We have around 125 wines which we feel reflect the world’s most interesting wine regions and styles – old, new, established, iconoclastic, white, red, pink, orange… We do not have a specific focus and we are a broad church. At the lower end of the list our wines have been sourced from small producers and lesser well-known importers. At the top we hope to represent some of the world’s best wines and winemakers (some of which are only available in the UK on this list) at particularly good prices. In addtion, each week we offer several special fine wines by the glass using the Coravin wine preservation system. Please ask us what’s on offer this week. OR, BEFORE YOU START BEER Kernel Table Beer (330ml) Mahrs Brau Pilsner Lager (330ml) £4 £5 CIDER AND PERRY Eric Bordelet’s Sidre Brut (750ml) Eric Bordelet’s Poire Granit (750ml) £22 £39 COCKTAIL Mauro Vergano’s Americano and Soda £6 QCH Damson Sloe Gin and Soda £7 White Port and Tonic £7 Bloody Mary £7 Martini£8 Negroni£8 WINE WINES BY GLASS SHERRY NV El Maestro Sierra Fino Spain, Jerez | Palomino A small glass of excellent fino to get you started - from a traditional bodega this is perfectly savoury and expressive. SPARKLING WINES / CHAMPAGNE NV Colet Vins Vatua! Spain, Penedes | 3 different varieties 3 different grapes make this blend in the Penedes vineyards, just south of Barcelona. They could label it a cava but choose not to. NV Ville de la Reine ‘Blanc de Blancs’ Grand Cru France, Champagne | Chardonnay Very noble and correct, 100% Chardonnay means it’s crisper and smoother than most for the price. WHITE 2013 Sola Fred ‘Blanco’ Spain, Montsant | Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca A satisfying and surprisingly elegant blend of fruity Macabeo and robust Garnacha Blanca. 2013 Mittelheimer Edelmann Trocken, Weingut Mehrlein Germany, Rheingau | Riesling Pretty chuffed to have found a delightful (and delightfully priced) riesling. Clear fruit and just a touch of sweetness make this a great way to start things off. 2012 Jurançon Sec, Cuvade Preciouse, Domaine Montesquiou France, South West | Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Petit Courbu This is a brilliant wine bar bottle - fresh enough for an aperitif, but big enough to go with any food. One of our new favourites. 2012 Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Maison Verget France, Burgundy | Chardonnay An excellent Premier Cru chablis from a master winemaker. The freshness of the Vaillons classified climat is perfect for chablis. 70 ML 125 ML £5 125 ML £7.5 £11 125 ML £4.5 £6 £7.5 £9 ROSE 2012 Chateau de Roquefort ‘La Grele’ France, Southern France| Grenache, Cincault, Mourvedre et al A stunning rosé with a story - a co-operative effort from the friends of one of the region’s best winemakers whose crop was wiped out by hail. £7 RED 2009 Chateau Thenac ‘Fleur du Thenac Rouge’ France, Bergerac | Cabernet Sauvignon et al This is a very decent wine which has found its way to us at an even more decent price. Not complex or difficult, but rich and very well-structured. Intense red fruit and a bit of spice. 2012 Emilio Valerio Tinto Navarra Spain, Nav | Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Fantastic value from a very ambitious biodynamic estate. This is a lovely blend of three grapes expressed very nicely in the diverse terrain of Navarre in Northern Spain. 2012 Pierano Estates ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ USA, California | Zinfandel Californian zinfandelse are often dismissed as being too expensive and too sweet- this is neither. Fresh fruit and raw heat softened by rich old vines. Chocolatey. 2010 ‘Côtes de Nuits Villages’ Michel Mallard France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir Mike Duck, as we have affectionately named this master of red Burgundy, makes the kind of consistent, savoury reds you could drink every night. 2003 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St Estephe France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend Value in Bordeaux is rare which is why we’re so pleased with this. Heady, rich but refreshing this is perfect bordeaux for the price all the cigar-box and blackcurrant charm of very good claret. SWEET 125 ML £4.5 £5.5 £9 £9 £10 100 ML 2014 Ca’ D’Gal Moscato D’Asti Lumine £7 Italy, Piedmont | Moscato Bianco This is a great moscato from a fine producer of lighter styles. Oranges and peach on the palate and a gentle fizz - very good on its own or with fruity/creamy dessert. 