A. Zirnhelt Gewürztraminer Vin D’Alsace

January 7, 2013
A. Zirnhelt Gewurztraminer Vin D' Alsace

A personal favourite. Although ‘Gewurz’ can be made into various styles; aromatic complexity, full body & spiciness are common characteristics. Expect flavours of lychees & roses with some residual grapey-ness. This example is vinified true to the original drier style. Loves to consumed as an aperitif or with Foie Gras.

Price: ¥140

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A. Zirnhelt Riesling Vin D’Alsace

January 7, 2013
A. Zirnhelt Riesling Vin D'Alsace

Update: June 2013: Another 6 months bottle age has turned this offering into a much drier experience with greater savouriness. It’s bone dry. Aromas of freshly sliced lime; the citrus zing showing in the flavour profile via lemony elements typical of Riesling. The acid is refreshing and vibrant, and would mix with – cut through – most oil-based foods. A very juicy wine with a minerally finish, making it more alluring. Yum Yum.

Price: ¥130

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Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone: Wine Man Pick

December 2, 2012
Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone

Currently, at the lower mid-point of its price range. This unpretentious interpretation of the Grenache grape has a relatively light body with an earthy, spicy character that is typical of the French approach to grenache within the Ventoux appellation and is naturally low in acid. Its lightness makes it easy drinking. Notice how it develops more complexity as you quaff your way through the bottle.

Price: ¥78

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chardonnay Languedoc

December 2, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chardonnay

Lovely pale gold colour with brilliant highlights. Refined and complex tropical fruit, toast and hazelnut aromas. A body full of fresh and generous fruit builds to a powerful, well-rounded finish. A rich, fragrant and well-balanced wine. This wine will be perfect with cheese or with grilled poultry.

Price: ¥143

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon: Pauillac (5th Growth): Wine Man Pick

December 12, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon

French masterpiece. Notes of blackberry and raspberry mingled with a suggestion of liquorice and vanilla. The attack reveals a fine, rich tannic structure of considerable character. The tannins, both powerful & elegant, supporting clearly defined but expressively complex oaky flavours of toast, coconut & cigar.

Price: ¥1,753

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau d’Armailhac: Pauillac: Wine Man Pick

December 13, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Chateau d'Armailhac

French Second Fiddle. A fine, vivid red colour with a ruby tint. An open, complex nose of fresh fruit and floral aromas mingling with denser vanilla, tobacco leaf & cedar. The body builds rapidly from a substantial attack on round, harmonious tannins which unfold over elegant, well-integrated oak, developing into liquorice, menthol and spice on the palate.

Price: ¥1,534

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc Languedoc

December 21, 2011
Baron Philippe de Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc

Brilliant, very light yellow. The expressive nose reveals notes of white peach, citrus fruit and white blossom. Very complex, fresh and pleasant, it is typical of a southern Sauvignon. The attack is supple, with a strongly mineral cast, leading into a fresh finish with lime and grapefruit flavors. The wine displays a fine balance between roundness and freshness.

Price: ¥143

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Viognier Languedoc

December 2, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Viognier

Fine, deep golden colour. Fruity bouquet displaying a highly complex mix of fresh and preserved fruit aromas with some lovely floral notes. Ample and generous, on the palate it is both unctuous and full of flavour. Ideal to accompany all sorts of salads and vegetable pasta dishes.

Price: ¥143

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Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC Cuvée Aegidiane

November 22, 2011
Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC Cuvée Aegidiane

Predominance of ripe fruits, with hints of blackcurrant, liquorice, and spices. Soft, velvety tannin structure lifted by gentle oak. Dense and substantial, showing great potential for ageing, probably for 4 to 5 years. To be tasted alone, for the pleasure, or with a good and well cooked meal with meat in sauce or game. Serve warm: 16-18°C,Uncork 2 hours before serving.

Price: ¥170

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Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marquis: All Gone!

December 7, 2011
Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marguis

We sell this wine only by the case of 6. You will need to order in advance so we can request an allocation. A special wine: one to watch over and keep hold of for a few more years to bring it to its full potential.

Price: ¥490

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Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes Rosé AOC: BIN END

November 2, 2011
Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes Rose A.O.C

Bright and intense rose with a complex, very fruity, strawberry and blackberry notes with a slight hint of vanilla. Round, very fresh with a good balance on acidity and alcohol. This rosé is obtained by “saignée” or bleeding of the red varieties, Syrah and Grenache Noir, with 6 to 12 hours of skin contact to extract colour.

Price: ¥120

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Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White AOC: Wine Man Pick: BIN END

November 2, 2011
Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White A.O.C.

Last Chance: A Southern French charmer of a blend with complex nose reminiscent of mineral tones evolving into white flowers and exotic fruits. Palate has full bodied freshness that is bone dry with some nice acidic balance to the Viognier fruit. The Roussanne adds nice weight. Wine Spectator: 2005 vintage 85/100:

Price: ¥120

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Emile Durand Chablis AOC

January 5, 2013
Emile Durand Chablis AOC Bourgogne

Chablis is one of the most famous white wines in the world. A wonderfully full wine with tropical fruit flavours. Clean, fresh with perfectly balanced acidity and with great length.

Price: ¥140

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Emile Durand Chardonnay Bourgogne AOC

December 7, 2011
Emile Durand Chardonnay Bourgogne AOC

In the glass the wine is presented in bright, bright gold. On the nose an elegant bouquet of apricots, peaches, citrus fruits and a hint of fresh oak. Beautiful full-bodied and fruity on the palate with mild tannins that lingers on the finish. A beautiful terrace for wine on a warm summer evening, which harmonizes very well with seafood or cream cheese.

