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Pick of the Press Mixed Case Offer
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We have enjoyed a plethora of positive Press recently, so thought it only fair to share a selection that tantalised the taste buds of the Fourth Estate.

This mixed case contains two bottles each of:

Chinon: Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault Blanc 2018
"If white Rhônes are rare then the whites of Chinon in the Loire Valley are even rarer, comprising just 2 per cent of production. Made from Chenin Blanc, the 2018 Domaine Raffault Chinon is fresh, vibrant and uncomplicated. It sees no oak and is marked by great purity of lightly honeyed fruit and a zesty acidity. It makes an ideal aperitif and scores highly on my patented Drinkability Scale."
Jonathan Ray - The Spectator.

Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2019
"Pale lemon straw colour. Chock full of fruit on the nose. This is SO much better than most wines from this appellation. You know it's grown somewhere reasonably warm but there's enough acidity too. Real fruit on the mid palate and good energy, but I would want to drink this as young as possible."
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW -

Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017
"An intense nose with lemon biscuit, vanilla pod spice and dusty yellow apples, aniseed and pineapple confit. Beautifully textured, massive concentration of apple pastille, pink musk, white peach, dusty talc minerality and exotic quince and yellow citrus depth. A classic cool style signature Migliarina wine that when you open it, it's hard to stop until the bottle is finished. This is very special and very impressive."
Greg Sherwood, MW. - A Fine Wine Safari.

AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2017
"Beautifully fragrant, with violet and black tea notes that echo through the tangy raspberry and steeped cherry flavors, marked by licorice and mineral elements. Offers a long, lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2023."
Gillian Sciaretta - Wine Spectator.

Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2013
"With a waft of garrigue herb and liquorice and a shake of the pepper pot seasoning the bright brambly fruit, this three-way Mediterranean blend (syrah, grenache and cinsault) is a vivid, great-value alternative to big Rhône names."
David” Williams - The Observer.

Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza 2014
"Medium intense garnet. A little sweet oak on the nose, with an agreeable suggestion of compost. Pure fruit and transparency. Lots of lift and excellent persistence. Very user-friendly even if not the most dramatic or concentrated rioja – less is more. VGV (Very Good Value)."
Jancis Robinson OBE, MW -

This mixed case includes

2 x Chinon: Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault Blanc 2018£0.00

Only 2% of Chinon wines are white, so we would commend you to try such a rarity! Domaine Raffault's Chenin blanc is just the ticket so we shall eke out our allocation sparingly.

2 x Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2019£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 Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017£0.00

A rich barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc made in small quantities by boutique winemaker Carsten Migliarina. Crisp acidity balances baked Bramley apple, shortbread biscuit and hints of vanilla and confit pineapple. Subtle honey notes on the finish will become more complex and intense with bottle age. Delicious with creamy poultry dishes, soft cheese or spring vegetable risotto.

2 x AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2017£0.00

"Beautifully fragrant, with violet and black tea notes that echo through the tangy raspberry and steeped cherry flavors, marked by licorice and mineral elements. Offers a long, lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2023. 600 cases made, 300 cases imported. 91/100."
Gillian Sciaretta - Wine Spectator.

2 x Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Cuvée Magali' 2013£0.00

If one were looking for a wine that exemplifies how the Languedoc offers terrific quality at modest prices this would silence any sceptics! Blended from Southern staples Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault, this Saint-Chinian wine has a fresh, lip-smacking finish that guarantees you'll want to take another sip.

2 x Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza 2014£0.00

We know it's across the Pyrenees from our usual patch, but we couldn't resist buying this crackerjack red Rioja that drinks itself. Tempranillo - with 10% Mazuelo (Carignan) - from a small bodega in Fuenmajor, it has 24 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle prior to release, illustrating the great value to be found in La Rioja.