Let the 2018 Billecart Celebrations Begin…

Billecart-Salmon celebrate their bicentenary in 2018

Billecart-Salmon celebrate their bicentenary in 2018 | Photo by Champagne Billecart-Salmon

As Maison Billecart-Salmon celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2018, so do we.


Celebratory Degustation – MASU, Auckland
3rd May 2018

Masu Nic Watt

Nic Watt of MASU | Photo by MASU

Join us for an evening of fine Billecart-Salmon champagnes and exquisite, eye catching dishes at SkyCity’s MASU by Nic Watt in Auckland to celebrate the bicentenary of this prestigious Champagne House.

Finesse, elegance and balance have long been the hallmark characters of the Billecart-Salmon champagnes and these qualities are also reflected in the cuisine at Masu, where executive chef Nic Watt carefully and creatively prepares the most beautiful and delicate dishes.

It is set to be a wonderful evening, stimulating the senses and indulging in some of the finer things in life. This evening marks the start of a series of wonderful bicentenary celebrations, the next being a five day culinary event set on the beautiful island of Vomo.


VOMO Island Culinary Event
24th – 28th May 2018

VOMO Island Fiji

Photo by VOMO Island Fiji

Imagine sipping one of the finest and most historic champagnes, whilst the waves are lapping at the shores and Nic Watt again is serving his imaginative and sumptuous dishes. The setting is idyllic and the small group of diners will ensure the ambiance is both decadent and relaxing.

The celebrations continue again on New Year’s Eve when there will be a Billecart-Salmon degustation, followed the next day with champagne sundowners.

Founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, sparkling champagne was in its infancy so they are considered some of the original pioneers of the champagne industry as we know it today. The House has been passed down from generation to generation and is still family owned. The family have always strived for perfection, bringing to us the most elegant champagnes which are enjoyed at celebrations around the world. Now it is time to celebrate their success.

Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné – One of the Finest Wine Estates in History

Paul Jaboulet Aine

Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Paul Jaboulet Aine

Mention the Rhone Valley to anyone around the world and a small chapel perched upon a vine clad hill is likely to be one of the first images that springs to mind. Not only is the image romantic, it is so closely associated with being one of the best Syrahs in the world, it evokes a myriad of emotions – admiration, respect, envy and desire. Winemakers around the globe aspire to make Syrahs of this complexity and intensity, such is the reverence in which it is held. La Chapelle in Hermitage is one of the finest and most iconic vineyards in the world. It belongs to Paul Jaboulet Ainé.

Almost two centuries ago, this famous vineyard was established by Antoine Jaboulet. Hermitage is a small commune in the Northern Rhone Valley and the La Chapelle vineyard slopes down to the banks of the beautiful Rhone River. The chapel, after which it is named, was built in 1235 and sits at the top of the hill. It is small and simple, yet one of the most powerful images in the world of wine. The region Hermitage is so called after the hermit that used to live there alone on the hill.

Paul Jaboulet La Chapelle Chapel

The Hermitage chapel built in 1235

It is believed that the Romans and maybe even the Greeks produced wine in this region, however, it was Antoine Jaboulet’s plantings in 1834 and focus on quality which really started to establish the region as one of the major wine producing regions of the world. When he died, the land was passed on to his sons Henri and Paul, who subsequently gave his name to the company – Paul Jaboulet Ainé (Ainé meaning the elder in French). The business was passed down from generation to generation, expanding as they planted more vineyards in other appellations along the Rhone Valley. Having started with the small plot of land in Hermitage, they now have 120 hectares, producing fine wines from twenty six other appellations including Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage, Gigondas, Cotes Rotie, Condrieu and Chateauneuf-du- Pape. They also produce some of the best Cotes du Rhone wines, with Parellel 45 well known for over delivering on price.

