Charles Lea's Wine List
These wines are just so good to drink and every sip calls for the next, and most of them work at any time of year. The Morellino 'Heba' from Fattoria di Magliano is just sensational slightly chilled - Try it!
Obviously as Summer arrives, rosé and in particular MIP really are the drinks of the moment at Lea & Sandeman. That said, as we entered July, it was the MiP 'Collection' with it's slighly trying-too-hard bottle which for me began to steal the show - it's so bright and fragrant - just sensational.
Dry Riesling is still a delicious alternative, as are some of the more left field whites that we have listed in our 'Best White Wines for Summer' selection.
Reds do of course still have a place, whether al fresco or at the dinner table, and as we get into August and the days begin to shorten, red is a must for those dinners outside as the skies darken. Look for the bigger velvety wines from Chateauneuf or the Tuscan Maremma - properly restorative after an active day on the beach or water.
2017 VERMENTINO Domaine les Yeuses
Vermentino from the French Mediterranean coast with citrus and dusty minerals, in this vintage with extra ripeness and rounded feel. Very sophisticated wine at its price level, and better by mile...(read more)L&S
2016 RIESLING Trocken Weingut Braunewell
A wine that epitomises the pure drinking pleasure of fine Riesling. Bright and focused with lime, mandarin and peach fruit intensity. Sleek and long with beautiful ripe lip-smacking acidity, refr...(read more)L&S
2017 MIP* Classic Rosé Made in Provence
Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault
As pale and strikingly bright as ever, Guillaume Philippe’s flagship Rose is extremely aromatic, with a nose which combines citrus and red fruit, and a brisk dry palate which is refreshing and moreis...(read more)L&S
2017 MiP COLLECTION Premium Rosé
Grenache, Syrah, Vermentino
The slightly more grown up version of the iconic MiP* Rosé. Still prettily pale and delicately pink, and dancingly light. There is more Syrah in the 'Collection' which lends just a touch more depth to the peac...(read more)L&S
2014 BRAO Vinyes Velles Nobles Acústic Celler
60-90 year old vines 80% Carignan, 20% Garnacha 7-15 hectolitres per hectare Dense with graphite, black fruit, herbs, Earth, meat & liquorice. Dense with rich tannins, concentrated black fruit, oak c...(read more)L&S
2015 CHABLIS Domaine Laurent Tribut
Chablis Burgundy France
Tasted from barrel this is still a little all over the place - but all the bits you would hope to find are here in spades. A slightly intense, savoury nose is followed by zinging apple crunch and...(read more)L&S
2011 GIVRY 1er Cru à Vigne Rouge Domaine François Lumpp
Côte Chalonnaise Burgundy France
The biggest of the 2011s, and it is impressvely broad. Very damson fruit when young, it is rounding to an impressive richness.L&S
2014 TASSINAIA Castello del Terriccio
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot. Lovely clean attack. Bright with good edge and an enticing Bordeaux grip, not firm just a lovely feel. The fruit is perfectly 'a point' - clever stuff in this...(read more)L&S
2014 CHACRA '55' PINOT NOIR Bodega Chacra
These Pinot Noir vines were planted in the wild wilderness of Patagonia in 1955 and give this vineyard selection its name ‘Cincuenta y Cinco’. These wines are produced bio-dynamically with minima...(read more)L&S
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