Tim and Dominique’s aim is to find interesting wines from a wide range of wine-growing areas. They are prejudiced in favour of small producers and against big brands and believe that their greatest successes with clients often involves introducing wine lovers to something new.
The Old World sections such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Rhône red wines can be relied upon to include quite a few mature bottles that have been cellared at Hambleton for many years.
Wine is my true passion. My greatest enjoyment is to spend time with Aaron finding the perfect food and wine combinations which I can then recommend to our diners. My perfect combination? Merryfield Farm duck with a 2012 Petalos Mencia – why? – so subtle, really Burgundian with hints of blood orange
Recent introduction of the Coravin system has enabled Dominique to offer a wide range of fine wines by the glass. This has worked well for clients who want to drink a little of the best. He usually offers by the glass, using this system, mature Bordeaux and Burgundy (red and white) as well as some top New World Wines and Yquem.
Wine Offers - Autumn 2017
NV Champagne René Beaudouin, Nogent L’Abbesse
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.
£262 for 12 bottles including VAT
A Mixed Case of Spanish Favourites
This case combines two old favourites and two unheard of wines deserving much more attention. They will provide you with an Iberian journey of exploration full of surprise and delight.
3 bottles of 2008 Vina Ardanza Reserva (La Rioja Alta)
This iconic wine is made from 80% Tempranillo grown in Rioja Alta and 20% old vines Garnacha grown in the Rioja Baja. It is aged in American Oak. The wine is elegant and beautifully balanced combination of red fruits, earth, spicey and coffee flavours. A wonderful example of a top Rioja in a great vintage.
3 Bottles Of 2008 Urbina Crianza Rioja
We have always admired Urbina’s wines which have an almost Burgundian lightness of touch giving a delicacy based on fruit and spice rather than weight or oak.
3 bottles of 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas Castano, Yecla
This wine which scores very highly in the Parker classification, is made in South East Spain by the Castano family. The blend contains 70% Monastrell (Mourvèdre in France) 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha. It’s a much bigger wine than the Riojas but we love the purity of fruit from the 30 year old unirrigated bush vines grown at some 2400 feet above sea level.
3 Bottles of 2014 Mencia, “Gaba do XIl” ,Telmo Rodriguez Valdeorras
Mencia is an interesting grape producing wines in the Northwest extreme of Spain’s winegrowing regions that have a lovely aromatic quality , delicacy and individuality. They work well with game and most meat or poultry dishes. At 13% alcohol this is a cool climate Spanish wine. Telmo Rodriguez is an extraordinarily talented “flying winemaker” who travels around Spain from Malaga to Valdeorras making interesting wines of character wherever he can find old vines of quality.
£205 for the 12 bottles including VAT
A perfect House White
2016 Felicité Chardonnay, Newton Johnson,
Hemel en Aarde, South Africa
Hemel en Aarde is situated some miles inland from Hermanus and Newton Johnson have done a very good job of making cool climate south African wines with a European influence. This one has a delicacy that makes a second bottle desirable with the freshness and fruit driven style of an unoaked white burgundy.
£105 for 12 bottles (screwcap) including VAT
A perfect House Red
2015 Chateau de Fontarèche Vieilles Vignes Corbières
From old vineyards in the Languedoc this wine is made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It is rich and rounded without rough tannins or excessive alcohol and has a lovely black fruits and spice character of the wild hillsides of the region.
£105 for 12 bottles including VAT