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Traslagares Verdejo, Rueda (2015)

Verdejo, Rueda, Spain

was£69.00 now£60.00

£9 UK delivery

The colour of a glass of Traslagares strikes you first – its colour is lemony gold with definite flashes of an attractive green. On the nose, I have to acknowledge that this wine does not reveal all its treasures. There are definitely more aromatic wines around, and the nose of this wine reminds me more of an unoaked Chardonnay. That is where the similarity with Chardonnay ends, however. The first flavours in the mouth are zingy citrus and herby grasses – not unlike a Sauvignon Blanc on first impression. (In fact, Sauvignon Blanc grows very well in Rueda, but I am glad they are concentrating on their own, special, grape.) Quickly into the mouth comes more fruit – pears, I think- and more herbs – I think a touch of aniseedy fennel, but others think I am nuts; then the lovely bite of mineral kicks in, which is always something that gives a white wine character and interest. Finally, the finish in the mouth is savoury. This is difficult to describe, and the words are not necessarily attractive, but don't be put off! There is a hint of hedgerow, damp leaves in autumn, something like that. Give it a try, see if you can pick it up too, or maybe you can give me a better description. All in all, Verdejo is a rare treasure. It may struggle to find a place in the market, dominated as it is by so-called international varieties, but I think this wine is very much worth your trouble.

89out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Dry, herby, fruity, savoury with a mineral finish

Vega Saúco Selección - Crianza Tinta de Toro / Tempranillo (2010)

Toro, Spain

£77.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Wines from Toro deserve to be better known in UK. Quality is excellent, and the style fits very well with the modern taste for rich fresh fruit and a restrained but definite backbone.

This is a sumptuously complex wine from a dedicated family producer who excel in producing high quality wines. The fruit is prominent and luscious. Think red and black fruits – plums and blackberries – ripe and full of sweet juice, colour and flavour. This depth of flavour comes from the grape variety – Tempranillo, from the long hot summer days, sometimes up to 40 degrees, and from the super-late harvesting, often well into October. The fruit is luscious but also, somehow, fresh. (Compare this with, say, a Merlot from a hot country, where the plum flavours can be jammy and flabby, a taste that soon palls.) How does the producer achieve this?

92out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

The fruit is ripe and dark, but retaining its freshness, and the oak, with a lovely balance of savoury and sweet spice, shows off the freshness without smothering it.

Alsace Grand Cru Riesling (2013)

Alsace, Ammerschwihr

£79.80 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Riesling is an extraordinary white grape, capable of making an incredibly wide range of styles, from bracingly zesty to gorgeously indulgent, luscious and aromatic. Here we offer a wine at the deliciously dry end of the range, where Riesling pulls off its amazing trick of being crisply dry as well as having an intensely aromatic flavour.

90out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

crisply dry, aromatic and intense

Lagar de Darei "Sem Abrigo" (2012)

Dão, Portugal

£69.00 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Casa de Darei

Originally known as “Dad's own blend" this red wine was added to the Casa de Darei range after visitors who had tasted it wanted to know why it wasn't available for sale.

90out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Hits the spot between being soft and fruity on the one hand, and structured on the other.

Menetou-Salon Mixed Case of Sauvignon Blanc and Rose (2014)

Menetou-Salon, Upper Loire

£69.00 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Pascal et Pierre Bourgeois

Good Wine Hunter tasted wines from a dozen producers in the Upper Loire region over the visit, and, with one exception, they were all very good indeed. We took samples home to re-taste, and this confirmed what we already knew – the wines from the Bourgeois family in Menetou-Salon stood out even amongst all the other good wines. They succeed in being light, fresh and restrained, on the one hand, but full of flavour and with a long mineral finish on the other. This amazing Spring Offer is for a mixed case of three Pinot Noir and three Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Pascal vineyard in Menetou-Salon region.
87out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Pinot Noir Rose, La Croix Margot (2014)

Menetou-Salon, Upper Loire

£69.00 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Pascal et Pierre Bourgeois

I tasted wines from a dozen producers in the Upper Loire region over two days, and, with one exception, they were all very good indeed. I took samples home with me to re-taste, and this confirmed what I already knew – the wines from the Bourgeois family in Menetou-Salon stood out even amongst other good wines. They succeed in being light, fresh and restrained, on the one hand, but full of flavour and with a long mineral finish on the other.

87out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Dry, fresh and light as air, but still packing a punch with flavours of redcurrants and red berries

Sauvignon Blanc, La Croix Margot - SOLD OUT (2014)

Menetou-Salon, Upper Loire

£69.00 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Pascal et Pierre Bourgeois

I tasted wines from a dozen producers in the Upper Loire region over two days, and, with one exception, they were all very good indeed. I took samples home with me to re-taste, and this confirmed what I already knew – the wines from the Bourgeois family in Menetou-Salon stood out even amongst other good wines. They succeed in being light, fresh and restrained, on the one hand, but full of flavour and with a long mineral finish on the other.

