Critical Acclaim Mixed Case Offer

Wines recommended by independent, professional palates.

Critical Acclaim
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It is always pleasing when wines we have worked hard to source are praised in the Press. This selection features recent recommendations that we are confident you will enjoy as much as our journalist friends have done.

This mixed case contains two bottles each of:

IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Blanc 2020
"2020 Argiles Blanc St Gayan is a crazy bargain and a lovely light white glugger for all-purpose entertaining."
Matthew Jukes -

IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Viognier 'Grès du Trias' 2020
"Slight pear-drop, estery note on the nose, peach and stone fruits. Rich mid-palate and an oily weighty finish. Chunky but still has some definition to it. Quite simple but pleasant drinking."
Alistair Cooper MW -

Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2020
"Made down in the Languedoc, east of Narbonne, Picpoul de Pinet translates as lip stinger due to its lively, mouthwatering acidity. Domaine Gaujal is a rarity in that it is an independent producer who certainly dials up the quality a notch or two with a little more weight and texture on the palate. But the overall style is super dry and crisp with a saline, salty flavour and a brisk finish."
Will Lyons, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times.

Côtes du Vivarais: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' 2019
"A classic Yapp red, this one's a hearty blend of syrah and grenache that sings of the Rhône, of sun-dried herbs and ripe red and black berries."
Victoria Moore - The Telegraph.

Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2016
"It's a supple, smooth and satiny-textured, deceptively full-bodied blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, with a plush, velvet-pile sensation to sun-ripened tannin. The focus is firmly on concentration of fresh fruit - blackberry, raspberry, plum, bramble - with black pepper soy sauce and bay leaf adding savoury notes of complexity."
Sally Easton MW - France Magazine.

AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux: Château La Brande 2016
"A blend of old vine Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and a whisper of Petit Verdot, it's full of lavish, succulent dark berry fruit with a long, savoury finish. It's really great value claret."
Jonathan Ray - The Spectator.

This mixed case includes

2 x IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Argiles' Blanc 2020£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 IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Viognier 'Grès du Trias' 2020£0.00

This Viognier from the Ardèche merits special commendation as it is a difficult grape to grow and vinify, and this version from Vignerons Ardéchois has lovely exotic fruit characteristics and a finesse that belies its modest price tag. Light enough to be drunk on its own as an aperitif, this wine has enough weight to take fish, poultry and substantial salads in its stride.

2 x Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2020£0.00

This alluring and tangy Picpoul de Pinet wine is made just north of the Bassin de Thau, a large salt water lagoon near Montpellier in the Languedoc. It makes a bracing aperitif, but a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet and a bucket of oysters? Food and wine matching doesn't get much simpler or better than that.

2 x Côtes du Vivarais: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' 2019£0.00

A full-bodied, earthy, dry, Rhône red, this Côtes du Vivarais wine has a bouquet of dark hedgerow berries that precedes a full-bodied palate of black fruit with warming undertones of earth and spices.

2 x Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2016£0.00

A juicy, spicy blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache from the red wine only appellation of Fitou. It took us a while to find a Fitou we liked, and this one we love.

2 x AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux: Château La Brande 2016£0.00

Ever on the lookout for good value 'petit' Bordeaux parcels from satellite appellations in great vintages, this is a cracking little blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from the Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux AOC (previously known as ‘Côtes de Castillon’, up until 2009).