Wine of the Week:2011 Rosso di Montalcino Collemattoni

The hillsides around the southern Tuscan town of Montalcino are among Italy’s more hallowed slopes, where the larger-berried Sangiovese Grosso gives rise to wines of great majesty, power and ageing ability; wines that fully justified Brunello di Montalcino’s elevation among the first wave of wines to be awarded Italy’s top appellation status, DOCG.

Collemattoni Brunello Map

Of course, that makes Brunello di Montalcino a more expensive option, but for more of an everyday wine, Montalcino gives us Rosso di Montalcino. Perhaps easy to miss, as text books and guides tend to focus on Brunello, but Marcello Bucci’s Rosso will make you sit up and take notice – a finer expression of Sangiovese for such a small shade over £15 (or under if you mix with any 12 bottles).

It is also worthing noting that Marcello studied oenology under Signora Fuligni (Roberto Fuligni’s aunt)

2011 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO Collemattoni

2011-ROSSO-DI-MONTALCINO-Collemattoni

Single bottle £16.50 or just £14.75 case price*

‘Deep in colour and packed with ripe fruit this richly textured wine is immediately and immensely drinkable. With all the hallmarks of Montalcino and very well made it represents fantastic value too.’ L&S

Wine notes:

Open and ripe, it exudes fruit – dark cherries in blackberry and apple pie filling. It has nice plump weight but, nonetheless, has a crispness that keeps it lifted and refreshing. Great with Italiana food (of course), but has enough presence to do the Sunday roast, and enough bright fruit to tackle Oriental platters – and not forgetting the BBQ.

Collemattoni - Brunello di Montalcino

San Angelo in Colle

Brunello di Montalcino it’s not – there aren’t the rich tannins, the complexity, or the majestic ageing ability – but the Rosso di Montalcino is a great wine in its own right, much more immediate and accessible, and much more affordable.

Then again, if you want Brunello, Marcello Bucci does a rather splendid one of those too


*Mix any 12 bottles from our website to take advantage of our case price discount. Free nationwide delivery for all orders over £100.

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A subtle old world summer white: 2013 ZUANI ‘Vigne’ Bianco Collio

In a region that is famous for making ranges of varietal wines, Patrizia Felluga wanted instead to make wines which reflect the terroir more than the individual variety. Using fifteen to thirty year old Friulano, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon vines, she crafts two exceptional wines; the 2010 ‘Zuani’ Zuani (a full-bodied oak-aged white with lots of aromatic fruit) and the 2013 Zuani ‘Vigne’ Bianco Collio an unoaked refreshing blend which is our Wine of the Week.

2013 ZUANI Vigne Bianco Collio

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£17.95 single bottle or £15.95 case price*

‘Pale in colour this refreshing wine gives subtle floral flavours on the nose followed by white fruit, citrus flavours and underlying minerality on the palate. There is a mouth coating texture giving the wine complexity and structure. The acidity is high but balanced out by the rich fruit flavours. Extremely refreshing and a perfect accompaniment for white meat, fish and light starters.’ L&S

Patrizia is certainly at home when it comes to wine making. Her father Marco Felluga has been making quality white wine in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia for decades. In fact the family has been producing wine, generation after generation, for over 120 years. Twelve years ago Patrizia left the family business and brought her own seven hectare vineyard in the heart of Collio.

Zuani Collio Familigia

Collio Region

Collio DOC is a small area in the North East of Italy sharing a border with Slovenia in the East and Italy’s Friuli Grave in the West. The area is famed for the indigenous Pinot Grigio and Friulano and international varieties such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – all of which are used in the blend for 2013 Zuani Vigne Bianco Collio. The growing conditions could not be better for these aromatic varieties. The vines are forced to work hard in pretty poor soil (Marl and sandstone) – perfect for grapes that produce small yields but high quality wine. The vineyard also benefits from cooling breezes both from the Adriatic Sea in the South and the Alps in the North. The summer days are warm and the evenings cool giving a high diurnal range – perfect conditions for the grapes to really express their character.

Zuani-Collio-Vineyards

2013 Zuani Vigne

The 2013 Zuani Vigne grapes were all vinified separately before undergoing cold maceration. They are then fermented and matured in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The techniques are all designed to produce a fresh wine focusing on the terroir.

Case Price Discount

Or why not mix this up with some previous ‘Wines of the week’?

* ‘Case price’ refers to the discounted price per bottle which applies to all orders of 12 mixed bottles or more

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Two IWC Awards for Lea & Sandeman – Celebrate with us!

Celebrate the Champagne & Sparkling Wine win with us!

We were absolutely delighted to win Specialist Merchant of the Year Award for Champagne & Sparkling Wine.

IWC Champagne&Sparkling

As you our customers will know, not only are our ‘shelf’ prices for Champagne consistently competitive, but also our low ‘case prices’ on Champagnes can almost always be enjoyed on the odd bottle mixed in with a case of other wines. No doubt our faith in Champagnes from smaller grower producers like Barnaut, Legras, Larmandier-Bernier and Egly-Ouriet has played a part.

To help you Celebrate this win with us we are offering special prices just to the end of the month of July on the Champagnes listed below. All of these are at least £2 per bottle off the normal case prices. Remember – you don’t have to buy a case of Champagne – if you are ordering a case (12 bottles) of any wine, including the Champagne, you qualify for these prices.

BENEDICK Grand Reserve Brut   £23.95 single bottle, down to £19.95 ‘case price’

BARNAUT Grande Réserve Brut Grand Cru Bouzy   £26.95 single bottle, down to £22.95 ‘case price’

CHAMPAGNE LEGRAS Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Chouilly   £28.95, down to £24.95 ‘case price’

TAITTINGER Brut   £32.50 single bottle, down to £27.95 ‘case price’

LARMANDIER-BERNIER ‘Longitude’ Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru   £34.95 single bottle, down to £28.95 ‘case price’

EGLY-OURIET Tradition Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay   £44.95 single bottle, down to £37.95 ‘case price’.

If you want to buy an effortless mixed dozen Champagne to taste you way through, look no further than the selection in this attractive mixed case.

Read more on the other (even more prestigious) award…

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‘Large Independent Merchant of the Year’ – L&S ‘Highly Commended’

L&S was Highly Commended in the national awards for best ‘Large Independent Merchant of the Year’

We are delighted also to have won this impressive chunk of metal, for being Highly Commended in the national awards for best ‘Large Independent Merchant of the Year’.

Awards dinner495It has to be said that there is a bit of curious category confusion here, as the winner of the ‘Large’ category is a company a good ten times our size, while the winner of the ‘Small Independent Merchant of the Year’ employs more people than L&S, (but has only one retail outlet). ‘Large’ apparently starts at anything over three shops.

We are very happy to be Highly Commended in the more grown-up category, as we feel that it shows we are punching well above our weight.

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