'Rhône and Loire' Press Pack Offer

Heroes from the heartlands.

'Rhône and Loire' Press Pack
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Although our list has expanded in its geographical coverage in recent years, we retain an enduring affection for our historical hunting grounds in the Loire and Rhône valleys. This case celebrates some of our favourite wines, which have all been endorsed by journalists to boot.

This mixed case contains two bottles each of:

Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Blanc 2019
"The 2019 Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Sancerre is spot-on, absolute blue chip and a cornerstone of the Yapps' list ever since they discovered it in 1972. 100 per cent Sauvignon Blanc, of course, it's juicy, zesty, nettly, grassy, minerally, rounded and just so, so drinkable."
Jonathan Ray - The Spectator.

Vouvray: Jean-Claude & Didier Aubert Sec 2018
"A mouth-filling, round style that's easy to drink, the 2018 Sec offers ripe apple fruit, pear and floral charm, but there's an element of persistence and power from the flint component of the vineyard. It's technically dry but offers plenty of tender ripeness."
Rebecca Gibb MW -

Yapp Côtes du Rhône Red 2019
"A sumptuous red, like a ball of crimson velvet. Made by the excellent Vignerons Ardechois, it's a grenache-syrah blend scented like fresh and cooked raspberries with undertones of cocoa."
Victoria Moore - The Telegraph.

Coteaux de l'Ardèche: 'Basalte du Coiron' Syrah 2018
"A great-value Syrah from south-eastern France that combines irresistible fragrance with generous amounts of peppery red and black fruit flavours."
Julia Harding MW -

Crozes Hermitage: Domaine Equis 'Equinoxe' 2019
"Mineral-accented dark fruit and floral aromas are energized by a jolt of spicy black pepper. Fleshy, juicy and nicely concentrated, offering finely etched boysenberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp clarity, smooth tannins and strong persistence. Made from fruit grown on the granitic soils of Saint-Jean-du-Muzols. 91-93/100."
Josh Raynolds -

Chinon: Francis et Françoise Desbourdes 'L'Arpenty' 2020
"A beautifully perky Loire cabernet franc that tastes like summer pudding."
Victoria Moore - The Telegraph.

This mixed case includes

2 x Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Blanc 2019£0.00

Sancerre 'Les Perriers' from André Vatan is a benchmark white Sancerre wine - pure Sauvignon Blanc, with a classic elderflower bouquet and a lean, zesty palate.

It's the Sancerre 'de choix' of many a Michelin-starred restaurant, so if you'd like to experience 'best in class', this is your man.

2 x Vouvray: Jean-Claude & Didier Aubert Sec 2018£0.00

Bien classique! This refreshing, apple-scented Chenin Blanc will make a great aperitif or partner to goats cheese and salads. Vouvray Sec is the perfect foil for the locally-made potted pork rillettes, and together they make a dangerous combination as both are extremely more-ish.

2 x Yapp Côtes du Rhône Red 2019£0.00

This terrifically versatile, mid-weight Grenache - Syrah blend is our sole geographic own label wine, deriving from the Côtes-du-Rhône... where else? It's proved hugely popular since we first introduced it to our customers in 2018 and clearly the judges of the Concours Agricole de Paris agreed with its rapport qualité-prix, awarding the 2019 vintage a Silver Medal at the 2020 competition.

2 x Coteaux de l'Ardèche: 'Basalte du Coiron' Syrah 2018£0.00

A limited production cuvée, from pure Syrah grown on (volcanic) basalt rock on the edge of the Coiron Mountains in the South-Eastern Ardèche.

2 x Crozes Hermitage: Domaine Equis 'Equinoxe' 2019£0.00

The Graillot family is famous for producing fruit-forward accessible red wines made from the Syrah grape. The Crozes Hermitage 'Equinoxe' is an excellent, youthful example, crammed with dark, hedgerow-fruit scents and flavours offset by supple tannins. This wine makes an ideal partner to red meat dishes or flavoursome, hard cheeses.
Bottled under screwcap.

2 x Chinon: Francis et Françoise Desbourdes 'L'Arpenty' 2020£0.00

This delicious Cabernet Franc from Emilien Desbourdes is packed full of youthful, berry fruit and was memorably described by Joanna Simon as being like 'liquid summer pudding'. It has supple tannins that lend it well to light chilling. In short it is a delicious and failsafe crowd-pleaser.

Certified as an organic wine.