A few seasonal recommendations from Tim Hart & Dominique Baduel

NV Champagne René Beaudouin, Nogent L’Abesse
Our “House” Champagne is made from a pure Chardonnay
formula which out-tastes all but the best “ Grandes Marques”.
It is crisp, dry and elegant with enough age to have discarded
the greenness of younger wines.
£278 for 12 bottles

2015 Chateau Tour du Pas St Georges, St Georges St Emilion
This wine is made by Pascal Delbeck, a legendary figure in St Emilion who for many years made the wine at Ausone. The cépage is 25% Cabernet Franc and 75% Merlot.
It is beautifully round and enjoyable now without excessive. New Worldish extraction.
£129 for 6 bottles

2013 Clos de Trias Red Label, Cotes de Ventoux
Even Bakke the maker of this wine kindly hosted a tasting for us at Hambleton last November. We have long admired the wines partly because they are aged for around 4 years prior to release giving a much more mature flavour profile than typical. Dark fruits, leather and spice combine to make a wonderfully harmonious and appealing whole,
ideal for meaty savoury dishes, game etc.
£122 for 6 bottles

2017 Mercurey (Rouge) 1er Cru Clos des Montaigu, 
Patrick Guillot
This is near as we can get to finding affordable red Burgundy. The vintage is excellent, the wine already very attractive to drink. Medium weight,
for Pinot with charming wild strawberry nose.
£126 for 6 bottles

2018 Newton Johnson Family Pinot Noir
This wine made in South Africa’s Hemel en Aarde Valley near Hermanus is a great success in this vintage and on last tasting already ready to drink.
The cool climate in this corner of South Africa near the cold Southern Ocean produces a wine not unlike the wines of the Cotes de Beaune but with more forward fruit and roundness. I asked Bevan Newton Johnson whether he thought the wines might evolve attractive secondary flavours and aromas like the best French Burgundy and he said, with agreeable modesty that the vines are still quite young and he was not sure. They are delicious to drink now!
£155 for 6 bottles

2017 Hart Brothers Albarino Rias Baixas, Spain
Angel Sequeiros’ vineyard on the banks of the Mino river has won many awards for his fine Albarino.  Sam and James Hart have for a few years now asked him to bottle some of his wine with their own “Hart Brothers” label. The light gold colour belies the freshness of the taste which reminds some of Riesling perhaps because both avoid Malolactic fermentation. It is a dry refreshing wine with much aromatic character and a delicious white flowers and citrus flavour profile.
Great with Seafood or as an aperitif.
£87 for 6 bottles 

2017 L evin Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val du Loire
We have recently jumped vintages to the delicious 2017 even though its predecessor (2012) was showing no sign of weakness. Made with serious modern wine making skills in Touraine (Loire) this wine combines the freshness and mineral quality of a top L oire Sauvignon with a little more rounded fruit than most. A great match for any fish dishes. (Organic)
£73.85 for 6 bottles

All wines for collection only at Hambleton Hall or Hart’s, Nottingham. Prices include VAT