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Autumn Assemblage

Value and variety from the Rhône, Loire, Burgundy, Jura, Saar & South Africa.

Autumn Assemblage - Mixed Case
£149.00
Save £18.90
Autumn Assemblage - All Red
£149.00
Save £8.80
Autumn Assemblage - All White
£149.00
Save £29.00

This is our 'Sommelier Service' case – a subscription arrangement where customers get a delivery of six different wines (two bottles of each) every two months for £149 – but it can also be purchased as a stand-alone. For further details of the service, give us a call, or see here for regular wine deliveries. Commercial break over, what's in it?

Three varied whites, for starters. The Meffre family at Domaine Saint Gayan have recently started producing a refreshing aperitif from roughly half Picquepoul Blanc and equal parts Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc. We are suitably impressed, it's a bargain and works well with seafood or lighter dishes. Eagle-eyed spelling bees amongst you will enjoy the different logography of 'IGP Mediterranée' on front and back labels.

Fifth generation winemaker Carolin Willems makes the crisp, elegant, minerally 'Schiefer' Riesling from 30-year-old vines on the steep, slate slopes of the Saar (a tributary of the Mosel). Characteristically dry with lime and green apple freshness and relatively low alcohol (11.5%), it partners admirably with buttery dishes, especially poultry and fish.

The richest of the whites is the Saint Catherine Single Vineyard Chardonnay from South Africa's Western Cape. It has a lovely golden colour, toasty top notes and a ripe tropical fruit palate with a creamy texture. Barbecued prawns with a chilli and mango salsa would be our ideal food accompaniment.

The reds are all made closer to home. Arnaud Aucoeur's Morgon 'Côte de Py' 2018 has been flying out of our cellars all summer after its Guide Hachette Coup de Coeur coincided with a tremendous review from Jancis Robinson OBE, MW – 'absolutely gorgeous now. VGV (Very Good Value). 17/20'. This is backed up by the reliable red Saumur (Cabernet Franc) in the excellent 2018 vintage and lesser-known ruby-coloured Poulsard from the Jura, which harbours aromas of red fruits and a spicy palate with some grip. It is the perfect wine partner to grilled trout or Morteau sausage with lentils.

As ever, this case is available as all red or all white.

This mixed case contains two bottles each of:

WHITE:
IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Blanc 2019
Saar: Willems-Willems Riesling 'Schiefer' 2017
Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2017

RED:
Morgon: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Côte du Py' 2018
Saumur Rouge 2018
Jura Arbois: Poulsard Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot 2017

This mixed case includes

2 x IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Blanc 2019£0.00

This hand-harvested, IGP Méditerranée blanc is a terrific thirst-quencher for al fresco imbibing, picnics or a trip to the seaside at the height of summer!

2 x Saar: Willems-Willems Riesling 'Schiefer' 2017£0.00

This elegant, intense Riesling comes from the steep slopes of the Saar valley where Carolin Willems is the 5th generation of women winemakers. ‘Schiefer’ refers to the slate soils of the area which lend saline minerality to the wine and the red triangle on the label references rare red slate in particular.

Characteristically dry with lime and green apple freshness and relatively low alcohol which works wonderfully with buttery, rich dishes especially poultry and fish.

2 x Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2017£0.00

Saint Catherine Single Vineyard Chardonnay has a lovely golden colour, toasty top notes and a ripe tropical fruit palate with a lovely creamy texture and an elegant, dry finish. Barbecued prawns with a chilli and mango salsa would be an ideal food accompaniment.

2 x Morgon: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Côte du Py' 2018£0.00

Arnaud Aucoeur's flagship Morgon was awarded 3 stars and a prestigious 'Coup de Coeur' in the Guide Hachette des Vins 2020 and we are not surprised, it's thrilling. Drinking well now, its balance ensures that you could cellar it for a few years.

2 x Saumur Rouge 2018£0.00

Our consistently reliable red Saumur, with its distinctive label that depicts graffito of Charles de Gaulle, makes for remarkably versatile easy drinking. Made from pure Cabernet Franc, this Saumur rouge is savoury and youthful with bright, summer berry scents and flavours and is best drunk lightly chilled.

2 x Jura Arbois: Poulsard Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot 2017£0.00

Do not make the mistake of under-estimating this light, ruby-coloured Jura red, which harbours aromas of red fruits and a spicy palate with some grip. It is the perfect wine partner to grilled trout or Morteau sausage with lentils.