Highly Rec­om­mended

(con­tin­ued) 90–94pts


Baudry-Du­tour, Amaran­the, Chi­non 2017 92 JB 94 CK 92 BL 89


www.baudry-du­tour.fr Lime­stone, red­cur­rant and red cherry aro­mas. Lightly creamy fruit, black cherry, graphite tex­ture and cas­sis. Tan­nins ripe but fruit seems a lit­tle muted on the fin­ish, which has a touch of al­mond paste. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 13%

Do­maine de la Cotelleraie, Le Vau Jau­mier, St-Ni­co­las de Bour­gueil 2016 92 JB 94 CK 91 BL 90


www.do­maine-cotelleraie.com Sooty, smoky aro­mas, softly tex­tured with struc­ture and tan­nins, some wood notes. Needs a lit­tle time in bot­tle but good length and po­ten­tial. Drink 2018-2029 Alc 12.5%

Frédéric Ma­bileau, Les Racines, Bour­gueil 2015 92 JB 93 CK 95 BL 87


www.fred­er­icma­bileau.com Fra­grant black fruit aro­mas, ini­tially very se­duc­tive. Palate com­plete and har­mo­nious, fresh, with dried cur­rant and ju­niper berry, green pep­per­corn, crushed rocks and mint. De­li­cious, quite clas­sic, shows sub­stance and po­ten­tial as well. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12.5%

Vig­no­ble de la Jarnoterie, Cu­vée Elé­gante MR, St-Ni­co­las de Bour­gueil 2017 92 JB 90 CK 93 BL 93


www.jarnoterie.com Some red fruit con­cen­tra­tion, edgy, with rich pep­pery en­ergy. Car­ries the tex­ture of the vil­lage and is a wine to age, to al­low the puppy fat to di­min­ish and the leaner min­eral fruit to shine through. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 12.5%

Charles Joguet, Clos de la Dio­terie, Chi­non 2015 92 JB 92 CK 94 BL 90


Lay & Wheeler Grained berry fruit with toasted black cherry. Sup­ple, broad, rich and warm char­ac­ter, with lots of tex­tu­ral sub­stance. Se­ri­ous, per­fumed and pri­mary Cabernet Franc char­ac­ter, lots of length. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 13.5%

La Caves des Vins de Ra­belais, Le Fau­teuil Rouge, Chi­non 2015

92 JB 93 CK 92 BL 91 N/A UK www.loire-pro­pri­etes.com Dark and brim­ming with toasted, choco­latetinged oak on the nose. On the palate it’s bold, broad and rich, show­ing creamy dark fruits, fol­lowed by per­fumed rose petal notes.

Drink 2019-2026 Alc 12.5%

Ami­rault, Le Clos des Quar­terons, St-Ni­co­las de Bour­gueil 2015 91 JB 92 CK 93 BL 89


The Vint­ner, Wine Source Vanilla and lime­stone dust on the nose, very el­e­gant palate, per­fumed, tex­tured and sub­stan­tial, with a pithy, crushed cherry fruit pro­file. Vi­brant acid­ity and spicy com­plex­ity on the fin­ish. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 12.5%

Do­maine de La Butte, Mi-Pente, Bour­gueil 2015 92 JB 94 CK 92 BL 90

£25-£30 Widely avail­able via UK agent Charles Syd­ney Wines Black­cur­rant and black­berry aro­mas. Tex­tured palate, sub­stance, minty black fruits swirled with the oak. Quite charm­ing, with a long, brood­ing fin­ish. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 13%

Do­maine du Mortier, Sables, St-Ni­co­las de Bour­gueil 2017 92

JB 92 CK 94 BL 90 £16 Vine Trail Fra­grant flo­ral aro­mas, cherry and cher­ry­stone fruit with plum cream, per­fume, lime­stone dust and fra­grant vi­o­lets, wrapped in a silky palate tex­ture. Some soft and svelte tan­nins, charm, del­i­cacy and length. Drink 2018-2024 Alc 12%

Serge et Bruno Sour­dais, Le Lo­gis de la Bouchardière, Chi­non 2017

92 JB 92 CK 91 BL 92 £13-£15 St An­drews Wine Co, WoodWin­ters Lovely flo­ral scent, quite el­e­gant and com­posed. Feels com­plete on the palate with ripe tan­nin and a lick of acid­ity. This needs time to fi­nesse, but has a lovely grip to the end.

Drink 2018-2025 Alc 12.5%

Bernard Baudry, Les Granges, Chi­non 2016 91 JB 95 CK 88 BL 89


Lea & San­de­man Smoky toasted aro­mas, gen­er­ous red fruits, lots of youth­ful grip and con­fi­dent berry flavours. Some capsicum notes, some grainy tan­nins, light struc­ture and vi­brant acid­ity on the fin­ish. Drink 2018-2027 Alc 12% ➢

‘Qual­ity was broadly very good. I found my­self scor­ing more wines in the 90s than I was ex­pect­ing’ Chris Kis­sack

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