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  1. Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012 French White Wine

    Albert Bichot Saint-Romain 2012

    £26.00

    £26.00

    And very saintly it is too! It is incredibly approachable, with a natural grace that seems to shine down from above. A seriously appealing streak of elderberry and citrus peel notes on a mineral background bring it back down to earth, however, which is handy, as you'll need it down here if you're going to serve it with a creamy chicken and tarragon pie.

    Full-bodied with discreet oak adding warmth and creamy notes, this wine's supple, fleshy texture reminds you that, while saintly, it is definitely of this world.
  2. Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé 2015

    Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé 2015

    £16.00

    £16.00

    The first traces of the Bichot family track back to 1214. They settled in Burgundy in 1350, in their fief of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. The family's coat of arms has not changed since nor has its symbol, a doe (biche). Yep, you read that right, you just have to trust a winery that's coat of arms is older than most countries. Albert Bichot's coat of arms was around before America was a mere glint in Columbus' eye! We reckon they've got a secret handshake that predates the concept of commerce... probably learnt it form a woolly mammoth. Regardless, they have had a fair amount of time to hone their skill over at Bichot and it's very apparent in their wine. The Vire-Clesse has wonderfully intense aromas of lemon, peach and mango with subtle minerality on the finish. A timeless classic.
  3. Anette Closheim 'Rouge' 2015 German Red Wine

    Anette Closheim 'Rouge' 2015

    £11.75

    £11.75

    It was frustrating. Britta had a soft spot for well-built men; but she also liked the gentle touch. A little subtlety. Seemingly, you can't have both. However, she wasn't one to compromise. Holding out for the perfect partner, she rewrote her online dating profile to be a little more ambiguous. "Wanted, structured, spicy relationship with a well-made partner. Needs the body to deliver. Prefer smooth."

    Being old-fashioned, Dirk didn't quite understand. Bless. He hastened round to "he 'Woman of the Nahe', maker of potions, and she made him just the thing. A velvety composition, with flavours of chocolate, wild berries and mint. What woman could resist such a combo? Well, that remains to be seen... Dirk hasn't been spotted since he knocked on Britta's door.
  4. Anxo Martin Spanish White Wine

    Anxo MartÍn 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Sometimes we desperately lust for a relaxing getaway and a dose of healthy vitamin D, but often lack the finance for it. We at Oddbins have a solution for this - just crack open a bottle of this liquid sunshine! You will immediately be teleported to a beach: juicy mango in hand and white flowers in your hair. Surrounding you are passion fruit trees heavy with ripe fruits, and the sun above you shines golden. Breathe in and get lost in a world of exotic wonders... This is the magic Anxo Martín brings!
  5. Le Cigare Volant Bonny Doon Vineyards American White Wine

    Bonny Doon Vineyards Le Cigare Volant Blanc 2013

    £30.00

    £30.00

    It's one thing to have a knack for something, but Californian vintner Randall Grahm has a very peculiar knack for bringing traditional and more out-there techniques together to create a kind of beautiful third dimension. Whilst he studiously replicates the grape blends of France's Rhône Valley - earning himself the nickname 'The Rhône Ranger' - he also calls upon the astronomical calendar when attending to his beloved vines. Like a Zen master, he doesn't interfere with the process, preferring to let nature (wild yeasts) to do the work (fermentation). In the case of this white Rhône blend, this has resulted in transcendent finesse, with mystical aromas of lavender and quince, leading to a palate of mango and pear. Out of this world.
  6. Sancerre Bougrier 2015 white wine

    Bougrier Sancerre 2016

    £16.00

    £16.00

    This wine is so fist-thumpingly fresh, so buttock-clenchingly minerally, so eye-poppingly citrusy that, if you try it, you might for a moment mistake yourself for Brian Blessed, immediately start charging around, tearfully declaring "Gordon's alive!!" to anyone who'll listen and generally make yourself known to ear drums the world over. So, if you've ever wondered what it's actually like to be Brian Blessed, this is the wine for you.
  7. Cesar a Sumeire Rosé Wine France

    César à Sumeire Rosé 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    In the world of Provencal rosés, as with Victorian make-up, the general rule is the paler the better. This doesn't mean that they are wan wallflowers (as we imagine Victorian women) but, as with Cesar, they can be thrilling, vivacious, flavour-packed and racy wines.

    With an elegant nose of jasmine and wild rose and an ample palate of cranberries and lemon peel, there isn't a trace of sober Victoriana. Er, which isn't to say you shouldn't be sober at all times, officer.
  8. Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum - Rosé Wine

    Cabaret Rosé 2014 - Magnum

    £24.00

    £24.00

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014***

    It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite another to keep that line going for 700 years. Yet this is exactly what the wine-making Sumeire family, in Provence, has done.

    Located at the foot of the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which inspired artists like Cézanne, this historic winery has produced a classic Provencal rosé: feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.
  9. Cabaret Rosé 2016

    Cabaret Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    ***Silver at Decanter 2014***

    It's one thing to keep passing a business down to your children, it's quite another to keep that line going for 700 years. Yet this is exactly what the wine-making Sumeire family, in Provence, has done.

    Located at the foot of the magnificent Montagne Sainte-Victoire, which inspired artists like Cézanne, this historic winery has produced a classic Provencal rosé: feather-light and elegant, with fresh strawberry and cherry blossom notes.
  10. Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvigon Chilean Red Wine

    Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Chile does a number of things well: it does some pretty nice mountains and it can do miraculous escapes from mines very well but, here at Oddbins, we rather like them for their oh-so affordable, brilliant, fruit-forward wines. They have a particular knack with Cabernet Sauvignon, from which they have coaxed, in this particular instance, winning aromas of black cherries and berries and a palate of bilberries, cassis and mature blackberries, supported by soft and elegant tannins.
  11. Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    Château Teyssier Puisseguin-Saint-Émillion 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    We reckon this wine ticks what we consider to be two pretty major boxes: Firstly, it's tasty: it speaks eloquently of the Puisseguin Saint-Émilion terroir and is supple, well-structured, with impressive length and surprising fruitiness.

    Secondly it's cracking value: at £13.00 it is a come-hither Claret that won't break the bank. You could plonk this on any dinner table, happy in the knowledge that they'll love it and you're not skint.
  12. Chablis Jules Billaud Burgundy Wine

    Chablis Jules Billaud 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    There's a lot of fuss in Chablis about a precocious new talent called Samuel Billaud, of Billaud-Simon fame. He's regarded as one of the best wine producers in the region and definitely one to keep an eye on.

    Luckily for us (and possibly down to a family feud... but we're staying out of it) he has decided to branch out on his own, so we're ecstatic to introduce the Jules Billaud Chablis, made by Samuel exclusively for Oddbins under his eldest son's name. It's guaranteed to grab you firmly by the Chablis.
  13. Chatons du Cèdre 2014 (Red Wine)

    Chatons du Cèdre 2014

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Winemaker Pascal Léon Verhaeghe is a man who fell back in love with wine, after inheriting his family's mixed-culture estate in Cahors. After an encounter with his friend Jean-Marie Guffens (who comes from Pascal's family's native Flanders, and who makes our Verget wines) he went off to do a degree in oenology and generally get skilled-up.

    He came back to his family's vineyards and proceeded to work sympathetically with the land (the vineyards are certified organic) and has low yields and a large, attentive vineyard team.

    Chaton du Cèdre is fantastically black, with liquorice, red cherry and leather notes, and a rounded palate. We're so glad he rediscovered his roots.
  14. Cheverny Blanc 'Les Bruyeres' 2015 White Wine

    Cheverny Blanc 'Les Bruyeres' 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    The beautiful Loire Valley has long been famous for goat cheese. (Or is it goat's cheese? Or goats cheese? Goats' cheese maybe?) But one cheese in particular, preciously guarded by the locals that produce it, is esteemed above all others. The reason, it's lately become clear, is that the goats responsible are fed purely on a diet of heather (or Bruyeres, in French).

    The challenge was to find a wine that went perfectly with such a delicious nibble. Something peary, appley, honeyed at the edge, and refreshing enough to cut through the creamy delight! A contest was launched, and ambitious winemakers from miles around set to blending the perfect tipple. The prize, of course, a goat. Made out of cheese. Decorated with garlands of heather.
  15. Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian style. This slightly more buxom red is moreishly drinkable, soft and lip-smackingly ripe. The palate is still classic though - with dark cherry and plum. This really is the wine to match with your takeaway pizza and a good classic gangster movie.
  16. Cigarra Rosé Wine Portugal

    Cigarra Rosé 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Casa Santos Lima seem to have the Midas touch. We have half a mind to take all our jewellery over there and see if they can turn it all a shimmering gold. This is why we are stocking as many of their wines as possible, including the best-selling Quinta de Bons Ventos.
    This rosé wine has a beguiling, deep pink hue that, on the palate, reveals intense aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with excellent structure and balanced, refreshing acidity. All for £7.
  17. Clos Bellane "Altitude" Côtes du Rhône Rosé Wine 2013

