Named after the Widow Bourne who founded Berry Bros. & Rudd in 1698, this case features several regions.
The two Italian whites and Bordeaux 100% Sauvignon Blanc are defined by their lively acidity and unique terroir expression, all of them being wonderful counterpoints to herbal- flavoured or creamy dishes. As for the reds, there is a regional favourite offering great value to be found from Ribera del Duero, Piedmont, and Burgundy, respectively.
|Italy||2016|| La Palmetta Pigato, Riviera Ligure Di Ponente, Massaretti >
2016 La Palmetta Pigato, Riviera Ligure Di Ponente, Massaretti, Liguria
Located in the Ligurian Riveria at Albenga, between the hills and the Mediterranean sea, Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti owns 5.2 hectares plus rents a further 0.8 hectares. The Pigato is planted both on the alluvial sandy flats in Albenga.
Straw in colour with green refractions, the Palmetta Pigato opens with aromas of white flowers, moss, wet stone, and lemon pith. The palate is very mineral with similar citrus character that is bound by firm acidity.
|Italy||2016||Passerina Dei Colli Aprutini, Collepietro, Faraone >
2016 Passerina Dei Colli Aprutini, Collepietro, Faraone, Abruzzo
The Faraone family produces traditional Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines. Their 9 hectare property is now focused on the new Collepietro vineyard at Mosciano Sant’Angelo in the Colline Teramane DOCG zone of Abruzzo, some 10 miles from the Adriatic.
Lemon coloured, the 2016 Passerina has a gentle and refined nose of white currents, acacia flowers, and mandarin pulp. The palate is well-balanced with fresh acidity and a soft impression of white flowers, citrus and pear.
|France||2017||Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc >
2017 Dourthe La Grande Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux
The Dourthe group was established in Bordeaux in 1840, and has developed a range of wines coming from different plots throughout the Bordeaux region. Dourthe has developed a true mastery in ageing fine wines, with wines such as La Grande Cuvée.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Yellow-green in colour. The wine is packed with citrusy and zesty aroma, that continues on the palate accompanied with delicate floral and flinty notes. With refreshing acidity, this is a lively wine to be enjoyed young.
|Spain||2015||Cillar De Silos Crianza >
2015 Cillar De Silos Crianza, Ribera del Duero
Bodegas Cillar de Silos is owned and run by the brothers and sister team of Oscár, Roberto and Amelia Aragón. An undulating topography, ranging from 900 to 940 meters in altitude and deep sandy soils give the wines their pure, fruity depth coming from some rare pre-phylloxera plots.
Deep ruby in colour, the wine offers aromas of black cherry, blackcurrant, forest fruits and fresher raspberry notes alongside subtle hints of cedar and nutmeg. On the palate, it is fleshy but structured, with a finesse and silkiness that lingers on the finish.
|Italy||2014|| Barbera D’alba, Cascina Fontana >
2014 Barbera D’alba, Cascina Fontana, Piedmont
Sixth generation winemaker created this tiny 4 hectare estate in 2005 in Barolo. The Barbera d’Alba is aged for circa 12 months in used barriques; production on average only 500 cases per annum.
Deep ruby red with a lifted combination of red rose petals, ripe cherries, dark spices and graphite. The palate carries good weight and fruit to balance the acidity typical of the Barbara varietal.
|France||2014||Monthélie Rouge, Château De Puligny- Montrachet >
2014 Monthélie Rouge, Château De Puligny- Montrachet, Burgundy
In 2012 Étienne de Montille and investors purchased the property and have radically reformed the estate, dropping unsuitable vineyards, converting to organic (and indeed biodynamic) farming, and further improving the winemaking.
An expressive and notably floral nose offers up notes of plum, violet and plenty of earth. There is good richness to the very round middle weight flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel. Finishes with some rustic minerality.
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.
