We quite simply only sell wines we like to enjoy at home. Take a look at our choices this month.


De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Rose NV

“I am writing this thinking about summer days whilst the snow is falling!” ahh the irony, especially after a lovely Easter weekend where temperatures hit double digits, triggering a family lunch outside with a glass or two of this delicious fizz.  Made just like Champagne from Cabernet Franc and aged for almost 16 months in bottle before the cork is popped, this humble sparkling wine really shows it’s class.  Packed with delicious summer crunchy red fruits and a super silky soft, raspberry yoghurt style finish, it really is everything you will ever need for an impromptu get together.  Pop a few in the fridge because I can’t help thinking you won’t need many excuses to celebrate in style in 2021”



Chateau La Verriere Rouge 2016

Alain Bessette, the owner of Chateau La Verriere, is the man who makes Rival Bellevue for us. I’ll never forget the look of surprise, alarm, and delight on his face when I requested the first special bottling run of Rival in magnums. He asked if I was selling to supermarkets, to which I replied “No, just Scottish people”. Chateau La Verriere is Alain’s main wine and collects gold medals with the ease of Usain Bolt. It is aged longer in oak than Rival Bellevue and so benefits from some bottle age to fuller reveal its beauty. Alain very kindly let us have his last 96 bottles of the excellent 2016 vintage in six-bottle wooden cases. These have been cellared at the winery and were shipped over to us in March this year. It is a stonking bottle for £15 and has matured beautifully to produce a rich and full-bodied wine with lots of dark damsons and plum fruit, warm spice, wood smoke, and soft mocha. If you miss out, don’t panic, we have some of the 2018 and more on the way arriving in late April which is just as good but you’ll need to tuck it away for a few years to get the magic aged flavours! 




Pinot Noir ‘Tradition’ Pfluger 2019

Pretty much all New World Pinot Noir is a bit too jammy and confected for my tastes, and other Old World expressions can sometimes prove a tad overpriced and underwhelming.

This example of Pinot Noir from the Pfalz region in Germany however, hits the spot both financially and indeed tastebud wise. Made by the up and coming ‘natural’ wine all-star Alexander Pfluger, this has bags of depth to the red cherry fruit and smoky, earthy notes coming through on the palate. Light in body as a Pinot should be but the remarkable rich texture really makes it hang together beautifully.



Chateau Rival Bellevue Bordeaux Superior 2017

As we head towards the hopeful easing of restrictions and the possibility that we might be able to socialise in the garden I thought about good party pleasers and our Chateau Rival Bellevue Bordeaux Superior 2017 came to mind.  It is such an easy to enjoy wine and has been glugged at more than one family gathering in times of olde.  Everyone always says, ‘ooh that’s delicious’ and it doesn’t break the bank.  A merlot blend, it is rich with a mingle of blackcurrant and smoky oak making it extremely moreish.



Vire Clesse ‘Harmonie’ Domaine de la Verpaille 2018

I’ve always been a huge fan of wines from Burgundy. It was my go-to when I was selling wine in retail and a customer asked for something special. My rule of thumb is that, if you are looking for a Chardonnay that is crisp, citrusy, and oozes with minerality then Chablis is the one. However, the wines further south in the Maconnais become richer, fatter, and more honeyed. I absolutely love this southern style which is packed full of  ripe candied fruits, dried apricots, peach and a touch of exoticism. The intense bouquet is complemented on the palate with fresh citrus, orange and hints of toffee. The wines from Verpaille  are all produced Biodynamically  and with very little intervention, which makes them a true example of a wine produced as naturally as possible. You are getting a whole lot of quality for your money with this Harmonie Vire Clesse!


Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet 'Tenebi' La Counoise 2020

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Producer: Domaine de Piaugier
Country: France
Region: Rhone Valley
Sub Region: Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet
Grape Variety: Counoise
ABV: 15%
Style: Red Wine

Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone Villages Sablet 'Tenebi' La Counoise is a brilliantly unique wine that displays wonderful freshness and aromatics along with dark raspberry, bramble, blackberry, white pepper and mocha notes. The wine is made from 100% Counoise which is one of the permitted grapes in the production of Chateauneuf-du-pape. It is generally added to tame the high alcohol of the Grenache grape. The Counoise grapes were planted by Jean-Marcs father in 1954 and sold to Chateau Beaucastel until 1991 when the decision was taken to bottle them separately themselves.

Domaine de Piaugier exudes the sort of rustic French charm that you’d expect from a small family-owned winery whose owners spend more time in the vineyards looking after the small details rather than online buying new cushions for the sofas for their state-of-the-art tasting room. The winery is in the historic town of Sablet and consists of 30 hectares of vineyards, aged between 30 – 55 years old, which are spread over several parcels on varying soils within the Sablet, Gigondas and wider Cotes du Rhone regions. It is one of the Domaine’s great assets having varying parcels of grapes from different areas which are all vinified separately to retains their unique characteristics before either bottled on their own or carefully blended to make seriously complex and elegant wines.

The Domaine is owned and run by Jean-Marc and Sophie Autran along with their daughter Maude who now farm the combined 30 hectares including the original six hectares which Jean-Marc’s great grandfather, Alphonse, worked during WW2. It was Alphonse who built the current winery in 1947 after getting the hump with the rather steep hill which his original winery sat upon. With no Land Rover Defender and just a couple of lazy mules to transport his wine he opted to relocate to lower ground within easier reach of the travelling merchants. The original winery was called Tenebi which is now the name of their superb 100% Counoise which is a must try for all wine lovers.

Sablet is a pretty, medieval town and one of the handful of villages that can affix its name to the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation which is a big step up in both quality and value from the more generic Cotes du Rhone appellation. With lower yields and a distinct terrior on sandy soils, Sablet, like Gigondas and Vinsobres, should probably be an AOC, but it’s not for me to get involved in the politics of French wine law! Although the reds from Sablet are generous and full bodied they tend to have a marked purity and underlying finesse about them which can be attributed to the sandy soils and whole bunch, destemmed fermentation. The Piaugier wines hit this exact spot for us with wonderful depth of varietal flavour, rich texture but freshness and elegance on the finish. The whites are equally impressive and offer wonderful value compared to Burgundy.

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