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South African Wine

Having tentatively trialled two South African wines in last year's list, it was gratifying to find Jancis Robinson enthusing about the 2013 vintage of Napier Vineyards' 'Red Medallion' Bordeaux-blend thus: "Beautifully shaded ruby, very healthy looking. Fully mature fruit from an obviously warm region but very well done and at a good point in its evolution... such a joy to be able to get your hands on a mature wine." Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot grown in Wellington in the Western Cape, each grape variety is vinified individually for 12 months before head wine maker Leon Bester begins his assiduous blending process. It drinks well from release and makes a fine partner to grilled meat and wild mushroom dishes.

Napier Vineyards also produce an excellent 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay from a single vineyard in the lee of the Hawequa mountains. It is vinified in French oak barrels (30% new) and is matured on its fine lees for 6 months before bottling. The finished wine has a golden robe, attractive brioche top notes and a tropical fruit palate with an elegant dry finish.

The boutique bottlings from sommelier turned wine-maker Carsten Migliarina were a serendipitous discovery last year. Based in Cape Town, Carsten specialises in identifying premium parcels of rootstock in different locations and deploying scrupulous vineyard and cellar management. He has a strict regimen of minimal intervention and makes wines that are incredibly poised and precise with bags of varietal character. His Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch has a baked apple and shortbread bouquet and rich orchard fruit palate offset by a beguiling nervy tension. Just 2800 bottles of the 2017 vintage were produced. Also from Stellenbosch is a succulent Syrah that is steeped with wild strawberry and blackberry scents and flavours over a framework of fine-grained tannins. Completing the range, with fruit sourced to the north in Wellington, is a pure Grenache that has a wealth of forest fruit over fondant tannins.

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  1. Bourgogne Aligoté: Christian Bellang Fils 2019
    Bottle
    £13.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £162.00
  2. Maranges: Domaine Bruno Colin Premier Cru 'La Fussière' 2018
    Bottle
    £36.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £432.00
  3. Santenay: Domaine Bruno Colin 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018
    Bottle
    £33.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £396.00
  4. Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Domaine Bruno Colin 2018
    Bottle
    £19.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £237.00
  5. Chassagne-Montrachet: Domaine Bruno Colin 2018
    Bottle
    £49.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £588.00
  6. Chassagne-Montrachet: Domaine Bruno Colin Premier Cru 'Les Chaumées' 2018
    Bottle
    £65.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £780.00
  7. Bourgogne Chardonnay: Domaine Bruno Colin 2018
    Bottle
    £23.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £276.00
  8. Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018
    Bottle
    £12.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £147.00
  9. Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2013
    Bottle
    £39.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £468.00
  10. Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £13.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £162.00
  11. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu Grand Cru 'Les Clos' 2018
    Bottle
    £47.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £570.00
  12. Bourgogne Chardonnay: Closerie des Alisiers 2018
    Bottle
    £14.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £174.00
  13. Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2017
    Bottle
    £18.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  14. Vosne Romanée: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Barreaux' 2014
    Bottle
    £48.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £576.00
  15. Morgon: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Côte du Py' 2018
    Bottle
    £14.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £179.40
  16. Beaujolais en Besset: Domaine de Fa 2018
    Bottle
    £16.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £195.00
  17. Aloxe-Corton: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2017
    Bottle
    £37.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £444.00
  18. Pernand-Vergelesses: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2018
    Bottle
    £35.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £420.00
  19. Mâcon-Vergisson: Domaine de Roncevaux 'La Roche' 2017
    Bottle
    £19.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £237.00
  20. Pouilly-Fuissé: Domaine de Roncevaux 'Minéralys' 2017
    Bottle
    £24.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £294.00
  21. AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2017
    Bottle
    £22.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £264.00
    Magnum
    £45.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £270.00
  22. Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard 'Aux Corvées' 2015
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  23. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 'Beauroy' Premier Cru 2018
    Bottle
    £23.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
  24. Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £18.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £225.00
  25. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2018
    Bottle
    £17.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £215.40
    Half Bottle
    £9.95
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £238.80
  26. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2017
    Magnum
    £45.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £270.00
  27. Wellington: Migliarina Grenache 2017
    Bottle
    £19.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £239.40
  28. Stellenbosch: Migliarina Syrah 2015
    Bottle
    £18.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £225.00
  29. Pommard: Closerie des Alisiers 'La rue au Port' 2017
    Bottle
    £39.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £479.40
  30. Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Gavignet-Béthanie et Filles 1er Cru 'Les Poulettes' Rouge 2015
    Bottle
    £48.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £576.00
    Magnum
    £98.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £588.00
  31. Napier Winery: 'Red Medallion' 2013
    Bottle
    £23.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
  32. Clos de Vougeot: Domaine Paul Misset Grand Cru 2015
    Bottle
    £99.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,188.00
  33. Charmes-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2013
    Bottle
    £110.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,320.00
  34. Chambolle Musigny: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Condemennes' 2014
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  35. Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Closerie des Alisiers 2017
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  36. Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2016
    Bottle
    £39.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £468.00
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