Explore our Wine Styles
Bordeaux has had a hypnotic influence on the style of wines produced in many wine regions, and wine drinkers never tire of the classic Bordeaux style
This style group is dedicated to the first renditions of the classic Bordeaux style from Europe and the New World. Rich, full-bodied Cabernets steeped in chocolate, mint, jammy berries, and juicy, plummy Merlots. Of course, with each winemaker and region comes different ideas, soils and climate, and there is a wealth of Bordeaux-based styles from which to choose.
Food Match: Roasted lamb with rosemary or juicy steaks are de rigueur.
Discover a fizzing flavour spectrum of sensuous sparklers, including biscuity and bready notes; grilled almonds; brioche; orange rind and even lemon oil!
Non-vintage blends form the mainstay of Champagne as grapes from one harvest rarely make a good wine, although exceptional years are sold as vintages. The phenomenon of blending grapes from different vintages has resulted in unique house styles - and here we seek out fashionable leading labels, and lesser-known (yet high quality) producers. But all that sparkles is not Champagne, and this style group also bubbles with carefully selected sparkling wines.
Food Match: As an aperitif, with hors d'oeuvres, or alongside lobster, langoustine or scallops in white sauce.
Chardonnay is capable of producing a wonderfully diverse range of textures and flavours. Enjoy wines from Chardonnay's traditional Burgundian roots with classic styles such as Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet, to all corners of the winemaking world, including oaky and distinctly tropical renditions.
Food match: Chablis with oysters, smoked haddock with other white Burgundy. Tuck into fish, chicken and seafood dishes with New World wines.
Crisp, fresh and mouthwatering, this style group is literally bursting with citrus zest, juicy fruits, minerality and vitality; a happy hunting ground for those wine drinkers searching for interesting and inspirational alternatives to the omnipresent Sauvignon Blanc style.
This scintillating selection represents the perfect opportunity to discover some rare and truly unique lip-smacking wines from lesser known grapes, regions and vineyards throughout Europe and the New World. Guaranteed to make your mouth water!
Food Match: Ideal for quaffing, or with grilled fish, seafood, and creamy chicken dishes.
Richly textured, concentrated unctuous and even nutty are just some of the characteristics that apply to our delicious dessert wines.
We say 'dessert', but as you'll see, you do not necessarily need a sticky, sweet pud or a baked cheesecake to enjoy thesse wines. Salty blue cheese, hgih quality pâtés including foie gras, and lobster all work brilliantly well with certain sticky style wines.
We also have a fine selection of vintage ports from which to choose, and last, but not least.
Wines of refinement, subtlety and sensitivity find their niche here. Feminine, intricate and harmonious white wines that delight through delicate nuances such as peach; lychee; mango; honeysuckle; acacia, and blossom.
These intriguing fruity and aromatic whites yield from premium cool-climate wine-growing regions like Italy's Friuli and Alsace in France, requiring great winemaking skill and a deft touch in the cellar. They seduce before they have even been tasted - with heady, spicy, fruity aromas - and are guaranteed to woo those aficionados who revel in subtle seduction.
Food Match: Enjoy with spicy foods, smoked fish, Chinese and Mexican dishes.
The left bank, undeniably, the most authoritative regional style in the world, refers to Bordeaux's appellations (on the left bank of the Gironde) - including Médoc greats from Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Graves and Margaux - doyens of authority. The likes of Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite, steeped in history and tradition and oozing class, as well as other relatively lesser known châteaux whose wines punch well above their growth status.
Left-bank Claret is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, reflected in their full-bodied, long-lived tannic style - richly concentrated powerful wines with real backbone - classic nuances of blackcurrant, cedar and spice.
Food Match: A rack of lamb would be perfect as would a fillet steak dinner with special guests.
Oak-ageing is very much a skilled part of the winemaking process, and here we look to those skilled craftsmen from the traditional regions of Europe and boutique New World estates that produce wines of harmony and balance - where oak enhances a grape's natural characteristics - rather than heavily wooded wines without a trace of varietal fruit, leaving you with a mouthful of splinters.
