Did you know that…
*We list no fewer than 30 rosés including ones from Morocco, Lebanon, Australia as well as a further 10 pink champagnes or sparkling roses?
*We have done six different wines in Bag in the Box this year?
*We list 55 examples of Chenin (49 from the Loire)?
*We have half a dozen wines with over 10 grape varieties or more in the blend?
*Over 190 estates on our new list are organic and/or biodynamic? And the vast majority of those are certified?
*Of the seven estates we deal with in New Zealand four are fully biodynamic and three are organic or in conversion to organic viticulture?
*135 growers on our list work with low (or zero) levels of sulphur in some or all of their wines?
*The Loire is the most highly represented French region, followed by Languedoc-Roussillon and then surprisingly Burgundy?
*We have 97 estates in Italy?
*There are around 230 different grape varieties represented including such rarities as Mirefleurien, Prié Blanc, Caiño Blanco, Albarin, Rojal, Gascon, Gringet, Voudomato, Kisi, Seminano and Albanella?
*We list 27 examples of New World Pinot Noir?
*Carignan appears marginally or wholly in about 35 of our wines?
*That we sell wines from the 1970’s, 80s and 90’s from the Loire?
*That we inadvertently seem to specialise in growers making wine from grapes grown at high altitude?
De Martino “Alto Los Toros”, Elqui ~ 2,000 metres
1364 Cerro Las Monjas, Barranco Oscuro ~ 1364 metres
Blanc de Morgex, Vini Estremi, Cave de Morgex ~ 1340 metres
Vinujancu Bianco, Salvo Foti, Etna – 1,200 metres
Château Musar Blanc, Beka’a Valley ~ 1,200 metres
*We have more examples of Grolleau than Pinot Bianco and more Savagnin than Pinot Grigio /Pinot Gris?
*That we venerate old vines?
Hatzidakis, Santorini ~ 500 year old Voudomato
Poiré Granit, Château de Hauteville ~ 300 + year old pear trees
“Provignage”, Henri Marionnet ~155 + year old Romorantin
AA Panevino ~ 155 + year old Cannonau
Cahors, Cuvée Centenaire, Clos de Gamot ~125 year old Malbec
Monte de Grazia Rosso ~ 120 year old + Tintore di Tramonti
Chardonnay « Les Chalasses Marnes », Domaine J-F Ganevat ~ 110 year old Chardonnay
Pierre Gerbais L’Originale – 110 year old Pinot Blanc Vrai
Saint-Joseph Cuvée Saint-Epine, Romaneaux-Destezet ~ 100 + year old Syrah
Lo Vielh, Clos du Gravillas – 100+ year old Carignan
Vin de Table « Les Nourrissons », Stéphane Bernaudeau ~ 100 + year old Chenin
Gamay d’ Auvergne “Pierres Noires” Domaine Maupertuis ~ 100 +year old Gamay
*That the following growers work with horses?
Mas de Libian
Philipponnat (on the Clos des Goisses vineyard)
*That we do like to be beside the seaside?
Bodegas Terras Gauda
Chateau de Pibarnon
*That we love wine made in clay?
Vino di Anna
*That we love drinking wines that are light in alcohol?
Framingham Select Riesling – 8.5%
J’en veux!!!, Domaine J-F Ganevat – 9.5%
Txacoli de Guetaria, Bodega Ameztoi – 10.5%
Mauvais Temps, Nico Carmarans – 11%
Muscadet Amphibolite, Jo Landron – 11.5%
Dinavolino, AA Denvaolo – 11.5%
Soif du Mal Blanc, Domaine Les Foulards Rouges – 11.5%
*That yawning is contagious in human beings but not in other mammals?
*You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
*Polar bears are left handed.