(2021) This a monopole vineyard is on a north-east facing slope of clay over limestone, planted 40 years ago. It does not see any oak. Pale green-gold, the aromas are crisp and stoney-mineral flecked, some creamy yeastiness, and just a suggestion of peachy ripeness to the fruit. The palate has a pithy streak of lemon and underripe apple that is dry and succulent, but there's a prettiness to this to offset the nervous acid thrust.
(2021) What a lovely wine, tertiary notes of sous bois and incense delicately woven through cherry fruit. From the Savigny and Pommard communes, and aged part in tank and part in 20% new oak barriques, the wood sits lightly but supports the dry cherry and cranberry fruit very nicely, tannins and good acid adding a bit of heft and the finish is spicy, intense and balanced.
(2021) Feom gravelly slopes north of Marsannay. Quite meaty, dense and earthy, gamy aromas dominate here, but as it opens in the glass a little more floral and red fruit character comes through. Onto a palate of sweet and fleshy plum fruit, spices too, in a rich, deep style of Burgundy, chocolaty tannins adding to the plushness and concentrated depth of the wine. Lacks a little of the Château de Meursault's charm, but a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.
(2021) A very attractive rendition of Muscat this, not lacking in the distinctively floral and nettle freshness of the varietal aromas, but with plenty of crunchy, vivid, bone-dry apple fruit and a great searing core of citrus acidity that drives the finish with a bit of real personality. Quite full bodied, it's a long and powerful wine, finishing punchy and pithy.
(2021) A fine follow-up to the 2018 for this blend of very old vine Grenache Blanc and Gris, appearing under the 'Field of the Bee' label as the fruit comes from Jean-Marc Lafage's vineyard, rather than one owned by Domaine of the Bee. The four months a small proportion of the wine spent in barrel is barely discernable aromatically, as the floral, spice and powerful citrus and melon rind fruit notes dominate, a hint of exotic mango in there too. The oak adds a touch of vanilla and warming toasty in the background of the expansive palate, the rich texture and intense concentration giving definition and weight, to a still fresh and vibrant wine, but one with a bit of grippy, spicy structure. £12.80 for Bee Club members.
(2021) I came over all Arthurian drinking this, "Made in the Realm of Albion," as it says on the label. Domaine of the Bee have teamed up with Ridgeview in Sussex to make this wine for them, for fruit Bee owner Justin Howard-Sneyd selected, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Very fine on the nose, with a suggestion of ripe fruit, but plenty of creamy, bready, autolytic character, Cox's pippin apples and zestiness. In the mouth that nutty, nicely developed apple fruitiness again, a bit of breadth and fruit sweetness to this, before the balanced finish where the acidity runs like rapier cut, but always softened by the fruit and creamy lees ageing into the finish. Club members can buy at £28.00
(2021) Cadman describe this as 'quintessential Chianti Classico Riserva,' and I could not argue with that: the Imberti family have invested heavily and replanted solely with Sangiovese in the 1990s, and the rewards are apparent. 100% Sangiovese, it spent two years in oak, and the nose shows a sonorous, smooth, deep pool of black fruit edged with Sandalwood spices and a little bloody, gamy character rich with tobacco. Sweet, sweet and plush black fruit positevly caresses the palate, that elegance of violet and chocolate book-ending the fruit, silky tannins and poised, graceful acidity. Terrific stuff.
(2021) Hush Heath's Kent vineyards boast not only the three major Champagne grapes, but three more out of the seven varieties allowed in Champagne. As well as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Les Sixes includes 13.5% Pinot Blanc, 8.5% Arbane and 3.5% Petite Meslier. A 2014 vintage, it has spent five years on lees. A good crop of small, streaming bubbles in the glass, the nose has Cox's pippin and biscuit on the nose, plenty of creamy autolysis, then a surge of sweet, ripe and mouth-filling fruit on the palate. Theres terrific zing and juiciness here, tangy and sparky lemon zest acidity, but a punchy peach and nectarine on the mid-palate blends into the sharply-def8ned, crisp finish.
(2021) A terrifically peachy, nectarine scented wine, touched lightly by oatmeal and almond, but ripe and verging on the tropical. The palate too has a surge of juicy, pulpy nectarine and mango, luscious and mouth-watering, then orange acidity cuts through the sweetness, a nice weight and texture creamy into the finish, which is tangy and juicy, but still highlighting that deliciously ripe fruit. This might be too 'New World' in style for some purists, but what a lovely wine.
(2021) From old bush vines, this is fermented in layers of whole bunches and destemmed fruit, matured in a combination of oak and concrete tanks. Elegant ruby colour, fabulous fragrance again, real spice and a natural feeling earthiness in the background, great fruit sweetness, and a lusciousness here balanced by very fine structure indeed.