Six individual whites and reds.
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Les Chapelières, Comté Tolosan, IGP, 2020
A best-seller, an easy drinking blend of 70% Colombard and 30% Ugni Blanc, with lowish alcohol and refreshing bite. Clean and lemony, ripe and grassy, with a juicy freshness. Now-2022
Grape VarietyColombard & Ugni Blanc
Consentido, Macabeo, Yecla, 2020
Macabeo (Macabeu in the Languedoc-Roussillon) is the same grape as Viura, the principal ingredient in most white Rioja. Here it's picked early in September for freshness. We were knocked out by this example, from its open, stone-fruited scent to its excitingly ripe and weighty mid-palate of white peach and fresh grapes, all the way to a dry, savoury and stoney finish. Terrific at the price, and a cool label too. Now-2022
La Combe Saint-Paul,Viognier, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2020
As usual this is more on the light, fresh, floral side of Viognier than more obviously weighty or over-ripe examples. Lime flower perfume. True fresh apricot flavour, just a little appealing fat and a good dry finish. As charming as ever, a lovely aperitif. Now-2022
GrowerLa Combe Saint-Paul
Languedoc-RoussillonLa Combe Saint-Paul La Clape, France Paul and Line Maury might be our youngest producers but winemaking runs in the genes. Paul’s grandparents and great grandparents were winemakers specialising in single varietal wines, and we list his fine examples of Vermentino, Chardonnay and Viognier. In… Discover More
La Combe Saint-Paul
La Clape, France
Paul and Line Maury might be our youngest producers but winemaking runs in the genes.
Paul’s grandparents and great grandparents were winemakers specialising in single varietal wines, and we list his fine examples of Vermentino, Chardonnay and Viognier.
In 2008 Paul came across the opportunity to buy vines on La Clape and create his own domaine....Discover More
- Fickle grape to grow, subject to problems in the flowering and setting of fruit
- Best picked late and fully ripe, with high alcohol, at least 13.5 degree
- ...but can be too fat and overblown if grown in too hot temperatures
- Very aromatic, with scents of apricot and...
Apaltagua, Reserva Pinot Gris, San Antonio, 2020
From recently planted vineyards in the coastal mountains near the cool Pacific, this is a big step up on cheap Italian Pinot Grigio; and shows how determined Chileans can turn their superb grape-growing climate to advantage with such a wide range of varieties. Floral character, subtle orchard fruits. True varietal character. Now-2022
Grape VarietyPinot Gris
Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
- France - a mutation of Pinot Noir
- Light (Italy) to medium intensity (warmer climate)
- Low acidity, slightly neutral in flavour
- Light to full bodied, with low to medium alcohol levels (11-13 degrees)
- Some spiciness in good...
Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, 2020
Honest Loire SB at a fair price. Surprisingly tropical aroma. From the third hot vintage in a row in the Loire, this is riper and more rounded than usual, with ripe citrus and hint of pineapple. Refreshing finish. Now-2022
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc
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- Probably in Bordeaux region
- Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)
- Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
- Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Bianco, Bianco Rubicone, 2020
This pure Trebbiano shows the simple virtues of the grape – crisp citrus with an orange accent, lightly herbal, nicely rounded, with a fresh finish. Honest, refreshing and tasty. Now-2022"The widely planted Trebbiano grape has a reputation for producing light and anodyne wine - but the Casali family's organically tended vines of the local variant, Trebbiano Romagnolo, make a refreshing, orchard fruit-flavoured example. A useful all-rounder". Simon Taylor, SVS
Mercato Saraceno, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Ask Monty Waldin, an English wine expert resident in Tuscany, where he would look for value in Italy, and he says Emilia Romagna - inspiring furious tasting and meeting the Casali family.
Based in Mercato Saraceno south of Cesena, the family have 20 hectares of grapes, mostly on hillsides on the edge of the Apennines.
Their land...Discover More
Les Pradelles, IGP Herault, 2020
From Carignan and Grenache. Red fruited with a surprisingly good texture, no rough edges, soft, light and juicily berried. Perfect for parties. Now-2022
Grape VarietyCarignan & Grenache
Carignan is the grape which really distinguishes the red wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon from those of the southern Rhône (in the latter Grenache is ubiquitous and dominant, and Syrah and Mourvèdre are the preferred blending grapes).
It has been a much maligned grape. For example Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine thunders: "Carignan,...Discover More
Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019
From a vineyard with a high clay content which suits Merlot. It’s always made in a slightly old-fashioned style, gutsy and lightly smokey, with oaky flavours coming from the suspension of staves in the tank for seven months. But this vintage is fresher and more lifted than in the past, without losing its heartiness and generous plum fruit with hints of coffee and spice. Now-2022
Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling. The...
Robertson, South Africa
Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling.
The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale.
The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie. Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in...Discover More
- Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
- Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon
- Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
- In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing...
Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2019
Well-made example of this masculine southern grape, hearty with some structure but also ready to drink. Deep, and lightly hazy. Lively cooked strawberry and black cherry core. Warming and friendly. Now-2023
Berbillot, Côtes de Bourg, 2019
From the Hoclet family at Villeneuve, about 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, a light and graceful claret: pure berried flavours, ripe but fresh and attractively aromatic. Rather classic. Now-2023
GrowerChâteau du Rival
Grape VarietyMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon
The most prestigious red grape?
- Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
- Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
- Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes
- Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
La Purisima, Monastrell, Yecla, 2020
The Purisima co-operative in Yecla in Murcia is the source of our highly popular Consentido Macabeo - with vines on the plateau at 500-900m. From a wide selection of their reds we have shipped two. first up is this simple but smartly dressed bottle. Ripe, juicy fruit with plenty of blackberries and raspberries, with soft tannins and a slight zip of acidity. Perfect for mildly rustic food such as a woodfired pizza. Now-2022
Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2019
Juicy, unfiltered blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah: raspberryish mouthful, mildly spicy and very moreish. A long term favourite at SVS. Now-2022
This is the 16th vintage we have shipped of this deliciously fruity Côtes du Rhône, from this unfailingly reliable co-operative of just ten growers between Avignon and Nîmes. All wines here are from sustainably or organically farmed grapes, made naturally (i.e. without any additives bar the merest bit of sulphur to ensure...
Sub RegionSouthern Rhône
VillageCôtes du Rhône
GrowerLes Vignerons d’Estézargues
Grape VarietyGrenache, Cinsault & Syrah
Les Vignerons d’Estézargues
This small co-operative, in a little village in the Gard, just west of Avignon, is now getting more attention here because oenologist Denis Deschamps makes "natural" wines, i.e. without adding any sulphur (or anything else) during winemaking.
We find this mildly amusing: we have been quietly shipping decent volumes of these delicious, forward-fruited,...Discover More
Grenache / Garnacha
Grenache / Garnacha
Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.
As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).
Its flavour usually encompasses the...Discover More
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Six individual whites and reds.
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