2004 Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes £10 France, Bordeaux | Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle Far fresher than many a 10-year old sauternes, this tastes like a good apple tart. Rich but never too sweet. 1936 Château Sisqueille ‘Rivesaltes’ £9 (50ml)/£18 (100ml) France, Roussillon | Grenache Blanc/Noir Blend An amazing ‘Vin Doux Naturel’ - full toffee and citrus flavour but still quite light and fun for something nearly 80 years old! SPARKLING WINES & CHAMPAGNE SPARKLING WINES HALF BOTTLES WHITE OUT / IN NV Colet Vins Vatua! Spain, Penedes | 3 different grapes Calm and soothing wintry fizz. 3 different grapes make this blend in the Penedes vineyards, just south of Barcelona. They could label it a cava but choose not to. 2013 i Clivi, RBL Spumante Brut Nature Italy, Friuli | Ribolla Gialla Bone dry, 10.5%, low residual sugar and slighlty saline - a truly brilliant aperitif. NV Jour de Fête, Marie and VIncent Tricot Rose France, Auvergne | Gamay Effervescent rose, fruity and with a very light sweetness, this will bring a little summer back into your life on a dark winter’s night. £29 £44 £48 OUT / IN 2013 Chablis Domaine Tremblay Village France, Burgundy | Chardonnay A summery but serious Chablis. Very honest winemaking. 2013 Abadia de San Campio, Bodegas Terras Gauda Spain, Galicia | Albariño Classic, fresh albarino from a very reliable source. 2013 Chablis ‘Montmains’ Domaine Tremblay Premier Cru France, Burgundy | Chardonnay M. Tremblay’s Premier Cru version. A cut above. 2012 Coddington Chardonnay, Kumeu River New Zealand, Auckland | Chardonnay Our favourite New World chardonnay - rich and creamy. £18 £22 £27 £35 RED CHAMPAGNE NV Ville de la Reine ‘Blanc de Blancs’ Grand Cru France, Champagne | Chardonnay Very noble and correct, 100% Chardonnay means it’s crisper and smoother than most for the price. NV Les Vignes de Montgueux, Jacques Lassaigne France, Champagne | Chardonnay Made with natural yeasts and organic methods, this is wonderfully fresh and full champagne. Great with food. NV Chartogne-Taillet Rosé Brut France, Champagne | Pinot Noir, Chardonnay A wonderful rose champagne for the price - very elegant indeed from a light-touch winemaker who learnt his craft at Selosse. NV Vouette et Sorbee ‘Fidele’ Extra Brut France, Champagne | Pinot Noir An intense and rewarding champagne. Deep gold and toasty made from barrel-fermented pinot this is the best ‘blanc de noirs’ we’ve ever tasted. NV Krug ‘Grande Cuvee’ France, Champagne | Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier Krug doesn’t do ordinary non-vintage champagne -just one of the most luxurious cuvées in the world. This is the flagship and it’s very special - smoky nose and soft fruit. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £57 £73 £79 £95 2005 Château La Croix Lartigue Cotes de Castillon France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend A very decent Bordeaux from an excellent vintage. 2013 Domaine de la Mordoree, Cotes du Rhone ‘La Dame Rousse’ France, Rhone | Southern Rhone Blend Exceptional, modern-style Rhone with lots of bite. 2011 Château du Cedré Cahors France, Cahors | Malbec Widely regarded as the leading estates in Cahors - the true home of Malbec. Rich and spicy. A real winter warmer. 2011 Domaine Gachot-Monot Cotes de Nuits Villages Les Chaillots France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir Textbook red burgundy for when 2 glasses just isn’t enough. £140 WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £18 £19 £26 £34 WHITE 2013 Sola Fred Spain, Montsant | Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca A very satisfying and surprisingly-elegant blend of fruity Macabeo and robust Grenache. 2013 Chateau Clement-Termes ‘David’ France, South West | Sauvignon Blanc, Mauzac A fruity and floral favourite from Gaillac deep in the South West of France where we find some of our best value whites. This can be an aperitif but also lovely with fish. 2013 Clip Portugal, VInho Verde | Loureiro Very clear, crisp and clean summer white wine. This is very drinkable but also complex - no mean feat at 11% abv - and unlike many other wines from Vinho Verde, it has real character. 