Spring Wine List 2014
NV Champagne René Beaudouin
Our house Champagne goes from strength to strength. It’s a “Blanc de Blanc” which combines elegance and freshness with a little age and biscuit quality and none of the green unbalanced acidity that spoils many lesser wines.
£257.00 per case of 12 including VAT
2012 Pinot Grigio Puiattino
Forget the oceans of characterless wines that can hide behind the fashionable “Pinot Grigio” Label. This one is “pale in colour with fresh grassy notes and hints of green apples. The palate has a touch of honeyed richness but is fresh and steely making it a wonderful aperitif.” Made by Giovanni Puiatti in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Very Moreish!
£68.00 for 6 bottles including VAT
2012 Alvarinho Quinta da Gomariz
Having been great fans of Albarino from northern Spain for many years we have been disappointed to find many of these wines have been dumbed down and priced up in recent times. Accordingly we have been very chuffed to find the same grape grown so successfully across the border in Portugal. This example is full of that freshness and aromatic quality that makes the wine so attractive with seafood or on its own as an apéritif.
£90.00 per case of 6 including VAT
2009 Levin Sauvignon Blanc
It is important to declare that the Levin Vineyard belongs to David Levin, father of Tim Hart’s charming daughter-in-law Kate, but Tim swears that his affection for this wine is unconnected with family ties. The wine comes from organic vineyards in the villages of Oisly, Choussy and Bourre and the huge volumes that are poured at Hambleton and Hart’s are testament to the taste which is frankly superior to anything we have tried from the region. It is an elegant Sauvignon with great minerality and keeping quality. Less grassy than most New Zealand examples but more structured and exciting than Loire neighbours.
£127.00 per case of 12 including VAT
2009 Churton Pinot Noir
This is a very fine Marlborough Pinot Noir from New Zealand made in a somewhat Burgundian style by Sam Weaver in the Waihopai valley. “Classic Violet perfumes, sweet dark fruit, tempered by a slatey edge” In our recent tasting of New Zealand wines at Hart’s, Tim Hart liked it best for its elegance and food friendly style. It is most enjoyable now and will continue to improve for 5 years.
£130.00 for 6 bottles including VAT
2008 Le Soula, Rouge, Côtes Catalanes
Le Soula was created by our neighbour and friend Roy Richards and his partner Mark Walford (wine merchants) working with a celebrated local wine maker Gerard Gauby. Gauby’s flair combines with the special high altitude vineyards, old vines and a soil of decomposed granite to make the wines full of originality and character. The 2008 (red) has evolved well and is now showing silky tannins combined with a very attractive violets and spice nose and a full bodied savoury palate. Grape varieties are Carignan, Syrah and Grenache.
£122.00 per case of 6 including VAT
A Magnum of Claret
2005 Sarget de Gruaud Larose
The Second wine of Gruaud Larose has given a good deal of pleasure at Hambleton over the years. In this vintage the proportion of Merlot was quite high (37%) giving an extra roundness which we enjoy. “Exotic floral and aromatic with cassis and hints of ginger”. This wine is already drinking well and will evolve nicely for 10 years. Open about 1 hour before the party.
£60.00 per Magnum including VAT