3 Bonhommes 2016 – Marie & Vincent Tricot – Pinot Noir
This wine is the definition of pure energy. The vulcanic soils gives it that characteristic grapefruit finish we love so much from Auvergne. It is herbaceous and light with a lingering spicy acidic that makes it ever so drinkable.
Myrmidon – Le Petit Domaine – Syrah
Myrmidon is Syrah as we like it. It’s fresh, fruity and just bursting with tension and beautiful aromatic persistence. On the nose you get black olives, pinewood and a peppery bite that is all nicely tied in by it’s soft tannins. The Syrah vines are 40 years old and grows in clay and calcareous soils. The wine is an assemblage of three different vinifications; a third carbonic macerated, a third destemmed with a weeks maceration and the last third with a longer maceration.
Tete de Bulle 2015 – François Dhumes – Chardonnay
Francois is one of the rising stars of the Auvergne and his individual wines are expressive and truly delicious. His work in the cellar is as hands off as can be with his strong commitment to zero additions winemaking shining through his wines. His Pet Nat Chardonnay has complex aromas of pear, pineapple and tart apples. Very fine bubbles and a faint sweetness, clean acidity that whets the appetite.
Ciderday Night Fever 2016 – Fruktstereo – 100% Ingrid Marie
Fruktstereo make cider from 100% fruit, fermented with its natural yeast and without any additives. During fermentation the juice is bottled and the last part of the natural sugar ferment in the bottle, producing bubbles. This cider, made from 100% Ingrid Marie apples, is crisp, clean and finished before you realise it! A little maceration between the apple pulp and juice makes this cider gives this cider and orange wine feel.
Roc 2014 – Domaine Vinci – Grenache & Carignan
Roc is the entry level red wine from Domaine Vinci in Languedoc. The 50% Grenache and 50% Carignan blend makes for an elegant and perfumed wine packed with red fruit, sour cherry and chewy tannins. A wine in it’s youth, concentrated but yet so juicy and succulent.
Grenache 2016 – Val de Combres – Grenache
3 weeks of macerated destemmed Grenache from Val de Combres on the border between Provence and Rhone. Pleasing and powerful wine, with a soft palate and melting tannins. The structure of the palate is generous, with a good balance between alcohol and freshness. Outstanding cranberry and churned earth nose. A whisper of funk, and a razor thin prick of effervescence.