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Cellar Cal Pla

Posted on: October 12, 2018

The Rise of Cal Pla

In the southwestern corner of Priorat, Cellar Cal Pla can be found in the village of Porrera. It is the largest village and is considered to be more temperate than other villages in the area, due to its location in the valley, carved out by the Cortiella river and the advantage of having of north-facing vineyards sites.

Cal Pla is owned by Joan Sangenís who is descended from eight generations of local farmers who cultivated various crops in Porrera. His family first started making wine in 1814 and until 1996, they sold their wines in bulk to the residents of the village. In 1988 Joan’s parents, who both still tend to the family’s vines, purchased Mas d’En Compte which gave them scope for expansion. The Mas ( an old farmhouse) came with a ancient, ruined house in the village which they renovated with the intention of estate bottling their wines.  Whilst Joan finished his studies in Oenology, his parents undertook the huge task of restoring the vineyards which were in  disrepair. They brought the old vines back to life and planted new ones with the aim of establishing Cellar Cal Pla. 

The family work with 20 hectares of vines around Porrera, where they vary in age, from 15 to 80 years old. The oldest vines are in the Mas d’En Cacador vineyard which produce Garnacha and Carignan. These vines could be described as the ‘grand cru’ of Porrera. Due to the location of the vineyards (terraces) and a steep incline for some of them, farming is hard work but the the warm, dry climate lends itself to farming organically. Indigenous varieties are mostly grown here, such as Garnacha Blanca, Xarel lo, Picapoll Blanca, Macabeu and Moscatel for the whites as well as Carignan and Garnacha for the reds. The estate also grows Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grapes are harvested by hand. Whites see a short pre-fermentation maceration on the skins before pressing and fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks followed by ageing in new French oak barrels. The reds which are also fermented in tank, are macerated for longer, lasting over 30 days. Once the primary fermentation is complete the wines are aged in concrete or French oak barrels and foudres.

We have five wines from Cellar Cal Pla and we urge you to try them. They are very typical of the Priorat region and vary in style. You can find all five wines in our online shop.

It’s a Gin thing…

Posted on: August 28, 2018

There is no denying that there is an explosion of Gin on the market. It can sometimes be a bit confusing trying to decide what to buy with such an amazing choice. We don’t often advertise the fact that we stock spirits but we do have some smaller unique producers. We don’t just have any old Gin. They happen to be from small independent batch distillers from three far flung corners of the UK and we have decided to put them on offer.

To find out more, follow the link here.

Last of the Summer Wines

Posted on: August 1, 2018

Our Late Summer Offer is out now!

 You can view the offer here – Late Summer Offer 2018

Don’t forget, you can order online or e-mail If you wish to speak to a human, then please do not hesitate to give us a ring ( 01875 595 100)- we do love a chat!

An Urban Winery

Posted on: July 25, 2018


We are really excited about about our new Cinsault ‘Turbigo’. We were sceptical of course. A winery in the centre of Paris? Grapes that are grown in the Rhone? The unconventional nature of it was what made us curious though and of course, all preconceptions were thrown out of the window upon tasting it.

Jancis Robinson has written a great article about Les Vignerons Parisiens here.

Get in touch with the office – 01875 595 100 or e-mail – to find out prices.


Champagne Henriot

Posted on: July 18, 2018

A  B I T  O F  B A C K G R O U N D

Since 1808, Champagne Henriot, is one of the last independent and family-owned houses in Champagne. For seven generations, the family has always pursued excellence. Grapes are selected from only the very best vineyards, maintained a focus on the purity of Chardonnay and have aged every bottle far longer than the legal minimum in order to ensure each cuvée has an opportunity to evoke its full expression.

