Named after the Widow Bourne who founded Berry Bros. & Rudd in 1698, this case features several regions.
One might envison this case divided into three atmospheric pairs. The Provence Rosé and the Verdicchio are bright, sunny, and playful, while retaining an underpinning of serious quality and mineral fortitude. The Bourgogne Blanc and Rouge convey the reserved elegance of Burgundy, and are versatile for pairing with foods that are equally subtle in their flavourings. The Barolo and the Aglianico supply an element of power and rusticity, speaking to the deep historical connection between wine, cuisine, and soil in their respective regions.
|France||2016|| Côtes De Provence Rosé, Domaine Du Grand Cros >
2016 Côtes De Provence Rosé, Domaine Du Grand Cros, France
Founded in 1989, the domaine consists of 24 hectares nestled in the foothills of the Massif des Maures near Carnoules. The predimant soil type is a mix of clay and limestone, which helps to preserve acidity, along with the avoidance of malolactic fermentation.
Pale salmon pink in colour, and showing aromas of fresh strawberry, nectarine, rose petals, and minerals. The palate is light on its feet with some more pronounced fruit character reminiscent of red cherries. The wine remains lively and finishes with a slightly spicy note.
|Burgundy||2014||Bourgogne Blanc, Jean-Philippe Fichet >
2014 Bourgogne Blanc, Jean-Philippe Fichet
Fichet is a grower based in Meursault, from where three of his plots come together in the creation of the Bourgogne Blanc. The Bourgogne Blanc is one of four bottlings that come from Fichet himself, while the other wines are produced through share- cropping agreements with various owners.
This is a Bourgogne Blanc with more texture than is typical of the regional appelation. Plenty of white peaches, ripe apples, and flowers are brought together on the palate along with a core of minerality. Wines grown around the limestone-rich soils of Meursault are known for having an added richness that comes through here.
|Italy||2015||Verdicchio Castelli Di Jesi, Clas Sup, Tenuta Di Tavignano, Misco>
2015 Verdicchio Castelli Di Jesi, Clas Sup, Tenuta Di Tavignano, Misco, Italy
Beatrice Lucangeli and Stefano di Laconi have largely revamped their 28 hectare estate, and it has been an exemplary source of local varietals since the mid 1990s. Located just inland from Ancona, the vines are grown on low-lying hills of limestone, clay, and calcareous soils.
Beginning with a nose of white peach, grapefruit, and fresh green herbs, the wine transfers to a palate which adds a unique saline mineral texture and flavour. Very fresh acidity, and good concentration that finishes with a silky salty tang.
|Burgundy||2013||Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Rouge By Maison Roche De Bellene >
2013 Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Rouge By Maison Roche De Bellene
Our own label Bourgogne Rouge, produced by Nicholas Potel, who decided to start his own négociant business, Maison Roche de Bellene, after the death of his father in 1996. The maison is based in Beaune, and sources grapes from various parcels in the Côte-d’Or.
Medium ruby in colour, the Bourgogne Rouge offers aromas of red cherry, forest floor, and warm spice. The palate is fresh and medium bodied, with cherry, raspberry, red plum, and a touch of earth.
|Italy||2012|| Berry Bros. & Rudd Barolo By Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont>
2012 Berry Bros. & Rudd Barolo By Giovanni Rosso, Piedmont, Italy
Azienda Agricola Giovanni Rosso is a small family- owned estate, comprising 12 hectares of vineyards situated exclusively in the Serralunga d’Alba hamlet of Baudana. Most of the estate’s 7 parcels are centred on prime Serralunga marl, and sandstone soils at 430 metres.
True to its type, this Barolo has plenty of structure, with good tannic grip and bright acidity. This frame is filled out with flavours of cherries, dried raspberries, rose petals and violets. There also is an earthiness reminiscent of tea leaves that joins the other elements, adding complexity.
|Italy||2011||Aglianico Campitaurasini, Satyricon Luigi Tecce, Campania >
2011 Aglianico Campitaurasini, Satyricon Luigi Tecce, Campania, Italy
Luigi Tecce works in relative solitude on his 5 hectare estate located in the Taurasi subzone known as Sud-Alta Valle. There is no enologist and no agronomist. Luigi says he “works more by feel, say 70%, and the remaining 30% empirically.” Wines are fermented using native yeasts, and nothing is added or subtracted.
The power of this wine is hinted at immediately by the deep, dark colour in the glass. Very concentrated with plenty of tannic structure, ripe red fruits, black fruits, cigar, and a hint of balsalmic. The finish is long, leaving an impression of the boldness that the Aglianico varietal provides, living up to its reputation as the “Barolo of the South.”
