Welcome to our 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 our tasting notes will aid your experimentation. Enjoy!
7 December 2019
Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina – £24.00 (glass 125ml: £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.
Champagne Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs NV Grand Cru – £49.50 (glass 125ml: £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.
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 southernmost 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.
Pinot Grigio 2018 Verga, Veneto – £19.00 (glass 125ml: £3.65; 175ml – £4.90; 250ml – £6.80)
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.
Chardonnay 2017 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.
Chateau Fontareche, VdP d’Oc Viognier 2017 – £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!
Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Casas Del Bosque, Casablanca, Chile – £20.00 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
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.
Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Côtes de Gascogne, France – £20.00 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml: £7.10)
To smell, we happily find the typical aromas of Sauvignon with richer and softer connotations. A smell that combines sweetness and freshness. To taste, the wine proclaims its richness with a sweet and fleshy bouquet. Then the texture binds itself with more bubbly and light sensations creating a lovely minerality. The taste lingers in the mouth and at the finish we discover honey-like and compotes sensations. A perfect balance of liveliness and sweetness. All the same it remains a dry wine at the end.
Walt Riesling 2017 – £21.00 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
This wine takes its name from Walter Siegel, who was one of the pioneers of German Riesling. Hence the name is a homage to “Walt”! Produced under the auspices of Dr Ernie Loosen in his estate in the Phalz in the south of Germany bordered by the Vosges mountains, the result is a deliciously fresh and with the zippy acidity balanced with the fruit of the Riesling. Ideal as an aperitif or with fusion food with gentle spices that makes a great combination. Enjoy!
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2016 Dom la Haute Fevrie – £22.50
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.
Picpoul de Pinet 2018 Domaine de Felines-Jourdan – £23.00 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml – £8.10)
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 du Lion.
Terroirs des Chateaux Forts 2016 Rolly-Gassmann – £26.00 (glass 125ml: £4.80; 175ml: £6.50; 250ml: £9.10)
This is Alsace for beginners. An exciting 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.
Mount Franklin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 New Zealand – £22.00
This is fresh & lively with expressive flavours of citrus & gooseberry, balanced with fresh herbal characters.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016 Riccardo Falchini – £24.00
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.
Albarino, Igrexario De Saiar 2017 – £26.00
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.
Sancerre 2017 Daniel Chotard – £32.00
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.
Pouilly-Fuisse ‘La Frairie a Solutré 2015 Domaine Auvigue – £45.00
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.
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2016 Duplessis – £49.00
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.
Bertier Rose Grenache Syrah 2017 – £19.00 (glass 125ml: £3.65; 175ml: £4.90; 250ml: £6.80)
From the low hills behind Cap d’Agde overlooking the Mediterranean comes this deliciously dry and fruity rose.
Pinot Noir Rosé 2017 IGP Puy de Dome, Cave Saint-Verny – £23.50
You’re more likely to find a bottle of local mineral water on your table than the regional wine when dining in the Auvergne. This, after all, is the home of both Perrier and Volvic. Located just three hour’s drive south of Sancerre, the soils might be different, but the quality and style is at least comparable. Bone dry with a distinct mineral core, enjoy by itself or with a summer salad.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, 2018 Phalz – £23.00 (glass 125ml: £4.30; 175ml: £5.80; 250ml: £8.10)
This estate is owned by Ernie Loosen, but Sumi and Patrick make these wines from this highly regarded estate. The Phalz region is one of the driest regions in Germany as protected by the Hardt Mountains. It has Strawberry tones, salmon pink, soft mouth feel, and crisp freshness at the finish. Ideal to enjoy on its own or with slightly spicier dishes but will give pleasure with whatever it accompanies.
Grenache/Syrah 2016 Domaine Felines-Jourdan – £18.50 (glass 125ml: £3.60; 175ml: £4.80; 250ml – £6.65)
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!
Deep purple colour. Black cherry, with violets characterises the nose of this young Merlot. The aromas are fresh, intense and attractive. On the palate it is rich with lots of supple tannins and a powerful aromatic intensity on the finish with black fruits, floral notes and a touch of spice.
Nuestra Cabana Malbec 2018 – £20.00 (glass 125ml: £3.80; 175ml: £5.10; 250ml – £7.10)
Grown in the foothills of the Andes, this superb Malbec boasts flavours of ripe black cherries and plums with aromas of chocolate and sweet spice. This full bodied red is a perfect match for all manner of meat dishes, but equally rewarding on its own.
Torre de Barreda 2016 VdT de la Tierra de Castella – £22.00 (glass 125ml: £4.15; 175ml: £5.60; 250ml: £7.70)
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.
Bradgate Cabernet-Merlot 2014 Jordan Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £21.00 (glass 125ml: £3.95; 175ml: £5.30; 250ml: £7.40)
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.
7even Pinotage 2016 Zevenwacht Est. Stellenbosch S.A. – £21.50
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.
Gamay 2014 Cotes d’Auvergne, Cave Saint-Verny – £23.00
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.
Chianti 2015 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.
Rioja Crianza 2016 Vina Amezola, Spain – £28.00
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.
Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir 2016 – £27.00
One of the longest standing family in the Rheinhessen district, and the cellars overlook the Rhine. It has attractive red cherry character, with no oak to make this a charming lighter Pinot Noir – it is a delightful not serious Pinot ideal for drinking with any lighter meats, chicken, and also fish such as salmon. Best to serve slightly chilled.
Chateau Lucas 2014, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux – £28.00
Dense meaty nose with liquorice and fennel, cedar and black fruits, a very attractive, drink now Bordeaux.
Howard’s Folly, Sonhador 2012, Portugal – £30.00
Howard’s Folly is a small producer of wine from the Alentejo region of Portugal. Aromas of dark berry fruits with smoke and chocolate notes. Smooth, full bodied and well balanced with a compact tannin structure.
Quinta do Passadouro 2014 Vinho Tinto, Douro, Portugal – £34.00
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.
Chateau du Pavillon 2011 Canon-Fronsac – £34.00
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.
Chateau des Gravieres 2016, France – Half Bottle £18.00
Deep garnet-red with a slightly woody and toasted nose and aromas of prunes and liquorice. Fleshy, robust and well-balanced in the mouth with a firm, lengthy finish.
Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition 2016 Domaine la Boutiniere – £39.00
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.
Maury Solera 1928 Les Vignerons de Maury (50cl bottle) – £32.00 (125ml glass: £8.50)
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.
Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV (37.5cl bottle) – £25.00 (125ml glass: £8.80)
Located at the top-end of Victoria, the Stantons 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.