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Every weekend, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team.
Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
2005 Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Champagne
£40 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £299
‘Tis the weekend of Love and to celebrate St Valentine I have selected one of Champagne’s finest cuvées.
Since its first release in 1952, only 30 vintages have been produced. For me, 2005 is among the best! Comtes de Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay from five different Grands Crus from the Côte De Blancs.
It is not released before it has aged for 10 years in the Taittinger cellars and 2005 is the newest release. This Champagne develops some toasty and hazelnut notes due to a slight barrel ageing, as well as some lovely ripe stone fruit tones, aromas of citrus fruits and vanilla. The palate shows a great balance with a lively minerality and a long finish.
A fantastic Champagne to have as an aperitif or to enjoy with our Scallops dish!
1999 Château Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate, Napa Valley, California
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £250
This week you will have the great opportunity to taste one of Napa Valley’s finest wineries. Château Montelena was established in 1882 and gained a massive success after the winning of the Judgement of Paris with its 1973 Chardonnay. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful depth of flavour and a great balance.
The wine shows some lovely aromas of cooked dark fruit such as blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry as well as tone of chocolate, coffee beans and cigar box. The palate has firm but well integrated tannins with a very good complexity and a great concentration.
NV Champagne Krug, Grande Cuvée, Brut
£30 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £200
Krug is renowned as one of the great Champagne houses and this week we have decided to ring out February with their rich yet refreshing Non-Vintage cuvée.
Krug has a very different notion of Champagne making to any other house. Their Non Vintage Grande Cuvée is the result of a blend of 134 wines from 12 different vintages from 1990 to 2004. The blend is of 44% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 19% Pinot Meunier. An ageing of at least 6 years in the cellar is then proceed (the minimum requirement being of 18 months for a non vintage Champagne) to give the great complexity and richness defining the style of Krug.
This very complex Champagne shows aromas of cooked stone fruit, hazelnuts, honey, Acacia and marzipan. The palate is rich with a great intensity but a fantastic minerality remains. Because of the elegance and complexity of this Champagne, I would suggest to have it with dinner – it is a great match to enjoy with our Halibut dish.