WHOLESALE LIST

All of these wines are produced by small growers who make wines that we find exciting, vibrant and delicious. In general they are at the very least organic, rely on natural yeasts for fermentation with minimal additions in the cellar, sometimes none. The list is subject to change. All prices ex VAT.

COTEAUX D’ANCENIS, LOIRE

JACQUES FEVRIER, LE RAISIN A PLUME

Jacques Fevrier is a former sommelier who spent time working around the world with conventional and then natural wine and falling in love with the latter, decided it was time to make them himself. He chose Oudon, not the most fashionable of locations, but a place where the terroir was varied, there were quite a few varieties to work with and he could afford to actually buy some land. He’s a thoughtful, skilled winemaker making understated wines that reveal themselves to be packed with personality - a rising star of the Loire. Soils of schiste and granite bring a freshness to the fruit, all wines are unfiltered, unfined and without additions. Wines of real character and honesty from a winemaker who is really getting into his groove. 

D'EST EN OUEST 2022 £17

A lovely Petillant Naturel produced from a direct press of 100% Cabernet Franc, Aromatic, with delicious crunchy pink fruit and fine bubbles. Jacques doesn't make much, so it's a joy to have just a few bottles in the country. 

LE MOULIN 2022 £15.50

75% Melon 25% Sauvignon. Usually a direct press of Melon, in 2022, Jacques had low yields on his white grapes and decided to blend the his macerated Sauvignon in,.Pouring a golden amber, It's given the wine a lovely balance of fleshy round texture with the bouncy aromatics of the Sauvignon, very fresh, aromatic and more stable than previous vintages. 

PGM 2022 £16.50

The return of Jacques' lovely Pinot Gris, given a shorter 7 days on the skins whole bunch it's aromatic, fresh and lively, with plenty of stone fruit and a little tannin too balance the aromatics. Consistently a favourite. 

PATIS DES ROSIERS 2022 £14.50

100% Gamay from the mineral soils of Ancenis. Given around 15 days on the skins whole bunch, before ageing in fibreglass. As always exceptional value, lush with silky fruit, but with a lovely tension and backbone to it. 

A BOUT 2020 £15.50

Abouriou is a rare varietal, native to this region. In 2020 Jacques took a different approach to this varietal giving it just a two day whole bunch maceration to create a lighter style of this variety, which related to merlot. It has lovely wild dusty fruit, a touch of structure and plenty of length

A BOUT 2021 £16

Because of the frost and mildew in this vintage, Jacques did not have many grapes, so he chose to blend the Abouriou with his Cabernet Franc, Giving a short maceration it's created a delicious light, soft red with silky tannins and plenty of wild black fruit.

ANJOU, LOIRE

CEDRIC GARREAU, GARO’VIN

Cedric Garreau farms 3 hectares of vines around Beaulieu-sur-Layon in Anjou and is not keen on expanding any further as he prefers to do everything himself (aside from the help with picking at the harvest). He is quiet and measured in his approach and this is reflected in his wines, structured, elegant, they speak for themselves. He farms organically, using biodynamic methods, the only sulfites used are to clean the barrels.

SOMNAMBULLES BLANC 2022 £17

100% Chenin Blanc from a single parcel on black schiste. The grapes are pressed direct and the juice is bottled just at the right moment before sugars have finished to give bubbles in bottle. Cedric always gives his Petillants a year on the lees in bottle before disgorgement. This has a beautiful line of acidity, bright fruit and is dripping with minerals, a genuinely gastronomic Pet Nat. 

LULU BERLUE 2022 £13.50

A delight to have this charming red wine back in stock. Cabernet Franc & Grolleau Noir, given a carbonic maceration for a couple of weeks, before pressing off and ageing in cuve. Bright with dark fruit, this is a brilliant bistro wine, nimble, lithe and perfect served with a light chill. 

METISSE 2020 £14.50 

A lovely blend of ⅔ Cab Franc ⅓ Cab sauv, planted at southern exposure. He destems the fruit and gives three weeks of maceration before ageing in old barrels. , 2020 was a pretty stellar year and while sunny had a little more rain later on than the very dry 2019 - giving a lush wine full of silky dark fruit and sultry tannins.

