Named after the Widow Bourne who founded Berry Bros. & Rudd in 1698, this case features several regions.
Beginning with the lively Prosecco and Sancerre that are great on their own or with lighter meals, the case follows up with a versatile Bordeaux rosé and two local Italian rarities worth discovering. Finally, there is a firm Gevrey- Chambertin that is great to bring in the beginning of fall.
|Italy||NV|| Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina >
Prosecco, Treviso, Brut Spumante, Masottina, Veneto
Owned by the Dal Bianco family, Masottina produces its wines from 130 hectares of vineyards spread through the Conegliano hills. The new underground winery in Ogliano uses cutting-edge technology for vinification and renewable energy supply.
Pale straw in colour with a persistent mousse, this Prosecco begins with gentle aromas of white flowers, ripe apples, lemon, and tropical fruits. The palate is refreshing with a light touch of sweetness balanced by lively acidity, and a crisp mineral edge.
|France||2010||Sancerre Blanc, Cellier De La Thibaude, Domaine Jean Marc Crochet >
2010 Sancerre Blanc, Cellier De La Thibaude, Domaine Jean Marc Crochet
Mathieu Crochet marks the fourth generation now making wines at domaine situated in the village of Bue. The property sits on a ridge of white limestone, and wines are vinified without the use of oak to express this distintive terroir.
A classic example of Sancerre showing green apple, minerals, and lemon on the nose. The palate has a firm spine of acidity, and some creamy softness added from time resting on the lees. Flavours of ripe green apple, wet chalk, lemon, and fresh herbs round out the flavour profile.
|France||2016||Rosé De Giscours, Ch. Giscours >
2016 Rosé De Giscours, Ch. Giscours, Bordeaux
Ch. Giscours is a 3ème Cru Classé in the 1855 classification of the Médoc located in the commune of Labarde. This 80 hectare estate underwent significant investment starting in the 1950s, and now produces fine wines worthy of its classification.
From grapes grown on predominantly gravel soils, the nose shows fresh strawberries, cherry, rose petals, spice, and citrus. The palate is ripe, but dry with blackcurrant leaf, ripe lemon, field strawberries, red plum and melon rind.
|Italy||2016||Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso, Mastroberardino >
2016 Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Rosso, Mastroberardino, Campania
Mastroberardino was founded in 1750s and has always produced wines from Campania’s traditional grape varieties regardless of fashionability, playing a large role in their revival. The Vesuvian area has loose volcanic soils, rich in ashes, which lend the wines a unique terroir expression.
Made from the relatively thin-skinned Piedirosso, this wine is given a medium ruby red hue. On the nose one finds bright cherry and red plum interspersed with pepper, clove, and minerals. The mouthfeel is smooth with refined tannins and a balance of red fruits and spice.
|Italy||2015|| Dolcetto D’alba Vigna Bricco Mirasole, Giuseppe Mascarello >
2015 Dolcetto D’alba Vigna Bricco Mirasole, Giuseppe Mascarello , Piedmont
Guiseppe Mascarello is undoubtedly one of the premier producers in Barolo, with the family business dating back to 1881. The 12 hectare estate also produces a small amount of Dolcetto, a less common local specialty that is more rarely seen on export markets.
Deep ruby red in colour, this wine has an intriguing nose of ripe red and black cherries, plum, mint, and warm spices. The palate has plenty of well-balanced ripeness and a hint of savoury licorice that allows the juicy quality of this grape to shine through.
|France||2012||Gevrey-Chambertin, En Champs, Gerard Quivy >
2012 Gevrey-Chambertin, En Champs, Gerard Quivy, Burgundy
Gérard Quivy is a small producer based in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Quivy’s style is linear and elegant, which plays a nice counterpart to the typical muscularity of wines from Gevrey-Chambertin grown on clay rich soils.
From a miniscule 2 acre vineyard, which dates back to 1945, “En Champs” delivers aromas of dense ripe red fruit with notes of charcoal and toast. Plenty of bold, briary red fruit comes through on the palate in true Gevrey form, accompanied by a streak of warm potpourri spice.
This case is named after the Napoleon Cellar under No. 3 St James’s Street, where Napoleon III held secret meetings to plot his return to France from exile in the 19th century.
