A perfectly balanced Vermentino from Fattoria di Magliano

2013 PAGLIATURA Vermentino della Maremma Toscana

Fattoria di Magliano


Grapes: Vermentino  Origin: Italy, Tuscany
ABV: 12.5%

Lea & Sandeman review

‘This is simply delicious. Achieving that perfect balance between weight and brightness that results in immense drinkability. Lovely clean attack with mineral zip and then pretty white blossom notes – and then you begin to sense the lovely waxy weight in the mid-palate and a super texture that satisfies perfectly – an ideal drinks party wine or a partner to a summer lunch in the garden, delicious.’ L&S

75cl bottles £14.95        Case price* £13.50

Also available in half bottles.


Fattoria di Magliano

Fattoria di Magliano is in the agricultural area of the Maremma on the southern coast of Tuscany, in the heart of the Morellino Doc. This is an eighty-five hectare farming estate of which thirty-seven were planted with vines in 1998 and after only two vintages making lovely wines which truly reflect the ‘terroir’ of the region.

Fattoria di Magliano-Maremma

Fattoria di Magliano – La Maremma Toscana

All the vineyards are 120 metres above sea level and south facing towards the coast. In December 2004 the Poggio Bestiale from this estate was rated Italy’s best Tuscan wine under £20 in Decanter magazine.

For our full wine list and producer profile click on the photo

* Mix any 12 bottles from our website or shops to qualify for our case price discount. Free delivery on all orders over £100. Next day delivery to central London.

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Last small parcel of 2011 Côtes de Rhone ‘La Dame Rousse’ Domaine de la Mordorée

Perhaps testament to the early autumnal weather or just to great affordable wines from the Rhone valley, we’ve still a small remaining parcel of this sumptuous Côtes de Rhone from top organic producer Christophe Delorme at Domaine de la la Mordorée before we move onto the 2012 vintage:

2011 CÔTES DU RHÔNE Rouge ‘La Dame Rousse’ – Domaine de la Mordorée


Grapes: Cinsault, Counoise, Carignan, Syrah, Grenache
Origin: France, Rhône Sub-district: Côtes du Rhône ABV: 14%

75cl bottles  £11.95  Case price*  £10.95


Lea & Sandeman review

‘Another brilliant year in the southern Rhone – this 2011 is packed with juice and is an immediately quaffable wine, with ripe fruit, notes of cherries, spice and warm herbs. A delicious, good value Rhône from this celebrated estate for drinking all year round.’ L&S

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate www.eRobertParker.com

‘Domaine de la Mordorée has done such a great job over the last 15 years that winemaker and owner Christophe Delorme and the Mordoree name are essentially synonymous with high quality, whether it’s Cotes du Rhone red, Cotes du Rhone white, rose wines, or their flagship offerings from Lirac and Chateauneuf du Pape. Even in challenging vintages, Mordoree is usually among the finest wines of the year, a tribute to their meticulous viticulture and winemaking.’

Domaine de la Mordorée – Christophe Delorme

Started in 1986 by the Delorme brothers, Domaine de la Mordorée (woodcock) has become one of the top estates in the Rhône, with arguably the most consistent quality. Christophe Delorme’s objective as a winemaker is to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces, striving to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and balance.

Christophe Delorme - Domaine de La Mordoree

Domaine de la Mordorée – Christophe Delorme

Click photo for his full wine list and profile

* Mix any 12 bottles from our website or shops to qualify for our case price discount. Free delivery on all orders over £100. Next day delivery to central London.

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Making the best wines in Givry? 2009 GIVRY 1er Cru à Vigne Rouge – Domaine François Lumpp

‘Making the best wines in Givry, by some stretch, if he were in any other part of Burgundy he would be heralded as a super-star.’


Grapes: Pinot Noir,  Village: Givry, Classification: 1er Cru
Origin: France, Burgundy ABV: 13%  Vineyard: à Vigne Rouge

Lea & Sandeman review

Deep colour, harmonious red and black fruit nose. Silky fruit and a subtle umami. Deep polished expression. Very concentrated and long. Really pretty astonishing. À Vigne Rouge is a relative newcomer to François’ range, but it is a vineyard he is very excited about (‘un grand terroir’) and of all his wines it most resembles one of the ‘big’ Volnays like Santenots.‘  L&S

Price: £27.75 or just £24.95 case price*


What the critics say

Nose and palate is rich lush packed with ripe fruit. The first impression is of black fruits bramble and black cherry but there is mid freshness mulberry and raspberry this lightens and gives brightness on the back palate and finish.’

Derek Smedley MW  93 points www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk

‘Wow – distinctive yeast and marmite nose here. Bovril. Distinctly different from their other Givrys, and with really ripe, generous fruit too. Esoteric, valid and delicious.’

Richard Hemming  17.5 points www.jancisrobinson.com

Domaine François Lumpp

François and Isabelle Lumpp own this impeccable 16 hectare estate in Givry, a region which is so often over looked by Burgundy lovers and yet which is capable of producing wines of exceptional quality as well as value. François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyard. He aims to pick at ‘just ripe’ rather than into overripe, and wants to make bright wines which are developed rather than masked by their time in barrel.

Francois Lumpp - Givry

François Lumpp – Click photo for full wine list and profile

*Mix any 12 bottles and receive our case price discount – why not mix it with some other treats from our Summer selection?

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The beautifully crafted Mainqué Merlot from Bodega Chacra

You may have noticed us making quite a fuss over the years about the fantastically good Pinot Noirs from Bodegas Chacra in Patagonia. But, planted alongside the 1955 vineyard is a block of Merlot vines and we haven’t made nearly enough noise about them. Here is the noise.

Some 620 miles south of Buenos Aires (and even further south from the Argentine wine lands of Mendoza), halfway between the Andes and the Atlantic sits Bodegas Chacra. Although irrigated by waters from the Andes, brought by channels dug by British engineers in the 1820′s, this is an arid cool land, surrounded by desert. The desert acts as a barrier to disease, the dry air impedes the development of disease and rot and allows for a very natural viticultual regime. The altitude (750ft) and cool southern location, and absence of disease, means that Pinot Noir grows well here, something that Piero Incisa della Rocchetta found when he stumbled across a couple of old Pinot Noir vineyards in 2004 and promptly bought them.

But enough about Pinot Noir.

Bodegas Chacra’s vineyards are in the village of Mainqué, and the village lends its name to their Merlot. 100% Merlot, 24 months in french oak. Proper Mainquerich and well proportioned kit but without the jammy intensity of classic New World Merlot; medium-bodied and refreshing; blueberry and blackcherry fruit with subtle spice; and finishing crisply and cleanly. Great with a nice dinner, great with the BBQ, great with a cheese and pickle sandwich.

Now, the all important pronunciation. Apparently, one should resist the urge to pronounce Mainqué MANKY, well it doesn’t make it sound very nice, does it. It’s more like MON-KAY. But, then again, that sounds like Johnny Vegas calling his mate in the PG Tips advert, so who knows. Pronounce it as you will, but uncork a bottle this Bank Holiday weekend and toast the fact that it’s not raining; or that you were clever enough to bring an umbrella.

Mainque Monkey

You say Monkey, I say Mainqué

Our shops are open as normal this Saturday (’til 8), our Chiswick shop is open on Sunday too (11 – 5), but all of our shops will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

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