The wines have never been better under the watchful eye of cellar master Laurent Fresnet who has won the International Wine Challenge “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” award for two successive years, in 2015 and again in 2016. Now they have won again- just this week – winning the trophy for most conisistent Champagne over 5 years!
Throughout the year Maison Henriot relies on close and faithful partnerships with grape growers, whilst maintaining involvement in every stage of production. Wines from all vineyards, crus and parcels are separated in order to respect the specific characteristics of the villages and to allow a complete aromatic palette for the assemblage. The musts are then transported to the Henriot cuverie where Chef de Cave Laurent Fresnet attentively monitors each stage of fermentation.
To faithfully reproduce Henriot’s house style every year, the non-vintage Brut may contain up to 50 different crus in a cleverly orchestrated balance with an average of 30% reserve wines.

You can buy Henriot Souverain Brut NV and Henriot Brut Rose NV from our online shop

As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at the office, if you wish more info and prices.

E-mail – or phone – 01875 595 100

Summer at de Burgh

Posted on: July 3, 2018

Summer really is here… We can hardly believe it! We are actually having some consistently good weather. All the more reason to drink some stunning wines. We have handpicked a fantastic small selection but please do not hesitate to get in touch for our full list. You can e-mail us at

Click here for the Summer Offer

As always, you can buy online or contacting us at the office.

Happy Summer!

Privacy Policy

Posted on: May 23, 2018

Privacy Terms

This privacy policy sets out how de Burgh Wine Merchants uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

de Burgh Wine Merchants is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

de Burgh Wine Merchants may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page intermittently to ensure that you are happy with any changes.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

– Name
– Contact information including email address
– Demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests
– Other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

– Take and fulfil customer orders.
– Internal record keeping.
– We may use the information to improve our products and services.
– We may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

de Burgh Wine Merchants will NEVER disclose your information to third parties other than when order details are processed as part of the order fulfilment. In this case, the third party will not disclose any of the details to any other third party.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Further Information/Complaints

For further information about any of these matters, please contact : The Data Officer, de Burgh Wine Merchants, Fordel Mains Steadings, Fordel Mains Estate, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 2PQ


Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque

Posted on: April 18, 2018

With the imminent arrival of the newest addition to our portfolio,  we thought we would put together a little bit more information on Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque. We are really excited about this fantastic mature Bordeaux from the Fronsac area and believe the 2002 to be an absolute bargain. To pre-order, please contact the office – 01875 595 100 or email – We are shipping this direct from Bordeaux and expect it to be popular,  so don’t miss out.

The Chateau has longevity in producing wine. The oldest bottles in the family cellars are from 1890! The Herve family have been in charge of the estate since 1977 and Jean-Noël & Dominique Hervé are the ones who made Ch. Moulin Haut-Laroque famous around the world. Jean-Noël Hervé is even defined as the last samurai into the japanese manga “The drops of God” .

In 2012 Thomas Herve took over the day to day handling of  Moulin Haut-Laroque. He is determined to run the Chateau as a dynamic family business and keep things boutique. He is passionate about the wine trade and producing fantastic wines for those who appreciate great Bordeaux.

The vineyards are spread over 16 hectares in Fronsac with 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet France, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec- which happens to be at least 100 years old! The vines are on average 40 years old which gives real concentration of fruit.

The winery has really benefited from investment to create a modern space for excellent winemaking. Once the grapes are all picked manually, each bunch is removed by a picker and then sent by a carrier to a mobile table for an initial examination so as to keep only the best grapes. Depending on the year, this operation can involve between 25 and 50 people. On reaching the vat-room, the grapes are tipped on to a sorting table for elimination of all those considered to be imperfect. The stems are then removed to leave only the grapes proper which then move down a long, vibrating table where 6 to 8 people continue the sorting to keep only the very best. To avoid damage from pumping into long pipes, the grapes are fed into the vats directly by gravity.

The wine is aged for 15 or 18 months in barrel, with 35% new wood. Limestone soils- which are prevalent on the right bank of the river in Bordeaux, can give an idiosyncratic character to Merlot dominated wines. It gives structure, firm definition and enhances the fruit which is concentrated and expressive.

