Our cellar is bursting with bottles that have just arrived, there are plenty of reasons for you to have a browse through the selection. With such a broad range, though, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ve got five reasons to get things going.
1-A bottle for an unexpected guest
It’s always good to have some sharing wines in your cellar, quaffable cuvées that you can uncork at a moment’s notice for a guest that you weren’t expecting. For a young, fruity and flavourful wine, you’d do well to find inspiration in the Beaujolais region; Grégoire Hoppenot’s Fleurie Origines and Indigènes cuvées are lovely examples of tasty Gamay. From the Rhône, you might like to try a Côtes-du-Rhône from the likes of Domaine Beaurenard or Stéphane Ogier. If you’re serving a light seaside-inspired dish, a fresh Sancerre from Delaporte or a 2020 Riesling from Kientzler are simple and delicious cuvées that will do the trick.
2-A celebration to enjoy
For a special occasion, we recommend a bottle that’s aged for a little while. Some ready-to-uncork wines that have just arrived include the 2012 vintages of Château Quinault L’Enclos and Léoville Poyferré, as well as a Côte-Rôtie from Château d’Ampuis. Otherwise, we recommend the 2013 vintage from Laurent Roumier, the 2014 Pénultième from Andrea Calek, and the 2014 Pontet Canet, as well as the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Réserve des Célestins from Henri Bonneau & Fils.
3-Champagne is always a good idea…
When you get big news, popping a bottle of Champagne is a really good feeling. Best to have some on hand! In our selection you’ll find Jacquesson’s 744 cuvée, Dom Pérignon’s 2012 vintage, Bérêche & Fils’ Reflet d’Antan, and the 2012 Millésime d’Exception from our partner estate Drappier. For a different kind of fizz, try a Loire crémant by Arnaud Lambert or an Empire extra-brut from Comte Abbatucci.
The holidays are a while away, and January doesn’t tend to be the sunniest month of the year. There are more innovative ways to get away though, and we like to try wine produced all over the world. South Africa is represented here by the Terre Brûlée cuvée from Vincent Carême, Chile by Santa Rita’s 2018 Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon, Germany by Joh. Jos. Prüm’s Rieslings, California by Pym Rae, and Italy by Franck Cornelissen and Arianna Occhipinti.
5-Satisfy your curiosity
The start of the year is a perfect time to try something new…especially if your well-intentioned resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. The Jura’s Domaine des Marnes Blanches is worth taking a look at, as is the 2016 Saint-Chinian Causse-du-Bousquet by Mas Champart. Savoie wines from Florian et Marie Curtet will pair beautifully with a hearty, cheese-filled dish, and we also love the Côtes-du-lot Néphèle and Nigrine from Domaine de Laroque d’Antan.