Adegas Entre os Rios, Barbanza e Iria

Region: GaliciaJose Crusat is second generation owner of this old monastic property on the northern shore of the Ria Arousa. His vineyards are planted in traditional pergola fashion and spread across multiple plots among the parishes of the peninsula, but mainly around the commune of A Pobra do Caraminal. The soils are granitic, sandy and…

Bodegas Fulcro, Rias Baixas

Region: GaliciaManuel Moldas Murana trained to become an economist so it is an unlikely tale that he moved into making wine, given the old clichéd adage of how to make a million in the wine trade. Chicho (as he is called), never the less set about creating his own bodegas in the garage of his…

Alain Gayrel, Gaillac

2018 Sauvignon Mauzac 6 2017 Sauvignon Blanc 6 2017 Braucol 6 Region: South West FranceThe wines of Alain Gayrel are always consistently delicious and well made, and offer both great value for money and a distinctive terroir expression. The Braucol is particularly interesting as they have one of the oldest vineyards of the variety in…

Domaine Uby, Gascony

Region: South West FranceDomaine d’Uby is an excellent and innovative domaine in a region dominated by cooperatives, or Armagnac producers that also make some wine as a sideline. At Uby the focus has been on wine production since the 1960’s and it is now run by Francois Morrel, who is in his thirties and the…

Mouthes le Bihan, Cotes du Duras

Region: South West FranceMouthes le Bihan is a family run estate and is one of those estates that totally defies the laws of the land around it. Duras is not known for its exciting fresh wines with terroir expression and elegance, yet here this is exactly what is achieved. From 10 hectares of densely planted…

Fabien Jouves, Vin de Soif et Terroir

Region: South West FranceFabien is obviously world famous for his Mas del Perie wines, super fresh terroir tuned wines from malbec grown on the high Quercy plateau, but as many of you will know, he also has his own side project producing wines which not only have the ultimate thirst quenching characters, but have a…

Mas del Perié, Cahors

Region: South West FranceMas de Périé is run by the young Fabien Jouves and located on the Haut Plateau south west of Cahors in Trespoux Rassiels. The soil here is complex clay and Quercy Limestone, a brilliant white tufo style limestone that is soft and very permeable. There are incidences of gravel here and there…

Chateau la Gravelle, Bordeaux

Region: BordeauxGravelle is a delightful property in the heart of the Bordeaux region producing delicious Merlot dominated reds and a very fine, beautifully balanced white from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. These wines are treated with an enormous amount of care and love; the red is oak aged for 12 months, the white kept on…

Maison Blanche, Montagne St Emilion

Region: BordeauxThe wines of Maison Blanche have proved a huge success and I am pleased to be moving on to the more restrained and elegant 2011 vintage. Piliers is still draped in luscious velvety fruit and the first wine is more restrained than the 2010 but no less beguiling. The estate is 100% biodynamic using…

Domaine Muret, Picpuol de Pinet

Region: LanguedocChristophe Muret was once the biggest exporter of melons in France, apparently selling over a million a year to the UK alone. He lived in Moissac, famous for Chasselas eating grapes and once he decided enough was enough, he sold up and moved to the hills where Picpoul de Pinet is made. Here he…