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Oak-aged claret, lovely light spice and rich black fruits and beautifully smooth and inviting now, but will keep for up to 5 years.
Producer note: Chateau Majureau-Sercillan
Fifty-four year-old Alain Vironneau is the president of the CIVB (Bordeaux Wine Trade Council). Since 1984 Vironneau has managed Châteaux Majureau-Sercillan and Tarreyrots in the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. Since 2002, Alain Vironneau has been president of the Trade Association for Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur, the leading wine syndicate in France. He has become a controversial figure, leading the move at the end of 2005 for the syndicate to refuse to sell a tonneaux of wine at less than acceptable prices, even though the market price was lower.
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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
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