SOLERA NV £24 (500ML)

A rare jewel, an unsulfited sweet wine from one of the historic homes of the style. Cedric picks the botrytis fruit from each vintage, pressed and ages in barrel, topping up every year in a solar style. Pure, sweet but with amazing acidity it is a delicious wine to serve with dessert or cheese. Incredibly stable, a bottle can be open for weeks. 

ANJOU, LOIRE

VINS HODGSON, RABLAY SUR-LAYON

In a bid to become a wine writer Kenji Hodgson moved from British Columbia to Japan to do an internship at a winery in Japan where he luckily fell in with a winemaker trying to work more naturally and first tried some french natural wines. On his return to Canada he met Mai in Vancouver who had been working in vineyards and together after a period working vineyards in British Columbia they moved to the Loire to immerse themselves in the natural wine scene, the production and the people. At first the intention was to move back to Canada and buy vines, but they couldn’t afford the land, so winemaker mentor Mark Angeli suggested buying a parcel in Anjou. They never went back.. All of the wines are produced without additions, they have a rigour and attention to detail that is second to none. Inspiring people making inspiring wines. These are long-lasting true wines of terroir and really they reward cellaring. 

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ANJOU, LOIRE

SIMON ROUILLARD

Simon Rouillard is a producer recently installed in Anjou, after spending a number of years working with some brilliant producers -  Domaine De La Tournelle, Phillip Bornard & Babass to name a few. He has found two hectares of old vines in Anjou, which require a lot of work and replanting, plus he is planting new parcels of Grolleau & Chenin. In order to supplement this work and help him set up, he has been making some negociant wine from fruit bought from friends in the area. From 2022 though, all his wines are from his own fruit.

LES CORPS DU SCHISTE 2021 £18

100% Chenin blanc. After a long wait it is a pleasure to have some white wine from Simon. This from 2021 is a white he gave extended elevage in barrel to bring roundness and depth to the wine. It is complex, layered and very pure. Will also age wonderfully.

LAISSE ALLER, C'EST UN VALSE 2021 £15.50 

Grolleau noir 60% and Pinot noir 40%, both from the Fresche estate in La Pommeraye (49). Christine and Alain Boré have been growing their vines organically since 2000. 12 Days of maceration in whole bunches, light extraction with feet. This has lovely crunchy black fruit, with the bright Pinot Noir shining through the most. 

APRES LA PLUIE 2022 £15.50

100% Grolleau. In 2022 the fruit was of particularly good quality so Simon have the grapes a slightly longer maceration giving more intensity of fruit but still with the bright weightless tannins we have come to expect from his wines. 

MINUIT 2021 £18.50 / MAGNUM £38

In the disastrous vintage of 2021 Simon put all his estate fruit into one wine. it's Gamay 70%, Chenin 20%, Grolleau Noir 10%. The grapes were co-fermented for 8 days together in whole bunches, with a light foot-pressing, then aged in tank. It has lovely dark red fruit, but is bright and complex too. An exciting, delicious wine that points to a bright future for this young winemaker. We got just 60 bottles and 6 magnums. Drinking very well. 

SAUMUR, LOIRE

FABIEN PÉRREARD, LE NADIR

After spending a few years travelling the world and creating images as a graphic designer. Fabien Perreard was inspired to become a winemaker and follow the path of the new artisanal winemaking scene of Anjou.

In 2018 and 2019 he studied and worked in the wineyards of Saumur: first with Jean-Pierre Chevallier - Chateau de Villeneuve (Souzay), and then with Matthieu Vallée - Chateau Yvonne (Parnay) as well as Aymeric Hillaire - Domaine Mélaric (Puy Notre Dame).

In 2020 he got 1 ha of chenin from Gil Caborderie - Domaine des Cabors in Forges, in the south-Saumurois, where the vines are cultivated in organic farming since 2012, and then I get 1 ha more of chenin/grolleau noir/cabernet franc from a vine-grower of Brossay in the same area and started the conversion to organic growing immediately. Côme Isambert has hosted Fabien in his cave in Saumur since his first vintage, offering advice and help.

