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.
2002 Château Bertineau St Vincent, Lalande de Pomerol
We were delighted to pick up a small parcel of this delicious wine. It is fully mature, gentle, aromatic and elegant with classical cedar box aromas.
£141 for 6 bottles including VAT
2004 Bonne Nouvelle, Stellenbosch
Thanks to Richard Kelley MW for drawing our attention to this wine, which was made by Michel Rolland the famous Bordeaux-based wine consultant at the Remhoogte estate Stellenbosch.
The wine is a Bordeaux blend (mostly Cabernet) with a smidgeon of Pinotage, which I fancy I can detect in the finish. It is now mature with very supple and elegant tannins, lots of concentration.
A great opportunity to serve a mature wine of great personality without breaking the bank.
£117 for 6 bottles including VAT
2010 Château Tayet Bordeaux Superieur
Located next to Chateau Siran (margaux).
Our Bordeaux talent scout knows that we are not keen on over-extraction and “fruit bombs”, instead looking for elegant, civilised wines that are ready to drink. This one hits the spot and fills a few shelves in the Hart private cave.
£89 for 6 bottles including VAT
2014 Grüner Veltliner, Zero G, Wagram, Austria
“Light in body yet intensely flavoured, this Grüner Veltliner offers the typical white pepper and crisp green fruit aromas of the variety, allied to a creamy texture particular to the Wagram region. The balance is really satisfying, the wine refreshing from start to finish.” (Screwcap and whacky label!)
£69 for 6 bottles including VAT
2011 Levin Sauvignon Blanc
Organic vineyards and low-cropping produce a long-lasting mineral sauvignon blanc of real quality. From the Loire valley.
£68 for 6 bottles including VAT
2014 Montrose “La Balade” Rosé, Cotes de Thongue
This is a favourite with us for summer drinking. The wine is made by the saignée method from old vines Grenache (70%), Rolle (25%) and Syrah (5%). It is delicate and aromatic, and not too alcoholic (13%). It has a beautiful bottle with an unusual glass stopper.
£71 for 6 bottles including VAT
NV Champagne René Beaudouin, Nogent l’Abbesse (Our House Champagne)
We have been importing this wine for some 20 years and regularly taste it against well-known brands. They are all much more expensive and mostly inferior.
It is Blanc de Blancs made entirely from Chardonnay and has a lightness of touch combined with a little age that rounds the wine and gives it character. A perfect apéritif.
£250 for 12 bottles including VAT)
For collection only at Hambleton Hall or Hart’s Nottingham