The Bustard Inn Wine List

Welcome to the Wine List. As well as offering a selection of the well known we have included other excellent wines which we encourage you to try.  Hopefully the comments on each wine will aid your experimentation. Enjoy.

Champagnes and Sparkling Wines

1) Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina – £24.00 (125ml glass £5.50) 

Some say “Italians do it best”, and certainly if you choose a quality Prosecco such as this one, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re not in the mood for a blockbuster Champagne, but you would like some fizz, then this perfectly ravishing and mightily refreshing Prosecco is perfect. Delicate lime and grapefruit scents on the nose lead to an appetising apple and grapefruit palate. Delicious.

2) Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs NV Grand Cru – £49.50 (125ml glass £10.00) – Half bottle – £27.50       

One hundred percent Chardonnay from one hundred percent rated vineyards. From the legendary village that delivers two of Champagne’s most famous single vineyard wines – Salon and Krug’s Clos de Mesnil  –  this modest offering comes from the local co-operative. Expect a broad yet vibrant style; full flavoured and well structured. We proudly pour it as our house Champagne.

3) Champagne Rene Jolly NV Rosé Brut – £49.00

Jolly by name, jolly by nature. Produced from vineyards around the village of Landreville in the Aube – Champagne’s often overlooked southern most region. It’s a blend of 50% each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; both vinified white with red wine (from Pinot Noir, of course) added back to give the salmon pink appearance. Full bodied, dry and quite earthy.

White Wines

16) Pinot Grigio 2016 Verga, Veneto – £18.00 (glass 125ml – £3.50/175ml – £4.70/250ml – £6.50)

Delicate in both aromatics and flavours, this is classic north-Italian Pinot Grigio, offering gentle pear, white apple and refreshing citrus. A very drinkable dry white.

10) Semillon/Chardonnay 2013 Aldridge Estate – £19.00 (glass 125ml – £3.65/175ml – £4.90/250ml – £6.80)

Chardonnay, the great white grape of Burgundy, and Semillon, key in the sweet wines of Sauternes, are both well-travelled varieties, and both have been adopted enthusiastically by Australian vintners. Together, the two make a full-bodied white wine with waxy, tropical flavours.

18) Villiera Chenin Blanc 2014 Stellenbosch – £19.00

South Africa’s true signature grape variety. This example comes from one of the largest and most consistent estates in Stellenbosch. Winning countless awards for their great value wines, this Chenin Blanc is dry, crisp and delicate. Certainly a wine that can be enjoyed by itself, it would also match most of our lighter dishes.

13) Chateau Fontareche, VdP d’Oc Viognier 2016 – £19.00

Wow.  I am not sure that it is possible to find a better balanced, more gorgeous Viognier than this delightful example from Château Fontarèche, one of the oldest Estates in the Languedoc-Roussilllon.  Elegant, perfumed, balanced and just a joy to be acquainted with!

12) Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Casas Del Bosque, Casablanca, Chile – £19.50 (glass 125ml – £3.75/175ml – £5.00/250ml – £6.95)

Lovers of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc should not be disappointed. Winemaker, Grant Phelps is a Kiwi and has been working in Chile for the past decade, crafting one of the country’s best Sauvignon’s from the cooler Casablanca Valley.

22) Seigel Mosel Riesling QbA 2015 – £20.00 (glass 125ml – £3.80/175ml – £5.10/250ml – £7.10)

Produced by the undisputed King of the Mosel, Erni Loosen. The Riesling here is grown on impossibly steep slopes along a stretch of hillside above Loosen’s native village of Bernkastel, with the resulting wines so clean and pure they can almost make you weep. This ‘classic’ Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebeite (that’s QbA to you and me) has refreshingly low alcohol and is distinguished by the precision of residual sugar with acidity. Best enjoyed outside of food; sit back, relax and take a long, cool sip. It might even bring a tear to your eye.

5) Picpoul de Pinet 2016 Domaine de Felines-Jourdan – £20.25 (glass 125ml – £3.80/175ml – £5.10/250ml – £7.10)

Picpoul, or ‘lip-stinger’ as it’s known locally, is the Muscadet of the Languedoc. Bone dry with an immediate, gratifying fruitiness this is delicious by itself but also great with shellfish. Dangerously gluggable. Take a sip, sit back, close your eyes and immediately you are lying drunk on the back seat of a Citroen 2CV somewhere on the Golfe de Lion.

7) Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2014 Dom la Haute Fevrie – £21.00

If there was ever a wine out of fashion it’s this. Overlooked by our obsession for Sauvignon and Chardonnay, poor old Muscadet has been left in the corner and forgotten. What you have here is one of the world’s greatest vinous bargains.  It is fresh and sparky, with elegant fruit, subtle minerality and surprising length.

8) Terroirs des Chateaux Forts 2014 Rolly-Gassmann – £22.50 (glass 125ml – £4.15/175ml – £5.65/250ml – £7.90)

This is Alsace for beginners. An erogenous blend of Auxerrois, (30%) Gewurztraminer and a token splash of each of Pinot Gris and Riesling give a full, intense, ripe and spicy – slightly sweet – pot-pourri of a wine. Great versatility here; to be enjoyed by itself, or with some of our more spicy and Asian inspired dishes. Biodynamic-uncertified.

11) Mount Franklin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 New Zealand  –   £21.50

This is fresh & lively with expressive flavours of citrus & gooseberry, balanced with fresh herbal characters.

20) Dr Melck & the Spiders from SARS 2014 Stellenbosch – £21.50

The inspiration for the title of the latest Liberator release comes from David Bowie’s seminal 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The wine is a Cape White Blend; 46% Chenin, 23% Sauvignon, 19% Verdelho, 8% Viognier and 4% Semillon cleverly combined to produce a stunningly well-balanced wine, full of richness, complexity and texture.

6) Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2014 Riccardo Falchini – £22.00

Most Italian white wines have one thing in common. They taste of nothing. This is a bit different. Dry and nutty with a fresh, pithy finish.  So you see, there is life beyond Pinot Grigio.

14) Albarino, Igrexario De Saiar 2016 – £24.50

How can you not fall head over heels in love with this wine from Rias Baixas in Spain?  Move aside Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin and co, and come hither Albarino.  A delicately creamy but intense wine, with apples, lemons, white flowers, honey and a refreshing minerality all combining to make what is a truly exquisite wine.

15) Sancerre 2015 Daniel Chotard – £31.00

A man of many talents; not only can Daniel serenade your palate with this wonderfully dry and crisp Sauvignon Blanc, he might also one day be standing in the corner of the bar doing the same on his accordion. Apart from being one of the most respected growers in Sancerre, he’s also an excellent jazz pianist and guitarist.

17) Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2013 Duplessis – £36.00

Lilian is a particularly silly name if you happen to be a boy. That said, he and his father make classic, old fashioned Chablis raised in both barrel and tank. This comes from a classic vintage and shows the true character of the year. A complex and elegant wine with a richness of fruit, balanced by a lovely freshness and minerality.

19) Pouilly-Fuisse ‘La Frairie a Solutré 2014 Domaine Auvigue – £38.50

In past times, the hunter-gatherers of the Maconnais used to herd wild animals towards the massive cliff that is the Solutré. Their ancient remains can still be found scattered around its base. This broadly flavoured, barrel-fermented Chardonnay has leanings more towards the oatmealy style of Meursault further north.  Traditional and classic white Burgundy.

Rosé

31)  Aubun Rosé 2014 VdP des Alpilles, Domaine de Lansac – £20.00 (glass 125ml – £3.80/175ml – £5.10/250ml- £7.10)   

Not a grape variety you come across often (if truth be known, I had never heard of “Aubun” before I was introduced to this wine!), but not one to be overlooked. Very pale pink in colour, this is one for those of you who prefer a more delicate, elegant and subtle Rose in place of a richer and juicier style. It is a very feminine (and classy with it!) wine, with ripe raspberries and dried rose petal flavours. Deliciously long.

 

33) ‘Les Volcans’ Gamay-Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 Cave Saint Verny – £19.25                                                                            
France’s lost wine region. Located at the very centre of the country, the Auvergne is it’s green lung. More famous for its cheese and mineral waters than its vineyards, it was once the third largest wine producing area. Deeply rural and fractioned, the vines that remain run along a chain of dormant volcanos, which gives this wine its name. Gamay and Pinot Noir have been traditionally blended to produce the region’s red and rosé wines. Dry and fresh, with an underlying sense of the volcanic soils on which it is grown, it is a true expression of the Auvergne itself.