He work his 2 hectares alone; a few friends would help for the tillage in spring and for the harvest in autumn. Fabien only uses a tractor for the tillage; the rest of the work is handmade. Treatments are very rarely used.  In the cellar he utilises an old wooden vertical basket press and generally ages in barrel. Usually the wine is racked only 2 times : one at the end of the fermentation and one in the end of maturation (made in barrels, fiber tanks and inox tanks). Always without additions.

OCTOBRE 2020 £13.80

50% Cabernet Franc from Brossay, 50% Grolleau from Forges. The grapes were macerated gently whole bunch for ten days and then aged in barrel for eight months. Bright and light on it’s feet this is brimming with wild herbaceous fruit. 

SAMUR, LOIRE

CÔME ISAMBERT,

Côme Isambert is a brilliant winemaker who produces miniscule quantities in his cellar under a Chateau in Saumur (formerly a mushroom factory.) He vinifies part time, also working as a teacher.. He has worked in wine and the organic sector for 12 years, including time working under Eric Dubois at Clos Cristal, in Austria with Christian Tschida (allegedly pushing him into working more naturally…)  He started making his own wines in 2013, buying only organic fruit from suppliers he know who are producing good quality grapes on chalke and schiste. Grapes are always hand-harvested in boxes, with no pumping of the juice, fermentations tend to be slow because of the coolness of the caves where the barrels are kept. Recently Côme has started to work with apples, quince & pears from Normandy, other soft fruit like raspberries plus occasionally.. Carrots.

COSMOBULLES 2020 £15

This delicious Petillant is produced from a blend of all the Loire red varietals, pressed direct and given a long ageing of over two years in bottle before disgorgement by hand. It's aromatic, dry and has a very long finish, a perfect aperitif, but also a sparkling wine with length and depth. 

CHENIN BLANC X PINEAU D'AUNIS 2021 £16.50

The second iteration of this unusual, delicious blend of direct press Chenin Blanc & Pineau d'Aunis. Aged in barrel it has a wonderful texture, with acidity and minerality from the Chenin and just a hint of the herbal aromatics and pink fruit of the Aunis. A rare jewel. 11%

CABERNIN 2021 £16

This year's Cabernin is a blend of direct press Chenin, Cabernet Franc and some Chardonnay which had a short maceration on the skins. The chardonnay adds a roundness and fleshy texture to the minerality of the Chenin and savoury notes of the Cabernet Franc. Another delicious one-off from a singular winemaker. 

CHIMERE BLANCHE 2020 £9.50

Chimère blanche 2020 Blend of pears ( 80 %) vinified for Perry with grapes of chardonnay and sauvignon blanc (20%), according soft tannins, aromas of pear and acidity of the two fruits. Aged 12 months in fiberglass tank. Has sediment from the perry, can be decanted if wished. Unique and wonderful expression of the symbiosis between these fruits. Clocks in at a brisk 8%

GRIMACE ROSE 2021 £17.50

The third iteration of Grimace, from the cool 2021 vintage. A shorter maceration of three weeks on the skins has given a wine pouring a beautiful pale pink, with lovely pink fruit and a refreshing acidity. A delicious, delicate rose. 

ONOMATOPEE 2021 £14.50

Always a favourite from Côme, produced from free run juice, the 2021 version is a blend of Gamay & Grolleau Noir, similar in character to the 2019. Bright, aromatic and very juicy.

LITTLE ROBIN 2020 £15.50

We managed to pick up a few more cases of this beautiful blend of Grolleau Noir, Pineau d'Aunis, Gamay & Cabernet Franc. It's drinking beautifully right now, with soft, silky tannins, bright red fruit and a little structure from the Cabernet.

50 CENT 2020 £12 

50% Pear 50% Apple. Picked riper than previous years this is rounded and broad, dry but with lovely chalky fruit. Delicious on its own or with cheese.  

L’ÉPHÉMÈRE #9 £10

A delicious wild-fermented beer produced in collaboration with the Hula Hoop brewery, Pear must, Quince was added to the mash. Refreshing & fruity!

