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  • Kelley Fox Hyland Vineyard Coury Clone Pinot Noir 2017

    £49.99

    “Vivid red. Spice-accented raspberry, cherry and rose pastille aromas, along with hints of woodsmoke, cola and baking spices. Silky and focused on the palate, offering lively red fruit, allspice and floral pastille flavors that deliver power with zero fat. Fine-grained tannins frame a very long, spice-tinged finish that shows outstanding clarity and building florality. 50% whole clusters. Drinking window: 2021-2029. 95 points

    Kelley Fox has successfully navigated the 2018 vintage, which often produced large-scale, dark-fruited wines, crafting a set of graceful, exotically perfumed and balanced wines that in no way suggest that they’re the product of a ripe year. Her ‘18s lean toward her 2016s, 2015s and 2014s in style for their relative depth and power, with plenty of whole cluster influence and an unadorned personality, thanks no doubt to the use of neutral oak.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (08/20)

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  • Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard Royal Ann Block Pinot Noir 2018

    £59.99

    “Limpid magenta. Expansive aromas of ripe red fruits, incense and Asian spices carry smoky mineral and floral overtones. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering alluringly sweet raspberry preserve, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with air. Delivers a compelling blend of power and elegance, finishing with silky, polished tannins and superb clarity and floral-driven persistence. 50% whole clusters. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 95 points

    Kelley Fox has successfully navigated the 2018 vintage, which often produced large-scale, dark-fruited wines, crafting a set of graceful, exotically perfumed and balanced wines that in no way suggest that they’re the product of a ripe year. Her ‘18s lean toward her 2016s, 2015s and 2014s in style for their relative depth and power, with plenty of whole cluster influence and an unadorned personality, thanks no doubt to the use of neutral oak.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (07/20)

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  • Laherte Brut Ultratradition N.V.

    £38.99

    “The NV Brut Ultradition Blanc de Blancs is absolutely gorgeous. At times, Aurelien Laherte’s Champagnes can be a bit austere in their youth, but not here. Readers will find a racy, open-knit Blanc de Blancs that is pure seduction. Citrus confit, white flowers, spice and light tropical accents give the Blanc to Blancs so much allure. This release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015, done in neutral oak, from 30 year-old vines outside Epernay and in the Côte des Blancs. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: December, 2019. Drinking window: 2020-2028. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Laherte Extra Brut Les 7 N.V.

    £79.99

    “The NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne, co-fermented, done in a perpetual reserve style that goes back to 2005. It is one of the most intriguing wines in the range. Citrus, orchard fruit and floral notes abound as this crystalline, taut Champagne reveals its stunning beauty. Les 7 is finished with no dosage, but there is more than enough natural richness to keep the wine in balance. I loved it. Disgorged: February, 2020. Drinking window: 2020-2028. 94 points

    Aurélien Laherte presented a fabulous range of wines this year. That will come as no surprise to readers familiar with the domaine. The variety in this lineup is truly breathtaking. Laherte does so many things well, from his Meunier-based NV cuvées, to the pure Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lieu-dit wines to Rosés to his Les 7 bottling, which is a blend of all seven permitted grapes. These are rich, vinous Champagnes made from organically farmed vineyards, mostly done in oak for the top selections, and bottled with no dosage. I can’t recommend these wines highly enough. For what its worth, I drink them as often as I can.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/20)

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  • Laherte Extra Brut Les Grandes Crayeres Blanc de Blancs 2016

    £79.99

    “A stunning wine, the 2016 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères 1er Cru is also the most impressive wine in this range. Bright and finely sculpted, the 2016 possess dazzling energy to match its mid-weight personality. I very much admire the wine’s drive and precision. The Grandes Crayères emerges from two parcels in Chavot that confer so much tension. It is a stunning Champagne in every way. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020. Drinking window: 2021-2031. 96 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/20)

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  • Laherte Extra Brut Les Vignes d’Autrefois 2014

    £64.99

    “The 2014 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois, 100% Meunier, is powerful and radiant on the palate, with tremendous depth and exceptional overall balance. Mirabelle, kirsch, dried herbs, dried pear and spice notes are front and center. Ethereal, light on its feet and also quite exotic, the 2014 is superb. I would prefer to drink it over the next handful of years. This is a compelling expression of Meunier. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged: January 2018. Drinking window: 2018-2029. 94 points

    These Champagnes reinforce my strongly held view that Aurélien Laherte is one of the most talented vignerons of his generation in Champagne. The range this year is truly stellar. Some of the highlights include the Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (2015 this year), a wine I often buy for my own cellar, the 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères, which is new, and the (2014) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers. Readers who have not tasted these Champagnes owe it to themselves do so. Aurélien Laherte is young, passionate and humble. It is only a matter of time before he is recognized as one of Champagne’s elite vignerons. As for the wines, they are spectacular.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/18)

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  • Laherte Extra Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs N.V.

    £44.75

    “The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs marries power with energy to a degree I have not seen before here. In this edition, the Brut Nature is decidedly powerful and broad, with less of the tension seen in some previous releases. It’s as if all the Chardonnay flavors have been turned up to the maximum. Orange peel, apricot, chamomile and spice are some of the many notes that fill out the layers. The current release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015, all done in neutral oak. Zero dosage. Disgorged: February, 2020. Drinking window: 2020-2026. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/20)

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  • Laherte Extra Brut Rose de Meunier N.V.

