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'Very moreish with cranberry and cherry and a mandarin-like zesty twist to the fruit'

New Recruits 2017

While several trips a month to continental Europe may seem glamourous, often times it’s anything but. Languedoc in February, the sun is shining, but high on the hills of Faugeres, or Pic St Loup, it is colder than cold. Bordeaux in March, the height of their wet season, you will find yourself splodging through the fertile soils of the vineyards. Northern Spain any time before May is identical to the micro-climate of the Irish midlands. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

We stick to a specific algorithm at Wines Direct when it comes to sourcing wines. We meet the winemaker, we walk their lands, and we taste the wine before it comes to Ireland. We research areas and vineyards for months before we visit, and as relationships between our current winemakers get stronger, we blithely take recommendations from them.

We whittled down the potential new recruits to 15 wines that ticked all our boxes. Vibrant, dynamic, small – batch wines from family run vineyards are what we look for. Wines which have character and a story to tell, and can take you on a journey. While many of the wines come from vineyards we have been working with for many years, Bolmida’s Frales or Ricard's Tasciaca to name a few, we have some new names to add to the list, and we’re delighted to share them all with you.

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  1. Domaine de Millet

    Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc

    Laurence Deche

  2. Pedral

    Palomino, Godello

    Valdeorras DO, Spain

  3. Olivares Rosado

    Grenacha, Monastrell

    Jumilla DOP, Spain

  4. Alkoomi Riesling



  5. Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copines'

    Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay

    Vin de France, France

  6. Le Petit Courselle 'Les Copains'

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah

    Vin de France, France

  7. Domaine d'Antugnac

    Pinot Noir

    Haute Vallee de l’Aude, France

  8. Bajondillo

    Syrah, Grenacha Tinta

    Méntrida DO, Spain

  9. Montelaguna Roble


    Ribera del Duero DO, Spain

  10. Fattoria Montellori Caselle

    Sangiovese, Syrah

    Chianti, Italy

  11. Bancal del Bosc

    Grenache, Syrah

    Montsant DO, Spain

  12. Castellari Bergaglio Gavi Fornaci


    Gavi DOCG, Italy

  13. Chateau d'Antugnac 'Terres Amoureuses'


    Limoux, France

  14. Bolmida Frales

    Nebbiolo, Barbera

    Langhe DOC, Italy

  15. Domaine Ricard ‘TASCIACA’

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Touraine Chenonceaux AOC, France

  16. Les Truffieres Chardonnay


    Vin de France, France

  17. Chateau La Baronne - Le Grenache Gris de Jean

    Grenache Gris

    Vin de France, France

  18. Colutta.


    Friuli DOC, Italy

    Special Price €27.80 Regular Price €29.20
  19. Bret Brothers ‘ÉPHÉMÈRE’


    Mâcon-Villages AOC, France

    • 2015
    • Rating:
      80% of 100
  20. Chateau La Baronne - Las Vals Blanc


    Pay d'Hauterie IGP, France

  21. Chateau MacCarthy - 2014

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

    Saint Estèphe A/C, France

  22. Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups 'Triple Zero'

    Chenin Blanc

    Montlouis Petillant, France

  23. Bret Brothers 'Clos de Grand Peres'


    Macon Vinzelles 'Clos de Grand Peres' A/C , France

    • 2015
    • Rating:
      90% of 100
  24. Quinta Do Crasto Colheita Port

    Old Vines (several grape varieties)

    Porto, Portugal

  25. Clos des Jacobins

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

    Saint-Emillion Grand Cru, France

  26. Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste - 2012

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

    Pauillac A/C, France

    Special Price €76.56 Regular Price €87.50
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