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  • Racines Santa Rita Hills Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018

    £57.99

    “The 2018 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills Cuvee is a gorgeous appellation-level wine. Crushed flowers, mint, sage, cedar, tobacco, star anise and rose petal give the 2018 a striking aromatic upper register. Savory, deep and yet light on its feet, the 2018 has so much to offer. This is such a pretty wine, and a terrific introduction to both the vintage and the Racines lineup. Vineyard sites are Domaine de la Côte, Encantada and a few barrels from S&B. Drink: 2020-2030. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/20)

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  • Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013

    £27.75

    “The flagship red 2013 Reserva, the wine most people call simply Remelluri, was cropped from a cool, wet, challenging year, and it has a little less alcohol and higher acidity than the previous harvest. It had an élevage of 20 months in oak barriques. It has an herbal twist reflecting the conditions of the year, and it is developed and polished. It has the grippy, Nebbiolo-like tannins that are a signature of the Remelluri wines, a little more evident in a year like 2013. A Remelluri for food. 214,321 bottled produced. It was bottled in April 2016. Drink: 2019-2013. 93 points

    Remelluri is Telmo Rodríguez’s family’s property in Rioja. He returned in 2010 to take over the management from his father together with his sister Amaia. Since then, he and his business partner Pablo Eguzkiza have implemented many changes that can now be seen in the wines. I got up to date with all the missing vintages of all the wines produced at the property, so I tasted a couple of vintages of most of the wines, which is always good for comparison’s sake. I see the evolution of the different years, and I look forward to taste the 2016 versions of wines like the Remelluri Reserva and the Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, because what I see in the other wines points at a great development and improvement through meticulous work and small changes in the vineyards and winery.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)

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  • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2019

    £57.99

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2019

    £39.99

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  • Rossignol-Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2018

    £43.25

    “The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes comes from vines averaging 60 years of age, within nine parcels that are representative of the appellation. It has a lovely bouquet of undergrowth scents percolating through red berry fruit that is slightly darker than the Bourgogne Rouge, the 50% whole cluster nicely integrated. The lightly spiced palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and an elegant finish that exerts gentle grip. Give it two or three years in bottle. Drinking window: 2021-2032. 89-91 points

    Rossignol-Trapet is a domaine that is starting to step up a few gears in recent years. Their wines have performed impressively during the annual Burgfest blind tastings, a perfect litmus test to see who’s really doing the business inside the bottle. I met with brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol who gave me the lowdown on the growing season. “We started the harvest on 4 September until 12 September, commencing in Beaune and then through the Gevrey appellation, finishing with the Latricières-Chambertin. We used around 40-50% whole bunch except for the Bourgogne Rouge, the stems helping to add freshness and longevity. The wines underwent a two week cuvaison, the colour coming easily. There were some cuvées that took a while to finish their alcoholic fermentation, though they all eventually ended with zero sugar. The premier crus are all raised in around 25% new oak, the village crus will be bottled in February, the premier crus in March and the grand crus in April. I think it is a good idea to have a good length of élevage.””

    Neal Martin, Vinous (01/20)

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  • San Lorenzo Il San Lorenzo Bianco 2009

    £74.99

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  • Santadi Terre Brune 2016

    £45.99

    “The 2016 Carignano del Sulcis Superiore Terre Brune is a beauty. It takes its time opening in the glass, at first wafting up with hints of blackberry, currants and smoke. Further swirling reveals a deeper display of violet pastille, giving way to black cherries, wild herbs and crushed stone. It’s velvety in texture, fleshing out across the palate with a staining of rich dark fruits and minerals under an air of lavender and purple-tinged florals. A fine coating of tannin settles in, creating a youthfully structured feel, and a bitter twang of savory spice. Salted licorice lingers incredibly long. The 2016 Terre Brune is classic to the core, but it will require some cellaring to soften and come fully into focus. Drinking window: 2023-2032. 94 points”

    Eric Guido, Vinous (06/21)

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  • Suenen Extra Brut C+C Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru N.V.

    £69.95

    “From Suenen’s holdings Cramant and Chouilly, where the soils are deeper than in Oiry, the NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru C + C is based on the 2016 vintage and was disgorged in June 2019 with three grams per liters dosage. Unwinding in the glass with scents of sweet pastry, yellow apples, spices, white flowers and almonds, it’s medium-bodied, precise and racy, with tangy acids and an attractively fleshy core of fruit, concluding with a saline finish. Drink: 2020-2035. 93 points

    Abandoning a career as a semi-professional basketball player, Aurélien Suenen returned to his family estate in 2008. Beginning with a range of non-vintage bottles, he began producing lieu-dit bottlings from his most characterful, optimally sited parcels with the 2013 vintage. Certified organic from 2020 onwards, his vins clairs are vinified in tanks, concrete eggs and used barrels from Damy, complemented by some purchased wood from Stockinger. Tirage takes place after nine to 10 months on the lees, and nothing is released onto the market until it has seen just as long as that on cork after disgorgement. Suenen’s progress has been thrilling to watch—I’ve been following him since my student days—and the wines reviewed here are the finest I’ve seen to date from this immensely promising talent. Readers will find much to admire.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (03/21)

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  • Telmo Rodriguez As Caborcas 2017

    £54.99

    “As Caborcas is a north-facing vineyard planted a long time ago with a field blend that was used to produce the 2017 As Caborcas red, which has moderate alcohol and a tender, soft mouthfeel. It fermented in small stainless steel and a 3,000-kilo oak vat with indigenous yeasts and then matured in 1,500- and 2,000-liter oak foudres for 15 months. The nose is spectacular, complex, deep and expressive, a little more exuberant than the 2016 but still serious and with the stony austerity. It’s rich and juicy in its Galician granite way, with fine, slightly dusty tannins. Think of this as somewhere in between 2015 and 2016. 2,665 bottles were filled in June 2019. Drink: 2020-2027. 96 points

    COVID-19 has meant a change in my tasting schedule, in some cases for good and in others for bad. I didn’t have the chance to taste the whole Telmo Rodríguez portfolio of wines like I had started doing last year, and I only tasted the wines from Gredos and Galicia to publish with the regional reports from those regions. But now that semi-normal activity resumed, the wines are hitting the market, and people have been receiving offers and asking about them. So, I asked him if he’d like to taste the rest of the wines. The wines from Gredos and Valdeorras are just a repetition of the notes I already published a few weeks ago and are included here for completeness, while the rest are tasted for the first time.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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  • Telmo Rodriguez Falcoeira A Capilla 2015

    £47.99

    “The 2015 Falcoeira A Capilla had a strong balsamic streak. This is the first vintage fermented in open oak vat and matured in foudre, and it might have changed its personality a bit. This is from a south-facing vineyard, the earliest to be harvested of the three reds. The vineyard is planted with young vines on very poor granite soils, and the plants suffer in the summer, perhaps more in line with the reds from Ribeira Sacra across the river than the other reds, with an austere sensation and a Mediterranean twist, perhaps marked by the character of the vintage with notes of rockrose, soy sauce and iodine. The vineyard is slowly finding its balance, and I found more character here—and even more elegance and finesse—than in 2014. 2,625 bottles were filled in May 2016. Drink: 2019-2023. 93+ points

    Telmo Rodríguez’s wines from Valdeorras keep improving, especially the ones coming from new plantings, as the vineyards settle and the plants get better balanced. The 2015 reds are ripe and powerful, a touch more Mediterranean than 2014. This time the As Caborcas outshone the O Diviso.

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (241)

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  • Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso Arrebatacapas 2015

    £59.99

    “For the first time, they have isolated the one plot that for them shows the pure character of the Arrebatacapas slope in Cebreros to bottle the 2015 Pegaso Arrebatacapas. The palate is a lot fresher, with pungent flavors, nice integration of the oak, it has good ripeness, nice balance and ripe tannins with a stony sensation. The mostly destemmed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts and the wine matured in used oak. The one thing that is different about this wine is the texture, provided by the quality of the tannins. 1,100 bottles produced. The 2015s were bottled in July 2017 and the price had not yet been set. Drink: 2019-2026. 95 points

    There is a new bottling from the higher altitude plot of the Arrebatacapas slope in Cebreros. In general, the wines are moving towards more freshness and approachability, even in the warm vintage like 2015.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (240)

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  • Telmo Rodriguez Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra 2017

    £36.99

    “The explosive nose of the 2017 Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra is all thyme and flowers, really expressive, aromatic and redolent of the herbs found in the surroundings of the Gredos Mountains. It’s especially representative of the Mediterranean character of the year. It has powerful aromatics that keep growing in the glass, floral and spicy, with notes that are reminiscent of curry, nutmeg and Jamaica pepper. It’s very showy and intoxicating, with the tight tannins of the slate soils—they are chalky and finer grained than the slightly coarser tannins from granite. I am really impressed by this 2017, which is as good or better than the 2016. Bravo! 2,800 bottles were filled in July 2018. Drink: 2020-2025. 95+ points

    COVID-19 has meant a change in my tasting schedule, in some cases for good and in others for bad. I didn’t have the chance to taste the whole Telmo Rodríguez portfolio of wines like I had started doing last year, and I only tasted the wines from Gredos and Galicia to publish with the regional reports from those regions. But now that semi-normal activity resumed, the wines are hitting the market, and people have been receiving offers and asking about them. So, I asked him if he’d like to taste the rest of the wines. The wines from Gredos and Valdeorras are just a repetition of the notes I already published a few weeks ago and are included here for completeness, while the rest are tasted for the first time.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/20)

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