    £44.99

    “One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is powerful, vinous and structured. It is also quite reticent and not at all forthcoming. A bit more time in bottle should do the trick, though. Hints of rose petal, mint, game, dried herbs and licorice add intrigue to a Rosé that is at once powerful and laser-like in its focus. There is plenty of Meunier character, and yet the best is very clearly yet to come. The current release is a blend of equal parts 2016 and 2015 done in a pretty unique style that blends 60% white pressed Meunier, 30% rosé de saignée, 10% still red Meunier, an approach that works beautifully here. The Rosé de Meunier is basically the same wine as the Ultradition Rosé, but with lower dosage. Dosage: 2.5 gr/L. Disgorged: October, 2018. Drinking window: 2019-2019. 94 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (12/19)

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  • Laurent Tribut Chablis 2020

    £39.95

    “The 2020 Chablis Village offers up aromas of sweet orchard fruit, fresh bread, citrus oil and blanched almonds. Medium-bright and precise, with a fleshy core of fruit and a saline finish, it’s very promising. 90-92 points

    Laurent Tribut’s three daughters—Solange, Adéline, and Gabriel—are well-ensconced at this important eight-hectare domaine; and their 2020s, which had just been racked to barrel after their fermentation in tank, bear all the hallmarks of a lovely vintage, somewhat reminiscent at this early stage of the Tributs’ 2017s. As I’ve written before, moderate yields, hand-harvesting at full maturity, fermentation in enameled steel and élevage in used wood on the lees are the rudiments of the approach here—an approach familiar to followers of the wines of Laurent Tribut’s brother-in-law, Vincent Dauvissat, in whose cellars Tribut’s wines were once produced. Farming is de facto organic but not certified as such. And none of that seems to have changed with the new generation at the helm.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (08/21)

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  • Laurent Tribut Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2020

    £47.95

    “The 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy bursts from the glass with aromas of apricot, peach and citrus mingled with fresh bread, toasted almonds and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, ample but precise, with tangy acids and a saline finish, it’s another lovely wine from the Tribut family. 92-94 points

    Laurent Tribut’s three daughters—Solange, Adéline, and Gabriel—are well-ensconced at this important eight-hectare domaine; and their 2020s, which had just been racked to barrel after their fermentation in tank, bear all the hallmarks of a lovely vintage, somewhat reminiscent at this early stage of the Tributs’ 2017s. As I’ve written before, moderate yields, hand-harvesting at full maturity, fermentation in enameled steel and élevage in used wood on the lees are the rudiments of the approach here—an approach familiar to followers of the wines of Laurent Tribut’s brother-in-law, Vincent Dauvissat, in whose cellars Tribut’s wines were once produced. Farming is de facto organic but not certified as such. And none of that seems to have changed with the new generation at the helm.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (08/21)

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  • Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2014

    £59.99

    “Moderately saturated red. Scents of red cherry, plum and fresh apple are complicated by spice and underbrush. The firm palate is animated by a squeeze of fresh citrus that lift the red fruit and underbrush flavors. A hint of salinity offers a juicy note to the repeating, nicely persistent tobacco and red cherry flavors on the long suave finish. Another outstanding Brunello from this estate that has been on a real roll of late. Well done. Drink: 2020-2030. 92 points”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (03/19)

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  • Le Chiuse Rosso di Montalcino 2018

    £27.49

    “Very pretty bright red color. Intense violet, black cherry and licorice on the nose. Then similar flavors in the mouth, with a balsamic note lingering nicely on the youthfully chewy, persistent and strongly spicy (cloves, especially) finish. Interestingly, this enters herbal and develops more and more fruit as it sits in the glass. 70% Sangiovese grown around Le Chiuse’s winery and 30% Sangiovese from the Pullera plot near the Biondi-Santi winery. Aged 14 months of used 20-30hL Slavonian oak. Drinking window: 2020-2024. 91 points

    Part of Le Chiuse’s vineyards once belonged to Biondi-Santi, and were used for that estate’s world-famous Brunello Riserva. When Tancredi Biondi-Santi died, the property was divided between Franco and Fiorella Biondi-Santi. The latter was current Le Chiuse owner Simonetta Valiani’s mother. Simonetta wanted to make wine a long time ago and began doing so in 1992 aided by her husband Niccolò Magnelli. During the first years Franco Biondi-Santi graciously acted as a mentor, helping them choose massal selections from the Biondi-Santi Il Greppo estate. The estate’s first Rosso was the 1992, the first Brunello was the 1993 and the first Brunello Riserva the 1995. Simonetta Valiani’s son Lorenzo Magnelli now runs the estate. Though Magnelli studied enology for two years, he was needed back at the estate in 2006, in the meantime he managed also a stint of 3 months working at Rubicon in California. 2006 was the year the estate hired Valentino Ciarla, a well-known Italian winemaking consultant, who is still on board today. Le Chiuse is a very traditional estate, amongst the first to harvest every year (clearly, very much following Biondi-Santi’s example). Lorenzo Magnelli lives on the estate and pays extreme attention to harvesting at the optimal time; living at the winery enables him to intervene at precisely the right time. The estate owns eight hectares, of which seven hectares are situated all around the winery building, plus a small plot called Pullera across the road from the Biondi-Santi building (Tancredi used to make wine from that plot as well). The estate’s oldest vines are those of the not-so poetically named Vineyard number 2 (roughly 32 years old) from where Le Chiuse makes its Brunello Riserva today. Vineyard 1, replanted about 15 years ago, was the original one used by Tancredi Biondi-Santi to contribute to his Riserva. The Rosso di Montalcino is essentially a declassified Brunello, made from the estate’s youngest vines and biggest grape bunches. Le Chiuse practices certified organic farming.”

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (04/20)

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