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.
The 2004 St Georges, 2011 Clos Vougeot, and 2004 Pavillon Rouge give the two big Bs of Bordeaux and Burgundy very worthy representatives, which are set off nicely against the other classic regions in the case that are gaining more and more traction in the fine wine market. Hitzberger, Romano dal Forno, and CVNE are all leaders from their respective regions, pushing the bounds of quality that they are able to offer.
|Austria||2009|| Riesling Singerriedel, Smaragd, Hirtzberger >
2009 Riesling Singerriedel, Smaragd, Hirtzberger, Austria
Franz Hirtzberger took over the estate at Spitz in the Wachau Valley in 1983. The Singerriedel vineyard is situated on a steep, stone-terraced slope facing south-southeast behind the 13th century house, producing one of the most celebrated Rieslings in Austria.
The Riesling Singerriedel begins with a nose of peach, apricot, apple skins, resin, and wet stone. The palate carries an impressive weight which is kept very lively by the high level of balancing acidity. Flavours of saline wet stone, ripe yellow apple, and lemon lead into a deeply mineral and subtlefy honeyed finish.
|Italy||2002||Valpolicella Superiore, Romano Dal Forno >
2002 Valpolicella Superiore, Romano Dal Forno, Italy
Romano dal Forno only founded his estate in 1980s, but he has quickly risen to the status of legend in the Veneto. The maximum amount of varietal character is coaxed from grapes grown on 8 hectares just outside of Illasi. The wines are fermented dry in oak barrels, fully integrating this aspect into the flavour profile.
Much deeper and more intense than most Valpolicellas, this wine opens with a nose full of dark wild berries, deep plum, coffee beans, and spices. The palate is framed with sturdy tannins, filled out with concentrated bramble fruits, leather, nutmeg, and savoury herbs. The finish is very long and offers a lingering sense of complexity.
|Spain||2007||Contino, Viña Del Olivo, Rioja>
2007 Contino, Viña Del Olivo, Rioja, Spain
The Viñedos del Contino Estate, under majority ownership of the Real de Asua family’s CVNE (Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España), is situated in the Rioja Alavesa subregion and is a pioneering producer of long-lived single vineyard wines such as their prized Viña del Olivo. This flagship vineyard is named after a 100 year old olive tree growing amongst the vines.
Moving into an ideal stage of maturity, the 2007 Viña del Olivo opens with a complex nose of leather, spices, red currants, and cherries. The palate is concentrated and rich with oak spices balanced by fresh acidity and dense plum fruit flavours. The wine finishes very pure and long.
|Burgundy||2004||Nuits-St Georges, Les St Georges, 1Er Cru, Thibault Liger-Belair >
2004 Nuits-St Georges, Les St Georges, 1Er Cru, Thibault Liger-Belair
Thibault Liger-Belair took over the old family property in Nuits-St-Georges in 2001, and has made great strides since. All the vines are now certified organic and farmed biodynamically, with horses used to plough the vineyards where possible.
Deep black cherry aromatics are joined by licorice and baking spice in this deep and complex nose. The palate is rather mouthcoating with substantial fine-grained tannin and concentrated flavours. The same black cherry is joined by a savoury meatiness, roasting spices, and an intense minerality.
|Burgundy||2011||Clos Vougeot, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein>
2011 Clos Vougeot, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein
Olivier Bernstein originally comes from a family of music publishers, but has quickly risen to become one of Burgundy’s star producers. His style is lively and precise, with some stems included in the vinification and barrels that are toasted only after tasting the wines to align them with the character of the vintage.
The wine’s purity and transparency truly comes out here. Aromas of bright red cherry, licorice, mint, dry leaves, and spices rise from the glass. There is plenty of tension and energy on the palate, with a firm tannic structure and good length. Some darker fruit complements the red fruit on the nose.
|Bordeaux||2004||Pavillon Rouge Du Ch. Margaux>
2004 Pavillon Rouge Du Ch. Margaux
Ranked as a First Growth Château in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification of the Médoc, Ch. Margaux’s second wine, the Pavillon Rouge, is consistently one of the best of the Médoc. The wines are known for their balance of perfumed elegance and deep structure, coming from vineyards of well-drained gravel outcroppings.
Dark crimson in colour, the 2004 Pavillon Rouge gives aromas of earthy raspberry, blackberry, cocoa, dried flowers, and spice. The palate is rather full and round with more deep berry, tobacco and leather, complemented by refined tannins, and refreshing acidity.
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.
