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  • Niepoort Conciso Branco 2019

    £25.95

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  • Oddero Barbaresco Gallina 2016

    £49.99

    “The 2016 Barbaresco Gallina is gorgeous. Silky, perfumed and beautifully layered, the 2016 has much to offer. Rose petal, licorice, mint and lavender notes are nicely lifted in a silky, super-expressive Barbaresco that is going to be very hard to resist in the early going. More than anything, though, the 2016 Barbaresco is a terrific example of just how far the Oddero wines have come in the last few years. Drinking window: 2020-2036. 93 points

    Cristina Oddero has been through more than her fair share of ups and downs, but she is now making the most consistently outstanding wines I have tasted here since I first visited the estate nearly twenty years ago. The trajectory in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable. It’s great to see Oddero emerge from a lengthy period in which family tension made it impossible for the wines to achieve their potential. Readers who enjoy fine, classically built wines will want to check out Oddero. Bravo!”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/19)

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  • Oddero Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2017

    £86.49

    “The 2017 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is a beautiful wine that captures the natural intensity of the year while maintaining the style of the site. Silky aromatic and wonderfully nuanced the 2017 Rocche di Castiglione has so much to offer. Lavender, rose petal, spice and kirsch are some of the notes that meld together in this open-knit, inviting Barolo from Oddero. Drinking window: 2025-2042. 93 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Oddero Barolo Villero 2017

    £67.45

    “The 2017 Barolo Villero is delicate and lifted in this vintage, with impeccable balance and tons of class. Villero is not an easy site to find balance, but the 2017 Oddero sure has it. Sweet cherry, crushed raspberry, rose petal, orange peel and cinnamon give the 2017 lovely aromatic nuance to match its mid-weight personality. Drinking window: 2025-2037. 93 points!”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/21)

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  • Osamu Uchida Miracle Haut-Medoc 2020

    £53.95

    “Derived from Cabernet Sauvignon vines in a late-ripening tree-lined enclave in Cissac-Médoc, Uchida’s 2020 Miracle offers up aromas of rich cherries, berries, petals, vine smoke and carnal nuances. Medium to full-bodied, supple and sapid, with a fleshy core of fruit, powdery tannins and a penetrating finish, it was fermented at low temperatures with minimal sulfur dioxide and around one-third whole bunches. Drink: 2022-2033. 92 points

    Born in Hiroshima, Osamu Uchida launched his small winery in 2015 with 0.6 hectares of late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon in Cissac-Médoc, but he now farms three hectares, with Merlot since 2019 and some white varieties that he planted in 2020. Farming is attentively organic and now biodynamic, with very low levels of sulfur dioxide and a minimalistic approach to vinification (including some whole bunches) in the winery. Aromatic, sensual and just a little wild, these original, characterful wines offer a different vision of what Bordeaux can be.”

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate (10/22)

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  • Passopisciaro Passorosso 2017

    £34.95

    “The 2017 Etna Rosso Passorosso is a mid-weight wine with added succulence and concentration that comes naturally to this vintage. The wine shows the characteristics of Etna with wild berry aromas that cede to blue flower, smoke, tar, toasted aniseed and campfire ash. This is one of the most accessible and easy-drinking reds from Andrea Franchetti. Some 60,000 bottles were made. Drink: 2019-2027. 91 points

    As a note of housekeeping, I want to point out that the estate name seems to be transitioning from Passopisciaro (which is also the name of a town on Etna) to Vini Franchetti, after proprietor Andrea Franchetti. I have changed the brand name to Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti to be consistent with what I see printed in the winery’s literature, although I do notice that the front label of these wines reads Vini Franchetti only.

    Ian D’Agata, Vinous (08/19)

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  • Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph 2018

    £95.00

    “Deep violet. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, licorice, exotic spices and potpourri, along with an exotic suggestion of incense. Stains the palate with concentrated black raspberry, cassis, bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors that are given spicy lift by a suggestion of white pepper. A violet pastille nuance emerges with aeration and carries through an extremely long, youthfully tannic finish that shows outstanding definition and mineral thrust. Drinking window: 2026-2036. 95 points

    Jean Gonon’s take on the 2018 vintage is that it’s one “where ripeness and freshness converge.” The wines are on the rich side, relatively speaking, “but not as powerful as 2017 nor as elegant as 2016, and definitely not as structured as 2015,” he said. Worldwide attention to this domaine’s outstanding wines has caused availability to dry up and driven prices increasingly higher, but there’s no question that they are solidly placed in the upper tier of quality in the northern Rhône, which makes them look pretty reasonable, price-wise, when compared to plenty of other top performers.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (04/20)

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  • Pierre Peters Brut Cuvee de Reserve Grand Cru N.V.

