Ten of the best bottles in our Sale


Jonathan Pugh is published each day in The Daily Mail
As our Summer Sale goes live, we pick out 10 of the most interesting bottles in our Sale – from cult Napa Cabernet to a Loire legend’s Jurançon

2013 Mondeuse, Le Pied de Barme, Domaine Saint-Germain, Savoie

This little-known grape is one of the oldest varieties of Savoie – a region south of the Jura. It seemed to be on its way out in the early 2000s, but is on the rise again now – with plantings in Etna and California, as well as Savioe. This example punches well above its price-point, offering amazing complexity – with earthy spice joining red berry fruit. (Now £11.17, 20% off)

2016 Pinot Noir, Sonnenberg, Eymann, Pfalz, Germany

While we don’t see much of it in the UK, Germany is the third largest producer of Pinot Noir (known locally as Spätburgunder) in the world. This example comes from Vincent Eymann in the Pfalz, an exciting young winemaker who has recently taken over the family business. The fruit for this wines comes from a single plot of old vines, farmed – like all the family’s vineyards – biodynamically. The result is elegant and impressive Pinot that rivals bottles from the Côte d’Or. (Now £19.20, 40% off)

2015 Domaine Gauby, Muntada, Côtes Catalanes

Gérard Gauby is something of an icon in the world of wine – a producer who championed biodynamics and minimal additions before it was fashionable, and proved the potential of the Roussillon’s rugged landscape. This – his top cuvée – is a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, that combines old-vine intensity with high-altitude freshness and herbal complexity. (Now £43.40, 30% off)

2011 Jurançon Moëlleux, Les Jardins de Babylone, Didier Dagueneau

Didier Dagueneau – the legendary Loire producer – set out to make a sweet wine in 2002, working with an under-valued area, Babylone, at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Jurançon. This rich wine, made with Petit Manseng, offers rich stone-fruit – apricot and peach – with layers of caramel and citrus, balanced by zesty acidity. Intense and complex, this is a wine to linger over after dinner. (Now £60.80, 20% off)

2015 Odyssée, Pierre Graffeuille

Pierre Graffeuille is the director of Domaines Delon – which includes Léoville Las Cases, Clos du Marquis and Nenin. On the side, he makes this remarkable wine – a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Left Bank of Bordeaux, with 40% Grenache and 12% Syrah from the Rhône. It’s a throwback to the days when Bordeaux regularly blended Rhône wines in to add colour and flavour to thin wines from the region. The result combines the class of classic Claret with the richly fruited core of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (Now £27.02, 30% off)

2017 Hewitson Gun Metal Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia

Dean Hewitson is based in the heart of the Barossa Valley, but also works with fruit from the nextdoor Eden Valley. This thrilling dry Riesling comes from an exception single vineyard that here has produced an exceptionally mineral example – almost reminiscent of its namesake “Gun Metal”. Aromas of honey and jasmine are joined by pear and spice, while the palate is long and immensely refreshing. (Now £11.97, 40% off)

1989 Château Gruaud Larose, St Julien, Bordeaux

It’s not every day that you can snap up truly mature Classed Growth Claret. This classic St Julien from Second Growth property Gruaud Larose from the opulent 1989 vintage is at its very best now, offering layers of spicy complexity, tobacco and dark berry fruit alongside its now-mellowed tannins. (Now £116.20, 30% off)

2014 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, Domaine Digioia-Royer

This little-known domaine based in Chambolle-Musigny produces some amazing and elegant expressions of Burgundy terroir. This humble Bourgogne Rouge comes from a single plot of old vines (planted in the 1950s), whose high-altitude site brings vibrant acidity and a real sense of energy to the wine. With aromas of dark berry fruit and a nice tannic grip, this will evolve further over the next five years. (Now £17.46, 30% off)

2014 Eisele Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

The Eisele Vineyard was first planted back in the 1880s. Over the years, a who’s who of California wine worked with fruit from the site – Robert Mondavi, Ridge’s Paul Draper and Joseph Phelps. In 1990 the Araujo family purchased the vineyard and started bottling wine under their own name, rapidly becoming one of Napa’s cult names. The 2014 was a drought year, meaning the wine particularly intense, yet it still manages to stay fresh – with florals and spice joining the plush, pure berry fruit. (Now £315.00, 30% off)

2015 Langhe Nebbiolo, Vigna Rionda, Ester Canale Rosso, Piedmont

This is not your average Langhe Nebbiolo. Davide Rosso owns one hectare of the prestigious Vigna Rionda site – possibly Barolo’s best vineyard – and uses the young-vine plots for this cuvée. The result has balance and complexity that many Baroli dream of. A nose full of dainty fruit leads to a cool palate with amazing poise, delicate yet powerful tannins and spicy complexity. (Now £51.90, 40% off)

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