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apéritif

Perlwein Fritz Müller, Müller-Thurgau, Trocken

Rheinhessen, Germany
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You might find that this lightly sparkling number becomes your best friend. It revives the palate like spring water with an added hit of fresh fruit. Very refreshing indeed.

Costs: €8


apéritif

Blanc de Noir 2016, Extra Brut, Tom Litwan

Aargau, Switzerland
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Swiss biodynamic fizz-maker and wine-maker Tom Litwan creates oenological highlights that are well worth discovering. This is a precise and delicate pinot noir.

Costs: €35


white

Riesling 2018, Tenuta San Leonardo

Trentino, Italy
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The Guerrieri Gonzaga family launched this charismatic riesling a few years ago. A noble, elegant alpine white with minerality, freshness and citrus notes.

Costs: €35


white

Zieregg 2015, Ried, Weingut Tement

Südsteiermark, Austria
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Spontaneously fermented and aged for up to 24 months in burgundy barrels, this Weisser Burgunder is pure pleasure. One of Austria’s great whites, it can be kept and aged for years.

Costs: €55


white

Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Accendo Cellars

Napa Valley, California
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A collector’s item. Biodynamic with hints of jasmine, honeysuckle and green apple. The best sauvignon blanc from the former owners of California’s Araujo winery.

Costs: €55


white

Dézaley Grand Cru 2020, Récolte Choisie, Patrick Fonjallaz

Lavaux, Switzerland
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Pure, mineral, rich chasselas from the Unesco-protected Lavaux region. Keeps for decades and spoils the palate (well) with notes of candied apricots and honey.

Costs: €40


white

Piemme 2018, Fattoria Le Pupille

Tuscany, Italy
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Elisabetta Geppetti’s new limited-edition bottle. Pure petit manseng with notes of chamomile, white flowers and alpine herbs. A rich finish. Decant and serve in big glasses.

Costs: €89


white

Cadran 2020, Château Monestier La Tour

Bergerac, France
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This blend of sauvignon blanc, sémillon and muscadelle is a pure vin de soif (easy drinker). Serve very well chilled. You’ll find that a case empties in no time.

Costs: €12


white

Bacchus 2019, Kit’s Coty, Chapel Down

Kent, England
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I always surprise my guests with this tropical white from the UK. Very aromatic with lychee and peach aromatics. Named after the Roman god of hedonism and wine.

Costs: €30


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Skerpioen 2020, Eben Sadie

Swartland, South Africa
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Eben Sadie is a visionary wine-maker. He creates South African wines with unique profiles and characteristics. This blend of chenin blanc and palomino is vigorous with a salty, dry touch.

Costs: €45


red

Ipsus 2016, Caggio, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

Tuscany, Italy
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The second vintage of the new Tuscan star of the Mazzei family. Worth the vertiginous price tag. Full-bodied and of great intensity, it’s rare, limited in production and as good as it gets.

Costs: €300


red

La Quinta 2019, Podere Giodo, IGT

Tuscany, Italy
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Top oenologist Carlo Ferrini creates lesser-known Tuscan gems. This pure sangiovese red is fragrant, fruity and charismatic.

Costs: €40


red

Colledilà 2018, Barone Ricasoli, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

Tuscany, Italy
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This new Tuscan brings out all the complexity of the sangiovese grape: you’ll taste gooseberries and black cherries.

Costs: €50


red

Jiménez-Landi 2019, El Corralón

Sierra de Gredos, Spain
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Blueberry and blackberry notes. A biodynamic blend of grenache and syrah from vines between 15 and 70 years old and about 650m above sea level.

Costs: €14


red

Sancerre 2018, Charlouise, Vincent Pinard

Sancerre, France
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This pinot noir might even convert devoted lovers of burgundy to the delights of the Sancerre region. The wine is powerful, with notes of cherries, black tea, cloves and pepper.

Costs: €42


red

Kistler 2018, Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast, California
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This is one of my favourite pinot noirs from California. It sings with understatement, finesse and fruitiness. For those who know it, this is California’s answer to Chambolle-Musigny.

Costs: €89


red

Trousseau 2019, En Treize Vent, Château d’Arlay

Jura, France
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If you like barolo, cabernet franc or gamay, then it’s worth trying a trousseau. Decant and enjoy the floral and spicy bouquet. This historic estate is well worth a visit too.

Costs: €16


red

Pinot Noir F 2015, Domaine Paul Blanck

Alsace, France
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Elegant, dense with aromas of red cherries and chocolate. From the Fürstentum Grand Cru terroir, this is a good red to accompany poultry dishes or terrines.

Costs: €26


red

Blaufränkisch 2019, Rosi Schuster

Burgenland, Austria
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New-generation wine-maker Hannes Schuster created this ravishing, energetic red. Deep, spicy, ripe blackberries and juniper. Spontaneously fermented. My new house wine.

Costs: €14


red

Rodríguez & Sanzo 2018, Whisba

Castilla y León, Spain
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A wine for whisky lovers – the grapes are aged for 18 months in whisky barrels. A flashy, extroverted treat with a concentrated fruity punch. Good for strong palates.

Costs: €25


red

Abouriou 2018, Domaine du Haut-Planty

Loire, France
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The result of 24-month oak ageing, this is a punchy, volcanic red with notes of sour cherries, raspberries, wild herbs and mint chocolate. An oenological outsider but many will adore it.

Costs: €21


dessert wine

Ruby Port, Niepoort

Porto, Portugal
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This fresh, young and expressive port is superbly quaffable and is a pleasure for long winter nights, and never becomes too sweet or cloying.

Costs: €10


dessert wine

Adorado de Menade, Solera

Castilla y Léon, Spain
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An unusual sherry-style fortified white. Funky, complex and spicy with a saline finish. A blend of palomino and verdejo that’s perfect if the nights are cold and long.

Costs: €50

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