Our 61 Reserve Claret is produced for us by father and son team, Paul and Cédric Valade. The family has been farming this 30 hectare estate in the Cote de Castillon since 1878. Their philosophy is simple: hard work and lots of it. Cédric’s is passionate about his soils and creating the best conditions for viticulture. Healthy soils equals healthy vines and gives the best chance to harvest ripe and healthy fruit. The assemblage is predominantly Merlot with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, producing a wine with lots of up-front fruit, Bordeaux character and juicy, fruit-coated tannins. It is a wine to drink and enjoy young, but has all the structure and class to age and develop for 5-8 years.
The design and selection of our House range is quite literally, an ongoing project. Tastings are numerous and rigorous; our aim is to find wines that we believe are both representative of their origins and that have an extra quality over and above our competitors' equivalents. Wines that do not continue to produce the quality we expect we de-list. Our current house list represents a selection of old favourites, 61 Reserve Claret, Pomerol, Sarcey and 250th Cuvee Champagnes and Directors Tawny. Alongside these is our newest label, our House Red Burgundy which has been praised time and again by clients and press alike. It is a real filip to our range and now comes from one of the great names in the Côte-de-Nuits. With grapes from in-and-around the villages of Vosne and Nuits it is utterly pure and refined red burgundy at a price that simply cannot be beaten.