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  • Vitteaut-Alberti, Blanc de Blancs, Crémant de Bourgogne, NV

    Product Code: VIT1NV

    Vitteaut-Alberti, Blanc de Blancs, Crémant de Bourgogne, NV

    “Lemon colouring. Soft floral aromas underpinned with ripe pear and melon flavours on the palate. A touch of honey and a long, creamy finish. Now-2015”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Vina Casablanca, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Casablanca, NV

    Product Code: CSB1NV

    Vina Casablanca, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Casablanca, NV

    “Chile, with its excellent record with cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, is the natural place to source a good value Sparkler. From 92% Chardonnay with 8% Chenin Blanc, this offers a biscuit nose, and a tasty, dry palate of pears, ripe apples and cream: a classy, enjoyable fizz with a delicate mousse. Now-2015”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Casablanca
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Tradition, Brut, NV

    Product Code: MAT1NV

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Tradition, Brut, NV

    “This is 100% Pinot Noir from the Bar-sur-Aube, the south of the region and a little warmer, so ideal for Pinot. It’s always quite deep in colour, well-aged, and offers great breadth of red fruit flavours. Deep tone. Attractively ripe and broadly flavoured, with an engaging creaminess and intensity. Strong berried fruit. Great mouthfeel and length. Now-2016”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: MAT5NV

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    “Just to show that superb rosé champagne can be found without a ridiculous price tag, our friend Serge Mathieu, master of Pinot Noir, delivers this winner. Salmon pink. Yeasty nose but very lively forward fruit in the mouth. Strawberries and cream - quite rich in flavour but bone dry. Excellent aperitif or could easily be drunk with food. Now-2015”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2006

    Product Code: MAT706

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2006

    “The Mathieu’s vintage offering is also made from 100% Pinot Noir. Very fine and persistent mousse. The nose is delightfully open and creamy, with a subtle pear note. Attractive breadth of flavour. So elegant; a definite step up from the popular non-vintage. Now-2016”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Pol Roger, Champagne Réserve, Brut, NV

    Product Code: POL1NV

    Pol Roger, Champagne Réserve, Brut, NV

    “This house, which remains family-owned, is making elegant, well-aged wines. This is the classic, white foil, cuvée. Medium to deep colour for Champagne. Powerful biscuity aromas carried through to the palate - generous fruit, dry, yet plenty of weight and a nutty finish. Now-2015”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Tradition, Brut, Half, NV

    Product Code: MAT2NV

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Tradition, Brut, Half, NV

    “100% Pinot Noir, a very classy, much lauded Champagne.”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: HAT5NV

    Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

    “Pale pink with a soft but fine mousse. Complex ripe cherry aromas are supplemented on the palate by more black fruit and creamy nougat notes. Crisp, elegant and with a delightfully dry finish. Now-2016”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Brut, NV

    Product Code: HAT1NV

    Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Brut, NV

    “Based on 70% Pinot Meunier with 20% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, this offers quite a different style to Serge Mathieu. Appealing and forward, yet with convincing depth of appley fruit and rich brioche character. Lively and persistent. "Lemony and quite rich. Sweetish. Good value. 16/20" - Jancis Robinson MW on www.jancisrobinson.com, 2nd Dec 2011. Now-2015”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Pol Roger, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2004

    Product Code: POL304

    Pol Roger, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2004

    “Pol Roger are renowned for their long lived vintage wines. Classic brioche aromas with spice notes. Pale colour and fine mousse lead to a richly textured palate. Still tightly wound; there is more to come. Now-2020”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Nitida, The Matriarch, Methode Cap Classique, Coastal Region, 2012

    Product Code: NIT812

    Nitida, The Matriarch, Methode Cap Classique, Coastal Region, 2012

    “Only the third vintage of Bernhard & Peta Veller’s sparkling blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Engaging scent of ripe citrus backed by classy brioche notes. Fresh and elegantly balanced palate, a creamy gentle mousse rounding to a crisp finish. Now-2014”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Domaine J. Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux Brut, Le Moulin, NV

    Product Code: LAU1NV

    Domaine J. Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux Brut, Le Moulin, NV

    “From 90% Mauzac, the traditional variety of Limoux, with 10% Chardonnay. Pale lemon with a fine mousse. Aromas of ripe pear and white flowers with the notes of warm nuts and cinnamon characteristic of Mauzac. Crisp and elegant citrus and stone fruit flavours meld seamlessly and lead to a finely focused finish. A perfect aperitif. “Nice bit of development. Very fresh and really quite special for the money. Quite delicate on the palate. GV 16” www.jancisrobinson.com, 19th November 2013. Now-2015”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut, Les Graimenous, 2012

    Product Code: LAU312

    Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut, Les Graimenous, 2012

    “A blend of 60% Chardonnay with 30% Chenin, 5% Pinot Noir and 5% Mauzac. The mousse is persistent, with a very fine bead. Such a refined nose with citrus and green apple scents, breadth and complexity. This is delightfully racy and vital, with ripe orchard fruits and a refined hint of toast. Such a versatile wine, an ideal accompaniment to seafood, even sushi and tempura. Now-2017”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