    £46.95

    “The NV Brut Cuvée de Reserve Grand Cru is open, effusive and a real delight to taste. Soaring aromatics and soft curves give this 2019-base Champagne tons of sheer appeal. Apricot, tangerine peel, spice and dried flowers abound in this racy, open-knit Champagne. The Cuvée de Reserve is rarely this charming at this stage. The slightly lower dosage of 5 grams per liter works so well. Disgorged: August 2022. Drinking window: 2024-2031. 92 points

    It’s always a pleasure to taste with Rodolphe Péters, as his enthusiasm is palpable. The estate is still a construction zone, but there has been significant progress. As for the wines, I was especially taken with the 2017 and 2016-base Champagnes. Both vintages had more than their share of challenges, and yet the wines are strong. I also tasted the 2015 Les Chétillons. Two thousand-fifteen was a challenging vintage here from the start, so it is not a surprise that the Chétillons shows some of the signatures of a year where the wines often have some vegetal notes. In addition to the new releases, I also went back and revisited a few wines from last year that showed poorly in the offices of Péters’s US importer.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/23)

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  • Pierre Peters Brut Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons 2016

    £185.00

    “The 2016 Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons is an explosive, heady wine. It is, to me, a quintessentially modern Chétillons that offers plenty of Mesnil energy, yet also has more than enough fruit to avoid any feeling of the austerity that once characterized these wines. Crushed rocks, slate, mint, lemon peel and white flowers are all beautifully delineated throughout. The decision to delay the release of this wine by a year going forward seems very well judged. Today, the 2016 is showing so much better than it did last year. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 2023. Drinking window: 2024-2036. 96 points

    Pierre Péters is among the grower estates that have moved into what is almost a new category of grower estates with a global brand presence. The wines are very fine, as usual. I was especially impressed with the L’Esprit de 2019 and the 2016 Les Chétillons, which have really come along over the last year.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/24)

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  • Podere Le Boncie Le Trame 2020

    £49.95

    “The 2020 Le Trame is fabulous. It’s the sort of wine that can be deceptive at first given its mid-weight structure and understated personality. But the intensity of the flavors and the wine’s persistence reveal themselves pretty quickly. Cedar, pipe tobacco, dried leaves, mint and blood orange play off a core of red-toned fruit. There’s plenty of depth and structure, but all the elements are so well put together that it is easy to look past the wine’s more serious side. Readers who can find the 2020 will not want to hesitate. It is very clearly one of the wines of the vintage. Drinking window: 2025-2040. 96 points

    These are the most impressive wines I have tasted from proprietor Giovanna Morganti. Le Boncie is located in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in the southern part of Chianti Classico. At first, the wines can appear a bit light, but they open beautifully in the glass, showing tremendous persistence, finesse and understated complexity. At times, the 2020s reminded me of Gianfranco Soldera’s Brunellos, but naturally, with the more mid-weight body of Chianti Classico. Sustainable farming and minimalist winemaking are the signatures. I can’t recommend the 2020s highly enough.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/23)

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  • Powell & Son Barossa Roussanne/Marsanne 2017

    £44.99

    “Dave Powell was the founding winemaker at Torbreck (1994), where he single-handedly built the brand into a major player before being ousted in a business dispute. The 2016s are the third vintage for him and his son Callum under the Powell & Son label. Many of the vineyard sources are similar to those he worked with previously, but there’s no doubt Callum has had an impact on the style of the wines, as they’re definitively not Torbreck. The changes are subtle, but there’s a finer eye on the oak and gentle extraction, all in pursuit of intricacy and detail in the finished wines. “It’s been crucial for me to have Callum come in and give another perspective,” said Powell. The stars of the lineup are the Steinert and Kraehe Shirazes, very different expressions from very different sites, but it is impossible to go wrong with any of the latest releases.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (238)

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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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