Category Archives: Wine Reviews

2019 Savennières Clos du Petit Beaupreau, Domaine des Deux Vallées

If Britain has a reputation as the centre of fine-wine knowledge, it is in no small part due to the dynamic independent wine merchants who brilliantly serve the ever-adventurous British wine lover. Some of the best-known names belong to an association called “The Bunch.” The group was established in 1993 to champion the independent wine […]

2019 Chorey-Lès-Beaune Les Beaumonts, Domaine Decelle & Fils

16.5 + Full bottle 1,318 g. This producer used to be called Decelle-Villa but has restyled itself as a domaine. Winemaker for this wine was Jean Lupatelli, taken on for the 2021 harvest by Dom Georges de Vogüé. Certified organic. Transparent garnet. Good grunt on the nose with a light orange hint and very gentle […]

2018 Saint-Joseph, Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne

A family domaine based in the village of Mauves, which was part of the ‘original’ St Joseph appellation, before the appellation was expanded in 1969. It’s a lovely wine, offering both finesse and fruit, as well as a scent of violets, a beautiful example of dark-fruited Rhône syrah. Victoria Moore in The Telegraph, 16th Sept […]

2020 Gamay sur Volcan, Les Vins de la Madone, Gilles Bonnefoy, Côtes du Forez

This is the kind of wine that gets pigeon-holed as a summer wine, usually as an alternative to Beaujolais, but it’s absolutely delicious and deserves to be drunk all year, cool in winter, cooler still in summer. Like Beaujolais, it’s made from Gamay, but in the small Côtes du Forez appellation in the Auvergne to […]

2020 Chinon la Goutte de Rosé, Domaine de la Noblaie

Very pale salmon. Peach, apricot, spice and red berry flavours. Airy, fresh and supple; a sophisticated but approachable Loire rosé made from the estate’s youngest Cabernet Franc vines. 13% on www.joannasimon.com , 7th Jul 2021   Stylish organic Loire rosé with lovely apricot, spice and red berry flavour. in Platinum Magazine , Aug 2021

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