefau17 4597712027736 Domaine des Entrefaux The ebullient and energetic François Tardy has been running this important domaine on his own since his father's (Charles) retirement in 2001. François is, unquestionably, making some of the most exciting red and white wines to be found in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. A large part (80%) of the domaine’s vines are situated on the stony hillsides known as 'Les Chassis'. In 2003, François started the long process of converting the estate to organic production and he achieved certification with the 2012   vintage. All harvesting is carried out manually and very low doses of sulphur are used.  Vine treatments include infusions, composts and cover crops to cultivate healthy microorganisms in the soil and to serve as natural fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.Les Pends is a  top lieu-dit situated on a steep rocky hillside in Mercurol, producing (at 30hl/ha) wines of great intensity and character. The wine is fermented for 3 weeks and then aged in oak barrels between one and four years’ old. Verdejo Rueda 2019 Palacio Bornos 12.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/verdejo-rueda-2018-palacio-bornos31 4592385884248 Palacio de Bornos A ripe, crisp and aromatic white from the Verdejo grape which is the pride and joy of the Rueda region of Spain. Orange peel and blossom aromas with stony mineral citrus flavours and a touch of spice. The perfect wine with oily fish; try with Mackerel and sardines, beautiful! (2019 - 13.5% abv)We feel that Rueda, tucked away in the central north-western corner of Spain, in the province of Valladolid, is producing some of this country’s most interesting ‘new wave’ whites. Not long ago, it was infamous for its heavy, oxidised and flabby whites but is now producing some delicious, early drinking wines with open fruit flavours and a refreshing crispness. The Sanz family at la Castilla Vieja have been leading the way when it comes to the development of top-flight whites from the region, having pioneered night-time harvesting and developed an environmentally friendly way of getting rid of Rueda’s biggest pest, the yellow spider.From cool-climate vineyards situated about 900 metres above sea-level, the new generation of wine-makers at la Castilla Vieja have introduced the wonderful Joven Verdejo (infact at 90% Verdejo and 10% Viura blend) which combines an amazing rich, ripe fruitiness with a brilliant balancing acidity. Revolution Tannat 2018 Vina Progreso 16.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/revolution-tannat-2018-vina-progreso8 4582406324312 Vina Progreso Tannat was introduced to Uruguay by Basque settlers in 1870, soon becoming the national grape. It has adapted perfectly to a challenging array of local conditions, producing dark, often powerful wines capable of extended ageing and complexity. Taming the tannins and producing soft, juicy, approachable wines such as this one is no easy task but in the right hands – Gabriel Pisano’s in this case – and with beautifully ripened fruit, Tannat doesn’t require a knife and fork to unveil its lovely dark secrets. This wine is part of the modern Uruguayan wine revolution; delicious upon release but happy to sit quietly in a cupboard for five years Gavi di Gavi Poggio del Tiglio 2019 19.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gavi-di-gavi-poggio-del-tiglio-20180 4579020046424 Guido Mazzarello D.O.C.G.Guido Mazzarello, Piedmont, ItalyPale yellow in colour with green tints. Intensely fruity on the nose with notes of peaches and apricots. Fresh and pleasant on the palate, full and rich with a persistent finish. This is a classic white wine from Piedmont. The Cortese grapes are harvested and immediately vinified in the last weeks of September/early weeks of October. The must is immediately separated from the skins by very gentle pressing. The juice so obtained, after cold static clarification, is then fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 16 to 18 degrees for 7 to 8 days. The wine then remains in tank for clarification, stabilisation &and filtration. The wine is then bottled and released 3 to 4 months later. Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs 35.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/veuve-fourny-blanc-de-blancs8 4574872109144 Champagne Veuve Fourny This is a very elegant Blanc de Blancs with a delicate freshness and creamy texture on the palate. It is very fine indeed.The vineyards of the House Vve Fourny are located in the most prestigious area of Champagne, the "Côte des Blancs", near Epernay, mostly planted with Chardonnay. This variety is the most sought-after for producing "Grandes Cuvées". The Fourny family are passionate about producing rich wines which are as true to their terroir as possible. They deliberately restrict yields to achieve this aim and their vines average 35 years. They only use chemical treatments where absolutely necessary preferring as organic approach to their viticulture as possible. Only the cuvée (first pressings),which are sweet and rich in acidity, is kept by the House Vve Fourny et Fils. The "tailles" (second pressings) are discarded. The blending of the year’s wines with the reserve wines (which make up the equivalent of at least half a harvest of old vintage wines) ensures a constant style, characteristic of the Veuve Fourny Champagnes. Part of the year’s wines, matured in old oak barrels, strengthens this unique style.After the first fermentation, their wines are kept in bottles and aged on their ferments for a long period.This long conservation enables the ferments to fully release their aromas. A cool and constant temperature in their cellars guarantees fine and light bubbles. When the wines have been disgorged they are stored in their cellars for some considerabel time before being shipped. Black Sails Dark Rum, Two Drifters 33.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/black-sails-dark-rum-two-drifters0 4512879804504 Two Drifters Burnt sugar is added to their white rum, resulting in a fuller flavour and smoothenough to drink with ice or your favourite mixer.Two Drifters Distillery ltd is the creation of Russ and Gemma Wakeham wholove rum, science, Devon and the planet.Russ has a phd in organic chemistry, which has taken them all over the world -hence the name! They founded two drifters brewery after living in vancouver,where they fell in love with craft beer. When they moved back to Devon, end of2018, they knew they wanted to make rum, as well as beer, and so they added adistillery to their plans. Since bottling their first rum in April 2019, they have beenoverwhelmed by the positive response to their products, their brand and their story.They ferment 100% molasses and distill it in their bespoke warehouse near ExeterAirport, where their brewery (which is used in the rum distilling process) is housedas well. They strongly believe that nowadays, there is no reason why you should start abusiness knowing you are harming the environment. So, not only do they pridethemselves on making excellent rum, from scratch, but they also have a carbonnegative footprint. Clos de Gat Har'el Merlot 2017, Israel 21.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/clos-de-gat-harel-merlot-2015-israel36 4464363110488 Clos de Gat The Israeli wine scene involves over 350 wineries, situated in five different viticultural regions. It is in the Judean Hills (known as the “Bordeaux of ancient Israel”) that Israel’s leading boutique wineries are to be found. In a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany, Clos de Gat is situated in the former HQ of ex-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, three miles from the West Bank. Rabin commanded the Israeli army from the old stone house at Clos de Gat, during the 1948 (or First) Arab–Israeli War. Situated in the foothills of the Judean Hills, bordering Israel’s biblical Ayalon Valley, where Joshua defeated the Five Kings, Clos de Gat takes its name from a 3000 year-old “Gat” (Hebrew for wine press), which is located by the house, set in the heart of the vineyards. The estate is jointly owned by Eyal Rotem and Bordeaux’s Maison Sichel; Rotem is a former businessman who studied winemaking in Australia and planted his first block of vineyards in 1998, following a detailed geological and soil survey, to select the most suitable varieties. The Judean Hills have had a history of grapevine cultivation for thousands of years. The combination of a thin layer of topsoil on top a bed-rock of lime-stone, together with a unique micro-climate, make the area Israel’s finest viticultural region. Tight pruning of the Syrah and Merlot vines results in a miserly yield of just 40 hectolitres per hectare and Clos de Gat’s top wines are the barrel-aged Har’el Syrah (16 months) and Har’el Merlot (14 months), both of which see 30% new French oak, fermented only using indigenous yeasts. The wines are unfined and unfiltered.  Drink now or Keep Lamb, Spicy Stew Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Merlot Israel Clos de Gat 2017 Contains Sulphites   Tentenublo Rioja Tinto 2018 22.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tentenublo-rioja-tinto1 3821062291544 Roberto Olivan Roberto Oliván is one of the leading names among the new generation of young producers in Rioja. He is based in Viñaspre, a hamlet in the district of Lanciego, situated beneath the Sierra Cantabria mountains. He works the family vines of just under 10 hectares and is steadily acquiring others in the vicinity, an area to which he is particularly attached.High altitude (around 620 metres) and replanos, (tableland areas with distinctive limestone and sandstone soils), are the key geographical elements of the region and provide a unique character to his range of wines.His flagship wine is Tentenublo, the name given to the ringing of bells aimed at fighting off hailstorms in some Rioja villages as illustrated on the label. This is a fresh, elegant red, made from predominantly Tempranillo and Garnacha, and aged in French oak barrels for 9 months.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Tempranillo, Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo Rioja, Spain Roberto Olivan 2018 Contains Sulphites Clare Valley Sparkling Red NV 16.03 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/trillians-sparkling-red-nv3 1971060080728 Pauletts Vineyard Good medium depth of ruby colour. Nose shows rich plum and savoury aromas. On the palate it is packed with elegant flavours of spice, plums and berries. Not too oaky and not too sweet. (Shiraz 86% / Cabernet Sauvignon 14%)About 1 ½ hours drive north from Adelaide is the beautiful Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley , home to Neil and Alison Paulett and their winery. The Polish Hill River region was named after the Polish Settlers of the mid 1800's. The area is blessed with a climate ideal for premium grape growing and the combination of consistently good winter rains, hot summers tempered by cool nights and a long ripening period produces grapes of exceptional flavours and balance. Neil Paulett graduated from the Roseworthy Oenology course in 1971 and began working as a winemaker for Penfolds Wines in Sydney and then Rosemount in the Hunter Valley .With 10 years wine making experience behind him, Neil and wife Alison began their search for the place to establish their own family vineyard. After discovering the Clare Valley in 1981, they set about protracted negotiations to purchase what is now their property. The property had remained in the same family's hands from the 1860's until its purchase in 1983 and has a long history of vineyard production with vines being present for well over 100 years. The property has expanded from the initial 47 hectares to 147 hectares and the on-going vineyard development now sees 25 hectares under vine. There is a substantial portion of Shiraz and Cabernet vines over 70 years of age and Riesling of 35 years and this their treasured resource makes up the back bone of the super premium red and white, the Andreas Shiraz and Antonina Riesling (Shiraz not produced every year, &and Riesling yet to be produced) after these original settler family members. This connection with the past is felt very strongly and Neil and Alison understand and embrace the challenge of being custodians of the land for future generations. Son Matthew is now the Vineyard Manager and his ability to nurture both old vines and new is paying dividends. The exceptional quality of fruit produced is raising the standard of the wines even further.In 2013 Pauletts celebrated the 30th Anniversary of operating their cellar door and receiving a producer's licence. The cellar door has become one of the 'must see' places in the Clare Valley, often described as having the most spectacular view from any cellar door in the country. "Thirty years ago, visiting a cellar door was not as common as now and we felt we had to offer that extra inducement to bring people to the Valley. Now it's just considered all part of the package, a welcoming cellar door, the premium wines and the spectacular views all enhance the sense of well-being that wine lovers have come to expect from Paulett's Winery" said Neil.The range of wines produced has grown over the years in much the same way as Neil and Alison's interest in different varieties and wine styles. In addition to the staples of Shiraz and Riesling there is, a Late Harvest Riesling, Trillians Sparkling Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet &and Malbec blend and a Cabernet Merlot. The constant refinement and attention to detail has led to the very high quality across this significant body of work. Since the first vintage in 1983 there have been many accolades received from within Australia and internationally including the great 1995 vintage winning both the Top Riesling at the Hyatt/Advertiser awards and Best Riesling in the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide. The 2005 Aged Release Riesling won 'Best Riesling in the World', at the 2010 Canberra International Riesling Challenge . When asked about these accolades Neil said "This kind of recognition against all-comers is particularly rewarding however there is just as much of a thrill walking into a restaurant seeing people enjoying a bottle of our wine". Pauletts reputation for producing wines of finesse, elegance and intensity is justly earned and their skill and care can be seen consistently from vintage to vintage. Neil has a craftsman's sensibilities coupled with over 40 years experience making wine - and it all shows. The current release wines have a touch more roundness and generosity than previously and it's these subtle on-going improvements that have kept Pauletts at the forefront of Australian wine.   Tue-Boeuf Chorey-Les-Beaune 2015, Domaine Francoise Andre 24.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tue-boeuf-chorey-les-beaune-20153 1952799162456 Domaine Francoise Andre Decanter Magazine, November Issue Best Buy Red BurgundyShowing more grip and firmness than many Chorey wines, even in their youth, this is a comparatively dense Pinot Noir that will reward cellaring. A little firm right now, but this has impressive structure, layers of plum and black cherry fruit and a note of subtle reduction. Drink 2018-2023 We first met Lauriane Andre at what is called an 'off' tasting at Chateau Thivin in Beaujolais in 2017. Her wines, quite simply, stood out as they are of quite exceptional definition and reflection of their terroir. Drink Now or Keep Roast Lamb, Herby Chicken Dry Medium Bodied Deep Raspberry Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Francoise Andre 2015 Contains Sulphites Massaya Rose 2019 17.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/massaya-rose-2017101 1952798015576 Massaya The blend: 40% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes came from hillside vineyards in the Beqaa Valley planted at an altitude of 900-1,200 metres above sea level. The soils are chalky clay. The vines are 30 years old on average. The hand-picked grapes were pressed, then the must was left to settle before it was fermented in stainless steel vats. It was bottled after eight months.Deliciously perfumed with fresh strawberry aromas and a touch of spice. This is a light peachy coloured ros‚, dry and fresh in style with creamy fruit on the palate. A very versatile ros‚, brilliante with food (see Chris?s blog in Lebanon ? lots of ros‚ is mentioned !). Made to be consumed when it?s fresh and lively with that persistant red summer berry length.A light 'barley-sugar' pink colour with strawberry fruit showing on the nose and with plenty of fruit on the palate with a very balanced acidity. abv 13.5% (2019 )The Ghosn brothers, Sami and Ramzi, were determined to realize their dream by bringing to life great wines at their Tana‹l Property. To do this they decided to bring in priceless know-how to one of the world?s oldest wine producing regions. On 27 May, 1998, a partnership was formed with an ambition to produce a world class Lebanese wine in the Bekaa Valley. It brought together The Ghosn brothers - Sami and Ramzi - and Dominique H‚brard, owner of Chateau Trianon (and previous owner of Ch Cheval Blanc) and the Brunier brothers, Daniel and Fr‚d‚ric, co-proprietor at Le Vieux T‚l‚graphe. The new wine was to have a limited annual production and it was to be called Massaya, named after the time of day when twilight sets on the vineyard and the sky turns purple as the sun sets behind Mount-Lebanon. This prestigious Franco-Lebanese collaboration has united great men of wine and created optimum conditions for making great wine, taking advantage of the exceptional soil here in the Bekaa.The vineyards of the Tana‹l Estate are located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley, where the slopes are protected by Mount Lebanon and the Anti -Lebanon mountains. Free of frost and disease, the Bekaa Valley enjoys a unique climate with long gentle summers, wet winters and an average temperature of 25 degrees that is perfect for viticulture.Decanter Magazine, August 2017: this wine was voted into the Top 30 'Food Friendly' Ros‚s in joint 8th place with the judges commenting on it being an "appealingly pale, clean and crisp ros‚ made from high altitude Cinsault and Syrah vines. Delicate strawberry flavours with a nice touch of creaminess". Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Pink Carignan, Syrah, Cinsault Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Massaya 2019 Contains Sulphites Withington Nguni Malbec 2019, Darling, South Africa 11.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/withington-nguni-malbec-201558 1952797982808 Withington Wines Withington Wines, Darling South AfricaAnd now for something completely different!  The variety that Argentina made famous is now coming from Withington Wines in SA. It is a wine with vibrant aromatics, brooding rich black fruit on the palate and a soft-textured mouth-feel from gentle oak tannins. 14% abv In French terms, Charles Withington would be known as a Negociant but in South Africa the concept is taking longer to evolve, although with a changing market, producers and consumers are realising more and more that you might not always have the best in your backyard, and that you might just have to shop around. There are at least half a dozen top producers who either have vineyards in the Darling area,his home town, or are buying grapes from local growers, realising they can maximise quality with their versatility of choice.And so to summarise all this:  Charles has been very fortunate in his last 30 or so years in the wine industry to work with some very good properties and very knowledgeable people. This has put him the position where he is able to source, on an ongoing basis, the style of wine he wants, from the type of winery and winemaker with whom he would like to work, and where they can genuinely add value to each other. Simply put while winemaking is undoubtedly an art, finding good wines is a skill! His challenge has been to find good wines and bring them to you! Viognier La Playa 2018 11.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/viognier-la-playa11 1952796835928 La Playa Estate The Vina La Playa estate occupies some of Colchagua Valley`s most desirable acreage on the western shores of the Tinguiririca river. Comprising 600 acres and a $10 million state of the art winery, this excellent producer is owned by the Sutil family and the talented winemaker Diego Garcia makes superb modern fruit-driven wines from grapes sourced entirely from the estate. Exciting new vineyard development in the coastal Limari Valley, north of Santiago, will produce some outstanding cool climate varietals over the next few years. Fashionable variety and the cooler climate regions in Chile make some excellent examples.This is terrific with quite an exotic aroma of dried apricots, pineapple, banana and lychee. Vibrant tropical flavours flash across the tongue before exploding on the palate with a long, dry and pleasant finish. As an aperitif or to accompany Mediterrean cuisine, roasted vegetables and Thai cuisine. (2018 - 13% abv) Serbal Viognier 2019 Atamisque 12.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/serbal-viognier-2016-atamisque15 1952795983960 Bodegas Atamisque Bodegas Atamisque, Tupungatao, Uco Valley, MendozaMade in a really fresh, lean, aromatic style, unoaked with lovely notes of honeysuckle and stone fruits on the nose. An intense full palate with excellent balancing acidity. The grapes were hand harvested and then sorted first by bunches and then by individual berries and cool fermented in stainless steel tanks at 15øC. The wine spends a further 4 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottled. 13% abv 2019The Vineyard's philosophy is "We want to make great wines, we want to be successful, but we don't want to be big!" This is a small to medium sized producer that believes it must work within a pre-defined maximum scale in order to maintain the highest possible style and quality credentials. It's working, as testified by the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards when no fewer than three of the wines (from the unoaked Serbal range) won gold medals and Atamisque was named New World Producer of the Year.Located in the district of San Jos‚ in Tupungato, Uco Valley, this stunning yet simple winery is the first you will see on the famous 'Ruta del Vino', Route 86. The humble slate roofs and drably coloured walls host an extremely impressive modern facility, where winemaker Philippe Caraguel quietly plies his trade, bringing a touch of French restraint to the fruits of these 100% estate-owned vineyards, many of which boast some particularly old vines. Atamisque makes great Malbec, of course, but it is perhaps with 'other' varietals and blends that you will find the finest examples of Uco expression. Serbal Cabernet Franc, for example, is the most exciting and best value example of this grape that we have ever tasted, from anywhere. There are three, easy to climb tiers in the range - Serbal, Catalpa and Atamisque itself - all named after indigenous trees and shrubs that can be found growing amongst the vines. Drink Now Aperitif, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Viognier Tupungatao, Argentina Bodegas Atamisque 2019 Contains Sulphites Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli Blanco 2019 16.17 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/txomin-etxaniz-txakoli-blanco8 1952794738776 Txueka Etxaniz Family A lively and refreshing white wine with characteristics of zingy lemon, green apple and white blossom, with a mouthwatering acidity.The leading producer of D.O. Getariako Txakolina, the Txueka Etxaniz family has been dedicated to vine growing for generations.Txomin Etxaniz has 35 hectares of protected, sloped vineyards in Getaria where we grow two native types of grape; Hondarrabi Zuri (90%) and Hondarrabi Beltza (10%), which are harvested at the start of October and then made into txakoli in our wineries.Harvest is done by hand and transported to the winery in 20 kg boxes. At the winery the grapes undergo further selection. This if followed by white vinification at a controlled temperature, pneumatic pressing in an inert atmosphere, then fermenting at a controlled termperature and aged sur lie until it is bottled. 12% abv. Pernand Vergelesses 1Er Cru Fretille 2017 Domaine Francoise Andre 38.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pernand-vergelesses-1er-cru-fretille-201610 1952794083416 Domaine Francoise Andre Domaine Francoise AndreThe harvest is done manually with a meticulous cluster selection. Whole grapes are then pressed in a pneumatic press. The slow and steady pressure increase of the press produces fine and elegant wines. The settling process (separating the must from the solid particles) is thorough, contributing to the wine?s excellence. The must (the juice extracted from the grapes) begins its alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 350 litre barrels. 30% of the barrel is renewed annually: a voluntarily moderate renewal to let the terroir express itself. Hand in hand with our Coopers, we seek the perfect equation between the type of barrel and the wine?s character. Age of vines: 40 yearsMill‚sime 2017 Its golden yellow attire embosoms an intricate aroma of honeysuckle entwined with hawthorn. It makes a supple entrance onto your palate carried by its floral sapor and saline nuances. Classic. Dr. Loosen Estate Riesling QbA 2019 11.83 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/dr-loosen-estate-riesling36 1952793559128 Weingut Dr Loosen Riesling from Germany is like no other wine, with a wonderful balance of acidity and fruit sweetness, along with a variety of appealing aromas - honey, citrus fruit and a hint of petrol. The Dr L is a lightish style, very fresh and perfectly balanced, and of Kabinett quality, even though he chooses to declassify to Qualit„tswein. Although there is some residual sweetness, the perfect balancing acidity make it a perfect match for a huge variety of dishes, from spicy Asian foods to Charcuterie and Sauerkraut. It is delicious with most white fish dishes. 2019 8% abv.The Loosen Estate goes back some 200 years, and Ernst took over in 1985 due to his father's ill health. At 27 years old he had some doubts about leaving his studies in archeology (having graduated in viticulture at Giesenheim) but soon began to enjoy what he was doing.By 1987 he realised that a complete change in attitude was necessary, and having been deserted by all of the vineyard staff, he appointed old school friend, Bernhard Schug, as winemaker. Bernhard was hitherto untrained and a confirmed beer drinker! The 1987 vintage produced some of the finest wines the estate had ever made, as "treatment" of the wine was kept to an absolute minimum - a little filtering, no fining and meticulous hygiene in the cellar.Since then, the Estate has gone from strength to strength picking up most of the awards that Germany has to offer over the years.In all he owns some 11.5 hectares (28 acres) of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards along the Mosel, and has the distinct advantage of vines aged between 60 and 100 years old. He also owns some prime vineyard sites on the Pfalz region of Germany.He is now thought of as one of the pioneers of the rise in popularity of Riesling in the UK and was named "Winemaker of the Year 2001" by Gault Millau, the who's who in German winemaking.In 2005 Ernie was named Wine Person of the Year by Decanter Magazine. Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Off-Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Riesling Mosel, Germany Loosen Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites Pouilly-Vinzelles En Longeays 2020 Domaine Mathias 19.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pouilly-vinzelles-en-longeays120 1952792379480 Domaine Mathias The name of Pouilly is most often associated with Fuisse but vineyards of Vinzelles border those of its more famous cousin. Here the whites are less intense and are best drunk within a couple of years of the vintage. Although lighter they still have a fine and delicate Chardonnay fruitiness with no oak maturation. They are medium-bodied and fresh on the palate.Gilles Mathias has been running this immaculate estate since the mid-1990's with the continued support of his father, Jean. We first started buying wines from Jean over fifteen years ago and we have seen this estate improve in quality ever since. The Vinzelles sees no oak maturation and is ebulliently fruity and fresh, coming from a parcel of vines that is situated right next to the Mathias Fuisse vines. Aperitif, Fish, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Maconnais, France Domaine Mathias 2020 Contains Sulphates La Dame De Montrose 2010 58.23 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-dame-de-montrose-201043 1952790282328 Chateau Montrose The second wine of Chateau Montrose."I had the chance to taste samples of Montrose 2009 and 2010. They struck me as two of the most beautiful young clarets I had ever tasted. Their price is beyond my drinking budget, and in any case it would be a shame to broach them prematurely, but I did, in March this year, buy a case of the 2010 La Dame de Montrose. Second wines are always best in great vintages, and it seemed logical that a little of the stardust would have rubbed off. I'm now on my third bottle of this wine.It's gorgeous. I'm enraptured by it. Magnificent scents of chocolate, leather, plums and currants, with the oak a whispered perfume. Tapered power on the palate; a shapely silhouette. But it just gets better; the wonderful Medocain austerity and sobriety grows as the beguiling front palate fades. The quality of the tannins is astonishing: so fine yet so firm. It already has a bucketload of gratifying sediment. Balance, richness, poise, vivacity, concentration: all perfectly judged. Of course I'm drinking it too soon, but too bad. I find it hard not to exclaim after each sip. Not many wines make me do this." Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine September 2014Chateau Montrose has, since the 1990 vintage, ranked alongside Cos d'Estournel as one of St. Estephe's great wines. Owned by Jean-Louis Charmolte this modest chateau commands a fine view over the river Gironde. Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot St Estephe, Bordeaux, France Chateau Montrose 2010 Contains Sulphites Cuvee Victor Brut 2013 a'Beckett's Vineyard 21.87 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/a-becketts-vineyard-cuvee-victor-brut-2013-littleton-panell-wiltshire15 1952788381784 A'Becketts Vineyard A traditional method Brut English sparkling wine made with a blend Pinot Auxerrois and Seyval Blanc, with a splash of Chardonnay. It was aged on its lees for 38 months prior to disgorgement. The wine is named after Lynn (the owner's wife's) father, Victor, who despite being teetotal, supported them with his enthusiasm for their vineyard project. Victor added practical skills as a carpenter, helping them build the winery and an agricultural store along with picking at harvest time.Food Matching: A great match with posh Eggs Benedict or crab on toast or even alongside a picnic Tasting Note: "Elegant palate of fresh orchard fruit, buttery pastry and hints of honey" . Chris Piper  abv 11% Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale gold Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Chardonnay Wiltshire A'Beckett's Vineyard 2013 Contains Sulphites Pinot Blanc 2018 Henry Fuchs 14.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pinot-blanc-2015-henry-fuchs74 1952787431512 Domaine Henry Fuchs This organic wine comes from 40 year old vines giving a full bodied wine with great freshness that is spicy and not too dry. It has good body with a honey like character - a fine accompaniment to fish or white meat. (2015 abv 12.5%)Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvill‚, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines.Established in 1922, the Fuchs? family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvill‚, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim.The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ?tightly? so that their final ?rendement? (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration.The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Drink Now Aperitif, Ham, Salami Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Blanc Ribeauville, Alsace, Domaine Henry Fuchs 2018 No Sulphates Chateau Meyney 2011, St Estephe 33.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-meyney-20099 1952787234904 Chateau Meyney Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel St EstepheSeptembers' hail storms damaged over 80% of the vineyards so the 2011 is in short supply and demand. Coffee and blackberry palate with a rich, concentrated earthy palate of spicy cherry and cassis flavours.Located in St.Estephe, Chateau Meyney is these days owned by Domaine Cordier. It lies in the east of the appellation, next door to Chateau Montrose and enjoys a maritime climate as the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay act as a kind of regulator. The pine forests on the coast are a great wind break, sheltering the vines from the north-westerly winds.With 49 hectares of clay-gravel soil, they produce about 30,000 cases per year from Cabernet Sauvignon (70%); Merlot (24%); Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Vinification includes 15 months' wood ageing, 30% of which are made of new oak. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Estephe Chateau Meyney 2011 Contains Sulphites Bourgueil La Coudraye 2017, Domaine Yannick Amirault 17.91 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bourgeuil-les-quartiers-vieilles-vignes5 1952785170520 Domaine Yannick Amirault Yannick Amirault is widely regarded as one of Bourgeuil's top producers. His wines express the inherent fruitiness of Loire Cabernet Franc without any over exposure to wood. His wines generally have soft tannins and great extract.The Les Quartiers vineyard has some very old vines producing low yields and remarkable complexity and dimension.Very intense blackberry and currant fruit aromas, with a hint of liquorice. The flavours are very intense. Drink Now Stews, Casseroles Dry Medium Bodied Dark purple Cabernet Franc Loire, France Domaine Yannick Amirault 2017 contains Sulphites Pol Roger Rich NV 48.27 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pol-roger-rich-nv2 1952784711768 Champagne Pol Roger Pol Roger was born on Christmas Eve in 1831, the first son of Pierre Charles Jean-Baptiste Roger, a lawyer based in Ay. Pol chose not to follow his father's footsteps, but received his support when he announced that he wanted to set up as a negociant or wholesaler. This he did at the age of seventeen using his father's business contacts as customers.1849 saw the birth of the new Champagne house as Pol began to create his own cuv‚es rather than bringing in wine from other houses. The first Pol Roger Cuv‚es went on sale in 1853 and his sales in the first six months were 3769 bottles and 825 half bottles. Today that has grown to around 1.5 million per annum.Pol Roger recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. The house is still family-owned and has a reputation for producing champagnes of great finesse and elegance which age very well.The Rich blend is traditionally composed from around 30 still base wines, drawn from different vineyards, grape varieties and vintage years. The wine contains about 33% Pinot Noir drawn from villages of the Montagne de Reims: 33% Pinot Noir from the Vallee d'Epernay: and 33% Chardonnay from Epernay and the Cote des Blancs.Rich Demi Sec is composed of wines taken only from the cuv‚e (the first, light pressing) and, where appropriate, the taille (second pressing) which provides a higher proportion of essential tannins; the wines from the subsequent pressings are not used.Though ?demi-sec? translates as medium-dry, the style is far from cloying. The blend contains a dosage (final sweetening composed of a wine and cane sugar solution) of 34g/l, though the sweetness is offset by a lively natural acidity. In combination with sweet food and in particular wedding cake, an ideal balance is attained. Aperitif Off Dry Medium Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Epernay, France Champagne Pol Roger NV Contains Sulphates Pol Roger Brut Reserve White Foil NV 49.79 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pol-roger-brut-reserve-white-foil-nv10 1952784547928 Champagne Pol Roger Pol Roger was born on Christmas Eve in 1831, the first son of Pierre Charles Jean-Baptiste Roger, a lawyer based in Ay. Pol chose not to follow his father's footsteps, but received his support when he announced that he wanted to set up as a negociant or wholesaler. This he did at the age of seventeen using his father's business contacts as customers.1849 saw the birth of the new Champagne house as Pol began to create his own cuv‚es rather than bringing in wine from other houses. The first Pol Roger Cuv‚es went on sale in 1853 and his sales in the first six months were 3769 bottles and 825 half bottles. Today that has grown to around 1.5 million per annum.Pol Roger recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and is perhaps best known as Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne. The house is still family-owned and has a reputation for producing champagnes of great finesse and elegance which age very well.The Brut Non Vintage White Foil is an harmonious and very consistent blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (about one third each) and is never sold until the youngest component has achieved three years of age. It is a champagne that's feminine but fruity in its youth while the Pinot Noir makes for a firmer, more structured, fuller wine with age. Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meurnier Epernay, France Champagne Pol Roger NV Contains Sulphates Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee NV 52.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/champagne-bollinger-special-cuvee10 1952782909528 Champagne Bollinger The original vineyards used to source the grapes for Joseph Bollinger's wines in the early 18th century were owned by his father-in-law, Comte de Villermont who did not want to sully his name with any connection to 'trade' and therefore insisted that the resulting champagne bear the name 'Bollinger.'During the difficult years of the Second World War, the firm was looked after Mme Lily Bollinger who is often quoted giving her definitive reasons for drinking Champagne:"I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty."Mme Lily Bollinger was the last of the Bollinger family to run the business which passed to her nephew, Christian Bizot on her death.The Champagnes of Maison Bollinger are classic Pinot dominated wines offering complexity and longevity. They are big and biscuity and at least half of the wines used in the Special Cuv‚e are cask fermented lending a touch of oak to the palate. With some bottle age, it expands into a silky smooth, biscuity wine which is immensly mellow. The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between 1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier.Bollinger has a reputation for producing muscular champagnes with body, depth and power, and is today considered one of the "Great" Champagne houses.70% of the grapes come from the firm's own vineyards. 80% of the harvest is barrel-fermented with the wines being kept on their yeast lees for an extended period of time (in the case of the RD, around 10 years).Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with the ability to age gracefully for many years. 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15 % Pinot Meunier L'Heraud Cognac Vsop Emotion 58.62 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lheraud-cognac-vsop-emotion2 1952782418008 L'Heraud A Fine Champagne blend (meaning the eaux-de-vie used to create the Cognac comes from the two premier growing regions of Cognac; Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne), it offers all of the floral, fruity aromas and flavors that you'd expect from grapes grown in these chalky soils. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Dry Full bodied Pale Golden Spirit Cognac L'Heraud 20 Year Old Contains Sulphites   Fino Sherry , Delgado Zuleta 10.92 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fino-sherry-delgado-zuleta8 1952782254168 Bodegas Delgado Zuleta The Fino is a dry, straw-coloured wine with a clean and faintly nutty aroma and a fresh, dry taste. Fino comes from Jerez and, similar to Manzanilla, is prevented from oxidising by the layer of 'flor', a benign yeast growth, which protects the wine as it ages. (16.5% abv)  Drink Now or Keep Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Palomino Jerez, Spain Delgado Zuleta NV Contains Sulphites 50cl: Manzanilla La Gitana 10.06 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/manzanilla-la-gitana-50-cl5 1952782123096 Bodegas Hidalgo Manzanilla is the lightest and driest of all sherries and can only be produced in the town of Sanlucar de Barrameda where the unique micro-climate allows a special growth of flor (yeast) to grow on the surface of the maturing wine, protecting it from oxidisation. La Gitana is an absolutely classic example of this unique wine; it is beautifully balanced, fresh and delicate with a touch of sea-saltiness and a pure, nutty-fruit zestiness. This wine exudes freshness and there is a distinct aroma of a salty breeze and seaweed on the beach in the morning. It has an ultra clean lazer-sharp crispness. This wine has not much more alcoholic strength than some white burgundies. Best served from the fridge with seafood and tapas. A little is also great poured into soups. Once opened it should be kept in the fridge and will keep well for up to 3 months. (15% abv)Founded in 1792 by Don Jos‚ Pantal‚on Hidalgo, this is one of the oldest sherry companies and today, is run by Javier Hidalgo from the original premises in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda, situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Vinicola Hidalgo is one of only a handful of bodegas that remains independent and totally family controlled and our initial tasting of their sherries was a real eye-opener. Theirs are real sherries made from old soleras and are the product of a artisan-craftsman ethos, with all the grapes sourced from their own vineyards situated on albariza soils in Balbaina and Miraflores, two of the very best Jerez DOC?s. Wine-making is very traditional and all the Hidalgo sherries are matured in American-oak botas, something which is becoming rarer and rarer. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Palomino Sanlucar de Barrameda Bodegas Hidalgo NV Contains Sulphites Niersteiner Oelberg Riesling Spatlese Trocken (Dry) 2013 18.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/niersteiner-oelberg-riesling-spatlese-trocken-dry-20135 1952780714072 Weingut Louis Guntrum Louis GuntrumDry Riesling. Delicate fragrance of white peaches, apricot and juicy pears. The classical Riesling in expression and elegance.Today?s Estate building home is one of Rheinhessen?s largest vaulted brick cellars. 11 hectares of mainly Grand Cru vineyards in one of the most traditional wine growing regions of Germany. The choice of vineyards has been developed carefully by succeeding generations, adapting attentively to climatic changes and market trends, while taking into consideration the different characters of wines, that originate from the different types of soil. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale gold Riesling Rheinhessen, Germany Weingut Louis Guntrum 2013 Contains Sulphites Menetou-Salon Rouge, Domaine Chavet 2018 17.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/menetou-salon-rouge-chavet22 1952779698264 Chavet et Fils Made from the Pinot Noir (like red Sancerre) Chavet's reds have always revealed a succulent strawberry and raspberry fruitiness with a good structure of soft tannins. This red is very ripe and well-rounded on the palate and has a long finish. Who cares if a Menetou red is a bit obscure when it comes to the UK - it's just these sort of wines we should be drinking more of!The quality of any wine starts in the vineyard, look after the vines and you are going to get quality fruit, which is after all the first stage of making good wine. The Chavets are rightly proud of their vineyards. The high levels of winemaking skill and a state of the art winery are further components in the equation that results in this well balanced and tasty wine.Menetou Salon could be considered to be the forgotten kid brother of Sancerre, maybe not quite as bright or good looking but actually really a smart but quiet little achiever. It is made from the same grape variety as Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, in virtually the same location, the Loire valley but a few miles further west, and on the same chalk, flint and clay soils. The mystery is why it is not as well known. Perhaps it is because Sancerre is a pretty little hilltop town on one of the major north-south roads through France, maybe the publicity machine in Sancerre is better. Drink Now Lamb, Pork Dry Light Bodied Dark Raspeberry Pinot Noir Loire Valley, France Domaine Chavet 2018 Contains Sulphites Chenas Les Carrieres 2013, Domaine Thillardon 16.