Bodega Conde de Hervias, Rioja Alta
In the great wine growing areas of the world there are wines from small Domaines, handcrafted by passionate winemakers and made in tiny quantities and then wines produced on an almost industrial scale by merchants who more often than not are buying in their grapes.
The Conde de Hervias domaine falls firmly into the former category—owned by the Count Iñigo Manso de Zuniga whose family have lived in the ‘Tower’ since 1260 AD ’we have never been able to afford to move’ says Iñigo...
The wines are superb examples of what great Rioja should taste like, from the basic Rioja to the stunning Conde de Hervias which puts many classed growth Bordeaux firmly in their place. Iñigo's oldest vineyards are pre-phylloxera—as being on sandy sandy soil they avoided the vine killing bug of the 1890's that ravaged Europe.
We are delighted to be offering these wines for the first time in Britain and Ireland...they are very special and to be savoured...
Torre del Conde de Hervias 2009
A very serious wine made in tiny quantities from the heart of Iñigo's vineyards. Rich, black, spicy, complex and concentrated—Grand Cru Classé standard if not better. Aged in new oak barrels and wine that will last for 20 years.
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £148.50
75cl Bottle: £24.75
Conde de Hervias 2004
Produced mainly from pre-phylloxera vines that yield miniscule quantities this is Indigo's heart and soul. A wine for the very serious only. Aged in new French oak this is a 1st growth quality wine—good for 30-40 years. We should all own a few bottles. Remarkable value for what it is. Exquisite.
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £227.70
75cl Bottle: £37.95
Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet Village 2010
An exceptional Puligny-Montrachet from the famed Sauzet family. A tiny yield has produced a wine of incredible complexity, steely, pithy fruit with lovely length. A classic Puligny Village. The wine is alive, absolutely delicious full of minerality. This is a very serious wine.
"j’adore ce vin."— Gerard Boudot
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £435.00
Hospices de Beaune 2008
Volnay-Santenots 1er Cru Cuvée Jehan de Massol, 2008
A small parcel of exquisite Volnay 1er Cru from the Hospices de Beaune - it is everything a really top Volnay should be - it is ripe and rich with a touch of feminity and is drinking gloriously now. There is nowhere else in the world that can produce Pinot Noir like this. A beautiful bottle of wine that is drinking to perfection
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £227.70
Hospices de Beaune 2011
The 151st Hospices de Beaune Charity Wine Auction was held on Sunday 20th November 2011. This major annual event in the wine calendar takes place in the Halles de Beaune at the heart of Burgundy—when Domaine de Hospices de Beaune wines of the new vintage are auctioned in aid of nominated charities.
The Domaine des Hospices de Beaune is a non-profit organisation, and owns around 150 acres of donated vineyard land—85% of which are Grand and Premier Crus. The viticulture is undertaken by a group of vignerons with individual responsibility for specific vineyard plots. Vinification is carried out under the direction of wine-maker Roland Masse. The wines offered are Cuvées, blends from single vineyards or from different plots, from the Domaine vineyards and are auctioned in 228 litre barrels (pièces). The purchased barrels are then stored for 18 months prior to bottling and shipment. Each barrel is equivalent to 24-25 cases of wine [12x75cl].
In 2011 45 different Cuvées [32 red & 13 white] were on offer in a total of 761 barrels. These unique Cuvées, named after benefactors of the Hospices de Beaune, are not sold publicly and only occasionally subsequently appear in the market. Do remember that the 2012 auction prices went up by 55%...these are therefore now a real bargain besides being fabulous wines.
Beaune 1er Cru, CuvÉe Brunet 2011
Another highly rated and famous cuvée of 1er Cru from three different plots—Les Bressandes, Les Cent Vignes and Le Bas des Teurons. Wonderfully complex, with smooth, fine grained tannins and a lingering finish.
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £189.00
Hospices de Beaune Meursault, Cuvée Goureau 2011
Much to everyone’s surprise the price was well below 2010 despite 2011 being the better vintage. This will develop into a superb Meursault. Half of the Cuvée is from 1st Growth Les Porusots and the vines date from 1945.
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £248.00
Hospices de Beaune Meursault, Cuvée Loppin 2011
The best Meursault from the Hospices and the last barrel of Loppin. Superlative white Burgundy which comes from two excellent vineyards—1st Growths Les Cras and Les Criots.
75cl Bottles, Case of 6: £263.00
White Burgundy 2011
Domaine Borgeot, Bourgogne Aligoté 2011
Made entirely in stainless steel vats to maintain that unique Aligoté flavour and freshness. The vines are situated partly in the village of Remigny and partly in the highly sought after and now classified AOC of Bouzeron. The wine has great structure, minerality and wonderful balance with citrus fruit and a hint of pear drops on the nose. It is naturally low in alcohol and makes a great a companion to aperitifs.
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £143.40
2+ Cases: £131.40
Morey-Coffinet, Bourgogne Blanc 2011
Bottled in June 2012, this is one of the few wines we tasted as a finished product. The grapes all come from vineyards within Chassagne-Montrachet, and as such this is much more than a basic Bourgogne Blanc. It is smooth and elegant and again has that lovely 2011 freshness. Excellent drinking over the next 4 years.
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £215.40
75cl Bottle £17.95
Morey-Coffinet, Chassagne Montrachet 2011
Tasting really well already it has good balance, a generous palate and refreshing finish. The vines are in two specific lieux-dits, Les Charrières (above and to the right of the vineyard) and Les Chaumes (at the top & to the right next to the 1er Crus Les Fairendes & Les Champs Gain).
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £335.40
Domaine Michelot, Meursault CLos St Félix 2011
One of my favourite wines from this Domaine and always the first to be picked due to its position in a walled vineyard protected from the elements. Bernard Michelot worked this out during the 2nd World War whilst evading a German patrol - late back from visiting his girlfriend in Puligny he jumped over the wall and noticed it was a lot warmer. This theory was tested out in less stressful circumstances and indeed the Clos St Félix is always 1 degree or so warmer than surrounding vines. The 2011 is rich but not heavy with a lovely sweetness of fruit. Lovely length and again that fresh 2011 quality.
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £383.40
2+ Cases £359.40
75cl Bottle: £31.95
Domaine Michelot, Meursault Charmes 1er Cru 2011
Very pretty nose, almost minty. The palette is rich and although not buttery has a length and power to it that can only be a 1er Cru. Great texture.
75cl Bottles, Case of 12: £479.40
75cl Bottle: £39.95