Domaine Guiberteau | Saumur
Domaine Guiberteau is far from unknown, with the wines being listed in many fine restaurants all over the world. For its relatively 'new' found fame the wines are certainly making some impact.
The Lymington Seafood Feast | 29th, 30th & 31st August
We are running our pop-up bar at the re-organised Seafood festival in Bath Road Park over the August Bank Holiday. We will be serving up a delightful range of seafood friendly wine from our unmissable sky blue beach hut!
Eric Bordelet | The Premier Normandy Cider Producer
Eric Bordelet was previously a sommelier at Arpege, a top Paris restaurant. In 1992 he returned to his family home in Normandy to take over the domaine, which at that point was a small patch of orchards in Charchigné in the heart of Normandy’s premium Cider producing area. Since then he has set about rescuing the ancient ‘heirloom’ varieties of pears and apples that produce tiny quantities and amazing flavour.
He has now planted many of these old heirloom varieties on his 23 ha property. These are worked organically and the fruit is dry-farmed, as Bordelet prefers to work with tiny very flavoursome apples and pears. ‘The fruit we work with looks quite different from what you'll find in the grocery store. I know what each apple variety brings to the cider.’ says Eric, explaining that some Ciders can have about 20 different varieties used. And he adds, ‘I use about 40% of sweet apples, 40% sour apples and 20% of acidic apples to get the right balance.’
The results of this meticulous approach are apparent in the quality across the range of his ciders:
Sydre Brut 750ml £9.99 The acidity of the apples is relatively high and so is balanced by a little residual sugar so that the finish tastes dry to most palates.
Sydre Argelette 2018 750ml £14.99The Argelette, Eric notes, ‘is more winey. Some vintages have to stay in the cellar longer. Argelette is the type of soil and it's the same 40-40-20 blend of the other apple ciders.’ This tends to have more skin contact, he explains.
Poiré Authentique 750ml £11.99Aptly described by Eric as a ‘Poire de soif’ or thirst quenching pear cider perfect for aperitif or with seafood and cheeses. So pure, so delicious.
Poiré Granit 2018 750mlProduced from pear trees estimated to be about 300 years old. Poiré Granit has 75-80 grams of sugar per liter, yet it doesn't taste particularly sweet. This is due to the tannin and acidity, which Bordelet says is twice as high as the apple! Stunning as aperitif or with cheese or desserts.
Château Bel Air-Marquis D’Aligre – Traditional Bordeaux
We have been lucky to get some stock of two different vintages, the 2010 and the 2000, from this traditional Château in the heart of Margaux.
Our Response to Corona Virus
To protect the health and welfare of our staff and customers, we have decided to temporarily close the shop and focus on our home delivery service.
To place and order, please visit our online shop. We are dealing with a significant backlog of orders so please be patient, while we do our best to get your order to you. During this very busy time we may not be able to take orders over the telephone.
Keep well and hopefully see you in the shop when we're back open.
A Short Trip to Bordeaux
I was lucky to go on a trip to Bordeaux this Autumn. I was hosted for the trip by CIVB, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux, who market the full range of Bordeaux wines throughout the world. The trip aimed to give me an overview of each of the major areas within the region, visiting and trying wines from a variety of producers to give me an insight into the variety of wines that this huge area produces.