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chenas-les-carrieres-thillardon38 1952779305048 Domaine Thillardon The nose reveals spicy notes with floral aromas of peonies. Soft in the mouth with a silkly structure allowing the Chenas to be consumed young. Candied fruits on the palate, generous mouthfeel and a spicy long finish.At just over 30 years old, Paul-Henri Thillardon is the youngest vigneron-winemaker that we deal with. From a Beaujolais family, who have grown grapes in the Pierres Dorees for over a century, Paul-Henri and his brother, Charles, created the domaine, out of nothing, in 2008. They started out with 2.30 ha. in the Blemonts lieu-dit and then, in 2009, added a further couple of hectares (in metayage) at Chateau des Boccards, situated on the more granitic soils of Les Deschamps. Conversely, les Blemonts, (where les Carrieres is sourced) has a terroir that has a high level of schist, with veins of quartz and manganese. The 45 year-old vines are planted on a south-facing slope in an old quarry (carriere) and have been certified organic since 2007. Paul-Henri uses biodynamic treatments on his vines and ploughs using a Trait Comtois (a traditional plough-horse) thereby avoiding soil compaction through the use of tractors and also improving the soil?s aeration.Paul-Henri has gradually been building himself a reputation as being somewhat of an iconic wine-maker and grower amongst the new dynamic younger generation, who are helping to reinvigorate the Beaujolais region. At the end of 2012, he and Charles bought the run down buildings of the once famous Domaine de Chassignol, situated in les Brureaux, along with five hectares of stunning vineyards on the vertiginous hillsides behind the property. Although needing some restoration, these are some of the best-sited vineyards in the Chenas appellation. This is a man on a mission, with a passion and motivation that has obviously helped persuade his bank manager to come up with the necessary loan! The two brothers have now also renovated the old cellars and cuvage.Vinification leans towards the Burgundian style, with 100% de-stemming and a long, low-extractive fermentation which results in racy, taught and precise wines with intense fruitiness and nano-tannins. Paul-Henri keeps life in his cellar as simple as possible, allowing his wines to evolve as naturally as possible. He uses almost no sulphites, just a tiny little dose prior to bottling. Elevage is in old concrete vats and les Carrieres is bottled non-filtered, normally just after Easter following the harvest. It is a wine that can be broached fairly early in its life but can develop well, in good vintages for 3-4 years. The les Boccards cuvee comes from vineyards with a high quartz content and where the vines are over 60 years old, resulting in a wine of even greater intensity and with an unmistakable silky rich smoothness.A new arrival on our list is the Thillardons iconic Chenas Chassignol which is now regarded as one of Beaujolais? most significant wines and would be classed as a Grand Cru if there ever was such a thing! It comes from a granite and quartz covered, perilously steep hillside, behind the house and cellars. This is a massive intense and rich wine, Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Gamay Chenas, Beaujolais Domaine Thillardon 2013 Contains Sulphites Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Stanley Vineyards 22.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/wild-ferment-sauvignon-blanc-2018-stanley-vineyards20 4894429479000 Stanley Vineyards An extremely fruit driven and aromatic wine. Full of ripe, zesty fruit flavours of white currants, goosberry, grapefruit and passionfruit and is balanced by fresh acidity and a beautifully balanced palate. Steve Pellet and Bridget Ennals established their boutique vineyard in Marlborough’s famed Awatere Valley in 2003, naming the estate after their 4x4 Stanley Range Rover which took them on a 30,000 km. adventure from Bath, in the UK, to Cape Town in South Africa over 15 months in 1991. Stanley Estates is widely recognised as one of Marlborough’s leading wine producers, creating fresh, accessible but boundary pushing cuvées.  Château Cambon La Pelouse 2016, St Julien 24.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-cambon-la-pelouse-2005-st-julien45 4863680151640 Chateau Cambon La Pelouse "We can attest that it is one of the longest-standing in the area and its products contributed substantially in the past to building the reputation in France and abroad of Médoc wines. When sent to England at the end of the 17th century, they commanded a price of 400 French livres for a 900-litre barrel and more."p  Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres, Jean-Louis Chavy 2019 58.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/puligny-montrachet-les-perrieres-jean-louis-chavy24 1974342352984 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy An incredibly profound wine with massive concentrated fruit which supports a marginally higher dose of oak. A little more opulent than the Folatières with maybe less minerality. The vines are 50 years old which further adds richness and dimension to the wine. Up until the 2003 vintage, Jean-Louis and his brother, Alain, had been running their father's vineyards together and we had been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years. From the 2003 harvest onwards, these are now two very separate estates and we have decided to follow Jean-Louis because, we felt, his wines had rather more definition and concentration than those of his brother's. You will not be disappointed, especially at the sensible prices that J-L is charging. Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and ‘terroir’.  Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Jean Louis Chavy 2019 Contains Sulphates Sirius Blanc 2019, Maison Sichel 8.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/sirius-2019-maison-sichel187 4850479202392 Maison Sichel A beautiful pale yellow with greenish tints, a generous nose of tropical fruits, floral and citrus fragrances ending with marked mineral notes. On the palate, the volume and freshness are further indications of the richness of the Sauvignon, which forms a perfect alliance with the old Sémillon vines to deliver a wonderfully fresh, harmonious balance. A lingering, mineral finish rounds out this fine white Bordeaux. AGEINGEnjoy it young fruity and lively. After 3 to 4 years of bottle, the wine becomes more complex, more mineral. 12.5% abvBlend50% Semillon - 50% Sauvignon NEW: Half Bottle: Chateau Langoa Barton 2010, St Julien 39.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-langoa-barton-2010-st-julien20 4840454783064 Chateau Langoa Barton The 2010 Langoa Barton has the typical structured, dense style, but just as I thought earlier on, it is a much softer and more developed wine than one ordinarily expects from proprietor Anthony Barton. It is full-bodied and impressively endowed with subtle oak, rich cassis fruit and notes of new saddle leather, forest floor, cedar wood and spice box. Full, authoritative and dense, this wine should be at its best between 2018 and 2035. Wine Advocate Saprolite Moulin-a-Vent 2018, Paul Janin 23.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/saprolite-moulin-a-vent-2018-paul-janin54 4833414348888 Domaine Paul Janin This is 100% Gamay and most of the vineyard is made up of old vines (80 to 100 years old), trained according to the traditional low gobelet technique. Managed without the use of weed killers, its top soil is tilled 3 or 4 times. It is rich and well-structured, with soft and rounded delicate tannins and the dense juiciness of the fruit gives a wonderfully long length.The soil is very eroded granite, 'Saprolite' hence the name.  Exton Park Brut Reserve NV, Hampshire 27.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/exton-park-brut-reserve-nv-devon33 4829229318232 Exton Park An elegant expression of Exton Park’s unique chalky terroir. Made from a blend of 60 % Pinot Noir and 40 % of Chardonnay wines from several years, this is a refreshing wine that can not only be served as an aperitif but also matched to salmon, white meat, and even a raspberry cake.‘In colour, the crystal clear gold colour tends almost to the green. Its fresh attractive nose is generous, with a lemon character and note of passion fruit. A lovely minerality in the mouth indicates a good, balanced structure, with an intense backbone and very long finish with some white pepper notes.’Corinne Seely, Head WinemakerSilver Medal, International Wine Challenge 2018Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Half Bottle: Gewurztraminer Terres Blanches 2018, Mittnacht 12.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-gewurztraminer-terres-blanches-2018-mittnacht17 4827954577496 Domaine Christophe Mittnacht Domaine Christophe Mittnacht is run by Christophe and his charming wife Yuka, a talented Japanese chef.They own and farm some of the finest sites around Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr and Ribeauvillé, including the Grand Cru Rosacker and Grand Cru Osterberg (source of the fabled Clos St Hune and Cuvée Emile). They were one of the first in Alsace to convert to biodynamic viticulture in 1999.Christophe believes in minimum intervention, and allowing the soil to express the minerality of each terroir.These wines are super gastronomical, pure fruit, sharp acidity and lovely minerality. 2019 is Christophe’s first vintage where he has made the wine in his own new cellars – exciting! Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 2014, Loosen 42.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/urziger-wurzgarten-riesling-auslese-2012-loosen6 4827947958360 Weingut Dr Loosen The red sandstone and slate soil of Ürziger Würzgarten make it unique on the Mosel. Although immediately upstream from the top vineyards of Erden, it produces a completely different kind of great wine, with exotically spicy aromas and a mesmerizing earthiness. This richly honeyed Auslese wine will yet benefit from several years in bottle to allow the natural fusion of vibrant acidity and honeyed fruit to take place.The Loosen Estate goes back some 200 years, and Ernst took over in 1985 due to his father's ill health. At 27 years old he had some doubts about leaving his studies in archeology (having graduated in viticulture at Giesenheim) but soon began to enjoy what he was doing.By 1987 he realised that a complete change in attitude was necessary, and having been deserted by all of the vineyard staff, he appointed old school friend, Bernhard Schug, as winemaker. Bernhard was hitherto untrained and a confirmed beer drinker! The 1987 vintage produced some of the finest wines the estate had ever made, as "treatment" of the wine was kept to an absolute minimum - a little filtering, no fining and meticulous hygiene in the cellar. Since then, the Estate has gone from strength to strength picking up most of the awards that Germany has to offer over the years.In all he owns some 11.5 hectares (28 acres) of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards along the Mosel, and has the distinct advantage of vines aged between 60 and 100 years old. He also owns some prime vineyard sites on the Pfalz region of Germany.He is now thought of as one of the pioneers of the rise in popularity of Riesling in the UK and was named "Winemaker of the Year 2001" by Gault Millau, the who's who in German winemaking. Piesporter Goldtropchen Spatlese 2013, Kesselstatt 26.28 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/piesporter-goldtropchen-spatlese-2013-kesselstatt10 4827945730136 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt The 2013 vintage of the Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese is utterly gorgeous with a core of zesty lime acidity and a streak of minerality that flows through the mouth.  Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2011, Prum 30.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/wehlener-sonnenuhr-spatlese-2011-prum0 4827936522328 Weingut S.A.Prum This wine is the epitome of fine wine made from Riesling in the Mosel valley by the acknowledged master in the area. It is fruity and redolent of white stone fruits with a mineral backbone and perfect balancing acidity reflecting the slate and gravel of the hillsides on which it is grown. It is very complex as the vines are about 60 or 70 years old so have roots which go deep in the soil and impart different mineral flavours from the depths and with ageing the wine exhibits outstanding harmony and great finesse. It is still fresh and vivid and delightful to drink on its own. It would also partner fruit based desserts. Château Branaire-Ducru 2010, St Julien 86.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-branaire-ducru-201016 4822718054488 Chateau Branaire-Ducru "The 2010 Branaire-Ducru displays an inky bluish purple color and loads of mulberry, raspberry, black currant, graphite and floral notes in its intense aromatics. Medium to full-bodied , with sensational ripeness, purity, texture and length, the tannins are slightly more prominent than I remember from barrel, but they are sweet and ripe (as opposed to astringent and bitter). This beautiful wine needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep 25-30 years." Parker Rouge Comme Renard Pinot Noir 2018, Domaine Fuchs 30.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/rouge-comme-renard-pinot-noir-2018-domaine-fuchs6 4821082538072 Domaine Henry Fuchs November’s Revue de Vin de France has selected this brilliant, delicious, organically produced Pinot Noir for its succulence and purity. It’s sheer freshness and balance makes it Alsace’s leading Pinot Noir. Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines. Established in 1922, the Fuchs’ family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvillé, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim. The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ‘tightly’ so that their final ‘rendement’ (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration. The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Vouvray Moelleux Le Marigny 2016, Domaine Pichot 22.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vouvray-moelleux-le-marigny-2016-domaine-pichot9 4762847707224 Domaine Pichot The word Moelleux here means sweet. This wine has a rich, caramel/honeyed concentration pervasively underscored by a mouth-freshening acidity. Pair with subtle sweet puddings or, for something more savoury, a ripe blue cheese like Roquefort. This can be drunk now but, if properly cellared, will improve!Jean-Claude Pichot, and his son, Christophe, have been supplying us with Vouvrays since the early 1980’s and our original belief that this is one of the finest estates in the central Loire is now widely accepted. For tax purposes, the domaine has been split up between father and son, with Christophe using the name of Domaine du Côteau de la Biche, although all the wines are the same, appearing on different labels at different times of the year! The Pichots’ run of recent vintages has produced a wonderful collection of dry, demi-sec and sweet wines. This is the longest established estate in Vouvray (est. 1739) and their current reputation has been built on their obsessively low yields and rigorous triages during the harvest. Robert Parker recently wrote that “these wines represent uncommonly natural expressions of both Chenin Blanc and terroir”. These are totally authentic products of great class, character and individuality. Magnum: Churchill Reserve Port 33.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-churchill-reserve-port20 4769685241944 Churchill's Port A dense, rich and plummy port with a mulberry like fruit and good levels of tannin. (20% abv) Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn’s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn’s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor’s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams’ – the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons – so what better name than his wife’s maiden name Churchill. In the beginning, Churchill’s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor’s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated. Churchill’s has met with increasing success in the USA. With the projected growth in sales it became clear that the Company had to acquire some of is own vineyards to secure on going supply of quality Port. With the purchase of Quinta da Gricha and Quinta do Rio, both renowned Grade A vineyards in the premium Cima Corgo region of the Douro, Churchill’s is now in control.Churchill's Reserve has the character of vintage Port and is selected from the wines of different years from the top quintas. Plenty of structure and concentrated layers of fruit makes this a serious alternative to Vintage Port. It is bottled ready for drinking and retains much of the fruit characteristic of Vintage Port. Cobblers Hill 2015, Jordan Estate, Stellenbosch 31.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cobblers-hill-2015-jordan-estate16 4755026411608 Jordan Vineyard Complex dark chocolate, black cherry and cassis intertwine with opulent blackberry fruit, and hints of mint and toasty vanilla. This is a big mouthfilling wine, with densely layered ripe tannins, beautifully balanced and refined – the ultimate expression of the Jordan terroir. Cobblers Hill is the ultimate expression of an outstanding wine from the Stellenbosch terroir. The 2015 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc were harvested from the 14 year old, west facing, Cobblers Hill vineyard, situated on decomposed granite soils (Hutton &and Glenrosa soil form). This vineyard produces smaller berries ensuring concentrated fruit flavours. Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2019, Jean-Louis Chavy 60.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-puligny-montrachet-1er-cru-les-folatieres-2017-jean-louis-chavy127 4742735396952 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy At the time of the 2002 vintage Alain and Jean-Louis Chavy were in joint charge of this superb 12-hectare domaine (established in 1820 by their great-great grandfather, Charles Chavy) but the brothers have now split the domaine into two. This estate, and no doubt the subsequent 2 estates, has always been regarded as being amongst the top estates of Puligny. It was not all that long ago that the Chavys sold the vast majority of their wines to the negotiants of the area but, in the past ten years, they bottled a large percentage of their production themselves.Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and terroir.  Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Jean Louis Chavy 2019 Contains Sulphates Montagny 1er Cru Buissonnier Blanc 2018, Vignerons de Buxy 18.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/montagny-1er-cru-buissonnier-blanc-2018-vignerons-de-buxy116 4673841463384 Vignerons de Buxy Vignerons de Buxy - Cote ChalonnaiseFruit, floral and mineral notes follow in succesion on a citrus and herb base on the nose. The palate is fine, full and rich echoing and amplifying the notes on the nose. (2016 - 13.5% abv) Monthelie Rouge Cuvee Paul 2016, Domaine Garaudet 24.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-monthelie-rouge-cuvee-paul-2015-domaine-garaudet53 4669670621272 Domaine Garaudet Paul Garaudet grumbles a lot and is probably our most archetypal Burgundy grower but he is, without doubt, one of our most accomplished wine-makers and, unusually, is first-class at making both red and white wines. Paul had to learn the hard way as he took over this important 15-hectare domaine following the sudden depth of his father when he was only eighteen. Now in his late-forties, he has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the finest red growers in the village of Month‚lie, a sleepy village in a valley just to the west of Meursault. Affectionately know as 'Le Grand Paul' by CPW his commitment to producing the very best from his vineyards is second to none.  Drink Now or Keep Lamb, Cheese, Duck Dry Medium Bodied Dark Raspberry Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Paul Garaudet 2016 Contains Sulphites Saint Romain Blanc 2017, Domaine Alain Gras 30.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/saint-romain-blanc-2017-domaine-alain-gras3 4664551440472 Domaine Alain Gras Alain Gras has long been acknowledged as the pre-eminent vigneron in Saint-Romain – a village of wonderfully sited vineyards and a greater proportion of limestone than any other commune in Burgundy. It has also benefited greatly from recent climate change - meaning that previously overly cool sites, due to their high altitude, are now routinely achieving full ripeness and physiological maturity.His stunningly situated domaine comprises 12 hectares of Saint-Romain (8ha planted to Chardonnay and 4ha to Pinot Noir). He has 42 separate parcels in all, but prefers blending the grapes from the individual sites to ensure complexity and consistency. The Saint-Romain Blanc, from vines which average 40 years old, displays an impressive ripe core of white stone fruits, expressive minerally, elegance, finesse and tingling acidity. After a gentle pressing, it is vinified in a combination of 80% stainless steel and 20% new oak and bottled after 11 months. His Saint-Romain Rouge, from 35-year-old vines, offers an abundance of beautiful, vivid, bright, juicy red and dark cherry fruit. The grapes are 100% destemmed then fermented on the skins for 12-14 days before maturation for 12 months in 80% linedcement tanks and 20% new oak.There are presently 26 restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars and Alain’s wines are listed in 21 of those gilded establishments. Wonderful wines. Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les St Georges 2014, Domaine Chicotot 57.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nuits-st-georges-1er-cru-les-st-georges-201411 4657855725656 Domaine Chicotot The aromatic range plays on black fruits (blueberries, blackberries) and spices mixed with more animal notes (musk and fur), especially for the somewhat older vintages. This is a powerful, complex wine with a nice structure that lets it face the years without fear.Being full-bodied, this Saint Georges goes well with spicy dishes, game (either marinated or not), tarts, meat dishes with mushroom sauces, and ripened cheeses.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring. Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Chateau Doisy-Daene 2009 47.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-doisy-daene-200915 4648412348504 Chateau Doisy-Daene 2eme Cru Classé Barsac This was certainly in our top five in the Sauternes/ Barsac tastings and is a massively ripe, unctuous and pervasive wine, something which makes it relatively atypical of this château. Dubourdieu normally leans towards a 'ballet-dancer' style of Barsac, with a lightness of touch and elegance. Here, the sheer quality of the vintage has left Dubourdieu no alternative but to make a very intense and creamy-textured style but with a haunting freshness and massive length. There are citrus, honey and spice overtones but it does not go down the road of 'tropical exoticism' that some other wines do. A definite star which will develop real complexity. 14% alc. and 155g/l residual sugar/ 4.5gl. total acidity . [Drink: 2016-2030] CCNPOwned by Pierre (the father) and Denis Dubourdieu (the son) who also own Château Montalivet in Graves. Denis is a professor at the Institue of Oenology in Bordeaux. More than anyone else Denis Dubourdieu is credited with revolutionizing the making of white wine in Bordeaux with his 'maceration péliculaire'. This is a process whereby the grapes are left to chill prior to pressing and fermentation enabling the wines to retain their freshness and fruit vigour and to reduce the amount of sulphur used to negligible amounts. A tremendous amount of meticulous care goes into making this fine Barsac. It has a well earned reputation as one of the top wines of the 2eme Crus. 80% Semiilon, 20% Sauvignon Chateau Lalande-Borie 2015 33.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-lalande-borie-201519 4644206346328 Chateau Lalande-Borie Cru Bourgeois SuperieurMuscular and powerful with a firm fruit and softening tannins.Owned by François-Xavier Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou, this is an eighteen hectare property situated in St. Julien Beychevelle which has always had an excellent reputation for making relatively big, structured wines which can be approachable when young but develop into very attractive, graceful clarets with some bottle age. Lalande-Borie was created from land bought by the Bories from the troisième cru Château Lagrange in 1970. Considering their terroir and pedigree, these are wines that offer outstanding value for money. Muscular and powerful with a firm fruit and softening tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 10% La Demoiselle de Sociando Mallet 2015 25.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-demoiselle-de-sociando-mallet-201550 4638503665752 Chateau Sociando Mallet Antonio Galloni, February 2018: The 2015 La Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet is graced with sweet red berry and floral notes. Light on its feet and gracious, this perfumed, silky Haut-Médoc will drink well nicely for at least the next few years.James Suckling, February 2018, Plenty of dark, toasty oak spices and meaty barrel-ferment characters. The palate has a slightly greenish thread with flavors of wild raspberries and mulberries. Drink or hold.The Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet is produced from the younger vines of the property and the plots whose soil is more favourable to the production of very good Merlot. This grape variety represents half of the final blend of this wine. The vines for our Demoiselle cover around twenty hectares and receive the same care and are tended in the same way as the rest of the vineyard throughout the year.The "demoiselle" is a sort of dragonfly found in the Médoc. Like the dragonfly, this wine of the same name is light and elegant.The ageing of our Demoiselle de Sociando-Mallet is carried out mainly in vats, to preserve the freshness and fruitiness of the Merlot. This easy-drinking wine can be enjoyed young. It is an ideal match for grilled meat and fish or shellfish dishes. 50cl Rasteau Rouge Vin Doux Naturel 19.29 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-rasteau-rouge-vin-doux-naturel6 4637256515672 Domaine La Soumade A sweet, silky red with a superb, balancing acidity so in no way cloying. Quite weighty."The superstar of Rasteau is André Roméro [of Domaine la Soumade] who produces five cuvées of drop-dead gorgeous red wine." Robert Parker was obviously excited!André shares his three big passions with the best chef in the area and they all point to the type of guy he is - wine, food and Marseille football. He is a small gaunt man with striking grey eyes and is entirely self-taught and believes passionately in low yields (35 hectolitres per hectare for this Villages wine) and extended fermentation. He has invested in an automatic pigeage system along Burgundian lines which ensures maximum extraction.Made from Grenache Noir, the red Rasteau can be drunk as a dessert wine but also makes a refreshingly different aperitif when served chilled. Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron 2010, Pomerol 43.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-bourgneuf-vayron-201054 4620082511960 Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron Pomerol Delivers a core of anise and red licorice character, with solid grip and definition already and a long, fruit-filled finish. A powerful style of Pomerol…James Molesworth – Wine SpectatorNous sommes sous le charme d’un 2010 de grand raffinement, avec un soyeux exemplaire et une chair magnifique. Une très belle réussite.À boire entre 2020 et 2030.Olivier Poels – La Revue du Vin de France – Hors-Série Novembre 201490% Merlot and 10% Cabernet-Franc.This Château has been a great personal favourite of ours since we started out in business in the late 1970’s but, until recently, we had not been able to buy enough wine to warrant listing it. Xavier and Dominique Vayron own 9 hectares of a single vineyard plot on the plateau west of Trotanoy and consistently produce a very substantial Pomerol which tends to have a distinctive whiff of chocolate truffles on the nose and a textured rich fruitiness and a powerful, structured body. They are a “class act” Half Bottle: Pouilly Fuissé 2019 En Cenon, Domaine Mathias 14.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-pouilly-fuisse-2018-en-cenon-domaine-mathias60 4607125389400 Domaine Mathias This Fuissé exhibits great intensity and a richness of dry, hazelnut fruit on the palate. Drink 2019-2021Fuissé is the pinnacle of white Maconnais production. This Fuissé is very concentrated and ripe with delicate nutty flavours and overtones of acacia. 30% of the assemblage sees moderate oak-ageing, thereby acting as a support rather than a dominant factor.Gilles Mathias has been running this immaculate estate since the mid-1990’s with the continued support of his father, Jean. We first started buying wines from Jean over fifteen years’ ago and we have seen this estate improve in quality ever since. Half Bottle: Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs NV 18.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-veuve-fourny-blanc-de-blancs-nv5 4607082201176 Champagne Veuve Fourny This is a very elegant Blanc de Blancs with a delicate freshness and creamy texture on the palate. It is very fine indeed.The vineyards of the House VveFourny are located in the most prestigious area of Champagne, the "Côte des Blancs", near Epernay, mostly planted with Chardonnay. This variety is the most sought-after for producing "Grandes Cuvées". The Fourny family are passionate about producing rich wines which are as true to their terroir as possible. They deliberately restrict yields to achieve this aim and their vines average 35 years. They only use chemical treatments where absolutely necessary preferring as organic approach to their viticulture as possible. Only the cuvée (first pressings),which are sweet and rich in acidity, is kept by the House Vve Fourny et Fils. The "tailles" (second pressings) are discarded. The blending of the year’s wines with the reserve wines (which make up the equivalent of at least half a harvest of old vintage wines) ensures a constant style, characteristic of the Veuve Fourny Champagnes. Part of the year’s wines, matured in old oak barrels, strengthens this unique style.After the first fermentation, their wines are kept in bottles and aged on their ferments for a long period.This long conservation enables the ferments to fully release their aromas. A cool and constant temperature in their cellars guarantees fine and light bubbles. When the wines have been disgorged they are stored in their cellars for some considerable time before being shipped. Half Bottle: Chablis 2018 Domaine Pinson 13.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-chablis-2018-domaine-pinson75 4602081411160 Domaine Pinson Chablis, made from 100% Chardonnay from the northern most part of Burgundy, produces some of the most remarkably clean, minerally, soil driven wines Chardonnay in the world. This exciting wine, from one of Chablis’ top wineries, is an excellent example of Chablis goodness: bright, vibrant, pure, refreshing, aromatic, loaded with goût de pierre à fusil (gunflint taste), and perfectly balanced between ripe fruit and lemony, green apple, acidity. Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most ‘senior’ estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.The Pinson brothers’ grandfather, Louis, established the estate’s pedigree in the late 1940’s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work).The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region. Casal Monteiro Tinto 2018, Tejo 8.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/casal-monteiro-tinto-2017-tejo72 4597747155032 Quinta do Casal Monteiro Smooth and elegant, medium-bodied wine. Intense summer berry aromas and velvety tannins with a long juicy finish.Estate grown and bottled. Touriga Nacional (40%), Merlot (30%) &and Syrah (30%). (2018 - 13% abv)Established in 1979 Quinta do Casal Monteiro produces limited editions of high quality vintages made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. The Estate Vineyard is planted in prime quality alluvial sandy clay soil overlooking the Tagus river. (Tejo in Portuguese) Monthelie Blanc 2017 Clos Fulliot, Domaine Garaudet 32.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/monthelie-blanc-2017-clos-fulliot-domaine-garaudet29 4582368575576 Dompaine Garaudet Paul Garaudet grumbles a lot and is probably our most archetypal Burgundy grower but he is, without doubt, one of our most accomplished wine-makers and, unusually, is first-class at making both red and white wines. Paul had to learn the hard way as he took over this important 15-hectare domaine following the sudden depth of his father when he was only eighteen. Now in his late-forties, he has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the finest red and white growers in the village of Monthélie, a sleepy village in a valley just to the west of Meursault.  Affectionately know as 'Le Grand Paul' by CPW his commitment to producing the very best from his vineyards is second to none. Montlouis Blanc 2018 Touche Mitaine, Le Rocher de Violettes 21.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/montlouis-blanc-touche-mitaine-le-rocher-de-violettess4 4578929016920 Le Rocher de Violettes Le Rocher des ViolettesThe “Touche Mitaine” comes from a 4-hectare parcel located on the slopes of Saint Martin le Beau. The terroir is 1.5m of clay/silex stones before hitting pure chalk. 75% of the wine is vinified in old oak and 25% in stainless steel.Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 having studied winemaking in Chablis and Beaune and completed a degree in oenology and viticulture. Xavier acquired old vine site parcels in Montlouis, mostly planted pre WW11, with some parcels reaching over 120 years old ! He immediately converted his 13 hectare to certified organic viticulture and all the grapes are picked by hand. The results are beautifully textured, individual dry wines with bags of personality and laser precision.  Barolo Monfaletto 2015, Cordero di Montezemolo 52.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/barolo-monfaletto-2013-cordero-di-montezemolo1 4530907021400 Cordero di Montezemolo The Cordero di Montezemolo Estate lies in the heart of the Barolo Wine Appelation and is currently run by descendants of the Falletti family who have owned the land since 1340. The wine is made from 100% Nebbiolo, specially selected from specific parcels of the 48 acres of vineyards that surround the 'Cascina' (or farm). The wine is matured in a mixture of Slovenian and French oak barrels for 2 years and then spends a further year in bottle before being released. It is bottled unfiltered. 14.5% abv 2013Intense garnet in color, the nose shows floral and spicy notes perfectly blended with hints of violets and roses, also with tobacco, cherries, cocoa and fresh raspberry highlights. The palate is rich, full-bodied both soft and elegant with well integrated tannins.  Drink Now Red meat, game, aged cheesee Dry Medium Bodied Dark Garnet Nebbiolo Piedmont, Italy Cordero di Montezemolo 2015 Contains Sulphites Black Sails Spiced Rum, Two Drifters 33.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/black-sails-spiced-rum-two-drifters0 4512873578584 Two Drifters A super smooth white rum has the signature blend of spices and flavours added toit, notably the star anise flowers that are added 24hrs before filtering and bottling.Two Drifters Distillery ltd is the creation of Russ and Gemma Wakeham wholove rum, science, Devon and the planet.Russ has a phd in organic chemistry, which has taken them all over the world -hence the name! They founded two drifters brewery after living in vancouver,where they fell in love with craft beer. When they moved back to Devon, end of2018, they knew they wanted to make rum, as well as beer, and so they added adistillery to their plans. Since bottling their first rum in April 2019, they have beenoverwhelmed by the positive response to their products, their brand and their story.They ferment 100% molasses and distill it in their bespoke warehouse near ExeterAirport, where their brewery (which is used in the rum distilling process) is housedas well. They strongly believe that nowadays, there is no reason why you should start abusiness knowing you are harming the environment. So, not only do they pridethemselves on making excellent rum, from scratch, but they also have a carbonnegative footprint. Magnum: Malbec 2017, Bodegas Benegas 39.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/magum-malbec-2017-bodegas-benegas2 4469869445208 Bodegas Benegas Selection of the best parcels from our own vineyards Finca La Encerrada (1450 meters above sea level), Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza.Intense ruby red colour with violet hues. Bright and Clean. Wine of medium intensity with soft and round tannins that unfold through the mouth. Fresh and juicy very friendly in the palate with a subtle minerality. Elegant and long finish.Ageing capacity: 10 YearsIn 1883, the great-grandfather of Federico Benegas Lynch, Don Tiburcio Benegas founded the winery "El Trapiche". Faced with the economic crisis in the province, which was a producer of alfalfa and wheat, Don Tiburcio had the vision that Mendoza should become a great producer of fine wines of worldwide fame. Until that time during the nineteenth century, only between 500 and 2,000 hectares of vineyards had been planted. He did not only focus on his personal project, but also encouraged other producers to incorporate new techniques and plant fine varieties by distributing the vine cuttings that had been brought from France to anyone who wanted to grow wine in the province. As a result, Don Tiburcio became one of the most prominent personalities of 19th century American viticulture together with Agoston Haraszthy in California and Silvestre Ochagavia in Chile.At the beginning of the 70’s when the Argentine wine industry was immersed in a crisis, the shareholders who controlled the family business of Benegas Hnos. decided to dissolve the El Trapiche winery, disposing of its assets separately, including its brands, demolishing the winery and selling off the vineyards in smaller lots.Federico grew up accompanying his father who was the winemaker in El Trapiche. Following the dissolution of the company, he moved to Buenos Aires. However, his passion for Mendoza and for winemaking led him to return in a search to recover the family legacy. This is how in 1999 he had the opportunity to buy Finca Libertad, an old vineyard first planted by his great-grandfather Don Tiburcio, which was the basis of the project to return to producing high-end wines - the BENEGAS wines. Two years later he bought an old winery located in Luján de Cuyo, which he completely restored respecting the 19th century architecture and incorporating the most up-to-date technology.In 2000, the first harvest was made and sold under the name of Benegas wines.  Drink now or Keep Red Meat, Barbecue Dry Full Bodied Dark Berry Malbec Mendoza, Argentina Bodegas Benegas 2017 Contains Sulphites   Santenay, Les Charmes Dessus 2017, Domaine Girardin 21.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/santenay-les-charmes-dessus-201748 4101396496472 Domaine Girardin Domaine Vincent Girardin, Chateau de la CharriereThe Santenay Charmes is a bright garnet red colour. The nose has floral overtones such as rose , peony or violet , coupled with aromas of red fruits and some notes of liquorice . In the mouth, it is fresh and round and with a good finish. 100% Pinot Noir grown on limestone and clay from 35 year old vines, the grapes are hand harvested and sorted in both the vineyard and on a sorting table in the winery.After their passage on the sorting table, the grapes are totally destemmed and then macerate for 15 days in vats. This period commences with 5 days’ cold maceration with the object of extracting the fruit characters from the grapes. This is followed by an increase in temperature during which pumping over and punching down liberates the tannins present in the grape skins. And finally, the temperature is raised to around 32°C for 5 to 7 days to stabilise colour and tannins.The wine is aged in oak barrels, of which 15% are new oak, for 10 to 12 months and after light filtration bottling takes place in the moon's waning phase.The Girardin family have benn wine makers for 13 generations, and the domaine developed in the sixties thanks to Jean Girardin, notably with the acquisition of Château de la Charrière. Having spent his childhood amongst the vines and in the cellar, Yves developed a passion for all aspects of wine and its culture.It was in 1981 that Yves Girardin found himself with of 3 hectares of vineyards following the separation of the family estate of 12 hectares. Today, he owns 20 hectares thanks to the acquisition of vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard . Since the acquisition in 2003 of the family estate Château de Charrière, by Yves, the property has expanded with the construction of a new winery .  Drink NowBeef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Bright garnet red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Yves Girardin 2017 Contains Sulphites Moulin A Vent, Heritage 2018, Domaine Paul Janin 23.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/moulin-a-vent-heritage-2018-domaine-paul-janin23 3846862536792 Domaine Paul Janin Today, this wine is a blend of the oldest vineyards in the area mostly on the premises called Les Greneriers and The Burdelines.The Janin’s 8 hectare domaine was established in the early 1930’s, when Eric Janin’s grandfather bought two hectares of vines in the remarkable terroir of le Tremblay (nowadays, known as les Burdelines). Paul, Eric’s father, added further parcels in the 1960’s, situated in the lieux-dits of Greneriers, Champ du Cour, Perelles and Brusellions. In 2013, the Janins purchased a small old-vine parcel of 60 year-old vines in the high-altitude les Caves lieu-dit. It is this mosaic of different terroirs that make the Janin’s wines so complex and interesting. Eric Janin’s philosophy is to let the “soil talk through his wines”. Although not certified organic, his work in the vineyards is based on the principle of restoring the soil to its natural balance, allowing the flora and fauna to re-establish itself. Over the past ten years, the soil has been worked by hand and nearly all treatments and fertilisers have been organically based. Eric’s vinifications are traditional, with whole-bunch, open vat fermentation for 12-15 days, with regular pigeages and pump-overs. The blending of the individual terroirs takes place after the malolactic fermentation and the wines are aged in old foudres.• 100% Gamay Black with white juice with a yield of 8 hectoliters per hectare. • Heavily weathered granite soils, old foothills and alluvium. • The vines are mostly 80 to 100 years old and are traditionally conducted in a low cup. • Tillage of 3 to 4 shallow tillage. • Manual harvest in small crates of 35 kilos.Sorting on vibrating table. • Vinification in whole bunches for 12 to 15 days before pressing. Staling possible depending on the vintage. • Plot in vats for 10 months on fine lees with micro-oxygenation. • Assembly before bottling.  Drink Now Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Gamay Beaujolais, France Domaine Paul Janin et Fils 2018 Contains Sulphites Nero d'Avola 2018, Nadaria 11.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nero-davola-2017-nadaria13 2115152052312 Cusumano Tasted here 23/04: Big step up in quality over most Nero d'Avola, a grape variety that we're very fond of. This wine is very modern in attitude so it avoids the 'dusty' tannins and 'jamminess' that can afflict the cheaper versions wines (caused by poor winemaking and not the grape's fault!) Lovely Mediterranean aromas of ripe berries and garrigue herbs are followed by flavours of sweet cassis, sloe and red cherry. Ripe, fine-grained tannins give balance to the fruit so, yet again, this is another Italian red that hits top form with food.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Nero d'Avola Sicily, Italy Sicily DOC 2018 Contains Sulphites Chateau Siran 2014 45.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-siran-201422 2077207035992 Chateau Siran Grand Cru ExceptionnelOne of our favourite wines from Margaux. Soft and exceptionally elegant with a complexity that rolls around the mouth dishing out blackcurrant and mineral flavours with a glorious casing of herbs and spice. Drink Now Braised Beef or Lamb Dry Full Bodied Deep Blackcurrant Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot Margaux, Bordeaux Chateau Siran 2014 Contains Sulphites  Brut de Grandmont NV, Chateau de Grandmont 14.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/brut-de-grandmont-nv32 1971043532888 Chateau de Grandmont A light, very fresh sparkling made by Methode Traditionelle and is a blend of 70% Gamay and 30% Chardonnay which gives the wine a vivacity and a freshness on the palate. With 2 years in bottle on lees there's an elegance and complexity that gives notes of red fruits and spices leading to an enticingly long finish. Made by Chris Piper and Jean Brac de la Perriere, this is a new addition to our 'fizz' range and definitely worth a try. Drink Now Trout, Freshwater Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale golden Gamay, Chardonnay Beaujolais, France Chateau de Grandmont NV Contains Sulphites Half Bottles Cote de Nuits Villages 2017, Xavier Durand 14.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-ladoix-cote-de-beaune47 1952798212184 Domaine Durand  A succulent raspberry fruit-laden Burgundy with excellent weight and depth. Drink now or by 2020.Xavier Durand has an infectious sense of humour but is also an immensely talented wine-maker and a visit to his labyrinthine cellars cut into the Comblanchien rock (Comblanchien is renowned for its rose-coloured marble as well as its wines!) is always something we look forward to. This is the heartland of the Côte de Nuits Villages appellation (there are only 30-odd growers in the AOC) and the Durands’ villages wines see 15% new oak and are always of Nuits St. Georges quality, combining an open, flamboyant fruitiness with ripe, integrated tannins.