Gangloff’s intensely- flavoured yet elegant Condrieu kisks off this case, before delving into an array of classic reds. There is plenty of power in the range to handle the dishes of winter, as well as the beautifully mature 1992 Viña Tondonia.
|France||2016|| Condrieu, Yves Gangloff >
2016 Condrieu, Yves Gangloff, Northern Rhône
Yves Gangloff met his future wife, Mathilde, in the Rhône valley and never left. The couple sold their grapes to E. Guigal before establishing their own vineyard in 1987. The domaine produces a limited selection of wines from prestigious sites in the Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Saint-Joseph. Gangloff labels (usually voluptuous nudes) are painted by Yves’ brother.
Attractive bouquet of stone fruits and floral notes. Round and rich but not flat nor heavy, thanks to the support of fine acidity. White peach, nectar, white flower. Hints of nuts and minerality. Terrific lingering finish.
|Italy||2013||Barbaresco Masseria, Vietti >
2013 Barbaresco Masseria, Vietti, Piedmont
The roots of the Vietti estate reach back into the 19th century, but the family did not bottle their own wines until 1919. Today, the estate comprises 35 hectares with cellars based in Castiglione Falleto. All of the Barolos undergo a minimum of two year’s ageing in large Slavonian oak casks, and are bottled unfiltered.
The 2013 Barbaresco Masseria has great depth and intensity with floral notes, black fruits, and tea leaves. The palate has firm tannins, and plenty our dark berry fruit that fleashes out in the glass. There is also complexity added from the earthy minerality and spice that draws through the finish.
|Spain||1992||Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva, Bodegas R. López De Heredia >
1992 Viña Tondonia Tinto Reserva, Bodegas R. López De Heredia, Rioja
Founded in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, the Bodega was built close to the railway station at Haro in Rioja. The portfolio extends over 170 hectares and four autonomous vineyard areas, of which Tondonia is both the largest (70 hectares) and the most famous.
Good healthy red to the rim. Vinous, oaky aromas of strawberry, cinnamon and nut skin. The palate is very smooth and refined with dried raspberries, strawberries, soft vanilla, red plum skins and exotic spice.
|France||2012||Nuits-St Georges, Aux Cras, 1Er Cru, Domaine Bruno Clavelier >
2012 Nuits-St Georges, Aux Cras, 1Er Cru, Domaine Bruno Clavelier, Burgundy
In the late 1980s Bruno Clavelier took over from his maternal grandfather, Joseph Brosson, and expanded the cellar and winery buildings. The vines are farmed biodynamically, and there are no set rules for vinification other than to avoid too much intervention.
Blueberry and a hint of stewed raspberry on the nose. Full and powerful, with the earthy terroir beginning to creep through past the fruit. Raspberry and roasted underbrush flavours add interest to the profile and the wine finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins.
|France||2008||Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron, Pauillac >
2008 Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux’s most illustrious “super seconds”. Pichon- Longueville-Baron’s 73-hectare vineyard (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc), runs adjacent to that of Ch. Latour and lies on deep gravel beds.
Aromas of creme de cassis, blackberries, and mocha. The palate is full-bodied, with velvety tannins and crisp acidity. Structured with plenty of dense purple fruits, liquorice, and leather. A balanced and complex wine, with penetrating finish.
|USA||2009||Inglenook, Rubicon, Rutherford >
2009 Inglenook, Rubicon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
A Finnish sea captain, Gustave Niebaum, established Inglenook in the Rutherford sub-appellation of the Napa Valley in 1879. In 2008 Francis Ford Coppola was able to purchase the trademark of Inglenook with the goal to refine production up to the level of top-end Bordeaux.
Beginning with dark red fruit, freshly cut flowers, mint and spices on the nose, there is then plenty of weight in the glass. Smoke, tar, chocolate, licorice and dark red raspberries are all woven into an energetic 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.
