From parcels of back-vintages to new releases and special casks, here’s our pick of the five most exciting wines and spirits coming your way in November
The 2019s from Burgundy are starting to trickle out; expect the flood-gates to really open this month. Keep an eye out for releases from Henri Boillot, Charles van Canneyt, Remoissenet, Jadot, Mischief & Mayhem and more. These are wines you don’t want to miss out on: balanced, concentrated, classical and fresh. We were bowled over by them during our week tasting in the region. Our full vintage report will be out 15th November; in the meantime, you can read all our coverage of Burgundy 2019 here.
Back-vintages from Domaine Michel Gaunoux
More Burgundy? Absolutely: we’ve got a special parcel of back-vintages from Michel Gaunoux, one of the few domaines that holds back stock to offer when it’s entering its drinking window. But that’s not the estate’s only claim, these are wines that never fail to impress – but need the requisite time in the cellar. The quiet family’s modesty and not-so-fashionable Pommard address means they linger only on the fringes of limelight, but Allen Meadows calls them “one of the finest domaines in all of Burgundy”, while Kelley considers the property “among the region’s best kept secrets”. Look out for our offer of a selection of Premiers and Grands Crus stretching back to 1999.
The latest from the lagoons of Venice
Venissa is a remarkable project that honours Venice’s winemaking traditions – and the latest releases, the 2016 Bianco and 2015 Rosso (which is only made in the best vintages), will be out this month. The wines are impossible to compare – the white, made from the historic Dorona di Venezia, is closer to something from the Jura, with a saline tension – while the red is more traditional, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A result of this unique flooded area and the soil’s salinity, made in extremely limited volumes, Venissa’s wines are truly distinctive.
Sauternes stretching back to 1937
Ch. Gilette is a resolutely different Sauternes estate. The fruit comes from old vines (with many dating from the 1930s) in a single walled clos of 4.5 hectares. Unlike other top estates who use a high percentage of new oak, here the wines are aged for 20 years (yes, 20 years) in concrete vats before bottling. As Jane Anson says, “These are magical wines.” We’ve managed to track down an incredible collection of these extraordinarily complex and age-worthy wines, all ex-château, stretching back to 1937 (including the especially highly regarded 1990 and 1979 vintages).
We can’t say too much about this one yet – with our Head of Spirits David Walters firmly keeping his lips sealed – but later this month you’ll have the chance to purchase the inaugural casks from a brand new Scottish whisky distillery. We’ll have a limited number of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, all filled with 2020 new-make spirit, ready for buyers to follow to maturity. This is much more than just a barrel of Scotch though – you’ll be able to visit the distillery, taste your cask and get advice as it evolves. Watch this space.
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