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2017 Contains Sulphites Monastrell Old Vine Tarima Hill 2017 16.16 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/monastrell-old-vine-tarima-hill19 1952797556824 Tarima Hill Made by one of Spain's most innovative wine ?makers, this is an outstanding 100% Monastrell (Mourvedre ) made from old vines at high altitude between Alicante's main mountain ranges. Aged in French oak for 20 months this is packed with deep brooding blueberries and blackberry notes and a touch of chocolate fudge. This is a real, must try wine. Robert Parker 93 points (An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, a terrific wine ) 15% abv Drink Now Steak, Game, Casserole Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Monastrell Rioja, Spain Tarima Hill 2015 Contains Sulphites Marius Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2017 Domaine Roche Audran 18.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/marius-cotes-du-rhone-villages-visan17 1952796115032 Domaine Roche Audran Vincent Rochette at Domaine Roche-Audran, situated at Buisson, is in his early 30's and is the type of man that we like to deal with. Totally passionate about his product, wine in general and always trying to "push the envelope" in terms of experimentation. This special cuvee Marius is extremely well crafted and represents excellent value for money. The best of his Grenache goes into this wine and comes from the rather amusingly named plot of vines called Dodo - which is perched high on a hill in Visan.  Drink Now Game, Duck, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre Southern Rhone Domaine Roche Audran 2017 Contains Sulphites Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Blanc Clos La Roquete 2018, Domaine la Roquette 41.26 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateauneuf-du-pape-blanc-clos-la-roquete-201520 1952792117336 Domaine la Roquette ANTHONY LYNCH "This white is perhaps the most downright drinkable young Chƒteauneuf white we have ever tasted: suggestions of hay, yellow flowers, and wet stone soar from the glass, while the plate displays a chalky tension that resolves to silky harmony over time. There is elegance and sophistication to be savored immediately."When the Brunier family bought la Roquette in 1986, no one really realised the potential of this extraordinary 40-hectare estate. The domaine is made up from a number of fragmented parcels of very old vines (average age 45 years-old), situated in three distinctive zones on the rocky plateau to the north of the town of Chƒteauneuf-du-Pape.Our long-standing partnership with Daniel and Fr‚d‚ric Brunier has proved extremely fruitful as this is an estate that has leap-frogged into the top division in the past five years or so. Drink Now or Keep Smoked Eel, Turbot, Red Mullet Dry Medium Bodied Pale Golden Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne Southern Rhone Domaine de la Roquete 2018 Contains Sulphites Riesling Cuvee Equinoxe 2016 Hery Fuchs 18.84 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/riesling-cuvee-equinoxe17 1952791658584 Domaine Henry Fuchs Outstanding clean and spicy floral nose with a hint of cordite. Extremely concentrated on the palate, however it still has a lot of freshness and light 'mouthfeel', bursting with elegant lime fruit. Very complex, organic character, some tropical notes, superb finesse and sophistication and with fantastic length. (2016 abv 13%)Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvill‚, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines.Established in 1922, the Fuchs? family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvill‚, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim.The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ?tightly? so that their final ?rendement? (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration.The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Drink Now Aperitif, Fish, Quiche Off Dry Medium Bodied Pale Gold Riesling Ribeauville, Alsace Domaine Henry Fuchs 2016 No Sulphites Gould Campbell 1994 52.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gould-campbell-199410 1952791232600 Gould Campbell Port Gould Campbell was founded in 1797 when Garret Gould, prompted by the political strife wracking his native Ireland, sailed to the hospitable shores of Portugal where he established the firm of Messrs. Gould Brothers &and Co., operating from both Lisbon and Oporto.The firm survived the trials of the Peninsula War which followed a few years later, when the Anglo-Portuguese army of the Duke of Wellington expelled the French invaders, and soon became very successful bringing into partnership the prestigious Merchants and Bankers Messrs. James Campbell &and Co. Gould Campbell came to establish a reputation for the excellent quality of their Ports and their Vintage Ports in particular. In 1970 the firm was acquired by the Symington family who had themselves been Port producers since 1882. It is therefore one of the very few Port shippers which remains a private family business, thus retaining its individuality and distinctiveness.The grapes for Gould Campbell Ports are drawn from vineyards in the Alto Douro area, where the yields are very low (about one pipe - 550 litres - per 1,000 vines) but the wines have immense complexity and depth. The winery is situated at PinhÆo, where a proportion of the wines are made in modern temperature controlled fermentation tanks. However, a significant proportion of Gould Campbell Ports are still made in small quintas in the hills around PinhÆo, using the ancient method of treading the grapes by foot in stone tanks called lagares. Drink now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francêsca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional Portugal Gould Campbell 1994 Contains Sulphites Moscato D'Asti I Morelli, Dezzani 2020 11.81 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/moscato-dasti-i-morelli-dezzani12 1952790577240 Azienda Dezzani The grapes for this are grown in the Terzo d'Acqui-Allessandria province and are hand picked in the beginning of September. The resultant must (juice) is held in stainless steel vats and chilled and a partial secondary fermentation at low temperature takes place during this period.The colour is straw yellow, and a typical nose, characteristic of Muscat grapes, with scents of acacia, apple and white peach predominates. This leads to a sweet and soft palate and a long persistent finish. When young it is mildly "spritzig" ie slightly fizzy on the tongue.It is low in alcohol at 5% abv and can accompany appetizers as well as being very suitable for desserts especially fruit based ones.It is best consumed within two years of vintage. Drink Now Aperitif Medium Light Bodied Golden Yellow Muscat Asti, Italy Dezzani N/A Contains Sulphites Condrieu Chante Perdrix 2017 39.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/condrieu-chante-perdrix20 1952787660888 Vignobles Verzier A superb dry white from 100% Viognier, ebullient and powerful but in a very unobtrusive way. This wine carries its flavour through, of apricots with pineapple and slightly honeyed , floral character with persistence. Heaven with fish in a white wine sauce or with a shellfish reduction. Lovely now but will age well for another 2 or 3 years. (2017 - 13.5% abv)Perched high up on the steep hillsides above Chavanay, this dynamic estate is run by one of the new generation of vignerons who are making considerable waves on the international market.Chavanay was one of the three original communes that were included in the original creation of the Condrieu appellation in 1940 and the young Philippe Verzier, who took control of the family vineyards in 1988, has emerged as a leading light in the appellation. Alvarinho 2015, Terra d'Alter 11.31 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/alvarinho-terra-dalta8 1952787595352 Terra d'Alter Alvarinho 100% from the Alto AlentejoHandpicked grapes grown on strong white limestone soil. Gently crushed, must-chilled followed by 24hrs skin contact. Juice cold settled for 48 hours followed by a prolonged fermentation in Stainless Steel at 12§C for a period of 50 days, on yeast lees until bottling.White peach and lime leaf. Palate Full bodied with taught acid spine and long finish with exotic stone fruits. 12.5%abv (2013) Drink Now Pasta, Chicken Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Alvarinho Portugal Terra d'Alter 2015 Contains Sulphites Lirac By Roger Sabon 2018, Southern Rhone 18.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/lirac-by-roger-sabon4 1952786219096 Roger Sabon Red and black fruits when young, with spice, tobacco, wooden and pepper aromas developing with age.Sadly Jean-Jacques Sabon died in December 2011 after a long fight against cancer.He handed over the wine making to his talented son in law Didier Negron back in 2004. We had already noticed how good Didier was when he was in charge of the white wine and now the estate remains in very good hands. Didier is looking after the wine making, Denis and his son Julien in charge of the vineyards and Gilbert looks after the administration. They make a lovely family and the wines go from strength to strength.Robert Parker has been a regular visitor and customer for over 15 years. Drink Now Beef, Game, Casseroles Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan Southern Rhone Domaine Roger Sabon 2018 Contains Sulphites Nuits St Georges Les Charmottes 2015, Domaine Chicotot 43.23 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nuits-st-georges-les-charmottes-20146 1952785629272 Domaine Chicotot This wine has very good depth and dimension with some tannins, which are by no means aggressive, and a lingering flavour of plump raspberry fruit enveloped in a fine silkiness. This is classic Nuits St. Georges packed full of vibrant fruit yet wrapped up in considerable structure. The length of the wine is very impressive.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring.Both husband and wife vie with eachother to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Drink Now or Keep Spring Lamb, Pork Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2015 Contains Sulphites Aval Dor Vodka From Cornwall - 40% Abv 35.22 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/aval-dor-vodka-from-cornwall-40-percent-abv12 1952784416856 Aval Dor Vodka Aval Dor, which takes its name from the Cornish translation of potato, is produced from the finest King Edward potatoes, grown on the cliff tops at Colwith Farm. This vodka has to be tasted to be believed. It is so aromatic with so many complex botanicals in its aroma and flavour if you closed your eyes you might thinkk you were drinking a fine cognac.Steve Dustow is one of the ?good guys?, a fifth generation member of a Cornish family of potato farmers, who are based at Colwith Farm, situated at Treesmill, near Par in South Cornwall. Steve is an Exeter University graduate, who went on to become a project manager for one of the West Country?s leading construction companies. However, disillusioned with what he saw in the industry, Steve decided to return to the family farm and diversify into the production of potato vodka. When we recently tasted this amazing spirit, we were extraordinarily impressed by its intensity, floral and spice-driven aromatics and silky viscosity. Even when blind tasted against leading specialist English potato vodkas, this hand-crafted elixir stood out head and shoulders above them.This is very much a small-batch, artisan, high quality vodka, distilled in a tiny 200-litre copper batch still and blended with mineral water lifted from an aquifer deep beneath the farm, to create this smooth and creamy vodka. The secret of Aval Dor?s intensity and richness isthe fact that it is only single-distilled, resulting in only the heart? (the best part of the potatoes) being used. A lot of distillers will tell you that the more times you distill the spirit, the better it is. That really is a lot of nonsense, because it is only when the raw materials are poor that a vodka needs to be distilled many times!  Drink Now Aperitif or Digestif Dry Spirit Clear Potatoes Cornwall Aval Dor NV N/A Armagnac De Tenareze 12 Y.O. Domaine De Cassagnoles 37.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/armagnac-de-tenareze-12-y-o-domaine-de-cassagnoles3 1952784056408 Domaine des Cassagnoles This Armagnac, from its very name, has had more time to develop in the cask than the 5 year old. The fruit, still very much present, marries well with the oak notes produced by the cask. It is suppler and rounder with vanilla aromas that make it more suave and on the finish there is a faint hint of liquorice. It is a high-quality Armagnac, typical of a TENAREZE, that frequently receives awards in the major Concours in France. Drink Now Digestif Dry Medium Bodied Dark Golden Ugni Blanc, Folle Blanc, Colombard Tenareze, France Domaine de Cassagnoles 12 Year Old Contains Sulphites Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka - 40% Abv 30.49 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/black-cow-pure-milk-vodka-40-percent-abv1 1952783204440 Black Cow Vodka Made in Dorset this unusual vodka is the world's first pure milk vodka, made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows and nothing else. Fresh whole milk makes an exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique creamy character.Black Cow Vodka is the invention of West Dorset dairy farmer Jason Barber. His inspiration came from a desire to diversify the produce from his 250 strong dairy herd and his deep personal interest in vodka. Jason had learnt about the Tuva, a nomadic Siberian tribe, who for many centuries have been distilling Araka, a vodka made from fermented mare?s milk. This obscure vodka, highly revered amongst Russian connoisseurs, caught Jason?s imagination, prompting him to set himself the challenge of producing a vodka using the milk from his own herd.The milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make cheese, the whey is fermented into a beer using a special yeast that converts the milk sugar into alcohol. This milk beer is then distilled and treated to a secret blending process. The vodka is then triple filtered and finished, before being hand bottled. There are around 300 bottles every batch. Drink Now Aperitif or Digestif Dry Spirit Clear Milk Dorset Black Cow NV N/A 50Cl Cream Alameda, Bodegas Hidalgo 13.58 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-cream-alameda0 1952782155864 Bodegas Hidalgo 18.0% abv For those looking for a sweeter Oloroso, the Abocado is a blend of old soleras with high-quality Pedro Ximenez; it is dark and concentrated with a very long finish. These are all sherries which represent the most traditional side of the market and are the purest examples of what the Jerezanos drink themselves.Founded in 1792 by Don Jos‚ Pantal‚on Hidalgo, this is one of the oldest sherry companies and today, is run by Javier Hidalgo from the original premises in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda, situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Vinicola Hidalgo is one of only a handful of bodegas that remains independent and totally family controlled and our initial tasting of their sherries was a real eye-opener. Theirs are real sherries made from old soleras and are the product of a ?artisan-craftsman? ethos, with all the grapes sourced from their own vineyards situated on ?albariza? soils in Balbaina and Miraflores, two of the very best Jerez DOC?s. Wine-making is very traditional and all the Hidalgo sherries are matured in American-oak ?botas?, something which is becoming rarer and rarer. Drink Now Aperitif Medium Dry Medium Bodied Sherry Pedro Ximinez Jerez Bodegas Hidalgo NV Contains Sulphites Calvados Du Pays D'Auge 2009 Hors D'Age, Michel Hubert 37.04 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/calvados-du-pays-dauge-2009-hors-dage3 1952781369432 Michel Hubert Michel HubertNestling deep in the lush fertile county of the Pay D'age les Vergers de la Moriniere is the idyllic location from which Michel Hubert produces some of the very best farm produced calvados. Michel Hubert controls every aspect of the production his calvados and this knowledge and expertise passed down through five generations has culminated in a product admired for its quality throughout calvados producing community. Michel says that a few pears from the 200 year old tree next to the cellar in his cider helps ensure its quality.A truly great Hors d'Age complex in taste, round and very long in the mouth this is a traditional Calvados that will impress.  Drink Now Digestif Dry Spirit Dark Golden Apples Calvados, France Michel Hubert 2009 N/Atrong> Calvados Du Pays D'Auge 2002 Hors D'Age, Michel Hubert 49.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/calvados-du-pays-dauge-2000-hors-dage2 1952781336664 Michel Hubert Michel HubertNestling deep in the lush fertile county of the Pay D'age les Vergers de la Moriniere is the idyllic location from which Michel Hubert produces some of the very best farm produced calvados. Michel Hubert controls every aspect of the production his calvados and this knowledge and expertise passed down through five generations has culminated in a product admired for its quality throughout calvados producing community. Michel says that a few pears from the 200 year old tree next to the cellar in his cider helps ensure its quality.A truly great Hors d'Age complex in taste, round and very long in the mouth this is a traditional Calvados that will impress. Magnum: Chateau Gloria 2008, St Julien 109.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-gloria1 1952779829336 Chateau Gloria Cru Bourgeois St JulienA really opulent style of Gloria with superb extraction and colour, ripe and rounded fruit and lovely balance. Deliciously juicy with a succulent texture that has given this wine it's great laying down potential and is drinking perfectly now. Henri Martin, Gloria's owner and once Mayor of Saint Julien was one of Medoc's legendary figures. In 1956 he became President of the Interprofessional Committee of Bordeaux Wines. Beginning in the 1940's, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Chateau Gloria with parcels of land from such neighbouring vineyards as Leoville-Poyferre, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon. The property is now run and managed by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and spends 16 months in barrels producing round, generous, rich, long-lasting wines with cedary and spicy bouquets. The wine of Chateau Gloria shows well young, and also ages well. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Julien Chateau Gloria 2008 Contains Sulphites Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud 2005, Sauternes 41.84 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-sigalas-rabaud-20052 1952779599960 Chateau Sigalas-Rabaud 1er Cru Class‚ SauternesA wine that we all very much liked at the UGC tasting as it sung sheer class. A yellow-gold colour with an entrancing aromatic nose of mint leaf and honey. Lovely creamy, soft attack with an intense, almost Viognier-style peachy fruitiness. Tremendously pure and concentrated with an almost 'electric' finish. Drink 2013 to 2025.There are two Sauternes estates which feature the name Rabaud as it used to comprise one whole estate before it was split up with one half being sold to Adrien Promis who came from an old wine-groing family in Bordeaux. The other half, Sigalas-Rabaud, was kept by Henri Droiuilhet de Sigalas and to this day it is still owned by his grandaughter's children, the Marquise de Lamert des Granges. It has a ideal souther exposure with its clayey gravel soil and produces the very finest Sauternes which can age well for 20 years or more in fine years.The grape varietal plantings are 85% Semillon with 15% Sauvignon. Drink Now or Keep Digestif, Sweet Desserts Sweet Full Bodied Deep Golden Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Sauternes Chateau Sigalas Rabaud 2005 Contains Sulphites Conker Dorset Dry Gin 70Cl 35.56 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/conker-dorset-dry-gin-70cl9 1952779206744 Conker Gin Conker have created a unique and intricate gin of ten select botanicals, distilled and bottled by them at Dorset?s first gin distillery, nestled in the back streets of Bournemouth.Whilst still a proper classic gin, led by a dry Macedonian juniper heart, the subtle incorporation of the Dorset notes of elderberries, samphire and handpicked New Forest gorse flowers brings bright and refreshing lighter notes to Conker.Brazenly refreshing and deftly smooth, the Dorset Dry is crafted to stand up on its own, poured and adored over ice.Mix at your pleasure, but this gin can hold its own. Mas de Daumas WHITE 2020 46.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mas-de-daumas-white-20200 6594479882328 Mas de Daumas he 2020 Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc is beautifuly fresh and aromatic full of high minerality and excellent balanced acidity. Aimé and Véronique Guibert discovered the Arboussas mountainside in the 1970s. With roots in the Aveyron, Aimé Guibert comes from an old Millau family of tanners and glove makers.As for Véronique Guibert de la Vaissière, she’s an ethnologist, specialising in Ireland. Of their five children, three – Samuel, Gaël and Roman - have been working in the Domaine and managing it since 2000.Much of the incredible complexity of Daumas Gassac wines stems from the perfumes of the rich Mediterranean wild plants and herbs that surround the clearings : bay, thyme, rosemary, lavender, laburnum, fennel, wild mint, lentisc, strawberry trees.25% Viognier – 25% Chardonnay – 25% Petit Manseng – 15% Chenin Blanc and 10% other grape varieties including Courbu from Bearn, Petite Arvine from Valais, Rhole from Provence, Marsanne from the Rhone valley and 10 other rare grape varieties. Kingfisher Bacchus 2018, Swanaford Estate, Devon 17.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/kingfisher-bacchus-2018-swanaford-vineyard-devon11 6579438223448 Swanaford Estate A beautifully balanced, 100% Bacchus. Dry and aromatic and bursting with tropical fruit flavours, this is a fine example of English Bacchus and makes a perfect accompaniment to spiced dishes.Swanaford Estate is a small, family vineyard producing superb sparkling and still wines from grapes grown on our south east-facing slopes in the Teign Valley. The 10-acre vineyard, located six miles to the south west of Exeter, is planted with Champagne clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to create traditional method sparkling wines. In addition, we have a block of Baachus and Siegrebbe to produce delicious, easy-drinking white wines. Swanaford Estate White 2018, Devon 15.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/swanaford-estate-white-2018-devon7 6579435044952 Swanaford Estate A crisp, fresh and fruity wine, that is aromatic and dry. Made from a blend of Siegerrebe and Schonberger grapes, it has hints of lychee, passion fruit and peaches and is an excellent wine to drink with seafood, lightly spiced dished or on its own.Swanaford Estate is a small, family vineyard producing superb sparkling and still wines from grapes grown on our south east-facing slopes in the Teign Valley. The 10-acre vineyard, located six miles to the south west of Exeter, is planted with Champagne clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to create traditional method sparkling wines. In addition, we have a block of Baachus and Siegrebbe to produce delicious, easy-drinking white wines. Swanaford Estate Sparkling Rosé 2018 28.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/swanaford-vineyard-sparkling-rose-20186 6579432390744 Swanaford Estate Our IEWA* Gold Award-winning rosé is exceptionally balanced and full of summer berry flavours. It is an an elegant, salmon-pink sparkler with a fine mousse and citrus notes. The 2018 is a single vintage blend of our estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meurnier, made in the traditional method.*Independant English Wine Awards 2020Swanaford Estate is a small, family vineyard producing superb sparkling and still wines from grapes grown on their south east-facing slopes in the Teign Valley. The 10-acre vineyard, located six miles to the south west of Exeter, is planted with Champagne clones of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to create traditional method sparkling wines. In addition, they have a block of Baachus and Siegrebbe to produce delicious, easy-drinking white wines. Hito Ribera del Duero 2019 14.76 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/hito-ribera-del-duero36 6555008794712 Emilio Moro Intense and lively cherry-red color. Well defined and clean aromas of dark ripe fruits. The ripeness of the fruits dominate over subtle French oak aromas, that add complexity and elegance. In the mouth balanced and round with a long and lingering finish. (2019 - 14.5%)D.O: Ribera del DueroLocation: Castrillo de DueroVariety: TempranilloSoils: Clay-Stony-LimestoneProduction: 350.000 bottlesMalolactic Fermentation: 12 days in steel tanksOak Aging: 8 months in French OakNearly 20 years ago, José Moro and siblings, the third generation of the family wine cellar Emilio Moro, started up an ambitious project that would set up the basis of modern wine making in Ribera del Duero. The Cepa 21’s original objective was to produce, using Tempranillo grapes as the main ingredient, wines that were based on wine making tradition and the region’s own terroir, but according to modern new trends. Half Bottle: Chateau Carbon D'Artigues Rouge 2016 Graves 8.04 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-carbon-dartigues-rouge-2018-graves62 4913997414488 Chateau Carbon d'Artigues GravesAn extremely ripe 2016 from this extremely good value Chateau, with plenty of fleshy juicy black fruits on the nose, soft tannins and a very drinkable palate. While your waiting for your other clarets to mature this is one to savour in the meantime.You will find this relatively newly-created property in the southern part of the Graves region, just to the north-west of Sauternes. It was the brain-child of two friends, Michel Bonnot and Louis-Michel Muyst, both having read oeneology together at the University of Bordeaux and, who on leaving, managed to persuade a number of growers in the commune of Landiras, who were near retirement, to sell them some prime parcels of old vineyards whose average age is now 30 years old.The first vintage released was in 1991. Merlot 65%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 35% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Steak, Charcuterie, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Graves Chateau Carbon d'Artigues 2016 Contains Sulphites Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum - 40% Abv 42.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-5cl-miniature-diplomatico-reserva-exclusiva-rum-40-abv8 4861516578904 Diplomatico Almost unheralded in the UK (possibly because we focus on rums from the ex-colonies), Venezuela is renowned in the Caribbean for the 'seriousness' and quality of its rums. They are lighter and more subtle than the Jamaican rums but still can still take long ageing in oak barrels and deliver a big hit of flavour on the palate. The Venezuelan rums tend towards complex sugar cane, honey and peppery cinammon (delicious!) flavours rather than molasses but it varies widely from distillery to distillery.From the distillery's website: Diplom tico Reserva is an extraordinary blend of rums aged for up to eight years. It is a great balance of complex pot still rums and light column still rums, with all the pot still rums being distilled from sugar cane honeys. This rum is the ideal ingredient for sophisticated cocktails like Mai Tai, Mulata, Presidente. It can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Colour: dark golden. Nose: plum, oak, nuts and vanilla aromas stand out. Mouth: clear traces of dried fruit, wood and vanilla giving this rum an extraordinary balance and a long lasting finish. Cockburn Vintage Port 1997 47.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-cockburn-port-199413 4846036549720 Cockburn Port 1997 was truly an excellent year in the Douro Valley. The harvest was one of the longest in living memory. At the far eastern extremities of Upper Douro, picking began before the end of August and continued until the second week of October in the cooler areas of the Cima and Baixo Corgo. The crop was small and produced grapes with wonderfully concentrated flavours, providing outstanding wines with excellent structure and an intensely fruity aroma.Today, Cockburn's is the largest land owner in the Douro Superior, and maintains four vineyards, or Quintas - Quinta dos Canais, Quinta do Tua, Quinta do Atayde and Quinta de Val Coelho. Grapes are crushed and fermented at the Quintas before transport to the Cockburn's lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia and Santa Maria for aging, blending, bottling and shipping.At harvest time, Cockburn?s exercises an enormous amount of quality control over both its own vineyards and those of contracted growers. Cockburn?s Quality Control Managers are present at all vineyard sources throughout the harvest to inspect all equipment and casks (known as "pipes") and to monitor fermentation.Cockburn?s Vintage Ports are made both by foot treading in traditional open lagars, and in modern temperature controlled fermenters. Cockburn?s historically has declared vintages less often than other houses, selecting only those years that fit their more elegant style.The production of port depends on a short fermentation with maximum extraction of color and tannin through continuous pumping over or treading. Once the juice, or must, is fermented down to the proper sweetness level, grape spirit is added to stop fermentation. Cockburn?s ferments slightly longer than other port houses, creating a less sweet style that allows the fruit and tannin structure to show. This is known as "grip" in the port trade.Young wines destined to become Fine Tawny and Ruby are transferred to Quinta Santa Maria for faster maturation in the warmer climate of the Douro, the so-called "Douro bake." All others are brought down to Vila Nova de Gaia to age more slowly on the cool, moist seacoast.Vintage Port is a blend of the finest wine lots from the finest quintas. Grapes from Cockburn's vineyards in the Villarioa Valley and from Cockburn's Quinta dos Canais Estate provided the nucleus of the blend. Over recent years, some 875 acres of Cockburn's Estate vineyards have been planted to varietal blocks, a method relatively new to the Douro and pioneered by Cockburns. Aged two years in (old) wood and bottled unfiltered, vintage port usually demands at least 10-15 years of bottle age to soften its powerful tannins and permit the robust fruit elements to marry and harmonize. Vintage port is usually considered fully mature after 30 years. Drink now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francêsca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional Portugal Cockburn 1997 Contains Sulphites Taylors Vintage Port 1994 120.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-taylors-vintage-port-201113 4838189629528 Taylor's Port Deep crimson just beginning to display some maturity on the rim. The explosive fruitiness of early youth is now more restrained as the wine begins to settle into maturity but the nose is still driven by impressive focused blackberry and blackcurrant aromas set off by the classic Taylor scent of violets. Full bodied and well structured palate delivering rich blackberry and cassis flavours with spicy, figgy, liquorice flavours evolving on the long and sumptuous finish.The Winter of 1993-1994 was extremely wet throughout the region. As a result, most vineyards experienced a very low yield, with production down as much as 75% in relation to the average in some areas of the Douro. In spite of the poor start, the growing season was satisfactory, with dry warm weather broken only by a few short periods of rain.The 1994 vintage Vintage Port received 100 points from the highly acclaimed James Suckling, then of the Wine Spectator.The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was wetter and colder than the 30-year average. Budburst occurred as usual mid March and warm weather and rainfall in April produced vigorous growth. At the beginning of May dry conditions set in and there was little rainfall in eastern areas of the Douro until late August. However the vines were able to draw from the plentiful ground water reserves built up during the previous winter and bunches developed and ripened in ideal conditions. V‚raison occurred a little earlier than usual on 15th June. Mild weather in June and July was broken only by a heat wave in the second half of June. August was hot and dry, with perfectly timed rainfall on 21st August and 1st September rounding off an excellent ripening season and producing a well balanced crop.Quinta de Vargellas, in the Douro Superior, was the first Taylor property to start harvesting on 10th September. Here as elsewhere the crop showed high sugar levels balanced by excellent acidity. In the PinhÆo Valley, harvesting started at Quinta do Junco and the upper part of Quinta de Terra Feita on 14th September and in the lower part of Terra Feita the following day. Fermentations were long, allowing balanced and complete extraction, and musts displayed intense colour and powerful fruit character from the outset. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Dense Blackcurrant Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barocca Portugal Taylor's Port 2011 Contains Sulphites Vilana Pirovolikes 2019, Lyrarakis, Crete 15.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-plyto-2019-lyrarakis-crete0 4829266804824 Lyrarakis Please Note: Currently in shipment. Available end of December. Vilana Pirovolikes vineyard high natural acidity, fermented in Inox then aged for 2 months in oak. Wildflower, citrus fruit, herbal notes and a touch of spicy cedar.The Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Coteaux du Layon 2016 Cuvee Thomas, Domaine Essarts 15.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/coteaux-du-layon-2016-cuvee-thomas-domaine-essarts120 4821079326808 Domaine des Essarts This cuvée was created on the occasion of the birth of our their Thomas in 1994. And since each vintage has thrilled the palate of lovers of this nectar.Golden amber yellow, it offers aromas of honey and candied fruit. In the mouth, it leaves a sensation of harmony and astonishing finesse. Grape variety: 100% Chenin Magnum: Chateau La Tour De By 2016 50.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-la-tour-de-by-20169 4769669644376 Chateau La Tour de By Cru Bourgeois Superieur  Medoc, BegadanThis is a brilliantly executed 2016 with classic dark plum and 'a point' cherries on the nose with well-integrated tannins on the palate, a big concentrated mouthfull of rich summer berries and a finely-tuned finish. Excellent wine making and very good value. Drinking well now with great succulence but also a claret that will continue to improve and develop with age, showing how Marc Pages winemaking skills are second to none.This extensive 70 hectare estate is perfectly positioned on a group of gravely ridges overlooking the Gironde whilst the chateau's name comes from the tower that stands in the vineyards which was built in 1825 as a lighthouse to cover the rivers estuary. In the 1960's, three friends purchased the estate and, since then, have built it up into one of the most successful and consistent of all the Crus Bourgeois. Marc Pages, who currently manages the property, makes a rigorous selection when he chooses his final cuvees to bottle, discarding anything that does not come up to scratch. These are always deep-coloured, full-flavoured and concentrated wines with a clearly defined, black-berry fruitiness.Cabernet-Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 32% and Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot Medoc, France Chateau La Tour de By 2016 Contains Sulphites Vouvray Moelleux 1995 'Collection' Domaine Pichot 38.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vouvray-moelleux-1995-collection-domaine-pichot3 4762854260824 Domaine Pichot The Pichots’ run of recent vintages has produced a wonderful collection of dry, demi-sec and sweet wines. This is the longest established estate in Vouvray (est. 1739) and their current reputation has been built on their obsessively low yields and rigorous triages during the harvest - the 1995 Vouvray Moelleux “Collection” is the result of a third ‘trie’ right at the end of the harvest, for example. Robert Parker recently wrote that “these wines represent uncommonly natural expressions of both Chenin Blanc and terroir”. These are totally authentic products of great class, character and individuality. The underlying acidity in this sweet wine will ensure it can develop over the next 20 years or more.Jean-Claude Pichot, and his son, Christophe, have been supplying us with Vouvrays since the early 1980’s and our original belief that this is one of the finest estates in the central Loire is now widely accepted. For tax purposes, the domaine has been split up between father and son, with Christophe using the name of Domaine du Côteau de la Biche, although all the wines are the same, appearing on different labels at different times of the year! Vouvray Moelleux 1990 'Collection' Domaine Pichot 54.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vouvray-moelleux-1990-collection-domaine-pichot3 4762853048408 Domaine Pichot Tasted in Sept 2017 and a pure delight at 27 years old! Unctuous, rich and obviously sweet but with that fresh lifting vein of acidity which prevents the wine from being cloying or heavy. Flavour like apple tarte tatin and cream. The texture is smooth and the nose is of a cox's orange pippin. This is a wine to foil a savoury or a hard cheese or a blue cheese rather than a dessert - for which it is simply not sweet enough - too delicate for that. Drink and savour.The Pichots’ run of recent vintages has produced a wonderful collection of dry, demi-sec and sweet wines. This is the longest established estate in Vouvray (est. 1739) and their current reputation has been built on their obsessively low yields and rigorous triages during the harvest - the 1990 Vouvray Moelleux is the result of a third ‘trie’ right at the end of the harvest, for example. Robert Parker recently wrote that “these wines represent uncommonly natural expressions of both Chenin Blanc and terroir”. These are totally authentic products of great class, character and individuality. The underlying acidity in this sweet wine will ensure it can develop over the next 20 years or more.Jean-Claude Pichot, and his son, Christophe, have been supplying us with Vouvrays since the early 1980’s and our original belief that this is one of the finest estates in the central Loire is now widely accepted. For tax purposes, the domaine has been split up between father and son, with Christophe using the name of Domaine du Côteau de la Biche, although all the wines are the same, appearing on different labels at different times of the year! Half Bottles Mas De Daumas Red 2015 17.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-mas-de-daumas-red-201521 4702117822552 Mas de Daumas 2015 was an outstadning vintage with very ripe, intense complex reds. This iconic wine will be superb over the next 13 plus years.Aim‚ and V‚ronique Guibert discovered the Arboussas mountainside in the 1970s. With roots in the Aveyron, Aim‚ Guibert comes from an old Millau family of tanners and glove makers.As for Veronique Guibert de la VaissiŠre, she?s an ethnologist, specialising in Ireland. Of their five children, three ? Samuel, Ga‰l and Roman - have been working in the Domaine and managing it since 2000. Much of the incredible complexity of Daumas Gassac wines stems from the perfumes of the rich Mediterranean wild plants and herbs that surround the clearings : bay, thyme, rosemary, lavender, laburnum, fennel, wild mint, lentisc, strawberry trees.80% Cabernet Sauvignon + 20% rare grape varieties. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Full Bodied Dense Red Cabernet Sauvignon plus 20% Rare Varities Languedoc Roussillon, France Mas de Daumas Gassac 2015 Contains Sulphites White Mercurey, 2018, Domaine Marechal 31.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-white-mercurey-2017-domaine-marechal22 4669710368856 Domaine Marechal A wonderfully complex white Burgundy. Unusual to find white Mercurey. This wine has a lovely richness. It shows intense, exotic fruit flavours with great freshness and a long, pervasive finish. Drink 2018 - 2022 .Jean Maréchal and Marc Bonvigne (Jean’s son-in-law) have continued the successes that this 10 hectare estate enjoyed in the early 1990’s. Now Marc's sons have taken over the running of the estate and the wines have gone up another gear. Both are totally dedicated and passionate about what they produce and are making some profound, brilliantly coloured and complex Pinot Noir which always have overtones of cherries and raspberries. The Maurice Chevalier look-a-like, Jean, maintains one of the most immaculate wineries and barrel-cellars in Burgundy and this attention to detail is clearly reflected in the quality of the wines. Amazing. Volnay 2017, Domaine Paul Garaudet 31.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-volnay-2015-domaine-paul-garaudet36 4669683269720 Domaine Paul Garaudet A delightful Volnay oozing with violet-infused black cherry fruit and coupled with the power and persistence that characterises the great 2015 vintage. Drink 2017 to 2020.Paul Garaudet took charge of this important 15-hectare domaine when he was only eighteen, following the sudden death of his father, Georges, and some of his superb wines are still labelled under his father's name, although this might well be for tax purposes! There can be no doubt that he had to learn the hard way and, now in his late-thirties, he has carved himself out a reputation as one of the finest red and white wine-makers in the village of Month‚lie, a sleepy village in a valley just to the west of Meursault.Affectionately know as 'Le Grand Paul' by CPW his commitment to producing the very best from his vineyards is second to none. Nuits St. Georges 1Er Cru Les Vaucrains 2014, Chicotot 54.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-nuits-st-georges-1er-cru-les-vaucrains-2013-chicotot22 4669591224408 Domaine Chicotot An intense dark wine of outstanding power, its aromatic range plays on wild berries (blackberries and sloes), developing muskier, woodier notes and a body that mellows with time.It is the ideal accompaniment for full-flavoured meats; roast game – such as woodcock, hare, wild boar, venison, for example – or rich sauce dishes with mushrooms will match it perfectly, especially the somewhat older vintages.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring.Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Drink Now or Keep Spring Lamb,l Pork Shoulder Dry Medium Bodied Dark Rubyk Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2014 Contains Sulphites Nuits St. Georges 1Er Cru Rues Des Chaux 2015, Domaine Chicotot 64.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-nuits-st-georges-1er-cru-rues-des-chaux-2014-domaine-chicotot26 4669570973784 Domaine Chicotot This 1er Cru Nuits takes the village wine to a completely different dimension. Still bursting with ripe raspberry fruit and enveloped with gentle tannins this wine possesses a delicious purity of fruit and fills the palate with wonderfully complex flavours that linger for a long time. The 2015 has beautiful rich fat fruit flavours yet with incredible staying power. Drink 2017 to 2020 and beyond.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring.Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Their wine is just amazing.  Drink Now or Keep Spring Lamb, Pork Shoulder, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2015 Contains Sulphites Nuits St George Plante Au Baron 2014, Domaine Chicotot 35.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-nuits-st-george-plante-au-baron-2013-domaine-chicotot8 4669557866584 Domaine Chicotot Full of character, this wine combines beautiful balance with finesse. The rich, complex nose has lovely leather notes with touches of animal. Blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry notes dominate, backed by discreet liquorice accents.This makes it the ideal accompaniment for roast duck, or capon with a mushroom stuffing (morels, girolles, ceps, black trumpets)A visit to the cellars of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is never short. In fact, it's best done at the back end of the day when you have more time! They are such a lovely couple with an impish sense of humour and a passion for what they do. When it comes to wine making, they split the vineyards up between themselves and run an annual competition as to who can make the best wine!This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring. Eevery year both husband and wife vie with eachother to see who can make the better wine. In reality it seems they both succeed! Drink Now or Keep Lamb, Pork Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2014 Contains Sulphites Chateau Gloria 1998, St Julien 47.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-gloria-2003-st-julien2 4666113032280 Chateau Gloria Cru Bourgeois St JulienA really opulent style of Gloria with superb extraction and colour, ripe and rounded fruit and lovely balance. Deliciously juicy with a succulent texture that makes this perfect for current drinking. Henri Martin, Gloria's owner and once Mayor of Saint Julien was one of Medoc's legendary figures. In 1956 he became President of the Interprofessional Committee of Bordeaux Wines. Beginning in the 1940's, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Chateau Gloria with parcels of land from such neighbouring vineyards as Leoville-Poyferre, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon. The property is now run and managed by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and spends 16 months in barrels producing round, generous, rich, long-lasting wines with cedary and spicy bouquets. The wine of Chateau Gloria shows well young, and also ages well. