With roughly four thousand wines in our portfolio, it can be daunting challenge locating the perfect wine from our list. Tasting from barrel gives us an idea of how a wine is going to develop, and blind tastings such as Southwold and the Burgfest as well as on-going staff tastings can help us see a wine’s progression. It’s hard work – but someone’s got to do it… Of our recent forays into our portfolio, two wines stood out, and far from being exotic, discovery regions, they are from two of France’s old guard, Pomerol and Meursault. When it comes to fine wine, terroir is all important and you just can’t beat the classic regions of France for the perfect mix of complex soils and marginal climate.
Martelet de Cherisey was established in 1811, Helene Martelet today represents the 5th generation. However, Helene only started bottling the Domaine’s wines under its own label in 2000, so for now they fly under most people’s radar. We think there is enormous untapped potential. Their brilliant wine-growing, 60 year old vines and the special terroir of Blagny make for wines that are racy, intense, complex and classical. They are the only domaine situated in the Blagny commune, where the altitude is high and the soil poor. For decades negociants have been leasing land and buying grapes here to improve their Meursault blends and now there are a whole host of top domaines who have recognised this potential and are voraciously buying up land here. We are delighted to offer their 2008 Meursault Blagny, La Genelotte 1er Cru - a moreish blend of minerals crushed stones and a nutty richness, characterful racy and deep this is fresh as a daisy, laden with personality, energy and complexity
Clos l’Eglise was purchased by Sylvaine Garcin Cathiard (the sister of Daniel Cathiard of Smith Haut Lafitte) in 1997. The estate is now managed by Sylvaine’s daughter, Helene Garcin Levesque who is assisted by consultant oenologist, Dr Alain Raynaud. The 5.9 hectares of clay and gravel dominated vineyards are surrounded by the likes of Chateau L’Eglise Clinet, Chateau Trotanoy and Chateau Clinet. For those not au fait with the wines of this estate, they are generally brooding and powerful when tasted from barrel, but with a few years in bottle, the wines transform into classic, seductive Pomerols, oozing charm and class. We tasted the 2008 last week and all agreed that it is quite approachable now with its plump core of cassis and elegant leafy, earthy notes, but will no doubt reward further cellaring. Neal Martin is also a fan…
‘The Clos l’Eglise 2008 is taut, backward and earthy on the nose, adorned with black rather than red fruit with some oak to be absorbed. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry. There is a fine bead of acidity here, rounded with clean dark cherry and cassis fruit. Although this is a little linear at the moment, it should blossom into a seriously fine Pomerol. 93/100’. – www.erobertparker.com
We were so taken with these two, that we have decided to offer a September Special, with a 20% discount on the Martelet de Cherisey Meursault Blagny, La Genelotte 1er Cru 2008 (normal price £460/12) and a 10% discount on the Clos l’Eglise 2008 (normal price £260/6). Prices will revert to their pre offer prices on the 1st of October.