2016 PIES NEGROS RIOJA Crianza Bodegas y Viñedos Artuke Brothers Arturo and Kike (Artu-ke) are making such great wines in their beautiful corner of Rioja and this 2016 Pies Negro - their Crianza - is another complete gem. The long, cooler summer in 2016 allowed them to pick quite late without any over-intensity or over-ripeness at all.
One of the great thrills of working in this business is the chance to get into the cellars and taste wines straight from the barrel with the winemaker. To taste a wine in its most natural, 'un-mucked-about-with' state is a great experience.
Dreaming of a White Christmas, but some Red of course too! Christmas is the perfect time to indulge a little, in every quarter, wine included. This does not mean we all have to drink hugely expensive wine at every turn - no, what’s important is to make sure that what we do drink is perfect, every time.
We are constantly looking to expand our Italian selection and although we already have two excellent Chiantis on our list, we couldn't resist the brilliant ‘Le Fioraie’ wines from Piemaggio, hidden away in the Tuscan hills. Le Fioraie is a specific tract of land in the high ground of Castellina in Chianti – right at the heart of the Chianti Classico zone.
Yesterday we held our 'Annual Tasting' - the biggest showcase event for our wines each year. As we closed the doors of the beautiful Trinity House at just after 8.30 last night the whole team were 'abuzz' after a fabulous, exhilarating day of tasting, chatting to the 20 winemakers who came to present their wines and catching up with so many customers and journalists too.
"Every hillside, every elevation and aspect offers us a different micro-cru, and the pure expression of these unique sites has from the beginning defined our winemaking philosophy." Vérité Winemaker– Pierre Seillan Vérité is another international collaboration, here it is a partnership between the Jackson family & the celebrated Bordeaux winemaker Pierre Seillan.
We are delighted to offer one of our favourite Grande Marque Champagnes at a very special price until the end of September. Always elegant and fine, Taittinger is the perfect champagne to watch the sun set on summertime. Special Price per single bottle £31.95 - normally £39.
Louis Roederer is one of the very best of the Grande Marque Champagne producers. Perhaps most famous for its uber cuvée Cristal – the house’s real focus, however, is the Brut Premier. Made by the same team with the same principals in the cellar as its famous stablemate, this is a pure pleasure to drink.
'En Rama' style sherry is something we have championed since it first hit the market 8 years ago when Gonzales Byass released their fabulous, limited release Tio Pepe - straight from the barrel. 'En Rama' is the purest, least 'mucked-about-with' wine you can get your hands on, a rare chance to taste wines straight from the barrel just as the cellar master finds it.