Red Wines

41) Grenache/Syrah 2015  Domaine Felines-Jourdan – £18.00 (glass 125ml – £3.50/175ml – £4.70/250ml – £6.50)

Sick of Shiraz from the New World, but still like the leathery spiciness and berry fruit typical of this grape variety, otherwise known as Syrah?   Then look no further – this is an incredibly appealing wine, with a softness and ripeness of fruit thanks to the Grenache blended in, but still holding on to the pepperiness and explosive fruit of the Syrah.  A perfect partnership made in wine!

40) El Caminito Malbec 2016   Argentina – £18.00 (glass 125ml – £3.50/175ml – £4.70/250ml – £6.50)

It is at the foot of the Andes at an altitude of between 700 and 1500 metres that the Malbec vine has found its ideal conditions.  The chalky soil, formed by alluvial deposits, and a dry, sunny climate with significant temperature variations between night and day produce such an elegant wine.

43) Bradgate Cabernet-Merlot 2013 Jordan Est. Stellenbosch, S.A. – £19.50 (glass 125ml – £3.75/175ml – £5.00/250ml – £6.95)

Anybody here from Leicester?  Gary Jordan’s great, great grandfather was. He left Groby with the objective of putting shoes on Africa. He did it pretty well, with the proceeds helping the family to purchase this Stellenbosch farm. In his honour, Gary named the wine Bradgate, after the eponymous park, which overlooks the city.  Enough nostalgia. The wine is lovely. Pure with bright red fruit and a dangerous underlying acidity. Kick your shoes off, sink back in your seat and enjoy.

42) Torre de Barreda 2014 VdT de la Tierra de Castella – £20.00 (glass 125ml – £3.80/175ml – £5.10/250ml – £7.10)

From the dust bowl that is La Mancha. Forty-five year old bush vine Cencibel (better known to you and me as Tempranillo) is aged in American oak to give those distinctive red fruit and vanilla flavours that can only be Spanish. Legend has it that before Juan de la Barreda started to bottle his own wine, this all used to be trucked up to a slightly more famous region.

45) 7even Pinotage 2014 Zevenwacht Est,Stellenbosch S.A. – £20.00

Afrikaans Lesson # 287 – Zevenwacht meaning ‘seven expectations’. Now, there’s a prize if you can work out what they are. In the meantime, whilst you’re thinking, why not get stuck in to a bottle of the broad, soft, easy drinking red. The Pinotage grape is a South African classic; a cross between Pinot Noir (for breed and elegance) and Cinsault (historically known as Hermitage in the Cape) – for its gamey earthiness.

49) Shiraz/Cabernet 2012 Aldridge Estate, Australia – £20.00

A flavourful palate of savoury stewed plums and blackcurrant merging into lingering vanilla oak flavours.

44) Gamay 2013 Cotes d’Auvergne, Cave Saint-Verny – £22.00

Just two sets of hills away from the Beaujolais, the Auvergne remains France’s ‘lost’ wine region.  The wine drinks like a Cru:  Morgon or Moulin â Vent come to mind, but at about half the cost.  Watch out for the smoky finish, derived from the basalt soils of the region. The vineyards, after all, are planted on a chain of (thankfully) extinct volcanoes.  Serious Gamay.

52) Villiera Merlot 2014 Stellenbosch – £23.00

It used to be said that one could count good examples of South African Merlot on the fingers of a mitten, but things have changed of late. This medium-full bodied wine is full of bramble and plummy fruit, with just enough tannin and grip to give it some density and structure.

54) Chianti 2014 Colli Senesi, Falchini – £24.00

You don’t have to spend a lot to drink a really good Chianti, as long as you choose well. Made from the savoury Sangiovese grape just outside the beautiful Tuscan town of San Gimignano, this is a beautifully balanced, harmonious wine with firm yet elegant Sangiovese tannins.  A wine to seduce your palate and warm your heart.