Price: ¥120

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Heritage De Baroncourt Vin De L’Aude Blanc

November 11, 2011
Heritage De Baroncourt Vin De L'Aude Blanc

It’s a low price, off dry glugger, best served cold. “Fresh clean acidity…complex aromas of exotic fruits (mango and lychee). Well balanced…a lingering finish of mango. (who writes this stuff?) Ripe fruit aroma. Clear straw yellow colour…This tantalizing white is perfect as a cocktail or matched with a variety of savoury dishes. Serve at: 8℃-10℃”

Price: ¥78

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Heritage De Baroncourt Vin De Pays D’Oc Rouge

October 21, 2011
Heritage de Baroncourt Vin de Pays D'Oc Rouge

Supple, well balanced and fruit-driven with lingering final notes of fruit ripeness that enhance its aromas. Spicy aromas and a blend of red berry fruits. There is a whiff of vanilla on the nose. A deep ruby colour. Aged in vats. Matching suggestions: Perfect match with many dishes, including barbecue,salads and cheese. Serve at: 17℃-18℃

Price: ¥78

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Honor L’Empereur Sauternes Bordeaux 500ml

January 7, 2013
Honor L'Empereur Sauternes Bordeaux 500ml

Beautiful clear golden yellow. White candied fruit nose; appreciates decanting or ‘breathing’. Rich textures; oily, creamy, fruity, mellow, generous. Tastes of apricots, yellow peaches, candied citrus. In youth, the finish is a little brisk yet, thus foiling complete perfection. This example gets the message well and truly across, and at good value.

Price: ¥200

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Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages: Wine Man Pick

November 2, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Villages

On the palate, silky smoothness and delicious fruit lingers. I had a welcome return to Gamay with this wine in 2010, not having touched Beaujolais for 15 years. A revelation after a rash of heavy, intense and over-extracted wines; lighter, smokier and spicier than I recalled…

Price: ¥170

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Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Beaujolais: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Beaujolais

Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin: “An elegant Beaujolais: intense ruby-red colour; on the nose, aromas of violet, lilac, sometimes blackberry and cranberry. Supple tannins, with lively acidity. On the palate, the wine leaves a pleasant note of wild berries”.

Price: ¥279

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Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches 1er Cru: Wine Man Pick

December 12, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches

Drouhin’s premier cru vineyard in the Côte de Beaune; distinguished by its elegance & finesse: round, velvety & exquisitely balanced. Beautiful, intense red colour. It has complexity & depth in a soft yet very intense manner. Aromas are very refined with ripe black cherry, spices, earth & lightly smoked notes with just the right touch of tannin.

Price: ¥1,173

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Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages: Wine Man Pick

November 16, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuites Villages

Joseph Drouhin is one of France’s most eminent growers and negotiants. There is a long history of excellence at that house. It has a beautiful, luminous ruby colour. On the nose, flavours of wild cherry, liquorice and other spices. Firm, fruity and well balanced. Matching with food; best with poultry, roasted meat, cheese.

Price: ¥408

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Joseph Drouhin Echezeaux Grand Cru

December 12, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Echezeaux Grand Cru

Elegance & perfection, 2 of Joseph Drouhin’s tenets. The colour is bright & intense. A full palette of aromas reminiscent of stone fruit (cherry, peach, apricot), cocoa & exotic wood (cedar). On the palate, the texture is like silk & velvet. In the aftertaste, the same touch of dark chocolate is evident. Extremely long finish.

Price: ¥2,078

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Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin

November 17, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin Red

Gevrey-Chambertin are among the most sought after wines on Earth. Deeply coloured; intense aromatic bouquet (blackcurrant & other red & black berries). Extraordinary arrays of deep flavours, approachability at various stages of development & some ageing potential. Renowned for their power which is always in harmony with smooth tannins.

Price: ¥911

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Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay

December 21, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fruity and full of life. This is a classical white Burgundy:a good entry level wine for Burgundy. Golden yellow, with a greenish glint. Aromas are reminiscent of fresh grape and green almond. The palate has pear & apple with vanilla and dry minerals. Elegant texture.

Price: ¥222

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Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir

December 21, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir

The hue has a brilliant ruby-garnet colour. The nose offers effusive aromas of crushed berries (raspberry, redcurrant, and blackcurrant come to mind). On the palate, the wine is full of charm and very pleasant to drink: fresh & fruity berry flavours with light & elegant tannins.

Price: ¥221

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Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Fuissé White

November 17, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Pouilly Fuissé White

Pouilly-Fuissé has a golden hue. It is usually very brilliant. The bouquet is seductive: floral and fruity with a dominance of ripe fruit and fresh almonds. After some time in the bottle, Pouilly-Fuissé develops a lovely, complex bouquet. On the palate, the wine is round and dry. As such, it is a nice expression of the Chardonnay.

Price: ¥521

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Joseph Drouhin Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Joseph Drouhin Puligny Montrachet

A wine of great finesse, distinguished and elegant. The colour is pure and bright, with light glints of white gold. The aromas evoke trees in bloom and white flesh fruit, like white peaches. With age, the aromas evolve towards almond and lightly grilled dried fruit. On the palate, there is a sensation of fresh silkiness. Long and persistent in the aftertaste, ending on an exceptional wealth of flavors, both floral and fruity Serving Temperature: 13°C (55°F).

Price: ¥809

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Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Réserve de Vaudon: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis Réserve de Vaudon

Our peers tell us: An elegant wine. Brilliant colour, with hints of green. Typical Chablis nose, where aromas of citrus (lemon) fern and even salty sensations predominate. On the palate: vigorous and lively, but in a soft mode. (Oodles of) finesse and balance. High acidity and mineral pair well with all kinds seafood, especially oyster , chinese steam chicken with black truffle and Sunflower seed, also suckling pig.

Price: ¥404

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