Primarily Syrah with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon, this is taut and focusses - a thought provoking wine. Black pepper, with a touch of tar reminds me of the Northern Rhone, with a graphite element from the Cabernet. Very fine.
Black fruit abounds on the nose - blackberry, black cherry and a hint of black pepper as well. The tannins are wonderfully fine and perfectly ripe. A candidate to rival the great Syrahs of the Rhone. My only wish is that they made more!
Overview by Martin Wilson, Account Manager - Press
An annual newspaper subscription would make an excellent Christmas present would it not? Perhaps not the most exciting thing to unwrap on Christmas morning but who could fail to be charmed by the printed product dropping through the letterbox every day from Boxing day? Judging by the November ABCs, nobody would get all that excited.
Only two of the national daily newspapers recorded month on month increases in November. Unsurprisingly…
A little over two thirds Semillon, with Sauvignon Blanc the balance, this oozes charm with plenty of red apple, apricot and cut grass on the nose. Good weight and texture on the palate, with a fresh streak of acidity to finish. Enjoy anytime from now and over the next 5 to 10 years.
Stone fruit and a hint of waxiness on the nose, with a beautiful balance on the palate. This is a fantastic pure Semillon (sourced from vineyards planted in 1902 & 1942) from Marc Kent. Rich and round on the palate, this has the potential for improving with 4 or 5 years of ageing if you can keep your hands off it now! Bravo.
As good as ever for this popular wine - briary notes of the nose with a touch of Rhone-esque black pepper from the Syrah. All framed by beautifully ripe tannins and a fresh streak of acidity. Delicious on release, this will be even better with a couple of years in the cellar.
…Domaine. This is polished and accessible, exploiting the generous fruit and flesh of the 2009 vintage but there's also wonderful purity and a cool character to the dark cherry and raspberry flavours. Super fine tannins and so silky across the palate with hints of earth and spice. Enjoyable now for those who enjoy primary red fruit characters, but this will develop beautifully over the next 6+ years.
( Martyn Rolph, Private Account Manager)
…Turmchen' is on wholly volcanic soils with a South facing aspect. As you might expect, this gives more weight and a touch of warm topicality to the mid-palate fruit but there is also an excellent balance of acidity. This is a tightly bound and serious wine at the moment, but as the structure unfurls and it begins to show itself off I expect we will see a very impressive wine indeed. Now - 2022.
Gary Owen, Private Account Manager
The red, sandstone, iron-rich soils of the Roxheimer Hollenpfad lend themselves well to Trocken-style Nahe Riesling. Aromas of ripe peach rise from the glass, the palate is dry, but surprisingly rich with notes of flowers and spicy fruit, crisp and mouth-filling. This is one of the best Riesling Trockens I can recall tasting. A real beauty. Now - 2017.
Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager
…Greffieux. If Jaboulet suffered a little after the death of Gerard Jaboulet, it is now back on form. Quality has returned to this estate in full since the Frey family (of La Lagune) bought the estate in 2006. The 2011 is a dense monolithic wine that will require substantial ageing. Layers of blackberries, licorice and smoked duck give a rich, indulgent palate.
Sara Guiducci, Private Account Manager