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Chateau d’Armailhac, AC Pauillac, 5th growth, 2007

Meritage blend – Cabernets and Merlot
Chateau d’Armailhac, AC Pauillac, 5th growth, 2007
Bordeaux, France

This property belongs to one of the most noble and outstanding producers in the world, the family of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, a global powerhouse best known for its flagship 1st growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

This fine red Bordeaux from the classic appellation of Pauillac is made up of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon giving backbone, tannic structure and blackberry and cedar notes. The 23% of Merlot fleshes it out, giving body, and plum and chocolate notes, and the 23% Cabernet Franc gives floral notes and added complexity.
This property is a Grand Cru Classe, and is highly regarded in the Medoc as a top performing 5th growth.

Food and wine pairing: Red meats and hard cheese are the ideal match as they compliment the tannins in the wine.

Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2011

Riesling
Dr. Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Spatlese, 2011
Mosel valley, Germany

Ernst Loosen is the owner of a winery that can trace its history back over 200 years. This wine comes from the Treppchen vineyard, close to the town of Erden.
A “Spatlese” is made from late harvest grapes that have achieved a high level of ripeness. This, combined with the halting of the fermentation, has created a wine with a pleasant degree of sweetness.

The nose is perfumed with aromas of sweet apples, peaches and apricots, and shows excellent freshness and minerality. The palate is medium sweet, finishing slightly drier, with medium body, and enough acidity to counter-balance the sweetness. A host of stone fruit and tropical fruit flavors unravel on the palate leading into a beautiful long finish.

Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2012

Riesling
Selbach-Oster, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Spatlese, 2012
Mosel Valley, Germany

Since 1660 the Selbach family has been producing some of the very finest Rieslings in the Mosel Valley. This is arguably the greatest of all the German wine regions, which is known for the incredibly steep slopes, slate soils, and wines that are capable of ageing for decades. This wine comes from the Sonnenuhr vineyard which is close to the village of Zelting.

The nose exudes intense aromatics of peach, apricot, a whiff of honey and grapey notes. On the palate the sweetness becomes evident, but the wine finishes in a drier style. There are notes of tropical fruits, honey, apricot, along with a subtle mineral character and a miniscule spritz that lifts the palate.

Food and wine pairing: The medium sweet character of the wine will suit spicy Indian and Asian dishes, and fresh fruit plates.

Tommasi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2009

Tommasi, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2009
Veneto, Italy

There are a handful of Amarone producers that command international respect for their truly fine wines. Tommasi is unquestionably on that list.

Amarone is made from indigenous varieties that you don’t find elsewhere, named Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara and Corvinone. The best bunches are picked from the vine and then laid to dry on straw mats for 5 months before pressing. The tiny amount of juice extracted is deep, dark and concentrated.

The nose explodes with sweet dried fruit, with a note of raisin and dark chocolate. The palate is very full bodied, with luscious fruit sweetness, round tannins, and an aftertaste that lingers on and on. These wines can age for 30+ years.

Food and wine pairing: Grilled meats pair well. The wine is also perfect with hard cheeses as you finish your meal.

Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin, Reserve 1er Cru 2011

Gruner Veltliner
Mantlerhof, Mosburgerin, Reserve 1er Cru 2011
Niederosterreich, Austria

For over 200 years this family has farmed a small parcel of vineyards, making tiny quantities of exquisite Gruner Veltliner. This is a fantastic grape that performs best in Austria.

This famous producer prefers to remain low-key and focus their efforts more on production than marketing. This wine comes from the 1er Cru classified site Mosburgerin, a vineyard noted for its complex flavours.

The nose has a youthful freshness yet depth of aromatics. Celery, pear, citrus, minerals, pepper, and other nuances combine to create vibrancy and complexity. The palate is dry, light to medium bodied, with layers of green fruit flavours wound around the crisply acidic backbone, that leads into a beautiful long finish.

Food and wine pairing: The perfect match with spicy Asian dishes, fresh seafood, and soft cheeses.

Taittinger, Prestige Rose

Champagne
Taittinger, Prestige Rose
France

Taittinger is one of the most revered Champagne Houses. Connoisseurs adore the flagship Comtes de Champagne, perhaps the finest of all the sparkling wines made from 100% Chardonnay.

