2 bottles each of:
Abelé 1757 Brut NV, Champagne, France
“91/100. This creamy Champagne is bright & mouthwatering, with flavors of ripe pear, white raspberry & star fruit counterpointed by a subtle, salty underpinning. Reveals notes of preserved lemon, toast point & white blossoms on the finish. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Meunier. Disgorged January 2022.” (Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, Dec 15, 2022) As served on the Titanic!
Instantly approachable, Abelé Brut would make a fine addition to every classic Champagne occasion; a great aperitif, it also marries well with food, especially seafood, including fish and shellfish, and farm delicacies such as rabbit, duck and free-range chicken.
Inama Soave Campo di Tovi 2020/21, Veneto, Italy
Consistently one of northern Italy’s finest whites. 40 years old vines. Made from hand harvested Garganega.
“91/100. TOP 100 BEST BUYS. Crisp and savory, this refreshing white has lovely aromas of white stone fruit and wild flowers. Showing classic varietal flavors, the tangy palate doles out ripe pear, apple and citrus before a white-almond finish.” (Wine Enthusiast)
Lagar de Cervera Albariño 2021, Rias Baixas, Spain
From the legendary La Rioja Alta estate. A real benchmark for Albariño – the characteristic peach and apricot on the nose, with a superb botanical freshness, often revealing as citrus leaf notes. On the palate, the citrus brightness is fully revealed thanks to the well-integrated acidity. Hints of orchard and tropical fruits are there too. It spends around three months on lees to increase depth and mouthfeel. “95/100” (Proensa) “92/100” (James Suckling)
Château du Basque 2018, Bordeaux, France
Owned by the Lafaye family, situated near the village of Saint Pey d’Armens, this 12 Hectare vineyard plot has mature 35-40 year old vines. Merlot dominated, this Grand Cru displays exotic plum and ripe blackberry fruit. Sweet juicy tannins, spicy cinnamon, cedar oak and a lively acidity complete the picture. “90/100.” (Wine Enthusiast)
La Rioja Alta Viña Alberdi 2018/19, Rioja, Spain
Aged for 24 months in American oak. New oak for the first year; 4 year old oak for the 2nd. Racked 4 times by candlelight. Intense red fruit aromas (strawberry, raspberry, red currant, cherry) leading to elegant notes of vanilla, toffee, coffee cream, cinnamon, brioche & hazelnut. Fantastic balance. Soft, rounded tannins. A beauty. “93/100” (James Suckling)
Ixsir Altitudes Red 2019, Batroun, Lebanon
A DWS FAVOURITE. “92/100. A fun, delicious red with an attractive interplay of ripe-berry, chocolate & tar character. It’s full-bodied & round in texture. Delicious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo & Caladoc. Drink now or hold.” (James Suckling). Co. made by Château Angelus’ Hubert de Boüard.