Bordeaux 2020
2020 is the third in a trilogy of outstanding vintages for the region. View the wines as soon as they’re released here.

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N/V Zéro Brut Nature, Champagne Tarlant (2012 Base Vintage)

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

The Tarlant family have been proudly growing grapes in the Vallée de la Marne since 1687. Their cellars are set in the village of Oueilly, and here brother and sister team, Benoit and Melanie Tarlant, have contributed a significant slice to Champagne's history (custodians of rare varieties and practitioners of long lees ageing). Their wines offer exceptional value for money to boot, particularly given the length of ageing they didecate before release. The Zéro Brut Nature is the signature cuvée of the Tarlant family, and the current release, based on the 2012 vintage, could not be a finer example of the quality of craftsmanship found in their wines. It is tight, chalky, vinous feeling, with the scent of green apple and the crunch of fresh acidity. Its six years ageing in bottle before disgorgement adds depth and creaminess. Blind, you'll trip over yourself saying its Krug. If we had a 'house' grower champagne, this would be it.

Ready: 2021 - 2029
from £26.00
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2020 Cinsault 'Geronimo', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

For Lukas, a good glass of Cinsaut should be like jumping into weightlessness, shouting Geronimo. This comes predominantly from 40+ year old vines on the Helderberg, and is one of our favourite Cinsauts from South Africa. Floral and fine, with citrus lift and real salinity, it's an absolute beauty. Slightly chilled, it's ready to go right away - but it will surely age brilliantly, too.

Young: 2021 - 2030

2020 Cabernet Franc 'Breton', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Dry | Red | Still | 13%

Lukas is a huge fan of Loire Cabernet Franc, and the Breton is definitely more in this style than most examples from the country. The 2020 is perfumed, with notes of violets and a minty lift, while the palate is silky, saline, and very long indeed. It's from the Polkedraai, from the estate where Lukas lives, and the wine is the hidden gem of his range. Not to be missed.

Young: 2023 - 2034

2020 Château Guillot-Clauzel, Pomerol

Dry | Red | Still

The 2020 Guillot-Clauzel is a stunning Pomerol from a property that's well worth seeking out. Ripe yet finely judged, it's pure Pomerol through and through. But with quantities well down, this will be short supply.

Young: 2026 - 2047

2011 Grand Cellier Rubis, Vilmart et Cie

Dry | Rosé | Sparkling | 12.5%

Vilmart is a Champagne house prized by connoisseurs, and their rosé cuvée shimmers with elegance. Laurent Champs is the ffth generation of his family to make these wines, and he’s a man of passion and skill. His exacting standards in his vineyards and winery ensure exceptional wines every vintage.

Ready: 2021 - 2031

2020 Syrah 'Graft', Lukas van Loggerenberg

Dry | Red | Still | 13.5%

The 2020 Graft, Syrah from the Polkedraai, is a wonderfully pure, peppery expression of Syrah. There's high-toned fruit that's lifted and floral, and then there's silky tannins and plenty of freshly ground pepper on the finish. Really suave and cool, this is one of SA's best Syrahs.

Young: 2023 - 2034

2010 Cœur de Cuvée, Vilmart et Cie

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12.5%

Laurent Champs, owner and Chef de Cave of Vilmart, is one of Champagne’s unsung heroes. The house has been in his family for five generations, and he now farms 11 hectares and makes wines of haunting beauty. His champagnes some of the most flavoursome wines we know, with visceral freshness thanks to blocked malolactic fermentation, and superb concentration. The Cœur de Cuvée is his top wine, and even in the difficult vintage of 2010 is an unqualified success.

Ready: 2021 - 2031

2004 L'Aérienne, Champagne Tarlant

Dry | White | Sparkling | 12%

This blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from an outstanding vintage is drinking superbly after some bottle age. With this time it has developed a wonderfully textural depth, with notes of tarte tatin and crème pâtissière. It finishes with tremendous energy and zip. The Tarlant family have been proudly growing grapes in the Vallée de la Marne since 1687. Their cellars are set in the village of Oueilly, and here brother and sister team, Benoit and Melanie Tarlant, have contributed a significant slice to Champagne's history (custodians of rare varieties and practitioners of long lees ageing). Their wines offer exceptional value for money to boot, particularly given the length of ageing they didecate before release.

Ready: 2021 - 2030
from £57.00
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N/V Cuvée 744, Jacquesson

White | Sparkling | 12.5%

Jacquesson's 744 is the floral, saline, and deceptively long iteration of their classic non-vintage blend, with the 2016 vintage at its heart. It is dry and incisive, with the mousse tightly wrapped around a lemon slice core of grippy acidity and concentrated, precise length. It is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the finest villages of the Montagne de Reims (Aÿ, Hautvillers and Dizy) and the Côte des Blancs (Avize and Oiry). A miniscule dosage of 0.75g/l is superbly integrated with the fruit and textural body of the wine. The 744 shows the sheer quality of fruit integral to the Jacquesson style.

Ready: 2021 - 2031

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