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 5%  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Julien Chateau Gloria 1998 Contains Sulphites Chateau Suduiraut 2009, Sauternes 78.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-suduiraut-2005-sauternes6 4665380438104 Chateau Suduiraut 1er Cru Class‚ SauternesChristian Seely and his team have produced one of the finest Suduirauts of recent times. A tropical, honeyed peachy nose with a floral backdrop and a pale golden green colour lead you in to an extremely broad palate with tremendous definition and freshness. Terribly unctuous and opulent with a decidedly fruit cake finish. Quite lovely. Drink 2015 to 2030.The wines of Suduiraut are luscious and rich which, in great vintages, are capable of lasting 30 years. The colour is usually rich and the wine has an alluring perfume.Owned by the AXA insurance giant this estate is managed by Christian Seely. It is without doubt one of the greatest estates of the appellation.90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon  Drink Now or Keep Digestif, Sweet Desserts Sweet Full Bodied Deep Golden Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc Sauternes Chateau Suduiraut 2009 Contains Sulphites Gevrey Chambertin 2017, Florent & Paul Garaudet 48.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gevrey-chambertin-2017-paul-garaudet32 4664443142232 Florent & Paul Garaudet From fifty year-old vines situated in the aux Corvées vineyard, just below the village of Gevrey. Great purity and focus to the black cherry fruit, with gossamer-fine tannins, great mouth-feel and loads of liquorice and dark chocolate. Has the weight of classic Gevrey, but the generosity of fruit keeps it very moreish, and the finish has a charming spiciness. Layered and lengthy.We have been working with “Le Grand Paul” for twenty-five years and there has never been a dull moment! Paul Garaudet took charge of this important 10-hectare domaine when he was only eighteen, following the sudden death of his father, Georges, When we first met Paul, he was rather cautious with the characteristic suspiciousness of a Burgundian. As time wore on, Paul gained in self-confidence and, most importantly,     developed his own, individualistic wine-making techniques. Today he is one of a small band of Burgundy growers who are, very unusually, as good at making white wines as they are reds. The Garaudet hallmark is wines of great clarity and a fantastic purity of fruit. Paul has carved himself out a reputation as the leading wine-maker in the village of Monthélie, a sleepy village in the valley just to the west of Meursault. Tarquin's Mixed MINIATURE Gift Set 20.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tarquins-mixed-miniature-gift-set2 4662903242840 Tarquin's Cornish Gin Four delicious 5cl miniatures from Tarquin's Distillery in Cornwall.Cornish Dry Gin – British Blackberry Gin – Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin – Strawberry and Lime Gin Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2015, Domaine Hudelot-Baillet 59.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chambolle-musigny-les-cras-domaine-hudelot-baillet15 4659271434328 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Decanter Nov 2016"Highly Recommended" 90 Points" A youthful type, with a powerful nose of ripe cherry and a subtle framing of wood, which follows onto the palate where the oak is quite dominant alongside the concentrated fruit. Promising; perhaps still a baby that needs cellar time. Drink 2020-2024Dominique le Guen has sculpted his finest les Cras to date. Beautifully perfumed with the tell-tale Chambolle nervosity and freshness and a profound richness and structure. A long-termer. Another fine 1er Cru from Dominique le Guen at Domaine Hudelot Baillet. Les Cras is altogether beefier than his other 1er Cru 'Les Charmes'.We're told by our female colleagues on the buying team that Dominique le Guen (wine maker and son-in-law of Joël Noëllat) is one of the best-looking Burgundians that we deal with. We can't possibly comment but what we do know is that he is one of the most talented wine makers in our portfolio, which is saying something. Having retired early from the French air force (hence the in-house nickname, "Top Gun"), he took over the running of the domaine in 2004, having completed a degree in viticulture and oenology at Dijon. Dominique is some one who has come from the outside with a serious passion for wine but has not been indoctrinated with modern or traditional bias, simply the desire to create his own "thing". He is greatly helped by the fact that the quality of his vineyard sites that he has to play with are exceptional - premiers crus les Cras and Charmes, grand cru Bonnes-Mares and crazily old 60 year-old village Hermitage La Chapelle 1997, Paul Jaboulet 112.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/hermitage-la-chapelle-1997-paul-jaboulet4 4657907630168 Paul Jaboulet "The 1997 Hermitage La Chapelle seems to get deeper with exposure to air (the wine was far more drinkable after 24 hours of aeration than it was upon opening). The moderately intense bouquet exhibits plenty of ripe blackberry and cherry fruit, in addition to spicy, mineral characteristics. There is considerable weight and volume, but the wine is tight, and nearly impenetrable, leaving an impression of a large, deep, four-square monolith in need of 7-10 years of cellaring - minimum. This is an outstanding Hermitage La Chapelle that will have at lest 3 decades of positive evolution. For readers intent on committing infanticide, open and decant it 12-24 hours in advance. The improvement is dramatic. Perhaps Jacques Jaboulet's preference to bottle with very high levels of CO2 makes this wine so difficult to taste in its youth." Parker Nuits St Georges Vieilles Vignes 2016, Domaine Chicotot 46.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nuits-st-georges-vieilles-vignes-2016-domaine-chicotot116 4657848647768 Domaine Chicotot This wine has very good depth and dimension with some tannins, which are by no means aggressive, and a lingering flavour of plump raspberry fruit enveloped in a fine silkiness. This is classic Nuits St. Georges packed full of vibrant fruit yet wrapped up in considerable structure. The length of the wine is very impressive.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring. Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed!  Chateau Rabaud-Promis 2009 43.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-rabaud-promis-20096 4648410185816 Chateau Rabaud-Promis 1er Cru SauternesThis was really one of the very best of the Sauternes that we tasted showing fantastic concentration (not surprising at 17hl./ha!) and a mesmerising citric-fresh balance. A pale golden straw colour and a spicy, honeyed nose opens in to a luscious, mango-tinged palate with great complexity. Incredibly long finish.Excellent. 13.8% alc. and 140g/l residual sugar/ 4.5gl. total acidity . [Drink: 2017-2030] The name of Rabaud comes from the surname of a former owner and when Sauterens was classified in 1855, Château Rabaud consisted of what is now Château Rabaud-Promis and also Château Sigalas-Rabaud.In 1864, Henri Drouilhet de Sigalas bought the estate and his son, Gaston separated the vineyards in 1903 when he sold a half to Adrien Promis from whence the name Rabaud-Promis came from. Adrien Promis owned the property for nearly 50 years before it was bought by Pierre Genestet who sold it in 1950 to Raymond-Louis Lanneluc. Today it is his children, Michele and Philippe are at the helm.Today, the château has 33 hectares under vine with an average age of the vines being 35-40 years. 80% Sémillon, 18% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle with an average production of 60,000 bottles.Fermentation is done in barrel before the wine is matured in tank and barrel. Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2017, Garaudet 39.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/meursault-vieille-vignes-2016-garaudet60 4624365977688 Domaine Paul Garaudet This is a truly remarkable Meursault. Full of rich layers of buttery fruit, underlying mineral roundness and texture with an amazingly long persistent finish. Wonderful.Paul Garaudet grumbles a lot and is probably our most archetypal Burgundy grower but he is, without doubt, one of our most accomplished wine-makers and, unusually, is first-class at making both red and white wines. Paul had to learn the hard way as he took over this important 15-hectare domaine following the sudden death of his father when he was only eighteen. Now in his late-forties, he has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the finest red growers in the village of Monthélie, a sleepy village in a valley just to the west of Meursault. Affectionately know as 'Le Grand Paul' by CPW his commitment to producing the very best from his vineyards is second to none. Saint Domingue 2000 71.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/saint-domingue-20009 4622178877528 Chateau La Dominique 2nd wine of Chateau La DominiqueGrand Cru Saint-EmilionUndoubtedly the most impressive Saint-Domingue I have tasted, this wine tastes like proprietor Clement Fayat's La Dominique on steroids, opaque purple-colored with a glorious nose of creme de cassis, vanilla, chocolate, and espresso. Once past the ostentatious aromatics, this chewy, low-acid, plump, full-bodied wine is dense, rich, with great intensity, purity, and plenty of power. This is obviously a modern-styled St.-Emilion, but a huge crowd-pleaser and a wine capable of lasting 12-15 more years, possibly longer. Score 92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2003 Half Bottle: Cote de Beaune, Ladoix 2018, Domaine Durand 14.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-cote-de-beaune-ladoix-2018-domaine-durand122 4607145640024 Domaine Durand René Durand has an infectious sense of humour but is also an immensely talented wine-maker and a visit to his labyrinthine cellars cut into the Comblanchien rock (Comblanchien is renowned for its rose-coloured marble as well as its wines!) is always something we look forward to. This is the heartland of the Côte de Nuits Villages appellation (there are only 30-odd growers in the AOC) and the Durands’ villages wines see 15% new oak and are always of Nuits St. Georges quality, combining an open, flamboyant fruitiness with ripe, integrated tannins. The Aloxe-Corton is simply the best we have tasted, exhibiting a concentrated, rich cherry-scented personality whilst René Durand’s Corton Grand Cru le Rognet is one of the region’s iconic wines and is only available in tiny quantities. They are wines that warrant plenty of bottle-ageing to show at their most complex.René is a notoriously difficult man to deal with as he believed in doing things at a pace to suit him rather than his commercial clients! However the wines are so good it is worth a hundred phone calls and faxes to get him to prepare an order! Half Bottle: Gremillet Brut Selection NV 16.14 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-gremillet-brut-selection-nv106 4607087214680 Champagne Gremillet Our 'House' Champagne made from a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This is excellent value for money and has a lovely elegant 'mousse' ('mousse' is a term used with sparkling wines to describe the finesse of the bubbles within the wine). The high proportion of Pinot Noir in the blend results in a champagne that is quite creamy in texture and has a lovely depth of fruit.Jean-Michel Gremillet’s ‘grower’s Champagne’ continues to be extremely well written-up in press reviews but, more importantly, has won over an increasingly large band of supporters in the past fifteen years. These are extremely elegant wines that have undergone a surprisingly long bottle-ageing process that gives them a roundness not often found at this level. abv 12.5%.The Gremillet family own some prime-site vineyards in the Aube département and their impeccable cellars are situated in the village of Balnot-sur-Laignes, about 50km. to the south-east of Troyes. The Brut Selection has a firm structure with a lovely soft, toasty fruit and pale straw colour. Half Bottle: Ch Lafaurie Peyraguey, 2009 26.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-ch-lafaurie-peyraguey-200913 4599523344472 Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1er Cru Classé SauternesLafaurie-Peyraguey has a very impressive, ornate château that is well worth a visit. The vineyard of 41 hectares is sited on the lower part of tthe Bommes plateau below its name-sake, Clos Haut-Peyraguey. The word Peyraguey means hill. The name Lafaurie derives from the fact that the estate was acquired by a Monsieur Lafaurie during the Revolution.Today it is owned and managed by Jean-Pierre Petroffe who prides himself on the meticulous care taken from vineyard, through several stages of harvesting to the cellar. These are Sauternes wines with wonderful creaminess and great complexity. Inspector Peringuey Chenin Blanc 2019 Jordan Estate 12.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/inspector-peringuey-chenin-blanc-2017-jordan-estate159 4597766979672 Jordan Vineyard Layers of rich tropical fruit and creamy citrus flavours, interlaced with a spicy, white peppercorn complexity from barrel-fermentation create a well-balanced wine with a natural fruity acidity. 2015-13.5% abv.The juice was barrel- fermented in 228 litre second-fill Burgundy-shaped barrels, and matured “sur-lie” in the barrel for 7 months with occasional “batonage”. 31% tank-fermented Chenin Blanc was added to the blend. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a history going back over 300 years. He's a geologist, she's an economist - together this husband and wife team is a phenomenon. Gary's parents, Ted and Sheelagh, bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting programme, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.From the Jordan hillside vineyards one has spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and Stellenbosch. Gary and Kathy worked internationally for two years, refining their high-energy instincts with practical experience. They returned home to build a cellar in 1992. The following year, the vines were judged ready for making wines that would carry the Jordan name. From that first year it was obvious that a new star had been added to the winemaking firmament. Continuing success has enlarged the team, with the focus on producing fiercely individual wines that combine the fruity accessibility of the New World with the Classic Elegance. Mercurey 1er Cru Les Barraults 2016, Domaine Marechal 24.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mercurey-1er-cru-les-barraults-2016-domaine-marechal1 4592478912600 Domaine Marechal A very rich and sinewy wine loaded with complex raspberry fruit extracts. Ripened tannins and outstanding length which just goes on and on. Drink 2018 - 2022 .Jean Maréchal and Marc Bonvigne (Jean’s son-in-law) have continued the successes that this 10 hectare estate enjoyed in the early 1990’s. Both are totally dedicated and passionate about what they produce and are making some profound, brilliantly coloured and complex Pinot Noir which always have overtones of cherries and summer raspberries. The Maurice Chevalier look-a-like, Jean, maintains one of the most immaculate wineries and barrel-cellars in Burgundy and this attention to detail is clearly reflected in the quality of the wines. Givry Blanc 2014 Jean Tatraux et Fils 21.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/givry-blanc-2014-jean-tatraux-et-fils24 4582377979992 Jean Tatraux et Fils Sylvain Tatraux, with the help of his wife, manages the entire business which is a small family farm in existence since 1763. Three quarters of the vineyard is from old vines . The total area of 8 hectares distributed as follows :3 hectares in Givry 1er Cru red , 4 hectares in Givry Red Village and 1 hectare in Givry White Village. The annual production is about 45,000 bottles. The harvest is manual . The vinification is traditional. With his white, the fermentation takes place in vats or casks for eight to ten days. The wine is then racked and assembled to be put into barrels for ten months and it performs its malolactic fermentation with regular stirring . The wines are fined and filtered if necessary before bottling. Gigondas Racines, Les Pallieres 2018 31.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gigondas-racines-les-pallieres-201624 4581288280152 Domaine les Pallieres The property originally belonged to the Roux family and was inherited in this family for several centuries. Before as now, the property at the foot of Dentelles Montmirail covers 135 hectares, of which 25 ha has been cultivated and planted with vines. There were ups and downs for the property over time. In between the wines from the domain have been well recognized.The two brothers who owned the property in the 1990s had no direct heirs and the vineyards were in a bad conditions. They gradually became to a point where they were ready to sell the property.According to the American importer Kermit Lynch, the idea of ​​buying the domain with the Brunei brothers from Vieux Télégraphe was "casual discussion over lunch at Chez Panisse between Daniel and Kermit Lynch". The purchase became a reality in 1998.In the years after the purchase, a renovation of the vineyards was made. 2 ha was cleared and replanted.Half bottles of 2015 are also available.  Brunello di Montalcino 2015 Casanova di Neri 63.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/brunello-di-montalcino-2010-casanova-di-neri12 4579101933656 Casanova di Neri A deep, dark rich wine from Casanova di Neri with lush plum cake and spice on the palate with extremely supple tannins. Casanova di Neri was born from an innovative vineyard project planted in a territory south-east of Montalcino never experienced before and represents the desire to produce a Brunello with great personality: structure, finesse, quantity and quality of tannins, length, drinkability and potential of aging. The soil, the microclimate, and the botanical realities typical of the Mediterranean maquis surrounding the vineyards are the perfect demonstration of the exceptional nature of the terroir. A well recognizable wine, awarded by the most important opinion leaders in the world: Barolo Ascheri La Morra 2015 Reverdito 35.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/barolo-ascheri-la-morra-reverdito4 4579061923928 Reverdito 100% NebbioloWow ! This delicious red produced by Michele Reverdito and his sister Sabina is an intense and complex bagful of flavours and aromas. Still mellow, full of autumnal fruits and dark cherries with a touch of cinammon. They didn't start producing wine until 2000. Before that, however, their family farm had been host to herds of cattle which  had a distinctly positive impact on the soil.  I Gelsi Grecco 2018, Statti 13.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/i-gelsi-grecco-2018-statti-18 4570667941976 Azienda Statti Statti I Gelsi is a wonderfully aromatic and refreshing dry white wine crafted from 70% Chardonnay and 30% Greco Bianco grapes. It is lively and crisp with intense aromas and flavours of almonds and citrus and is a delightful pairing with Risotto or Involtino. 2017 12.5% abv.Alberto and Antonio Statti are fourth generation farmers who have always felt a great link to their land. Their idea is to combine tradition and innovation into the production of high quality wines from indigenous grape varieties.  Drink Now Fish, Chicken, Creamy Pasta Dry Light Bodied Pale yellow Chardonnay, Greco Bianco Calabria, Italy Statti Winery 2017 Contains Sulphites Mantuano, Diplomatico 31.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/mantuano-diplomatico5 4512929611864 Diplomatico Mantuano is an excellent blended rum, aged for up to 8 years in white oak casks, which previously served to age bourbons and malt whisky. It combines column, batch kettle and pot still distillates elaborated from sugar cane mollasses and honeys.It is dark golden in colour with an opening aroma of dried fruits, oak and a delicate spiciness. In the mouth it is complex and well balanced with notes of dried plums, wood and vanilla with a harmonious and slightly dry finish. Mantuano is the ideal rum for flavoured cocktails such as Mary Pickford and the Negroni. Alternatively enjoy neat. VS Petite Fine Cognac, Chateau Montifaud 41.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vs-petite-fine-cognac-chateau-montifaud4 4484679467096 Chateau Montifaud Château Montifaud has belonged to the Vallet family for six generations now, the vineyard being created in 1837 by Augustin and has seen the succession of Pierre, Maurice, Louis and Michel. Laurent came to join his father and grandfather in October 2000. According to the family tradition, when a son joins his father, a part of the cognac distilled in that year is set preciously aside and will only be sold by the future generations. Liqueur de Pain d'Epices, Briottet 26.12 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/liqueur-de-pain-depices-briottet2 4383016714328 Briottet Briottet's Gingerbread Liqueur can be drunk in many ways: as an aperitif with a sparkling wine, as an after-dinner drink, straight and "frappée" with an ice cube, as part of a dessert, poured over vanilla ice cream and also as part of a mulled wine recipe along with cinnamon. In the kitchen, pour some over your roasts and legs of meat during cooking in the oven -- a light gingerbread caramel will form, conferring on the meat a sweet and flavoured taste.La Maison Edmond Briottet was established in 1836 and, today, the family still oversees every aspect of the production of their fruit liqueurs. Strict selection of only the best fruit provides the base and, with careful maceration over ten weeks, they manage to achieve a wonderful concentration of fruit and viscosity.This is an 'artisanal' creme at its best. Drink now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark golden Ginger France Briottet NV N/A 50cl: Recioto Classico, Zenato 2010 36.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-recioto-classico-zenato-20104 4380662857816 Zenato A dark, rich, luscious wine, full of gorgeous dried fruit flavours.The drying process lasts about 5 months. During this period the grapes are ventilated and their relative humidity is monitored in order to create the best conditions for the drying process and to keep the best health status. The wine pressing takes place at the end of February through de-stemmer and pre-maceration of the skins on the must, at a controlled temperature of 10°C for 2 days. The fermentation lasts about 21 days in small horizontal steel tanks. The wine, once it reaches the alcohol content of 14°, is racked off and the fermentation is naturally stopped only through the cold temperature of 10°C. After 10 days, the wine is decanted in oak barriques where it ages for 24 months. Drink Now or Keep Panettone, baked cakes, chocolate Sweet Full Bodied Dark Plum Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, Oseleta Veneto, Italy Zenato 2010 Contains Sulphites Terra d'Alter Late Harvest Viognier 16.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/terra-dalter-late-harvest-viognier4 4380579856472 Terra d'Alter If you can imagine drinking luscious puréed mango then this is the wine for you. Fermented in wooden barrels yet it still retains an amazing freshness and elegance. Drink Now or Keep Citrus Desserts Sweet Medium Bodied Golden yellow Viognier Alentejano, Portugal Terra d'Alter NV Contains Sulphites Auchentoshan 12 Year Old 40% proof 47.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/auchentoshan-12-year-old-40-proof2 2116119691352 Auchentoshan The Auchentoshan Distillery was established in the Dumbartonshire estate of Auchentoshan in 1823. Since then it has had six careful owners who have handed down its unique production process. This Lowland Malt Distillery rests at the foot of the Old Kilpatrick Hills, overlooking the famous River Clyde, once renowned as the Scottish gateway to the world.Auchentoshan, meaning `Corner of the field’ in Gaelic, produces a delicate, smooth and light single Malt Whisky. The subtle aroma and flavour of its Spirit is achieved by the unique Triple Distillation process, whereby the spirit is not distilled twice, as elsewhere in Scotland, but instead, distilled three times producing even greater refinement to its character.The distillery has been extensively refurbished since its acquisition by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd in 1984, although it still retains all its traditional production methods including its unique Triple Distillation process.Michael Jackson, the author of the famous Michael Jackson’s Whisky Companion says of Auchentoshan “This is a classic Lowland distillery, not only in its location, but also in its adherence to triple distillation. Light-bodied whiskies result; light in flavour, too, but by no means bland. If you fancy single malts, but do not care for intensity, Auchentoshan offers the perfect answer . . subtlety.”  Drink now or Keep Digestif Spirit Full Bodied Dark Golden Grain Lowland, Scotland Auchentoshan 12 Year Old N/A Magnum: Gigondas Terrasse du Diable 2015, Pallieres 53.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/magnum-gigondas-terrasse-du-diable-2015-pallieres8 2112717881432 Domaine Les Pallieres Domaine Les Pallieres  Wine Spectator:Dark and focused, with cassis, blackberry and black currant fruit flavors spliced together, racing along atop mouthwatering bramble, lavender and rosemary accents. A bright iron streak pierces the finish, adding lift and range. Best from 2019 through 2027.LOCATION: terraces in the most northerly reaches of the appellation, in the lieux-dits of Poncet, Thomas, Les Pallières and Terrasse du Diable. This selection comes from parcels at an altitude of 250-400 metres. Most are small, isolated plots surrounded by woodland. AREA: the domaine consists of a single 334-acre estate comprising 62 acres of vineyards and 272 acres of pine and oak. Grapes from about 40% of the plantings go into the “Terrasse du Diable” blend.SOIL AND SUBSOIL: the vineyard has been built mainly into single-row terraces, to cope with the very steep slopes. The soil, which is partly covered by limestone rock slides from the Dentelles de Montmirail hill range, is very shallow and sits on a highly compact layer of red clay.The higher you go, the greater the proportion of scree. GRAPE VARIETIES: 90% Grenache noir, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Clairette. VINE AGE: 45 years on average. VINIFICATION: grapes are hand-picked, with double sorting at the vine, then a third sort in the winery. Gentle crushing and selective destemming, followed by 25-30 days’ traditional fermentation in temperatur econtrolled concrete and wood vats. Pneumatic pressing, then systematic malolactic fermentation.MATURATION: 20 months in French oak foudres (60 hl). Bottled unfined and unfiltered, then released at 2 years.PERSONALITY AND AGEING: when young, the “Terrasse du Diable” cuvée has the minerality, freshness and spiciness of high-lying terroirs. The best vintages can age for more than 20 years.  Drink Now Beef, Game, Casseroles Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Grenache, Clairette, Mourvedre Southern Rhone Domaine Les Pallieres 2015 Contains Sulphites    Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Vergelesses Blanc 2016, Francoise Andre 36.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/savigny-les-beaune-1er-cru-vergelesses-blanc-2016-francoise-andre38 2111824986200 Domaine Francoise Andre Domaine Francoise AndreThe harvest is done manually with a meticulous cluster selection. Whole grapes are then pressed in a pneumatic press. The slow and steady pressure increase of the press produces fine and elegant wines. The settling process  (separating the must from the solid particles) is thorough, contributing to the wine’s excellence. The must (the juice extracted from the grapes) begins its alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in 350 litre barrels. 30% of the barrel is renewed annually: a voluntarily moderate renewal to let the terroir express itself. Hand in hand with our Coopers, we seek the perfect equation between the type of barrel and the wine’s character. Age of vines: 40 years Drink Now or Keep Aperitif, Salmon, Herby Chicken Dry Medium Bodied Pale Gold Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Francoise Andre 2016 Contains Sulphites   Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2020 12.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/louis-guntrum-dry-riesling-201612 1952799916120 Weingut Louis Guntrum A dry Riesling with lots of ripe and fresh fruit. (12.5% abv - 2020)The Louis Guntrum cellars lie on the banks of the Rhine between Oppenheimer and Nierstein. The 11th generation, Louis Konstantin Guntrum, the sole owner, is managing the estate today.Modern cellar technology, combined with the best of traditional wine-making and philosophy have formed a harmonious relationship, and are responsible for the production of some of Germany?s finest wines, of which we are truly proud. Drink Now Spicy Asian Dishes, Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Pale Golden Riesling Rheinhessen Louis Guntrum 2020 Contains Sulphites Warre's Traditional Late Bottled Vintage 2007 26.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/warres-traditional-late-bottled-vintage1 1952799293528 Warre's Port Carefully selected from the finest wines of a very good year, this port is aged in oak casks for 4 years before being bottled without fining or filtration. This ensures that, as with Vintage Port, the fruit concentration is retained.Once bottled, Warre's Traditional Late Bottled Vintage Port is left to mature for a further 5 years in Warre's own cellars before being offered for sale. It is this prolonged ageing in its own bottle that gives this particular LBV so much outstanding style and complexity.Around 1670, the year in which Warre's was established, an embargo was levied on French wines as a result of the deteriorating relationship between France and England. The founders of Warre's settled in Northern Portugal in the town of Viana do Castelo at the mouth of the River Lima. They traded English woollen goods and dried cod in return for the produce of the Minho district and beyond, primarily wine. War in 1689 created additional demand for Portuguese wines, which forced many Oporto merchants including Warre to explore the Douro region, an area known for its big black tannic wines.The Methuen Treaty was signed in 1703 confirming that England would defend Portugal in the war of Spanish succession. Preferential treatment for English textiles was also agreed in return for a duty on Portuguese wines that was a third less than that levied on France.Access to the Douro region remained difficult as there were no roads over the mountains and the river was prone to severe flooding. The quality of the wines gradually improved. The wines, which were being fermented to dryness, were largely austere and very dark in colour. Although the first apparent evidence of fortification occurred in a monastery in Lamego in 1678, most merchants did not add brandy to the wine before the 18th century and even then it was only used in an attempt to ensure that wine arrived at its destination in good condition.In 1729, the first member of the Warre family arrived in Oporto. William Warre was born in 1706 at Fort St. George in Madras in India. He became a partner in the firm and henceforth it was known as Messrs Clarke, Thornton and Warre. William Warre was the first British resident to acquire land in Vila Nova da Gaia, across the river from Oporto, later to become the centre for the port companies' lodges and administrative offices.During that time the Douro region suffered a period of over-production, which brought on a slump in the trade and a dramatic fall in prices. The Marques de Pombal, Prime Minister at the time, stepped in in 1756 to safeguard the livelihood of the Douro growers. Pombal created the Real Companhia, a virtual state monopoly, which excluded the English shippers. This action was followed by a bloody riot in the streets of Oporto known as the 'Tipplers Revolt' which was largely blamed on the British.Despite this revolt a series of measures were implemented to regulate the production of Port including the drawing up of a boundary around the region, restricting Port production to vineyards within it. The Real Companhia eventually lost its monopoly in 1777 when Maria I succeeded the Portuguese throne and Pombal was dismissed.The wine growing region at that time was centred around Regua and did not extend much beyond PinhÆo, with the exception of Quinta do Roriz which was leased to a religious order. Interestingly, over 200 hundred years later the current owners of Warre's Port, the Symington Family, agreed to enter into a joint venture on Quinta do Roriz to market a Vintage Port and a table wine.The Port trade saw another period of expansion during the second half of the 18th century, largely as a result of the development of the bottle. As the shape became more cylindrical, it became possible to cellar the bottles on their sides. The British merchants by that time had established themselves in Oporto with a hospital, school, club and the Factory House which represented perhaps the core of the British Port trade. This building was initiated and designed by John Whitehead, whose sister Elisabeth married William Warre in 1745. Whitehead was the Consul in Oporto and one of the leading figures in the British community at that time. During the first part of the 19th century, Oporto was rocked by invasion and rebellion with the French marching into the city in 1809. They were repelled by British forces lead by Sir Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) three months later. The Peninsula War continued until 1811 and during that time the Duke and his officers drank the local wine and were well supplied with Port. William Warre, the nephew of the senior partner in Warre &and Co, joined the British army in 1803 and was drafted in to support the forces in Portugal five years later. He pursued a very successful career reaching the rank of Lieutenant-General, was knighted for his outstanding service to both Britain and Portugal in 1839 and was decorated by the King of Portugal with the Orders of Torre and Espada and the order of S.Bento d'Avis. In one of his letters to his father written during the Peninsula War, he mentioned that the Duke of Wellington was a keen Port drinker and often ordered Warre's Port during the campaigns.The Port trade flourished during the mid-19th century with production reaching about 100,000 pipes, of which 25% was exported to Britain. All levels of society drank the wine either young or old and often mulled. The practice of 'declaring' wines of exceptional years began at that time. The auction houses then began to trade these wines, which gained a particular character if left to age in the bottle.The fungal infection Oidium was first detected in the Douro in 1848 and quickly began to have a significant impact on the quality of the wines. Worse followed in the 1870s when signs of a far more devastating disease, the parasitic Phylloxera, began to emerge. This resulted in many vineyards simply being abandoned.Replanting of the vineyards with American rootstock began in earnest in 1883. The Port trade then enjoyed another period of encouraging results - by that time Brazil had become an important market with sales of over 20,000 pipes. This strengthened the financial position of some shippers. One such entrepreneur was George Acheson Warre, who at the time was the wine maker at Silva &and Cosens (Dow's Port). He bought three important properties and was perhaps one of the first Port shippers to purchase land in the Douro.During this period, Andrew James Symington was admitted into partnership in the firm of Warre &and Co having arrived from Scotland in 1882 and worked alongside the existing members of the Warre family.Today, the Symington family are at the forefront of running Warre's Port House. Halves: Churchill's Vintage Port 2003 24.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-churchills-vintage-port-200758 1952798113880 Churchill's Port The 2003 has an intensity of colour and a concentrated berry aroma which enriches the vintage blend while retaining the traditional tannic structure of Churchill's Vintage Port. 2003 will be a big, tannic, fruity and long-lived vintage well worthy of cellaring for a generation or more.Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn?s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn?s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor?s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams? ? the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons ? so what better name than his wife?s maiden name Churchill. In the beginning, Churchill?s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor?s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated.  Drink now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francêsca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional Portugal Churchill's Estate 2003 Contains Sulphites Running With Bulls Tempranillo Rafa 2016 17.06 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/running-with-bulls-tempranillo-rafa1 1952798048344 Barossa Valley Growers A delicious Tempranillo full of dark summer berry fruits.The Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo is sourced from multiple growers in the western ranges of the Barossa, through to the valley floor and into the Penrice region. This provides a great range of aroma and flavour profiles, creating an interesting and varietal Barossa Tempranillo. Fermentation with yeasts indigenous to the vineyards was followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation in mature oak barrels. The aim has been to showcase the stylish fruit flavours and lovely tannins of Tempranillo and for the oak to only have a very subtle influence. A deep garnet in colour, the Running with Bulls Tempranillo 2013 has a complex nose full of truffles, black cherry, lilac, wood smoke and white pepper spice. It has an alluring palate of red currants, dark chocolate and rhubarb with rustic Tempranillo tannins. Perfect with tapas or tea smoked duck. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Barossa ValleyWine maker:- Sam Wigan Harvested:- March 2011 Matured for seven months in new and mature Hungarian, mature French and mature American oak barrels. 13.5%abv Drink Now BBQ, Game, Lamb Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Tempranillo New South Wales, Australia Running with the Bulls 2016 Contains Sulphites Jordan 'The Real Mccoy' Riesling 2018 13.27 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/jordan-the-real-mccoy-riesling-201769 1952797425752 Jordan Vineyard Intense flavours of lime through to white peach and Granny Smith apple. A superb accompaniment to the lighter spectrum of Asian cuisine.The name 'The Real McCoy' celebrates the legislative change regarding the naming of Riesling in South Africa.The distinct ravine which embodies Stellenbosch Kloof harnesses all the qualities of a well-orientated compass. Varying elevations and aspects allows us to grow a selection of classic varieties to specific sites that optimise this expression through their location. The cooler south- and east-facing aspects, unique in Stellenbosch, hosts the more sensitive and aromatic white-skinned grape varieties. Stellenbosch Kloof enjoys a cooler Mediterranean climate with mari-time influences from False Bay, 14km to the south, and a refreshing breeze channelled from the West Coast?s Benguela current 24km to the north-west. These two breezes culminate at the top end of the ravine and bring in early morning mists, especially from False Bay. Consequently, temperatures in our meso-climate can be measured at least 3ø Celsius cooler than inland Stellenbosch during ripening periods. This adds a unique characteristic to Jordan wines.The Riesling vineyards (300m above sea level, 27 year old vines) were harvested at between 20.9 - 21.5 degrees B. The grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press with the free run juice being separated from the press fraction. After 2 days of settling in tank the clear juice was racked off its lees and inoculated with a French strain of yeast. Cold fermentation at 15 degrees Celsius occurred in stainless steel tanks until the perfect balance between the Residual Sugar and acidity was reached. The fermentation in this vintage was stopped at about 0 degrees B to retain a hint of natural residual sugar.Alc: 13% Total Acid: 6.7g/l pH: 3.22 Residual Sugar: 7.3g/l Drink now Chicken, Pork Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Pale Yellow Riesling Stellenbosch, South Africa Jordan Estate 2018 Contains Sulphites Beaune 1er Clos des Vignes Franches 2016, Domaine Yves Girardin 31.71 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/beaune-1er-clos-des-vignes-franches-20155 1952796541016 Domaine Yves Girardin Domaine Yves Girardin, Chateau de la Charriere, Santenay, Cote d'Or.Deep ruby in the glass. Pleasant nose of cherry and red fruits with vanilla notes. Smooth, leading into a delicious, full and lively palate with the fruit overtones augmented by spice. Lovely exuberance and a persistent finish.Made from 100% Pinot Noir grown on vines with an average of 45 years old, the grapes are picked by hand and undergo a triage, ie sorting for quality, in both the vineyard and in the winery where they are 100% destemmed. Maceration in the vats takes place for 15 days ( with pumping over and pigeages according to the vintage) and includes a cold pre-fermentation soak for 5 days to extract the maximum amount of fruit. A hot post-fermentation soak is applied to stabilize the colour and the tannins.The wine is matured in French oak barrels (30 % in new oak) for 10 to 12 months. A light filtration takes place before bottling which is done in the waning phase of the moon.Best served at 16C / 17C Will keep for 6 to 9 years.   Drink or Keep Grilled Red meat Dry Medium Bodied Dark Raspberry Pinot noir Cote d'Or, France Domaine Yves Girardin 2016 Contains Sulphites Halves Monbazillac Chateau Vari 2016 10.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-monbazillac-chateau-vari-2011-monbazillac-dordogne143 1952796508248 Chateau Vari This delicious dessert wine is a blend of late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. It is distinctly orange-tinted in colour and displays juicy flavours of peach with hints of toffee and spice.The vines at Chƒteau Vari were purchsed by Yann Jestin in 1994 and he immediately started to improve the vineyard so as to optimise the use of the soil. Progressive planting with high density, an increase in the leaf cover, severe pruning and a green harvest have all proved worth while.The estate has been on the road to becoming organic since 2009 and covers 22 hectares, 20 of which are in full production.Yann is also a broker in Bordeaux, closely linked with many of the top chƒteaux and shares their desire to attain excellence. His brother, Herv‚, also takes an active part in the business.90% Semillon; 7% Sauvignon Blanc; 3% Muscadelle. (2016 abv 13%) Drink or Keep Citrus Desserts, Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle Monbazillac, France Chateau Vari 2016 Contains Sulphites Vacqueyras Cuvee Lopy 2015, Sang de Cailloux 30.69 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vacqueyras-cuvee-lopy38 1952796147800 Domaine Le Sang de Cailloux Massively powerful with great complexity. The 2015 Cuvee Lopy, made from 85 year-old vines grown on steep, stony slopes on the Sarrians coteaux, is massively powerful, dark and complex with balanced fruit and ripe tannins. It exhibits notes of cloves and cinnamon bark with a distinct smokey undertone. It has incredible length. Serge Ferigoule recently commented that he believed this wine still need some more time so drink 2018 - 2025 and beyond maybe.When the Vacqueyras appellation broke away from the Cotes du Rhone Villages family in 1990, Serge Ferigoule realised that it was the ideal time to create something totally out of the norm and today has a quite remarkable selection of Vacqueyras which he has hand-crafted with enormous passion. Recently, Robert Parker put Serge's wines in to the superstar category but, typical of the man, he has maintained our allocation just as it was before, despite phenomenal demand from the USA.From 16-hectares of vineyard (where he uses no pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers) he annually makes a pair of wines which he names (in Provencal French) after one of his daughters and after the farm in Avignon where he was born. The daughter's cuvee changes name on a year-to-year basis whilst the other one is for his top selection which is called Cuvee Lopy .The normal cuvee is generally a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest a mix of Mourvedre and Cinsault. The Lopy is 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah. These are extravagant, deep, dark and brooding classics  Chateau Ch. Fourcas-Dupre 2011, Listrac 21.