We have been very fortunate to have secured six bottles of the Mas de Gaumas Gassac 1989 – an extremely rare gem of a wine that is at its majestic best now but has the body and staying power to remain at its peak for another 8-10 years at least.
Mas de Daumas Gassac is often described as the first growth of the Languedoc, one of greatest wine estates of France, but it wasn’t so 40 years ago.
The Guibert family moved to the Languedoc in the 1970s and started planted vines soon after with cuttings from famous Bordeaux properties. This decision was made after a visit from a Professor Enjalbert who, after only a day walking round the domaine, told the family: “It’s quite possible to make a Grand Cru here.” And the Guibert’s haven’t looked back since…
As early as 1982, the influential wine magazine, Gault Millau, described the estate as the Languedoc’s Chateau Lafite and the famous oenologist Emile Peynaud when asked why he was working with a lowly unknown estate said: “I have advised the greatest producers in France but have never been lucky enough to be present at the birth of a grand cru.”
Vicoria Pariente (right) and daughter Christina (left)
Jose Pariente is at the forefront of modern Spanish white winemaking, and has been awarded Spain’s best national winery for 2011 by The Spanish Federation of Wine and Culinary Brotherhood.
Pariente is one of the most exciting estates in northern Spain thanks to Victoria Pariente and her daughter Christina, who oversees the whole winemaking process with the utmost care. The Verdejo grape has been established in Rueda for over 500 years – with the best winemakers extracting soft, nutty characteristics and hints of honey.
The award was presented by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport of Cantabria.
We have Pariente’s 2008 Verdejo and watch this space very soon for their brand new 2010 vintage
Champagne Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque
Contrary to popular belief, Champagne (and sparkling wine for that matter) make excellent food wines, not just party wines and aperitifs.
Without wanting to appear snobby about it, the luxurious leading Champagne houses should be paired with more fine dining, while more simple Champagne wine styles and sparkling wines with simpler fayre.
But, as with all things in the subjective world of fine wine, there are no hard and fast rules, and your own tastes and preferences are just as, if not more, important than certain generalisations.
So, without further a do, here’s are tips for some classic Champagne and sparkling wine combinations:
Caviar and foie gras entrées
Smoked salmon – blinis, carpaccio, or in sushi
Oysters au natural and steamed shellfish
Lobster or scallops in white sauce
Poultry, goose, pigeon, duck (served cold)
Domaine Baron’s 2010 Loire Sauvignon heralds a very welcome return to form for one of our best value white wines.
Baron’s 2010 is a classic Loire Valley style – combining mouthwatering fruit with a fine mineral backbone.
Owner Jean-Pierre Baron has put a lot of faith in his son Samuel, who has revolutionised the estate’s philosophy. Jean-Pierre had been one of the first vignerons to plant Sauvignon in the Loire’s Touraine region way back in
1946, but up until the 2002 vintage the family had always sold its grapes to the local co-operative.
However, Samuel has made the bold move of making his own wine, and has rapidly established a reputation for quality in the Touraine.
Lovely aromatics with blackcurrant leaf, grapefruit and lime notes to the for, plus smoky, mineral hints. The palate is packed with juicy, refreshing, crunchy citrus fruits – great balance and so very enticing. Great as an aperitif or with fish and white meat dishes.
Tinto Figuero is a very welcome addition to our portfolio and a top class example of modern Ribera del Duero winemaking.
Vine growing couple Jose Maria Garcia and Milagros Figuero have dedicated their lives to their family vineyards, and in 2001 produced a great entry level wine for the first time.
The 4 Roble As the name suggests, is a beautifully pure expression of the Ribera spent four months in barrel and is ripe, sweet and structured.
Their top wine, the Figuero 12, is made from old vines (80% 20-40 years old, and 20% over 50 years old), and is aged for 12 months – giving greater depth of flavour and structure than the entry level 4 Roble.
By using minimal handling techniques Figuero brings out the purest expression of their grapes, creating beautifully balanced and complex wines that have shot them to stardom in less than a decade.
We cannot recommend these wines enough – exceptional value from the Ribera!
We now have 11 vintages of Dom Perignon in stock, having just acquired limited stocks of the 2002 vintage.
Our vintages are spread across three decades and include the sublime 1990, rated 98 pints by Robert Parker. But then the quality of Moët et Chandon’s cuvée is always exceptional, due to the fact that Moët only make it in truly great vintages from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; which are picked from only the very best crus of the entire region.
Dom Pérignon is named after the famous 17th Century Benedictine Monk who actually did more for still wines in the region, contrary to the myth that he invented Champagne.