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2022 Riesling Grand Cru Rangen de Thann, Clos St Urbain, Zind Humbrecht Dry | White | Still

This is a spectacular vineyard. It’s an impossibly steep slope of compressed volcanic ash, producing wines of breathtaking minerality and complexity. It is the most southerly of the Alsace Grands Crus, and the quality of its wines has been documented as far back as the 12th century. Here you’ll find a breadth of fruit, with a distinctly smoky mineral tone. The palate has an effortlessly silky flow with the undeniable tension and power of a grand cru. (dry)

Young: 2025 - 2038
2022 Riesling, Grand Cru Sommerberg, Zind Humbrecht Dry | White | Still

This magnificent slope rises up behind the village of Niedermorschwihr. It’s extremely steep, and produces wines of superb power and scintillating tension from its sedimentary volcanic soils. Zind Humbrecht only released this wine for the first time in 2019. The parcel was bought in 2010 and replanted after a few fallow years, in 2013. High density planting (9000 vines/hectare) and the steepness of the slope here have pushed the young vines to produce something really quite extraordinary. This 2022 is distinctly floral and aromatic. (dry)

Young: 2025 - 2035
2022 Riesling, Grand Cru Hengst, Zind Humbrecht Dry | White | Still

This vineyard’s south-east exposure enjoys the warmth of the Colmar micro-climate, and its marl-rich red limestone soils are well equipped for hot, dry weather. Its wine is powerful and smooth, with a compelling length and spicy lift. (dry)

Young: 2025 - 2035
2020 L'Emerico Pinot Noir, Ottin, Vallee d'Aosta, Italy Red | Still

From a single, south east facing slope, this is fresh and fine, with lovely balance and a wonderful core of delicate fruit. There’s some spice from the oak, but this is refined and well-judged, and the finish has the same granitic salinity that defines Ottin’s wines. A wonderful Pinot Noir.

Young: 2025 - 2035
2021 Petite Arvine 'Nuances' , Ottin, Valle d'Aosta, Italy White | Still

This comes from a single vineyard planted in 1997, and is a seriously mineral, structured, impressive expression of Petite Arvine. There’s so much salinity here, as well as a core of orchard fruit, and remarkable length. Just a brilliant Italian white.

Ready: 2024 - 2030
2022 Pinot Noir, Ottin, Valle d'Aosta, Italy Red | Still

Always a delicious, delicate, fresh expression of Pinot Noir, with loads of crunchy red fruit, fresh cherries, and also plenty of spice. This is so open for business, and so tasty, but this will also age very nicely indeed.

Ready: 2024 - 2033
2022 Petite Arvine, Ottin, Valle d'Aosta, Italy White | Still

This is a fascinating white, made in such a refined, mineral style. Very pure, with apple fruit and some honeysuckle, but also a mouthwatering salinity on the finish. Brilliant on its own, but also with food.

Young: 2024 - 2028
2022 Fumin, Ottin, Vallee d'Aosta, Italy Red | Still

An indigenous grape variety of the Aosta Valley, this is an endearingly rustic red, that maintains poise, purity, and lots of energy. It’s like a cross between Gamay and Syrah, with a deep colour, bright fruit, and then an almost chocolate-tinged finish. Delicious, and with brilliant acidity a wonderful pairing for barbecue food.

Ready: 2024 - 2031
2023 Sancerre Caillottes, François Cotat Dry | White | Still

For many, François Cotat is the defining name of Sancerre. Even fine wine afficionado who claim not to like Sauvignon Blanc love his wines. Caillottes is his most accessible and up front wine, coming from a blend of parcels around the village of Chavignol, on the chalky limestone soils. Even so, this has the finesse and poise to age for many years.

Young: 2025 - 2037
2023 Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, François Cotat Dry | White | Still

This is the defining site of Sancerre, and akin to a grand cru in the appellation. It is the steep slope that runs the length of the Chavignol village and its south-facing aspect and terres blanches soils produce the appellation’s most powerful and long-lived wines. François’s wine perfectly captures the power and finesse of this great site, with statuesque poise.

Young: 2026 - 2038

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