David Porter's Wine List

What I'm Drinking Now
At this time of year I find my self reaching to the wine-rack for something red and juicy. Of course there is always a moment when I just want some White and I love pure, bright wines full of energy and vim. The ludicrously joyful wines from Manni Nossing are often opened, but the brilliant value Sauvignon de Touraine from Lionel Gosseaume is hard to beat in terms of value for money. As the nights draw in I also often find myself wanting to drink Champagne, the perfect start to an evening whether celebrating or not. Legras Blanc de Blancs is fine and bright and dangerously drinkable or the more weighty Blanc de Noirs from Barnaut is another house favourite (both at incredible seasonal prices!). 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 tastes like it is from Bordeaux - it's a rare joy. Château Lauriol offers real refinement for a wine at this level, perhaps unsurprising when you note its great pedigree - as it is made by the superstar Thienpont family. This is a super value Bordeaux - something you don't hear too often sadly. Yet variety is key and so these mainstays are peppered with bottles from Burgundy like the magic Mercurey from Francois Raquillet or one of our fantastic Beaujolais growers. He there are 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.
David Porter in the vines