White Wines

Our sales of white wines continue to be dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, so we make sure we offer you a very wide choice of wines from these two great varieties from all over the world.

However, we make considerable efforts to promote intriguing varieties and blends too, so do consider alternatives, whether Chenin Blanc (Loire and South Africa); the peachy and exotically fruited Rhône varieties - Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc; and those varieties we now broadly label "Alsace" but which appear all along the trade routes from northern France via Germany to north-eastern Italy - Pinot Blanc (Bianco), Pinot Gris (Grigio), Gewurtztraminer; plus of course Riesling.

Some of our most distinctive and increasingly popular wines are from grapes grown only in small zones: Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc shores of the Med; Gros and Petit Manseng (Pacherenc du Vic Bilh) from the south-west of France; Albarino from Galicia; or Grechetto from Umbria. Then there are blends: blending grape varieties with specific qualities - for example using one for fruit (e.g. Viognier), one for body (e.g. Marsanne) and another for freshness (e.g. Clairette) - makes complete sense and can make wine so much more interesting. We commend in particular blends from the Languedoc, Spain and South Africa - especially the latter.

Key to our selection is only to offer wines from vines suited to the climatic conditions in which they are grown: that’s why we don’t offer Sauvignon Blanc from the Languedoc, or Pinot Grigio from Australia - it’s simply too hot there for these varieties. Some grapes thrive in the heat - for example Grillo in Sicily. Finally, note that we enjoy and seek freshness in our whites, and abhor the following: over-ripeness; ugly adjustment of acidity levels with tartaric acid (yes, in hot countries they can legally dump sacks of white powder into the wine); and clumsily oaked examples.

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Domaine d'Elise, Chablis, Cuvee Galilee, 2018

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Domaine d'Elise, Chablis, Cuvee Galilee, 2018

A year on the lees has given this Chablis an extra dimension. Classic notes of lemon, green...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeELS418

GrapeChardonnay

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Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2018

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Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2018

From 60 year old ungrafted vines growing on this brutally steep, red slate vineyard. Delicious...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginGermany

RegionMosel

ColourWhite

ABV8%

Bottle75cl

CodeDRL218

GrapeRiesling

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Villa Wolf, Dry Riesling, Pfalz, 2020

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Villa Wolf, Dry Riesling, Pfalz, 2020

Crisp and crunchy style of Riesling. Dry, with just the merest hint of residual sugar....

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginGermany

RegionPfalz

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeWOL120

GrapeRiesling

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Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2020

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Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2020

The latest vintage of this Loire classic from the Cherrier family in Verdigny is intense and...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourWhite

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROS120

GrapeSauvignon Blanc

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Francoise & Denis Clair, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru, La Garenne, 2018

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Francoise & Denis Clair, Puligny-Montrachet, 1er Cru, La Garenne, 2018

La Garenne is amongst the highest of the 1er Crus between Puligny and Meursault, which helps in...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeCLB718

GrapeChardonnay

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Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2019

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Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, 2019

A perfect balance between rose-petal aromatics, exotic fruit and spice. Full bodied, off-dry...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionAlsace

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeMEY319

GrapeGewurztraminer

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

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Badenhorst, Secateurs White, Chenin Blanc, Swartland, 2020

10% goes into old oak barrels, giving volume rather than oak flavour, and the wine gains weight...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionSwartland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD120

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2019

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Domaine Fourrey, Chablis, 2019

Ripe, almost lightly honeyed scents, and then attractive flavours of citrus and dairy. One can...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRR119

GrapeChardonnay

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Badenhorst Family White, Kalmoesfontein White Blend, Coastal Region, 2018
Tim Aktin

"Between 14 and 17 vineyards - Adi Badenhorst can't quite remember - go into this...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionCoastal

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAD318

GrapeChenin Blanc Blend

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Weiss, Burgenland, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Weiss, Burgenland, 2018

A well-oaked blend of Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Chardonnay. Creamy aromas; generous...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeART618

GrapePinot Gris & Chardonnay

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Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume, Les Onnis, 2016

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Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume, Les Onnis, 2016

From a steep, grassed vineyard beside Quarts de Chaume and near the river, so open to botrytis;...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionLoire

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFOR216

GrapeChenin Blanc

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Ca'di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2019

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Ca'di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2019

Widely planted in Sicily, Grillo retains freshness and lowish alcohol in the Mediterranean...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionSicily

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePON119

GrapeGrillo

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