Both whites in this case balance a full mouthfeel with freshness, and would be the ideal chilled counterpart to seafood dishes. The two Pinot Noirs make an interesting comparison between an old world and new world wine that both demonstrate the structure that this relatively thin-skinned varietal can give, while the G Acte 4 shows good finesse through the balance of Merlot’s flesh and Cabernet’s structure. Valentini’s red is in a class of its own, and it is the wine he drinks for himself. Something truly unique.
|Burgundy||2015|| Berry Bros. & Rudd Pouilly-Fuissé By Olivier Merlin >
2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Pouilly-Fuissé By Olivier Merlin
Olivier Merlin has established himself as one of the most dynamic producers of the region, and a reference point for the Mâconnais. His Pouilly- Fuissé is blended from vinyards in the three villages of Fuissé, Vergisson and Chaintré.
The nose of this wine opens with a balance of components that Pouilly-Fuissé brings to the table. Ripe apples and white peach are joined by a hint of florals and a touch of vanilla and roasted nuts from the oak. The palate combines these elements with a refreshing saline minerality that leads into a focused finish.
|Spain||2013||Rioja Blanco, Finca Allende, Rioja >
2013 Rioja Blanco, Finca Allende, Rioja, Spain
Situated In the village of Briones at the northwest end of the Rioja Alta distcrict, Finca Allende’s vineyards are planted on north-facing hills of various aspects that benefit from the winds of the Atlantic ocean. All of the grapes are picked by hand and sorted before being vinified.
The 2013 Rioja Blanco is a clear yellow-gold in colour, with notes of grapefruit, white peach, lemon, herbs, honey, and minerals on the nose. The oak and lees character is balanced on the palate by an earthy mineral character and an overriding freshness. Ripe lemon, brioche, vanilla, and minerals.
|Bordeaux||2012||G Acte 4, Bordeaux Superieur>
2012 G Acte 4, Bordeaux Superieur
In 2009, the Gunaudeau family, owners of Ch. Lafleur in Pomerol, launched the new G project with vineyards in Fronsac. Every year is labelled under a new Acte, the 2012 being the 4th installment. The average production is 1,000 cases per year.
Deep cherry red in colour, this wine begins with aromas of well-delineated red currant and plum with a touch of baking spice and fresh herbs. Finesse is shown on the palate with a blend of black cherry, ripe tannin, and refreshing acidity.
|Burgundy||2013||Berry Bros. & Rudd Gevrey- Chambertin By Rossignol-Trapet >
2013 Berry Bros. & Rudd Gevrey- Chambertin By Rossignol-Trapet
Brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol have run the family domaine since 1990, successfully converting the whole domaine to biodynamic in 2004. Minimal intervention is observed in the winery, leading to very pure expressions. No rackings are performed unless reductive flavours require it.
Opening with aromas of bright red cherries, currants, forest floor, dried flowers and raspberries, the purity of the varietal is displayed. On the palate, the savoury element of the wine becomes more apparent, and the relatively sturdy tannic structure typical of Gevrey-Chambertin can be felt.
|New Zealand||2014||Surveyor Thomson, Rows 1-37, Pinot Noir, Domaine Thomson>
2014 Surveyor Thomson, Rows 1-37, Pinot Noir, Domaine Thomson, New Zealand
Based in Central Otago, Domaine Thomson also has vineyard holdings in Burgundy’s Gevrey- Chambertin. The Rows 1-37 Pinot Noir was bottled separately from the eponimous vineyard rows, as the wines gave a unique character that deserved to be expressed in its own right. There were only 204 cases produced in 2014 from this 0.8 hectare block.
The wine opens with an expressive nose full of ripe dark cherry, plums, clove, and bakind spice. There is just a touch of reduction here, which adds complexity rather than detracting from it. The texture is quite fine and powdery in the mouth with the same dark cherry and spice profile, but with some added licorice and anise interest backed by solid tannins.
|Italy||2012||Cerasuolo D’abruzzo, Valentini, Abruzzo >
2012 Cerasuolo D’abruzzo, Valentini, Abruzzo, Italy
Valentini is a rather secretive estate now run by Francesco Valentini after the passing of his father Edoardo in 2006. 98% of the grapes grown are sold off to the local cooperative, and only the top 2% are used in the estate wines. Francesco continues on with the dynamic natural style of viticulture grounded in Greek philosophy that was started at the estate by his father in the 1950s.
Pale ruby in colour, this red immediately sets itself apart with a bouquet of nectarine, mixed dried spices, rose petals, red currant, and cranberries. The palate also has a unique weight and intensity with fiinty mineral tones, licorice, menthol, red currant and morello cherries. Very round in the mouth, this wine’s complexity continues through the mid palate into an extended finish.