Amy and Miles' Wine Cellar
A personal selection...
The wines are all from carefully chosen growers, family producers and estates – all with a strong history and a strong passion for the wines they produce. They have been selected to marry beautifully with food – as all good wines should. The selection has been categorised into wines for drinking now, wines for drinking in 2-5 years and wines that will age magnificently for 5 years or more. This is not an exact science and some wines will clearly overlap between the categories, but it gives an indication when best to enjoy the wines.
They can be bought by the bottle, half case or full case or mixed. There are some basic notes on most of the wines and if you would like more information on any of the wines or producers then please email Richard. Red wines are marked by (r) and whites by (w).
The prices include duty and vat.
SPARKLING WINE & CHAMPAGNE
Gonet Reserve Brut, Le Mesnil £26.50
Gonet Roy Soleil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru £38.00
Le Mesnil is one of the 17 Grand Cru Villages in Champagne and perhaps the most renowned due to the vineyards Clos de Krug and Salon. Brother and sister Pierre and Chantal Gonet make outstanding Champagne from the Reserve Brut (classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) through to the sublime Roy Soleil (Chardonnay) which has at least 3 years of bottle age. This is grower Champagne at its very best.
Gonet Reserve Brut, Le Mesnil ~ £26.50
Le Mesnil is one of the 17 Grand Cru Villages in Champagnes and perhaps the most renowned due to the vineyards Clos de Krug and Salon. Brother and sister, Pierre and Chantal Gonet, make outstanding Champagne from the Reserve Brut (classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) through to the sublime Roy Soleil (Chardonnay) which has at least 3 years of bottle age.
FOR DRINKING NOW
Domaine de Pellehaut ‘Harmonie’ Blanc 2017, Cotes de Gascogne (w) ~ £7.90
Ampelomeryx 2015, Domaine de Pellehaut (w) ~ £12.08
Owned by the Béraut family, this is a wonderful estate producing delicious wines that are ready to drink. The white is blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Manseng and Chardonnay, while the red has grapes including Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Tannat. The Ampelomeryx is their flagship wine and refers to a long extinct creature that looked like a cross between a giraffe and a deer!
Rasteau 2015, Domaine Martin, Rhone Valley (r) ~ £11.95
Domaine Martin hold excellent vineyards in the southern Rhone. Created in 1905 and now in the safe hands of Eric and David who are the great grandsons of the founder. What is particularly impressive with this Rasteau is the quality of the Syrah – peppery and spicy with just the right amount of sweet fruit. It is also a favourite with the father of the bride!
Bone Dry Riesling 2016, Von Buhl (w) ~ £15.60
Von Buhl is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in Germany. It is also one of the most innovative! The Bone Dry is an excellent modern Riesling.
Terra Noble Gran Reserva Pinot Noir (r) ~ £12.67
Lahuen Azul 2012, Terra Noble(r) ~ £26.11
Terra Noble won the IWSC Chilean Wine Producer of the year in 2017. The Gran Reserva Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley is excellent – pure, fresh fruit with just the right level of warmth. The Lahuen Azul is a huge wine! Extraordinary concentration of fruit but very well balanced – power and poise.
Mellasat White Pinotage 2016, Paarl (w) ~ £12.90
Stephen Richardson founded Mellasat in 1996 after moving to South Africa from Norfolk. The White Pinotage was his creation and has become very successful, including silver in the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Voyager Estate Girt by the Sea Chardonnay 2016, W Australia (w) ~ £13.80
Voyage Estate Girt by the Sea Cabernet Merlot 2014, W Australia (r) ~ £13.80
Voyager Estate is now run by Alexandra Burt (daughter of founder Michael Wright) and all the wines in their portfolio are top drawer. The estate has always followed a strict sustainable regime and now in the process of organic conversion. The climate and soil are reasonably similar to that in Bordeaux. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the reds are often dominated by Cabernet and Merlot. The wines are soft and juicy with a foundation of spice, fine tannins (for the red) and bright acidity.
St Véran 2014, Domaine Simonin, Burgundy (w) ~ £12.72
Family owned domaine with vineyards in Vergisson and Solutré. The wines from this domaine always show great precision, citrus expression with a mineral structure and a touch of acacia honey.
Coudelet de Beaucastel Red 2015, Cotes du Rhone (r) ~ £19.50
The Coudelet range is a perfect introduction into the delights of fine Rhone wines. The wines are often referred to as ‘baby Beaucastel’ as the vineyards are pretty much next to the vines that go into the Grand Vin. The wines are organic and are luscious and structured with warm fruit and a soft, mellow depth.
Château Argadens 2016 Blanc, Bordeaux (w) ~ £11.44
Argadens is owned by the Sichel family. To call them everyday drinking Bordeaux wines would be a little unfair as they are superbly made but they are both very approachable.
Valderiz Crianza 2014, Ribero del Duero (r) ~ £16.09
Valderiz is among the pioneers of organic and biodynamic viticulture in the Duero. A little cheesy but in their own words ‘our secret is the true wine culture, a profound love for the nature of the land and character of its produce, from the harvest to the bottle.’ Well there you have it! Without question Valderiz makes stunning Duero wines.