46) Rioja Crianza 2014 Vina Amezola, Spain – £25.00

Ah, this is how Rioja used to taste. This could actually carry the designation ‘Reserva’ given its extended aging in old American and French oak barrels, but thankfully for us they bottle it as a modest crianza. Old vine Tempranillo, coupled with the localised Graciano and Mazuelo, offers an old fashioned style of Rioja.  A light appearance belies its silky texture and delicate charm.

51) Quando Pinot Noir 2012 Robertson – £25.00

A recent addition in Robertson, Pinot Noir is slowly beginning to gain some recognition as the vines age and begin to flourish on the limestone soils of the region. Fanus Bruwer is the sixth generation to have worked the land here. He’s been making this Pinot Noir since the 2009 vintage, although this is his best example to date. Medium bodied with some noticeable oak, it displays the bright cherry fruit of the variety.

53) Quinta do Passadouro 2013 Vinho Tinto, Douro, Portugal – £29.00

Probably better known for their Port, this farm hidden up in the hills beyond Porto produces table wines from a host of different and indigenous varieties. It’s wild and a touch rustic, with black fruits and a sense of the heat from whence it comes. Highly individual and recommended.

48) Chateau du Pavillon 2011 Canon-Fronsac – £30.00

Canon-Fronsac is a satellite commune of Saint-Emilion and given no one has ever heard of it, means that great bargains are to be found here. This Merlot-driven example is no exception. This is classic Claret, with flavours of lead pencils and cedar wood.

55) Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition 2013 Domaine la Boutiniere – £37.00

Frederic Boutin’s great grandfather created this Domaine in 1929.  Made with 70% old vine Grenache, Cinsault, Mouvedre & Syrah this is wonderfully elegant with all the classic notes of spice and dark fruit.  Delicious.

58) Chateau la Croix des Moines 2012  Lalande de Pomerol    Half bottle – £18.50

Château La Croix de Moines is in the heart of the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and has been owned by Jean-Louis Trocard  since 1976. His ancestors have owned vineyards in Bordeaux since the XVIth century.  Merlot driven with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  The grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are matured in oak barrels for 14 months.

Fine Claret

61) Château La Tour Saint-Bonnet 2005 Cru Bourgeois Médoc – £54.00

The vines from this 100 acre vineyard located in the commune of Saint-Christoly are well located on a gravel ridge close to the river Gironde. The house style is for wines that are firm, full-bodied and concentrated and this excellent 2005 is no exception. Now approaching maturity, the wine scores well on the price-quality scale. Serious and traditional claret.

67) Château Poujeaux 1988 Grand Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel, Haut-Médoc – £63.00

Close to Chasse-Spleen in the commune of Moulis, Poujeaux produces rich, full-bodied reds from its 120 acres of vineyards. Equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (35% of each), the wines are distinguished with the presence of a relatively high proportion of Petit Verdot.

63) Château Potensac 1990 Grand Bougeois Médoc – £68.00

The perpetually reliable Potensac is generally acknowledged as being the minor property most capable of challenging many of the Classed Growth estates in quality. As is usual in this part of Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant grape at around 50%. The balance is from equal amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Now mature, this comes from the outstanding 1990 vintage.

Dessert Wine

82) Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV (37.5cl) – £24.50 (125ml glass £8.65)

Located at the top-end of Victoria, the Stanton’s left their native Suffolk in the mid-1800s in search of gold. When the seam at Rutherglen was exhausted the family turned to farming and grape-growing. For the past century, Rutherglen has been famed for its ‘stickies’. There can be no better match for our Sticky Toffee Pudding.

81) Maury Solera 1928 Les Vignerons de Maury (50cl bottle) – £30.00 (125ml glass £8.00)

Maury is a small, undistinguished town about 30km west of Perpignan and sits on a plain at the foot of the Pyrenees. Its claim to fame is for producing these wonderful old sherry-like wines, produced from Grenache, that have been aged in barrels forever. These are rich and savoury with great viscosity, and one of the very, very few wines that match with dark chocolate. Being so oxidised in barrel they are virtually indestructible once in bottle. The wines are made by a system of fractional blending, being refreshed at intervals as small volumes are withdrawn and then topped up with younger wine.