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A Taste of Spring

Posted on: March 28, 2019

Spring is officially here. The busy Christmas rush seems like yesterday and we are delighted not to have seen the blizzard conditions we experienced in March last year. Now, our attentions have turned toward Easter and what we are going to be drinking with friends and family. 


In addition to the Meyer Fonne Cremant d’Alsace, we added to our list early last year, we have two new Cremants : the extremely classy Domaine de la Verpaille Cremant de Bourgogne and the delicously pinktastic de Chanceny Cremant de Loire. Cremant has always been a fantastic alternative to Champagne due to the same winemaking process – and so much cheaper – we love that each of these Cremants brings something different to the table with different grape varieties from their respective regions. We certainly believe they are a refreshing change to Prosecco! 

Domaine de la Verpaille wowed us late last year, so we decided to ship over the Bourgogne Chardonnay and their two Vire Clesses- the Harmonie and Longchamp. They provide excellent value for money especially compared to their more famous counterparts in Pouilly Fuisse and St Veran. 

The new Sauvignon Gris ‘Cool Coast‘ from Casa Silva is definitely worth a try with its zingy minerality, as is the GrecoJanare from Southern Italy. It is fatter and richer than the Fianoand Falanghina and works perfectly with roasted white meats, cheese and polenta. 

The wines from Bohedal are now old favourites and for Easter, theCrianza and Reserva are just spot on.  Spring lamb and Rioja is the quintessential pairing. 

Bordeaux has always been a firm favourite of ours for Sunday lunch with the family and it continues to be a popular choice for many of our customers also.  We shipped the Saint-Emilion from
Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil 2002 just before Christmas and we love its’ complexity. It shows a miriad of spice, eucalyptus, leather and wonderful earthiness. A winner with roast beef or cheese board. 

These are just a few suggestions from our Spring offer but we are happy to help with food and wine pairing anytime. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your wine queries. 

Part des Anges – Domaine Sainte Croix

Posted on: March 6, 2019

Imbibe UK gathered a panel of 25 Somms and asked them to pick their favourite wines under £20. We are fortunate to have them choose one of our wines from Domaine Sainte Croix.

The Part des Anges is a delicious late harvest (natural) old vine Carignan Noir that oozes chocolate, coffee, sweet spice and fig characters.

For more info, follow the link or call the office – 01875 595 100

Pay less, drink better: Wines that taste twice as good as their price tag

Vine Times

Posted on: February 27, 2019


We cannot believe that we are nearing the end of February already!

There is so much going on at Fordel that it is hard to keep up at the moment. Time flies when you are busy selling wine!

Alasdair Carnie joins us in March to support the team in the office and warehouse. He comes to us as a keen Marathon runner, is a fluent French speaker and dabbled in the world of Cognac making for several years before settling back in Scotland to work in the Whisky industry. With a history like that, he is going to fit in very nicely here at de Burgh!

The Prosecco bubble is at last beginning to burst and Cremant is becoming a thing again and justly so. In February 2018, we did not have even have one on our list and now we have three – with a view to potentially listing more! The Meyer Fonne was the first Cremant we took on and were very impressed with the oodles of flavour and silky soft finish. The Bourgogne Blancs de Blancs from Verpaille is toasty and yeasty, whilst the de Chanceney Rose from the Loire is packed full of crunchy summer pudding fruit and looks super too. What’s not to love…

The new wines from Domaine de la Verpaille in Burgundy have just arrived at Fordel. Will and Christine found this lovely little estate on their way back from holidaying in France. They are rich, classy and we like to think, fantastic value too. The wines aren’t bad either!

Fordel Mains Estate

We also have a brace of organics from Bodegas la Purisima in Yecla, Spain. A Macabeo and Monastrel, both of which are great value, juicy and tasty. We are really looking forward to  hearing your feedback on them.

We are now gearing up for Spring and planning our Spring Offer along with another photo shoot to get your mouths watering. If you are not already subscribed to our mailing list then follow the link to sign up to avoid missing out on upcoming Spring and Summer offers!

This is just a snippet of what we have been we have been up to since the turn of the year. We can guarantee that there is much more in the pipeline….

Let’s hope that the sun shines again this summer!


Winter Offer Ends Jan 31st

Posted on: January 30, 2019

January has really felt like a long month. Christmas and New Year was ages ago so surely a glass of wine this weekend is well deserved.

Whether you have been partaking in Dry January or not, stock up for February before our Winter Offer ends tomorrow.

Everything can be found on our website, including the Magnums, Mixed Cases and much more!

If you have any questions or further info about the wines, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Office – 01875 595 100

E-mail –

Christmas/New Year Opening Hours and Delivery

Posted on: December 19, 2018

**C H R I S T M A S  D E L I V E R Y **

Guaranteed UK wide delivery for Christmas has now past ( Monday 17th December) but we can still guarantee delivery in central Scotland. For other all other areas, please contact the office – we are still taking orders! – 01875 595 100. You can of course still collect from our warehouse if you wish. 


**F E S T I V E  O P E N I N G  H O U R S**

Friday 21st December 9-5pm

Monday 24th December 9-12pm

Thursday 27th December 9-5pm

Friday 28th December 9-5pm

Monday 31st December 9-12pm

Wednesday 3rd January 9-5pm

As always, we are always happy to help if you have any questions….

phone: 01875 595 100



Mixed Cases

Posted on: December 11, 2018

 If you are a little pressed for time, we have put together a selection of mixed cases for those who would rather let us choose. They also make great gifts! 

There are 5 to choose from- take a look here 

You can order online  or e-mail –


Winter at de Burgh

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Every year, we do a happy dance when our customers come to us for their festive tipples and we cannot thank you enough for your support, time and again. As an independant wine merchant, we work hard to find an exciting and diverse selection of Wines, Fizz, Champagne and Spirits throughout the year. When it comes to deciding what goes into our Winter Offer, we choose wines that we love to drink ourselves and serve at social occasions with friends or family. We hope you love them as much as we do.


We have Magnums, Gift ideas, wines for entertaining and mixed cases. Take a look here for our winter offer

OR go to our shop online   We are always happy to help on the phone – 01875 595 100

OR email –


Bordeaux at de Burgh

Posted on: November 6, 2018

It’s those Autumn cliches that we all love; cosy jumpers, leafy walks, hearty stews and a delicious glass of Bordeaux in front of the fire.

We really want to shout about a few of our wines from Bordeaux and have put together an offer of 12 favourites, some old, some new, which are excellent value and we know you will absolutely love!

To get you in the mood we asked Tarquin and Will for their top Bordeaux finds from this year.
Tarquin is a great cook and recommends slow roasted lamb with the Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2002. Will’s choice would be

Chateau Bellerive Medoc 2014, with a cheese board, in front of his log burner!

Browse the 12 wines here>>    OR  go to our online SHOP


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 love them!

To find out more, follow the link here.

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