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-ch-fourcas-dupre-20117 1952795689048 Chateau Fourcas-Dupre Cru Bourgeois Superieur, ListracFor a number of years, Patrice Pages has been demonstrating that the wines of Listrac need not be heavy and clumsy and his 2011 was our favourite wine from this commune. Following the trend for the year, it has a rich deep purple colour with a sweet cassis and oak-tinged bouquet. It is well-structured with integrated big tannins and with a most attractive texture. The balance is spot on a with the all-important freshness making this more of a 'classic' style wine that many of the other 2011's from Listrac. Very authoritive. [Drink: 2019-2025] CCNPThe vineyards of Fourcas are mentioned on Belleymes map (geographical engineer of Louis XV). In 1843, the lawyer Jean Baptiste Antoine Dupre, member of the Bordeaux Appeal Court acquired the vineyard and in 1844 Chateau Fourcas Dupr‚ was born. The cellars, buildings and chateau were completely renovated. Today, a new fully functional fermenting room and refurbished cellars for storing and packing complement the original ones. The chateau now belongs to a family-owned company managed by Patrice Pages.The vineyard of Chateau Fourcas Dupre‚ is located on a crest of Pyrenean gravely soil at an altitude of 42 meters. It is an uninterrupted plot with an average density of 8500 vines per hectare. These days everything is done (vineyard draining, grape varieties adapted to the soil, limited production) to show a perfect example of this unique terroir.In his quest for a perfectly ripe harvest, the cellar master, thanks to a fermentation cellar which is entirely temperature controlled, can show the character of the four grape varieties that compose the wine of Chateau Fourcas Dupre. Ageing in barrels, a third of which are renewed every year, completes the balance of every vintage year.Grape varieties : 44% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot Drink Now or Keep Beef, Cheese, Offal Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot Listrac Chateau Fourcas Dupre 2011 Contains Sulphites Gold Reserve Red 2011 Massaya Beqaa Valley 47.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gold-reserve-red-2010-massaya-beqaa-valley10 1952794837080 Massaya The blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Mourvedre &and 10% Syrah. The vines are 20 years old on average, and planted at 900-1,200 metres above sea level. The hand picked grapes were sorted on tables and fully destemmed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks or wooden vats, depending on the variety. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, then blended a few months before being bottled, unfiltered.Firm and very elegant aromas of black spice, classic notes of violets and cassis. This is a delicious big chunky red, prominent tannins, and in a serious class of its own. If you're thinking about cellaring some wine for the future this will not fail in delighting you in a decade. Tasted 14/11/11 FTA dense, firm red with lots of fruit and hints of spice and mint.The Ghosn brothers, Sami and Ramzi, were determined to realize their dream by bringing to life great wines at their Tana‹l Property. To do this they decided to bring in priceless know-how to one of the worlds oldest wine producing regions.On 27 May, 1998, a partnership was formed with an ambition to produce a world class Lebanese wine in the Bekaa Valley. It brought together The Ghosn brothers - Sami and Ramzi - and Dominique H‚brard, owner of Chateau Trianon (and previous owner of Ch Cheval Blanc) and the Brunier brothers, Daniel and Frederic, co-proprietor at Le Vieux Telegraphe. The new wine was to have a limited annual production and it was to be called Massaya, named after the time of day when twilight sets on the vineyard and the sky turns purple as the sun sets behind Mount-Lebanon.This prestigious Franco-Lebanese collaboration has united great men of wine and created optimum conditions for making great wine, taking advantage of the exceptional soil here in the Bekaa.The vineyards of the Tana‹l Estate are located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley, where the slopes are protected by Mount Lebanon and the Anti -Lebanon mountains. Free of frost and disease, the Bekaa Valley enjoys a unique climate with long gentle summers, wet winters and an average temperature of 25 degrees that is perfect for viticulture.  Drink Now Grilled Red Meat, Venison Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Syrah Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Massaya 2011 Contains Sulphites Corton Charlemagne 2015, Domaine Francoise Andre 107.84 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/corton-charlemagne-20151 1952794050648 Domaine Francoise Andre Domaine Francoise AndreMillesime 2015 If the Emperor's beard appears white, it is simply because the tiny flowers which grow in stone walls and the dried fruit of hazelnuts and almonds have fallen into it. Right from the beginning, it's the dry extract that upholds the palate like a tannin buttress, majestically prolonging the moment. This vintage is already a classic. Timeless.Francoise Andre teamed with her daughter-in-law Lauriane are making impressive red and white Burgundies to rival any of the young talent now appearing in this region of France.Michel (Francoise's husband) and their sons Frederic, Rodolphe and Thierry, behind the scenes, tend to the vineyard.In 2009, the Andre family associated the first name of its owner with the Domaine des Terregelesses, founded in 1983.The estate's vineyards span over 7,5 hectares in the northerly Cote de Beaune, home of the famous Corton hill. Wonderful wine. Drink now or keep Aperitif, Fish, Creamy Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Light golden Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Francoise Andre 2015 Contains Sulphites Merlot Vin De Pays D'Oc 2018, Domaine Saint Hilaire 10.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/merlot-vin-de-pays-doc-2016173 1952793919576 Domaine St Hilaire Domaine Saint Hilaire, Montagnac, Languedoc, FranceRed berry and violet aromas with a subtle hint of plum. Very supple on the palate, lively red fruit flavours with well balanced tannins and acidity. A soft easy drinking wine.Blend: 100% Merlot Harvest: Night-time harvesting, destemming. Yield: 29 Vinification: Traditional vinification with temperature control in concrete tanks with gentle extraction, racking to tank for malolactic fermentation, ageing 8 months in tank. Production: 16,600 75cl bottles %Vol alcohol: 14 pH: 3.6 Closure: Diam III Cork Drink Now Beef, Game, Pork Dry Medium Bodied Dark Bramble Merlot Languedoc Roussillon, France Domaine St Hilaire 2018  Contains Sulphites Half Bottles Elysium Black Muscat 2017 16.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-elysium-black-muscat40 1952792838232 Quady Winery Black Muscat, another underappreciated muscat variety, is known in Europe as a table grape variety, Muscat Hamburg, one of the very few black skinned muscats. The rose-like aroma led Quady to name the wine Elysium, which is Greek for heaven. Andrew Quady believes that drinking this, you can almost feel you have fallen into a rose garden and been transported to heaven - but then I suppose he would.The wines is made in the same manner as Essensia, it is used, like Essensia to either accompany or replace dessert. One favourite is to pour the wine onto vanilla ice cream. Serve Elysium Sundae with a glass of Elysium. Great with vanilla, dark chocolate, blue cheeses, and, for those die-hard romantics, candlelight!Quady Winery specializes in dessert wines from under-appreciated Muscat varieties, in ports, and in aperitif wines. Essensia and Electra made from Orange Muscat and Elysium from the Black Muscat variety can either accompany or replace a dessert. Starboard, a port type wine made in a fruit forward-softer style, is Quady's euphemism for port. It is made in two styles: Batch 88 for current drinking and Vintage Starboard, for bottle aging.Recently, Quady has introduced Vya Vermouths, made in two styles, extra dry and sweet, for use either as an aperitif or to mix with spirits. Vya is the vermouth for the connoisseur.  Drink now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Dark Plum Black Muscat California, USA Quady 2017 Contains Sulphites Vina Real Reserva 2014 21.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vina-real-reserva2 1952792412248 CVNE Haro, Rioja AlavesaDeep Ruby and cherry red, with the lightest hint of a terracotta edge. Good intensity on the nose, with ripe autumn fruits, warm spices and elegant toasty oak. The palate is rich, warming and velvet, with good acidity and noble tannins.Tempranillo 90%, Garnacha 5%, Graciano 5%In 1940 the first Vi¤a Real wines were launched. These wines were produced from grapes grown around Elciego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province. These vineyards, to this day are still controlled by Vi¤a Real and continue to border the 'Camino Real' or 'Royal Drive'; hence the origin of the Vi¤a Real name.The Vi¤a Real wines are modern in structure, balance and elegance, with a potential for very long ageing in bottle, this last being the main characteristic of the Rioja Alavesa province.The Vi¤a Real range is composed of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva reds with this last style only produced from very good years and a Vi¤a Real Barrel Fermented white.In 1879, two brothers set up a business in the recently flourishing trade of the wine business. C.V.N.E., Compa¤¡a Vinicola del Norte de Espa¤a (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) or la Cun‚, as it is commonly known in Haro, was created.The Cun‚ winery in Haro, is made up of a group of buildings, mostly from the 19th century and arranged around a courtyard surrounded by pavilions for the purpose of wine production, aging, and bottling and it was one of the first wineries of Rioja to bottle its own wines. In 1900, the winery had an extraordinary aging capacity of 80,000 bottles, which was most unusual at the time, as most wineries were selling their wines as soon as possible. Drink now Beef, Cheese, Duck Dry Medium bodied Dark Berry Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha Rioja Cune 2014 contains sulphites Quick Gin 27.82 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/quick-gin2 1952792313944 Quick Distillery Quick Gin should be classified as an international style of gin. It is distilled in the United Kingdom and is listed in a number of other countries already. They use an expanded palate of botanicals - juniper berries, coriander seeds, orange peel, angelica root, cassia bark, orris root powder, lemon peel, liquorice root powder, nutmeg and cinnamon. They then infuse great tasting orange and a hint of almond to round off the gin that creates their distinguished, easy drinking flavour.Serve with a slice of orange.  Aperitif Dry Spirit Clear Botanicals UK Quick Gin NV N/A Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2018 47.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/paul-cluver-seven-flags-chardonnay-201610 1952791789656 Paul Cluver   The wine shows a slight green hue, the nose is a melody of fresh citrus fruit with some winter melon and hints of oak in the background. The palate of the wine is an exciting combination of citrus fruit with great poise, concentration, a great salinity and hints of oak in the background. The taste of this wine is very elegant and long. Drink Now or Keep Creamy Dishes, Chicken, Fish Dry Medium Bodied Golden yellow Chardonnay Elgin, South Africa Paul Cluver 2018 Contains Sulphites Warre's Otima 10 Year Old Tawny 50 Cl Bottles 19.52 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/warres-otima-10-year-old-tawny-50-cl-bottles19 1952791429208 Warre's Port Otima - any time.Stylish, elegant, crisp, versatile and fresh, Otima is the ideal pre or post dinner tawny port. Lightly chilled and served with olives, nuts, amuse-bouches or savoury snacks, Otima is a crisp and cool beginning to any occassion. Served with coffee, dessert, fruit or cheese, Otima provides a sophisticated and elegant end to the meal.Or as Matthew Jukes put it, "sip this stunning tawny port chilled after dinner and watch your guests melt with smug satisfaction" Matthew Jukes Top 250 wines of 2004.  Half Bottle 5 Yr Old Somerset Cider Brandy 21.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/somerset-half-bottles-5-yr-old-brandy4 1952790872152 Somerset Cider Brandy Company Smooth and complex with a velvety palate and a spicy sweet aftertaste. It is very much an after dinner brandy  Drink Now Digestif Dry Medium Bodied Dark Golden Apples Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset Somerset Cider Brandy Company 5 Year Old Contains Sulphites   Magnum: Cote De Nuits Villages 2014, Domaine Durand 51.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/magnums-cote-de-nuits-villages1 1952790642776 Domaine Durand There's a vast swathe of Nuits St. Georges that would get nowhere near the vibrant quality of this humble wine. A rich, spicy nose and deep colour lead you in to disconcertingly powerful and outstanding Pinot. A succulent raspberry fruit-laden Burgundy with excellent weight and depth.28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Ree‚, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xavier?s reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les BoutiŠres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the villages Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2014 Contains Sulphites Gremillet Rosé Vrai NV 31.89 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gremillet-saignee-rose10 1952790511704 Champagne Gremillet A stunning rose colour, luminous and full of sun. Fine foam and bubbles, well coloured and exhuberant. The bouquet is a symphony of fresh red berries. On the palate " a fruity gourmandise, each bubble is a different berrry that burst on the palate like a subtle musical note, here a cherry, there a strawberry, further a redcurrant, then a raspberry, a blackberry, a blueberry and so on. .The method, like for other red wines vinified around the world, consists in macerating in vats for a few days red grapes and their skins. It is the natural pigments contained in the red skin grapes that the colour effects the must. At the same time the anthocyanes enrich the must with their aromatic components. After maceration, as soon as the Cellar Master deems the colour and aromas are appropriate, the juice is extracted. The 'rose de saignee' is unique each year, visually as well as taste wise. The character is richer, more vinous and a champagne to be shared around the table with friends. Drink Now Aperitif, Sea Bass, Fruit Tart Dry Light bodied Deep Raspberry Pinot Noir Cote des Bars Champagne Gremillet NV Contains Sulphites Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2020 26.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cloudy-bay-sauvignon-blanc6 1952789823576 Cloudy Bay Vineyard Aromatic and lively with lovely grapefruit, white peach and elderflower notes. It?s quite exotic. The palate is ripe and fruity with fresh citrus and tropical fruit characters, as well as subtle greenness. Beautifully vibrant. Drink this as young as you can! La Copa Rojo Vermouth, Gonzalez Byass 14.98 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-copa-vermouth8 1952789069912 Gonzalez Byass La Copa Rojo Vermouth is produced from 8 year old Oloroso and PX soleras blended with a mix of botanicals. These 8 botanicals (wormwood, savory, clove, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, angelic root and cinchona bark) were carefully selected to achieve the perfect bitter-sweet, aromatic balance. Of course, like all good family recipes, the exact proportions are a closely guarded secret, kept under lock and key in the winery!Intense spiced aroma, notes of clove and cinnamon stand out, with an elegant bitterness on the finish. On the palate it is smooth and elegant. In keeping with the Gonzalez Byass philosophy to preserve and recover traditional techniques we have launched the first genuine sherry Vermouth, recovering recipes and techniques dating back to 1896.Using the original label design, sourced from the company's extensive archives, the new La Copa Vermouth uses Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry sources from the well-established soleras at Gonzalez Byass in the heart of Jerez, Spain.Commenting on the launch, International Sales Director, Nicols Bertino, said: Our new Vermouth epitomises our company philosophy of preserving traditional and well-established aspects of our sherry winemaking business with the new and the modern. Vermouth consumption is on-trend in Spain and abroad and we saw the opportunity to revive an original and distinctive brand, La Copa giving authenticity and a touch of originality to a classic aperitif that is extensively used by mixologists. The perfect aperitif to revive the classic'Vermouth moment'. Enjoy well chilled, on its own or with soda and crushed ice. Vermouth is a key ingredient in many of the best cocktail recipes. Digestif, Aperitif or With Cheese Sweet Medium Bodied Dark Red Oloroso, Pedro Ximenez Jerez, Spain Gonzalez Byass NV N/A Deutz Blanc De Blancs Vintage 2013 75.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/deutz-blanc-de-blancs-vintage5 1952789004376 Christopher Piper Wines The distinctive house style of elegance and finesse that has made Champagne Deutz one of the most respected of all Champagne houses is reflected in this fine Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Forty percent of the grape supply is from Deutz's own vineyards, which rate 98 percent on the Champagne scale.One of the oldest members of Champagne?s prestigious Grandes Marques houses, Champagne Deutz of Ay, France, has been making distinctive champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations. Owning a significant portion of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top rated grapes from 275 acres of vineyards in the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the chalk-walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Ay. Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Light Yellow Chardonnay Ay, Champagne, France Champagne Deutz 2009 Contains Sulphites Bollinger Grande Annee 2012 112.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bollinger-grande-annee-200713 1952788971608 Champagne Bollinger The House of Bollinger only produces vintage champagnes in exceptional years, when the grapes have reached a perfect quality and maturity with a perfect balance between the acids and sugars. Hence the denomination "Grande Annee" given to this champagne which, unlike the "Special Cuvee", is only produced from grapes of that particular harvest.Refined and elegant, the Grande Annee is intensely rich and biscuity with a yeasty nose. On the palate powerful flavours of toasted nuts, wild fruits and creme brulee abound, balanced with lively acidity.La Grand Ann‚e develops a majestic vinosity, intense, rich and complex aromas whose tonality varies according to the nature of the vintage. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif Dry Champagne Pale Gold Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier Champagne Bollinger 2012 N/A Bourgogne Aligote 2018 Garaudet 17.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bourgogne-aligote-2014118 1952788643928 Domaine Paul Garaudet Florent Garaudet Aligoté is aged on its lees in barrel to produce a rich, perfumed, apple and stone fruit white full of elegance and charm. Perfect for spring and summer drinking.  Drink Now White Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale gold Aligote Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Florent Garaudet 2018 contains Sulphites Half Bottle : Chateau Climens 2010 62.09 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-chateau-climens-201013 1952786645080 Chateau Climens Climens can trace its history back to the 16th century and was bought by Lucien Lurton in 1971. It has been owned and managed by Berenice Lurton since 1992. Climens is located in the south of the Barsac appellation, just outside the small village of La Pinesse - the vineyards (S‚millon 100%) lie on the highest point in Barsac (20m above sea level) on a gravel/sand topsoil and a limestone/clay subsoil. Yields at Climens are tightly restricted and the wine is barrel-fermented and then aged in small oak barriques (one third new) for 22 months.Climens always produce elegant wines. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Semillon Barsac, France Chateau Climens 2010 Contains Sulphites Half bottle Somerset Apple Eau de Vie 17.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/halves-somerset-apple-eau-de-vie1 1952786481240 Somerset Cider Brandy Company A superbly flavoured Apple Eau de Vie with a heady perfume of old fashioned cider apples. Quite Delicious  Drink Now Digestif Medium Dry Spirit Medium Bodied Pale Gold Apple Somerset Somerset Cider Brandy Company NV N/A   Caribbean Collection Rum, Trinidad Rums 37.77 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/caribbean-collection-rum-trinidad4 1952786284632 Trinidad Rums A fine blend of Trinidad Rums, CARIIBBEAN COLLECTIIONTHIS GOLDEN RUM IS A BLEND FROM TRINIDAD OF RUMS SOMEWHAT YOUNGER THAN OUR VINTAGE SELECTIONS AND IT PROVIDES AN AUTHENTIC INTRODUCTION TO THE CHARMS OF THE CARIBBEAN. THE SOFTER STYLE MAKES FOR APPROACHABILITY AND MIXABILITY. ITS ATTRACTIVE GOLDEN COLOUR, ITS TONES OF TOFFEE AND BURNT SUGAR ON THE NOSE EXEMPLIFY THE BEST QUALITIES OF THIS INCREASINGLY POPULAR TYPE OF RUM. THE PALATE IS LIGHT AND CLEAN AND IT IS IDEAL FOR ENJOYING WITH ICE AND YOUR FAVOURITE MIXER, OR AS PART OF AN EXCITING COCKTAIL  Drink Now Aperitif, Digestif Dry Medium Bodied Golden Sugarcane Trinidad Trinidad Rums NV N/Atrong> Petite Champagne Cognac XO Montifaud 88.56 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/petite-champagne-cognac-xo3 1952786022488 Domaine Montifaud Chateau Montifaud has belonged to the Vallet family for six generations now, the vineyard being created in 1837 by Augustin and has seen the succession of Pierre, Maurice, Louis and Michel. Laurent came to join his father and grandfather in October 2000. According to the family tradition, when a son joins his father, a part of the cognac distilled in that year is set preciously aside and will only be sold by the future generations.To obtain a floral eau-de-vie (wine spirit) which truly represents the ?Petite Champagne? vintages, harvesting a healthy grape crop is extremely important. The grape varieties of Colombard and Folle Blanche are harvested first and then followed by the Ugni-Blanc. The grapes are crushed upon their arrival at the winery in order to avoid any sort of oxidation. In 2004, the Vallets installed three pneumatic presses of 50 hectolitres each to improve the pressing (a 50 hectolitre capacity was prefered over 80Hl or 100Hl with the aim of reducing the filling time and, thus, oxidation).Thanks to an efficient cooling system with which our stainless steel tanks are equipped, the fermentation temperatures never go over 24ø - 25ø so as to privilege the floral qualities resulting from grapes grown in Petite Champagne. The wines are stored with their sediment for better keeping and to prevent oxidation. No anti-oxidizing agent is ever added to the wine, the high level of acidity alone allows a good keeping of the wine up to distillation.After analysis, we begin distilling our wines as soon as they reach their malolactic fermentation stage, generally at the beginning of November and to be finished at the end of January-beginning of February.At the time of each important step of distilling, it is Michel or Laurent Vallet themselves who carry out this operation. The wines are distilled with their sediment in order to concentrate the flavours and to accentuate the roundness and suppleness of our ?eaux-de-vie? "wine spirits?.The presence of sediment in the wines results in a slower distillation at low heat which results in more suppleness; this is followed by a very thorough cleaning of our boilers after each distillation.When ageing their brandies, family tradition favours the floral and fruity character of their cognacs. For this, they always apply the following rule : avoid any excessive time spent in new barrels. Their casks of 350 litres are made of Limousin oak which is personally selected by the Vallets and their cooper and stored for three years before being used.The work in the cellars is handled uniquely by Michel and Laurent Vallet as is the blending when they will use many different vintages with the express desire to achieve uniformity. Nevertheless, they do not blend Grande Champagne spirits with petite Champagne.All bottling is done at the domaine.XO : "Remarkable aromas of dried fruits and, in particular, grilled almonds.Great freshness and not too tannic. It is characterised by its mellowness and its great long-lasting taste in the mouth. Rancio is very present. Hints of spices appear." Drink Now or Keep Digestif Dry Full Bodied Golden Yellow Colombard, Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc Cognac, France Chateau de Montifaud XO N/A Nuits St George Plante Au Baron 2013, Domaine Chicotot 30.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nuits-st-george-plante-au-baron-20131 1952785596504 Domaine Chicotot Full of character, this wine combines beautiful balance with finesse. The rich, complex nose has lovely leather notes with touches of animal. Blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry notes dominate, backed by discreet liquorice accents.This makes it the ideal accompaniment for roast duck, or capon with a mushroom stuffing (morels, girolles, ceps, black trumpets)A visit to the cellars of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is never short. In fact, it's best done at the back end of the day when you have more time! They are such a lovely couple with an impish sense of humour and a passion for what they do. When it comes to wine making, they split the vineyards up between themselves and run an annual competition as to who can make the best wine!This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring. Eevery year both husband and wife vie with eachother to see who can make the better wine. In reality it seems they both succeed! Drink Now or Keep Lamb, Pork Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Dark Ruby Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2013 Contains Sulphites Riesling Eins Zwei Dry 2018 Leitz 14.56 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/riesling-eins-zwei-dry6 1952785399896 Weingut Josef Leitz Light yet intensely fruity style with a great mineralityThere are recorded documents linking the Leitz family winemaking history all the way back to 1744.Johannes Leitz was born much later, in 1964 in Rudesheim. His Grandfather, Josef Leitz re-built the winery after a bombing raid on the area late during the Second World War. His father, Antonius Leitz had briefly taken ownership of the winery before his premature death in 1966. This left his wife, with her flower shop, a household and of course the family winery to run. So, it wasn't until 1985 when Johannes took over the winery that it once again became a primary focal point of attention.After taking hold of the family business, he has managed to raise the estate from 2.9 hectares to the 40 hectares that we see today. One of the major land acquisitions was the integration of the VDP accredited Erbsl”h winery, which brought 6 hectares of land with it. Over the years, Johannes has gained national and international recognition for his outstanding wines. Internationally, his major markets include Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA.The growth of the winery has had a positive influence over all the ranges of the wines produced. Specifically the Rudesheim vineyards of Berg Schlossberg, Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels have continued their tradition of being amongst the top dry wines from Germany. All of Johannes' wines carry his individual signature and show off the varied greatness of the Rudesheim terroir from which they are born.With all the growth Johannes has achieved he subsequently produced the new label of EINS-ZWEI-DRY. This successfull label has recently been recognized and won the ?IF Communication Design Award 2009?.These international successes have been a boon: however, Johannes has stayed true to his roots and homeland. He has been working closely with the Ministry of Environment to restore the traditional terraces above Rudesheim in the Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels vineyards. Drink Now Aperitif, Fish Dry Light Bodied Pale Gold Riesling Mosel, Germany Johannes Leitz 2018 Contains Sulphites Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV 57.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/veuve-clicquot-yellow-label-brut-nv3 1952785367128 Champagne Veuve Clicquot The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is often considered the first businesswoman of the modern era. Born Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin, she was widowed in 1805 at the age of 27. Veuve Clicquot ( Veuve means widow in French) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late husband's small Champagne house. She enlisted help wisely, took astute risks and made important technological innovations (including the invention of remuage or riddling), leading the House to world renown. One of her most significant triumphs was sending a secret shipment of her Champagne to Russia in 1814 in defiance of Napoleon's blockade--a great success.Today the House of Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne firms. Its extensive vineyard holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are unparalleled in size and quality. As in Mme. Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,000 years ago by the Romans.Clicquot's signature brut non-vintage is loved the world over for its crisp, full flavors, consistent quality and celebratory yellow label. This classically-styled, dry Champagne is a blend of two-thirds black grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) for body, balanced with one-third Chardonnay for elegance. It has a fine persistent sparkle and golden Champagne colour. Its complex nose of apple, citrus and caramel is followed by full flavours with elegance, crispness and a slightly spicy finish. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Gold Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay Reims, Champagne, France Veuve Cliquot NV Pirate 'Legless' Corkscrew 9.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pirate-legless-corkscrew0 1952784941144 Accessories Designed like a peg-legged pirate with eye-patch, beard, hook hand, earing, black bandana and even a parrot.Pirate style classic Waiter's Friend bottle opener The sommeliers favourite Waiters Friend? corkscrew, pull corks like a professional. Corkscrew with easy-open lever, foil-cutter and beer bottle opener. Designed like a peg-legged pirate with eye-patch, beard, hook hand, earing, black bandana and even a parrot. Forget Blackbeard, Legless is the hardest working pirate available. Use Now Matches any food Dry but with a sense of humour Very Strong Black as the Night Just an Eyepatch Overseas Corkscrew N/A No Sulphates Nuits St. Georges 1Er Cru Les Vaucrains 2013, Chicotot 50.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nuits-st-georges-1er-cru-les-vaucrains-20135 1952784810072 Domaine Chicotot An intense dark wine of outstanding power, its aromatic range plays on wild berries (blackberries and sloes), developing muskier, woodier notes and a body that mellows with time.It is the ideal accompaniment for full-flavoured meats; roast game – such as woodcock, hare, wild boar, venison, for example – or rich sauce dishes with mushrooms will match it perfectly, especially the somewhat older vintages.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring.Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Drink Now or Keep Spring Lamb,l Pork Shoulder Dry Medium Bodied Dark Rubyk Pinot Noir Cote de Nuits, France Domaine Chicotot 2013 Contains Sulphites Six O'Clock Gin 31.68 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/six-oclock-gin9 1952783401048 Bramley & Gage Combine precisely balanced Six O'clock Gin with tonic to create your own moment of "ginspiration".Balance, poise and precision; three imperatives in the mind of engineer and inventor Edward Kain. With meticulous attention to detail he created mechanical works of art, documented in blueprints that are still treasured today.A blueprint for gin deserves the same balance, poise and precision, which Edward's great grandson, Michael, uses to make Six O'Clock Gin. Inspired by his forefather, Michael carefully selects and precisely balances Juniper with six other botanicals to chime together as sweetly as any timepiece. Orange Peel adds a citrus in delightful harmony with floral Elderflower. The result is a clean, smooth and richly flavoured gin.Edward was known for restraint in gin consumption and looked forward to 6'O Clock, his time for 'ginspiration'.Best in Class 2011, Gold Medal, IWSC ChallengeTasting Notes from the IWSC judges: "Delightful variation on a theme. The traditional characters are there but some fresh citrus and lovely notes of elderflower. Amazingly powerful in the mouth with great depth of flavour. Super and full floral backing. Fresh yet soothing. Full flavoured but beautifully balanced. Long and full flavoured finish where the floral notes are strongly evident." Drink Now Aperitif Dry Spirit Clear Spirit &and Botanicals, Orange, Elderflower UK Bramley &and Gage NV N/A 330Ml: Powderkeg Speak Easy Beer 4.3% Abv 2.63 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/330ml-powderkeg-speak-easy-beer-4-3-percent-abv4 1952783040600 Powderkeg Brewery We love beer unashamedly. Not only because it tastes fantastic, but because it can bring such happiness. It brings people together to cut loose, have a good time and put the world to rights. It has been a source of refreshment and nourishment since ancient times and has inspired countless artists and great thinkers. It has fuelled rebellions and shaped British culture.Transatlantic Pale brings a little British reserve to the somewhat brash US pale ales. Dry hopped to maximise the fruity aromatics while keeping the bitterness in check and the finish clean, this remarkable beer stimulates the mind and loosens the tongue. Drink NowPloughmans, Curry, SausagesDryLightBeerHopsWoodbury Salterton, DevonPowderkegNVN/A Half Bottle: Deutz Rose Brut NV 26.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/deutz-rose-brut-nv-half-bottle9 1952782975064 Champagne Deutz This Brut Rose is made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims region, and from Premiers Crus and Grands Crus. The specific style and color result from the blending in of 8 percent of red wine produced from a plot of old vines on the hill of Ayù and from a plot known as Meurtet. Both are particularly well-sited and belong to Deutz.One of the oldest members of Champagne?s prestigious Grandes Marques houses, Champagne Deutz of Ay, France, has been making distinctive champagnes marked by finesse, elegance and complexity since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations. Owning a significant portion of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top rated grapes from 275 acres of vineyards in the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are slowly and carefully aged in the chalk-walled cellars far beneath the historic village of Ay. Drink now Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Raspberry Pinot Noir Ay, Champagne, France Champagne Deutz NV Contains Sulphites Gremillet Blanc de Noirs Brut NV 34.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/gremillet-blanc-de-noirs29 1952782843992 Champagne Gremillet "The most exquisite expression of our terroir combined with the winemaking expertise of the Maison" Jean-Christophe Gremillet, Cellar MasterAlthough less well-known among wine enthusiasts than its cousin, the Blanc de Blancs, this wine will surprise you and , most importantly, it wonderfully embodies the Cote des Bars terroir from where Gremillet champagnes originate. 100% Pinot Noir. A blend of four to five vintages with 20% reserve wine. This champagne is composed of only the 'cuvee' (first press).Elegant pale golden colour with hints of amber, bright and luminous. A creamy mousse rim with fine bubbles. A delightful nose of quince and fine, spicy, almost peppery notes. A rich, full-bodied and voluptuous palate, quite satisfying and thirst quenching. Drink Now Aperitif, Sea Bass, Fruit Tart Dry  Light bodied Pale Yellow Pinot Noir Cote des Bars Champagne Gremillet NV Contains Sulphites Palo Cortado Muy Viejo 'Apostoles' - 37.5Cl 24.09 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/palo-cortado-muy-viejo-apostoles-37-5cl1 1952782319704 Gonzalez Byass Gonzalez Byas, Jerez de la FronteraGonzalez Byas is synonymous with top-flight sherries and of course, its leading Fino 'brand', Tio Pepe. However, what is little-known is the extraordinary range of very old, rare sherries that they bottle in tiny quanities. The Apostoles starts out life as a 10 year-old vintage Palo Cortado which is then blended with Pedro Ximenez prior to further ageing.Off-dry with hints of butterscotch and a delicate, sweet finish. Drink Now or Keep Aperitif or Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Golden Brown Palomino Jerez, Spain Gonzalez Byass NV Contains Sulphites 50Cl Palo Cortado Wellington Vos. Bodegas Hidalgo 26.77 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-palo-cortado-wellington-vos3 1952782188632 Bodegas Hidalgo This is a Palo Cortado which is at least 20years old. It is an old Amontillado or Oloroso of spectacular quality which has been earmarked and put on one side to mature separately to the rest of the casks. It has a rich, toasty nose with a hint of saltiness. The palate is very powerful and full-bodied with an intense racy acidity and lovely freshness. The finish is extremely long and complex.Such very old sherries, come from a solera system which is over two hundred years old, its age resulting in a thick sediment (known at Hidalgo as ?la Madre? - the mother) forming at the bottom of each barrel, which gives these rarities their sublime intensity and complexity. Only available in tiny quantities.Founded in 1792 by Don Jos‚ Pantal‚on Hidalgo, this is one of the oldest sherry companies and today, is run by Javier Hidalgo from the original premises in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda, situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Vinicola Hidalgo is one of only a handful of bodegas that remains independent and totally family controlled and our initial tasting of their sherries was a real eye-opener. Theirs are real sherries made from old soleras and are the product of a ?artisan-craftsman? ethos, with all the grapes sourced from their own vineyards situated on ?albariza? soils in Balbaina and Miraflores, two of the very best Jerez DOC?s. Wine-making is very traditional and all the Hidalgo sherries are matured in American-oak ?botas?, something which is becoming rarer and rarer. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Sherry Palo Cortado Jerez Bodegas Hidalgo NV Contains Sulphites Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana 17.61 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/manzanilla-pasada-pastrana3 1952782090328 Bodegas Hidalgo In 1987, Javier Hidalgo of Vin¡cola Hidalgo met with his old friend and fellow wine maker of the Oporto region, Cristiano van Zeller. From this encounter sprung the idea of producing a special single vineyard sherry under their names. After ten years of carefully assessing the ageing and development of the different wines originally chosen and of the development of the various markets, it was in 1997 that the concept finally became reality.The wines selected originate from the Hidalgo family's 'Pastrana' vineyard situated in the Miraflores district near Sanl£car de Barrameda, famous for providing some of the best grapes of the 'Jerez Superior District'. All the Sherries have been aged in old casks of American oak for many years using the traditional 'solera' system within the bodegas of Vin¡cola Hidalgo in Sanl£car de Barrameda.The final selection of the wines considered suitable for the 'Pastrana' label was very rigorous.The 'Manzanilla Pasada' is an aged Manzanilla with the typical freshness and delicate fragrance of this unique wine but with slightly more body and character than its younger version. Manzanilla can only be made in the town of Sanlucar Barrameda whose special microclimate allows a special yeast (or 'flor') to grow on the surface of the maturing wine all year round, protecting it from the detrimental effects of the air. Elsewhere in the sherry district the flor dies off in the summer and winter to form Fino sherry instead. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Palomino Sanlucar de Barrameda Bodegas Hidalgo NV Contains Sulphites 50Cl Oloroso Seco Faraon, Bodegas Hidalgo 13.58 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-oloroso-seco-faraon4 1952782024792 Bodegas Hidalgo The Hidalgo Oloroso Seco is dark amber with an aroma of walnuts and has an almost exotic smooth, velvety flavour and texture with an underlying flavour of pine nuts. It is dry but with a hint of creamy roundness, acquired from long ageing in ?botas?. This wine is made from the pressed grapes as opposed to the free-run juice used for Finos, Amontillados and Manzanillas. This greater skin contact produces a slightly more tannic style. The flor is prevented from growing in Olorosos by the addition of a higher dose of alcohol at the very beginning. This means an Oloroso is oxidised from the very start of its life.'Faraon' comes from the Gypsy word for the head of the family.Founded in 1792 by Don Jos‚ Pantal‚on Hidalgo, this is one of the oldest sherry companies and today, is run by Javier Hidalgo from the original premises in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda, situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Vinicola Hidalgo is one of only a handful of bodegas that remains independent and totally family controlled and our initial tasting of their sherries was a real eye-opener. Theirs are real sherries made from old soleras and are the product of a ?artisan-craftsman? ethos, with all the grapes sourced from their own vineyards situated on ?albariza? soils in Balbaina and Miraflores, two of the very best Jerez DOC?s. Wine-making is very traditional and all the Hidalgo sherries are matured in American-oak ?botas?, something which is becoming rarer and rarer.Fara•n is the Andalucian word for the head of a gypsy clan. Drink Now Aperitif Dry Medium Bodied Sherry Palomino Jerez Bodegas Hidalgo NV Contains Sulphites Creme De Fraise De Bois 21.78 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/creme-de-fraise-de-bois2 1952781795416 Briottet La Maison Edmond Briottet was established in 1836 and, today, the family still oversees every aspect of the production of their fruit liqueurs. Strict selection of only the best fruit provides the base and, with careful maceration over ten weeks, they manage to achieve a wonderful concentration of fruit and viscosity.This is an 'artisanal' creme at its best.This wild strawberry liqueur makes a great alternative to Creme de Cassis when you are making a Kir. It is also superb when poured over vanilla icecream. Drink now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Strawberries France Briottet NV N/A Benromach 10 Year Old Speyside - 43% Abv 40.42 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/benromach-10-year-old-speyside-43-percent-abv2 1952781467736 Benromach Distillery Delicious forest fruits and creamy malt. A wisp of smoke and lingering, luscious sherry notes Using the finest natural ingredients this makes a gorgeous classic pre-1960s Speyside character: beautifully balanced with a light touch of smoke.Benromach say: "Pour yourself a dram of Benromach not too wee and not too big. Swirl the golden liquid around your glass and notice the AROMA WITHOUT WATER. In other words, take a sniff. Indeed, indulging in several little inhalations is the best way to pick up all the different notes? rich sherry with fruit &and nut chocolate, delicate spice, green apples, malty biscuit and a touch of light peat smoke. Now sip your dram, roll the whisky around your mouth and enjoy the TASTE WITHOUT WATER juicy raspberries and brambles, sherry, creamy malt and a light peat. Next, take in the AROMA WITH WATER it's a wee bit nutty with a touch of charred oak and malt, and there?s also some fancy pineapple and kiwi. Add a drop or two of water to release the full TASTE WITH WATER. Savour the succulent mouth coating and taste the toasted malt, delicate peat smoke and lingering sweet sherry our gorgeous classic Benromach Speyside style of single malt whisky."80% Bourbon Barrels, 20% Sherry Hogshead. Final year in first fill Oloroso casks. 43% Abv  Drink or Keep Digestif Dry Spirit Golden Grain Speyside, Scotland Benromach 10 Year Old N/A 50 Cl Bottles Finest 5 Year Old Full Rich - Malmsey Madeira 13.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50-cl-bottles-finest-5-year-old-full-rich-malmsey17 1952781271128 Henriques & Henriques Probably the most famous name associated with Madeira, Malmsey is the English name for the wines made from the Malvasia Candida grape. A variety which is quite widely planted throughout the Mediterranean. This rich sweet Madeira is laced with a fine tangy fruitiness. It is traditionally served with coffee, nuts or rich, old-fashioned fruit cake. It makes a perfect digestif as well.The Henriques family were making wine in Madeira in the 15th Century, but it was not until 1850 that Joaquim Henriques established the firm of Henriques and Henriques with his brother. Today it is the largest and most respected independent Madeira ?house?, with the lion?s share of the grapes coming from vineyards owned by the Henriques family surrounding Camara de Lobos, considered by many to be the best quality vine growing area on the Island.In order to reinforce their position as the leading producer of quality wine, Henriques have planted 60 hectares of new vines on precarious terraces overlooking their winery at Camara de Lobos, terraces which are hardly viable to work, in terms of pure economics, but which will, in time, produce some terrific quality grapes. The winery itself is brand new, equipped with the most up-to-date stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses. Their Madeiras are outstanding. Drink Now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Malmsey Malvasia Candida Madeira Henriques &and Henriques 5 Year Old Contains Sulphites Creme De Myrtille 23.