HIGHLY COMMENDED Australian red Teusner Wines Avatar Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2016 (£24.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Dark and slick with flavour to spare, powerful but in-check. Sidewood Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 2015 (£15.95, Davy’s Wine Merchants): Polished and muscular, fresh tints and soft savoury tannins.
Chilean red Kalfu Wines Kuda Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile 2017 (£12.95 to £13.75, Seckford Agencies): Classy coastal Chilean Pinot with lift and freshness and great fruit. Tabali Talud Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 2015 (£17.99, Boutinot): Super blackcurrant juiciness and mintiness; proper Chilean Cab. Bodega Volcanes De Chile Tectonia Grenache Petite Sirah Mourvèdre, Central Valley 2013 (£17.99, Connoisseur Estates): Sweet ripe fruit and savoury wildness: something a bit different for Chile.
French red Antoine Olivier Santenay 1er Cru Beaurepaire, Burgundy 2016 (£38.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Creamy vanilla and redcurrants; crunchy, spicy, excellent balance. Antoine Olivier Santenay Les Charmes, Burgundy 2016 (£34.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Perfumed nose, dark berries, good acidity and tannins. Château de Cîteaux Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses, Burgundy 2015 (£41, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Attractively lean mineral style, with classic Burgundy earthy tones. Château Peuy Saincrit, Bordeaux Supérieur 2017 (£10.93, Les Grands Chais de France): Spice, black forest fruit, blackcurrants, balance and lots of character for the money. Château Puy Guilhem Fronsac, Bordeaux 2009 (£27.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Rich, complex and savoury: dry peppered meats. Long and concentrated.
The Wine Merchant Top 100
DOMAINE HENRI & GILLES REMORIQUET 1ER CRU ‘LES BOUSSELOTS’ NUITS-SAINTGEORGES
BRICE VERGEZ CHÂTEAU GRANDIS HAUTMÉDOC
CHÂTEAU DE ROUILLAC PESSACLÉOGNAN
Bordeaux France 2010
Bordeaux France 2012
Burgundy France 2017 The second of Gilles Remoriquet’s Top 100 winners is, according to the judges, a “truly classy Burgundy that shows why the region is so special”.
There’s a lot more to Bordeaux than overpriced big name classed growths and cheap and cheerful “ordinary” claret. But finding the gems in the middle ground that so many independent customers crave is not always easy.
There’s plenty of intriguing history at this Pessac-Léognan estate, which was once owned by Baron Haussman, architect of modern Paris.
It comes from Remoriquet’s vines in the Bousselots premier cru vineyard, which is located in the north of the Nuits StGeorges commune towards Vosne-Romanée.
Step forward Vindependents, which has brought the wines of the under-the-radar but rather brilliant Haut-Médoc producer Brice Vergez to the UK.
“It’s very pretty in the glass, with an attractive colour that is very Burgundy,” the judges said. “It opens with ripe red fruits and moves onto a touch of white pepper. On the palate there’s structure for age, and superb complexity and elegance.”
A Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend, the estate wine is aged for between 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage, with the 2010 bringing “a delightful lightness of touch and purity”, according to the judges, with “herbal tones, cassis and pepper”.
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But today it’s the combination of forwardthinking, environmentally focused owner (since 2009) Laurent Cisneros and winemaking star Eric Boissenot that has helped the estate realise its full potential. The 2012 vintage is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot that, in the words of the judges, “is expensive but very lovable. Sexy, creamy and oak-driven, with expressive sweet black fruit with some touches of cedar and silky tannins. Fine ‘Vin de Garde’.”
The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019