From 20 November until Christmas Claret-e will be giving a proportion of all their profits to Toms Trust
There are three cases to chose from with 12 bottles available
- Toms Trust French Case £160 inclusive of delivery
- £15 will be donated to Tom’s Trust for every case purchased
We are delighted to offer wines from the two regions most associated with the great wines of France, Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Aligote grape, was originally used only to mix with Cassis to make Kir, but such is the price of top White Burgundy now, producers have had to concentrate their efforts at this level. Crisp and dry, a very nice aperitif. The Bourgogne Chardonnay comes from young vines that will eventually make the great Puligny Montrachet. This is slightly more buttery and full bodied than the Aligote. The two Bordeaux are both a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Both from exceptional vintages, the 2015 shows a nice maturity and balance with just a hint of wood, whereas the 2019 is more full bodied and cassis like. It is very indicative of the modern wine making styles becoming more prevalent in this region, in order to make wines that drink younger.
|Bourgogne Aligote, Domaine Larue x 3|
|Chateau la Grave Paran, Cuvee de Coeur x 3|
|Bourgogne Chardonnay Domaine Jomain x 3|
|Chateau des Annereaux x 3|
- Toms Trust Traditional Case £295 inclusive of delivery
- £35 will be donated to Tom’s Trust for every case purchased
Starting with Champagne Ayala, owned by the mighty Bollinger, this house uses much higher proportion of Grand Cru grapes than many other highly regarded, and priced , brands. We are offering two White Burgundies. First a St Aubin 1er Cru. This region borders the greatest name in white wine, Puligny Montrachet, but provides superb quality for the price. His wines are quite citrus and restrained in style, nothing big and oaky. Secondly, a Chablis. This much maligned area struggled for many years because of over production, driven by demand in the US. It is now back with a bang and Maison Verget is at the forefront, producing lovely peachy and apricot flavours. This is a far cry from the lean, austere and acidic wines of yesteryear. Finally, our two reds. Firstly the Vina Ardanza 2010 from Rioja Alta. I would genuinely struggle to find a wine with this age at this price anywhere. This would go superbly with your Christmas Roast. You can’t have a traditional case without something from Bordeaux. Chateau Tayac’s real claim to fame was that it underachieved to a staggering level, until 2015 and 2016 where someone pulled a rabbit out the hat. A robust, hearty and violet like wine if ever there was one. 2016 is probably the greatest vintage in Bordeaux since 1982. Please note the Rioja could be either 2010 or 2012 depending on the availability
|Ayala Brut Majeur x 2|
|Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva x 3|
|Chateau Tayac, Margaux x 3|
|St Aubin 1er Cru, Domaine Larue x 2|
|Chablis Cuvee de la Butte, Verget x 2|
- Toms Trust Quirky Case £180 inclusive of delivery
- £25 will be donated to Tom’s Trust for every case purchased
- I think the question I am asked most in my industry is where is the value. Having seen a case of wine sell at auction for over £1 million last year, you can see what levels we can get to. I would answer that we start by looking in the vineyards closest to these great names. That might sound obvious but it isn’t, because it is all about the soil. I could offer you a myriad of examples of wines that are divided by a path who prices are separated by thousands of pounds per bottle. This case is really about that. We start with a very simple full bodied claret but from the north of the region that punches miles above its weight. Nothing lean and green here. We have another two White Burgundies, one from a very small domaine in the Macon. This was described by a customer last year as the greatest value white wine he had ever tasted. Our other white is made by my good friend Didier Delagrange. Didier is only interested in making fresh, fruit driven wines, with very little oak. This has a lovely citrus zing. His theory on his red is the same, fruit driven wines that express the soil not the oak. You would probably chill this red. Finally an Italian, a country where the rise of quality of its wines in the 10 years could not be bettered by anywhere. This comes from the vineyards of what are called Super Tuscans, wines that challenge the very top hierarchy in Bordeaux. Tons of ripe cherry fruit from a very sunny vintage.
- All these wines are available in case or smaller quantities (with a huge numbers of others) at www.claret-e.com
|Peccavi Margaret River Shiraz/Cabernet x 2|
|Macon Villages. Domaine Michel x 2|
|Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge, Delagrange x 3|
|Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc, Delagrange x 3|
|La Difese, Tenuta San Guido x 2|
How to order:
Email Guy at email@example.com including:
- Which case/s you would like to order and the quantity
- A full address
- Telephone number
- A safe place your order can be left if you are not in at time of delivery.
Please note: Wines may be substituted with the closest possible alternative depending on availability
Founded in 1999 by Guy Butterwick, former head buyer for Majestic Wine, I set the company up with a very simple aim. We buy from the traditional regions of Europe and where possible, every single wine would be tasted before it was bought, wines were only bought direct from the producers or growers and it would only be listed if it was cheaper than everybody else. Nothing has changed in the last 21 years apart from the tasting panel which was 3 when we started, it’s now ten. While France is still at the forefront, we now represent the best Chardonnay producer in New Zealand and are the exclusive European agents for a truly amazing winery in Oregon. Watch out France!
Visit www.claret-e.com for more information.