Special Parcels

ReFINE:
Les Parcellaires de Saulx Pernand Vergelesses 'Sous le Bois de Noel..'

...et les Belles Filles'. Under the Christmas Woods and the Pretty Girls refers to a favourite path of nuns from a local convent, that runs along the top of this vineyard. A pretty name and a very pretty wine at an even prettier price. This has the class and precision of a decent £50+ Puligny. Elegant and silky on 'entry', with a rounded, mellow palate and a beautifully taut, mineral finish. Exceptional Burgundy for the money. We've piled into this- best advice would be to grab as many bottles as budget permits to drink through Christmas.

White
2018
France
Single Bottle - £31.50 was £35.00
Code 1203
Closure Screw
Vintage 2018
Country France
Bottle Size 750
Region Burgundy
ABV 13.5
Grape Chardonnay

MORA & MEMO VERMENTINO

A lovely dinky bottle, but nothing dinky about the flavour packed within it! It smells like a roll down a grassy bank on a hot summer's day, with wafts of wild flowers, thyme and sage (without the dog****!)with an impressive mouth-filling weight of tropical and citrus fruit and a decent snap on the finish. This will stand up to some pretty full-on dishes, and works really well with spice too. A real hit, and well worth a visit if you're a bored Sauvignon drinker.

White
2019
ITALY
Single Bottle - £14.95 was £18.00
Code 1191
Closure Cork
Vintage 2019
Country ITALY
Bottle Size 750
Region SARDINIA
ABV 13.5
Grape VERMENTINO

BILLECART-SALMON BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE

Seven generations of Billecart Salmon family have honed their craft to produce one of the most elegant champagne rosés around. Delicate strawberry and raspberry flavours and aromas abound in this Pinot Noir dominant blend and, unlike many Champagne houses, the grapes are all sourced from their own vineyards. A creamy mousse and a long finish.

Sparkling
NV
FRANCE
Single Bottle - £60.00 was £67.50
Code 1187
Closure Cork
Vintage NV
Country FRANCE
Bottle Size 750
Region CHAMPAGNE
ABV 12.0
Grape CHARDONNAY, PINOT NOIR, PINOT MEUNIER

AVIGNONESI DADI

Despite my middle-aged spread, my greying locks, and my penchant for fly-fishing, my love for this wine proves beyond all reasonable doubt that I still have my finger on the pulse, and can still moon-dance with the best of them. This ticks all the hipster boxes: It's vegan, organic, biodynamic and low sulphur. Avignonesi are the leading winery in Montepulciano (the town, not the grape), renowned for their Vino Nobile and Vin Santo (see me after class). This is a fun experiment, a blend of pure Sangiovese fermented in 12 terracotta vesssels, 6 of each made by two artisan Tuscan potters. These clay vessels provide a pure, vibrant expression of Sangioevese, bursting with freshness and elegance. Raspberry and cherry fruit, with a soft, spicy finish. Well fit.

Red
2019
ITALY
Single Bottle - £15.95 was £20.00
Code 1193
Closure Cork
Vintage 2019
Country ITALY
Bottle Size 750
Region TUSCANY
ABV 13.5
Grape SANGIOVESE

BORSAO BLANCO

Borsao is the biggest producer in the Campo de Borja region. A cooperative now in existence for some 70 Years with 375 members and over 2400 hectares of vineyard to work with. Their scale of operation has allowed them to invest heavily in the development of more sustainable practices to reduce water extraction, energy consumption and chemical use. The vines for this wine are cultivated on a plateau at 500m altitude. The strong NE winds that blow in these parts naturally suppress fungal desease. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged in barrels for just three months. Peach, lime and pineapple notes with a creamy mouthfeel.

White
2019
SPAIN
Single Bottle - £7.50 was £9.50
Code 1196
Closure Screw
Vintage 2019
Country SPAIN
Bottle Size 750
Region CAMPO DE BORJA
ABV 13.5
Grape MACABEO CHARDONNAY

CHAMPAGNE LÉTÉ-VAUTRAIN BRUT 204

NOTES ON THEIR WAY!

Sparkling
NV
FRANCE
Single Bottle - £25.00 was £30.00
Code 1106
Closure Cork
Vintage NV
Country FRANCE
Bottle Size 750
Region CHAMPAGNE
ABV 12.5
Grape PINOT MEUNIER, CHARDONNAY, PINOT NOIR

MAIAS BRANCO

A blend of Malvasia Fina and Encruzado, farmed organically at an altitude of 800m. The cooler nights way up in these hills is key to the incredible freshness and energy in each of the estate’s wines. It’s a captivating mix of (pretentious alert!) assorted ‘affectations d’agrume’– a lashing of lime sorbet, a Sorrento-slug of lemon sherbet and a dollop of lime curd. Fresh and elegant, with great substance and structure on the palate. Much to think about if you’re in the mood, but deliciously drinkable if you just want a cracking glass of white. Ridiculous at £12.50, reckless at £9.99.

White
2018
PORTUGAL
Single Bottle - £9.99 was £12.50
Code 1001
Closure Cork
Vintage 2018
Country PORTUGAL
Bottle Size 750
Region DAO
ABV 13.5
Grape MALVASIA FINA, ENCRUZADO

MORA & MEMO CANNONAU

With the current peril involved in booking flights and getting on a plane, wine can provide a safe and tasty alternative method of transportation! This little beauty will deftly whisk you off to Sardinia, quicker than you can say 'rompe i coglioni'! This is a beautiful estate, a few km inland on the South Eastern tip of Sardinia. The maritime breezes moderate what can be searing heat in mid-summer, to produce fruit bursting with flavour and freshness, the latter often elusive in Cannonau (aka Grenache/Garnacha). A delicious mix of plush black and blue fruit, without the bruising (see what I did there?!) alcohol level the variety is notorious for.

