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 new find Chateau Muret is a great example of this, offering a remarkably luxurious feel and depth 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.
2018 CHÂTEAU MURET Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc
Left Bank Bordeaux France 14.5% Red
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Youthful, perhaps, but this is ready to go and an absolute delight a the price, with deep colour, and an inviting spicy fruit nose. The most remarkable element of the tasting at this stage is the suppleness of the cool w...(read more)L&S
2019 TOURAINE LES SAUTERELLES Domaine de Pierre, Lionel Gosseaume
Loire France 12.5% White
Lionel continues to produce fabulous value Sauvignon and the 2019 is another cracker. Slightly fuller fruited than Sancerre, with ripe gooseberry and citrus, some lovely herbal touches and a bright lifted acidity making...(read more)L&S
WISTON ESTATE Brut
England United Kingdom 12% White
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier. Low-alcohol
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. The Pinot Noir and Pinot...(read more)L&S
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 quality Champagne which (s...(read more)L&S
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