SPARKLING WINE Laurent Perrier Brut NV, Champagne £6.00 £35.00 Delicate & complex, with hints of citrus & white fruit. Full flavoured yet fresh & easy to drink. Bruno Paillard Rose NV, Champagne £49.50 A delightful coppery pink fizz, full of redcurrant fruit & citrus notes. Nicolas Feuillatte Milliseme 1996, Champagne £42.50 For those that enjoy fantastic value this is one of our great finds, a glorious vintage champagne. Lush yet elegant. Dom Perignon 1998, Champagne £99.00 Pale yellow with golden highlights, notes of brioche & honey with almond & apricot. This champagne is in a league of its own.
WHITE WINE For Dreamers, Believers and Divas: Crisp, Fresh & Unoaked Soave Classico, Conti Rossi, Veneto, Italy £3.95 £14.75 Pale straw colour, hints of wild flowers and a touch of honey on the nose. The palate is light, fresh and fruity with apple and banana notes. Pinot Grigio, Alois Lageder, Alto Adige, Italy £5.95 £24.75 Bone dry and richly textured stuff. You simply haven't known Pinot Grigio until your lips have kissed this! Chablis, Laroche, Burgundy, France £26.75 Crystal clear with hints of gold, crunchy green apple fruit & great minerality. A lovely example of how Chablis should be.
For Artisans, Bohemians, & Litaries: Fruit Driven & Aromatic Chenin Blanc, Boland Cellar, Paarl, South Africa £13.75 Tropical fruit salad in a glass: guavas, papayas & pineapples fill the mouth to give a delightful crisp white. Riesling, Wolf, Pfalz, Germany £4.95 £16.75 The Wolf estate in Wachenheim dates back to the 18th Century. The wine is fresh, clean and medium dry. Sauvignon Blanc, Spy Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand £24.75 This is what New Zealand is famous for: vibrant tropical fruit with hints of dried herbs & flint. Sancerre La Cote Blanche Eric Louis, Loire, France £26.75 "The nose is fresh and herbal, with some mineral notes. The palate is a delicious mouthful of citrus flavours, ripe, with well balanced acidity and a crisp, long finish. Superb Sancerre."
For Movers, Shakers and Makers: Full Bodied, rich & creamy Chardonnay, Madfish, Western Australia £5.75 £21.75 This is as subtle as the Ozzies get: flavours of nectarine & melon balance the initial tropical fruit burst with an elegant, fine citrus finish. Rully, Vieilles Vignes, 'La Truffiere', Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, France £32.50 This is a classic white Burgundy with rich clean fruit, subtle oak and a long elegant finish. A fantastic wine from Girardin. Condrieu 'Les Ravines', Robert Niero, Rhone, France £50.00 Full bodied, flowery, aromatic & intense. This is a seriously rich white wine, handle with care…
ROSE WINE Chateau St Baillon Cotes du Provence Rose, Cotes de Provence, France Aroma of strawberry with touches of sweet jasmine & rose, crisp citrus with soft cherry. £5.50 £19.75
RED WINE For Loungers, Lovers and Latino's: Bright, Light & Fruity Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Orizzonti, Abruzzo, Italy Dry, full, warm, soft but well structured with a pleasant long lasting finish of dried fruits and toasted hazel-nut £4.75 £15.75 Chianti Rufina, Fattoria di Basciano, Toscana, Italy I know this is Hannibal Lecter's favourite but don't let that put you off. This yummy wine is full of autumn berries & violets is the perfect with all Italian-style food. £22.50 Morgon, Mommessin 'Les Griottes', Beaujolais, France A Beaujolais with real flavour. Rich red with hints of bitter cherries. £25.75
For Ladies and Lords, Kings and Queens: Round & Elegant Malbec/Bonarda, Libertad, Mendoza, Argentina Wild berries, strawberries, vanilla & white pepper - a fruity, spicy delight. £3.75 /£13.75 Pinot Noir, Huia Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand This wine shows intense blackberry and cherry aromas. On the palate, these characters meld with hints of smoke, spicy flavours and violet flowers. £37.50 St Emillion Grand Cru Chateau Pontet Fumet, Bordeaux, France This fruity, tannic Bordeaux combines finesse & power. An attractive bouquet & a robust, rich, balanced taste. Just perfect. £42.50 Gevrey Chambertin 'En Truffiere' Girardin, Burgundy, France A fine, pure, spicy nose, round & smooth in the mouth with good concentration, redcurrant fruit & chocolate on the finish. £50.00
For Foodies, Flavourists, and Mixologists: Big, Bold & Spicy Zinfandel, De Loach, California, USA This 2002 California Zinfandel offers inviting aromas of cranberry, black currant and spicy oak. An intense palate blends flavours of red plum, anise and an undercurrent of smoke. £5.25 £17.75 Cotes du Rhone 'Belleruche', Michel Chapoutier, Rhone, France Nutmeg, pepper, cherry, and raspberry on the palate are complimented with sweet chocolate & coffee. The wine is of medium body with a middle palate of sweet fruit leading to a long finish of soft tannins, chocolate and game. £5.95 £22.50 Shiraz, Tatachilla, McLaren Vale, Australia Blackcurrant & ripe raspberry, spice, mint & nutty oak characters. Rich & mouthfilling, this is how Ozzie Shiraz should be. £27.50 Rioja 'Vinas de Gain', Artardi, Rioja, Spain Lovely bright, creamy red fruits on the nose, rounded powerful stuff on the palate. Excellent. £39.50
DESSERT WINE Chateau Loupiac, Gaudiet, Rhone, France Notes of white peach & honey with fine citrus aromas. Perfect with foie gras, cheese & desserts. £18.00
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