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Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Tenuta Tignanello, Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy

Chianti Classico riserva tentua tignanello

Appellation: Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany, Italy


Blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon


Vintage: 2015


Tasting note: An intense ruby red in color, the wine’s nose shows ripe red fruit along with sustained sensations of vanilla and spices. The palate is ample and enveloping, balanced and vigorous with soft and silky tannins and the finish and aftertaste and long and persistent.

Marchesi Antinori Santa Cristina Bianco, Umbria IGT, Umbria, Italy


Appellation: Umbria IGT


Blend: Grechetto, Procanico, Viognier


Vintage: 2017


Tasting note: Santa Cristina Bianco is a straw yellow in color. The nose is dominated by the intensely fruity notes of bananas and citrus fruit typical of Grechetto and Procanico, and by candied fruit, characteristic of Viognier as a variety. The palate is balanced, savory, and with a good freshness and softness along with the fruity notes which recall the aromas felt on the nose.

Robert Giraud “Cépages’’ Chardonnay-Colombard, Vin de Pays Côtes de Gascogne, Gascony, France

Robert Giraud Chardonnay-Colombard

Appellation: VDP Côtes de Gascogne


Blend: 50 % Chardonnay

50 % Colombard


Tasting note: Chardonnay has a rich bouquet, with hints of very ripe fruit (apple, banana and pear) and lime-blossom, typical of this grape variety. A suggestion of honey shows that this wine comes from a warm region. This rich, full-bodied, wine has a beautiful honeyed aftertaste. This Chardonnay is smooth, elegant and powerful. It reflects the fine winegrowing soil and warm sunshine. The grapes are harvested before they become over-ripe to ensure that the wine has finesse and a fine bouquet

Domaine Faiveley Pommard “Les Vaumuriens”, Burgundy, France

Domaine Faiveley Pommard

The village of Pommard neighbours Beaune and is one of the most reputed winemaking villages in the Côte de Beaune. The vineyards are steeped in history and have long enjoyed a reputation for outstanding quality.

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir


The grapes are cut harvested and sorted by hand. The proportion of de-stemmed grapes and whole clusters varies depending on the vintage. The wines are punched down daily in order to extract colour, tannins and aromas from the skin of the grapes. After a 19 day vatting period, the alcoholic fermentation is complete. The free-run wine is run off using a gravity system whilst the marc is pressed slowly and gently in order to extract an exceptionally pure press wine. The wines are aged for 12 months in French oak barrels (20-30% new oak) which have been selected for their fine grain and moderate toast. The wines are left to age in our hygrometry-controlled cellars at consistent, natural temperatures. The wines spend 2 months in vats at the end of the ageing process.


This wine reveals an attractive deep ruby red hue. The nose exudes aromas of black fruit and spice combined with oaky notes and a touch of spice. The attack offers a powerful structure with direct tannins underpinned by delicate oaky notes. This wine’s excellent structure and aromatic persistency give it good potential for bottle age.

Serve at 14°C to 16°C

Cellaring Potential 5 to 8 years

Domaine Peyre Rose Clos des Cistes 2003 Coteaux du Languedoc- France

Domaine Peyre Rose Clos des Cistes 2003 Coteaux du Languedoc- France

About– One of the Languedoc’s brightest stars is Domaine Peyre Rose. The wines have been rightly lauded all over the world by critics, sommeliers and collectors alike.

Blend/Grape Varietal– 85% Shiraz, 15% Grenache

Tasting Notes– A big mouthful of a wine, the 2003 Languedoc Clos de Cistes shows the warmth of the vintage with its exuberant, fruit loaded personality. Currants, roasted meats, plum, licorice and underbrush all give way to a full-bodied, hedonistic and sexy Languedoc that has a stacked mid-palate, no hard edges and a clean finish.