BERRIE, LOIRE 

FRANCOIS SAINT-LO, RUE DES BELLES CAVES

In troglodyte caves deep in Berrie, near Saumur, François Saint-Lo runs the Rue Des Belles Caves. Working in restaurants & wine bars he then dived headlong into winemaking, learning with producers like Olivier Cousin & Eric Dubois.. Eventually he bought his own place near Berrie, approximately 25km south of Saumur, it was basically an ancient ruin, but has previously been used for wine production and since 2012 has been restored with the help of friends. Like his mentors François prefers to work with horses in the vineyards and all other work is done by hand. In the cellar he & the team use old barrels, fibreglass and two massive antique basket  presses that was there when he took over the place.  

LES POUCHES MACERATION 2019 £26.50

100% Chenin Blanc. A remarkable wine, from the dry, warm 2019 vintage. The grapes were given the usual 14 days of whole bunch maceration, then pressed very slowly before putting straight into barrel. Because of the warmer vintage, they gave the juice a full 30 months in barrel before bottling and ageing the bottles for a year before release.

It's powerful and ripe with incredible depth to the fruit, length and texture. Drinking well now, but will also no doubt age wonderfully.

LES POUCHES 2020 £24.50

100% Chenin Blanc. For the first time in a while, a direct press Chenin Blanc from François and it's well worth waiting for. 2020 was a generous vintage and he set aside some Chenin to press direct - slowly as always, they press in their huge basket press through the night, as slowly as possible. The wine was put into barrel for over two years before bottling and release in 2023.

It has a lovely texture and is full of minerals, fruit and spice, drinking well, but well worth holding on to for a good few years..

LES POUCHES MACERATION 2021 £24.50 MAGNUM £50

100% Chenin Blanc. In 2021 he gave the grapes as usual around two weeks of whole bunch maceration, before pressing slowly in a huge antique basket press. A cooler vintage where fermentations were quick, this is already showing beautifully. Pouring a golden yellow it's saline and mineral with lovely aromatics, a real treat. We have a few Magnums..

HEY GG! 2021 £18 

100% Grolleau Gris given a twenty day maceration. After the popularity of this wine last year it is a pleasure to have this wine back in stock. The pale pink colour belies the depth of fruit of this wine with incredibly precise aromatics and a lot of pink fruit. Drinking beautifully! 9.5%

HEY GG! 2022 £18.50

100% Grolleau Gris given a twenty day maceration. A deeper pink than last year, this is a delicious bright rose, with beautiful pink fruit like blood orange and grapefruit. Perfect for spring!

HEY GRO! 2020 £15

100% Grolleau Noir, given a twenty day maceration. The process is the same as for Hey GG. This Gro has just a touch more structure and elegance, though and is wonderfully ripe for just 10% abv. 

HEY GRO 2021 £18 / £40

As always this is 100% Grolleau Noir, given a gentle maceration for around two weeks. In this cooler vintage, it has produced a remarkably open, fruity and rounded wine clocking in at just 8.5%!

HEY GRO! 2022 £18.50

100% Grolleau Noir. Bloody, juicy and full of fruit, this is just the thing for aperitif, or with a plate of charcuterie. Low in alcohol but big in flavour as usual!

UNIS 2022 £22.50 / MAGNUM £47

100% Pineau d'Aunis. The parcel sits on the same plot as the old vine Bois Guyon Cabernet Franc. This vintage pours a beautiful pale red and screams with pretty red fruits and white pepper. A classic!

HEY GAMIN! 2021 £19

100% Gamay from a tiny 0.3 hectare parcel. They give the grapes a 20 day whole bunch maceration before pressing slowly and then ageing in fibreglass. In the cool 2021 vintage, this has brought a light, expressive wine reminiscent of a poulsard from the Jura, bright, effervescent and full of minerals and fruit!

HEY GAMIN! 2022 £22.50

100% Gamay from a tiny 0.3 hectare parcel. As usual they gave the grapes a 20 day whole bunch maceration before pressing slowly. For the first time though, it was aged in barrel rather than fibreglass, giving a silky, sumptous texture to the bright red fruit. Perhaps our favourite vintage of this wine to date, we don't expect it to hang around too long..

