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By Robbie Priddle - Drink Me, April 2015. (Posted April 2015)

This is a real hidden gem which affirms Yapp’s reputation for finding brilliant French wines off the beaten tracks. It’s 100% Grenache Blanc, fermented on the lees for complexity. White Grenache is more commonly used as a blending grape, mostly notably in White Cote du Rhone, or Rioja Blanco. It’s known for its masculine and earthy character, which is evident in this wine. It’s comparatively light in mouth feel, but with low acidity the flavours are heavyweight. I found lemon, apricot, white flowers, soy, sage and other dried herbs. Concentration and richness not too dissimilar to a Viognier. Big evolution and angular character that brings different flavours with each mouthful. It’s hard to deny that Languedoc has the best value wines in France with bottles like this.

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By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted March 2015)

"Tasted out of barrel and the most impressive of the lineup, the 2012 Gigondas Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is a tank-aged blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Loaded with mineral and crushed stone nuances intermixed with pepper and dark berry fruit, it is dense, concentrated and edgy on the palate, with bright acidity, solid mid-palate depth and fine tannin. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and drink well for 10-12 years. Count me a fan and it-s worth checking out." 90-92/100, drink 2013-2025

6 of the finest wines ever to grace my Weekend column

By Matthew Jukes - Daily Mail, 21/03/2015.. (Posted March 2015)

Year in year out this wine blows me away. A flavour collision between a classic Bordeaux red and a sun-kissed Languedoc wine, these ‘September Girls’ have captured my palate and my passion with their delightful, all-purpose hero. Do not miss out on this gem.

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, December 2013.

By Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, December 2013.. (Posted March 2015)

An off-the-charts Condrieu that does everything right, the 2011 Condrieu Coteau de Vernon is pure class with its flamboyant, yet incredibly pure bouquet of flower oil, lemon cured, fresh apricot and clean minerality. Full-bodied and rich, it never puts a foot wrong and shows a silky, seamless and beautifully fresh texture that carries through the finish. One of the top examples of the variety I’ve tasted, it can be enjoyed for its vibrancy and freshness over the coming 4-5 years (my recommendation), or held for much longer. 98/100, drink 2013-2018.

Condrieu: Coteau de Vernon 2011Condrieu: Coteau de Vernon 2011
Bottle£90.00
Case£1,080.00
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By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted March 2015)

"As with the 2012, the 2011 Cornas Renaissance (22 months in foudre) is more approachable than the straight Cornas. Inky purple in color, it exhibits gorgeous black raspberry, cassis, ground herbs, spring flowers and underbrush to go with a rich, full-bodied, voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Still packing a wallop of tannin that emerges on the finish, it will benefit from a year or two in the cellar and cruise for 10-15 years. 94/100, drink 2014-2029" Reviewed Dec 2013

Cornas: Renaissance 2011Cornas: Renaissance 2011
Bottle£45.00
Case£540.00
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Olly's Pick of the Bunch

By Olly Smith - Daily Mail, 07/03/2015. (Posted March 2015)

Gently peppery with scented herbal and black olive finesse alongside fruity wonderment. Great value.

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By Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate, December 2013.. (Posted March 2015)

Even better, the inky colored 2012 Cotes du Rhone knocks it out of the park with outstanding black raspberry, crushed rock, violets and pepper. Tasting more like a mini Cornas than a Cotes du Rhone, this supple, medium-bodied effort has laser focus, excellent purity and outstanding length through the finish. It too is a perfect wine to drink over the coming 3-4 years. 91/100.

Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Clape 2012Côtes du Rhône: Domaine Clape 2012
Bottle£27.50
Case£330.00
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Spectator Wine Club, March 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, March 2015. (Posted March 2015)

The 2013 Saumur Champigny, Domaine Filliatreau is another deeply quaffable red from the Filliatreau family, who were largely responsible for galvanising the appellation in the 1970s. Out went haphazard harvesting and leaky barrels and in came state of the art practices and technology and, lo and behold, Saumur Champigny became the staple partner of steak frites in the bistros and brasseries of Paris and the talk of the town. Refreshing and uncomplicated, it’s designed to be drunk young and served cool and cries out to be uncorked during that lamentably rare event these days, the long lunch.

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By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, March 2015. (Posted March 2015)

The 2014 ‘La Ficelle’ de Saint-Pourcain, Union des Vignerons is as delightful and enticing as its label is ghastly and offputting. Ignore it and just wallow in the sheer drinkability of this equal part Gamay/Pinot Noir blend. Called La Ficelle after the knotted string that waiters would dip in the bottle to see how much you had drunk, it’s the archetypal vin de soif, or thirst-quencher. It’s light, fresh and fruity and ideal for carefree rather than contemplative drinking. I’d suggest serving it lightly chilled.

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By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, March 2015. (Posted March 2015)

A pure, fruit-driven, unblended Cabernet Franc. The Yapps have shipped every vintage of this wine for the past 40 years and I can quite see why. It’s crammed with luscious wild berry fruit backed by fine-grained, subtle tannins. It might be a tad early to be thinking of picnics, but all I could think of when tasting this was straw hats, gingham table cloths, wicker baskets full of pork pies and York ham and the sun beating down on a gurgling English brook.

Chinon: l'Arpenty 2013Chinon: l'Arpenty 2013
Bottle£13.50
Case£162.00
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