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Le Dragon de Quintus, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2020

THE WINE ADVOCATE (90 - 92) points Drink Date: 2023 - 2038 Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 20th May 2021, Source: May 2021 Week 3, The Wine Advocate "Composed of 84.7% Merlot and 15.3%... Cabernet Franc, while possessing an alcohol of 15.2%, the 2020 le Dragon de Quintus has a deep garnet-purple color and notions of plum preserves, kirsch, black raspberries and cinnamon toast, plus hints of mossy tree bark and incense. The full-bodied palate is jam-packed with juicy black and red berries, supported by soft tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and spicy." JAMES SUCKLING 92-93 Points 28 Apr, 2021 – "A soft, round red with blackberry, chocolate and hints of spice and cedar. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and a juicy finish." DECANTER 89 points Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021) "A fleshy, powerful, black cherry and damson filled Dragon. The high alcohols are just about matched by the depth of fruit but it brings things to a slightly abrupt finish, with an emphasis on some bitter grilled cumin spice. The harvest began on 11th September for the Merlot grapes and on 23rd September for the Cabernet Franc. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036." JANCIS ROBINSON 16 points Drink: 2023 - 2029 Full bottle 1,340 g. Cask sample taken 13 April. Nice and fresh! 84.7% Merlot, 15.3% Cabernet Franc. "Mid crimson with a pale rim. Light but warm, fully ripe impression on the nose. And a little marked acidity on the finish. The overall palate impression is not as rich as many of the 2020 St-Émilions I have been tasting, but then this is the first second wine I have tasted from the appellation in this vintage. Just a little stringy on the end.
Format: 75cl £30.36 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Samuel Billaud, Chablis 2021

Beautifully fresh, crisp and pure, with a delicious acidity all enhanced by layers of crunchy oyster shell, silex and classic Chablis flintiness. Mouth-wateringly good. Offering "Outstanding Top... Value” this is not to be missed. Due to the extreme weather the vintage endured, production levels were vastly reduced, so please do not hesitate... Samuel Billaud, one of the very best producers in Chablis is making some of the most exciting wines to come out of Chablis today - the quality of his of his winemaking cannot be overstated. "Quite simply, Samuel Billaud is one of the best producers in Chablis at the moment. If you have not discovered the wines, what are you waiting for?” A master of his craft who is ‘right at the top of Chablis producers alongside the likes of Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat’ – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate ( Vincent Dauvissat’s Chablis 2021 sells for between £1,171 - £1,262 12x75cl per case including duty & VAT, which makes Billauds even more compelling!) Billaud's Chardonnays lie at the mineral end of the Chablis spectrum, they are uncompromising and cerebral, as are the finest Chablis wines. His is a distinct style in which the wines have both a creamy, leesy weight while retaining a contrasting, linear, focused, mineral brightness. The freshness comes from both the right picking date and additional quality control through hand-harvesting.
Format: 75cl £25.95 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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Vignerons des Terres Secretes, Pouilly-Fuisse, Les Preludes 2018

A glorious Pouilly-Fuissé from a single sloping plot of vines with a rich bedrock of limestone. Fermented equally in oak and temperature controlled stainless steel vats to give both concentration... and complexity. Delicate aromas of white flowers and citrus, with intense fruit and notes of hazelnuts, almonds, vanilla and flint. It has a lovely lingering finish and is a fantastic example of this famous appellation. All this at under £20 a bottle for a superb white Burgundy.
Format: 75cl £18.95 (Inc. UK Duty & VAT)
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