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SH571 SH571 The Society's Fino

Brilliance in a bottle. Serve chilled with green olives. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 3rd Nov 2019 )

£6.95
US7341 US7341 The Society's Exhibition Napa Valley Zinfandel 2015

John Williams at Frog’s Leap is one of the most thoughtful winemakers in Napa Valley. His wines are clearly influenced by the old world’s restraint and elegance, with this one cracking value for a wine of its quality. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 3rd Nov 2019 )

£16.00
XC1947 XC1947 The Society's Christmas Hamper

Containing the all-important French fizz, a food-friendly bottle of claret and a crowd-pleasing New Zealand sauvignon blanc, The Wine Society have collated the perfect drinks for Christmas in one hamper. Alongside the bottles, the traditional wicker basket contains sweet treats - Christmas cake, plum pudding, lemon melts and chocolates - as well as savoury snacks like olives, cheese straws, nuts and salmon terrine. We loved the breakfast tea bags which come with dainty pink tongs. The quintessential Christmas collection. - Stacey Smith

( i News 2nd Nov 2019 )

£99.00
SP15221 SP15221 Luna Beberide Mencía, Bierzo 2018

The Spanish region of Bierzo is becoming more widely known for its fruity native red grape mencia. Unoaked and vivacious, this example is bright with fresh cherry fruit and would work a treat with pizza - or would be a great book club wine!

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£9.95
FC34721 FC34721 Coteaux du Languedoc Le Blanc, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2017

The marsanne in this marsanne/roussanne blend is vinified with 30 days of maceration, helping to explain the structure and food-friendliness found here. Dry spice, stone fruit and a touch of hazelnut. High in alcohol, but balanced - perfect winter white.

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£12.50
CB5811 CB5811 Château Bel Air Perponcher Rouge Réserve, Bordeaux 2017

81% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, 9% cabernet franc. The best wine of the Bordeaux AOCs assessed at this tasting and for good reason. Located near the Erganne, a tributary of the Dordogne, and very close to Saint-Emilion vineyards, the wine conveys a sumptuous ripe plum-like nose, akin to Saint-Emilion. The full-bodied palate is fresh and elegant, with ripe red and blackberry fruit. The cabernets lend structure.

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£9.95
CH2761 CH2761 Champagne Deutz Classic Brut NV

Perfumed, floral, almost riesling-like nose. Great fruit definition on the palate, tangerine profile on the mousse. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£39.00
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Neatly constructed and eloquent, with a nose of plum and yellow fruit, coupled with hints of spring flowers. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£45.00
CH3391 CH3391 Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

Intense savoury tones, yet still rich and fruity. Assertive in character with a hint of liquorice at the end. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£29.50
CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

A forward and reasonably evolved style, hints of gingerbread, kumquat and mandarin refining the proposition. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£49.00
CH461 CH461 Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV

Fruit-forward, with notes of apple, pear and kiwi. Creamy mousse, round acidity and floral hints on the finish. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£35.00
CH464 CH464 Magnum of Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV

An inseparable interplay of ripe fruit and dark savoury lees notes. Complex and mature, with fine texture and a long, ample finish. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£65.00
CS11241 CS11241 Jean-Pierre Moueix, Saint-Emilion 2016

Juicy and fresh with well-worked tannins. Limited complexity but adequate fruit and flavour. Satisfying entry-level St-Emilion. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Nov 2019 )

£14.50
CS9201 CS9201 Château Bélair-Monange, Saint-Emilion 2013

Top Bordeaux wines perfect to drink now: This is fruit-forward, with raspberry and redcurrant notes and a beautiful smoky edge. 2013 was the most challenging vintage of recent years, and yet this is gulpable stuff. It's extremely good for the year, helped by the complexity of the vineyard. Although the limestone plateau found it tough to ripen, the south-facing slopes were warmer and therefore the grapes for this wine were largely drawn from there. It was also helped by the fact that behind the scenes they were working on the creation of a second wine - the first commercial release of which was 2014 - allowing for greater selection in the grand vin at this point. 92/100 Jane Anson

( decanter.com 28th Oct 2019 )

£75.00
SL181 SL181 Klabjan Refošk 2016

Made from the refosco grape, this is a fascinating example from one of the country’s better-known wineries. It has an autumnal feel, with plenty of dark fruit, spice and cooked rhubarb. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 27th Oct 2019 )

£16.00
BU72251 BU72251 Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard, Mâcon-Villages 2018

Southern Burgundy is a source of increasingly good quality and value chardonnay, and this one crams in a lot of flavour ... Fresh clean aromas are of early spring flowers along with hints of ripe melon and lemon pulp. - Sally Easton

( France Magazine 27th Oct 2019 )

£10.95
FC36061 FC36061 Cantoiseau Rouge, Vin de France 2018

Glorious, ripe, fruity, spiced plum of a carignan and grenache-based red, perfect with winter fare. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 26th Oct 2019 )

£5.95
IT27291 IT27291 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, Contesa 2018

Montepulciano grapes from Abruzzo, the Italian region to the east of Rome, make this luscious rosé which tastes of cherries and strawberry sorbet. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 26th Oct 2019 )

£8.50
JU1441 JU1441 L'Etoile ‘En Banode' Domaine de Montbourgeau 2016

Light and fresh, dry and nutty. Very dry end, floral beginning. Could be great with Morbier cheese. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£19.00
LO15321 LO15321 Pouilly-Fumé Mademoiselle de 'T' du Château de Tracy 2018

A layer down from the regular Ch de Tracy but – it is thought – from all their own fruit. Fresh and fine and much racier and steelier than many 2018 Loire Sauvignons. Quite refined and very sleek. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£16.50
PT1751 PT1751 Quinta do Noval Colheita Tawny Port 2000

Great savoury, nutty, refreshing wine that’s not really that sweet. Very revitalising, long, and a peacock’s tail of subtle flavours on the end. You could drink this as an aperitif. 18/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£49.00
GE11861 GE11861 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese #7, Zilliken 2003

Beautiful! Such balance! Cool and pure and with the most delicate, precise fruit. Who would believe this came from a heatwave vintage? Interesting hint of brie on the end … 18/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£40.00
GE12421 GE12421 Weissburgunder, Weingut Jülg 2018

Precise and fun with broad, welcoming fruit. Arguably more fun than most white burgundies. Not the first Germanic Weissburgunder to have stood out recently. Masses of fruit but freshness too. A little chew on the end. Good value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£10.95
GR1551 GR1551 Lafazanis Geometria Malagouzia 2018

Racy and salty with laurel-leaf interest and refreshment. Bone dry and just a slight lack of fruit. Green-leaf flavours!  15.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£10.95
IT27331 IT27331 Vescovado Guardavalle Calabria Bianco, Santa Venere 2018

Light, subtle nuttiness and a coolness that you would never associate with this far south in Italy. Really complete and fresh. A wine so beguiling and beautifully balanced that it makes me wonder how well it ages? Is it a distant Italian cousin of Godello perchance?! Very good value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£12.95
IT27591 IT27591 Rosso di Toscana Vecchia Annata, Villa di Vetrice 1999

Bright orange/red. Farmyard plus ripeness. A bit of a bargain if you are a fan of red from the Tuscan hills (Chianti Rufina in this case). But its tannins and acidity demand food. Good value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£23.00
IT27601 IT27601 Rosso di Toscana Vecchia Annata, Villa di Vetrice 2006

Bright ruby. Very smooth tannins. Almost opulent! Slightly dry on the end with a hint of chestnut. Needs food. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£23.00
IT27801 IT27801 Ghemme, Torraccia del Piantavigna 2009

Very mature for the price with a dry finish and a certain stoniness but very pure mountain Nebbiolo. Restrained lively food wine – though not for food with too strong a flavour ... 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£27.00
IT28031 IT28031 Speziale Marsigliana Nera, Santa Venere 2018

Pale garnet. Heady, perfumed nose. Sweet palate entry and transparent, clean fruit. Perhaps a little too sweet for comfort but this is probably true to the variety. It’s certainly well made. And not heavy. 16/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£12.95
CK131 CK131 Tomáš Čačík Svatovavřinecké 2017

Mid crimson. The fruit and freshness of St Laurent is certainly in evidence. More energy that many an Austrian version! Very flirtatious. Not heavy but pure. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£17.00
FC26991 FC26991 Rivesaltes, Domaine de Rancy 1959

Glowing shaded orange fading to yellow/green. Glorious colour. Rancio nose and amazingly sweet so held – just – in balance. A little fine tannin on the end. This would make a great present for those celebrating a 60th birthday this year. So clean! - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£175.00
FC34721 FC34721 Coteaux du Languedoc Le Blanc, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2017

Very deep copper colour. Masses of character and spicily tangy but rich, honeyed fruit too. Another great vintage! No hurry to drink. A real find. Good value. 16.5+/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£12.50
BW6051 BW6051 G de Château Guiraud, Bordeaux Blanc 2015

Heady and catty on the nose. Ambitious and quite rich. Definitely not for aperitif sipping but this could be a great partner to a rich pâté de foie gras or something similar. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£16.00
BW6472 BW6472 Half bottle of Château Suduiraut, Sauternes 1999

Very deep orange – one of the deepest coloured Suduirauts I have come across! Very much the ancien régime with a hint of rot. Not the finest. Not bad value but nothing like today’s super-fresh and precise wines. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£22.00
AA2661 AA2661 Punkt Genau Light Zweigelt, Weinviertel

Bright pillar-box red. Rather wild and gamey on the nose. Exuberant aroma but fairly light bodied. Picnic wine? 16/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£9.50
AA2711 AA2711 Rainer Wess Ried Pfaffenberg 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner 2015

Deep gold, smells of cumin and interesting (walnut?) vinegar! Masses of character. Lots to chew on. 16.5+/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£25.00
AA2834 AA2834 Magnum of Rainer Wess Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal 2018

White pepper and breadth of clean fruit. Broad and peachy but excellent balance and no paint-like fermentation aromas. Great for Christmas entertaining? Good value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£20.00
AL11261 AL11261 Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2012

Deep gold. Rich and floral and gorgeous. Very firm with massive extract. Lilies and something tropical but contained too. 17.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£46.00
AL12571 AL12571 Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2013

Deep straw. Transparent but much more advanced than the 2014. Racy and floral and a bit biodynamic wild flowers in impact. Great stuff! 17/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£45.00
AL13001 AL13001 Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg, Domaine Albert Boxler 2014

Restrained, light nose with massive finesse and potential but it’s all tucked in at the moment. Recalls a very fine claret in build in a funny way – all those tannins? The dryness? 17++/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£45.00
AR4061 AR4061 Mendel Unus Mendoza 2016

Mid crimson. Claret-like build rather than any jamminess, though on the palate there is obviously pretty ripe fruit. Very satisfying with great mastery of oak. Excellent balance even if it might be a little tricky to place blind. Long and rich at a very fair price. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£25.00
AR4151 AR4151 Weinert Carrascal Corte Clásico Mendoza 2015

Pale, shaded ruby. Medicinal top note on fully mature fruit – a delight at this price! Amazing depth and length for the price. Very rich and spicy but with lots of maturity, and freshness. Great stuff. Very good value. 17/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£10.95
AU21171A AU21171A Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz 2017

Pale crimson. Sweet start with a hint of rusty nails and tar. But there is real character for the money. Good value. 15.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£7.95
AU22091 AU22091 Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Very pale rust red. Just a hint of eucalypt with a whisper of reduction. Lots of sweet fruit initially. Rather drying finish. Not one of the most refined Pinots though clearly very well intentioned. 16/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£25.00
BJ7721 BJ7721 Château de Beauregard, Moulin-à-Vent Clos des Pérelles 2017

Brilliant crimson. Real grunt to this wine. Racy, juicy and approachable already even though I’m sure it will have a long life. Sour-plum finish but bursting with expressive fruit on the way there. Long. Good value. 17/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£20.00
BJ7981 BJ7981 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2018

Lovely fresh nose and floral, gritty-textured fruit on the palate. A certain inkiness on the finish. Proper hand-crafted wine for a relative song. Good value. 16/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£8.50
BJ8101 BJ8101 Domaine Dominique Piron, Morgon Côte du Py 2017

Deepish crimson. Lots of grunt and structure on this youthful emissary from Morgon. Enjoy how much better value it is than so many red Burgundies. But wait before drinking it for maximum value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£16.00
BU58961 BU58961 Domaine Jean-Luc et Eric Burguet, Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes 2013

Transparent garnet with a pale rim. Subtle nose and very delicate build. Fine tannins and a certain amount of welcome earthiness. A relatively light Gevrey. Well bought. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£45.00
BU62541 BU62541 Jean-Marc Vincent, Santenay Blanc Premier Cru Gravières 2014

Lively and fresh on the nose. Rather creamy with a nice citrus streak but not that complex. Just a little sour on the end. 16/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£28.00
BU63801 BU63801 Domaine Coche-Bizouard, Auxey-Duresses 2015

Lemon-syrup suggestion … Very approachable now – well bought. For Burgundy, good value. 16.5/20

( JancisRobinson.com 25th Oct 2019 )

£28.00
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