It's been a long time coming but it's finally back. The gorgeous Chateau Teyssier from St. Emilion. Many of you asked for it well it's finally here! Let's find out a bit more...

The estate was predominantly a farm in the 18th century until it was acquired by the historian Jules Roy in 1869, who constructed the château and structured the vineyards. Château Teyssier was reduced to a neglected 5 hectare estate when Jonathan and Lyn Maltus arrived in 1994. The new owners modernised the winery and cellar, constructed a second winery and acquired additional plots in Vignonet, Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens and Saint-Émilion.

Jonathan Maltus, frequently termed a "Garagiste" and "Cult winemaker" collaborates with the oenologist Neil Whyte and consultant oenologist Gilles Pauquet. Among Maltus' other winemaking projects was The Colonial Estate in Barossa Valley and Eden Valley incorporating some vines previously used for Penfolds Grange, producing labels such as Exile, and Émigré. His involvement there ended in 2009. A venture in Napa Valley produced its first wines in 2011 under the Estate name, World's End.

In February 2008, Maltus acquired the remainder of Vieux Château Mazerat, neighboring estate of Château Angélus, adding 6 hectares (15 acres) to the plot bought in 1996 which produces the fruit for Le Dôme.

Chateau Teyssier, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2014 @ £16.95 - Buy it here!

"Love the nose to this with ripe strawberries and peaches with orange-peel undertones. Full body, soft and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Delicious already. Why wait?"

James Suckling 91/100

 

Perfection? I think so. Cheers!

 

People are always asking about gin. We hsve a few to show you but this is one of our favourites. A little different to your usual gin for sure. Lets have a little read...

Guillaume Drouin is a quali ed oenologist and agronomist. After acquiring experience in the elds of wine-making and rum he joined the family business in 2004. Working with his father on the aging of calvados, he took part in the creation of the company's great blends while looking for new product ranges that would highlight original aromatic associations.

Guillaume is a man full of curiosity and enthusiasm. His passion for the world of avours, tasting and the art of blending soon led him towards a new creation, that of a Gin based on the apples from his orchards. Thanks to its method of production and the number of aromatic substances that compose it, this Gin is without any doubt the spirit that offers the broadest possible spectre of composition: an almost in nite eld for creativity, a challenge both rich and fascinating in the search for symbiosis between apples, juniper and aromatics of world-wide origin.

Le Gin de Chrisitian Drouin 2017 Batch @ £41.95 - Buy it here!

Le Gin de Christian Drouin the only Gin incorporating 30 apple varieties. Rose and lemon provide delicacy. Ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and almond give the Gin a smooth, spicy body while cardamom enhances its fruit and roundness in the mouth. Juniper and apple complement one another with their heavy and high notes, spicy and crisp. 

As they only produce just under 3000 bottles a year this one will disappear pretty suddenly so if you're a gin lover don't miss your chance to get one of these!

 

Hey, I'm sure I've heard of that wine before... isn't that the same gavi as before? Yes it certainly is but with a gorgeous new label! Let's have a bit of a read about our wine of the day...

Donato Lanati, one of Italy's best young consultants, began working with La Giustiniana at the beginning of 1998. His indelible stamp of quality has become increasingly evident in recent years. The changes wrought in the winery by Lanati are now being matched with the improvements being made in the vineyard, where better grapes are giving purer, richer and better balanced wines. The entire estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, of which 40 are under vine. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through.


La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi 'Lugarara' 2017 @ £15.95 - Buy it here!
A straw yellow wine with hints of green. Lightly perfumed with fresh green apples and pears on the nose. The palate is riper with ripe, golden apples, fresh almonds and honey but still has the characteristic lively twist on the finish found in good Gavi.

We've had this crowd-pleaser for a long time and think it's here to stay for the moment! Cheers!

 

Next up in our showcase of new wines we have the Field Street Shiraz from S. C. Pannell. This Aussie Shiraz will be one you won't forget in a hurry...

Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. In October 2015, Steve was named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.


S.C. Pannell Field Street Shiraz 2015 @ £18.95 - Buy it here!

On the nose there is a lovely purity of fruit - aromas of violets are coupled with the beautiful perfume of a punnet full of fresh berries. On the palate it is medium to full bodied with lovely, earthy tannins and a lifted finish.

This stonker will a fantastic addition to any meal so come a grab a couple!

Cheers!

 

Sorry about it taking so long. We finally have more of the beautiful Primitivo di Manduria! Don't be fooled by the new bottle, it's the exact same stuff inside. Endless customers have asked about this illusive wine as it's name certainly proceeds it. Truly fantastic quality for a rather low price...

In 2010 Felice Mergè, guided by his father Armando’s experience, buys and restores a building long known as the Cooperativa Comunale dei Produttori di Erchie, active since 1949. Renamed Masca del Tacco, the building is brought back to its original rural splendor but at the same time enriched with the latest equipment and innovative production techniques, aimed to produce the best wine quality without losing its traditional nature.

The warmth of the land and the sea influx of the Salentina peninsula, the hard-working hands of farmers, the weather: these factors result in extremely characterized wines by Masca del Tacco.

Masca del Tacco Primitivo di Manduria 2015 @ £13.95 - Buy it here!

This wine is red with violet highlights. Bouquet of Jam and ripe red fruit with hints of cinnamon. Full bodied, complex and generous on the palate.

Easily one of the highest rates and most sought after wines we have. Come and see what all the fuss is about! Cheers!

It's been a little while since we featured this. Gin is so popular nowadays that we might as move into only gin! Anyway, more on this...

Guillaume Drouin is a qualified oenologist and agronomist. After acquiring experience in the elds of wine-making and rum he joined the family business in 2004. Working with his father on the aging of calvados, he took part in the creation of the company's great blends while looking for new product ranges that would highlight original aromatic associations.

Guillaume is a man full of curiosity and enthusiasm. His passion for the world of avours, tasting and the art of blending soon led him towards a new creation, that of a Gin based on the apples from his orchards. Thanks to its method of production and the number of aromatic substances that compose it, this Gin is without any doubt the spirit that offers the broadest possible spectre of composition: an almost in nite eld for creativity, a challenge both rich and fascinating in the search for symbiosis between apples, juniper and aromatics of world-wide origin.



Le Gin de Chrisitian Drouin 2017 Batch @ £41.95

Le Gin de Christian Drouin the only Gin incorporating 30 apple varieties. Rose and lemon provide delicacy. Ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and almond give the Gin a smooth, spicy body while cardamom enhances its fruit and roundness in the mouth. Juniper and apple complement one another with their heavy and high notes, spicy and crisp. 

As they only produce just under 3000 bottles a year this one will disappear pretty suddenly so if you're a gin lover don't miss your chance to get one of these!