LES PALENNES 2019 £22.50

100% Cabernet Franc from 60-70 year old vines. Always very expressive in it’s youth, this has wonderful length and very vibrant fruit. A dry, warm vintage has brought a wine of concentration and depth that is built to age and is drinking wonderfully now. 

LES PALENNES 2020 £24.50

100% Cabernet Franc from 60-70 year old vines on limestone, given a two week whole bunch maceration. In this warm vintage, this is full of bright dark fruit, with a savoury edge, a really elegant expression of the varietal that is drinking very well already, but as with all of his Cabernet's will age wonderfully.

LE BOIS GUYON 2019 £22.50

100% Cabernet Franc from vines between 80-90 years old. Whole bunch maceration for around two weeks. Wonderfully ripe fruit, with a lovely herbaceous note, this is already drinking really well, though will age wonderfully.

LE BOIS GUYON 2020 £24.50 MAGNUM £50

100% Cabernet Franc from vines between 80-90 years old. Whole bunch maceration for around two weeks. The 2020 has silky tannins, with pure black fruit and a distinct minerality. Drinking well already, but experience tells us it will age beautifully.

BERRIE,

ROMUALD & STEPHANIE SAUVAGE, CLOS DES FOLIES

We came across Clos Des Folies through Francois Saint-Lo on a visit there. Romuald & Stephanie have worked in vineyards for 23 years, beginning with Jo Pithon, Francois Poirel and then Olivier Cousin. They took on this domaine in 2014, 2.5 hectares of Cabernet Franc & Grolleau, most of the vines being 60-70 years old. Their son works in the cellar with Francois as his assistant in the cellar, as well as with this domain. You can see the touch of what he has learnt in the wines, with incredibly purity of fruit. I was blown away when I first got to try their wines over whole lamb cooked over fire at Francois’ old cellar. Everything is done by hand with no chemicals used in the vineyard or cellar, no sulfites at all. The wines are brimming with energy - a real treat. Unfortunately there isn't a lot to go around. 

MADEMOISELLE SAUVAGE 2020 £13.50

100% Grolleau from vines over 70 years old. Whole bunch maceration for three weeks, then ageing in vat for seven months before bottling. Another wonderful vintage for what is surely one of the most elegant and fine Grolleau in the Loire. Lifted light fruit with just a touch of silky tannins, this is a vintage that will only improve in bottle. 

FOLIES ROUGE 2019  £15.50

100% Cabernet Franc from vines just over 55 years old on soils heavy in clay and limestone. They make a maceration alternating whole bunch and destemmed fruit for around three weeks, pressed off slowly then put into barrels for nine months. 

VENDOME, LOIR-SUR-CHER

ARIANE LESNE, DOMAINE DE MONTRIEUX

Ariane Lesné worked as a retailer, then a wine agent, then made the move into producing her own wines after falling in love with natural wine over a bottle of Emile Heredia’s Les Verres Des Poets in Paris.  She worked at an estate in Burgundy for 5 years, before taking the opportunity to take over the reins at Emile Heredia's estate when he put it up for sale,at the end of 2014. She worked with Emile for the first vintage, but is now ploughing her own furrow in this little appellation, one of the very few in France to have Pineau d’Aunis as it’s AOC red varietal.  She works tirelessly in the vineyards, where old vines sit in flinty topsoils with a deeper limestone bedrock, they have been without chemicals since 1999.. In recent years with loss of fruit due to frost and other factors she has supplemented the estate wines with her negociant project Goutte a Goutte; young wines of freshness and fruit. 

Goutte a Goutte: HOP HOP HOP 2020 £16.50

Produced from a direct press of 80% aunis, 10% gamay and 10% of a parcel with 8 different varietals inside (Aunis, Pinot Noir, Cab Franc, Gamay Tenturier, Gewurztraminer, Hybrids such as 54-55 & Noah.) It was bottled with zero additions in November 2020 with residual sugar remaining in the wine to finish fermentation in the bottle and give bubbles. This is the second release of the 2020 Hop Hop Hop, disgorged earlier this year and the extra lees ageing has given more complexity and finer bubbles, a very elegant sparkling wine. 