2013 Mittelheimer Edelmann Trocken, Weingut Mehrlein Germany, Rheingau | Riesling Pretty chuffed to have found a delightful (and delightfully priced) riesling. Clear fruit and just a touch of sweetness make this a great way to start things off. 2013 Domaine Beauséjour ‘Les Grenettes’ Touraine France, Loire | Sauvignon Blanc Philippe and Véronique Trotignon of Domaine Beauséjour work very hard at the lean soils of their cool vineyards, giving textbook crisp and vibrant Loire valley sauvignon. 2013 Pampaneo Blanco, Esencia Rural Spain, La Mancha | Airén Esencia Rural enjoy wide variations of temperature for their old, ungrafted vines creating fresh, approachable natural wine. 2013 ‘Force Majeur’ Johan Meyer South Africa, Swartland | Chenin Blanc Sophisticated for a wine of such youth, this is bottled unfiltred allowing the nutty, appley notes of chenin maximum freshness. 2013 Luis Pato Maria Gomes Portugal, Barraida| Maria Gomes From one of our favourite maker of entry-level wines anywhere in the world comes a complex and rich white with great balance between citrus and minerality. A real winner for the price. 2013 Txacoli, Gaintza Spain, Getaria | Gros Manseng, Hondarrabi Zuri Made in the same way, by the same family since 1926, Txacoli is best when traditional. This is clean, fresh and light at 11.5%. £21 OUT / IN WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £23 £24 £27 £27 £27 £29 £31 £33 2013 Bergerie de l’Hortus, Classique Blanc £35 OUT / IN France, Languedoc | Roussanne, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon A great find from a region’s whose whites can be a bit tough, This is light and fresh but with some of the heady fruit you would expect from bold grapes. 2013 Monteforche Cassiara Bianco £38 Italy, Veneto | Garganega, Moscato Bianco Wonderfully herbaceaous and stone-fruity biodynamic white near Padova. Just the thing for chicken or white fish. 2012 Jurançon Sec, Cuvade Preciouse, Domaine Montesquiou £39 France, South West | Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Petit Courbu This is a brilliant wine bar bottle - fresh enough for an aperitif, but big enough to go with any food. One of our new favourites. 2012 Jean Maréchal ‘Les Monts Damnés’ Sancerre £45 France, Loire | Sauvignon Blanc We think this is a great Sancerre. A bit more complex than most and ideal with some fish or as an aperitif. Dry but not simple. 2012 Catarratto, Nino Barraco£45 Italy, Sicily | Catarratto Nino’s jet black soils are a fertile bed for catarratto vines - giving this wine smoke and saltiness in equal measure. Thrilling. 2012 Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons Maison Verget £49 France, Burgundy | Chardonnay An excellent Premier Cru chablis from a master winemaker. The freshness of the Vaillons classified climat is perfect for chablis. Cheaper chablis can be found but better value than this is rare. 2011 Cantina Giardino ‘Adam’ £55 Italy, Campanie | Greco A great orange wine. Greco can often be boring - not with 20 year old vines and 4 days of skin contact. 2011 Villa Diamante, Vigne delle Congregazione £59 Italy, Campania| Fiano Vivid gold in colour and incredibly ripe but with youthful citrus that makes you want to sip again. The best example of this grape we’ve come across. 2012 Le Coste di Gradoli, Bianco £61 Italy, Lazio| Procanico Rich and big but no sulphur and no so2 and yet delicious. A very hard trick to pull off - but perhaps easier if you have the unique soils of the village of Gradoli and some devoted winemakers. This is absolutely lovely - pears and peaches and lots of grip. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE WHITE (CONTINUED) OUT / IN GREAT WINEMAKERS Here is a small selection of our favourite whites from winemakers of exceptional dedication and skill. They are all different in style, price and method but share a total commitment to expressing their region’s finest white grapes in the best way possible. 2012 La Biancara Angiolino Maule ‘Sassaia’ Bianco Italy, Veneto | Garganega ‘Nature is queen’ say Angiolino and Rosamaria Maule - an approach which suits the delicately aromatic garganega perfectly. Aged in stainless steel, it is fresh but complex. 