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/creme-de-myrtille1 1952781205592 Briottet La Maison Edmond Briottet was established in 1836 and, today, the family still oversees every aspect of the production of their fruit liqueurs. Strict selection of only the best fruit provides the base and, with careful maceration over ten weeks, they manage to achieve a wonderful concentration of fruit and viscosity.This is an 'artisanal' creme at its best. Drink now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Blueberry France Briottet NV N/A Tarquin's British Blackberry Gin 35.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/tarquins-british-blackberry-gin7 1952780779608 Tarquin's Cornish Gin Rich burgundy in colour with a bouquet of Blackberry crumble with wild berries and sweet spice Summer pudding and crisp juniper with frangipane come through on the palate. The finish has tones of lemon sherbert, raspberry sorbet with wildflower honey.Tarquin's Brilliant British Blackberry Gin with a touch of Cornish wildflower honey is a celebration of the Great British Blackberry.Tarquin's Cornish Gin is first distilled in tiny batches on three unique copper pot stills Tamara, Senara and Ferrara, then lovingly infused with the best and most brilliant berries around.A touch of local Cornish wildflower honey is added for sweetness and balance. Aperitif Dry Spirit Rich Burgundy Gin Botanicals, Blackberries Cornwall, UK South Western Distillery N/A N/A Muscat De Beames De Venise Bernadins 24.71 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/muscat-de-beames-de-venise6 1952780288088 Domaine Bernardins The tiny village of Beaumes de Venise is just north east of Avignon and it is here that a unique sweet fortified wine is made from an intensely scented grape - the Muscat. This grape is the most grape like grape of them all, smelling and tasting of, well, grapes. When ripe, it is heady and floral with an unforgetable grapey aroma.Vin Doux Naturel is really a bit of a misnomer as the process is not exactly natural! After harvesting, the very ripe grapes are pressed and the resulting juice is fermented until it reaches about 3 percent alcohol when brandy is added. This knocks the yeast on the head, stopping fermentation when the wine is at the level of sweetness the winemaker is looking for - allow fermentation to continue and all the sugar would be converted to alcohol. The result is a deliciously sweet wine with pure fresh grapey character and great acid balance that in no way cloys the mouth.Domaine des Bernardins is one of the oldest and most respected producers of Beaumes des Venise and actually helped create the appellation in the early 1940s. Their style is a bit heavier and perhaps less aromatic than some but is regarded as one of the best. Copper/orange in colour with a ripe, grapey aromas with a twist of orange blossom and hint of spice. Rich in the mouth, soft and silky with a touch of honey. Drink Now Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Yellow Muscat Rhone Valley, France Domaine de Durban  Contains Sulphites Clos Du Marquis 2009 65.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/clos-du-marquis10 1952779796568 Clos du Marquis St Julien (Second wine of Chateau Leoville Las Cases)A great wine that continues the long tradition pf being as good as many 'grand vins'. In 2009 this second wine represented 45% of the production of Leoville-las-Cases. Black cherries, spice and vanilla are all present on the nose, whilst the richly full-bodied palate has a balance, penetrating succulent fruit. The tannins are mid-weight. Drink 2016 - 2020.Stretching from Chateau Beychevelle down to Chateau Latour, Chateau Leoville-Las Cases main estate is a picturesque, enclosed 100 acre vineyard depicted on the label. Chateau Leoville Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the M‚doc. Originally the other two Leovilles, Leoville Poyferr‚ and Leoville Barton were part of the large estate. Today Leoville Las Cases comprises over 209 acres and has been run since 1950 by the Delon Family. The current director is the well known Michel Delon. Clos Du Marquis is the second label and offer tremendous value for money. Dark purple, structured and full-bodied with a soft but present tannin and wonderful length in the mouth. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Stews, Casseroles, BBQ Dry Medium Bodied Dark Red Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot St Julien, Bordeaux Chateau Leoville Lascases 2009 Contains Sulphites Loire Mixed Case of Wines 85.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/loire-mixed-case5 6612232601688 Mixed Wines Our Loire case of wines is a great selection of six bottles, highlighted on Social Media over the past couple of weeks. The case includes one bottle of each of the following wines and Free Delivery (Mainland UK). 1 x Rosé d'Anjou, Domaine des Essarts1 x Muscadet La Bretonniere, Domaine de la Bretonniere1 x Sauvignon de Touraine, Château de la Presle1 x Quincy, Domaine Chevilly1 x Sancerre Rouge Cuvée 'Esprit', Domaine Serge Laporte1 x Coteaux de Layon Cuvée Thomas, Domaine des Essarts Bacchus Stop Ferment 2019, Sharpham Vineyard 17.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/bacchus-stop-ferment-2019-sharpham-vineyard18 6579426230360 Sharpham Vineyard This medium style wine is a result of a slow cool fermentation producing a wine with elegant tropical aromas. The palate is distinctively light, fresh and fruity, with an attractive finish that is both crisp and refreshing.At the forefront of vine growing and wine making in the UK, Sharpham is widely recognised as producing some of England's most outstanding wines. They have been producing wine for over twenty years and their awards include regional, national and international medals - including four Seals of Approval at the 2004 International Wine Challenge. Offering intense fruit flavours and aromas, these stylish wines are made from carefully selected grape varieties grown on both their own sheltered slopes overlooking the River Dart, and occasionally from other carefully selected vineyards across the south west of England. This thousand year old farm consists of five hundred acres owned by the Sharpham Trust. The house, designed in 1770 by Sir Robert Taylor, overlooks the fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, two miles downstream of the ancient market town of Totnes. Sharpham's aim today is to farm successfully in the modern context and to produce world class wine and cheese in harmony with the environment and the natural beauty of the Estate. Wild Ferment Pinot Gris 2019, Sharpham Vineyard 17.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/wild-ferment-pinot-gris-2019-sharpham-vineyard12 6579422986328 Sharpham Vineyard This wine is unfined and unfiltered.Wonderful up-front lime and green apple on the nose, with mouth-watering citrus and a textured middle palate from the skin contact and wild ferment. The first of Sharpham's natural orange wines; a process in which the grape skins and seeds are left in contact during fermentation with the juice, long enough to imbue a beautiful orange or amber colour.At the forefront of vine growing and wine making in the UK, Sharpham is widely recognised as producing some of England's most outstanding wines. They have been producing wine for over twenty years and their awards include regional, national and international medals - including four Seals of Approval at the 2004 International Wine Challenge. Offering intense fruit flavours and aromas, these stylish wines are made from carefully selected grape varieties grown on both their own sheltered slopes overlooking the River Dart, and occasionally from other carefully selected vineyards across the south west of England. This thousand year old farm consists of five hundred acres owned by the Sharpham Trust. The house, designed in 1770 by Sir Robert Taylor, overlooks the fields and wooded slopes above the River Dart, two miles downstream of the ancient market town of Totnes. Sharpham's aim today is to farm successfully in the modern context and to produce world class wine and cheese in harmony with the environment and the natural beauty of the Estate. Madiran 2015, Chateau Montus, South West France 33.82 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-madiran-2014-chateau-montus12 6550345842776 Chateau Montus Jancis Robinson, March 10th 2021"Brumont Madiran - a marvel of consistencyGlowing dark garnet. Lifted nose that adds a slightly ethereal note. Very lively palate though a little more transparent and lighter than the 2016 and 2017. The acidity is a little more marked than in these subsequent vintages. Tannins still very present on the end. This tastes more youthful than the '16 and '17, amazingly. Drink 2021-2028"When Alain Brumont bought Chateau Montus in 1980, the South West vineyards were in full stagnation. The Tannat vines had been pulled out and replaced by cereals. Being an enthusiastic winegrower and devoted to his vineyard, Alain Brumont started to look for the ideal terroirs for planting Tannat, the emblematic Madiran grape variety. 20 years later, he became the proprietor of almost all the great terroirs of the appellation. With relentless hard work and strong convictions, he managed to prove to the world that great wines could be produced in Madiran and that they could equal Bordeaux wines.Chateau Montus, a blend of 80% Tannat and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is a Madiran with round and soft tannins, an example of balance and finesse, with perfect expression of the grape.TERROIR: Very steep slopes with large round pebbles, brown clay subsoil with orange stratums. Generally facing South. Well-drained and hot terroir favouring optimal grape maturity. Area: 50 ha.GRAPE VARIETY: 80 % Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Approximately 20 year old vines.CULTURE: Yield: 40-45 hl/ha. Density 7 500 vines/ha. Double Guyot vine training, short pruning. Reasoned pest control, natural compost (mutton and cow manure). Bud and bunch selection with thinning-out (4 to 5 bunches per vine), thinning-out of the leaves, harvested by hand in crates holding one layer of grapes to preserve the quality of the fruit. Drink Now Oxtail, Pork with Prunes Dry Full Bodied Deep Plum Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon South West France Chateau Montus 2015 Contains Sulphites Fantasia Cabernet Franc 2018 Lorca 13.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fantasia-cabernet-franc-2017-lorca5 4916451770456 Bodegas Lorca Bodegas Mauricio Lorca, Vista Flores, Uco Valley, MendozaWines like this hopefully will spread the good word about Argentine Cabernet-Franc. This really delivers with its delicious sour cherry and juicy strawberry flavours with all the typicity and fruit purity of well made single varietal wines of Mendoza. It is 30% aged in oak, the other 70% sees no oak at all resulting in a hint of oak on the nose along with black pepper, a full and well-structured palate and excellent balancing acidity. 2018 13.5% abv.Tasted here 23/04: the red wine of the tasting for me (JOK). I've always liked Cab Franc, even after being nearly hospitalised by some of the more brutal efforts from shonky 'self-trained' winemakers in the central Loire who must have been using cement mixers to crush grapes, stray dogs, fence posts, bags of cement and even barbed wire into a foul tasting brew. This, however, is rich and lush with super-ripe flavours of plum, green pepper, sweet raspberry and a hint of oregano. Thoroughly delicious and a real struggle to use the spittoon.  Mauricio did well at school and college and was all set to go to medical school to train to be a doctor until one day a group of viticulture students came to give a talk to his year group. Mauricio went home to tell his Mum. . I'm going to be a winemaker! What a shock that must have been for proud Mrs Lorca. What a stroke of luck for us.This was more than 20 years ago when winemaking wasn't such a reputable career as it has become these days. Mauricio got straight down to it and worked his way up the ladder with winemaking roles at Catena, Luigi Bosca and Finca La Celia, sometimes taking risky decisions in the vineyards in order to prove a point to dissenting voices around him who were less open to change than he, and to fine tune a style that he has pioneered in Mendoza - top class wines without any oak ageing.Mauricio's high density, high altitude vineyards are in his beloved Vista Flores in the Uco Valley; and his ever expanding, though still relatively small, winery is situated in Luján de Cuyo. It's a no-frills operation with the energy and solid work ethic of every employee channelled into getting the job done.There's an honesty about the place that comes across in the wines, which range from the cracking, clean as a whistle Fantasia range of inexpensive single varietals right up to the dizzy heights of Lorca Inspirado, one of the best super-premium blends.Mauricio Lorca's talents as a top consultant are very much in demand throughout Argentina; but it's at home in his own winery in Perdriel, Luján, that his college daydream comes to life with these great wines. Beaune 1er Clos des Vignes Franches 2017, Domaine Yves Girardin 32.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-beaune-1er-clos-des-vignes-franches-2016-domaine-yves-girardin102 4913950064728 Domaine Yves Girardin Domaine Yves Girardin, Chateau de la Charriere, Santenay, Cote d'Or.Deep ruby in the glass. Pleasant nose of cherry and red fruits with vanilla notes. Smooth, leading into a delicious, full and lively palate with the fruit overtones augmented by spice. Lovely exuberance and a persistent finish.Made from 100% Pinot Noir grown on vines with an average of 45 years old, the grapes are picked by hand and undergo a triage, ie sorting for quality, in both the vineyard and in the winery where they are 100% destemmed. Maceration in the vats takes place for 15 days ( with pumping over and pigeages according to the vintage) and includes a cold pre-fermentation soak for 5 days to extract the maximum amount of fruit. A hot post-fermentation soak is applied to stabilize the colour and the tannins.The wine is matured in French oak barrels (30 % in new oak) for 10 to 12 months. A light filtration takes place before bottling which is done in the waning phase of the moon.Best served at 16C / 17C Will keep for 6 to 9 years.    Drink or Keep Grilled Red meat Dry Medium Bodied Dark Raspberry Pinot noir Cote d'Or, France Domaine Yves Girardin 2017 Contains Sulphites Carillon d'Angelus 2009, Saint-Emilion 79.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/carillon-dangelus-2009-saint-emilion6 4912045326424 Chateau Angelus 2nd wine of Château Angélus, Grand CruCarillon d’Angélus was first released in the 1987 vintage. Over the years it has acquired its very own identity. Reflecting the high, rigorous standards of our teams, the wine is a variable blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon selected from different Saint-Emilion terroirs. The vinification and ageing techniques are adapted with precision to its particular style. It is highly appreciated for the purity of its fruit aromas, its velvety tannins and elegant finish.  Chateau Talbot 2016, St Julien 77.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-talbot-20164 4912042115160 Chateau Talbot Château Talbot 4ème Cru ClasséOne of the best-known Bordeaux wine estates to a UK audience, not surprisingly because it takes its name from John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who in 1492 suffered the ignominy of losing the battle, and with it his life, which allowed Bordeaux and its vineyards to slip back into French control after belonging to the British Crown for over 340 years.In the last century it has been owned by the Cordier family, and the red wine of the estate has long enjoyed a reputation for solid dependability. It is one of the largest estates in the Médoc and its 102 hectare single vineyard is situated inland from the Gironde River and west of the hamlet of St Julien-BeychevelleChateau Talbot is typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot(26%), Cabernet Franc (3%), and Petit Verdot (5%) - the vinification includes 18 months maturation in small oak barriques (50% new).Talbot has a reputation for consistency and is one of the most carefully made and reliable of the St-Julien Cru Classé clarets. The best examples are richly aromatic with a bouquet of cedarwood and vanilla scented cassis fruits and with a palate packed with well-delineated, ripe, black fruits and finely integrated tannins. Pazos de Ulloa 2019 Vina Costeira 10.34 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/pazos-de-ulloa-2019-vina-costeira6 4894426202200 Vina Costeira DO Ribeiro, Galicia, SpainStraw yellow color with green glints, Pazos de Ulloa is a bright wine, fresh and fruity with aromas apple. On the palate it is balanced and tasty, with a long and fresh aftertaste. Grape varieties: Torrontés, Treixadura and Palomino.The vineyards of Vina Costeira are located in the Ribeiro region, in a valley formed by Miño river and its tributaries, Avia and Arnoia, a privileged location with ideal weather conditions that favour the cultivation of vines.The south-facing granite soils are arranged in “costeiras”, the name historically given to the best hillsides exposed to the sun, where the best grapes are cultivated. Half Bottle: Campbells Liqueur Muscat, Rutherglen 14.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-campbells-liqueur-muscat-rutherglen18 4883021660248 Campbells Rutherglen Bright amber gold with copper tints. Fresh raisin fruit backed by a hint of grape spirit and aged oak characters rise from the glass. The palate is luscious and lingering with plenty of sun-ripened raisin fruit, typical of muscat from the Rutherglen region. The acid balance and tannin from barrel ageing prevents the wine from being cloyingly sweet. Blended for optimum flavour and balance at the time of bottling, this wine will not improve with further cellaring and should ideally be enjoyed soon after opening.This classification is the foundation of the style displaying fresh raisin aromas, rich fruit, clean spirit and great length of flavour on the palate. The Muscats of Rutherglen are considered the “World’s Richest Wines” and bear a mark of authenticity – an oval logotype with a stylised “R” – which is only applied to the wines drawn from the great Muscat vineyards of the region. The “Muscat of Rutherglen” trademark assures the highest quality of wine exclusively sourced from the Rutherglen Wine Region. Campbell’s ‘house style’ is typically complex and elegant, capturing a rich purity of raisin fruit flavours. This wine is made from 100% Rutherglen Muscat, Muscat a Petit Grains Rouge (Brown Muscat) from Campbells vineyards. Each season grapes are picked after prolonged ripening to ensure optimum balance, sugar levels and raisin character. The resultant wine is blended into the Rutherglen Muscat solera to maintain a consistent house style. This wine contains portions from a number of vintages over many years. Best served chilled. Try freezing and pouring the thick viscous liquid over vanilla ice-cream.(17.5% abv) La Croix De Beaucaillou 2015 65.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-la-croix-de-beaucaillou-201018 4863681331288 Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou St.Julien - Second wine of Chateau Ducru-BeaucaillouChateau Beaucaillou had the name Ducru prefixed to it in honour of a previous owner of the estate. Ironically under the Ducru family the buidlings fell into a state of some disrepair and it was only in the mid 1800s when the chateau was purchased by the highly-reputed Negociant family of Nathaniel Johnston that the necessary improvements were made. Ducru is now owned by Jean-EugŠne Borie.The vineyards on the estate are affectionately called ' des beaux cailloux' (the beautiful pebbles) and cover 50 hectares of gravel crests adjacent to the Gironde. It is undoubtedly one of the great wines of the Medoc. The grape mix is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot with 5% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Julien, France Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2015 Contains Sulphites Churchill 2016 Vintage Port 55.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/churchill-2016-vintage-port23 4858679656536 Churchill's Port Excellent concentration, complexity and balance, combined with poised natural acidity and fine tannins. It will last 50 years. Not an instant crowd-pleaser as it has been made for the long-term. Very, very classic and amazing value."Sort of the Léoville Barton of the Douro?" (Jancis Robinson)"One of that generation's spiritual fathers is Johnny Graham, of Churchill's Estates, whose family's roots in the Port trade date to 1820. [ . . ] I rated his latest effort, the 2011 Vintage Port, 96 points, non-blind. It is intense and concentrated, with plenty of grip to the dark fruit flavors."Despite the fact that there was no longer any family firm to apprentice himself to, Johnny Graham arrived in Oporto in 1973. He got a job as a trainee with Cockburn’s and for the next 8 years worked closely with the ex partner John Smithes in the tasting room, on the production side and in vineyard management. In 1980 at the age of 28 he was made a director. A bright future lay ahead but he wanted to be his own boss. Johnny married in 1980. Caroline, his wife, is a Churchill. Together they formed Churchill Graham Lda and in 1981 he decided to leave Cockburn’s to set up his own Port Wine Company. Despite offers of permanent jobs, he agreed to work as a consultant for Taylor’s while starting his Company. In the meantime local Port farmers had learned that he wanted to set up on his own and were keen to help. In particular, Borges de Sousa who had excellent properties offered a deal. Clearly the wine could not be called Grahams’ – the family business had been sold in 1970 to the Symingtons – so what better name than his wife’s maiden name Churchill. In the beginning, Churchill’s rented a lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia from Taylor’s but very soon bigger premises were required. With the Port trade in full expansion space was at a premium. Johnny bought three ruined lodges in Rua da Fonte Nova overlooking the river Douro. They have now been fully renovated. Godello Cuvée d'Or 2018, Bodegas Godeval 20.04 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/godello-cuvee-dor-2018-bodegas-godeval3 4854986866776 Bodegas Godeval Planted at 450 metres in 1975, this 100% Godello vineyard produces outstanding fruit with low yields that guarantees a hugely concentrated wine with palate tingling minerality and precision. Made by New-Zealand wine maker, Amy-Leigh Hopkinson, the wine is barrel fermented and is then aged in 600-litre demi-muits for seven months. The bouquet combines orange-citrus, honeysuckle and blossom whilst the palate is impressively rich with dominant quince and white fruit flavours. There is a long, lingering zesty-clean finish with a touch of vanilla. This is one of the finest white wines I have tasted this year.The winery is a project of Bodegas Godeval and Jorge Ordonez. It is located in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Orense (Galicia), in the northwest of Spain. The 35 year-old Godello vineyards are located on the mountain slopes, and are therefore in terraces. The composition of the soil is of metamorphic slate, although you could find granite in other vineyards of the appellation. Planted at 1,350-1,650 feet (450-550 m) above sea level. 50 Cl Bottles Finest 5 Year Old Medium Dry Madeira 13.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-50-cl-bottles-finest-5-year-old-dry-madeira5 4853954707544 Henriques & Henriques Ageing in oak casks has given this dry wine a soft, subtle aroma. A very elegant aperitif with a lovely fruity flavourThe Henriques family were making wine in Madeira in the 15th Century, but it was not until 1850 that Joaquim Henriques established the firm of Henriques &and Henriques with his brother. Today it is the largest and most respected independent Madeira ‘house’, with the lion’s share of the grapes coming from vineyards owned by the Henriques family surrounding Camara de Lobos, considered by many to be the best quality vine growing area on the Island.In order to reinforce their position as the leading producer of quality wine, Henriques have planted 60 hectares of new vines on precarious terraces overlooking their winery at Camara de Lobos, terraces which are hardly viable to work, in terms of pure economics, but which will, in time, produce some terrific quality grapes. The winery itself is brand new, equipped with the most up-to-date stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses. Their Madeiras are outstanding.The Henriques family were making wine in Madeira in the 15th Century, but it was not until 1850 that Joaquim Henriques established the firm of Henriques and Henriques with his brother. Today it is the largest and most respected independent Madeira ?house?, with the lion?s share of the grapes coming from vineyards owned by the Henriques family surrounding Camara de Lobos, considered by many to be the best quality vine growing area on the Island.In order to reinforce their position as the leading producer of quality wine, Henriques have planted 60 hectares of new vines on precarious terraces overlooking their winery at Camara de Lobos, terraces which are hardly viable to work, in terms of pure economics, but which will, in time, produce some terrific quality grapes. The winery itself is brand new, equipped with the most up-to-date stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses. Their Madeiras are outstanding. Drink Now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Malmsey Malvasia Candida Madeira Henriques &and Henriques 5 Year Old Contains Sulphites 50 Cl Bottles Finest 5 Year Old Dry Madeira 13.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-50-cl-bottles-finest-5-year-old-full-rich-malmsey-madeira0 4853953331288 Henriques & Henriques Ageing in oak casks has given this dry wine a soft, subtle aroma. A very elegant aperitif with a lovely fruity flavourThe Henriques family were making wine in Madeira in the 15th Century, but it was not until 1850 that Joaquim Henriques established the firm of Henriques &and Henriques with his brother. Today it is the largest and most respected independent Madeira ‘house’, with the lion’s share of the grapes coming from vineyards owned by the Henriques family surrounding Camara de Lobos, considered by many to be the best quality vine growing area on the Island.In order to reinforce their position as the leading producer of quality wine, Henriques have planted 60 hectares of new vines on precarious terraces overlooking their winery at Camara de Lobos, terraces which are hardly viable to work, in terms of pure economics, but which will, in time, produce some terrific quality grapes. The winery itself is brand new, equipped with the most up-to-date stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses. Their Madeiras are outstanding.The Henriques family were making wine in Madeira in the 15th Century, but it was not until 1850 that Joaquim Henriques established the firm of Henriques and Henriques with his brother. Today it is the largest and most respected independent Madeira ?house?, with the lion?s share of the grapes coming from vineyards owned by the Henriques family surrounding Camara de Lobos, considered by many to be the best quality vine growing area on the Island.In order to reinforce their position as the leading producer of quality wine, Henriques have planted 60 hectares of new vines on precarious terraces overlooking their winery at Camara de Lobos, terraces which are hardly viable to work, in terms of pure economics, but which will, in time, produce some terrific quality grapes. The winery itself is brand new, equipped with the most up-to-date stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses. Their Madeiras are outstanding. Drink Now Digestif Sweet Full Bodied Malmsey Malvasia Candida Madeira Henriques &and Henriques 5 Year Old Contains Sulphites Savigny Les Vermots Blanc 2018, Domaine Girardin 23.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/savigny-les-vermots-blanc-2018-domaine-girardin19 4851457261656 Domaine Girardin Château de la Charrière, Domaine Yves Girardin, Santenay Intensely aromatic with bright fruit and white flowers on the nose.  Smooth and powerful, it is a wine that is both vivacious and harmonious.Made from 100 % Chardonnay grown on limestone and clay with the average age of the vines being 25 years old, all the parcels are ploughed in the spring to encourage the vines’ root development and thus bring out the expression of the terroir. Work such as debudding, trellissing and leaf thinning, which is all carried out by hand, allows control of the yields and to create space for ventilation around the bunches of grapes in order to prevent disease and obtain perfectly healthy grapes. The vines are managed using"lutte raisonnée", where careful observation of the vine's growth and control of its development results in the use of any treatment products being kept to a minimum. The grapes are harvested by hand with a triage (selection of the best grapes and rejection of sub-standard ones) taking place both in the vineyard and also the winery. The grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press, and the resultant juice is chilled and allowed to decant in the vat for between 24 and 36 hours.Alcoholic fermentation can then begin in the vat and is completed in French oak barrels, of which some 25% are first fill new oak, for 10-12 months. This is followed by malolactic fermentation (which naturally reduces acid levels in the wine), accompanied by occasional stirring of the lees which adds richness and complexity to the wines. The wines are racked and blended in vats 2 to 3 months before bottling and are fined and filtered. Bottling takes place during a waning phase of the moon when it is felt that it is the optimum time for wines that will benefit from some bottle ageing befor consumption. The wines will keep for some 2 to 4 years after bottling as the flavours develop.The Girardin family have cultivated vines for 13 generations, and the domaine developed in the sixties thanks to Jean Girardin, notably with the acquisition of Château de la Charrière. Having spent his childhood amongst the vines and in the cellar, Yves developed a passion for all aspects of wine and its culture.In 1981 the family holding of 12 hectares was split up, and Yves found himself in charge of 3 hectares. Wishing to grow and diversify his range of appellations, he bought vines in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard and today holds 21.50 hectares.In 2003 Yves acquired Château de la Charrière, the family property, and developed the Domaine with the construction of a new cellar. In 2011 Benoît returned to the Domaine after studying at Beaune and Bordeaux in order to perpetuate the family skills. Chassagne Montrachet Blanc, Champs de Morjot 2018, Domaine Girardin 36.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chassagne-montrachet-blanc-2018-domaine-girardin25 4851454115928 Domaine Girardin Château de la Charrière, Domaine Yves Girardin, SantenayMade from 100 % Chardonnay grown on limestone and clay with the average age of the vines being 25 years old, all the parcels are ploughed in the spring to encourage the vines’ root development and thus bring out the expression of the terroir. Work such as debudding, trellissing and leaf thinning, which is all carried out by hand, allows control of the yields and to create space for ventilation around the bunches of grapes in order to prevent disease and obtain perfectly healthy grapes. The vines are managed using"lutte raisonnée", where careful observation of the vine's growth and control of its development results in the use of any treatment products being kept to a minimum. The grapes are harvested by hand with a triage (selection of the best grapes and rejection of sub-standard ones) taking place both in the vineyard and also the winery. The grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press, and the resultant juice is chilled and allowed to decant in the vat for between 24 and 36 hours. Alcoholic fermentation can then begin in the vat and is completed in French oak barrels, of which some 25% are first fill new oak, for 10-12 months. This is followed by malolactic fermentation (which naturally reduces acid levels in the wine), accompanied by occasional stirring of the lees which adds richness and complexity to the wines. The wines are racked and blended in vats 2 to 3 months before bottling and are fined and filtered. Bottling takes place during a waning phase of the moon when it is felt that it is the optimum time for wines that will benefit from some bottle ageing befor consumption. The wines will keep for some 2 to 4 years after bottling as the flavours develop.Tasting Notes:-A concentration of citrus aromas and white stone fruit intermingled with toasted notes. Rich and full in the mouth with great persistence of flavour and a long finish.The wine is best served at a temperature of 12°C or 13°CThe Girardin family have cultivated vines for 13 generations, and the domaine developed in the sixties thanks to Jean Girardin, notably with the acquisition of Château de la Charrière. Having spent his childhood amongst the vines and in the cellar, Yves developed a passion for all aspects of wine and its culture.In 1981 the family holding of 12 hectares was split up, and Yves found himself in charge of 3 hectares. Wishing to grow and diversify his range of appellations, he bought vines in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard and today holds 21.50 hectares.In 2003 Yves acquired Château de la Charrière, the family property, and developed the Domaine with the construction of a new cellar. In 2011 Benoît returned to the Domaine after studying at Beaune and Bordeaux in order to perpetuate the family skills. Chassagne Montrachet BLANC 2017, Domaine Girardin 35.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chassagne-montrachet-blanc-2017-domaine-girardin3 4851453952088 Domaine Girardin Château de la Charrière, Domaine Yves Girardin, SantenayMade from 100 % Chardonnay grown on limestone and clay with the average age of the vines being 25 years old, all the parcels are ploughed in the spring to encourage the vines’ root development and thus bring out the expression of the terroir. Work such as debudding, trellissing and leaf thinning, which is all carried out by hand, allows control of the yields and to create space for ventilation around the bunches of grapes in order to prevent disease and obtain perfectly healthy grapes. The vines are managed using"lutte raisonnée", where careful observation of the vine's growth and control of its development results in the use of any treatment products being kept to a minimum. The grapes are harvested by hand with a triage (selection of the best grapes and rejection of sub-standard ones) taking place both in the vineyard and also the winery. The grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press, and the resultant juice is chilled and allowed to decant in the vat for between 24 and 36 hours.Alcoholic fermentation can then begin in the vat and is completed in French oak barrels, of which some 25% are first fill new oak, for 10-12 months. This is followed by malolactic fermentation (which naturally reduces acid levels in the wine), accompanied by occasional stirring of the lees which adds richness and complexity to the wines. The wines are racked and blended in vats 2 to 3 months before bottling and are fined and filtered. Bottling takes place during a waning phase of the moon when it is felt that it is the optimum time for wines that will benefit from some bottle ageing befor consumption. The wines will keep for some 2 to 4 years after bottling as the flavours develop.Tasting Notes:-A concentration of citrus aromas and white stone fruit intermingled with toasted notes. Rich and full in the mouth with great persistence of flavour and a long finish.The wine is best served at a temperature of 12°C or 13°CThe Girardin family have cultivated vines for 13 generations, and the domaine developed in the sixties thanks to Jean Girardin, notably with the acquisition of Château de la Charrière. Having spent his childhood amongst the vines and in the cellar, Yves developed a passion for all aspects of wine and its culture.In 1981 the family holding of 12 hectares was split up, and Yves found himself in charge of 3 hectares. Wishing to grow and diversify his range of appellations, he bought vines in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard and today holds 21.50 hectares.In 2003 Yves acquired Château de la Charrière, the family property, and developed the Domaine with the construction of a new cellar. In 2011 Benoît returned to the Domaine after studying at Beaune and Bordeaux in order to perpetuate the family skills. Maranges 1er Cru Clos des Loyeres 2018, Domaine Girardin 21.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-maranges-1er-cru-clos-des-loyeres-2016-domaine-girardin108 4851447922776 Domaine Girardin Château de la CharrièreDomaine Yves Girardin, SantenayWith a brilliant garnet red colour, this is a great example of Pinot Noir from one of the less popular areas of the Cotes de Beaune. On the nose, ripe fruit aromas and toasted notes are to the fore. The palate is rounded and full with rich, gentle tannins and fine spicy notes which persist in the mouth-filling finish. (2018 - 13% abv)This wine is 100% Pinot Noir from vines, grown on a mixture of limestone and clay, that are on average about 30 years old. The grapes are hand picked and sorted in both the vineyard and on a sorting table in the winery.After their passage on the sorting table, the grapes are totally destemmed and then macerate for 15 days in vats. This period commences with 5 days’ cold maceration with the object of extracting the fruit characters from the grapes. This is followed by an increase in temperature during which pumping over and punching down liberates the tannins present in the grape skins. And finally, the temperature is raised to around 32°C for 5 to 7 days to stabilise colour and tannins. It then spends 10 to 12 months in oak barrels of which 25% are new oak and after a light filtration is bottled when the moon is in its waning phase which gives exceptional freshness and fruit to the wines. It is best served at 16°C or 17°C.The Girardin family have cultivated the vine for 13 generations, and the domaine developed in the sixties thanks to Jean Girardin, notably with the acquisition of Château de la Charrière. Having spent his childhood amongst the vines and in the cellar, Yves developed a passion for all aspects of wine and viticulture. In 1981 the family holding of 12 hectares was divided, and Yves found himself owning 3 hectares. Wishing to grow and diversify his range of appellations, he bought vines in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard and today has a total of 21.5 hectares.In 2003 Yves acquired Château de la Charrière, the family property, and developed the Domaine with the construction of a new cellar. In 2011 Benoît returned to the Domaine after studying at Beaune and Bordeaux in order to continue the family involvement.  Fonseca 20 Year Old Rich Tawny 41.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fonseca-20-year-old-rich-tawny4 4846779859032 Fonseca Port The Fonseca Guimaraens house style is one of richness and warmth, with a lush fruit intensity and a structure of both dimension and finesse. More voluptuous than massive, Fonseca Ports are coveted for their sumptuous yet refined body and great longevity.This tawny port has an average cask age of twenty years, it is a mature wine of deep amber color with russet highlights. The bouquet’s complex marriage of ripe, plummy fruit, warm cinnamon and butterscotch notes and subtle oak nuances are confirmed on the palate, which is full and voluminous, with a velvety texture carrying into a long, elegant finish.Fonseca Guimaraens was founded in 1822, and continuity has been the name of the game ever since with the Guimaraens making wine ever since. Frank Guimaraens made all the vintages beginning with the 1896 through to the 1948. His daughter, Dorothy Guimaraens, following his death, made the 1955. Bruce Duncan Guimaraens, great-great grandson of the founder, made every Vintage from 1960 through to the 1992. As for the 1994 Vintage, Bruce Guimaraens’ son, David Guimaraens was responsible for this extraordinary award winning port wine. This remarkable continuity of winemaker is clearly evident in the wine. Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 2004 29.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fonseca-quinta-do-panascal-20043 4846779531352 Fonseca Port A fat, plump, luscious wine. Full of rounded, ripe jammy fruit aromas. Almost warm 'marmalada' like note to the nose. The ripeness and richness of fruit is reinforced in the mouth with flavours of plump, bursting plums and cherries. Great notes of tobacco, smoky tea (lapsang) and spice. A warm, velvety, satiny wine. An enticingly very textural wine!   Fonseca Vintage 1994 98.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/fonseca-vintage-199423 4846082064472 Fonseca Port Intense purple black colour. The nose is bursting with potent complex fruitiness. The fruit is rich and luscious, a harmonious blend of blackcurrant, cherry and plum. It is full-bodied on the palate with tightly-knit, chewy tannins which provide both volume and structure. the succulent jammy fruit flavours seem to last forever in an incredibly long finish. A big opulent wine in the Fonseca tradition. Drink 2015 to 2035+.   Guimaraens was founded in 1822, when Manuel Pedro Guimaraens acquired control of the Fonseca &and Monteiro Company through purchase of the majority of the Fonseca holdings. As a condition of the sale of his shares to Guimaraens, the departing Fonseca stipulated that his name be retained.Not long after this purchase, Manoel Pedro Guimaraens, a supporter of the liberal cause in the 'War of the Two Brothers', was forced to flee Portugal hidden in an empty port wine cask. He settled in England, where his company remained based until 1927, when the headquarters of the firm returned to Portugal. During this period, Fonseca grew rapidly in reputation and importance. By 1840, the firm had become the second largest shipper of Port Wine and in 1847 the first Fonseca vintage port was shipped to England.Family has been a part of every Fonseca Vintage Port. Frank Guimaraens made all the vintages beginning with the 1896 through to the 1948. His daughter, Dorothy Guimaraens, following his death, made the 1955. Bruce Duncan Guimaraens, great-great grandson of the founder, made every Vintage from 1960 through to the 1992. As for the 1994 Vintage, Bruce Guimaraens’ son, David Guimaraens was responsible for this extraordinary award winning port wine. This remarkable continuity of winemaker is clearly evident in the wine. Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Clos de Reas 2018, Michel Gros 126.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vosne-romanee-1er-cru-clos-de-reas-2018-michel-gros12 4846052868184 Domaine Michel Gros It was in 1830 that the Gros family set up in Vosne-Romanée and today, Michel Gros, sixth generation of this dynasty of winemakers, continues and develops the work undertaken by his ancestors. Passionate but also very rigorous, Michel Gros brings constant care to the development of his wines, by mastering all the stages of production, from vine through to bottling. Modest and unassuming, he expresses himself through his wines: generous, fine, elegant, of reliable and even quality. Vosne Romanée 1er Aux Brulees 2018 Michel Gros 116.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vosne-romanee-1er-aux-brulees-2018-michel-gros24 4846051819608 Domaine Michel Gros It was in 1830 that the Gros family set up in Vosne-Romanée and today, Michel Gros, sixth generation of this dynasty of winemakers, continues and develops the work undertaken by his ancestors. Passionate but also very rigorous, Michel Gros brings constant care to the development of his wines, by mastering all the stages of production, from vine through to bottling. Modest and unassuming, he expresses himself through his wines: generous, fine, elegant, of reliable and even quality. Moet & Chandon Vintage 2012 65.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/moet-chandon-vintage-20126 4844427116632 Champagne Moet & Chandon Some people think that the first Moët was a Dutchman called Le Clerc who got very excited when the English tried to prevent Charles VII from entering his city. This 15th century firebrand led the mob at Rémois shouting 'Het moët zoo zijn' ('It must be so') and was known as Monsieur Moët ever afterward. More likely, though less romantic, is that Claude Moët established the company in 1743 after spending 27 years dealing in wines from the Champagne district.Today the house of Moët &and Chandon is owned by the luxury goods company LVMH and makes around 2 million cases of champagne.The Chardonnay is the strength of this vintage. It makes the wines classic and powerful, straight and rigorous, with a superb acid balance. The Pinots are fine and elegant, with a unique personality and still with a good structure and texture. Chateau Moulin-Riche 2015 49.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-moulin-riche-20099 4840346452056 Chateau Moulin-Riche (2nd wine of Léoville Poyferré)There are loads of blackcurrants with hints of violets on the nose. On the palate this is a juicy and full-bodied wine but with balancing acidity from the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon in its make-up. The 28% Merlot adds the rounded softness whilst 7% Petit Verdot gives a lift to the well knit whole with its spice. Approximately 30% of the main Léoville-Poyferré fruit went into the Moulin Riche in 2015 and it's influence is very evident in the excellent quality of this wine. NEW: Connetable de Talbot 2016 41.75 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/connetable-de-talbot-201635 4840345567320 Chateau Talbot Château Talbot takes its name from John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who lost the battle of Castillon in 1453 allowing the French to take control of Bordeaux’s vineyards after 340 years of British ownership. It is also perceived as one of the most reliable wine in St-Julien.Their second wine is sourced from younger vines and has plenty of blackcurrant and wild berry fruit alongside cedar aromas. Very elegant yet full bodied with silky tannins. NEW: Chateau La Tour De By 2005 35.