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2014 Anima Pinot Noir from Aurelia VișinescuOutstanding Pinot Noir£21.00 Buy now
This luxurious Pinot Noir stands up well against high-end New Zealand and French examples. It’s warmer and more fruit-forward than a classic Burgundian Pinot but these notes are underscored by subtly-integrated tobacco and cocoa notes from the oak and developing savoury notes from ageing.
Château Le Chatelet 2013, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru ClasséClassic Bordeaux£49.95 Buy now
Chateau Le Chatelet holds Grand Cru Classé status and rightly so. This wine is made in limited quantities from 80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc grapes from just three hectares of vineyards on the estate.
Château Martet Sainte Foy Bordeaux Blanc 2016Delicate, crisp white£19.50 Buy now
Delicious Bordeaux Blanc made from 40% old vine Sémillons, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sauvignon Gris and 10% Muscadelle. Intense floral aromas on the nose and delicate, ripe fruit on the palate.
2015 Anima Chardonnay from Aurelia VișinescuFull-bodied, new-world style£15.00 Buy now
If you’ve enjoyed full-bodied new world Chardonnays from California or Australia, you’ll love this 2015 Anima Chardonnay from Aurelia Vișinescu.
2015 Riesling Silver Seal from Schloss JohannisbergTop producer£49.00 Buy now
Hand-harvested, barrel-fermented, single-estate Großes Gewächs Riesling from a top producer. Seriously age-worthy but ready to drink now.
2011 Barolo, Vigna Mosconi from Conterno FantinoRich and voluptuous£65.00 Buy now
Our first choice for Vincarta: a rich, heady and modern-style Barolo from one of the region’s finest producers. Wine Spectator gave it 94/100.
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