2011 Richard Leroy ‘Les Noels de Montbenault’ France, Loire | Chenin Blanc This is stunning value for one of our favourite wines on the list. Unctuous, quince-like chenin blanc fruit which just goes on and on. Richard Leroy is one of the region’s great winemakers and plays only by his rules - precise wine-making and maximum expression of the grape - rather than any AOC template meaning this is labelled as humble old ‘VIn de France’. Don’t be fooled. 2001 Carl von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Spätlese Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Riesling A wine to show why many consider riesling to be the most complex white grape of them all - this is one of our favourites and from one of the ancestors of the orignal C. Von Schubert. Peach and honey on the palate, with some tart apply acidity to balance. One of the great rieslings and a real treat to have it with some age. 2012 PY Colin-Morey, Montagny ‘Les Burnins’ Premier Cru France, Burgundy | Chardonnay Drinking beautifully now, Montagny may be a lesser-known name in Burgundy but in the safe hands of PYCM it’s elevated to something truly delicious - crisp, citrus acidity but creamy on the finish. 2010 PY Colin-Morey, Pernand-Vergelesses Sous Fretille Premier Cru France, Burgundy | Chardonnay Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey’s incredibly pure chardonnay’s are now some of the most sought after worldwide. Hence why we have two. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £42 £59 £79 £65 2012 Domaine Yves Cuilleron ‘Chaillets’ Condrieu France, Rhône | Viognier A King in Condrieu – a wine which is great when good and dreadful when bad. Cuilleron deals solely in the former. This is rich, creamy and perfect with food. 2007 Chablis la Forest, Domaine René et Vincent Dauvissat France, Burgundy | Chardonnay A truly exceptional white burgundy making a strong case that the traditional methods of making chardonnay in this corner of France are yet to be bettered anywhere. In perfect nick. £89 OUT / IN £145 ROSE 2013 Cuna de la Poeta ‘Rosado’ Spain, Rioja | Garnacha Noir, Tempranillo Nothing wrong with this. Fruit and freshness in perfect balance. 2012 Château de Roquefort ‘La Grele’ France, Southern France | Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre et al Hail destroyed nearly all of Château de Roquefort’s vineyards grapes within 7 minutes. Calls were made and soon the best producers in Bandol were sending parcels of fruit so 2012 wouldn’t go by without some rosé made by Raimond de Villeneuve and his team. This is the result. 2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol France, Provence | Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre As with all Bandols, this has more weight and character than most. Rich, peachy palate - could last throughout the meal. From our favourite rose producer in the world. £21 £33 £85 WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £61 RED 2009 Château Thenac ‘Fleur du Thenac Rouge’ £21 OUT / IN France, Bergerac | Cabernet Sauvignon et al This is a very decent wine which has found its way to us at an even more decent price. Rich and very well-structured this is a house red of great pedigree and class. 2012 Emilio Valerio Tinto Navarra £24 Spain, Nav | Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Fantastic value from a very ambitious biodynamic estate. This is a lovely blend of three grapes expressed very nicely in the diverse terrain of Navarre. 2013 ‘Z’ Zinfandel £24 South Africa, Swartland | Zinfandel Very fresh and vibrant - this is much more precise than many New World zinfandels. Made by Craig Hawkins, who makes more natural-focused top-end reds, it has zero sweetness. Just fruit. 2013 Quinta Milú £27 Spain, Ribera del Duero | Tempranillo Incredibly fresh and lively - the complete opposite of heavily oaked Tempranillo. This is a great ‘table wine’ to be drunk over lunch or with a few small plates. Dry finish. Quite un-Spanish. 2010 Domaine Santa Duc Les Plans, Vin de Pays du Vaucluse £29 France, Rhone | Southern Rhone Blend An ideal Southern Rhone and a great deal of high quality winemaking for the money. This is deliciously savoury and one of the real bargains from our recent tastings. Santa Duc make all kinds of special cuvees but this is just as well-made. 2012 Beaujolais Villages, Les Vignes de Thulon, Jean-Marc Burgaud £29 France, Beaujolais | Gamay A delicious, earthy summery-but-not-sweet gamay from the hilly vineyards of Chateau du Thulon. Fine value from a great winemaker. 