Red
2019
ITALY
Single Bottle - £14.95 was £17.50
Code 1192
Closure Cork
Vintage 2019
Country ITALY
Bottle Size 750
Region SARDINIA
ABV 14.0
Grape CANNONAU (AKA GRENACHE)

LE RICHE CHARDONNAY

Chris Le Riche only has two strings to his bow - Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. His Cabernets are perhaps his most acclaimed wines but his pure expression of Stellenbosch Chardonnay illustrates again why South African wines offer such exceptional value for money. Whole bunch pressing, a combination of stainless steel and oak barrel fermentation and the blocking of Malolactic fermentation. The outcome is a wine expressing the pristine fruit at its core - fresh citrus and melon notes and a hint of butterscotch - almost Chablisesque!

White
2017
South Africa
Single Bottle - £11.99 was £14.50
Code 1197
Closure Screw
Vintage 2017
Country South Africa
Bottle Size 750
Region STELLENBOSCH
ABV 13.5
Grape CHARDONNAY

THE CASE OF THE MISSING SMILE - August Edition

The August edition of our cult quarterly case club, the Case of the Missing Smile. A mix of 6 stand-out red and 6 white wines, with notes on each wine. Limited availability.

White
2020
Assorted
12 Bottle Case - £155.00
Code 4444
Closure Screw
Vintage 2020
Country Assorted
Bottle Size 9000
Region Assorted
ABV 13.0
Grape Assorted

CICONIA TOURIGA NACIONAL

We’re down in Alentejo, a region that covers a third of Portugal’s land-mass. A warm climate of rolling hills and a source of rich, hearty reds. Here we have the king of the Port varieties, Touriga Nacional, with a slug of Alicante Bouschet to add freshness and added intrigue. A bold mouthful of blue and blackberry, with a backdrop of spice and wild herb. Would suit lovers of Argie Malbec, Southern Rhone and mud wrestling. Oh, and it’s an absolute bargain.

Red
2018
PORTUGAL

Sorry this product is currently unavailable.

Code 1146
Closure Cork
Vintage 2018
Country PORTUGAL
Bottle Size 750
Region ALENTEJANO
ABV 14.5
Grape TOURIGA NACIONAL

MASSAYA CAP EST

Another must-try release from our favourite winery on the planet. This is a single vineyard bottling, capturing the special terroir of the highest vineyard in the Beqaa valley, some 1200m up in its most north-easterly corner. Brothers in arms, Grenache and Syrah, wrestle for supremacy before deciding to just hug. And what a hug. Aromas of violet and sweet spice pull you in, before a sensual, overwhelming hit of polished, plush berry fruit fills your mouth. Decant, treat with respect, and raise a glass to its creators, brothers Sami & Ramzi Ghosn. You have no idea how much effort and courage has gone into creating this wine. See me after class.

Red
2015
LEBANON
Single Bottle - £34.00 was £42.50
Code 1083
Closure Cork
Vintage 2015
Country LEBANON
Bottle Size 750
Region BEQAA VALLEY
ABV 14.5
Grape GRENACHE NOIR, MOURVÈDRE

SIX BOTTLE MASSAYA DISCOVERY CASE

A 6bt insight into the range from our great friends at Massaya, Lebanon. A striking line-up that captures the exotic fragrance of the Beqaa Valley. The Colombier is delicious, scented and fleshy; the Terrasses de Baalbeck, firm, with dried fruit and flowers; the Cap Est a revelation from one of the finest plots in the Beqaa; the 'Blanc' from slopes high up Mount Lebanon is wonderfully pure and precise, whilst the rosé is delicate and dry with a captivating waft of peach and honey. Remarkable wines from a remarkable family. The case includes: 2X COLOMBIER 1X TERRASSES DE BAALBECK 1X CAP EST WHITE: 1X MASSAYA BLANC ROSE: 1X MASSAYA ROSÉ

Red
NV
LEBANON
6 Bottle Case - £114.80 was £143.50
Code 1118
Closure Screw
Vintage NV
Country LEBANON
Bottle Size 750
Region BEQAA VALLEY
ABV 14.0
Grape MIXED

MASSAYA TERRASSES DE BAALBECK

This is made with very special Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, grown in vineyards close to Baalbeck. Why does this matter?! As you know, the Romans were partial to a drop of vino, planting vines across their empire. The area they prized the most, where they decided to erect the one and only temple in honour of Bacchus, their God of wine, was at Baalbeck. Miraculously, it still stands, and I implore you to visit it. In the meantime, taste this, and you'll see what all the fuss was about! Heady aromas of wild herb and exotic spice, with a full-blooded palate of red and black fruit. Robust, heroic, and captivating. In vino veritas.

Red
2015
LEBANON
Single Bottle - £22.40 was £28.00
Code 1082
Closure Cork
Vintage 2015
Country LEBANON
Bottle Size 750
Region BEQAA VALLEY
ABV 14.5
Grape GRENACHE NOIR, MOURVÈDRE, SYRAH

MASSAYA ROSÉ

Grown on the hillsides of the Beqaa Valley, at the Tanail winery. Hand picked and fermented in stainless-steel vats. A charming strawberry pink colour with aromas of raspberries, strawberries and a beautiful subtle spice. The altitude of the vineyards creates a freshness on the palate. Massaya holds a very special place in Define's heart. Once you've heard Sami's (Massaya's creator) story, it becomes very hard not to love and enjoy his wines even more.

Rose
2018
LEBANON
Single Bottle - £14.40 was £18.00
Code 1081
Closure Cork
Vintage 2018
Country LEBANON
Bottle Size 750
Region BEQAA VALLEY
ABV 13.5
Grape CINSAULT, GRENACHE, MOURVÈDRE, SYRAH