We have taken a huge amount of time and care developing a really cracking range of house wines, a selection that delivers great quality, variety of grape and styles, as well as excellent value for money. Not for us, the indifferent, weirdly named quaffing tackle that populates so many house wine selections, but instead genuine – mostly Old World – class and character that should inspire you to explore the rest of the main list.
An elegant evolution from the pristine, dry crispness of the Sauvignon Blanc to the fuller, sweeter fruitiness of the Domaine Millet Côtes de Gascogne.
Sauvignon Blanc, Casa Rivas, Maipo Valley, Chile 2007
Clean, dry and fresh, with aromas of ripe grapefruit and lemon zest. “Casa Rivas wines are among the tastiest that the Maipo Valley produces,” says Jane MacQuitty of The Times.
Chardonnay, Côteaux de l’Ardèche, Union des Vignerons Ardèchois, France 2007
Deliciously and refreshingly unoaked Chardonnay from the region’s top drawer cave co-op, with orchard fruits to the fore and citrus on the finish.
Chenin Blanc, Saumur, Loire Valley, France 2006
A clear, fresh, zesty wine with delicate citric nuances. It displays a bracing mid-palate and a lovely clean finish.
Colombard/Ugni Blanc, Domaine Millet, Côtes de Gascogne, France 2006
Sweeter, crowd pleasing fruits of La Famille Déche’s labours in south-west France, full of exuberant citrus fruit.
Another gentle progression from the soft, mellow Pinot to the full and spicy Australian Shiraz blend.
Pinot Noir, Côteaux de l’Ardèche, Union des Vignerons Ardèchois, France 2005
A lovely, youthful, sapid Pinot with soft, juicy fruit in a light drinking style produced by one of the region’s exemplary cave co-operatives.
Château de Crécy, Bordeaux, France 2006
Thoroughly reliable Merlot-based luncheon claret, described in The Times’s Top 100 Summer Wines as “impressive… dusky, seductive and exotic, berry-laden with myrtle fruit to the fore”.
Château Roubaud, Costières de Nîmes, France 2006
Sturdy and hugely satisfying, a mini Châteauneuf du Pape in so many ways: blend (Grenache/Syrah), weight and emerging class. A wine of soft damson fruit, underlying earth and spice, with supple tannins.
Canoe Tree Shiraz-Cabernet, Langhore Creek, South Australia 2006
Full bodied, rich, spicy with a dark berry fruit palate, but still smooth and very approachable. Typically Oz then.
- 175cl glass
- 250cl glass