87out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Light, fresh, restrained apples and lemons, with a mineral finish that lasts ages

Sold out

Taste of Burgundy - Mixed Case (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£85.80 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau


A Taste of Burgundy contains six different wines from Burgundy, giving an insight into the range of styles possible from two of the world's greatest grapes: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wines from Burgundy are true princes in the wine world, and we work with a wonderful family producer from a village near Beaune. This selection from their range includes white and red and covers a whole range of styles. We would be delighted to hear which is your favourite.

92out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Please refer to individual wines for details

La Fussiere, Maranges 1er Cru (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£92.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau

This wine is a personal favourite. It is delicate and earthy, fruity and spicy, powerful and restrained. It hits the nose and the mouth with a burst of flavour from cherry to blueberry to liquorice to pepper and back to redcurrant.

92out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Blackberry and black cherry to the fore, pepper and spice, with a massively long and satisfying finish

Grand Clos Rousseau, Santenay 1er Cru (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£95.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau

This Burgundy has everything: delicacy, fragrance, red berry fruit, restrained tannin (all that on the one hand); spice, even a little liquorice, structure, mineral and earthiness.

92out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

From cherries to blackberries, backed up with silky tannin and notes of spice, including a hint of liquorice

Santenay, Les Charmes Dessus (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£89.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau

Santenay is known for its perfume and delicacy, its faultless red berry fruit, notably cherries, redcurrant and those tiny plums called mirabelles in French, and this example does very well living up to that reputation.

90out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Delicate and fragrant berry fruit, from cherries to redcurrants, with gentle and restrained tannin in the background

Maranges (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£80.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau


The Maranges appellation is the southernmost on the Cote de Beaune, and is renowned for the warmth and earthiness of its wines, while maintaining the lightness and delicacy associated with Pinot Noir.

87out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Bright cherry and redcurrant, spicey backnote

Santenay, Le Chainey (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£89.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau


This is a wonderful example of a typically Burgundian expression of Chardonnay: it is full of bright fresh fruit, balanced with a mineral of complexity stemming from the limestone-rich soil, finishing with a sense of richness that is massively satisfying without ever cloying.

92out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Plenty of lemony fruit balanced with a rich complexity

Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Beaune (2013)

Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

£71.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Domaine Claude Nouveau

This wine, an entry level white Burgundy of surprising quality, will debunk many negative opinions about Chardonnay.

86out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

Fresh, lemon, melon, white flowers

Veiga Serantes Albarino (2013)

Rias Baixas DO, Spain

was£75.90 now£66.00

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Veiga Serantes

Rias Baixas in the north west corner of Galicia produces Spain's star white wines from the Albariño grape. The coastal setting is a beautiful region of rocky creeks, granitic soil, eucalyptus trees, vines trained well off the ground on granite pillars, and a cool, damp climate, nevertheless with a warm ripening season.

92out of 100
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Bone dry, steely (mineral, bracing)

Dry, fresh, citrus (grass, white flowers, could be some richness)

Dry, apricot, nutty (some richness)

Dry, aromatic, peach (floral, creamy, could be some butteriness)

Off-dry, exotic (rich, scented flowers, mango, lychee)

fresh lemons and grapefruit, followed by apricot, almond

Chateau Terre Vieille (2012)

Pecharmant, NE of Bergerac

£87.60 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Chateau Terre Vieille

Pecharmant (“Charming Hill" in old French) is a tiny area just north-east of the town of Bergerac, with a total of 400Ha under vine, with a unique combination of elevation above the plains of the river Dordogne, aspect to the south-west, and soil, including gravels and red clay. This happy combination makes great conditions to produce red wine that owes a lot to the great wines of Bordeaux to the west, as well as more than a nod to the powerful wines of Cahors to the south-east. If you like plenty of red/black fruit, a good firm structure underlying the fruit, and restrained tannins giving both power and elegance, then this is a good wine to choose.

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91out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Red/black fruit, a good firm structure and restrained tannins

Chevalier St Sauveur (2013)

Pecharmant, NE of Bergerac

£74.40 case of 6 bottles

£9 UK delivery

Vineyard: Chateau Terre Vieille

Pecharmant (“Charming Hill" in old French) is a tiny area just north-east of the town of Bergerac, with a total of 400Ha under vine, with a unique combination of elevation above the plains of the river Dordogne, aspect to the south-west, and soil, including gravels and red clay. This happy combination makes great conditions to produce red wine that owes a lot to the great wines of Bordeaux to the west, as well as more than a nod to the powerful wines of Cahors to the south-east. This is a modern take on a quality red wine, with lots of ripe, fresh fruit, especially plums and blackberries, underpinned with a soft, gentle structure, giving a satisfying finish.

88out of 100
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Light-bodied, delicate red fruit (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant), leafy

Medium-bodied, red fruit, delicate tannin

Medium-bodied, plums, silky tannin (earthy)

Full-bodied, blackberry, elegant tannin, hint of oak

Full-bodied, blackcurrant, rich, punchy oak

Red/black fruit, a good firm structure and restrained tannins

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