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The Annual Cork & Cask Fine Wine Pack. A chance for us to show you some of our favourite wines and producers who’s style and region fit the classic Fine Wine model but with the Cork & Cask focus on minimal winemaking, organic farming and tried and tested delicious drinking.


A beautiful Blanc de Blancs Champagne to start things off, followed by 2 white wines & 3 beautiful reds from much loved regions like Rioja & Bordeaux. A great way to explore vintage & aged wines too with a 2006 & 2015 in the pack!


Michel Gonet Champagne 3 Terroirs 2018 The 3 Terroirs Blanc de Blancs is an extra brut Champagne made from Chardonnay that spends 6 years ageing on the lees. Elegant and racy with citrus, apple and pear aromas rounded out by hazelnut and toast from the long lees ageing with a delightfully full and creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic value, Blanc de Blanc (100% chardonnay) Champagne. Blended to perfection and expressing the disctinct qualities of the terroir from which its grapes derive.


Domaine Garnier Petit Chablis 2021– A Petit Chablis from a 4 ha plot which is renowned for being some of the best in the AC. Showing minerality and great concentration of fruit not so commonly found in Petit Chablis. Domaine Garnier is a 23ha estate based in Ligny-le-Châtel, the most northerly commune for producing Chablis. Made with the queen of grapes, Chardonnay, in a steely, lean style full of fresh orchard fruit with a gorgeous minerality. 


Matthieu Cosse Blaye Bordeaux Blanc – These wines are the result of an exciting new Bordeaux project by Matthieu Cosse of Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve. The blanc is a beautifully balanced and fresh Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle blend. We feel that Bordeaux Blanc’s do not always get the love they deserve. This saline crisp example with lovely Muscadelle perfume has been a shop favourite all year. We think this would be very tasty with a goats cheese dish, or smoked salmon, creme fraiche & dill style starter. 


Lopez de Heredia Rioja Crianza Cubillo 2015 – From a super vintage, this has the most charming nose, lots of sunshine and soft leather – cherries and floral notes with a very pleasant tobacco note. Cocoa, orange rind and sumac, with super balance, fine tannins and good length – plums, a little fig, dried mushroom and sous bois. Very good indeed! Lopez de Heredia brilliance as ever! 


Chateau Maucamps Bordeaux Haut Medoc 2006 – This parcel of mature, traditional claret perfectly encapsulates why we still love Bordeaux. This 2006 Haut-Médoc is a classic blend of approximately 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from the excellent Château Maucamps, a Cru Bourgeois property owned by the Tessandier family. With 17 years of age behind it, the structure has mellowed beautifully and the wine has taken on the classic cedar wood and mature blackcurrant fruit qualities typical of the left bank. Since taking over in the 1950s, the Tessandiers have introduced sustainable farming and state-of-the-art winemaking facilities to the estate. Fruit from 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot vines is hand-harvested before fermentation and ageing for 16 months in barrels (with new oak kept to a minimum). The result is high-quality, old-fashioned Haut-Médoc worthy of its Cru Bourgeois classification.


Thorle Spatburgunder 2021Christophe and Johannes took over this family estate in 2006. The estate dates back to the 16th century, based in Saulheim, west of Oppenheim in the middle of the Rhineland, an area synonymous with bulk wine production. They work everything organically and are moving deeper and deeper into biodynamics. Now firmly established as one of the stars of the new wave of German winemakers, producing sappy Rieslings and delicate Spätburgunders from the characteristically calcareous limestone soils of Saulheim’s single vineyards Hölle, Schlossberg and Probstey. Spätburgunder is the grape Pinot Noir, as called in Germany, this wine is from the Rheinhessen wine region, which is the largest in Germany and sits along the Rhine River with its cooling influence.

And what a wine this is! The grapes were harvested by hand at optimum ripeness and after fermentation the wine spends 10 months in old oak barrels to enhance texture and mouthfeel. Intense aromas of wild berries and cherries with fine ripe tannins and delicate hints of spicy oak.

Outstanding Pinot Noir in the £20 or so range are hard to come by especially from such Pinot powerhouses as Burgundy! Which is why it makes so much sense to venture off the familiar path to regions lesser known for the grape like Germany, France’s Loire Valley, New Zealand & Chile. We have some other fantastic Pinot’s to talk about if you’d like to pop by.