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  • A Tour de France Mixed Case

    £388.05

    Twelve wines from some of France’s best producers.

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  • A.J. Adam Dhroner Has’chen Riesling Kabinett 2022

    £35.95

    Review to follow

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  • A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Auslese * 2019

    £55.95

    “Based on grapes with 50% botrytis and selected twice—in the vineyard and on a sorting table in the boutique winery—the 2019 Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Auslese * is clear and concentrated on the delicate and elegant nose that reveals fine, slatey-piquant raisin and Riesling fruit that is pure and flinty. On the palate, this is a crystalline, very fine and filigreed Auslese with a salty-piquant, precise and lemon-fresh finish. This will be a Gold Capsule next year since Adam joined the VDP earlier this year. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. 94 points

    Andreas Adam is a member of the VDP starting this year, and from the 2020 vintage, he is also the producer of at least one Grosses Gewächs, maybe more. Andreas and Barbara Adams cope quite well with difficult vintages like 2019. Although the yield was only 45 hectoliters per hectare (instead of an average of 50-55 hectoliters per hectare) due to the strict post-rainfall selections, the qualities are again excellent, especially the fine and very fine Auslese selections and the Beerenauslese from the Dhroner Hofberg. Botrytis wines are not exactly the goal of the Adam siblings, but they could not be prevented last year. They even harvested an ice wine during the blood moon night on January 20 of this year. A Reserve wine from the Dhroner Hofberg from the 2018 vintage is also new. Otherwise, the other dry wines of the 2019 vintage are also excellent.

    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (10/20)

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  • A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Auslese 2011 (375ml)

    £55.95

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  • A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Kabinett Alte Reben 2022

    £67.95

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  • A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Spatlese 2020

    £39.95

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  • A.J. Adam Goldtropfchen Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2022

    £64.95

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  • A.J. Adam In Der Sangerei Riesling Feinherb 2020

    £34.95

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  • A.J. Adam Piesporter Goldtrofpchen Kabinett 2022

    £35.95

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  • Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran Vieilles Vignes 2015

    £39.95

    “As readers will know, I’m now covering the French South West. This is a wine region with a reputation for providing exceptional value for money, and I’m excited at the prospect of highlighting its outstanding features in forthcoming articles. However, before embarking on this project, I wish to alert those of you who have a particular affinity for gutsy, characterful wines of Madiran to a significant development involving the leading producer of the appellation and, indeed, of the whole South West.

    The formidable Alain Brumont, an innovative and visionary producer of exceptional dynamism whose properties Château Montus and Château Bouscassé became household names for the whole region on the international stage, has now been joined by his stepson, Antoine Veiry.

    Antoine is a deft and accomplished young winemaker who has amassed a wealth of experience from working in Bordeaux (Château Carmes Haut-Brion and Château Mangot), Burgundy (with Maison Joseph Drouhin) and for a number of other estates worldwide. He is now bringing a fresh perspective while remaining steadfastly attached to the estate’s heritage—which includes championing the local Tannat grape variety—and preserving but refining his stepfather’s style.

    The soon-to-be-released 2018 will be his debut vintage as winemaker for the wines of Montus and Bouscassé, and it intimates that Veiry is bringing a fresh stylistic impetus to the domaines. From his time in Bordeaux, he picked up the art of preserving a wine’s depth and structure while conferring a velvety texture to its tannins, a quality that is all the more welcome when the tannin-rich Tannat grape is concerned.

    In the vineyards, viticulture has become more precise with the help of horses for plowing; each plot is treated individually in function of its soil type, and the emphasis remains on careful picking of each block at the right time, which extends the harvest period.

    In the cellar, sulfite additions are now delayed until as late as possible after the conclusion of malolactic fermentation to allow the wines to become more resilient and pure.

    The exhilarating result is an inspiring range of wines with considerable youthful appeal but also notable aging potential and which speak clearly of their origins without any excess of extraction or new oak to confuse the message.

    In this ongoing transformation, Vignobles Brumont is embracing change to reinvigorate the estate. While this evolution will certainly make these wines more appealing to contemporary tastes, the changes represent refinement and adaptation rather that revolution. If Veiry can repeat this performance, year in and year out, I suspect that Montus and Bouscassé will reemerge as a magnet to draw consumers to the wines of the South West in general, and to those produced from the Tannnat grape in particular.

    It should be obvious that I am enthused by Antoine’s contribution as an agent of change. He is a hard-working and skilled vigneron, one who understands the importance of the tiniest details that will make the difference between a good wine and a great one. Despite the challenges posed by the sweltering weather of 2018 and the mildew-laden conditions that prevailed in the vineyards here (as in Bordeaux), the maiden vintage of Montus and Bouscassé under Antoine’s stewardship has proven to be outstanding, even though the well-structured XL cuvée does exhibit the classic formidably robust tannins with which the Tannat grape is associated.

    Forthcoming investments will include the construction of a new winery, leading me to have the utmost confidence that Montus et Bouscassé will continue to number among France’s most eminent wines—an assertion fortified by the grandeur of the wines from past vintages such as 1989, 1990, 1985, and 2000, which continue to showcase the estate’s vast potential for quality-driven production.”

    Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (08/23)

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  • Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran 2018

    £33.95

    “Exhibiting notions of spices, tobacco, blackberries, licorice and herbs, the 2018 Château Montus is medium to full-bodied, broad and enveloping, with a fleshy core of fruit framed by fine tannins that gently assert themselves on the finish. More intense and tense than the 2018 Bouscassé, it needs a couple of years in the bottle to chill out, but you can already see the potential. This is a blend of 80% Tannat, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc sourced from vines planted on pebbles and clay soils, matured 36 months in barrels, of which 40% are new. Drink: 2023-2043. 94 points

    As readers will know, I’m now covering the French South West. This is a wine region with a reputation for providing exceptional value for money, and I’m excited at the prospect of highlighting its outstanding features in forthcoming articles. However, before embarking on this project, I wish to alert those of you who have a particular affinity for gutsy, characterful wines of Madiran to a significant development involving the leading producer of the appellation and, indeed, of the whole South West.

    The formidable Alain Brumont, an innovative and visionary producer of exceptional dynamism whose properties Château Montus and Château Bouscassé became household names for the whole region on the international stage, has now been joined by his stepson, Antoine Veiry.

    Antoine is a deft and accomplished young winemaker who has amassed a wealth of experience from working in Bordeaux (Château Carmes Haut-Brion and Château Mangot), Burgundy (with Maison Joseph Drouhin) and for a number of other estates worldwide. He is now bringing a fresh perspective while remaining steadfastly attached to the estate’s heritage—which includes championing the local Tannat grape variety—and preserving but refining his stepfather’s style.

    The soon-to-be-released 2018 will be his debut vintage as winemaker for the wines of Montus and Bouscassé, and it intimates that Veiry is bringing a fresh stylistic impetus to the domaines. From his time in Bordeaux, he picked up the art of preserving a wine’s depth and structure while conferring a velvety texture to its tannins, a quality that is all the more welcome when the tannin-rich Tannat grape is concerned.

    In the vineyards, viticulture has become more precise with the help of horses for plowing; each plot is treated individually in function of its soil type, and the emphasis remains on careful picking of each block at the right time, which extends the harvest period.

    In the cellar, sulfite additions are now delayed until as late as possible after the conclusion of malolactic fermentation to allow the wines to become more resilient and pure.

    The exhilarating result is an inspiring range of wines with considerable youthful appeal but also notable aging potential and which speak clearly of their origins without any excess of extraction or new oak to confuse the message.

    In this ongoing transformation, Vignobles Brumont is embracing change to reinvigorate the estate. While this evolution will certainly make these wines more appealing to contemporary tastes, the changes represent refinement and adaptation rather that revolution. If Veiry can repeat this performance, year in and year out, I suspect that Montus and Bouscassé will reemerge as a magnet to draw consumers to the wines of the South West in general, and to those produced from the Tannnat grape in particular.

    It should be obvious that I am enthused by Antoine’s contribution as an agent of change. He is a hard-working and skilled vigneron, one who understands the importance of the tiniest details that will make the difference between a good wine and a great one. Despite the challenges posed by the sweltering weather of 2018 and the mildew-laden conditions that prevailed in the vineyards here (as in Bordeaux), the maiden vintage of Montus and Bouscassé under Antoine’s stewardship has proven to be outstanding, even though the well-structured XL cuvée does exhibit the classic formidably robust tannins with which the Tannat grape is associated.

    Forthcoming investments will include the construction of a new winery, leading me to have the utmost confidence that Montus et Bouscassé will continue to number among France’s most eminent wines—an assertion fortified by the grandeur of the wines from past vintages such as 1989, 1990, 1985, and 2000, which continue to showcase the estate’s vast potential for quality-driven production.”

    Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate (08/23)

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  • Albert Mann Gewurztraminer 2022

    £28.95

    “In 1984, Albert Mann was a small winegrower with just 2.5 hectares/6 acres of vines when his daughter Marie-Claire married Maurice Barthelmé. The domaine had bottled its own wines since 1947, and Maurice Barthelmé set the course for expansion. His brother Jacky Barthelmé joined the company in 1989. The brothers were determined to make quality wine and wanted the best sites. They started applying biodynamic farming methods in 1997 but did not become certified until 2017. Today, the estate owns 25 hectares/62 acres with holdings in seven grand crus and exports to 45 countries. Maurice Barthelmé and Marie-Claire Mann are now retired, and Jacky Barthelmé’s son Antoine has joined the domaine to work in the vineyards and cellar. Pauline Barthelmé, Maurice’s daughter, joined the estate in 2022 on the commercial side. Antoine Barthelmé studied in Beaune and followed this with stints at Alphonse Mellot in Sancerre, Rippon in Central Otago, Stéphane Derenoncourt’s consultancy in Bordeaux and Georges Noëllat in Vosne-Romanée. Domaine Albert Mann planted Pinot Noir in the grand cru sites of Hengst and Pfersigberg as early as 1963; the house is a beacon for that variety today. Albert Mann is another top estate at the vanguard of Alsace. Jacky Barthelmé’s attention to detail is almost obsessive, as is his desire to express his sites. An extraordinary amount of passion informs the ethos of the estate that can be felt in the exceptional and supremely expressive wines – especially in the gorgeous Pinot Noirs.”

    Anne Krebiehl, Vinous (04/23)

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