    Clos Bellane "Altitude" Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    At Oddbins Towers we call this The Pink Panther. It bears no resemblance to the sneaky cartoon character in the title sequence of the film and its winemaker is certainly not a bumbling fool like Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

    No, we call this The Pink Panther because it's a diamond, a precious and brilliant diamond with a delicate pink hue. In fact this rosé wine is so good and has proven so popular we've had to employ Cato to protect it in our warehouse. He's just so unpredictable; half our staff are off with injuries.
  18. Cop de Ma Blanca  White Wine

    Cop de Ma Blanca 2014

    Now £7.20

    Was £8.00

    £7.20

    A vibrant Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia, from a producer whose name translates as 'lend a hand', with a label that refers to the Castells of Catalonia, the human pyramids that form an eye-popping attraction in so many public festivities in the region. The Castells, great symbols of co-operation, were declared by UNESCO in 2010 to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

    Crikey! But speaking of orals and intangibles, the region makes a remarkable amount of utterly wonderful wines, and we'd be delighted to let anybody give us a hand to drink this refreshing, creamy, green apple packed, delicious white wine!
  19. Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier White Wine

    Coteaux Du Giennois L'Oselier 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    The grape vines in the Loire Valley had taken a hiding the last few years. When Mother Nature finished flinging harrowing hail she summoned sizzingly searing summers. The weather gods wrath resulted in lower harvests and ...more importantly increased prices of the famous wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. Fear not damsels and dudes who adore these wines! Our knight in shining amour comes galloping from the slopes of the Cote Du Giennois. Heralding shining crispness, armed with orange, pears and flinty flavours. A heroic alternative to our aforementioned, besieged friends and a Sauvignon to shield us during hard times.
  20. Couleur De Rouge Red Wine

    Couleur De Rouge 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Claudia Serra is a specialist in the Languedoc region and produces some exceptional wines at Vignerons. All of the fruity wines produced are fresh and balanced while not to excessive in alcohol.
    The Couleur De Rouge is garnet red in colour with hints of blue. It offers a fresh and clean palate, with touches of red fruits and spice. On the finish it has fresh and mellow tannins.
  21. Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay White Wine

    Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay 2013

    £25.00

    £25.00

    Immediately upon opening are the delicious aromas of apple blossom and white peach, complimented by hints of crushed caper and cinnamon. Notes of fresh quince and spice add to the wines complexity. The palate is well structured and complex thanks to ageing in French barriques, leading to a clean fresh finish.
  22. Dom Gasnier Chinon 2016

    Dom Gasnier Chinon 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    They say the second mouse gets the cheese. Well, that's certainly the case for winemaker Gasnier. Unfortunately, though, he was the first mouse. Working closely with the land for so long, he'd come to realise how vitally everything was linked. It wasn't just living things that interacted one with the other, but inert material also had a part to play in the greater whole.

    With this in mind, he endeavoured to ensure his vineyards were in balance; organisms and inorganic matter in a self-regulating, synergistic system. He explained this to a group of visitors one warm afternoon, and maybe it's just coincidence. But a scientist amongst that group later came up with the theory the world worked because everything was linked. Perhaps he wasn't even aware where he'd heard the idea first, but "Gaia" sounds suspiciously like he'd misremembered the name of the man who'd at least seeded the hypothesis.
  23. Domaine Condamine Syrah / Mourvedre

    Domaine Condamine Syrah/Mourvèdre 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Down in the valley. Down in the valley so low, hang your hair over your shoulder, and you can hear the four winds blow. These are words once howled by Otis Redding in a voice that's hard to forget. But there's something else down in the valley, in the Rhône Valley so low, where it opens up and meets the Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Condamine l'Evêque.

    And just as Mr Redding knows how to belt out a tune, these people know how to belt out a wine: this Syrah/Mourvèdres has mouth-watering fruit purity, balanced out by savoury complexity, decent acidity and smooth tannins. This wine got soul.
  24. Domaine Condamine Viognier White Wine

    Domaine Condamine Viognier 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    It's a hot day, you're meandering through the picturesque streets of Nézignan-l'Evêque. A Citroen 2CV filled with fruit, preserves and wild flora trundles past you up the hill towards the market. The driver is a little French chap, you know the sort; onions, beret, cigarette and a stripy t-shirt.