Goutte a Goutte: GAGA DE TOI ROUGE 2021 £14

100% Gamay, half from Cedric Fleury in the Vendome and half from Domaine De Cambalu, down in Francueil. A three week whole bunch maceration, then aged in tank, this has a lovely spice to the bright red fruit and enough silky tannins to go down well at the barbecue. 

Domaine De Montrieux: ITHYBOLE 2020 £17.50

100% Chenin Blanc from a tiny parcel on her estate. Pressed direct, then aged in tank only, Ariane believes this to be the best Chenin she has made. In a warm vintage, it manages to keep tension, balancing salinity with rounded green fruit. Great to have this wine back, even in small amounts.

Domaine De Montrieux: PICROCHOLE 2021 £17

100% Pineau d’Aunis. 2021 was a tough vintage and Ariane lost a lot of fruit to mildew, so decided to combine the young and old vines into one wine. The cooler vintage has provided a wine that is drinking very well already with a lovely soft texture, herbal fruit that classic white pepper finish.

Domaine De Montrieux: GRANDGOUSIER 2020 £19

This remarkable Pineau d'Aunis is made from a patch of Ariane's oldest vines which date up to 120 years old. It's given a ten week whole bunch maceration before ageing in steel for 18 months. It's a beautifully dense, haunting expression of what has to be one of the most beguiling grape varietals, alive with herbs and the hallmark white pepper. Drinking exceptionally well now, but able to age wonderfully too.

MAREUIL-SUR CHER-LOIRE

LAURENT SAILLARD

Laurent has a deep restaurant background, spending 13 years in New York, opening Balthazar, before starting his own restaurant one of the first to focus on natural wine in the city. Eventually he decided he wanted to start producing himself, moving back to France, to the Loire valley, starting, working for other growers, principally Noella Morantin, starting to make his own wines on the side, When the historic Clos Roche Blanche vineyard came up for sale, he was offered it and because he didn't want the full 13.5 hectares bought it in conjunction with Julien Pineau. Now 8 years in, he has forged his own identity, using the fruit from this beautiful vineyard, walled by forest and organic since the 90's. It hasn't been plain sailing though, with frost an increasingly difficult issue and terrible vintages like the aforementioned 2021, he bought fruit from Domaine De Cambalu in 2020, a 17 hectare organic estate just 15 minutes down the road and has continued that relationship, which has provided him with some varietals he doesn't have on the estate, like Grolleau & Pineau d'Aunis. 

LUCKY YOU! 2023 £16.50 / MAGNUM £38

As usual this is a blend of Sauvignon & Chardonnay from the Roche Blanche estate, directly pressed and aged in steel. The Sauvignon brings bright fruit, the chardonnay texture and minerality, 2023 is a classic and we have magnums and a handful of jeroboams available.

It's a delicious bright wine made for the barbecue or the table, lovely fruit and great with a light chill. 

LOIRE & CHER SAUVIGNON 2023 £13.50 / MAGNUM £32

100% Sauvignon from a neighbour growing organically. Our favourite vintage yet for this wine with a beautiful texture and ripe, but balanced fruit. A little brother to Lucky You! We also have a few magnums of this.

LA PAUSE 2023 £16.50 / MAGNUM £38

100% Gamay from the Roche Blanche estate, vines mostly 50+ years old. Laurent gave the grapes a two week whole bunch maceration, then pressed into 500l barrel and a 40hl wood vat. A really beautiful vintage for this wines with lovely silky red fruit, depth and elegance. Perfect in large format, with something grilled.

CA SE DISCUTE 2023 £14.50

50% regular Aunis/ 50% Aunis teinturier from Cambalu. The grapes are destemmed and macerated for around a week. Bright, light and juicy with beautiful aromatics and just a hint of the classic white pepper of the varietal, this is perfect spring drinking.

UN ETE PARTAGE 2023 £14.50

70% gamay/30% grolleau. Again destemmed and macerated for around a week. Silky dark red fruit, this is a beautiful blend, bright fresh and lovely lightly chilled, a great wine to reach for when the barbecue gets fired.

