March Subscription Wines

Yannick Meckert • Spicy • 2022 • Alsace, France • Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat • Orange

Yannick Meckert is making some of the most original wines in Alsace. Here Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir are blended with a touch of Muscat, all directly pressed, with a touch of macerated Gewürztraminer added before resting in tank for a year. A stunning hazy pink colour, the wine is as energetic and refreshing as you get, with notes of lime zest, sea salt and minerals.

Food: Mortadella, Oysters, Fried Calamari

Constantina Sotelo • Brutal • 2021 • Galacia, Spain • Albariño • Orange

Constantina Sotelo plays with Albariño like no other. Here, the grapes, planted over granite soils on a plot close to the sea, are crushed and pressed whole bunch before fermenting in 20-year-old chestnut barrels, and ageing in amphora for 18 months. A truly wild, acid-powered, complex wine with insatiable energy and an array of fruity, spicy and herbal aromas.

Organic, zero SO2

Food: Empanada Gallega, Seafood Pasta, Grilled Prawns

Baka/Karnage • Kolombour • 2022 • Jura, France • Bourboulenc, Colombard • Orange

Made with fruit from the old vines of legendary vigneron Remi Poujol.  The wine is an even blend of Bourboulenc and Colombard, grapes indigenous to the Hérault region, with the former directly-pressed, and the latter whole-bunch macerated for 10 days. Soulful, deep and zesty, with aromas of preserved lemon and hay.

Organic

Food: Trout, Fried Whitebait, Lentil Salad

Lé Thio Noots • La Dame Bleue • 2022 • Loire, France • Cabernet Franc • Red

Cabernet Franc from an 80 year-old parcel, showing you why old vines matter. Half de-stememd, and half whole-bunch, the grapes undergo a slow press, before 6 months ageing in neutral barrels. Insatiable energy and depth, brimming with lush dark fruits.

Organic, Zero SO2

Food: Grilled Peppers, Chorizo, Adana Kebab

Marie et Vincent Tricot • Les Milans • 2021 • Auvergne, France • Pinot Noir • Red

Vibrant, bright Pinot. The grapes are grown on clay, limestone and volcanic marl soils, undergoing spontaneous fermentation in barrique before a few months ageing in barrique, and bottling without fining, filtration or added SO2. Generous aromas of black raspberry and plum, with mineral and herbaceous undertones and an easygoing mouthfeel. 

Biodynamic, Organic, no s02 

Food: Lamb Shish, Grilled Mushrooms, Roast Pork

Domaine De Buis • De Toute Façon Le Vent Souffle • 2020 • Aveyron, France • Fer Sevadou, Cabernet Franc • Red

Pauline Broqua is relatively new to winemaking but already making a name for herself. Here she blends Cabernet Franc with local varieties Fer Servadou and Negret de Banhars, the wine is aged in demi-muids for 12 months after 10 days of maceration and long, whole-cluster pressing in vats. Elegant and fresh, but full of energy, with vivid notes of wild berries and black pepper.

Organic, no SO2

Food: Steak Tartare, Lamb Chops, Grilled Aubergine

Roucas Toumba • Rosé De La Roche • 2021 • Vaqueras, France • Cinsault, Grenache, Morvedre • Rosé

A complex rosé with enough umami depth to drink all year round. The wine is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Mourvedre, all young vines grown on sandy soils, with two thirds vinified saignée method, and the rest directly pressed. Rich and rounded, with stunning aromatic depth and pitch-perfect acids to cut through, the wine offers generous aromas in ripe peach, melon and liquorice.

Organic

Food: Spanakopita, Roast Lamb, Salmon

Es d’Aqui • Conciliabule • 2020 • Grenache, Colombard • Sparkling

Super lively pet nat from micro-negociant Jean-Louis Pinto.

The natural wine world is getting increasingly excited about co-ferments, and this wine shows you exactly why. Grenache and Colombard are whole-cluster co-fermented, and bottled petnat method, without any additions. A lively wine with a wonderful medley of flavour in tart cherry, raspberry, citrus and herbs – like Sangria if it was actually good.

Organic, Zero SO2

Preparation: Serve from ice (very cold) to avoid any explosions !!

Food: Chorizo, Pan Con Tomate, Spicy Tuna Sushi

Les Chants Jumeaux • CH XXI VDF • 2021 • Nantes, France • Chenin Blanc • White

Chloélie Cholot-Louis and Matthieu L’Hotelier make phenomenal Chenin. Here, the grapes are slowly pressed for 12 hours overnight, before being fermented and aged in fibreglass, and bottled without any additions. Direct and precise with ample fruit and savoury, nutty undertones.

Organic and SO2

Food: Roast Chicken, Fish Pie, Pork Chop

Christophe Lindenlaub • Je Suis Au Jardin • 2022 • Alsace, France • Muscat • White

Muscat, but not as you know it. The grapes, grown on clay, limestone and sandstone in Mutzig, are direct-pressed into stainless steel for fermentation and elevage. Restrained and delicate, with a refreshing fruit core and just a subtle hint of florality.

Organic/biodynamic (uncertified), no SO2

Food: Seafood Salad, Sushi, Chicken Korma

Preparation: Serve chilled

Domaine des Côtes Rousses • La Pente • 2022 • Savoie, France • Jacquère • White

The wines of Savoie are increasingly in-demand, and this beauty shows you why. Produced from Jacquère on steel slopes of limestone scree, it’s aged in a mixture of foudre, sandstone amphora, and old barrels, with just a small sulphur addition at bottling. Fleshy and generous for a Jacquère but still driven by a core of minerality and zesty citrus.

Biodynamic

Food: Tartiflette, Trout, Mussels

La Grapperie • Adonis • 2021 • Red

Ethereal Pineau d’Aunis from iconic winemakers. The grapes come from a mixture of old and young vines grown on clay, limestone, and silex, are fermented whole-bunch for two weeks before spending a year in old barrels. The cool vintage really shows in this delicately perfumed wine, with a lithe but layered texture and enticing aromas of wild strawberry and pink peppercorn.Organic, no SO2.Food: Peking Duck, Matelote d’Anguilles, Vietnamese Grilled Pork

Côme Isambert • Chenin x Pineau • 2021 • Saumur, France • Chenin Blanc, Pineau d'Aunis • White

A fun and different kind of wine - Côme has blended direct press Chenin Blanc and Pineau d'Aunis. The wine then sees barrel ageing to bring an amazing texture. Acidity and minerality from the Chenin Blanc and pink, herbaceous fruit from the Pineau d'Aunis.

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