La Chapelle is made from 100% Syrah and is a blend from their top sites including the revered vineyards of Les Bessards, Le Meal and Les Rocoules. There is also a La Chapelle blanc which is made from 100% Marsanne. With vineyards in Condrieu, Paul Jaboulet Ainé also produce some top class viognier, and grow other indigenous Rhone Valley grapes such as Grenache and Mourvedre as relevant to the various appellations.

Paul Jaboulet Syrah

Syrah grapes in La Chapelle Hermitage

Syrah Grapes in La Chapelle

During the latter half of the twentieth century Gerard Jaboulet worked tirelessly to promote Rhone Valley wines around the world, further increasing their reputation. When he passed away suddenly in 1997, Philippe and Jacques Jaboulet took up the reins for the next few years.

In 2006, Jean-Jacques Frey bought Paul Jaboulet Ainé. The Frey family have become increasingly important in the French wine industry having significant interests in Champagne as well as purchasing Chateau La Lagune in Haut-Medoc in 2000 and Château de Corton André in Burgundy in 2014. Caroline Frey, the daughter of Jean-Jacques is the winemaker and viticulturist for Paul Jaboulet Ainé. She graduated from Bordeaux University in 2004 where she studied oenology and she is fast becoming one of the top winemakers in France. Following biodynamic practices and with the installation of a brand new gravity flow winery she is producing stunning wines, striving to make them better and better each year. She strives for excellence and for the wines to truly reflect their terroir, whilst having minimal impact on the environment, thus preserving it for generations to come.

 

[All photos courtesy of Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné]

Maison Billecart-Salmon 2018 Bicentennial – A Family Story

“Give priority to quality, strive for excellence”

This has been the motto passed down from generation to generation of the Billecart family. In 2018, as Billecart-Salmon celebrates its bicentenary, it would appear this motto has been passionately followed. Two hundred years since its foundation, Billecart-Salmon champagnes continue to achieve high international acclaim and are enjoyed in homes and top restaurants around the globe. It is a wonderful success story of a hard-working family who have continued to follow the dream and high standards set by their ancestors Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon who founded the Champagne House in 1818.

Nicolas Francois Billecart Elisabeth Salmon

Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon

The couple were given a parcel of land, close to the charming village of Mareuil-sur-Ay in the heart of Champagne, as a wedding gift by the Salmon family. They decided to focus on producing top end sparkling champagnes. Although red and white wines had been produced in Champagne for many centuries, the art of creating quality sparkling wines by a controlled and consistent method was still in its infancy. Billecart-Salmon are therefore considered amongst the group of pioneers who helped establish the modern, hugely successful champagne industry as we see it today.

The House is now run by the seventh generation of the family, brothers François Roland Billecart and Antoine Roland Billecart. Their father Jean Roland Billecart, now 90 and with the experience of over 70 vintages under his belt, is still involved with the company. In 2010, François’ son, Nicolas joined the business meaning there is the rather special situation of three generations working together, following their family motto and striving to improve and perfect their wines each vintage.

Billecart-Salmon Family

Brothers Antoine & François Billecart with their father Jean Roland-Billecart (middle)

Their wines are made from the traditional champagne varieties – chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, which come from some of the best sites in the region. They own 15 hectares, including Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards across the Vallee de la Marne and the Cotes des Blancs.

Billecart-Salmon Vineyard

Billecart–Salmon are particularly well known for their more unusual practice of “double cold settling”. This method leaves the must from the pressings to sit for 12 hours, allowing all the solids to settle to the bottom of the tank. It is then racked to another tank, cooled down and left for another 48 hours to allow any further solids to settle to the bottom of the tank. This is a gentler way of handling the wine and ensures the juice is purer before fermentation begins. It is believed this practice adds elegance and finesse to the wine. They first started using this method in 1952.

During the 1950s they also started producing the rose style champagnes for which they are now most famous.

Following their motto of “give priority to quality, strive for excellence”, Billecart Salmon built a new state-of- the-art winery in 2001, proving that although they incorporate successful traditional techniques into their wine-making, they also embrace modern technology when it serves to further improve the quality and efficient production of their wines.

Finesse, balance and elegance are the hallmark of Billecart-Salmon champagnes and on their 200th anniversary, we pay tribute to this family’s continued success of producing champagnes of this outstanding quality. We look forward to celebrating their enormous success over the coming months and invite you too, to raise a glass to the Billecart family.

Billecart Salmon

For dates of the upcoming Billecart-Salmon Bicentennial celebrations, please click here.

 

[All photos courtesy of Champagne Billecart-Salmon]

Schloss Lieser in New Zealand

At the end of March we were lucky enough to have Lara Haag, daughter of Thomas Haag of Schloss Lieser, Mosel with us in New Zealand for a few days to help host a series of fantastic Schloss Lieser Riesling events with Dhall & Nash in both Auckland and Wellington. Lara was able to tell her inspirational family story as well as present some of Schloss Lieser’s award winning wines:

 

Schloss Lieser Feinherb

2016 Schloss Lieser Riesling Feinherb

Slate-like fruit aroma. A juicy, piquant and salty Riesling.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

Rich, deep, complex mineral aroma. Complex, concentrated, and piquant on the palate.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Very fine, elegant mineral notes. Fresh and racy with a lots of grip.

 

Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

2016 Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Very fine, clear and precise perfume. Ripe lemon flavours. Piquant and slate-like on the palate.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

A masterly scent of peaches and classy exotic fruits. Great complexity with an infinite elegance.


While Lara was in New Zealand, she took part in various trade visits in Auckland and in Wellington where she was able to talk first hand about the Schloss Lieser wines, specifically from the 2016 vintage.

2016 was a year of extremes. It started off with a cool, long, damp spring with a lot of work keeping the fast growing canopy under control at Schloss Lieser. Flowering came late in mid-June, followed by an uneasy summer of both sun and rain. Finally by August everyone could breathe a little easier. Warm temperatures continued until Autumn, enabling the grapes to ripen perfectly. Harvest began on 10th October and for four weeks they were able to harvest extremely healthy, very ripe, golden yellow grapes. The result is a vintage of wonderfully fruity, high quality wines, with racy balanced acidity.

Xuxu Dumpling Bar

Lara Haag with Jahn Hansen, General Manager of Xuxu Dumpling Bar

Lara Haag at Sidart

Puneet Dhall & Lara Haag with Sophie Beaton from Sidart Restaurant


Auckland Dinner Event

A degustation was held at Culprit Restaurant in Auckland on Tuesday 27th March which included a range of impressive dishes and 4 of the Schloss Lieser Rieslings from the 2016 vintage. The evening began with a glass of the Feinherb and the Niederberg Helden Trocken GG. The Niederberg Helden Spatlese and Auslese were introduced later on in the night to accompany the various dishes.

The Schloss Lieser wines were paired with the following menu:

NZ Wakame & Market Fish, preserved lemon mayo, sesame, furikake wafer

Pork Cheek Nduja, Olafs Volkorn Toast, radish, cress, parsley, lemon oil

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, smoked mussel, cucumber

Chicken Liver Parfait, donuts, pinot noir syrup, char

Duck Fat Fried Brussel Sprouts, buttermilk ranch, old bay vinegar

Roast Bone Marrow, dill pickle gel, old edam toast, shallot & caper salad

On the Side

Culprit Roast Duck, hoisin sour cream, plum sauce, peanuts, iceberg

Cloudy Bay Tuatuas, chorizo XO sauce, fried vermicelli

Dessert

Steamed Ginger Kiss, vanilla mascarpone, stewed rhubarb, fairy floss


Wellington Dinner Event

A 5 course wine matched dinner was held at Noble Rot Wine Bar in Wellington on Wednesday 28th March with all of our Schloss Lieser Rieslings, including a special sweet Beerenauslese Riesling with dessert.

