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 - Summer 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
2012 Levin Sauvignon Blanc, Val du Loire France
This expression of organically grown Loire Valley fruit made with the help of some Australian know how and equipment, has been a tremendous success with our clients over the past 3 years. The wine has plenty of sauvignon expression without excessive grassy or gooseberry notes and plenty of minerality and structure which enables the wine to round out and age a little without losing any freshness.
£68 for 6 bottles including VAT
2011 Chateau Tayet, Bordeaux Supérieur
From an estate near the Margaux border this wine is made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It works very well for us and our guests because it has a wonderfully rounded and supple style with plenty of aromatic interest.
£84 for six bottles including VAT
2014 Newton Johnson Family Vineyard “Granum”
Granum takes its name from the Granitic soils from this part of the Newton Johnson’s vineyard in the cool Hemel en Aarde valley of South Africa. We are big admirers of Newton Johnson in general and have been tremendously impressed with this blend of Syrah and Mourvedre.
The Granite soils have something in common with those found in Hermitage and Cote Rotie and it was the finesse and elegance of this wine that attracted us most. The style is spicey and leathery. Delicious now and should keep for many years.
£129 for 6 bottles including VAT
2015 Zorzal “Eggo Franco” Tupungato Argentina
This wine is fermented in egg-shaped cement Vats (hence “Eggo”) and made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes. The result is like a Loire red with extraordinarily defined fruit flavours and a lightness of touch and refreshing quality that makes the wine perfect for a summer lunch (served slightly cool)
Wine Spectator gave it 94 points and for once we agree!
£99 for 6 bottles including VAT
2015 Domaine Montrose Prestige Rosé
This top rosé comes from the Cotes de Thongue in SW France and is made by the Coste family. The grapes are Grenache, Rolle and Syrah. The style has a lovely aromatic quality with elements of white peach and wild strawberry. The colour is pale salmon the style dry and refreshing.
£72 for 6 bottles including VAT
2016 Manolesakis “Exis” White, Drama, Macedonia, Greece
The blend of local Malagoussia and Assyrtiko grape varieties gives a wine that is very aromatic, with aromas that are very much Mediterranean with notes of herbs and citrus fruit. On the palate it has a wonderful zestyness and intensity .The colour is quite gold, alcoholic strength relatively low at 12deg.
£65 for 6 bottles including VAT