2013 Monteforche, Lo Sfuso di Collina £30 Italy, Veneto | Cabernet Franc Not your typical Italian red, but all the better for it - crunchy and slightly herbaceous. Very drinkable, unfussy and unfiltered table wine. A nice winter alternative to Beaujolais. 2011 Domaine des Terres Falmet, Vin de Pays d’Oc Mourvèdre £32 France, Languedoc | Mourvedre Biodynamic style, old vines and the studious method of winemaker Yves Falmet suit Mourvedre (intense and occasionally tempestuous) perfectly. Delicious. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE .2013 Domaine Metrat ‘La Roilette’ Fleurie £34 OUT / IN France, Beaujolais | Gamay A truly delightful Fleurie that can come from the cellar or the fridge as you wish. Rich strawberry -ish nose and slightly fuller fruit than you would expect. A perfect light red with some bar plates. 2008 Château Carignan Premieres Cotes Bordeaux £36 France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend Textbook ‘claret’ and unapologetically old-school. Delicious with meat or charcuterie and at a sensible price. 2011 Clos Ouvert “Huasa” £39 Chile, Maule | Pais A different Chilean red - using a local grape in a very pure valley protected by the Pacific and the Andes. Robust and fruity. 2013 Sébastien Bobinet Saumur-Champigny ‘Hanami’ £39 France, Loire | Cabernet Franc Ideal saline and strawberry cab franc from one of our favourite producers in the Loire, No sulphur, lots of flavour. 2012 Pierano Estates ‘Old Vine Zinfandel’ £39 USA, California | Zinfandel Californian zinfandelse is often dismissed as being too expensive and too sweet- this is neither. Fresh fruit and raw heat softened by rich old vines. Chocolatey. 2013 Cascina Tajvine ‘Ruche’ £41 Italy, Piedmont | Rucher Not a grape you see often, ruche, is more more floral than some Piedmontese reds. Very savoury though too. Friend of meat. 2012 Cantina Giardino ‘Le Fole’ £43 Italy, Campania | Aglianico Lots and lots of bang for your buck here - heady and rich, normally befitting 75 year old wines. ‘Nebbiolo of the South’. 2010 ‘Côtes de Nuits Villages’ Michel Mallard £44 France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir Mike Duck, as we have affectionately named this master Burgundian, makes the kind of savoury reds you could drink every night. 2011 Domaine Romaneaux-Desteze, Hervé Souhaut £47 France, Rhone | Syrah Unfiltered Syrah from ancient vines opposite the hills of Hermitage, this is full of black cherries and violets. Delicious introduction for those suspicious of natural wine. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE RED (CONTINUED) OUT / IN 2011 Gerard Boulay Sancerre Rouge £49 France, Loire | Pinot Noir The bright colour of this pinot and its green notes on the nose single it out as a perfect game or lamb wine. 2006 Ar.Pe.Pe Stella Retica £59 Italy, Lombardy | Nebbiolo Our old friends ArPePe make stunning nebbiolo way up in the alps with vines dug straight into rock creating pure, mineral fruit. BIG, BOLD AND GOOD WITH A CHOP Here are a few punchy reds sourced from some of the finest red wine producing regions in the world. None of them possess subtletly, but they are all big, beefy, warming and ideal for the winter months. They should go nicely with aged meat, game birds etc - and some English cheese if the bottle makes it that far. 2008 Caiarossa ‘Pergolaia’ Toscana £43 Italy, Tuscany | Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese Made by a winemaker from Margaux in the rich soils of the Tuscan coast, this is a beatifully smooth wine which still manages to have the intense personality of all good Italian reds 2003 Château Capbern-Gasqueton St Estephe £53 France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend Value in Bordeaux is rare which is why we’re so pleased with this. Heady, rich but also refreshing this is perfect claret for the price. 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Raymond Usseglio£69 France, Rhône | Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre Two brothers, sons of Italian immigrants, set up wineries in Châteauneuf du Pape. The recognition went initially to Pierre, but Domaine Raymond, now represented by his son, Stéphane, is also reaping the rewards of excellence. Rich and warming, this is all that a classic CDP should be. 1998 Vega Sicilia, Alion £94 Spain, Ribera del Duero and Toro | Tempranillo From the grand old name of Spanish winemaking, Alion spends a year in French oak and opens up beautifully once decanted. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE GREAT WINEMAKERS OUT / IN 4 wines from 4 of our favourite winemakers. Their bottles, whatever the vintage, always seem to express their personality from Alain Chabanon’s dry but charming merlot to Chris Camarda at Andrew Will and his vines near Seattle surely the world’s finest teetotal winemaker. 2012 Alain Chabanon, Le Petit Merle Aux Alouettes France, Languedoc | Merlot This is a very serious wine from a seriously talented winemaker. All the wild fruit of the Languedoc in the rare guise of merlot. 2009 Domaine Matassa, Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes France, Roussillon | Carignan Savoury and spicy like all great Carignan this carries with it a taste of sun-drenched soil it grows on. Meaty natural-ish wine from two Kiwis high up in the hills of Roussillon. 2011 Lucy Margaux ‘Monmeith’ Australia, Adelaide Hills| Pinot Noir A refreshing example of new world pinot noir, from one of Australia’s most dynamic winemakers 1997 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Spain, Rioja | Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo From the kings of Rioja, LdH’s Vina Tondonia is perennially under-rated and always delicious, especially the ‘97, whose dark cherry fruit is now coming to the fore. We may also have something else old and fun if this has sold out. £42 £62 £69 £84 2011 4 Kilos, Grimalt y Caballero £63 Spain, Mallorca | Callet, Fogoneu Two lovely (but virtually unknown) indigenous grapes combine and 1000 bottles are made. Wonderfully savoury and truly unique. 2009 Savigny les Beaune ‘les Serpentieres’, Michel Mallard Premier Cru £67 France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir A great Burgundy from our favourite and very under-rated producer. Rich, strawberry fruit and nice age. 2010 Au Bon Climat ‘Santa Maria Valley’ £71 USA, California | Pinot Noir A real crowd pleaser from one of California’s masters of the variety, Jim ‘Wild Boy’ Clendenen. Californian sweetness but with a very obvious nod to the more subtle elegance of good Burgundy. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE RED (CONTINUED) OUT / IN TWO EXCELLENT BORDEAUX Winter is a time for claret and should you feel like pushing the boat out here are 2 that are on fantastic form and well worth treating yourself too. All from chateaux that, whilst not forgetting the basics, look to a more, modern clean style. 2007 Domaine de ChevalIer Pessac Léognan France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend A wonderful Bordeaux from a favourite of ours who always manage to produce rich, silky and savoury wines perfect for lots of our food. Dry and long on the finish. A treat for Bordeaux fans from an estate often associated with putting flavour and moreishness above the importance of tannin and structure. These are wines for the table not the cellar and something which would go well with anything on our butchers’ board. 2003 Chateau Sociando-Mallet Haut-Medoc France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend All the cigar-box tannins you would expect from a 2003 but lighter and more ready than most. Very fresh fruit and remarkable refreshing for something from a famously hot and unforgiving vintage. This has taken from the baking hot summer months of 2003 an almost sultry quality which balances nicely with Socaindo-Mallet’s trademark commitment to being refresing and delicious above all else. £94 £99 1994 Clos de l’Obac, Costers del Siurano £135 Spain, Priorat | Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cariñena A stunning Priorat from a noble estate - ageing nicely and at its peak now - a perfect expression of this recently-discovered but now universally-admired corner of Spain. A very decent price given you can drink the inferior ‘96 in Mayfair for £300. Very limited stock. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE 1999 Maison Vincent Girardin Chambolle-Musigny ‘Les Cras’ 1er Cru France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir Dark, forest fruit from a rare bottling by Girardin. This has a longer finish than you might expect and a nice tussle between acidity and ripe, almost jammy fruit. Great balance. 