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"If you like Châteauneuf du Pape, I'm sure you'll love the gloriously rich, ripe Château La Tour de Beraud 2009 Costières de Nîmes." Fiona Beckett, Guardian, April 2011.
Vibrant spicy peppery nose and soft subtle fruit on the palate with good structure. Syrah provides colour, structure & finesse, the Carignan adds fruit flavours and the Grenache fills out and rounds off with another burst of soft fruit. Very moreish!
Owned by Francois Collard this is a 30ha estate on south facing slopes. Named after the old fire tower from the 11th century which was constructed to prevent invasions from the sea.
Producer note: Chateau La Tour de Beraud
This is the sister property of Chateau Mourgues du Gres, also in Costieres de Nimes.
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Brut Reserve, , Charles Heidsieck, £45.00 France, White
Triple gold-medal winner 2012: Gold IWC, Trophy DWWA, Gold IWSC
Class and sophistication are what Heidsieck embodies. Complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango and greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. A perfect balance of freshness and generosity.
Brut Vintage, 2009, Henners, £30.50 England, White
Biscuity, brioche aromas, with delicate white flower and full fruit. Flavours are fresh with nicely delicate citrus and apple with a 'lees' character adding complexity.
- Decanter Silver Medal 2012 - huge potential
- International Wine Challenge Silver Medal 2012
Dry White Port, , Vallegre, £12.25 Portugal, White
Chardonnay, 2012, Umbrele, £6.75 Romania, White
Fine Tawny, , Vallegre, £12.00 Portugal, Red
Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2007
Member of the Top Merchants Programme
Merchant of the Year
Regional Merchant of the Year
South East England
Ian Jarman is an Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits