Sommelier's Selection - 12 Bottle
Sommeliers know the secrets of their wine list and this impressive case holds six of them from Michelin Star restaurants around the country that we work with. These are the wines that Ireland's top sommeliers are recommending to diners in restaurants such as L'Ecrivain, Aniar and Patrick Guilbaud's. They certainly won't let your home dining experience down either and ther are three remarkable reds and three wonderful whites to cover all your courses. With free delivery too, there's no reason you can't have a five star night in at home this month.
2 x DOMAINE CHARAVIN RASTEAU
Cotes du Rhone Villages A/C, France
Carignan, Mourvedre, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah
"Powerful, foursquare ripe forest fruits with plenty of chewy tannins. One to savour with robust red meat dishes. "
John Wilson, The Irish Times
2 x BROGLIA GAVI DE GAVI
Gavi de Gavi DOC, Italy
"This is one of those more complex Gavi wines, and is proof of the correctness of what many wine snobs felt was the odd elevation of Gavi to a DOCG, the very top of the Italian rating. Served at the Vatican and at Italian embassies, it deserves a place in your fridge."
Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post
2 x CHATEAU GRAND CHAMPS
St Emilion Grand Cru A/C, France
Merlot, Cab Franc
It also comes from an outstanding vintage, bursting with ripe violet flavours with a vanilla edge.
2 x STEFANO ACCORDINI RIPASSO
Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, Italy
Corvinone, Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella
"Intense, spicy, plummy with new oak. Bright and well focused. Tart and crisp with cherry flavours."
***** Best Valpolicella Ripasso, Decanter Magazine
2 x BRANDL ZOBING GRUNER VELTLINER
"Attractive ripe fruit - melon, red apple on nose, apricot; peach on palate. Really moreish. Sort of how you wished unoaked Chardonnay would taste."
Martin Moran (MW), The Sunday Times
2 x DOMAINE FELINES JOURDAN PIQUEPOULE
Picpoul de Pinet A/C, France
"Flavours of apples and pears with a touch of lemon and lime - all you would expect from picpoul. Energising minerality and a pleasing, classy presence."
Ernie Whalley, The Sunday Times
Bodegas as Laxas has been family owned and run since its creation in 1863. It is located in the Condado de Tea area of the Rías Baixas region, on the terraced banks of the Padre Miño river giving it the perfect southern exposure. Lots of intense sunshine, tempered by mild, humid Atlantic winds, are ideal viticulture conditions.
Rías Baixas DO only started in 1980 and Bodegas as Laxas was one of the first wineries to be awarded the status of DO. The land required for Albariño is low-lying, generally not higher than 300 metres, close to the sea and on the bank of a river which allows for the perfect Atlantic influences to effect the growth. These climactic features and the topography of the land provide the Albariño grape with its very aromatic and fresh characteristics. Excellent location, a tradition of winemaking handed down over many generations and a fully modern winery combine to produce a stellar Albariño.
Val Do Sosego
A south-facing terraced landscape overlooking the River Miño, our vines are exposed to the humid, warm Atlantic winds and intense sunlight that capriciously caress the aristocratic Albariño fruit, in these lands generous with plenty. In Arbo stand the triple stone cross and an original Celtic votive tower in the parish. It is well worth visiting the tower and ruins in Fornelos (XII cent.), the Barreiro country mansion (XVI cent.), the Romanesque apse of the Church of San Pedro de Crescentes (XIII cent.) and the chapel and remains of the Albeos monastery