After much deliberation (and a very enjoyable evening of sampling a host of wines) I have decided on the final wine list for the Taste Festive Exhibition in London’s Tobacco Docks this coming weekend.

The event will provide a great opportunity to experience a little sample of the wines we’ll be including in our subscription over the next few months. If you happen to be at Taste please do stop by the stall in the Connoisseur’s Club area.

Whites

Full & Bold

2015, Domaine Moulinier, Vin de Pays d’OC Viognier

Viognier became famous in the production of the great Rhone wines of Condrieu. It is now made globally, offering exotic vibrant aromatic wines.

This St. Chinian example is a tad drier and fresher than some, but really well made and interesting. It is also surprisingly resilient, and with time in bottle it shows delicate flecks and nuance, and retains a wonderful freshness.

2011, Chateau D’Angles Blanc, La Clape

La Clape is the only appellation based on the Bourboulenc grape. It brings freshness and structure, giving the region its reputation for white wines.

This example is half Bourboulenc blend, together with Grenache for its fruit and a dash of Roussanne and Marsanne for additional complexity.

A wonderfully zesty, full, mature wine according to Jancis Robinson.

Fruity & Vibrant

2014, Gauchezco Torrontes, Argentina

This 100% Torrontes from Cafayate, Salta Province, has an enticing nose of white peach, rose and jasmine leading to a fresh, citrus palette, pleasant structure and refreshing acidity.

2015, Chablis, Domaine Bernard Defaix

A very fresh mix of green fruit, lemon rind and orange peel gives way to rich, generous and very round medium-bodied flavours that possess good volume and a touch of minerality on the clean, dry, balanced and saline-infused finish.

Light & Fresh

2014, Haut Pougnan, Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc

This unoaked Bordeaux Sauvignon has to be one of the best wines in our portfolio, its fresh green fruit aromas are very refreshing, and the flavours linger very well.

2015, Picpoul De Pinet, Domaine De La Serre

The 2015 is a wonderfully fresh wine, offering lemons, grapefuit, with lots of plump fruit and texture. The Southern French Picpoul is noted for pin point balance, something that this wine clearly displays. 

Reds

Rich & Powerful

2014, Conviviale Primitivo

A warm, richly flavoured red with aromas of plums, dried fruits and brown spices. On the palate it is generous with good concentration of ripe plum and black cherry fruit and hints of dried figs, liquorice and dark chocolate. 

2013, Wyndham Estate, Bin 555 Shiraz, Australia

This award winning red is deep garnet in colour with aromas of dried berries, delicate eucalyptus, and toffee. The palate gives honeyed orange, blueberry, cedar, and sweet pickled tomato accented finish. Very flavourful and fun.

Classic & Elegant

2013, Gauchezco Malbec Reserva, Argentina

From the Mendoza region of Argentina this Malbec Reserva is aged in oak for eight months before a further six in the bottle giving it an elegant and complex style encompassing plum, raspberry and vanilla with well-rounded tannins to give some extra personality.

2014, Bardolino, Villa Cardini

Refined with dark cherry notes and a touch of a Barolo dusty finish Bardolino is an Italian red wine produced along the chain of morainic hills in the province of Verona. It takes its name from the town Bardolino on the shores of Lake Garda.

The wine is packed with bright expressive fruit, with an emphasis on freshness. A great everyday drinking wine showing good vineyard character.

Vibrant & Fruity

2012, La Valiniere, Graves Rouge

Situated on the left bank of the Garonne river, the name originates from the immensely gravelly soil. The Valiniere Rouge is a fine example of a wine from a fantastic region, definitely one to try if you’re a fan of fruity, soft reds.

2014, Julienas Les Mouilles, Domaine Laurent Perrachon

The Perrachon family are significant in Beaujolais Village of Julienas, going way back, first mentioned in 1601. They are now specialists covering several well known grand cru villages.

The Julienas Les Mouilles Domaine Laurent Perrachon 2014, is a rich, dark wine with a fruity mouthfeel. 100% Gamay from vines of an average age of 50 years. Very Impressive.