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The Wine Blog

Autumn Tasting Series: Favourite Wines As Selected By Our Customers

Over the course of the Autumn months, we hosted a series of successful in-store wine tastings and events at our Marylebone and Battersea stores.

From our extremely popular Battersea truffle dinner held in partnership with our wonderful neighbour on Northcote Road, Osteria Antica Bologna, where we focused on the impressive wines of Piedmont to complement this season's prized tartufo bianco, to Champagne tastings featuring boutique grower champagnes as well as iconic domaines like Bollinger, Pol Roger and Billecart-Salmon, to the outstanding wines of the Napa Valley to celebrate the launch of Kelli White's fantastic new guide to the Napa Valley wine region: Napa Valley, Then & Now.

We have pulled together a selection of the most popular bottles as evidenced by the cases of these wines that disappeared out the door after each event. 

Billecart Salmon Sous Bois NV 

A new cuvee from Billecart Salmon entirely vinified in oak that at first lends a heaviness to the nose but impresses with its integration on the palate. This beast has more richness and girth than one expects rendering it a superb match with food. Full bodied with notes of toasted brioche, citrus and smoke, it finishes with a light phenolic flick - a great sign for food matching. Made from about 1/3 each of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, the Champagne spends 6 months in old oak casks (with batonnage). 

Bollinger La Grand Année

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay 13 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay - 95% Grands crus and 5% Premier crus, fermented entirely in barrels. A powerful and impressive grand marque champagne by any standards.  

 Massolino Barolo 2011 

The Massolino family have been making wine here since 1896 and are inextricably linked with their vineyards. All their vines are in Serralunga d’Alba, the village that produces the greatest Barolo wines. Famed for its high-toned perfume and deep tannic structure, these are both seductive and long-lived wines. 

Chateau Tour Marcillanet Haut-Medoc 2010

A classic Medoc blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a proportion of Merlot which gives richness and softness.  These 2010's are stunningly lovely for drinking now but what a pleasure they would be if you were to cellar a case and drink it over the next 10 years. Outstanding value.

Klein Constantia Estate Red Blend 2013

Klein Constantia red is an estate wine built around Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The cool maritime climate encourages slow ripening resulting in a wine crammed with dark berry aromas (mulberries, blackcurrant and black cherries) married to the very best French oak lending background spice. The depth and quality would impress in many Bordeaux wines at twice the price.

The One Hundred Shiraz 2009

The One Hundred is an incredibly rare project wine with only 30 dozen produced for the UK market. These wines are sold to a private client base in Australia, where shiraz of this quality is greatly sought after (read more of the story HERE).

Scarbolo Pinot Grigio 2013

It is in Italy's North East region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, that all the really good Pinot Grigios are made, and, yes there are quite a few of them! Scarbolo is a family-operated winery based in the Colli Orientali sub-region. Warm days and chilly nights are the key to quality in Friuli. Fresh white stone fruit and distinct creamy nuttiness in a mouth-watering elegant style!

Consolation Antic Rivesaltes Ambre 1985