    Momentarily distracted by a passing beauty he doesn't notice the steepness of the incline and opens the boot with a flourish. Produce tumbles from the vehicle down the slope. You are buried in an avalanche of apricots, peaches, honey and flowers. That's what this wine tastes like!
  25. Domaine La Tour Beaumont Haut-Poitou 2016

    Domaine La Tour Beaumont Haut-Poitou 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If someone was to tune into The Only Way is Essex, even if they didn't know what the programme was, you can be fairly sure that they can identify the county in question. Likewise, if you were to tune into Rab C. Nesbitt, you could probably pin it down to Glasgow.

    That's because they have a strong sense of place and it's a similar thing with the Haut-Poitou Sauvignon: its gooseberry, lime and blackcurrant leaf flavours are unmistakably Loire Valley and this is one channel you'll always be glad to tune into.
  26. Donnafugata Anthilia 2014 white wine

    Donnafugata Anthilia 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman'; a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped to Sicily during the French Revolution. This survival spirit continued at Donnafugata, where, as sales of Marsala started to drop off in Marsala, they began making top quality 'table' wines instead. Championing local grapes such as Catarratto and Ansonica - which appear alongside Viognier and Chardonnay in this white - they are total pros at coaxing out grape characteristics. With summery fragrances of Mediterranean vegetation, mingling with jasmine notes and peachy fruit, we're sure glad they survived to make Anthilia.
  27. Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves 2015 White Wine

    Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Nobody thought Pierre could actually tell which grapes had gone into any given wine just by using his nose. But that is what he boasted. Down to the very vine the grapes that made it came from.

    To throw him off the scent, sceptical colleagues mixed together crisp, grassy Sauvignon and citrussy Semillon and presented Pierre with two buckets, challenging him to tell them which was which. After a few sniffs, Pierre looked at them contemptuously and said with a Gallic shrug: 'Ha! You crossed the buckets!' They drank the mixture anyway. The blend was so delicious they continue to make it today, using only Pierre's nose to finalise the exact percentage of each batch.
  28. Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel White Wine Germany

    Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This wine has a fantastic story. It comes from a collaboration between 10 wineries to save historic vineyards in particularly steep sites in Germany's beautiful Mosel Valley. The group's name, Bergrettung, takes its name from Berg (= mountain) and Rettung (= rescue). This vintage was made at the Staffelter Hof winery, whose owners trace back directly to Carl the Great and who founded Bergrettung. The wine? Impressively pure and super concentrated, this essentially dry Riesling balances pronounced wet slate minerality, with a zesty, acidic core and fantastic lime, mango and white peach fruit.
  29. Etienne de Loury 'Le Petit Duc' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Etienne de Loury 'Petit Duc' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Etienne de Loury Petit Duc Sauvignon Blanc is a remarkably aromatic white wine with pleasant floral and fruit aromas of citrus, apples and gooseberries. The palate reveals the refreshing and vivacious characteristics of Sauvignon Grapes harvested at the perfect maturity.
  30. Falerio dei Colli Ascolani White Wine

    Falerio Saladini Pilastri 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    The infinite (well, 500 plus) variety of grapes to be found in Italy is a source of constant wonderment. Of these varieties - Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino - go particularly well together. Found in the Marche region on the east coast of central Italy, they have combined to form, in this instance, a wine with gentle chamomile and acacia flavours, apple-y acidity and surprising body. Maybe wine is just a numbers game and the more grapes you have, the more chance of lovely wine. It's one theory anyway!
  31. Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    There are many fountains across the world that are famed for their superb structures and magnificent displays. This is one such fountain, or 'fontein'.

    It wows the crowds with a fount of fruity flavours with ripe apricot, peach, pear and citrus streaming through the palate right through to the end of the show. It'll have you on your feet applauding before you realise you're stood in your living room and not at the Font de Canaletes.
  32. FP Branco by Filipa Pato Portuguese Wine

    FP Branco by Filipa Pato 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Luis Pato is one of Portugal's leading winemakers. Comparing him to Darth Vader seems cruel, but the force is very strong with his offspring. His daughter, the rebellious Princess Filipa Pato produces the FP Branco using Bical and Arinto (indigenous Portuguese grape varieties, not moons of Tatooine).

    It cuts a line as clean as a lightsaber and explodes on the palate like a proton torpedo in a Death Star exhaust vent. Please note Filipa isn't an actual princess and has no affiliation with George Lucas. However, judging by this wine she'll soon become as legendary as Star Wars.
  33. Frunza Pinot Noir Romanian Red Wine

    Frunza Pinot Noir 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    A Pinot Noir, at this price? From Romania? That's got to be rubbish, hasn't it? Or it's got to come with a catch. We have to admit, that's what we thought when we first got this little number in. So we cracked open a bottle straight away to prove ourselves right.

    And thank Bacchus we did: far from being rubbish, it was indeed a total bargain, and there was no catch - this is budget wine that's not just good for the money, it's just plain good. Full, rich and juicy. Down with prejudice! Up with Romanian Pinot Noir!
  34. IGP Cotes De Thongues Rosé Wine 2016 Vintage

    IIGP Cotes De Thongues Rosé "Le Fil A Tongs" 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    This delicate Rosé wine is composed of a mixture of Grenache and Cinsault grapes to create its wonderful flavours. On the nose it has intricate floral notes and pink grapefruit confer on this vintage freshness and elegance.
  35. Jean-Luc Colombo Rose ‘Les Pins Couches’

    Jean-Luc Colombo Rosé 'Les Pins Couches' 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    This crisp, spicy rosé shares many traits with its nutty namesake detective, Colombo. They both have a decided twinkle in their eye and a deceptively lightness of touch that belies a lovely depth.

    And, whilst we couldn't rightly claim that they both smell of crunchy red cherries and delicate spice, we can definitely say that they both have a memorable finish that, just when you think it's over, leans and intones 'just one more thing'...
  36. Justin Girardin Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

    Justin Girardin Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015

    £15.75

    £15.75

    A classical Burgundy white wine from vineyards in Santenay showcasing consistence and finesse in abundance.
    The Bourgogne blanc is a brilliant golden yellow colour with a pleasant nose filled with fruity notes. Rounded on the palate with typical volume expected of a Chardonnay before a beautifully mineral finish.
  37. L'Aurore Mâcon-Villages 2015 - HALF BOTTLE - 375ml

    L'Aurore Mâcon-Villages 2015 - HALF BOTTLE - 375ml

    £7.25

    £7.25

    It's so cute! Aw! Look at the ickle thing! Hmm, explain myself? Well, the super-duper Burgundian co-operative, Cave de Lugny, have made teensy (37.5cl) bottles of Macon-Villages and it's seriously tasty! We know there's not always much of a bang-for-buck ratio with smaller bottled wines, but this is definitely good value. Smooth, clean, soft, gently fruity and minerally, it's all you could ever need.
  38. La Granja 360 Verdejo Viura 2016

    La Granja 360 Verdejo Viura 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    You'd think the peacock would be proud of itself, with such beautiful plumage and gorgeous looks. But it harboured a regret. It wished it could fly better. Flashy as they might be, its feathers weren't the best for travelling. The peacock also had a dream. It wished to visit foreign lands.

    One day, a warm wind from the South brought delicate floral scents and citrus aromas, so soft and languid it lulled the bird to sleep. The peacock dreamed of soaring. Of crossing hilltops, toying in the clouds. And when it woke, to its surprise, it found itself in Spain. Magic. All it takes is a little belief, and this wine will transport you as well.
  39. Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Blanc 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Everyone knew Mademoiselle Renifler hated flowers. Insipid, fragile little hussies! She much preferred fruit; the ripe evening colour of white peaches; crisp apples; the languid perfection of almonds*.Why then, when she fell ill, did so many people send flowers? She could cope with the malady, but all those bunches of wilting blooms...

    Luckily, her neighbours knew better. They toyed with sending a fruit basket, but knew she was too frail to eat. So, being vignerons, they fashioned a wine, bringing together the mademoiselle's favourite fruit flavours. 'Our bouquet', they called it in jest. She loved it! So much so, she not only survived the illness, but lived to a ripe old age!

    *Which are fruit, by the way.
  40. Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge Red Wine

    Le Bouquet de nos Vignes Rouge 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Marianne le Pétale was, without question, the most beautiful girl in La Vicomté. There was no doubt. Once she turned twenty she would be Flower Queen. Everyone agreed. It would be a travesty were she not. There was just one problem. Marianne had terrible Hay Fever*. And being Flower Queen meant being garlanded with blooms.

    Happily, a group of quick-thinking vignerons suggested a solution. Rather than gathering blossoms to celebrate Marian's investiture, they fashioned a wine. A wine bursting with fragrance, shimmering with deep berry colours and the violet tints of Marianne's eyes. A wine as vibrant and exuberant as the flowers that would otherwise have been presented. "Our bouquet", they commented, and winked, as the beautiful Marianne donned her crown.