2002 Domaine Robert Arnoux Chambolle-Musigny, Cotes de Nuits France, Burgundy | Pinot Noir A real testament to the art of winemaking and one for pinot purists - Pascal Lachaux uses no fining or filtering to create very polished, special wines. A gem from a pinot genius. Just a couple left but well worth grabbing one while you can, this is a very cerebral slice of Burgundy and a nice contrast to more modern styles of pinot found elsewere on this list. 1996 Dom de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Chneuf-du-Pape France, Rhone | Southern Rhone Blend A brilliant CDP from a vintage whose time has come - lovely secondary notes of dark chocolate and warm, punchy grenache fruit gives this a kind of complexity married with freshness which you only really get from aged Rhone reds. One of the finest wines we’ve had on any of our lists. 1979 Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée du Clos de la Dioterie France, Loire | Cabernet Franc A legend in the Loire, we’re not sure there are many bottles of this left, so when we found them we took all 4 of them. When you pull the cork, it smells of a perfect freshly-mown lawn but as the bottle is poured it manages to keep almost all of its weight and could go nicely with any fish or even light red meat. Herbaceous, savoury and soft but incredibly fresh still this is incredibly special if the Loire is your thing. 2001 Gaja ‘Sperss’ Langhe Italy, Piedmont | Nebbiolo A forceful and almost spicy nebbiolo from the masters of Piedmontese red. Possesses the intensity that is Gaja’s trademark but with some of its initial zeal worn off - this is richly rewarding for ‘Gaja-nerds’ but also anyone who loves their nebbiolo on the spicier, more vivacious side. £140 OUT / IN £140 £145 £165 £180 WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE RED (CONTINUED) MAGNUMS OUT / IN OUT / IN CHAMPAGNE 2000 Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf St-Émilion France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend A great Bordeaux precisely because of its distinctly unBordeauxy characteristics. This is rich and ripe and ready - with an intese black fruit and tannins which seem so fully integrated you could almost call it Burgundian (if that wasn’t heresy). This will keep evolving a long while after being decanted. 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend Juicy, fragrant and still light on the finish. This was the sixtieth harvest at Mouton Rothschild - each bottle celebrates the auspicious vintage with a watercolour label depicting ‘dionysiac joy’. What’s inside should continue the theme. It is said its spiciness brings to mind the immortal 1961 vintage but sadly inexperience of such wine prevents us from commenting on that. Either way it has a glorious sweetness which develops hours after opening in the way that only great wines from this part of the world can. £395 N.V Pol Roger ‘Extra Brut’ £155 France, Champagne | Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay Not many more stylish ways to celebrate with a big group. This is not as sweet as some Pol. WHITE £675 2012 Mylene Bru ‘Lady Chasselas’ France, Languedoc | Chasselas In the mountains above Sete, Mylene Bru makes this firm and herb-y white from a grape more at home in the Savoie. The wild terrain suits it - lots of fennel on the palate and best with food. 2010 Kumeu River ‘Coddington Chardonnay’ New Zealand, Kumeu | Chardonnay Rich, full and ripe - this is stunning new world Chardonnay from one of its greatest exponents in New Zealand. £78 £115 RED 2012 Fattoria di Sammontana Chianti Italy, Tuscany | Sangiovese, Caniolo Nero A great example of the style, a young, early drinking Chianti, friendly, elegant and fresh with clean crunchy fruit. 2010 Chateau Villa Bel-Air Graves France, Bordeaux | Bordeaux Blend This is a very solid and jolly bordeaux, bursting with fruit and oak in just the right quantities. Only a couple left but lovely while it lasts. 2008 Villa Bellini Valpolicella Italy, Veneto | Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara, Rondinella Lovely, dry valpolicella fruit from a new type of Italian producer. 2010 St Joseph, L’Amarybelle, Domaine Yves Cuilleron France, Rhone | Syrah One of our favourite and most consistent winemakers - this is his finest red cuvee in our opinion. Opening up now, full and refeshing this is a really lovely magnum. WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE £64 £94 £125 £165 WINES AVAILABLE TO TAKE AWAY, SEE LAST PAGE SWEET AFTER OUT / IN 2014 Ca’ D’Gal Moscato D’Asti Lumine £34 Italy, Piedmont | Moscato Bianco This is a great bottle of moscato from a fine producer of Barolo. Oranges and peach on the palate and a gentle fizz - very good on its own or with fruity/creamy dessert. 