A selection of 12 superb Old World Wines - admittedly with a leaning bias to classical French wine. Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja was the Red Wine of the year of Food and Wine magazine in Ireland for 2015. All of these wines have won awards - From award winning champane producer Henry Blin, is reserve de Charles Vercy Champagne. Fattoria Il Lago in Chianti Rufina are also multiple award winning wines and Chateay Roc de Levraut Bordeaux Superieur is a multiple medal winner in the hachette guide des vins and it got an impressive 89 Points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Altogether a really special case for a wine lover and someone who knows their wines backwards.
2 x Champagne Reserve de Charles Vercy, NV, Epernay, France
Charles Vercy champagnes are produced by the award winning H.Blin & Co who were founded in 1947. It is a superior quality dry champagne, powerful and elegant with rich, savoury aromas, good mousse and flavour. "There's an aromatic floral note to the flavours of apricot, ripe apple, smoky mineral, kumquat and lemon zest in this firm bubbly, which is fine-grained and balanced, with a lively, moderate finish." - 90 points, Wine Spectator, November 2011.
2 x Chateau Tour de Cauze Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2011, France
Guide Hachette des Vins awarded the 2003 vintage 1 Star and the 2005 vintage Cité. It has also won in 2005: Bronze Medal at Bordeaux WC, In 2007: Gold Medal at Bordeaux WC.The current château was built in the 19th century on the ruins of a medieval castle. There was a string of different owners until 1986, when the Laporte family bought the entire property, producing Château du Cauze and Château Tour du Cauze, both of which are AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
2 x Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja 2007, Spain
One of the finest examples of Rioja Gran Reserva available, it boasts a more full-bodied style with layer upon layer of fruit and sweet spice. This is a richer twist on one of the world's best loved w ine styles; rich and creamy with vanilla and dark bramble fruit. Good structure and just that bit heavier, it's more concentrated than the more traditional style. It was Food and Wine Magazines Wine of the Year for 2015.
2 x Fattoria Il Lago Chianti Rufina Riserva, DOC, Tuscany, Italy
Chianti from award winning Rufina producer Fattoria Il Fattoria. Dry with a good structure and an excellent alcoholic presence that renders it delicate and at the same time well balanced. The aftertaste is persistent denoting a fine harmony between fragrance and taste. Harvesting is done by hand and produced by using extremely delicate methods of production. It goes well with combinations of important traditional dishes and tasty second courses. Red ruby colour with light garnet shades a good coloured and concentrated intensity.
2 x Chateau Roc de Levraut, Bordeaux Superieur, 2014, France
Chateau Roc de Levraut Bordeaux Superieur with 88 Parker points. In a review by Jancis Robinson, she said - ‘pounce on this Bordeaux - Softer and smoother than other Bordeauxs, a really smart buy’. It won a Bronze Medal at the Concours des Grandes Vins de France. We’ve included this before, Chateau Roc de Levraut Bordeaux Superieur and each time, you come looking for it later.2 x Domaine La Perchaud Chablis 2014
2 x Union des Viticultuers Chablis, Burgundy, France
This winery is comprised of 300 winegrowers that produce the great white wines of Chablis. The quality of these wines reflect the care the winegrowers devote to the cultivation of their vineyards and the commitment our winemakers bring to revealing the heart and soul of the wines. It is this subtle harmony between the grower in the vineyards, the technical advisor and the winemaker which bestows on these wines their much sought-after distinction. The winemaker Vincent Bartement won international White wine Winemaker of the year for 2016.
Grown on the rich clay and limestone soils of Chablis, this is fresh and crisp with peach and citrus flavours - Fantastic as an apéritif or with smoked salmon.