As you might have seen if you’ve been following the wine world’s latest news, the harvests have been particularly early this year. Whilst these freshly-picked grapes make their way to the winery, we suggest you take a look at our extensive catalogue. We have some lovely bottles from the latest vintages, 2018 and 2019, including Yvon Métras and Château de Pressac, as well as some more mature bottles from Château Angélus, Cheval Blanc and Domaine de Bel Air.
2018 and 2019, the new vintages
When a new vintage is on its way, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the ones that came just before. We recommend you head to the classic region of Bordeaux with a 2018 Château de Pressac available in a magnum and double magnum format. This cuvée is part of our Must-Have selection, and it’s an attractive price for a Saint-Emilion grand cru that marries power and elegance wonderfully. The volume and vintage of this one mean it’s best kept in the cellar for a special occasion. Also from 2018, Château Monbrison is a reference bottle, with this one too in a magnum format! This is one of Margaux’s best unclassified crus, a very balanced wine that’s fresh and deep. Corsica’s 2018 vintage saw a wonderful crop from Jean-Baptiste Arena: don’t miss out on the Grotte di Sole and Morta Maio cuvées. From the Jura, discover this same vintage from Domaine Rolet, the second largest in the region with its 62 hectares, property of the famous Devillard family. We are fans of the 2018 Arbois Naturé from here – Naturé being the local name for the Savagnin varietal. Some of the other producers to point out would be: Domaine Bérêche et Fils, Camin Larreyda, and Marie et Florent Curtet.
Your favourite wines are back
Sometimes we can’t keep up with you! For the start of October, though, we’ve made sure to bring back some of your favourite cuvées. We’re welcoming the return of Château Belle-Vue in its 2015 and 2016 vintages, both bottles and double-magnums – one of our top picks and the best of what the Médoc can offer for such a pleasing price. We also have the 2014 and 2016 Château de Carles in Fronsac. In the Rhône Valley, it’s Mas Saint-Louis that we’ve been missing! The cuvées in question are the 2014 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition and the 2014 and 2015 Les Arpents des Contrebandiers, an enigmatic name that hides a Châteauneuf-du-Pape at once harmonious and fruity.
From South Africa, the lauded Klein Constantia is available in its 2016 vintage, a veritable nectar with an elegant bottle whose renown has passed through the ages in elegance. Heading to Mendoza in Argentina, we find El Enemigo, a wine made up of 100% Cabernet franc and crafted by a French-trained oenologist. From Germany, it’s the Dönnhoff domain that will delight you with its 2018 Riesling Trocken. Domain Vietti also gets a mention, one of the properties to recently hold our ‘allocation of the week’ title. The 2017 Tre Vigne cuvée is supple and elegant, a lovely example of what Italy can produce!