Beginning with two very unique, versatile and fresh whites from Santa Ynez Valley and Swartland, the case continues on with classics from Bordeaux and Piedmont before moving onto a stunning low-production wine from a collaboration of Chapoutier and Laughton that is designed to stand up admirably with any number of savoury meat dishes.
|USA||2015|| Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley >
2015 Birichino Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
Birichino, pronounced “biri-kino” and Italian for “mischievous”, is an interesting project. Founded in 2008, Birchino has been making fine wines from carefully farmed, family-owned, own-rooted 19th and early 20th century vineyards (and a few from the late disco era) on the Central Coast. Their preference is for minimal intervention in the cellar.
This extraordinary vineyard lies next to an oil field (called the Jurassic Park Oil Centre – from which the vineyard takes its name). This golden wine offers beeswax and orange blossom aromatics, with a citrus-fruit vibrancy on the palate. The linear core has hints of dried apricot that add breadth to the mouth-feel.
|South Africa||2017|| Mullineux White, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines >
2017 Mullineux White, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Swartland
Chris and Andrea Mullineux, along with the likes of Eben Sadie, are leading the quality revolution in the Swartland region of South Africa. Established in 2007, the estate takes full advantage of the unique terroir blending granite and schist soils with a minimally irrigated dryland climate.
Ripe key lime, nectarine, and subtle spiced notes open on the nose, followed by flavours of bosc pear, white peach, and almond. This wine is rather full and richly textured, with a fresh clove-like finish. It is an undeniably complex wine, which will continue to develop in the glass.
|France||2011||Dourthe Ch. Rahoul Rouge, Graves >
2011 Dourthe Ch. Rahoul Rouge, Graves, Bordeaux
The Dourthe group was established in Bordeaux in 1840, and has developed a range of wines coming from different plots throughout the Bordeaux region, including wines from Ch. Rahoul in the Graves under their ownership.
There is plenty of oak on the nose of this wine, which comes across as a pleasant mocha aroma, mixed with ripe blackberry and red fruits. On the palate, more fruit becomes evident, and the whole is brought together by finely etched tannins.
|France||2016||Berry Bros. & Rudd Julien By Ch. Léoville Las Cases >
2016 Berry Bros. & Rudd Julien By Ch. Léoville Las Cases, Bordeaux
Our own label wine produced by the famous St. Julien 2ème Cru Classé in the 1855 Classification of the Médoc. Léoville Las Cases’s 97 hectares of vineyards are superbly sited on gravelly-clay soils with the largest plot being surrounded by a stone wall and stretching between the village of St-Julien and Ch. Latour.
Broodingly deep and dark in the glass, it has a ripe nose of black cherries, crème de cassis and cedar wood. The full-bodied palate is laden with pure blackcurrant fruit, wood-smoke, and a gravelly minerality. The acidity draws the flavours out through the persistent finish.
|Italy||2015||Nebbiolo D’alba, Valmaggiore, Luciano San- Drone >
2015 Nebbiolo D’alba, Valmaggiore, Luciano San- Drone, Piedmont
Sandrone’s wines are made in the modern style: elegant, attractive and easy to appreciate right from its first years in the bottle, but with no less power and structure than traditionally-styled Nebbiolos made with longer maceration times and aged in large oak botti.
2015 was a great vintage for Sandrone’s Valmaggiore Nebbiolo, and this comes through on the expressive flavours of sweet tobacco, dried violets, mint, and dark berry fruit. The tannins are abundant, but very well balanced and without hard edges, making this enjoyable to drink now.
|Australia||2012||Domaine Cambrien La Pleiade, Heathcote, M. Chapoutier >
2012 Domaine Cambrien La Pleiade, Heathcote, M. Chapoutier, Victoria
A small vineyard operation/partnership between Michel Chapoutier (renowned for his Rhone Valley cuvees) and the Laughton family, who claim to possess some of Heathcote’s as well as Australia’s finest soils, Cambrien is cropped at a measly 8 hectoliters per hectare, and only 200 cases are produced.
Very deep and brooding in colour, the 2012 Pleiade continues with a dense bouquet raisins, prune, spice, dried herbs and blackberry. The palate combines a large body and flavour density with precision and minerality. Dense blackberry, stone, pepper, cardamom, and mixed herbs filll out the profile.