The House was started in 1734, and is family owned and operated. They have 288 hectares of vineyards, and a labyrinth of underground cellars where they slowly age their lovely wines.

The color is a pale salmon pink. A delicate stream of small bubbles rises to the surface, lifting the aromatics. Fresh raspberry, strawberry and a note of freshly baked bread entice the nose.

On the palate the wine is beautifully dry yet fruity, light and elegant in style but with intense and persistent flavors, and a gorgeous long length.

Food and wine pairing: The ultimate aperitif, and the perfect wine to pair with light seafood dishes. In France it is a popular way to end a lovely meal too.

Henriot, Rose Millesime 2008

Champagne
Henriot, Rose Millesime 2008
France

In Champagne most wines are made by blending multiple vintages together, which are then referred to as “multi-vintage”. But in exceptional years, when the quality of the harvest is outstanding, producers will release a vintage wine, like this gorgeous 2008 Rose.

It’s a big decision for a producer to release a vintage wine. It’s a showcase of the very best wine they can possibly make. And when the House has a prestigious reputation it becomes even more meaningful.

Henriot’s 2008 Rose has all the hallmarks of an exceptional quality wine. On the nose there is beautiful intensity, complexity and elegance. On the palate the balance is extraordinary, there’s subtle yet powerful concentration of flavor, and the length lingers on and on. Superb! We hope you enjoy it.

Food and wine pairing: The quintessential aperitif, sublime with light seafood, and unforgettable at the end of a beautiful meal.

Château Batailley, AC Pauillac, 2006

Meritage – Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc & Merlot
Château Batailley, AC Pauillac, 2006
Bordeaux, France

Pauillac is the most important appellation of the Medoc. It is home to 3 out of 5 of the First growths, namely Latour, Lafite and Mouton Rothschild. The gravelly soil and suitable climate combine to produce many of the finest wines in the world here. Chateau Batailley sits right in the heart of the appellation. It is a Grand Cru Classe from 1855, a high prestige.

The color is still deep and dark but with a shade of brick creeping into the rim, indicating some age and maturity. The nose has earthy aromas, cassis, tobacco and espresso. The palate shows a lick of vanilla, cedar, black cherry and smoke all wrapped up in a medium to full-bodied wine, with a touch of grip to the tannins, and beautiful long length. A classic Bordeaux, to say the least.

Food and wine pairing: Outstanding with beef, lamb or some cheddar cheese.

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turckheim, 2009

Gewurztraminer
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Herrenweg de Turckheim, 2009
Alsace, France

This is unquestionably one of the greatest producers of Gewurztraminer in the world, and we’re delighted to be able to offer you this wine.

Gewurztraminer is a classic grape which thrives in Alsace. It’s true that the name of the grape can be a tongue-twister, and is best shortened to Gewurz, meaning spice in German.

The color is a classic pale gold, partly because the berries have a pinkish color which impacts the wine. The nose is perfumed, heady, and bursts with tropical fruits such as lychee and pineapple. The palate is slightly off-dry, full bodied, rich and ripe, with layer after layer of delicious flavors, including spice and exotic fruits, all leading into a beautiful long finish. This is a fabulous expression of Gewurztraminer.

Food and wine pairing: Spicy dishes like curry or Asian cuisine, and lovely to sip all by itself too.

Chartron et Trebuchet, AC Meursault, 2011

Chardonnay
Chartron et Trebuchet, AC Meursault, 2011
Burgundy, France

Chartron et Trebuchet is one of the old established merchants in Burgundy. They have been producing classic wines in the prestige appellations for generations. The House is particularly famous for white wines.

Meursault is one of the prestige appellations in Burgundy, known for producing some of the richest and fullest bodied Chardonnays in Burgundy. It is located in the Cote de Beaune, and is a relatively small appellation.

The nose is gorgeous with medium to high intensity and notes of toast, smoke, lemon, vanilla and nuts. The palate is classically dry, medium to full bodied, still very youthful and vibrant with a good life ahead of it, and a lovely touch of buttery richness to complement the peach and citrus flavours. The acidity brings structure and style to a wine of breed and class.

Food and wine pairing: This is the perfect complement to fish dishes, pasta in a cream sauce, and poultry.