Earthy, with a hint of sweet spice, this wine is hearty in all the right ways. The tannin is well integrated and the black fruits are still fresh. It would be perfect with a charcuterie board, cheeseboard, stews or a steak….


Moulin Haut Laroque is here!! Due to popular demand, there is now limited stock. If you wish some before it has all gone, please go to our website or e-mail the office.





A Taste of Spring

Posted on: March 28, 2018

We have chosen some wines fit for a Spring Taste! – BROWSE OFFER

The team have been busy of late, tasting lots of treats and we are pleased to have have some fantastic new additions to our list for Spring. The most noteworthy being, a new Sancerre by Henry Natter, a juicy Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by Fratelli Barba and a white from Priorat by Cal Pla. We of course, haven’t forgotten about the old favourites too! The Aldonia Rioja Vendimia is a great value Rioja and was written up by revered wine journalist Jancis Robinson who waxed lyrically about all of the Aldonia wines and in particular, the Vendimia. 

Did you know, that you can also now shop online?  Our website shop is up and running but if you still prefer to e-mail or speak to an actual person, then we are always happy to chat wine!

Our Spring offer is just a mere snapshot of what we have in our portfolio. Please get in touch if you would like a full list. 

Mosel Magic

Posted on: January 30, 2018

 The wine trade is all about celebrating excellent winemakers but what about strong influential female winemakers?  Sybille Kuntz is just that. She is one of the many excellent winemakers/vineyard owners in the world, leading the charge in a predominantly male industry. In Germany however, she is still one of the very few female winemakers in the Mosel. Because of this, Sybille had to stick to her guns and forge her own path when she took over her father’s vineyard in the late 1980s. She had to be bold and more ambitious than all of her competitors. She has always been very much ‘hands on’ and very good vineyard management has been the key to her success. Modern vine training was implemented and canopy management was integral in extracting as much flavour from her grapes.

One of the first things she did was to start producing dry Rieslings, when the market was greedy for sweet wines and in 1990, she started using practising organic viticulture. In 2011, Sybille applied for certification. She then went on to use biodynamic methods (eventually receiving certification in 2016) and continued to make her interpretation of the best dry Mosel wines. Judging by Sybille’s accompishments now, we would say that her wines are not only modern, fresh and clean but we should also acknowledge the simple label designs on the bottles. This was a marked leap away from the stuffy Riesling labels that can quite rightly, sometimes bamboozle buyers, trying to negotiate the German quality control wine classification.

As soon as Sybille’s wine were brought to our attention, we could not get enough of them. It would be fair to say that we had not been as excited about German wines until we tried them.  The marketing and quality of the wines are outstanding.

For those who are not familiar with the ‘dry’ levels of Riesling, here is a quick breakdown –

Qualitätswein means a wine of superior quality. Kuntz’s quality wine is a blend of her single vineyard sites in Kues, Kardinalsberg and Weisenstein. This Riesling Qualitätswein is picked at the beginning of harvest and is a fantastic entry level wine. It is crisp, fresh and a great balance of acidity. 

Kabinett is mainly from old vines from the steep vineyards in the Paul valley, a side valley formed by the River Mosel some thirty-five thousand years ago. Today it is part of the single vineyard site Lieser Schlossberg. In earlier centuries a ‘Kabinett’ was a very good Riesling stored in a separate ‘cabinet’ of the wine cellar or room. It is basically the German equivalent to a Reserve wine because it is of superior quality. 

 Spätlese is also vinified dry and, as the German designation indicates, is picked late at harvest. Only the best grapes with the longest ripening period on the vine will be selected for the Spätlese from Niederberg-Helden. Due to a later harvest Spatlese is richer and fuller bodied with a residual sweetness. 

For more information/tasting notes/prices on these wines, please contact our office  – 01875 595 100 or drop us a line –


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