2009 Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl HALF £37 France, Alsace | Pinot Gris Chock full of fruit - perfect with fruity desserts or even some of our rich first coures - this is one of our favourite sweet wines in the world. 2008 Bentomiz ‘Ariyanas Naturalmente Dulce’ HALF £37 Spain, Malaga | Moscatel Naturally sweet and grown at altitude giving it a freshness to pick you up, rather than weigh you down, this has never left the list since we tasted it the day we opened. 2004 Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes HALF £39 France, Bordeaux | Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon Far fresher than many a 10-year old sauternes, this tastes like a lovely apple tart. Rich but never too sweet. 2008 Ezio Cerruti, Sol HALF £51 Italy, Piedmont | Moscato Bianco Rare to find sweet wines which make you think but this does - sweet but clean and fresh. A variety of the ancient muscat grape, this is one of the most under-rated sweets.. 1936 Château Sisqueille ‘Rivesaltes’ £109 France, Roussillon | Grenache Blanc/Noir Blend A seriously lovely ‘Vin Doux Naturel’ - concentrated citrus flavour but still quite light and fun for something 79 years old. Will last 2 weeks open – keep the cork and take the rest home if you’d like. 1939 Domaine Pla Del Fount ‘Maury’ £119 France, Roussillon | Grenache Noir From a now extinct estate inland from Rivesaltes, this is the colour of treacle and tastes like it too. Intensely sticky and sweet but not lacking in complexity. OUT / IN PORT £25/£7 a glass (100ml) NV Niepoort “Ruby Dum’ and ‘Tawny Dee’ HALF Niepoort ports are made in a very modern style with an emphasis on fruit and freshness. The Ruby Dum is more youthful and perfect with a lighter dessert. Tawny Dee is ideal with a plate of cheese. . DIGESTIF Cognac - Ragnaud Sabourin VSOP A ‘boutique’ cognac from a small producer, made exclusively using grapes from the premier Grande Champagne designation. Calvados - Dupont’Pays D’Auge’ Made from 80 per cent bittersweet apples and 20 per cent acid apples, this is aged for 6 years and they claim it has a ‘sweet attack’ Poire Williams - G. Miclo ‘Tradition’ Made from pears grown in the Rhone valley and distilled at the family distellery in Alsace, this is a juicy and fruity eau du vie with notes of honey and oak. Grappa - Bepi Tosolini ‘Cividina’ Very traditional grappa made with a gentle hand by this master distiller who produces grappas of real freshness. Bas-Armagnac - Chateau de Lacaze 1990 Stunning old-school armagnac from a single domaine - a rare opportunity to try a beautifully aged digestif. Bas-Armagnac - Domaine de Pinas 1972 One for armagnac afficianados - this has incredible complexity and depth of flavour, from a wonderful single-vintage cru. Bas-Armagnac - Chateau de Gaube 1964 Hand-selected by the Darroze family, this is truly exceptional. Beatiful tawny colour and rich nutty, quince flavour. 35 ML £8 £8 £9 £7 £10 £18 £29 HOT / IN Coffee OUT £2.5 Coffee with milk £3 Thowra Tea from Assam £2.5 Darjeeling/Earl Grey/English Peppermint/Camomile £3 from The Rare Tea Company SPIRITS 35 ML Sipsmith ‘London Dry’ Gin Sipsmith ‘Sipping’ Vodka Blantons ‘Special Reserve’ Bourbon Ron Zacapa ‘Sistema Solera’ Rum Amaro Montenegro Ocho ‘Resposado’ Tequila Glenmorangie ‘Lasanta’ 12 year old Scotch £6 £6 £6 £6 £6 £6 £6 BUTCHERS & SHOP Our Butchers and Food Shop is open just next door 7 days a week. We are also a wine shop. All of our wines are available to take-away for £10 less than the price you see here. If there’s something you particularly like and would be interested in a few bottles for a party or an event, just let us know and we would be delighted to order it in for you. BUTCHERY CLASSES We host butchery classes next door led by Ollie, our head butcher. If you’re interested just let us know and we’ll take your details. PRIVATE ROOM Upstairs is our Private Room which seats 10 and can be booked for lunch or dinner. Let us know if you want to take a look and we’d be delighted to show it to you.
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