Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 $100 (5 stars)

To clarify, Moët rhymes with ‘poet’.  So from today. It’s not okay. To say ‘mow-way’.  When the Chef de Cave (French for ‘Chief Winemaker’) Benoît Gouez declares a ‘vintage’ it’s something to notice because the quality doth skyrocket.  This is the 73rd time in the history of Moët that it’s happened.  Aged for 7 years […]

Maison Saint AIX Vin de Provence 2017 $26.99 (5 stars)

Such a beautiful, ballet shoe pink colour, this is quite the most glorious rose I’ve tasted in ages. Classic crunchy-crisp and dry, it’s a true Provence style in that it’s beautifully aromatic, and saturated with cherry and raspberry notes, and spruiking loads of spice. It’s fresh, frisky and fabulous to drink. www.finewinedelivery.co.nz

J. Riehl Vin D’Alsace Riesling 2015 $19.99 (3.5 stars)

Classic Germanic riesling style here, with loads of green apple and manuka honey notes, a layer of herbaceousness and white pepper and a long, tangy finish. It’s a great introduction to Alsatian riesling that’s on the crisp, dry scale of the spectrum and it’s a good choice to sip with chickpea and paneer korma. www.winedirect.co.nz

Champagne Joseph Desruets Brut Special Cuvée Les Prémices NV $150

I LOVE learning about new champagne houses and Desruets is my new favourite. A 60/40 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it’s so incredibly fresh, pillowy and pure. I love the lacy citrus, cashew, bagel dough and shortbread characters on the palate, its harmonious texture, impeccable balance and lift – it’s an absolute aristocrat of […]

Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne Brut NV $39.99

Pinot noir components in this Champagne date back almost two decades and each bottle sleeps quietly in cool, dark underground cellars for three years before release. The families of Champagne Moutard Diligent have lived in the village of Buxeuil in the Côte des Bar since the mid 17th century and have been grape growing and […]

Domaine de Pennautier Cabardès Viognier 2014 $21.99

The historic Château de Pennautier in the heart of the Carbardès appellation, was built by Bernard de Pennautier, Treasurer of the States of Languedoc under Louis XIII and has been in the Logeril family since 1620. This weighty yet fresh, citrus oil scented viognier is grown on the sun-soaked hillsides of the Montagne Noire which […]

La Galine Minervois Syrah 2013 $21.99

La Galine is a tiny vineyard located in one of the most sought after patches of dirt in the heart of the Minervois (meen-er-verwah) appelation in the Languedoc. Syrah-dominant, with a splash of grenache, this vivid ruby/garnet wine shows violets, cranberry, raspberry and pepper, alongside a seriously earthy backbone. It’s a totally different take on […]

La Pazza Vita Aude Valley Pinot Noir 2015 $21.00

Who says French wines have to be complicated? Here’s a classically earthy example created to tick all those boxes that we know and love in pinot noir. Cherry, masses of it. Raspberry, definitely. Soft, powdery tannins – absolutely. Fresh, youthful acidity – in spades. It’s floral and feisty and just oozes personality for a lightly-styled […]

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Rosé NV $74.99 (4 stars)

This is the 200th year since Madame Clicquot became the first to create a blended rosé from her finest Bouzy reds and her classic champagne. If the aromas of cranberry bagel, rising dough and cashew don’t woo you, then the long, generously-tempered mouthfeel, pinprick effervescence, creamy mousse and subtle raspberry notes on the finish will […]

R.H Coutier A Ambonnay Grand Cru Champagne NV $75

The Coutier family has been in Ambonnay since 1619. 1619! So they know a thing or three about growing great grapes. This champagne is such a pretty wine in the glass, with tiny, delicate beads of bubbles, this fizz boasts caramel and fresh-baked breakfast bun and hints of walnut on the nose and soft, nutty, […]

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