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, […]

Champagne Jean Josselin Audace Rosé NV $57

This deliciously dry, melon and raspberry-licked lovely is an exercise in elegance combined with fulsome generosity. A delicate line of cherry zips through the mid-palate and merges with creamy, cashew and yeasty complexity combined with berry brioche bodaciousness. It’s an extremely sexy champagne indeed. Sip with: Oysters Charantaise www.threefrenchvines.co.nz

Arthur Metz Steinklotz Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2013 $40

It’s not an easy thing to find Grand Cru Pinot Gris here in Godzone, but this one was well worth hunting for. Steinklotz translates to ‘limestone block’ and that’s what contributes to the deliciously dry, cleansing, mineral-driven mouthfeel of this wine. Perfumed with lanolin, nashi pear a squeak of honeysuckle adds to a rather sexy, […]

Moët & Chandon Imperial Golden Sparkle Limited Edition NV $69

I love the aromas of rising dough, biscuity notes, and almond meal drizzled with lemon and a touch of tropical fruit in this festive fizz. On the palate it’s zesty and dry, full, yeasty and edged with a squeak of citrus to elongate the flavour layers. The bead is delicate, it looks and tastes like […]

Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Champagne $69.99 (4 stars)

Here’s the opposite of what Moet used to be all about.  Lean, dry and minerally, this is not.  Fat, tropical tones, peach and sweet, musky layers that cry out to be poured over ice and sprinkled with mint or flecks of dried berries.  Apricot, caramelised characters and a rich, luxurious sweetness wash across the palate […]

Famille Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015 $41 (4 stars)

The immediate punch-in-the-face of pear, green apple, quince paste in this brand new release of an Alsace icon will be something you’ll relish.  Luscious and exotically spicy, with honeysuckle, fabulous fruit weight and delicious drive across the palate.  100% pinot gris grown in the Riquewihr district has produced a lovely example, which may have tiny […]

Domaine de Pennautier Rosé 2016 $19.99

Don’t let the ultra-pale, barely-apricot hue fool you because this southern French star has flavour in spades.  Soft stonefruit, chalky, delicacy on the nose leads to a snappy-dry, clean-as-a-whistle mid palate that rolls out fresh rockmelon and pepper.  Flinty and fabulous. Sip with: pan seared gurnard topped with mint, melon and basil salsa. www.poshslosh.co.nz

Domaine Servin Chablis 2015 $41.99

The Servin family has been crafting light and lovely, citrus-soaked Chablis since 1654.  1654!  So they know a thing or three about growing great chardonnay and guess what.  They’re French and they’re using screwcaps!  Chablis is a style of chardonnay where oak is downplayed or not used at all.  Fresh as a daisy and erupting […]

Veuve Laperrière Brut Rose NV $17 (4 stars)

If you prefer your rosé to froth and fizz, then this is going to seriously float your boat.  Created in France’s Loire (“loo-aah”) Valley, this is a super-smooth, berries-and-cream-crammed wine that has really seductive mouthfeel.  There’s a squeak of sweetness and spice, alongside a rich, slightly nutty finish.  Richly structured, it’s a real crowd-pleaser and […]

Baron de Badassière Syrah Pays D’OC 2014 $26

Badassière by name and badass by nature, this spicy, roundhouse kick of a syrah is produced in the Languedoc region in the south of France and is named after Baron Charles Emmanuel, the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. Plump plummy characters are buttoned up with pepper and dusty notes and a lick of leather. […]

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