Food Match: Enjoy with smoked salmon, pork chops, and poultry dishes.
Pinot Noir is evocative and elegant in its youth with sensual sweet red and black summer fruits; developing gorgeous gamey, mushroom and earthy notes when mature.
Careful selection is the key to sourcing perfect Pinot, as this notoriously fickle grape is often to reluctant to reveal these trademark nuances. The grape's thin skin makes it highly susceptible to rot and fungus, and it is a real challenge for both winegrower and winemaker, who have to work intelligently to unravel its gamey, silky texture.
Discover elite growers from its native quality heartland, Burgundy's Côte de Nuits district, where it forges some of the finest reds unrivalled the world, to the richly fruity style of New Zealand's North Island.
Food Match: It's got to be game. Wild board, pheasant and duck are classics. But don't forget Beef Bourgogne.
Lavish, fun-loving, expressive wines whose generosity reflects high quality pure fruits that literally explode in the mouth. Revel in juicy red fruits like raspberries, wild strawberries and red cherries, and bask in black fruit compotes of blackcurrant, plums and black cherry.
This style does not stand for tradition, fancy labels or prices, but as a rather bright and breezy attitude towards winemaking, and so wines of the New World will always feature here. As for Europe, top Class Beaujolais takes centre stage in France, while Spain and Italy also champion this accessible, great value, generous style. Eminently gluggable, what you get here is sheer hedonism in a glass.
Food Match: Perfect quaffing material, or enjoy with rich tomato-based pasta dishes and pizza.
Right Bank Claret refers to Bordeaux wine yielding from the right bank (or eastern side) of the Gironde estuary that flows through the world's finest wine region, including the famous districts of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, as well as lesser-known districts such as Fronsac, and the Côtes de Castillon, Bourg and Franc.
Merlot is the dominant grape variety in right-bank Bordeaux blends, which typically produces softer, less tannic, and more approachable reds than those of the left-bank - rich fruity reds with nuances of blackcurrant, plums, cassis and mint. This style group boasts luxury leading labels from Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, plus newly-emerging stars of the wine world that currently offer fantastic Bordeaux value-for-money.
Food Match: Enjoy with hearty red meat dishes like Beef Wellington or roast lamb.
Powerful, earthy, rustic reds of complexity and subtlety, featuring animal notes including leather, meat and game; plant extracts such as Provencal garrigue, herbs and spices, and elements of wood smoke, coffee, chocolate and tar.
As well as these savoury notes and flavours, you will also discover piquant reds, whose distinct sappy, moreish nuances will tantalise your taste buds and keep you reaching for another glass.
Food Match: Fillet steak Tuscan style seasoned with black pepper, salt and a squeeze of lemon or lime.
Gregarious whites that deliver pure hedonistic pleasure; creamy, nutty and even honeyed in texture, oozing nuances of white stone fruits (peaches and apricots).
Soft, rich and gluggable, there are a multitude of flavours on offer here with universal appeal, yet when you scratch beneath the surface of these gems, you will find a wealth of unique flavours derivative of diverse grape varieties, terroir and winemaking attitudes.
Food Match: Enjoy with a creamy pasta carbonara, a tasty chicken chasseur, or even cauliflower cheese.
Complex and sophisticated reds with a spice rack of infusions, including black pepper, white pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
As the adverts say size matters, but what matters more is balance. It's easy to make a big, spicy red, but it requires real skill to craft wines with real balance, harmony and sophistication.
Food Match: Meet spice with spice: Thai, Mexican, Indian and Chinese dishes are all great matches.
The wines in this style group range from the grassy and herbaceous to the overtly tropical.
Sauvignon Blanc finds its greatest expression in the classic Loire Valley's Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre appellations - world-class whites with nuances of freshly-mown grass, blackcurrant-leaf and hay. But then Sauvignon also likes to travel, and wonderful examples can be found in northern Italy, Australia and most notably New Zealand where it produces deliciously concentrated whites with a tropical twist.
Food Match: Ideal for quaffing, or with grilled fish, seafood, and creamy chicken dishes.