Non-French wines, whiskies, and landmark years to drink or to cellar… New arrivals at iDealwine’s La Cave

We’ve explored the length and breadth of the wine world on the lookout for rare pearls. Prestigious far-flung domains, top-class whiskies, superlative champagnes, complex and deep Rhône wines, myriad gems from all of France’s winemaking regions: you’ll find it all here!

Our thirst for vinous discoveries knows no limits: we recently ventured beyond French borders to top up our cellar with prestigious wines from afar. In Italy, we sourced wines from Biondi-Santi, one of Tuscany’s iconic estates whose history dates all the way back to the 16th century. From Spain, we brought back Rioja from Bodega Macan, the result of a partnership between Vega Sicilia and the Edmond de Rothschild group. A quick stop in the Toro region to source some of the powerful, deep wines from Numanthia. Much further, in the heart of the New Zealand winemaking region Marlborough, we were stunned by the vineyards of Cloudy Bay. Its cuvées Te Koko, Te Wahi, its Chardonnays and Pinot Noir releases, will give you an insight into the estate’s excellent work.

In a somewhat different register, we turned to Scotland to get our hands on our favourite whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay. Savour the nectars that are Talisker, Knockando and Caol Ila.

For those of you already planning ahead for the end of year festivities, we particularly relate with Madame Bollinger’s philosophy, who famously said: “I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it — unless I’m thirsty.” We’ve therefore filled La Cave with fabulous French fizz, starting off with the famous cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises 2010 from Bollinger, the cuvée Charles de Gaulle from our partner domain Drappier and the chiseled wines from Jeaunaux-Robin.

Our selection from the Loire offers nothing but the best. Estates La Taille aux Loups and François Chidaine offer luminous white wines, and don’t miss out on the wondrous releases from domain Huet. Cuvée Constance and Clos du Bourg will amply reward cellaring for a few years, and over time will develop aromas of white truffle. If you’re looking for a top-shelf Sancerre, try Domaine Delaporte or En Grands Champs 2011 from Alphonse Mellot.

In preparation for the cooler weather and the comforting meals to come, we’re thinking ahead to the finesse of Clos des Papes’ Châteauneud du pape, Yves Cuilleron’s Cornas, to the delicate Côte-Rôtie La Giroflarie from the talented Jasmin pair and to the generous Côtes-du-Rhônes from L’Oratoire Saint Martin.

We hope that this overview will have whetted your appetite: you can see the full catalogue of wines for sale by following this link.

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