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-la-tour-de-by-201711 4840337211480 Chateau La Tour de By Cru Bourgeois Superieur  Medoc, BegadanThis extensive 70 hectare estate is perfectly positioned on a group of gravely ridges overlooking the Gironde whilst the chateau's name comes from the tower that stands in the vineyards which was built in 1825 as a lighthouse to cover the rivers estuary. In the 1960's, three friends purchased the estate and, since then, have built it up into one of the most successful and consistent of all the Crus Bourgeois. Marc Pages, who currently manages the property, makes a rigorous selection when he chooses his final cuvees to bottle, discarding anything that does not come up to scratch. These are always deep-coloured, full-flavoured and concentrated wines with a clearly defined, black-berry fruitiness.Cabernet-Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 32% and Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot Medoc, France Chateau La Tour de By 2005 Contains Sulphites NEW: La Dame De Montrose 1995 63.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-la-dame-de-montrose-20104 4840333803608 Chateau Montrose The second wine of Chateau Montrose.Score: 93 PointsAn explosively rich, exotic, fruity Montrose, the 1995 displays even more fat and extract than the 1996. There is less Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1995 blend, resulting in a fuller-bodied, more accessible, friendlier style. The wine exhibits an opaque black/ruby/purple color, as well as a ripe nose of black fruits, vanillin and licorice. Powerful yet surprisingly accessible (the tannin is velvety and the acidity low), this terrific example of Montrose should be drinkable at a young age. Anticipated maturity: 2003 - 2028. Last tasted 11/97.Score: 93           Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998Chateau Montrose has, since the 1990 vintage, ranked alongside Cos d'Estournel as one of St. Estephe's great wines. Owned by Jean-Louis Charmolte this modest chateau commands a fine view over the river Gironde. Beef, Casserole, Steak Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot St Estephe, Bordeaux, France Chateau Montrose 1995 Contains Sulphites NEW: Les Carmes de Rieussec 2016 31.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/les-carmes-de-rieussec-20165 4839399686232 Chateau Rieussec For several generations, Château Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that “Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines”.Owned by the Barons de Rothschild of Château Lafite the château is next door to the hallowed ground of Yquem.Rieussec's style is always one of intense power with an almost roasted richness on the palate. It produces very deeply coloured wines with great viscosity.95% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle Chateau Nairac 2009 67.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-half-bottle-chateau-nairac-200911 4839396376664 Chateau Nairac 2eme Cru Classé BarsacNairac traditionally produces a fairly big style Barsac which is very ripe and concentrated with hints of pineapple, butterscotch/caramel married with very fresh and clean acidity. With tiny volumes produced Nairac is very good value for money. It is owned by Nicole Tar-Heeter and, indeed, this estate must constitute a complete labour of love; with average yields of a miniscule 7 hectolitres per hectare from a surface area of 17 hectares which produces on average 10000 bottles per year.90% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon and 4% Muscadelle NEW: Half Bottle: Chateau Suduiraut 2010 41.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-half-bottle-chateau-suduiraut-200524 4839392870488 Chateau Suduiraut 1er Cru Classé SauternesThe wines of Suduiraut are luscious and rich which, in great vintages, are capable of lasting 30 years. The colour is usually rich and the wine has an alluring perfume.Owned by the AXA insurance giant this estate is managed by Christian Seely. It is without doubt one of the greatest estates of the appellation. 90% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon NEW: La Clarence de Haut Brion 2010 185.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/la-clarence-de-haut-brion-201023 4839386873944 Chateau Haut Brion "The second wine of Haut-Brion is now called Le Clarence de Haut-Brion, and the 2010 is among the finest I have tasted there. It is a broad, powerful and more muscular wine than its cross-street rival, La Chapelle de la Mission, but all the same, it is wonderfully fresh and precise, with notes of blueberry and boysenberry as well as hints of smoke and wet stones. Endowed with gorgeous fruit, texture, purity and elegance, this relatively dense second wine demonstrates how draconian the selection process has become for the top estates in Bordeaux in recent years. The blend of this wine is 52% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Cabernet Franc with just a touch of Petit Verdot. I would expect it to last at least 20 years, which is remarkable. Kudos to the team at Haut-Brion and to the proprietors, the Dillon family, who are now represented admirably and meticulously by Prince Robert of Luxembourg. He has made some changes, and all of them seem to have resulted in dramatic improvements to what was already an astonishing group of wines." Parker NEW: Château l'Ancien 2016 36.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-lancien-201616 4839385268312 Chateau l'Ancien Created by the Count de Kermartin in the mid-19th century, Garraud’s vineyards appear in the 1868 edition of Le Féret (Bordeaux wine directory). Léon Nony bought the vineyard in 1939 and started to renovate and expand it. After his death in 1959, his son, Michel, then his grandson, Jean-Marc, continued his work. In the 1990’s, the vat room and cellars were completely renovated to incorporate new techniques and the latest thinking in terms of vinification and ageing, while preserving traditional know-how. In 1997, a few high-quality plots were selected to produce a wine in a very low quantity, l’Ancien, which stands at the very top of the Appellation. SOIL TYPE : Micro-selection from 36 hectares of vineyards planted on the geological prolongation of the Pomerol plateau in varied soils (clay, gravel, clay-silt). AVERAGE AGE OF VINES : Around 30 years old PLANTING DENSITY : Around 6.000 vines/ha VINEYARD MANAGEMENT : Double Guyot pruning, bud removal, sustainable soil enrichment, leaf thinning, green harvesting if necessary, ploughing, managed grass cover, harvesting when the grapes reach perfect maturity, mostly by hand. ENVIRONMENT : Vine treatments only if necessary (with preference given to more environmentally-friendly products and application methods), effluent treatment, the use of local suppliers when possible, and selective waste management. VINIFICATION : Plot selection, sorting of the harvested grapes, full destemming, fully fermented in new French oak barrels in an air-conditioned cellar. NEW: Chateau Du Tertre 2016, Margaux 55.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-du-tertre-2000-margaux4 4839382122584 Chateau du Tertre Château du Tertre, MargauxChateau du Tertre can trace its history back to the 12th century, with 50 hectares of vineyards neighbouring those of Cantenac-Brown and Brane-Cantenac to the north and Giscours to the east. Up until the late 1990s it was probably one of the least known Classed Growth wines in the Medoc but in 1997 it was bought by the Dutch businessman, Eric Albada Jelgersma, with a mission to revitalise the estate's fortunes. The estate's revival was first signalled with a stunning offering from the 2000 vintage and this has continued with equally strong offerings from 2005, 2008 and 2009. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Margaux Chateau du Tertre 2016 Contains Sulphites NEW: Château Leoville Las Cases 2010 327.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-leoville-las-cases-201012 4839380320344 Chateau Leoville Las Cases An exceptional year with exceptional ageing potential."The 2010 is a quintessentially elegant, classic wine of Bordeaux - firm, rigid, perhaps slightly lighter than most of the other St.-Juliens, but stylish, potentially complex, and reminiscent of the style of the 1986, but more concentrated and powerful. It is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc with a normal pH of 3.56. It was raised in 75% new oak and the alcohol came to 13.7%. This wine displays loads of black currants, cedar wood and vanillin, but needs a good 7-8 years of cellaring, if not much longer. It should last for 30+ years. What I like about tasting at Las Cases is that Jean-Hubert Delon opens one bottle in my presence, and has another already decanted four hours in advance to compare. It is nearly unanimous on each visit that the decanted wine shows better, which probably gives you some insight into the aging potential of Las Cases. It is certainly one of Bordeaux's longest-lived wines, and seems to have more and more of a character resembling Lafite Rothschild more than its nearby neighbor, Chateau Latour." ParkerOne of the oldest Medoc estates, Domaine de Léoville belonged to some of the wealthiest and most influential noble French families before it was acquired by the Las Cases family. The estate was split up between 1826 and 1840 as a result of the French Revolution. (Expropriation of emigrants’ property and constitution of egalitarian redistribution). Château Léoville Las Cases was created, thanks to a kind of birthright, from 3/5 of the original estate and the heart of the domain.The Grand Vin’s current terroir has therefore been at the historic heart of the original terroir since the 17th century. Pierre Jean, Adolphe and Gabriel de Las Cases were successive heirs to the property until 1900, when Théophile Skawinski purchased a share in the estate and became its manager. Léoville Las Cases has now been managed by the same family since the late 19th century and is today represented by Jean-Hubert Delon, sole owner of the Château and proprietor of Château Potensac in the Medoc and Château Nénin in Pomerol. NEW: Chateau Marquis De Terme 2016, Margaux 59.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-marquis-de-terme-2010-margaux22 4839376027736 Chateau Marquis de Terme 4eme Cru Classe Margaux In January 2009, between the second and the third generations of the Seneclauze family, a new director arrived at the chateau. Since 2009, Ludovic David has introduced, with the support of the owners, far-reaching new policies, with a more international focus. Various projects have been completed at the property : the restoration and furnishing of a new tasting room, renovation of the winery with the installation of new technology, and investment in international communication and press relations. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Margaux Chateau Marquis De Terme 2016 Contains Sulphites NEW: Chateau Cos Labory 2016, St Estephe 50.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-cos-labory-2003-st-estephe18 4839368982616 Chateau Cos Labory 5eme Cru Class‚ St EstepheA property that we have followed for nearly 30 years and which, since the quite excellent 2003 vintage, has been offering one of the best values amongst the crus classes. The 18 hectares of vines are ideally situated next to Cos d'Estournel along with a parcel behind Lafon-Rochet. Since 1971, the Audoy family have owned the rising star of St. Estephe, Chateau Cos Labory, a 12-hectare estate which is immediately opposite its renowned neighbour, Cos d'Estournel. We started buying wines from the Audoys back in the late 1970?s but it was not really until 1986 that the chateau's true potential was realised when the family undertook to invest in a new cuverie and introduced a stricter selection process for the first (main) wine. In recent vintages, the wines have had great extraction and matiere, representing some of the best value when it comes to cru class‚ drinking.Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 20% Petit Verdot 5%  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Cheese, Offal Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Red Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Estephe Chateau Cos Labory 2016 Contains Sulphites NEW: Chateau Gloria 2016, St Julien 57.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-gloria-2010-st-julien35 4839366983768 Chateau Gloria Cru Bourgeois St JulienA really opulent style of Gloria with superb extraction and colour, ripe and rounded fruit and lovely balance. Deliciously juicy with a succulent texture that will give this wine a great laying down potential.Henri Martin, Gloria's owner and once Mayor of Saint Julien was one of Medoc's legendary figures. In 1956 he became President of the Interprofessional Committee of Bordeaux Wines. Beginning in the 1940's, Henri Martin assembled the vineyards of Chateau Gloria with parcels of land from such neighbouring vineyards as Leoville-Poyferre, Gruaud-Larose, Saint Pierre and Duhart-Milon. The property is now run and managed by his son-in-law, Jean-Louis Triaud.The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and spends 16 months in barrels producing round, generous, rich, long-lasting wines with cedary and spicy bouquets. The wine of Chateau Gloria shows well young, and also ages well. Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 5% Petit Verdot 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot St Julien Chateau Gloria 2016 Contains Sulphites Chablis Premier Cru La Foret 2018, Domaine Pinson 33.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chablis-premier-cru-la-foret-2018-domaine-pinson6 4839346896984 Domaine Pinson Established in the 1640’s, this twelve hectare domaine is one of the most respected producers in Chablis. The Pinson brothers’ grandfather, Louis, established the estate’s pedigree in the late 1940’s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. Today, the domaine is run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work). In the past couple of years Laurent’s daughter, Charlène, has joined them and as a qualified oenologist, she is now very much involved in the wine-making side of the operation. The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over thirty-five years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. The Pinson domaine is one of the few in  Chablis that manually pick their entire production; vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats. The Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to  a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a         wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak, unlike barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region. From the 4.24 hectares of Mont de Milieu comes a penetrating, pure and balanced wine, whilst La Fôret (0.68 hectares) with its fifty year-old vines, is vibrant and ‘flinty’ with piercing white peach fruit. The Grand Cru Les Clos warrants five to eight years in the bottle to express its fundamental complexity and amazing depth.    Gould Campbell 1991 Vintage Port 51.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-gould-campbell-19948 4837017419864 Gould Campbell Port Gould Campbell was founded in 1797 when Garret Gould, prompted by the political strife wracking his native Ireland, sailed to the hospitable shores of Portugal where he established the firm of Messrs. Gould Brothers &and Co., operating from both Lisbon and Oporto.The firm survived the trials of the Peninsula War which followed a few years later, when the Anglo-Portuguese army of the Duke of Wellington expelled the French invaders, and soon became very successful bringing into partnership the prestigious Merchants and Bankers Messrs. James Campbell &and Co. Gould Campbell came to establish a reputation for the excellent quality of their Ports and their Vintage Ports in particular.In 1970 the firm was acquired by the Symington family who had themselves been Port producers since 1882. It is therefore one of the very few Port shippers which remains a private family business, thus retaining its individuality and distinctiveness.The grapes for Gould Campbell Ports are drawn from vineyards in the Alto Douro area, where the yields are very low (about one pipe - 550 litres - per 1,000 vines) but the wines have immense complexity and depth. The winery is situated at PinhÆo, where a proportion of the wines are made in modern temperature controlled fermentation tanks. However, a significant proportion of Gould Campbell Ports are still made in small quintas in the hills around PinhÆo, using the ancient method of treading the grapes by foot in stone tanks called lagares. Drink now or Keep Digestif Sweet Full Bodied dark plum Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francêsca, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional Portugal Gould Campbell 1991 Contains Sulphites Cornas 'Collection' 2017, Domaine de Montine 39.56 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornas-collection-2017-domaine-de-montine18 4836988092504 Domaine de Montine Situated on the right hand side of the Rhone valley, the commune of Cornas constitutes a 'Grand Terroir with an exceptional micro-climate, granite soil and old vines which are superb for making these wonderful wines. A very generous wine with soft spices and drinking wonderfully now though will also continue to develop with age.  Cornas La Geynale, 2017 Vincent Paris 51.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-cornas-la-geynale-2014-vincent-paris6 4836967678040 Vincent Paris La Geynale, named after ‘Genêt’, a small bush plant, is a single-parcel of old vines between 80-100 years old. Exceptionally fresh, balanced with both a silky texture and grippy tannins, this will age beautifully. This domaine is truly a gem in the northern Rhône, demonstrating typicity, or rather ‘soil to glass transfer’ as described by John Livingstone-Learmonth at the 10th anniversary.  Cornas La Geynale, 2014 Vincent Paris 54.44 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/cornas-la-geynale-2014-vincent-paris1 4836967645272 Vincent Paris La Geynale, named after ‘Genêt’, a small bush plant, is a single-parcel of old vines between 80-100 years old. Exceptionally fresh, balanced with both a silky texture and grippy tannins, this will age beautifully. This domaine is truly a gem in the northern Rhône, demonstrating typicity, or rather ‘soil to glass transfer’ as described by John Livingstone-Learmonth at the 10th anniversary. 50cl Shiraume Umeshu Plum Sake Akashi Ta 21.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-shiraume-umeshu-plum-sake-akashi-ta3 4830807949400 Akashi Ta Conventional umeshu, or plum liqueur, is made by preserving Japanese ume plums in distilled spirits. However, Shiraume is a luxurious plum liqueur made by preserving plums in the finest of Japanese sakes — premium ginjo sake made from Yamada Nishiki rice. In Shiraume, the mild flavor of brewed sake nurtured to perfection blends harmoniously with the fruity flavor of ume plums. No sharp tang of alcohol mars the finish to the palate, as sometimes happens with conventional plum liqueurs. Since ancient times and even in Japan today, plum liqueur has long been considered a therapeutic drink. Shiraume can be enjoyed many ways — it is equally pleasant on ice or blended with either cold or hot water. Limoncello, Tosolini 24.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/limoncello-tosolini11 4830806212696 Tosolini Tosolini Limoncello is an all-natural Limoncello by Bepi Tosolini made from lemons harvested from the Amalfi coast, widely considered to be the best area for lemons.Limoncello is made by macerating lemon zest from Amalfi lemons in a neutral grape spirit before adding a touch of sugar to balance. It is made solely with natural ingredients, with no artificial flavourings added. Enjoy ice cold at the end of a meal. 50cl Mezcal Ilegal Reposado 47.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-mezcal-ilegal-reposado2 4830799560792 Ilegal Mezcal A reposado mezcal from Ilegal, lightly aged in oak and full of rich caramel and light smoke. This is aged for four months in medium-charred American oak casks, 200 litres in volume. 50cl Kummel 24.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-kummel5 4830796775512 Kummel It all started and revolved around Allasch Castle, in Livonia about 40 kilometres from the Baltic Port of Riga. Originally the old family recipe of the Baron von Blanckenhagen was made for the enjoyment of their friends, a Kummel Liqueur called Allasch Kummel. An export firm in Riga, named "Mentzendorff" suggested to the Barons that they should make the Kummel for export. Other European Liqueur manufacturers began to imitate the liqueur and closely copied the label, without succeeding however to match the genuine 'finesse' of the original Mentzendorff Kummel.Nowadays, the Allasch Kummel is known as Mentzendorff Kummel. It is produced at Saumur, in France, by the oldest distillery in the Loire Valley, The Combier distillery, which was founded in 1834. Twice distilled for an extra pure flavour. Made from caraway seeds, Mentzendorff Kummel is a natural digestif. It can be served straight from the fridge, with ice or in a variety of cocktails. Marc de Gewurztraminer d'Alsace, Henry Fuchs 51.95 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/marc-de-gewurztraminer-dalsace-henry-fuchs5 4830791598168 Domaine Henry Fuchs Marc de Gewurztraminer is one of Alsace's most popular " eaux-de-vie ". The marcs are what remains in the press. They are recovered and put in fermentation. Then distilled traditionally. This marc is very fruity and sweet. The marc of Gewurztraminer is the only eau-de-vie of Alsace to benefit from a controlled appellation. Eau de Vie de Framboise Sauvage, Miclo 46.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/eau-de-vie-de-framboise-sauvage-miclo2 4830780981336 Miclo Distillery Raspberries and wild berries have a very low sugar content and fermentation alone would produce practically no alcohol. They must therefore macerate in eau de vie for at least one month. Every 100 kg of fruits must macerate in 25 liters of eau de vie with an alcohol content of 50 % as laid down by legislation. Slight fermentation takes place during this period. The mixture is then distilled.Can be served at either room temperature or straight out of the freezer. 50cl: Poire William Grande Reserve Miclo 43.74 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-poire-william-grande-reserve-miclo2 4830778163288 Miclo Distillery A very intense aroma of ripe pear that shows a touch of honey and a tiny whiff of menthol. Unctuously rich and well-developed showing subtle fresh fruity flavour, with good intensity and depth of pear extract. Long, with just a little heat to remind of the spirit.Gilbert Miclo founded the Miclo Distillery in 1965 in Alsace. He had succeeded his father as head of the family company in 1962, but in those days they were only traders of wine, eaux de vie and beers. The decision was taken to produce their own fruit brandies, and to concentrate on only products of the very finest quality. The company immediately became well-known and by 1972 Miclo had 50 agents selling its products throughout France. Miclo also caught the attention of master patissiers who wanted the purest fruit brandy for flavouring their fine pastries and desserts; this in turn lead to the 1974 establishment of a specialist culinary range. In 1977, a new distillery was built housing four stills and 36 new Inox stainless-steel tanks for macerating the fruit and ageing the brandies. In 1982 Gilbert Miclo opened a distillery in Moorea (French Polynesia) to produce exotic fruit brandies and liqueurs. 50cl Eau de Vie de Mirabelle, Miclo, Alsace 43.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/eau-de-vie-de-mirabelle-miclo-alsace3 4830776754264 Miclo Distillery Every 100 kg of fruits must macerate in 25 liters of eau de vie with an alcohol content of 50 % as laid down by legislation. Slight fermentation takes place during this period. The mixture is then distilled. Delicate plum and dried fruit aromas backed up by an edge of kernel from the stones. Rounded palate with hints of plums, prunes and other candied fruits, all without any shred of sweetness. Perfect balance of fruit and spirit on the finish.Can be served at either room temperature or straight out of the freezer. Chateau Climens 2009 113.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-halves-chateau-climens-20107 4830758600792 Chateau Climens Climens can trace its history back to the 16th century and was bought by Lucien Lurton in 1971. It has been owned and managed by Berenice Lurton since 1992. Climens is located in the south of the Barsac appellation, just outside the small village of La Pinesse - the vineyards (Semillon 100%) lie on the highest point in Barsac (20m above sea level) on a gravel/sand topsoil and a limestone/clay subsoil. Yields at Climens are tightly restricted and the wine is barrel-fermented and then aged in small oak barriques (one third new) for 22 months. Climens always produce elegant wines. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Semillon Barsac, France Chateau Climens 2009 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Chateau Climens 2003 40.80 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-halves-chateau-climens-20092 4830757650520 Chateau Climens Climens can trace its history back to the 16th century and was bought by Lucien Lurton in 1971. It has been owned and managed by Berenice Lurton since 1992. Climens is located in the south of the Barsac appellation, just outside the small village of La Pinesse - the vineyards (Semillon 100%) lie on the highest point in Barsac (20m above sea level) on a gravel/sand topsoil and a limestone/clay subsoil. Yields at Climens are tightly restricted and the wine is barrel-fermented and then aged in small oak barriques (one third new) for 22 months. Climens always produce elegant wines. Drink Now or Keep Digestif Sweet Medium Bodied Golden Semillon Barsac, France Chateau Climens 2009 Contains Sulphites Chateau Rieussec 2010, Sauternes 54.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-rieussec-2009-sauternes9 4830755586136 Chateau Rieussec 1er Cru Class‚ SauternesFor several generations, Chƒteau Rieussec has been a leading name in Sauternes wines. As early as 1868, Charles Cocks remarked that ?Beyond any of the others, Rieussec produces wines that are very similar to Yquem wines?.Owned by the Barons de Rothschild of Chƒteau Lafite the chƒteau is next door to the hallowed ground of Yquem.Rieussec's style is always one of intense power with an almost roasted richness on the palate. It produces very deeply coloured wines with great viscosity.95% Semillon, 3% Sauvignon, 2% Muscadelle Drink Now or Keep Fruit Desserts, Caramel, Sweet Full Bodied Deep golden Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle Sauternes Chateau Rieussec 2010 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Late Harvest Riesling 2018, Casas del Bosque 11.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-late-harvest-riesling-2018-casas-del-bosque22 4829294952536 Casas del Bosque Light gold in colour this has a nose of apricot, crème brulée, walnuts and toasted almonds. On the palate there are lush fruity notes of quince, spiced apple and honey combined with a bright zesty acidity to bring it all into balance with excellent structure and length. (12% abv - 2018) Made from hand harvested botrytis affected grapes which are carefully selected and picked in the autumn, this sweet wine is aged for 10 months in French Barriques before bottling. Half Bottle: Liastos 2017, Lyrarakis, Crete 14.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/liastos-2017-lyrarakis-crete15 4829274079320 Lyrarakis Made from sun dried grapes is aged in small oak barrels for 12 months and has aromas of ripe peach and apricot with marmalade and honey flavours.The Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Liatiko 2019 Lyrarakis, Crete 18.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-kotsifali-2018-lyrarakis-crete8 4829272735832 Lyrarakis Lyrarakis Aggelis  Liatiko 2019 This is made from ungrafted Liatiko vines, low yielding, and then fermented with lots of whole berries with no added yeast. It’s a really smooth, elegant wine that reminds me a bit of Nebbiolo or Xinomavro, with a pale-ish colour and good tannic structure, as well as silky, sweet strawberry and cherry fruit. There’s freshness and elegance here. Has some rose petal and iodine detail, showing great balance between the sweet red fruits and the grainy, tannic structure. Such an interesting wine that should develop nicely. 93/100 Jamie Goode ReviewPlanted on their own rootstock in the 1930’s resulting in small berry, low yielding grapes with exceptional intensity of flavour. The wine is fermented in open oak barrels with no temperature control or fining.The Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Kotsifali 2018, Lyrarakis, Crete 11.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-thrapsathiri-2019-lyrarakis-crete0 4829271621720 Lyrarakis Please Note: Currently in shipment. Available end of December. Lyrarakis Karnari Kotsifali 2016 Aged two years in used barrels. Pale red In colour. This is rich, mellow, warm and spicy with some alcoholic warmth and an oxidative character. It’s rich and spicy with herbs and cherries and a touch of earthiness. Has some sour cherry and wood spice on the finish. A really distinctive wine, a bit like a less alcoholic tawny Port! 90/100 Jamie Goode ReviewThe red grape variety Kotsifali is indisputably a classic of the vineyard of Crete. Spices and red fruits with an elegant mouthfeel and a piquant aftertaste are the characteristics of the wine which is produced from vineyards situated at 500m. altitude. Enjoy it together with dishes of the mediterranean cuisine, baked meat and spicy cheeses.Please Note: There is a delivery window of 5 working days for these wines due to limited availabilityThe Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking. In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Dafni 2019, Lyrarakis, Crete 13.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/dafni-2019-lyrarakis-crete7 4829262217304 Lyrarakis Lyrarakis Psarades Dafni 2019 This is really distinctive with some mint and herb notes: it’s exotic and smells like a Mediterranean hillside in the summer. Very fresh and linear with lovely fruit, and a fine, tapering finish. Quite lovely. 91/100 Jamie Goode Review  Herb aromas of laurel and rosemary with citrus flower and aromatic finish.The Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking.In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Vilana 2019, Lyrarakis, Crete 11.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vilana-lyrarakis-crete5 4829248553048 Lyrarakis The white grape variety Vilana is indisputably a classic of the vineyard of Crete. Citrus-fruit and flower aromas, full taste with a refreshing acidity are the characteristics of this wine, produced from vineyards at an altitude of 500m. Enjoy it either as an aperitif or combined with white meats and salads. Please Note: There is a delivery window of 5 working days for these wines due to limited availabilityThe Lyrarakis estate is a family vineyard and winery which has been producing high quality wines since 1966 with a strong focus on rare local varieties, single variety and single vineyard wines. The family is credited with the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties, Dafni and Plyto while a third “vineyard treasure”, the indigenous Melissaki, has recently been added to the credits.Lyrarakis is located in the mountainous commune of Alagni (440 metres above sea-level), south of the city of Heraklion, in Crete. The soils are predominantly loam with either more sand or clay depending on the vineyard site. The well-preserved 14th-century stone-presses in the fields around the winery are testament to the area’s long history of grape-growing and winemaking.In charge of winemaking is Myriam Ambuzer who has been vital in securing Lyrarakis a place in the elite wineries of Greece. Her philosophy emphasises precision, purity and supple texture of the fruit. She argues it is all about expressing authenticity, achieving harmony and that every variety needs to be worked in its own special way. Les Pagodes De Cos 2012 44.70 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-les-pagodes-de-cos-201032 4827977678936 Chateau Cos d'Estournel Second Wine of Cos d'EstournelGood spice and depth of fruit, both meaty and elegant, lovely wine.Drinking Window 2015 - 2024Les Pagodes de Cos is, strictly speaking, Cos d Estournel's second wine. The vines that produce it are eventually used for the Grand Vin which is an 1855 Grand Cru Class‚. They are grown on the same terroir and are treated in the same way. They are simply younger and their roots have yet to grow to their full depth in the gravelly soil. Powerful, very aromatic, long on the palate, with a very persistent finish, Les Pagodes de Cos is a wine of refinement and pleasure, to be drunk within ten years of its bottling at the chƒteau.Cabernet Sauvignon 62% Merlot 38% Drink Now or Keep  Game, Beef, Sausages Dry Medium Bodied Dark Plum Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot St Estephe Chateau Cos d'Estournel 2012 Contains Sulphites Half Bottle: Oestricher Doosberg Riesling Auslese 2010, Spreitzer 28.06 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-oestricher-doosberg-riesling-auslese-2010-spreitzer20 4827974729816 Weingut Spreitzer Spreitzer’s Auslese is nothing short of sublime; elegant, seductively sweet but so well balanced with a superb level of acidity. Complex with a generous, super-ripe fruit and a very fine texture. Stunning. Drink 2010 - 2025 This family owned 15 hectare estate in the heart of Rheingau produces classic Rieslings of great freshness and finesse. The vineyards in Oestrich, Winkel and Hattenheim are planted mainly with Riesling (97%) with a little Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) thrown in for good measure.Bernhard Spreitzer and his brother, Andreas, are the fourth generation of the family to run this historic estate which has its roots in 1641. Meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and the winery are the keys to their success and, although their wines are little knowin this country, they are highly sought after in Germany where they constantly win acclaim and awards for their excellence.Bernhard Spreitzer (the brothers' father) told us that 2006 was one of the hardest vintages he could remember due to the widespread rot in the vineyards. This delicious dry Riesling is a tribute to the skills of the Spreitzer family as it beautifully expresses both its terroir and the harmony of fruit and acidity so typical of Riesling at its very best. Half Bottle: Campbells GRAND Liqueur Muscat 47.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-campbells-grand-liqueur-muscat2 4827968929880 Campbells Rutherglen Rich, deep brown. Complex raisined fruit characters, coffee bean, dark chocolate and a distinct ‘aged oak’ lift.An incredible depth of luscious raisined fruit floods the front palate. Walnut, dark chocolate, ground coffee bean, vanilla and nutty dry mature oak characters add complexity, before an incredibly long, drawn out finish. Half Bottle: Merchant Prince, Campbells 60.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-merchant-prince-campbells1 4827964080216 Campbells Rutherglen Deep mahogany brown, with olive hues. Intense raisin fruit with nutty ‘aged oak’ complexity, which only comes from very lengthy maturation in oak casks.On the palate it is the ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate. Complex nutty flavours flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes.Decanter World Wine Awards: Best In Show, 2020 Oppenheimer Herrenberg Riesling Spatlese 2013, Louis Guntrum 17.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/oppenheimer-herrenberg-riesling-spatlese-2013-louis-guntrum2 4827938717784 Weingut Louis Guntrum The Louis Guntrum cellars lie on the banks of the Rhein between Oppenheim and Nierstein. The 11th generation, Louis Konstantin Guntrum, the sole owner, is managing the estate today. The family's roots go back to 1648, to the small village of Wörrstadt in Rheinhessen. Ever since, the Louis Guntrum family has been growing grapes and making wine. The 8th generation, Louis Jean George Guntrum, built today's Estate building in 1923 - it offers a perfect and spacious environment to produce some of the finest wines from Germany, but also impresses with its stunning location directly adjacent to the Rhein river.Guntrum owns vineyards in Oppenheim (Sackträger, Herrenberg, Kreuz) and in Nierstein ( Ölberg, Pettenthal and Hipping) together with a number of other smaller vineyards. Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese 2012, Donnhof 34.58 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/oberhauser-brucke-spatlese-2012-donnhof6 4827932655704 Weingut Donnhoff The river Nahe (which gives its name to this extremely attractive, rural region) flows north out of the Hunstrück hills and joins the Rhein at Bingen. The best vineyard sites (Niederhausen, Schlossböckelheim, Oberhäusen and Norheim) are situated around the spa town of Bad Kreuznach and the best wines have a full, pure and clean grapey taste with a fine, balancing acidity and a hint of aromatic, minerally fruit. The Dönnhof estate has been in the same hands since 1750 and Helmut Dönnhof is undoubtedly one of the Nahe’s (and probably one of Germany’s) best producers, making Rieslings from 15 hectares of prime vineyard sites with a wonderful combination of finesse, fragrance and racey fruitiness.In 1999, he won the coveted Gault Millau‘ Winemaker of the Year’ award. Half Bottles: Vendange Tardive, Cuvée l'Ermentine 2006, Chateau d'Oupia 19.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottles-vendange-tardive-cuvee-lermentine-2006-chateau-doupia7 4821170225240 Chateau d'Oupia A wine made in tiny quantities - literally by the small barrel full and only when certain late autumnal weather conditions prevail and the grapes can become affected by botrytis cinerea (noble rot) as in Sauternes. André Iché makes this wine out of passion and of a desire to make something out of the ordinary. It is not recognised as a wine within the local Appellation Controllée laws and is hence sold as Vin de Table yet the contents of those few bottles belies its humble labelling. Would that more wines were made this way.Made from Grenache Blanc which is left on the vines until late into the autumn this late harvested gem is full of honeyed intensity and is envleoped in a creamy texture bursting with pineapple and lychee fruitiness. The aftertaste seems to linger for ever. Half Bottle: Quarts de Chaume, 2005, Domaine Baumard 39.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/half-bottle-quarts-de-chaume-2005-domaine-baumard14 4821118943320 Domaine Baumard Some excellent reviews from the world press makes this an outstanding award winning wine.98 points Wine SpectatorA jaw dropper, with orange blossom, persimmon, fig and quince flavors that remain remarkably bright and light thanks to riveting acidity and a superfine, minerally finish. Pure and perfectly balanced, this refuses to break down in the mouth. The best since the monster 1995. (JM)  (5/2007) 95 points Wine EnthusiastFrom arguably the finest sweet wine vineyard in the Loire, here is a wine that is deceptively fresh on first taste. Then the huge richness kicks in, balanced with blood oranges, white fig and pear flavors, and a mineral character. Complex, this needs many years to develop; superb. (RV)  (10/2007)92 points Robert Parker's Wine AdvocateGiven a hard act to follow in the 2004, Baumard’s 2005 Quarts de Chaume displays the most obviously botrytized, white raisin, and shriveled fruit character of any of their recent wines that I tasted. Over-ripe melon and pear, candied grapefruit, marzipan and raisin are accented by brown spices and herbal candy notes. Impressively lush and long, this should evolve interestingly over up to two decades, but will doubtless remain relatively plump and baroque in character.  MAGNUM Chateau Pontet-Canet 2014, Pauillac 175.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-pontet-canet-2014-pauillac4 4818799788120 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Class‚ Pauillac This is Alfred Tesseron’s tenth bio-dynamic and organic vintage and ever since 2016, it has shown spectacularly well in blind tastings. The vineyards are worked by horses and the grapes are hand-sorted by a team of 30 people, using specially made tables de triage. The élevage was in 50% new oak, 15% one-year-old barrels and 35% concrete amphorae. It has a bright purple colour in the glass and a complex bouquet of blueberry, vanilla and black cherry on the nose. The front-facing flavours can only be described as being juicy, dominated by blackcurrant and black cherry fruit but the very long finish rests on a refreshing, clean acidity.In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father?terroir; and a mother the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself. The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels. Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest the sign of a great vintage. There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free. We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard.Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Pauillac Chateau Pontet Canet 2014 Contains Sulphites Chateau Pontet-Canet 2014, Pauillac 99.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-pontet-canet-2011-pauillac18 4818796314712 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Class‚ Pauillac This is Alfred Tesseron’s tenth bio-dynamic and organic vintage and ever since 2016, it has shown spectacularly well in blind tastings. The vineyards are worked by horses and the grapes are hand-sorted by a team of 30 people, using specially made tables de triage. The élevage was in 50% new oak, 15% one-year-old barrels and 35% concrete amphorae. It has a bright purple colour in the glass and a complex bouquet of blueberry, vanilla and black cherry on the nose. The front-facing flavours can only be described as being juicy, dominated by blackcurrant and black cherry fruit but the very long finish rests on a refreshing, clean acidity.In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father?terroir; and a mother the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself. The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels. Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest the sign of a great vintage. There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free. We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard.Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Pauillac Chateau Pontet Canet 2014 Contains Sulphites MAGNUM Chateau Pontet-Canet 2012, Pauillac 185.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-pontet-canet-2012-pauillac12 4818794053720 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Class‚ PauillacRobert Parker wrote of this vintage, in the Wine Advocate (30/04/2015):“This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035”Our recent tastings of this vintage have confirmed that this thoroughbred has remarkable precision, depth and freshness and given the wines’ sheer quality, offers remarkable value.In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father terroir; and a mother the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself. The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels. Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest the sign of a great vintage. There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free. We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard. This 2012, the product of our commitment to organic and biodynamic vine growing, is certified for both types of viticulture—unique among the Médoc's Great Classed Growths.Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Pauillac Chateau Pontet Canet 2012 Contains Sulphites Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Rouge 2017, Domaine Vieux Telegraph 72.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateauneuf-du-pape-rouge-2016-domaine-vieux-telegraph14 4815771730008 Domaine Vieux Telegraph This is undoubtedly a great vintage and Daniel and Frederic Brunier are delighted with the Vieux Télégraphe 2017. Along with Chateau de Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, is recognised as the very best estate in Chateauneuf. It is owned by the Brunier family, who also own Domaine de la Roquette, our other mainline Chateauneuf along with Domaine les Pallieres, our favourite Gigondas. If Beaucastel represents power and weight then Vieux Telegraphe stands for elegance and restraint yet with a depth of complex flavours which appreciate time to blossom.Vieux Telegraphe was founded in 1898 at Bedarrides by Hippolyte Brunier. It was in 1792 that Claude Chappe, the inventor of the optical telegraph, built one of his signal stations on the Plateau de la Crau where the vineyards are located. Hippolyte therefore called his estate Vieux Telegraphe.  Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault Southern Rhone Domaine Vieux Telegraph 2017 Contains Sulphites Château Cambon La Pelouse 2005, St Julien 37.65 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/chateau-cambon-la-pelouse-2005-st-julien24 4812612075608 Chateau Cambon La Pelouse "We can attest that it is one of the longest-standing in the area and its products contributed substantially in the past to building the reputation in France and abroad of Médoc wines. When sent to England at the end of the 17th century, they commanded a price of 400 French livres for a 900-litre barrel and more."Colour: Very dark ruby, nice brilliance, purple hints. Nose: Nice bouquet, mixing black berries, vanilla and a pretty toasty. Really more dense after aeration. Mouth: Pulpy wine, fruit forward style. Very well balanced ; complex. Superb volume &and concentration. Still very young though it’s already excellent. Rich wine, opulent, exotic &and flamboyantDecanter - Highly Recommended - score 17/20  “. .The nose is echoed on the palate with big yet approachable tannins.”Jancis Robinson - score16/20 “. .a very good drink. .”The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - score 88-90 “. . undoubtedly the finest wine ever made at this estate. . Chateau Poujeaux 2000, Listrac 52.30 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-half-bottle-ch-poujeaux-20004 4807717421144 Chateau Poujeaux "Cabernet Sauvignon 50%, Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 5%. Very dark crimson. Pretty rich and gamey on the nose. Excellent alluring fragrance. Good, lively stuff. Slightly dry on the finish, but pretty succulent fruit on the mid palate - racy and very well balanced. " Jancis Robinson Magnum: Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee NV 123.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-champagne-bollinger-special-cuvee-nv3 4773194334296 Champagne Bollinger The original vineyards used to source the grapes for Joseph Bollinger's wines in the early 18th century were owned by his father-in-law, Comte de Villermont who did not want to sully his name with any connection to 'trade' and therefore insisted that the resulting champagne bear the name 'Bollinger.'During the difficult years of the Second World War, the firm was looked after Mme Lily Bollinger who is often quoted giving her definitive reasons for drinking Champagne:"I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty."Mme Lily Bollinger was the last of the Bollinger family to run the business which passed to her nephew, Christian Bizot on her death.The Champagnes of Maison Bollinger are classic Pinot dominated wines offering complexity and longevity. They are big and biscuity and at least half of the wines used in the Special Cuv‚e are cask fermented lending a touch of oak to the palate. With some bottle age, it expands into a silky smooth, biscuity wine which is immensly mellow. The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between 1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier. Bollinger has a reputation for producing muscular champagnes with body, depth and power, and is today considered one of the "Great" Champagne houses.70% of the grapes come from the firm's own vineyards. 80% of the harvest is barrel-fermented with the wines being kept on their yeast lees for an extended period of time (in the case of the RD, around 10 years).Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with the ability to age gracefully for many years. 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15 % Pinot Meunier Magnum: Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron 2012 75.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-chateau-bourgneuf-vayron-20092 4769677574232 Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron Pomerol90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet-Franc.This Chateau has been a great personal favourite of ours since we started out in business in the late 1970's but, until recently, we had not been able to buy enough wine to warrant listing it.Xavier and Dominique Vayron own 9 hectares of a single vineyard plot on the plateau west of Trotanoy and consistently produce a very substantial Pomerol which tends to have a distinctive whiff of chocolate truffles on the nose and a textured rich fruitiness and a powerful, structured body. They are a class act.  Drink Now Beef, Game, Casseroles Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Cabernet Franc, Merlot Pomerol Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron 2012 Contains Sulphites Magnum: Chateau Garraud 2014 43.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-garraud-201414 4769667285080 Chateau Garraud Lalande de Pomerol, Néac2014 Vintage Deep garnet color. Delicate aromas of vanilla and oak over a ripe fruit background. Soft, juicy and round on the palate. Clean finish, great fruit-oak balance. A distinct Lalande personality that benefited from the oak ageing.Made from a variety of terroirs (deep gravel, sandy soils and clay on the classic crasse de fer ) which ensures a wine of considerable complexity. [Drink: 2014-2026]The average vines are aged 40 years. The wines see 20 days of maceration - 80% of wine aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new oak, 2/3 used). They produce roughly 80,000 bottles per annum.The new generation that is now in charge at this splendid 32 hectare (total incl l'Ancien) property has managed to elevate Château Garraud into star-status in a comparatively short space of time. The vineyards are situated in the prime zone of Néac, where all the region’s most respected châteaux are to be found. The dynamic Jean-Marc Nony is employing Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist and minute attention to detail has resulted in a run of vintages which are nothing short of spectacular. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Cheese, Casserole Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Lalande de Pomerol Chateau Garraud 2014 Contains Sulphites Magnum: Cote De Nuits Villages 2015, Domaine Durand 56.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-cote-de-nuits-villages-2014-domaine-durand5 4769653063768 Domaine Durand There's a vast swathe of Nuits St. Georges that would get nowhere near the vibrant quality of this humble wine. A rich, spicy nose and deep colour lead you in to disconcertingly powerful and outstanding Pinot. A succulent raspberry fruit-laden Burgundy with excellent weight and depth.28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Ree‚, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xavier?s reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les BoutiŠres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the villages Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2015 Contains Sulphites Magnum: Brouilly 2017 (Certified Organic), Chateau du Pave 33.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-brouilly-2017-certified-organic-chateau-du-pave2 4769650540632 Chateau du Pave A deep-coloured, fruit-intense Brouilly with gossamer-fine tannins and a zingy freshness. The dominant fruit on the palate is black cherry, with a touch of cassis and raspberry on the palate. A wine that finishes long and is a wonderful partner to English lamb.Owned by the Brac de la Perriere family, this is Chris Piper’s ‘base camp’ in Beaujolais and where he continues the tradition of making his “Chairman’s Plonk”, something that Chris started at Château des Tours, in 1976.Originally established in 1631 by Antoine Brac, this three hectares vineyard is perfectly situated at the foot of the Côte de Brouilly. The vines are cultivated using certified organic (Ecocert) methods; there is minimal intervention in the cuvage (winery), allowing the exceptional terroir to show through.Wine making is traditional, with partial de-stemming (30%) in temperature-controlled concrete vats. There is no addition of sulphites prior to fermentation and only wild, indigenous yeasts are used. The semi-carbonic maceration lasts for 8 days at a controlled temperature between 27°-30°C. Extraction is carefully managed with two pump-overs per day. Then follows an élevage of between 7-8 months in hermetically-sealed vats and an early bottling to capture the wine’s intrinsic freshness and fruit. There is only a very light filtration using a tangential filter.13.0% abv. Drink Now Lamb, Pork, Cheese Dry Light Bodied Deep raspberry Gamay Beaujolais, France Chateau du Pave 2017 Contains Sulphites   Magnum: Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2018, Jean-Louis Chavy 116.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-puligny-montrachet-1er-cru-les-folatieres-2017-jean-louis-chavy6 4769648935000 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy At the time of the 2002 vintage Alain and Jean-Louis Chavy were in joint charge of this superb 12-hectare domaine (established in 1820 by their great-great grandfather, Charles Chavy) but the brothers have now split the domaine into two. This estate, and no doubt the subsequent 2 estates, has always been regarded as being amongst the top estates of Puligny. It was not all that long ago that the Chavys sold the vast majority of their wines to the negoçiants of the area but, in the past ten years, they bottled a large percentage of their production themselves.Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and ‘terroir’. Magnum: Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatieres 2017, Jean-Louis Chavy 109.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-puligny-montrachet-1er-cru-les-folatieres-2016-jean-louis-chavy4 4769647853656 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy At the time of the 2002 vintage Alain and Jean-Louis Chavy were in joint charge of this superb 12-hectare domaine (established in 1820 by their great-great grandfather, Charles Chavy) but the brothers have now split the domaine into two. This estate, and no doubt the subsequent 2 estates, has always been regarded as being amongst the top estates of Puligny. It was not all that long ago that the Chavys sold the vast majority of their wines to the negoçiants of the area but, in the past ten years, they bottled a large percentage of their production themselves.Their scrupulous attention to detail, and desire to keep to low yields, has resulted in a range of classic Puligny wines. Finely balanced and very concentrated, these wines have a remarkable purity of Chardonnay fruit with each of the Premier Crus showing off their typicity and ‘terroir’. Magnum: Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu 2018, Pinson 78.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-half-bottle-chablis-1er-cru-mont-de-milieu-2018-pinson11 4769644019800 Domaine Pinson Acacia and lime on the bouquet with a hint of spice. An incredibly powerful Pinson offering with terrific concentration of vibrant, racy fruit and that tell-tale Pinson minerality. Outstanding.Established in the early 17th Century, this 10 hectare estate is one of the most ‘senior’ estates in Chablis, both in terms of its reputation and the sheer quality of its wines.The Pinson brothers’ grandfather, Louis, established the estate’s pedigree in the late 1940’s and became one of the first growers to bottle and sell their own wine. This exemplary family estate is now run by Laurent (who is in charge of wine-making and the cellars) and his brother, Christophe (who is in control of all vineyard and viticultural work).The vineyards are sensibly replanted, giving an average age of vines a little over 30 years old, whilst tight pruning ensures carefully maintained yields. All the grapes are manually picked and vinification is traditional, with the initial fermentation of all the wines taking place in stainless steel vats and then the Premiers and Grands Crus are transferred to a range of new, and not so new, oak barrels for ageing. This process allows the wines to have a wonderful purity and intensity of fruit (they are not dominated by oak which comes from barrel-fermented Chablis) and a richness which is so often lacking in the wines from this region. These are world-class wines which benefit a sensible amount of ageing before being released. Magnum: Chablis 2015, William Fevre 49.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/magnum-chablis-2015-william-fevre5 4769642578008 Domaine William Fevre The Fèvre family have played a prominent role in the Chablis region for over 250 years. William Fèvre’s father founded the famous Domaine de la Maladière in 1959 and William Fèvre himself was a great champion of Chablis in the 1980s, building what was then the most advanced winery in the region.Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine. Fleshy and elegant bouquet revealing citrus, white fruits and flowers aromas. The mouth is fresh, supple underscored by mineral and is drinking beautifully now.  Moscatel de la Marina 2019 Enrique Mendoza 13.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/moscatel-de-la-marina-2018-enrique-mendoza20 4757042069592 Enrique Mendoza March 12th, 2021: Another great write up by Jancis Robinson, this time for Enrique Mendoza's Moscatel de la Marina; "*Paradigmatic Moscatel style, lightly fortified during fermentation. Very aromatic, showing lychees and peaches. On the palate, it is sweet and voluminous, retaining very fresh acidity. Nicely made sweet wine that perfectly expresses this interpretation of the grape in the region"(* Yes we looked it up too , it means 'a typical example' )On the nose, the fresh Muscatel (Muscat) character (musk and orange blossom) combines with honey and balsamic aromas. On the palate, it is light but surprisingly pervasive with a perfect balance between sweetness and acidity. This wine will be the perfect match for most desserts, lemon tart in particular. (15% abv - 2019)This Moscatel is produced in the same way as a Vin Doux Naturel in France: grape spirit is added to the intensely sweet juice once a certain level of alcohol has been reached. This kills the remaining yeast and stops any further fermentation dead in its tracks, thereby preserving the natural sweetness. A lot of Moscatels can be overly 'cloying' but these grapes are picked slightly early, bringing a much needed extra acidity and freshness. The wine, once the fermentation is complete, is also given a short period of ageing in oak barrels to give an extra layer of creaminess and complexity on the palate.Enrique Mendoza first planted vinyeards around the town of Alfaz del Pi in Spain's Alicante DO. The estate is now run by his children Pepe and Julien. They also grow Chardonnay and some red varieties: Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot.Pepe Mendoza makes extraordinary and interesting wines in extreme conditions. Alicante is situated in South East Spain on the Mediterranean coast. The climate becomes progressively hotter and the landscape more arid with distance from the coast. The yields rarely exceed 20hl/ha, so the fruit is very concentrated. Anares Reserva 2015, Bodegas Olarra, Rioja 16.58 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/anares-reserva-2015-bodegas-olarra-rioja15 4755027361880 Bodegas Olarra Bodegas Olarra was created in 1973. It is situated on the outskirts of the city of Logroño in Rioja Alta and their winery, a Y shaped building, designed to make the optimum use of the space, both for prduction and for ageing the wine, is known as 'The Cathedral of La Rioja."From the very beginning, the ethos has been to combine the best of tradtional methods with the most advanced techniques in viticulture and vinification.The geographical location of the vineyards is just about perfect with the clay and chalky soil watered by the rain and the Ebro river. They also benefit from warm sunshine and the influence of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.The Anares Reserva is made from Tempranillo (75%), Garnacha (10%), with the rest made up from Mazuelo and Graciano. The vines are around 20 years old and and the resulting wine sees 18 months in oak. 13.5% abv 2013Classic Rioja, smooth and mellow, with ripe red fruit flavours, complex gamey aromas, and long vanilla finish. So what's it like? It has an aromatic complexity with red fruits and smokiness leading to a gamey aroma. In the mouth it has great structure with a good fruit intensity and fine, mature tannins. And the finish is elegant and very long. Nine Yards Chardonnay 2017, Jordan Estate 29.85 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/nine-yards-chardonnay-2017-jordan-estate3 4755025461336 Jordan Vineyard The ultimate expression of Jordan terroir. The Nine Yards Chardonnay is made in a Reserve Style, from a barrel selection from their best vineyard site. Stylistically different to our Jordan Chardonnay, with this wine we went “The Whole Nine Yards”! The vineyards are situated between 250 – 280m above sea level and this 19 year old, site-specific vineyard is planted to both Burgundian and Davis clone Chardonnay. East-facing Hutton and Glenrosa soils, innovative canopy management and low crop levels ensure that the vineyard produces smaller berries with concentrated citrus flavours. The grapes are harvested, crushed and pressed immediately after de-stemming, the juice is  barrel-fermented in traditional 228-litre French oak barrels (95% new and 5% second fill) from selected Burgundian cooperages (François Frères, Rousseau, Seguin Moreau and Taransaud). The barrels are inoculated with a selection of French yeast. A percentage of the wine went through natural fermentation. Differing stylistically from the varietal Jordan Chardonnay, the wine is matured “sur lie” for 12 months, with regular barrel-rolling to accentuate the rich, leesy character. Butterscotch, spicy cloves, lemon/lime and orange peel with complex mineral citrus flavours. A rich mouthfeel and subtly balanced toasty French oak integrate with the long, tropical peach and melon finish. Puligny-Montrachet Les Charmes, Jean-Louis Chavy 2018 43.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-puligny-montrachet-les-charmes-jean-louis-chavy-201718 4742737592408 Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy From one of the best Burgundy vintages in the last 15 years, this is a truly stunning Puligny with great charm and elegance, wonderful rounded stone fruit on the palate and a classic mineral length. Drink 2019-2023. Up until the 2003 vintage, Jean-Louis and his brother, Alain, had been running their father's vineyards together and we had been dealing with them for nearly fifteen years. From the 2003 harvest onwards, these are now two very separate estates and we have decided to follow Jean-Louis because, we felt, his wines had rather more definition and concentration than those of his brother's. You will not be disappointed, especially at the sensible prices that J-L is charging.  Aperitif Dry Light Bodied Pale Yellow Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Jean Louis Chavy 2018 Contains Sulphates 50cl Tapatio Reposado Tequila 26.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/50cl-tapatio-reposado-tequila4 4715946311768 Tapatio A more restrained Tequila than the Blanco the Reposado is aged for four months in ex-bourbon casks, two months longer than the law dictates. Tapatio Reposado is best enjoyed in a wine glass to fully bring out the honey and spicy character. [38% ABV] Led by Tapatio’s trademark pepperiness, this is more mellow than you might expect. Fruity apple and an undercurrent of roasted agave are joined by sweet cream and a hint of wood smoke on the nose. On the palate, again, the pepper leads the way, but doesn’t get in the way of the fruit and cream from the nose. The time spent in wood has added more spice to the already spicy spirit, although it has also rounded off some of the edges.More restrained than some reposados, but still with bite. This is not so much about maturation in wood, but instead mellowing and allowing the rougher edges of the spirit to be rubbed away, revealing elegance beneath.‘Tapatio’ is a Mexican word referring to a man from Guadalajara, a city in the Tequila-producing state of Jalisco, and there is no better example of this celebrated spirit.ABOUT TAPATIODon Felipe Camarena was born into a family that had distilled tequila since back in the early 1800s. The family’s original distillery was destroyed and abandoned during the Mexican Revolution, therefore Don Felipe began his career by growing and selling agave plants to other distillers.In 1937, Don Felipe opened La Alteña Distillery in the mountainous region of Jalisco, Mexico, known for producing the best blue agave. His passion for doing things just right inspired his family to continue handcrafting Tapatio so it could be enjoyed by future generations.Don Felipe passed the business to his son, Felipe J. Camarena, who in turn passed it on to his daughters; Lilianna and Gabriela, and to his son; Carlos. As Master Distiller, Carlos maintains today the standards of excellence set down by his grandfather.La Alteña Distillery reached a proud milestone on the 7th of July 2012: 75 years of handcrafting one of the world's finest tequilas. Many of the methods used to create this fantastic spirit are still the same as a century ago. For much of the production, a large stone wheel, a Tahona, is used to crush the cooked agave plants, with the resulting juice and agave fibres mixed in a barrel by foot before fermentation and distillation. Tapatio is double distilled to as close to bottle strength as possible so that the Tequila retains as much of its natural character as possible.In recent years the Tequilas from La Alteña distillery including Tapatio, Ocho and El Tesoro brands have become a phenomenon in the UK on-trade and they now enjoy an unrivalled reputation for quality, integrity and authenticity amongst bartenders and Tequila connoisseurs alike. Selection Des Grains Noble Grand Cru Kirchberg Pinot Gris 2016, Domaine Henry Fuchs 52.60 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/selection-des-grains-noble-pinot-gris-2016-domaine-henry-fuchs6 4715914264664 Domaine Henry Fuchs A full-bodied, intensely sweet white wine made exclusively from specific noble rot Pinot Griss grapes, these are bottles are the result of the remarkable collaboration of nature, the wine-grower. . and luck ! Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines. Established in 1922, the Fuchs’ family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvillé, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim. The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ‘tightly’ so that their final ‘rendement’ (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration. The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg 2017, Domaine Henry Fuchs 39.05 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/vendange-tardive-gewurztraminer-2017-domaine-henry-fuchs6 4715912527960 Domaine Henry Fuchs Vendanges Tardive (Late Harvest Wines) are only made in good, sunny years with Riesling, Tokay Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and, more rarely, Muscat. These exceptional sweet and fruity wines which are served on special occasions will no doubt embellish dishes like "foie gras", or can be simply enjoyed for a relaxed drink. As with all good wines, they keep for a long time (15-20 years). (2017 12.5% abv)Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines. Established in 1922, the Fuchs’ family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvillé, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim. The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ‘tightly’ so that their final ‘rendement’ (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration. The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Grand Cru Kirchberg Pinot Gris 2015, Henry Fuchs 25.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/kirchberg-pinot-gris-2015-henry-fuchs1 4715910987864 Domaine Henry Fuchs Intensely honyed fruit hinting at melons and nectarines. This wine is richly bodied with a fine acidity keeping the wine fresh. The finish is complex and lingering.To achieve Grand Cru status in Alsace, the wine must come from one of the fifty designated vineyard sites, from one vintage and from only Riesling, Muscat, Gewürztraminer or Pinot Gris. Yields are restricted to 70hl/ha (which still seems a little excessive!) and all wines must go before a tasting panel before being released on the market. The Kirchberg Grand Cru site (not to be confused with the Grand Cru Kirchberg at Barr in the Bas-Rhin) was created along with the original 25 sites selected in 1983, and covers 11.4 hectares, lying on the steep hillsides to the north of the village of Ribeauvillé, benefiting from an excellent sunshine exposure lying between 270 and 350 metres above sea-level. The clayey-stony soil is particularly suited to the Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer varieties and the overall style is one of great finesse but, with time, becoming more and more full-bodied. The wines require some time in bottle before developing their bouquets and showing their real complexity. Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines. Established in 1922, the Fuchs’ family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvillé, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim. The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ‘tightly’ so that their final ‘rendement’ (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration. The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking. Half Bottle: Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron, 2012 19.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-half-bottle-chateau-bourgneuf-vayron-200932 4702116577368 Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron Pomerol90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet-Franc. This Château has been a great personal favourite of ours since we started out in business in the late 1970’s but, until recently, we had not been able to buy enough wine to warrant listing it. Xavier and Dominique Vayron own 9 hectares of a single vineyard plot on the plateau west of Trotanoy and consistently produce a very substantial Pomerol which tends to have a distinctive whiff of chocolate truffles on the nose and a textured rich fruitiness and a powerful, structured body. They are a “class act” Chateau Pontet-Canet 2012, Pauillac 85.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-pontet-canet-2010-pauillac77 4702111400024 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Class‚ PauillacRobert Parker wrote of this vintage, in the Wine Advocate (30/04/2015):“This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035”Our recent tastings of this vintage have confirmed that this thoroughbred has remarkable precision, depth and freshness and given the wines’ sheer quality, offers remarkable value.In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father terroir; and a mother the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself. The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels. Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest the sign of a great vintage. There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free. We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard. This 2012, the product of our commitment to organic and biodynamic vine growing, is certified for both types of viticulture—unique among the Médoc's Great Classed Growths.Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5% Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Strong Cheese Dry Full Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Pauillac Chateau Pontet Canet 2012 Contains Sulphites Mercurey 1er Cru Naugues 2017, Domaine Marechal 30.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-mercurey-1er-cru-naugues-201623 4702108024920 Domaine Marechal Domaine Jean MarechalFrom the oldest plot at Domaine Marechal and planted more than 60 years ago, these old vines giving their aromatic complexity and depth that we so admire in the Cuvee Naugues. This particular cuvee get given extra special attention resulting in a deep red wine with a purple hue, slight toasty vanilla notes on the nose and very ripe black fruits. Its concentrated velvety mouth with silky tannins is of extremely high quality.The village of Mercurey, situated on the main Chalon to Autun road, is hardly one of the most attractive in Burgundy but it is the centre of production of the best reds of the Cote Chalonnaise. When we first started dealing with this impeccably run estate, the late Jean Marechal was at the helm and was making wines that one could often describe as ?overtly traditional? and which took a long time to show their real colours. The arrival of Jean?s son-in-law, Jean-Marc Bovagne, in the late 1990s saw a move towards more modern winemaking and the gradual introduction of the individual premiers crus on the labels. Up until then, all the premiers crus (which represent a little over 50% of the domaine's holdings) were blended together and sold as Cuvee Prestige. Jean-Marc introduced de-stalking, a higher percentage of new oak barrels and shortened the fermentation time to make wines with more fruit, depth and vigour.About ten years ago, Jean-Marc Bovagne was joined by his two sons, Quentin and Thomas, and they have elevated this great estate into the top tier of the Cote Chalonnaise. Drink Now Game, Beef, Turkey Dry Medium Bodied Deep Berry Pinot Noir Cote Chalonnaise Domaine Marechal 2017 Contains Sulphites Pommard 2017, Domaine Paul Garaudet 38.25 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-pommard-2015-domaine-paul-garaudet28 4702104551512 Domaine Paul Garaudet Paul Garaudet took charge of this important 15-hectare domaine when he was only eighteen, following the sudden death of his father, Georges, and some of his superb wines are still labelled under his father?s name, although this might well be for tax purposes! There can be no doubt that he had to learn the hard way and, now in his late-thirties, he has carved himself out a reputation as one of the finest red and white wine-makers in the village of Month‚lie, a sleepy village in a valley just to the west of Meursault.Affectionately know as 'Le Grand Paul' by CPW his commitment to producing the very best from his vineyards is second to none.  Cheese, Beef, Duck  Dry Medium Bodied Dark Berry Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Paul Garaudet 2017 Contains Sulphates Savigny Les Beaune Rouge Vergelesses 2017, Domaine Francoise Andre 36.99 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-savigny-les-beaune-rouge-2016-domaine-francoise-andre12 4702103502936 Domaine Francoise Andre Domaine Francoise AndreThe harvest is done manually with a meticulous selection of the clusters. Destemming is extensive, only 10 to 15 % of the stems can be kept from the well-ripened cuv‚es to add a note of aromatic freshness. The pre-fermentation maceration period lasts around 4 days, during which daily crushing and pumping is done. The objective of this controlled, supervised maceration is to encourage the optimal extraction of elements from the skin and to limit, as much as possible, the addition of unwanted elements from the seeds. Racking takes place 15 days following the grape harvest. The must is then aged in 228 litre barrels. 30% of the barrel is renewed annually; voluntarily moderate as to let the terroir express itself. Hand in hand with our Coopers, we seek the perfect equation between the type of barrel and the wine?s character. Millisime 2017 From the Pinot Noir it takes on the muted tone of a ruby. Blood orange and green pepper bestow upon it a full aromatic character. Its elegant tannins with softened angles invite the mineral realm to take possession of the palate.Very powerful. Drink Now or Keep Roast Lamb, Herby Chicken Dry Medium Bodied Deep Raspberry Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, France Domaine Francoise Andre 2017 Contains Sulphites Corton Charlemagne 2017, Domaine Francoise Andre 110.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-corton-charlemagne-2015-domaine-francoise-andre12 4702102224984 Domaine Francoise Andre Domaine Francoise AndreMillesime 2017 If the Emperor's beard appears white, it is simply because the tiny flowers which grow in stone walls and the dried fruit of hazelnuts and almonds have fallen into it. Right from the beginning, it's the dry extract that upholds the palate like a tannin buttress, majestically prolonging the moment. This vintage is already a classic. Timeless.Francoise Andre teamed with her daughter-in-law Lauriane are making impressive red and white Burgundies to rival any of the young talent now appearing in this region of France.Michel (Francoise's husband) and their sons Frederic, Rodolphe and Thierry, behind the scenes, tend to the vineyard.In 2009, the Andre family associated the first name of its owner with the Domaine des Terregelesses, founded in 1983.The estate's vineyards span over 7,5 hectares in the northerly Cote de Beaune, home of the famous Corton hill. Wonderful wine.  Drink now or keep Aperitif, Fish, Creamy Dishes Dry Medium Bodied Light golden Chardonnay Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Francoise Andre 2017 Contains Sulphites Julienas Roche Bleue 2018, Domaine Perrachon 17.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/julienas-roche-bleue-2018-domaine-perrachon8 4693551054936 Domaine Perrachon Wonderfully rich and expressive being highly charged with rich and succulent raspberry fruit flavours. It is hard to resist now but will drink quite happily for another couple of years.Laurent Perrachon has now taken over the day to day running of this fabulous estate from his father, the masterly Jacques Perrachon. Like his father, Laurent is one of Beaujolais’ most fastidious wine-makers and the range of individual ‘lieu-dit’ sites owned by the family produce wines with that little bit of extra ‘dimension’. Jacques obviously enjoys his work, even though he is, strictly speaking, retired. He has one of the most permanently engaging smiles - a cheerfulness and sense of humour he has passed onto the next generations. His hospitality and generosity are legendary and his wife's gougères (little morsels of cheesy choux pastry that appear towards the end of our tastings there) are to die for! Mercurey 1er Cru Les Barraults 2017, Domaine Marechal 26.35 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-mercurey-1er-cru-les-barraults-2016-domaine-marechal28 4669716791384 Domaine Marechal A very rich and sinewy wine loaded with complex raspberry fruit extracts. Ripened tannins and outstanding length which just goes on and on. Drink 2018 - 2022 .Jean Maréchal and Marc Bonvigne (Jean’s son-in-law) have continued the successes that this 10 hectare estate enjoyed in the early 1990’s. Both are totally dedicated and passionate about what they produce and are making some profound, brilliantly coloured and complex Pinot Noir which always have overtones of cherries and raspberries. The Maurice Chevalier look-a-like, Jean, maintains one of the most immaculate wineries and barrel-cellars in Burgundy and this attention to detail is clearly reflected in the quality of the wines. Corton Grand Cru Le Rognet 2016, Domaine Durand 64.00 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-corton-grand-cru-le-rognet-2015-domaine-durand57 4669655220312 Domaine Durand 28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Rene at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xaviers reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutieres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the villages Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2016 Contains Sulphites Magnum: Aloxe Corton Les Chaillots 2015, Domaine Durand 80.55 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnum-aloxe-corton-les-chaillots-2014-domaine-durand4 4669645553752 Domaine Durand The Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots is a wine of great elegance with wonderful morello cherry aromas leading to a summer berry palate, exuding charm and roundness with every sip. An exceptional red.28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, René, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the region’s premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xavier’s reds from the Côte de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutières is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frog’s jump below the village’s Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Côte de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines.Durand’s Corton Grand Cru le Rognet is one of the region’s iconic wines and is only available in tiny quantities but he makes a little more of his Aloxe Corton. They are wines that warrant plenty of bottle-ageing to show at their most complex. Magnum: Cote De Beaune Ladoix 2015, Domaine Durand 57.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnums-cote-de-beaune-ladoix-2014-domaine-durand12 4669639819352 Domaine Durand 28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Ren‚, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xavier?s reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les Boutires is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the village?s Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2015 Contains Sulphites Magnum: Cote De Nuits Villages 2015, Domaine Durand 56.20 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-magnums-cote-de-nuits-villages-2014-domaine-durand5 4669630775384 Domaine Durand There's a vast swathe of Nuits St. Georges that would get nowhere near the vibrant quality of this humble wine. A rich, spicy nose and deep colour lead you in to disconcertingly powerful and outstanding Pinot. A succulent raspberry fruit-laden Burgundy with excellent weight and depth.28 year-old Xavier Durand took over the 12 hectare family domaine , from his father, Ree‚, at the beginning of 2011. This energetic and highly talented young man has propelled this domaine in to the regions premier league. Yields have been dramatically reduced and the emphasis is now on terroir with all lieux-dits now clearly stated on the labels. These are wines of great precision and freshness, with a wonderful purity. Xavier?s reds from the Cote de Nuits surpass many Nuits St. Georges and are phenomenal value. The top-end Aloxe-Corton, les BoutiŠres is from 40 year-old vines, planted just about a frogs jump below the villages Premier Cru vineyards. The Grand Cru Corton le Rognet is widely regarded as being one of the finest from this vineyard whilst the humble Ladoix, Cote de Beaune reveals the care and attention that Xavier puts in to all his wines. Drink Now or Keep Beef, Lamb, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Dense Red Pinot Noir Cote de Beaune, Burgundy Domaine Durand 2015 Contains Sulphites Chambolle Musigny Les Cras 2017 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet 69.90 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chambolle-musigny-les-cras-2015-domaine-hudelot-baillet4 4669614227544 Domaine Hudelot-Baillet Decanter Nov 2016"Highly Recommended" 90 Points" A youthful type, with a powerful nose of ripe cherry and a subtle framing of wood, which follows onto the palate where the oak is quite dominant alongside the concentrated fruit. Promising; perhaps still a baby that needs cellar time. Drink 2020-2024Dominique le Guen has sculpted his finest les Cras to date. Beautifully perfumed with the tell-tale Chambolle nervosity and freshness and a profound richness and structure. A long-termer. Another fine 1er Cru from Dominique le Guen at Domaine Hudelot Baillet. Les Cras is altogether beefier than his other 1er Cru 'Les Charmes'.We're told by our female colleagues on the buying team that Dominique le Guen (wine maker and son-in-law of Joël Noëllat) is one of the best-looking Burgundians that we deal with. We can't possibly comment but what we do know is that he is one of the most talented wine makers in our portfolio, which is saying something. Having retired early from the French air force (hence the in-house nickname, "Top Gun"), he took over the running of the domaine in 2004, having completed a degree in viticulture and oenology at Dijon. Dominique is some one who has come from the outside with a serious passion for wine but has not been indoctrinated with modern or traditional bias, simply the desire to create his own "thing". He is greatly helped by the fact that the quality of the vineyard sites that he has to play with are exceptional - premiers crus les Cras and Charmes, grand cru Bonnes-Mares and crazily old 60 year-old village Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les St Georges 2015, Domaine Chicotot 75.45 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-nuits-st-georges-1er-cru-les-st-georges-2014-domaine-chicotot30 4669602463832 Domaine Chicotot The aromatic range plays on black fruits (blueberries, blackberries) and spices mixed with more animal notes (musk and fur), especially for the somewhat older vintages. This is a powerful, complex wine with a nice structure that lets it face the years without fear.Being full-bodied, this Saint Georges goes well with spicy dishes, game (either marinated or not), tarts, meat dishes with mushroom sauces, and ripened cheeses.This estate was a very exciting find for us in early 2005 after tasting much that was thin and over-produced in the region. The husband and wife team of Georges and Pascale Chicotot is a very endearing combination. Pascale, who evidently wears the trousers, together with her husband Georges , who creates the impression of being more down trodden than he actually is, produce Nuits wines that are rich and polished with good structures yet without losing the inherent velvety, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit that makes great Burgundy so alluring. Both husband and wife vie with each other to see who can make the better wine. Actually it seems they both succeed! Amazing wines. Brunello di Montalcino 2015, Tenuta Nuova, Casanova di Neri 128.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-brunello-di-montalcino-2009-tenuta-nuova-casanova-di-neri3 4666126991448 Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nuova began as both a passionate and scientific project, for a wine which only Casanova di Neri can offer. It comes from a mass clone of Sangiovese Cerretalto on a piece of land south of Montalcino, where it acquires Mediterranean" scents, great finesse and tannic structure.This Brunello di Montalcino is aged in Slavonian oak barrels for about 30 months and in the bottle for a year. It was born in their historic vineyards. Its constant high quality is further enhanced by its elegance and finesse. The vineyards lie to the south of Montalcino, a zone of Brunello marked by warmer micro-climates and intense, powerful wines. Casanova di Neri was established in 1971 when Giovanni Neri acquired a large estate within Montalcino. Over the years their continuing goal has been the search for land believed to be optimal for growing high quality grapes. There are now 120 acres of vineyards divided amongst four distinct sites. Improved quality in the vineyards has led to more attention in the winery, from vinification to the careful selection of casks for aging but always with the maximum respect for tradition. Today the property is operated and wines made by Giacomo Neri, who states, "Our greatest pride is our vineyards: their high quality and their history." Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2015, Corte alla Flora 22.40 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-vino-nobile-montepulciano-2014-corte-alla-flora5 4666124238936 Corte Alla Flora  Using grapes Prugnolo Gentile (80%), Merlot ( 10%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) the wine is refined and matured for 18 months in Allier oak casks and in Allier barriques, 10 months in bottle.It is ruby red in colour with an intense and fragrant bouquet with clear cut fruity notes of raspberry, sweet violets and blackberries followed by vanilla and cofffee. On the palate it is soft and velvety at first with well-balanced acidity and in harmony with the alcohol with very elegant tannins.A wine of substantial body and structure, it has great character and is highly suitable for ageing. Chateau de Pez 2009, Saint-Estephe 52.10 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-de-pez-2005-saint-estephe28 4666123157592 Chateau de Pez Château de Pez, west of the commune of Saint-Estèphe, rivals Calon Ségur as the most ancient of all the Bordeaux vineyards. Its 39 adjoining hectares enjoy ideal exposures on the hilltops around the Château itself.Thanks to continuous investment, Château de Pez has been carefully renovated since it was acquired by the House of Louis Roederer in 1995. Today this great Cru Bourgeois is restored to its former glory and retakes its rightful place in the limelight as one of the shining stars of Saint-Estèphe. Chateau Saint Pierre 2016, St Julien 83.50 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-saint-pierre-1995-st-julien24 4666115063896 Chateau Saint Pierre 4eme Cru Class‚ St. JulienThe final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years. This is another brilliant wine from Jean-Louis Triaud, who is also responsible for the brilliant resurrection of the cru bourgeois, Gloria. This is one of the smallest estates in St.-Julien, with only about 6,000 cases produced, and even less were produced in 2010 than in 2009.Score: 97 Robert ParkerSaint Pierre is one of the oldest in the Medoc. It was placed first in the original 1855 classification of 4th growths alongside names like Talbot and Branaire-Ducru. Henry Martin, who achieved the same for Chateau Gloria, brought new life to the estate during the 1980s.   Drink Now or Keep Beef, Game, Cheese Dry Medium Bodied Deep Purple Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot St Julien Chateau Saint Pierre 2016 Contains Sulphites Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron 2012, Pomerol 39.15 https://www.christopherpiperwines.co.uk/products/copy-of-chateau-bourgneuf-vayron-2010-pomerol43 4665383419992 Chateau Bourgneuf-Vayron Pomerol Delivers a core of anise and red licorice character, with solid grip and definition already and a long, fruit-filled finish. A powerful style of Pomerol…James Molesworth – Wine SpectatorNous sommes sous le charme d’un 2010 de grand raffinement, avec un soyeux exemplaire et une chair magnifique. Une très belle réussite.À boire entre 2020 et 2030.Olivier Poels