Beginning with two flagship whites from their respective regions of Bordeaux and Sancerre, the case is rounded out by a relatively powerful Pommard, and a fully mature Volnay from Nicolas Potel in one of his best vintages. The cuvée Jean Gaudreau and La Spinetta’s Barbaresco Gallina add some fitting options to pare with heavier dishes.
|France||2011|| Pouilly-Fumé, Silex, Didier Dagueneau >
2011 Pouilly-Fumé, Silex, Didier Dagueneau, Loire Valley
Didier Dagueneau was an iconoclast and pioneer in the Pouilly-Fumé appelation, whose extremely low yields and vigilient attention to detail in the cellar have produced the top wines of the region. Silex is barrel fermented, and comes from vineyards of very pure slate soil.
There is plenty going on in the bouquet of this wine. Lively citrus, white flowers, wet stones, hay, pear, and even some papaya. The palate is firm, but also vibrant and fleshy, beginning to develop some light savoury flavours and melon fruit. The finish is persistent and gives a light perception of sweetness without actually being so.
|Bordeaux||1996||Sociando-Mallet, Cuveé Jean Gautreau >
1996 Sociando-Mallet, Cuveé Jean Gautreau, Haut-Medoc
Château Sociando-Mallet is an outperforming Cru Bourgeois property located in the commune of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne in the Haut-Médoc. For the limited-production cuvée, named after owner Jean Gautreau, the 15 best barrels from the vintage are selected, and a higher amount of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to end up in the final blend.
1996 was a good vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon vines at Sociando-Mallet, and this comes through in the cuveé. Dark chocolate, tobacco, mint, cassis, and deep blackberry appear on the nose, followed by a firm palate with a briary fruit character. Still vibrant with some cedar on the finish.
|France||2012||Pommard, Les Rugiens Bas, 1Er Cru, Domaine De Montille >
2012 Pommard, Les Rugiens Bas, 1Er Cru, Domaine De Montille, Burgundy
Domaine de Montille began in 1951 when prominent Dijon lawyer Hubert de Montille inherited 2.5 hectares of vineyards in Volnay. His son Étienne now runs the domaine, which produces some of the purest Pinot Noirs in various climats. The grapes go through a relatively long maceration and are bottled unfiltered.
The wine begins with a mixture of savoury herbs, wild flowers, mint, and dark berries on the nose, followed by a palate with plently of fruit. This is balanced nicely by the tannic structure and the firm core of minerality that runs until the chewy finish.
|Italy||2005||Barbaresco, La Spinetta, Gallina >
2005 Barbaresco, La Spinetta, Gallina, Piedmont
La Spinetta is based in Castagnole delle Lanze, a small hilltop commune north east of Alba in the Barbaresco production zone. The average production quantity for the Barbaresco is between 18 to 20 hectolitres per hectare, and it is these low yields and focus on work in the vineyards that drive the quality of the wines.
A very complex wine from the Gallina site revealing a bouquet of leather, smoke, tobacco, licorice, game meat, violets, and dark berries. The tannins have been well-integrated into the whole at this point, and the mouthfeel has developed more flesh. Flavours of blackberries, dried violets and leaves continue through the long finish.
|France||1999||Volnay, Santenots, 1Er Cru, Maison Nicolas Potel >
1999 Volnay, Santenots, 1Er Cru, Maison Nicolas Potel, Burgundy
Suffering from a lack of capital, Potel sold the business to the Cottin brothers of Labouré-Roi in 2004, continuing as before until he parted company with his new owners in spring 2009. The 1999 Volnay Santenots under the Domaine Nicolas Potel name was produced by Nicolas himself.
Deep ruby core with some bricking and garnet occuring with age, the 1999 Volnay Santenots shows signs of development on the nose with damp forest floor, dried red rasberries, musky boisenberries, and potpourri spice. The palate is gentle, and well- balanced with an addition minerals and large yet refined tannins.
|Bordeaux||2010||Domaine De Chevalier Blanc >
2010 Domaine De Chevalier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
In 1959 Domaine de Chevalier was one of only six estates in the Graves region (in which Pessac- Léognan lies) to be classified for both its red and white wine. Domaine de Cheavlier blanc accounts for less than 20% of the estate’s production.
Beginning with a large nose of honeyed pears, white wax, orange oil, fresh lemon, and creamy vanilla, the wine then shows a fleshy palate that is held together by a firm spine of acidity. There is a savoury wet mineral character along with the creamy fruit that is drawn through a very long finish.
This case is named after one of our historic cellars at No. 3 St James’s St, where our shop still stands since our foundation in 1698.
