We are constantly sourcing exciting new wines from off the beaten track and this month we have some great new finds to tempt you…
From the south of France, we have added a trio of exciting wines including a sumptuously rare red dessert wine from Domaine du Mas Blanc – a great alternative to Port. Meanwhile, Chateau Montus, flagship of the Gascony region (just 2 hours south of Bordeaux), champions the Tannat grape: an excellent opportunity to try something a little bit different…and from Provence we are very pleased to have secured stock of Domaine Tempier, La Tourtine, 2000: “Full-bodied, tannic and youthful … Very fine fruit and grip … velvety … Lots and lots of depth. Very fine.” Clive Coates MW
Tenuta Lenzini is our newest Italian addition, an estate with a rich historic past. Despite only being given its current name a decade or so ago, Lenzini was owned in Renaissance times by the Arnolfini family, associated with the portrait by Jan Van Eyck in the National Gallery in London, as well as belonging to the Principality of Lucca and Piombino given to Napoleon’s sister, Elisa, in 1805.
Crafting exquisite wines organically from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, grape varieties normally associated with the great wines of Bordeaux, as well as modern-day Super-Tuscans, this historic estate has been growing the two grape varieties since the early 19th century, and husband and wife team Michele and Benedetta Lenzini continue the forward-thinking work of their predecessors, with the help of consultant oenologist Filippo Ferrari (of Fattoria Le Sorgenti).
We are delighted to hear that our new Malbec from Tapiz has won a gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010!
We have received a very favourable response to the entire Tapiz range, and hope that you will join us in agreeing that this prestigious award is highly justified.
Cadman Fine Wines is constantly sourcing new wines from around the world, and we have recently secured some historic Mouton Rothschild vintages.
For collectors and enthusiasts alike we have got hold of several older vintages of Mouton Rothschild, a chateau that commissions a different artist to design the label each vintage (including the 1978, of which we have fine examples of both labels produced).
Continuing the Mouton theme, we also have bottles from 1975 (designed by Andy Warhol), and 1976, not to mention the imminent arrival of 1960, 1958 and 1971.
Please see our full range of Mouton Rothschild vintages here.
We have just added the most recent prominent declared Champagne vintages to our fine wine vintage chart.
Vintage Champagne, like vintage Port, is not declared every year. Only vintages deemed outstanding are declared ‘vintage years’.
This is mainly due to Champagne’s northerly latitude and (quite frankly) dodgy ‘British-like’ climate. Champagne is France’s most northerly wine appellation and in most years its grapes struggle to ripen fully as a result.
In fact, it is probably true to say that if Champagne was not a sparkling wine, but a still white wine, it would likely account for thin, acidic wines that would be pretty unappealing in the main, and the world would be a much poorer place. And so Champagne (and sparkling wine) is one style where fine wines are made in the cellar and not the vineyard.
Non vintage Champagnes are therefore the region’s mainstay, being blends of the most ripe grapes from a number of vintages. Each Champagne House has its own distinct style of wine, and will carefully blend grapes from vintages to their own particular style.
Vintage Champagne is made from a single harvest year and cannot be sold until it is at least 39 months old.
We have just added the most prominent declared Port vintages to our fine wine vintage chart.
Port vintages are declared when a port house (estate) feels that their wine in a particular vintage is of the highest quality. There is not always uniform agreement between Port houses as to whether a year should be declared a vintage, and on average there are around three declarations each decade.
Market forces can also influence a vintage declaration, i.e. whether the market can absorb another vintage at a particular time.