    Product Code: COT5NV

    Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

    “From very well-sited south facing vineyards in the Test Valley just a few miles west of us in Hampshire, Hugh Liddell’s pink, from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, is a stunning English sparkling wine.”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: England
    • Region: Test Valley
    • Colour: Rosé
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Taliano, Moscato d’Asti, 2013

    Product Code: TAN813

    Taliano, Moscato d’Asti, 2013

    “From Moscato Bianco (better known as the excellent Muscat à Petit Grains), this is a lightly sparkling, sweetish wine made in the frizzante style. Foamy and delicately bubbling, this has the correct grapey sweetness but is also nicely zingy and balanced. It can be served as a dessert wine (it’s very good with berries) but it’s just as much fun with light cake or as an aperitif. A wine for any frivolous celebration....Now-2015”

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    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 5%
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  • Ferghettina, Franciacorta, Brut, NV

    Product Code: FEQ1NV

    Ferghettina, Franciacorta, Brut, NV

    “90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, given 24 months on the lees. Charming aroamas: lemony, honeyed and floral. Very light and elegant, but again that hint of honey, although this is totally dry. Rounded, gently nutty and fine. Now-2016”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Ferghettina, Franciacorta, Satèn, Brut, 2010

    Product Code: FEQ210

    Ferghettina, Franciacorta, Satèn, Brut, 2010

    “100% Chardonnay with no less than three years on the lees; and bottled at 4.5 atmospheres rather than the usual 6. Very floral perfume - irises. Creamy, classy style, well-matured and akin to a decent Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Very impressive fizz. Now-2017”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Serge Mathieu, Champagne Cuvée Prestige, Brut, NV

    Product Code: MAT4NV

    Serge Mathieu, Champagne Cuvée Prestige, Brut, NV

    “70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, given a minimum of three years ageing.”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Champagne
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Michele Taliano, Birbet, 2014

    Product Code: TAN914

    Michele Taliano, Birbet, 2014

    “We could not resist shipping a bit of this frothy red, made in the same way the Moscato above from the Brachetto grape. With 110 grams of residual sugar, this is very sweet, but with refreshing red-fruited bite too. Good for red berries or with light cake. Now-2016”

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    Sweet

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Asti
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 5.5%
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  • Wine Blog by Simon Taylor

  • Wednesday 17th June 2015 15:58pm

    Gordon's send-off from SVS

    A sad event last Thursday - Gordon Coates's leaving party after seven years at SVS - was at least enlivened by some splendid wines, with somewhat of a focus on Riesling, one of Gordon's favourite grapes. The venue was Kyoto Kitchen, in the centre of Winchester, where brilliant, very fairly priced Japanese food is served by Dan and his crew.

    We kicked off with a bottle of Jacquesson 1996, this wonderful micro house's vintage Champagne; bready, savoury and bone dry. First arrivals (of a lot of dishes) were a selection of tempura plates, and a remarkable pairing ensued: soft shell crab tempura with Domaine Leflaive, 1995 Puligny 1er Cru Les Pucelles (in perfect condition - wahay!). The wine was golden, rich, honeyed and buttery, but with enough acidity to cut the tempura perfectly. Then it was Sushi and Sashimi time, accompanied by Von Buhl's 2005 Pechstein Forster Riesling Spatlese Trocken from the Pfalz, young, grapefruity  and vital. Next up duck, with Arlaud's Clos de la Roche 1999, so open, expressive and still showing strong primary fruit.  Rare grilled beef followed, with a Syrah / Shiraz horizontal: 1998 Grange - ridiculously young and blackcurranty - against 1998 Thierry Allemand's Cornas Chaillot, also youthful but more earthy, and standing up well next to Australia's most famous wine.

    We closed with more Riesling: by pure chance a wine from the same vineyard as Von Buhl's above, the 1994 Forster Pechstein Riesling Auslese from Dr Burklin-Wolf - barleysugar sweet and petrolly - and Donnhoff's 2011 Niederhauser Hermannshohle, Riesling Auslese Goldcap - a mere 8.5% of alcohol (no bad thing at the end of this evening!) and refreshingly limey and zingy.

    Gordon, can you come back so we can do this more often?

  • Friday 5th June 2015 16:04pm

    International Wine Challenge - 2015 Specialist Wine Merchant Awards

    SVS nominated for Chile and Languedoc-Roussillon

    The shortlists for the IWC Specialist Merchant awards were announced today: Stone, Vine & Sun is in the frame for Chile and Languedoc-Roussillon. We merely have to overcome the mighty and excellent leviathan of the Wine Society to take the laurels for Chile; for Languedoc-Roussillon we are battling with Wiltshire-based Yapps (a worthy merchant but a relative newcomer to this region long championed by the team at SVS). 

    Results in late...

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