David Porter's Wine List
I can always find a reason to open some bubbles, surely the perfect start to an evening whether celebrating or not. Legras Blanc de Blancs is fine and bright and dangerously drinkable or the English Sparkler from West Sussex, Wiston Estate Brut is another house favourite.
For reds at this time of year Italy often jumps out, I relish the bright fruit and delicate lick of acidity you often find in Tuscan reds which keeps the wine incredibly moreish and these wines just work so well with food. Bordeaux too always takes up a good stretch of the wine rack at home. When you find a good quality Claret that does not break the bank - yet still offers the poise and cut of sophistication possible in Bordeaux - it's a rare joy. The family owned Chateau Montaiguillon is a great example of this, offering real refinement for a wine at this level, super value Bordeaux - something you don't hear too often sadly.
Yet variety is key and so these mainstays are peppered with bottles from from all corners of the world like the magic Pinot Noir from our new signings in Oregon, the wonderful Illahe Estate or one of our fantastic Beaujolais growers. Here we have a raft of incredibly well-crafted wines, soft and generous - yet with a sophistication you would being paying at least twice the price for if they were made just an hour further north, in Burgundy.
2016 SANGIOVESE Girapoggio Bissoni
Emilia Romagna Italy 13% Red
Although Rafaella has been working to organic principals since the outset - it is now official! From the 2016 vintage she is now certified as Organic. It was a very nice vintage here - and this i...(more info)L&S
2017 BOURGUEIL La Coudraye Domaine Yannick Amirault
Loire France 13% Red
From sand and gravel soils this pure Cabernet Franc is superb. Loaded with crunchy dark berries and peppy red juice but there is a sheen of lovely polished black fruit too, lifted by spice and an...(more info)L&S
2016 CHÂTEAU MONTAIGUILLON Montagne Saint Emilion
Right Bank Bordeaux France 14% Red
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.
2016 was an amazing vintage here. This is such an impressive wine. We've always admired the family's work at this small estate, perched on the hill looking across to the 'Big boys' of Cheval Blan...(more info)L&S
2018 BOUZERON Les Cordères Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson
Burgundy France 13% White
We tasted a range of Aligotés this year on our travels across Burgundy and this Bouzeron from Marie Jacqueson really stood out. Fresh and bright as you would hope but backed up with textur...(more info)L&S
2017 KUMEU RIVER 'ESTATE' Chardonnay
North Island New Zealand 13.5% White
This was bottled in June 2018. The grapes for the 'Estate' wine are all hand-picked and come from vines planted between 1990 and 2000. The family have 6 vineyard plots that make up the 'Estate' w...(more info)L&S
2018 ESTATE PINOT NOIR Illahe Vineyards
Oregon USA 13.5% Red
Pinot Noir. Vegan, Organic
A brilliant new addition to our American range, we have been looking for an Oregon Pinot for quite some time and as soon as we tasted this we knew we had to have it. Deliciously fragrant with che...(more info)L&S
WISTON ESTATE Brut
England United Kingdom 12% White
Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir.
This 'calling card' Brut from Wiston is simply brilliant. With the hallmark fine, fresh cut - a purity of crisp fruit - it veers away from tartness but excites the plate with tingling juiciness....(more info)L&S
2017 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO Ginestreto Fuligni
Tuscany Italy 14% Red
The 2017 Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto is a joyous wine that captures all the richness of the vintage. Ample, creamy yet translucent, the 2017 is super-expressive today. Ripe red cherry, orange...(more info)Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
LEGRAS Blanc de Blancs Brut Grand Cru Chouilly R & L Legras NV
Champagne France 12% White
From the Grand Cru vineyards of Chouilly, this entirely Chardonnay champagne has pale colour, smooth weight and fresh flavour, with remarkable clean length and a zesty finish. A really exciting q...(more info)L&S
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