    *That's why she was sometimes a bit sniffy.
  41. Les Cabotines Touraine Rosé Wine

    Les Cabotines Touraine Rosé 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Dry, crisp and delicate, this rosé wine is practically summer in a glass! Exibiting a delightful 'pelure d'oignon' (onion skin) pale pink colour, with fruity, spicy nose.

    This delightfully aromatic yet elegant nose leads to clean, refreshing flavours and ends with a lingering finish that sings on the palate. A great choice for the garden...
  42. Libre Cours Rose 2016 Rosé Wine

    Libre Cours Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    "Libre Cours," roughly translates as free course. What's that about? Perhaps it captures the moment a waiter comes to your table and tells you the first course is on the house as the breadsticks were late and you think "gosh these guys have high standards, I thought the bread sticks were bang on time." Maybe it's the feeling that the journey is more important than the destination, like at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean when Jack sails off in no particular direction, saying, "now, bring me that horizon." You'd think someone who travels by water that often would understand you can't actually reach a horizon. Or maybe the translation is irrelevant and it's all about the refreshing notes of pink grapefruit and red berries, yeah that's probably it.
  43. Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016 Chilean Red Wine

    Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Remember in the 90s when people would talk about Chilean Merlot, "Chilean Merlot it's so expressive, it's like nothing I've ever drunk before!" Then some clever clogs did some gene splicing or... carbon dating or... vino ultrasound? Don't get bogged down in the science, they found out what a lot of people thought was Merlot was actually, Carmenere. Great, hooray for Carmenere, but what about poor old Merlot. It's still got so much to give! We can't sit by while Merlot, in the prime of life, is shipped off to a Chilean nursing home. Thankfully, Vinedos Puertas have put good old Merlot back to work in Chile and I promise you, this time it's not actually Carmenere in a Halloween costume... probably.
  44. Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    For the Spanish aficionados amongst you, you may be aware Los Tortolitos translates as "the Lovebirds." This name derives from Chilean harvesters observing a lone jay looking terriably blue. Depressed by his hermit existence but accepting of his lot, he turned to the age old monkish practice of assisting in the production of wine. He would pick single grapes and drop them into the harvester's baskets. One day, in a moment of decadence, he ate a grape and was so overcome with the refreshing taste of the Sauvignon Blanc grape he was inspired to invent Tindr. He swiped right on a charming young parakeet from the central valley and the rest is history. Now Tinder and Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc are helping lovebirds everywhere.
  45. Martin Codax Burgans Albarino Spanish White wine

    Martín Códax Burgans Albariño 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    This little gem is really, really worth knowing about. There is a distinctive style of fresh, sea-licked, zesty-white in Galicia that, frankly, makes us wildly excited. We defy anyone who serves this wine with some simply-cooked seafood and a dose of sunshine, to not fall in love, ditch their current boyfriend/girlfriend/mates/dog and move to Spain to shack up with Martin Codax. To know it is to love it.
  46. Marvelous Yellow 2016 White Wine

    Marvelous Yellow 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    Like most complex characters, Adam Mason had many sides. On the one hand he was determined to make untrammelled varietal wine. On the other, he delighted in the concert of flavours, the jazz that blending could bring about.

    Having mastered the art of restraint with his Yardstick range, Adam wanted to let loose. A smile replaced his concentrated frown, and he went into the vineyards singing, picking a mélange of French white grapes with the pizzaz of a band leader cueing in musicians. You'll be helpless against the result! Chalky bass notes, trills of lychee, honeysuckle and papaya... Anyone fancy a dance?
  47. Menetou Salon Henry Pellé 'Les Bornés' Loire France Wine

    Menetou Salon Henry Pellé 'Les Bornes' 2014

    £14.50

    £14.50

    From the producer who almost single-handedly put Menetou-Salon on the map as a serious competitor to its big-name neighbours, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, this wine is really a delight.

    Crisp and cleansing, with brilliantly pure lemon fruit, this is what the Loire is all about and, between you and us, the prices haven't caught up yet, so now's a good time to get in there.
  48. Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013 South African White Wine

    Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A white that caused great excitement last time we had it in stock; this is the Sauvignon Blanc made by Mulderbosch, one of the most respected wineries of South Africa. In fact it's been said by some to be the very best of white producers in South Africa full stop! A Sauvignon with great presence, fruit and balance this has steadily become a mainstay of our South African range. Dry with a fruity start but a clean, fresh finish.

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