The Champagne Legras and Ostertag’s Riesling Fronholz kick off the case with a great energy, and are very versatile to pair with a large range of cuisines. From there, Domaine Drouhin’s Pinot Noir serves as a great New World counterpart to Rossignol-Trapet’s Beaune 1er Cru with an elegance not commonly found outside of Burgundy. To finish, there are two larger-bodied reds that will be great to welcome in the fall season.
|France||NV|| Champagne R&L Legras, Brut, Blanc De Blancs >
Champagne R&L Legras, Brut, Blanc De Blancs
Legras was founded in the 16th century, and has become one of the great names of the Chouilly commune. The house style combines a firm, classic structure with a generous fruit style, and has been frequently listed in many of Paris’ Michelin restaurants.
Very pale gold with a fine mousse and plenty of toasty brioche character on the nose from time spent on the lees in cellar. This is joined by ripe green apples, pear, white flowers, and a touch of honey. The acidity is firm, but not piercing, and combines with the chalky spine of minerality that holds the Champagne together through the long finish.
|France||2015||Riesling Fronholz, Domaine Andre Ostertag >
2015 Riesling Fronholz, Domaine Andre Ostertag, Alsace
André Ostertag found his 3 hectare estate in 1966. Today it stands at over 12 hectares, which were all converted to full biodynamic production in 1998. The Fronholz vineyard is a mere 1.2 hectares in size on a complex soil mixture of white sand, quartz, qlay, marl.
As in all of Ostertag’s wines, there is a great crystalline purity to the flavours. White peaches and flowers, yellow pear, wet stone, and a touch of honey are balanced by bright acidity in this dry riesling. There is sometimes an impression of sweetness due to the nature of the fruit, but this is not due to residual sugar.
|USA||2015||Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Domaine Drouhin >
2015 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Domaine Drouhin, Oregon
Domaine Drouhin is the Oregon branch of the famed Joseph Drouhin from Burgundy. Véronique Drouhin manages the 90 hectare estate whose first Dijon clone vines were planted in 1988, with the goal of producing elegant Oregon wines in the image of Burgundy.
Brilliant ruby red with fresh cherry and raspberry mixed with licorice and damp earth. The palate is juicy and vibrant due to the lifted acidity with flavours of ripe red berry, licorice, undergrowth, and hint of cola. The finish shows some spices and tannic grip which frame the wine.
|Italy||2007||Chianti Classico, Castello Di Ama >
2007 Chianti Classico, Castello Di Ama, Tuscany
This sixteenth century estate, located near Gaiole- in-Chianti, went through a period of considerable investment in the 1980s and 1990s. The vineyard planting density has increased and Slovenian botti have been echanged for French barriques. The property has always been blessed with fine galestro and alberese stone soils and superior terroir.
This is a very complete wine at eleven years of age, and is coming into a great stage for drinking. The nose is full of dried and preserved berries, plums and prunes. This is complemented by baking spice, leather, roses, and fruitcake. The mouthfeel is soft and full with ripe tannins and great complexity that lingers on the palate.
|France||2011||Ch. Ormes De Pez, St. Estèphe >
2011 Ch. Ormes De Pez, St. Estèphe, Bordeaux
Château Les Ormes de Pez is one of St-Estèphe`s leading Cru Bourgeois properties with 32 hectares of vineyards, lying on soils rich in gravel on a subsoil of sand and clay. All grapes at the estate are hand- harvested, and the extra attention in the vineyards has lead to richer and more fruit-drven wines.
The 2011 Ormes de Pez has an intense bouquet of sweet cassis, blackberry, graphite, and dark earth that leaps out of the glass. This continues in the mouth with black cherry, cassis, and a touch of tobacco leaf. The wine closes with fine persistency.
|France||2014||Beaune, Les Teurons, 1Er Cru, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet >
2014 Beaune, Les Teurons, 1Er Cru, Domaine Rossignol-Trapet, Burgundy
Brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol have run the family domaine since 1990, successfully converting the whole domaine to biodynamic in 2004. The limestone-dominant soils in the Teurons climat give the vines a favorable terroir, with light, free-draining gravel found throughout the vineyard.
A notably floral nose conveys notes of herbal tea and essence of red cherry along with gentle warm earth nuances. The earth character is reinforced by the nicely rich medium-bodied flavors and grounding tannins before concluding in a persistent finish.