SYRAH / GRENACHE 2021 £12

In 2021 Laurent, like many in his immediate area was one of the worst hit by the weather of 2021, a mixture of mildew, some frost in April & hail -in August, meant he lost 90% of his crop. To survive he had to buy grapes and as they were not widely available nearby, he travelled to the south of France, where the year had been kinder. Working for the first time with Syrah & Grenache he chose to keep it simple, short macerations of both, aged in tank separately and blended before bottling.

It's a delicious bright wine made for the barbecue or the table, lovely fruit and great with a light chill. 

GRENACHE 2021 £13.50

In the disastrous vintage of 2021, where he lost 90% of the fruit on his own vineyard surface Laurent had to act quickly to make enough wine to survive. He went down to the Gard in southern France, harvested some organic Grenache from a friend’s vineyard, and drove back to the Loire narrowing beating the refrigerated truck back to his winery. The grapes were fermented for six days before being pressed off into tank for a five-month élevage. It is remarkably delicious considering he had never worked with the varietal before, all the beautiful bright fruit of the grape, but without being too candied and just a hint of crunchy tannins. Elegant and very expressive.

POUILLE, LOIRE

JULIEN PINEAU

Julien Pineau is now 7 years into his journey, having taken over the reins of Clos Roche Blanche with Laurent Saillard. 2021 was a crazy year, he moved his cellar to his house, just down the road from the vineyard, building a purpose built space. Coupled with this, 2021 was the most difficult vintage in memory, losing 90% of the fruit on the vineyard, this led Julien to purchase fruit from the south, around Provence, where he once worked. He hired a truck and took a team down to friends in the region. 

NEGOCE

*Negoce

 In the disastrous vintage of 2021, Julien lost 90% of the fruit to a mixture of mildew, frost, & hail (hailed in August!) He therefore had to buy fruit to survive - he went to the south, Provence where he had once worked. The wines are very delicious as usual.

MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN 2021 £12.50

100% Cinsault from domaine de la Providence, Lambesc, Bouche du Rhone, (south east), organic grapes. Julien rented a bus to go with harvesters to Provence to pick beautifull Cinsault. He gave the grapes a one week carbonic maceration, before pressing off and ageing in Inox. Delicious light, vibrant expression of Cinsault.

ESTATE

LES SUCETTES A L'AUNIS 2022 £17.50

100% Pineau d'Aunis given a ten day whole bunch maceration. A much better vintage than the disastrous 2021, this has lovely soft fruit and a silky structure, with lot's of herbs and just a hint of white pepper. 

COUP D'JUS 2019 £14.50

100% Cot from the Clos Roche Blanche.  In 2019 Julien reduced the maceration on the Cot giving it just a week with very little extraction, aged 25% in barrel and 75% in inox tank. All the lovely dark red berry fruit you expect from the varietal but without the jammy heavy tannins you might expect from the varietal. Brilliant expression of the grape from very beautiful terroir.

COUFFY, LOIRE

CHRISTOPHE FOUCHER, LA LUNOTTE

La Lunotte is ran by the enigmatic Christophe Foucher, making very clean, pure and delicious wines always without additions in his tiny Chai in Couffy, near the Touraine river. He is permanently relaxed and certainly enjoys a good time, but his winemaking is very, very precise and farming impeccable. He’s been here since 2002 when he gave up work as an engineer and teacher. All of his wines are bottled without sulphur and are unfiltered and unfined. Vineyard work is led by 20 yers of experience, beyond organic, some biodynamic practises, he stopped spraying copper in 2018. Christophe is a master and we’re so happy to bring his wines to the UK.

HAUTS PLESSIS 2022 £15

100% Menu Pineau from 80+ year old vines. This rare varietal is prized locally and makes unique wines with a distinct minerality and focus. Christophe's is one of our favourite examples. Starting to drink well, but will be a wonder with a little bottle age.

 LA FLOU 2022 £16

100% Cabernet Franc. A wine that's made in tiny quantities from a small parcel of Cabernet Franc. In 2022 he kept it simple, destemming the fruit and letting it macerate for a few weeks before ageing in tank. It's a beautifully open wine, bright with dark autumnal fruit, satin-like tannins and wonderful depth. Perfect with a wintery stew. Will also age wonderfully.