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Cabernet Franc: Domaine Filliatreau Saumur Champigny 2014

By Jamie Goode - wineanorak.com, 7th August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

This is a really good, affordable example of Loire Cabernet Franc. It seems to capture the variety beautifully. This is lovely. Just so typical. Juicy, ripe and rounded with sweet, supple cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit with a leafy green edge. There's elegance here: it has the Loire Cabernet Franc wildness, but it is tamed without blurring its personality. 91/100.

If you have holidayed in Provence, Tuscany, Corsica or Sardinia, you might well have come across a wine labelled vermentino.

By Rose Murray Brown MW - The Scotsman, 08/08/2015. (Posted August 2015)

This reminds me of lying in a wildflower meadow – such an enchanting floral aroma with a definite sage and spice note on the palate. It is fresh and pretty vibrant, so ideal to serve your unsuspecting friends as an unusual aperitif. In comparison to the supermarket vermentinos, this one, made by Philippe Farinielli’s family estate in south west Corsica, had a great deal of character. Corsica has 800 hectares, so it would be great to see more Corsican examples over here. Well done Yapp for tracking down this one. STAR BUY.

2004 Dumangin Fils, Premier Cru Brut Vintage, Champagne, France

By Matthew Jukes - Moneyweek, 07/08/2015. (Posted August 2015)

Gilles Dumangin is a lovely chap and he heads up his family firm in Champagne, making delicious and eminently affordable, hand-crafted wines. I know this because I bought the wine for my wedding from him five years ago. He went the extra mile by allowing me to adjust the dosage of the Champagne exactly to my specifications – not too dry or too sweet, just spot on. He is a very meticulous fellow and he wanted it to be right. I will never forget this and I have followed his wines closely ever since. When I had the chance to taste his new 2004 vintage, which I tipped off to by an eminent friend, I had high expectations. This is a large, but very good harvest in Champagne, but many wines lack drive and definition. Gilles has clearly endeavoured to make a memorable wine in 2004 because his version is nothing short of spectacular. The Dumangins have spent 350 years perfecting their craft in Champagne and there can’t have been many better wines made here, over three and a half centuries, than this one. I hope that you faithful MoneyWeek readers feel compelled to introduce yourselves to Gilles – he’s one of us.

August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

With layer after layer of apricots, pine nuts, almonds and creaminess this hugely handsome Condrieu has benefitted from a year's rest in tanks and barrels. It's moreish, fruity, tangy and with a firm grip to the freshness that really highlights the delicate exotic character. 92/100.

August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

Jasper Hill's nigh-on iconic status in the region of Heathcote probably partly contributes to the wine's price, and no wonder because this clean, exotic, spice-laden Riesling has juicy kiwi fruit with a twist of lime that's so pungent and plush it's hard to resist. 91/100.

August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

Glorious and an undeniable bargain on Yapp's list, the extra age on this Pinot Gris has only emphasised its juiciness. Honey drizzled over ripe figs, a light nut-brittle development and then a very satisfying mouthful of apricot jam that's kept in check with a sour grapefruit finish. What a wine for the price. 91/100.

Bottle£15.95
Case£191.40
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August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

This crunchy, mountain-fresh wine is just as charming in this vintage as the last one we reviewed, 2012. Light on its feet (note the alcohol) and with a pretty, apple blossom nose and hint of orange zest, it shows the local Jacquère grape off to brilliant effect. 90/100.

Bottle£10.95
Case£131.40
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August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

Wine of the Month. The Chave family must have been delighted to acquire this 4-hectare vineyard back in 2009 when it's producing wine of this class. Pure Roussanne, and with an impeccable balance of creamy softness and mellow yellow-plum fruit with a marzipan tang and nervy acidity that peppers the palate rather than overpowers it. What an absolute joy to drink. 93/100.

August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

This ultra-clean and characterful Chenin Blanc has been a staple on the Yapp list for years, and understandably so. Its lemon-drenched apple crunch has an energy and weight that epitomises what young nervy Chenin should be all about. 89/100.

Bottle£9.95
Case£119.40
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August Report 2015

By The Wine Gang - August 2015. (Posted August 2015)

Yes, Chinon *can* be white, although admittedly not much of it is made, which is why we're delighted Yapp not only lists one but such a delicious one. With a hint of apple Danish on the nose - apples, pastry and sultanas - it has a creamy almond elegance on the palate that tempers the fresh acidity to just the right degree. 88/100.