Roco Chardonnay 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon (w) ~ £22.50
Roco ‘Marsh Road’ Pinot Noir 2014, Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Oregon (r) ~ £29.75
Roco is the realisation of Oregon pioneer Rollin Soles. The first vintage was in 2003 and since then his wines have been named in the top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Spectator 13 times and he has been named in the top 20 most admired winemakers in North America. His focuses solely on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the results are very, very impressive.
CELLARING FOR 2-5 YEARS
Chablis 1er Cru ‘Mont de Milieu’ 2017, Domaine Fourrey (w) ~ £18.08
Brother and sister, Jean-Luc and Marie-jo Fourrey, make elegant, classic and very fine Chablis. This 1er Cru is all about expression of terroir with pure, clean and bright fruit. They have a wonderful approach to their land and the wines that they produce. Very briefly they believe that the more care they show the vines and soil then the less spray and so on they use. The wines are so pure.
Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2015, Domaine Simonin, Burgundy (w) ~ £16.50
More power and concentration of fruit than the St Véran, this Pouilly Fuissé is a tour de force and will age majestically. It may ‘only’ come from the Maconnais but it is a superb introduction to the great wines of Burgundy.
Château Angludet 2011, Margaux (r) ~ £39.00
There is a little more information on the Sichel in the notes on the 2014 Angludet below. The 2011 is magnificent. It was not a classic year but it is just starting to drink superbly now and will get better and better over the coming few years. The balance between cassis, ripe plum and the layers of typical cedar and sweet spice is wonderful.
Château L’Esprit de Bel-Air MAGNUMS 2014, Côtes de Bordeaux ~ £30.28
Château Bel-Air La Royère 2014, Côtes de Bordeaux (r) ~ £22.18
L’Esprit de Bel-Air is Corinne Loriaud’s second wine and is more approachable now than the main Bel-Air La Royère. I’ve put it in the 2-5 years category but I must say that I am enjoying it now. Magnums are great not only for ageing the wine but also provide theatre when serving over supper.
Voyager Estate Shiraz 2014, Margaret River, W Australia (r) ~ £18.00
Voyager Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Margaret River, W Australia (r) ~ £30.90
These are the main estate wines from Voyager Estate and show a great deal of class (unlike the current Australian cricket team). The Shiraz has all the sweet fruit concentration you would expect all perfectly balanced with spice and fresh pepper. The Cabernet Sauvignon has wonderful structure, spice, ripe and fine tannins and a glorious finish.
Valderiz De Chiripa 2016, Ribero del Duero (r) ~ £19.80
100% Tempranillo aged in mostly French oak. Supple, rich, refined with exceptional fruit expression. The winemaking is very precise and the result very satisfying. The had been a sea-change in winemaking styles in the Duero in recent years, as growers move towards wines with more finesse. This is a superb example. Currently in conversion to Biodynamic.
Finca La Escuela Malbec, Tinto Negro (r) ~ £24.00
Incredible estate with vineyards over 1000 metres above sea level. Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach worked together at Catena for 15 years before setting up Tinto Negro -their wines are amazing. La Escuela is the blend of the different terroirs they have – a marriage of the different styles. Wonderful wine.
CELLARING FOR 5+ YEARS
Château Angludet 2014 (r), Margaux ~ £39.00
The Sichel family have been merchants in Bordeaux since 1883 and their winemaking philosophy is to be applauded. Most of their range is organic, biodynamic or in the process of conversion. Château Angludet was bought by the family in 1961 and is going through biodynamic conversion. The Sichels also founded the Sichel Sport Triathlon event which happens every May just outside Bordeaux. You can enter a team ….
Alter Ego de Palmer 2011, Margaux ~ £76.00
Château Palmer needs no introduction. Alter Ego is not a second wine as such but a different interpretation of this great Château. Alter Ego is always more approachable but also more lively and expressive. It is tough to put this in the 5+ years as it requires some discipline not to drink it now as the 2011s are drinking well but it will benefit with some further ageing but not too long!
Château Veyry 2015 & 2016 (r) ~ £21.00
Christian Veyry is simply one of the best oenologists operating in the Right Bank today. He also owns a tiny parcel of vineyards in Castillon (on the same limestone ridge as the best St Emilions). Both 2015 and 2016 were exceptional vintages and the wine will age beautifully. Not a known name but what is inside the bottle more than makes up for that.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Beaucastel 2015, Rhone (r) ~ £58.80
The jewel in the Perrin family crown. It has been organic for many years – long before organic viticulture became so à la mode. The wine also uses all 13 permitted grape varieties which is extremely rare these days. What is also unusual is that Mourvèdre is the dominant grape, normally up to a third of the total blend. This gives the wines its famous savoury almost meaty character, seasoned with plenty of herbs (thyme) and fresh pepper.
Moscato d’Asti La Morandina 2016, (w) ~ £16.76
A strange choice you might think but this is a lovely fresh and vibrant way to finish a meal. At 5.5% alcohol some might argue that it hardly qualifies as wine but it refreshes the palate and works a treat.
Levin Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Loire (w) 50cl ~ £16.17
The Levins make superb organic Sauvignon Blanc in the Touraine not far from the Chenonceaux (the picture postcard Chateau). This has just the right balance between sweetness and freshness.