Schloss Lieser Noble Rot

Menu:

Crayfish Carpaccio, cucumber, celery, verjuice, seasoned roe
Paired with Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Organic Chicken and Hock Roulade, confit carrots, pink grapefruit, dashi, brioche
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Catch of the Day, hazelnut, cauliflower, broccolini
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

Baked Endive, granola padano, cabernet vinegar, malt & walnut crumb
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

Dessert

Whittakers 50% Dark Ghana, soft chocolate, tomato raisin, thyme, feijoa
Paired with special Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Beerenauslese

Demeter Zoltán & The Tokaj Foundation

Demeter Zoltan TokajThe Hungarian wine industry has had a tumultuous history over the last century suffering from both natural and political disasters.  At the end of the 19th century, Hungary was ravaged by phylloxera, with many traditional varieties being replaced with French rather than local varieties.  The Trianon dictate, the global recession in the late 1920s, and then World War II meant life was tough with little time to focus on luxury and leisure.  Then came the Communist era. This was a period when the focus was very much on quantity rather than quality in most areas of production including the wine industry.  

For the majority of people in Tokaj, the era of creating outstanding and unique traditional wines seemed a distant or forgotten art and an era that belonged to their ancestors.  

However, for the last twenty years, wine professionals in Tokaj have worked extremely hard to resurrect these exquisite, traditional wines and to educate the world about their unique qualities. Among these professionals, Demeter Zoltán, founded in 1996 with the intent to take a full and active part in the recognition and rediscovery of Tokaj terroir and its wines. Supported by the Tokaj Foundation these creative winegrowers have used indigenous varieties to produce seductive wines which reflect both their terroir and tradition. They have succeeded in resurrecting a glorious taste of the past and injecting a warm glow of amber and gold back into the region.

Demeter Zoltan Vineyard

The Tokaj Foundation was established to encourage creativity in the region and rediscover the almost forgotten traditions.  This includes winemaking as well as other local customs. In December 2017 the Tokaj Foundation organised a huge concert in the local cathedral to celebrate their success and the riches of Tokaj.  

Tokaj Foundation Concert

Not only have they reconnected with their ancestors, but recreated local products and customs to pass on to future generations ensuring the history and local traditions of Tokaj will now live well into the future.


Check out our Demeter Zoltán Wines below:

 

Demeter Zoltan Veres Tokaji Furmint Wine

2015 Veres – Tokaji Furmint

This dry wine is scented with heady white flowers, green apple with a palate to match with the addition of lime

 

Demeter Zoltan Eszter Tokaji Cuvee Wine

2013 Eszter – Tokaji Cuvée (500ml)

Ripe stone fruit jump out of the glass. The wine is a beautifully crafted balance between fruit and vineyard. Honeyed and oily with a crisp acidity playing yin to the fruit weights yang

 

Demeter Zoltan Tokaji Aszu Hold-volgy Wine

2007 Tokaji Aszú Hold-völgy (500ml)

Complex spice and savoury notes from Botrytis rich fruit at harvest. Well integrated and balanced

 

 

Demeter Zoltan Narancsbor Orange Wine

2015 Narancsbor Orange Wine

Grippy phenolics across the palate, sandalwood, pohutakawa honey and sweet fenugreek notes develop.  This wine is complex and needs air to open up its tight core of flavors.  The finish is dry and stony with an oily viscous texture

Weingut Schloss Lieser – Producer of Some of the World’s Finest Riesling

 

Pure and bright – seductive and sensual. The many guises of Riesling are what makes it such an alluring and highly revered varietal. Schloss Lieser is a master at showcasing the diversity of this amazing varietal and their wines are sought after around the world.

Situated in the picturesque Mosel Valley, the castle was built in 1875 with the winery added in 1904. Schloss Lieser was, however, in a very run down state when Thomas Haag took it over in the 1990s. Yet through hard work and his huge passion for Riesling, Haag has turned Schloss Lieser into one of the top Riesling producers in the world and restored the estate to its former glory. Thomas comes from a highly regarded dynasty of Mosel winemakers. His grandfather established the well-known Fritz Haag wine estate and decided to focus solely on producing premium Rieslings. Wilhelm Haag, Thomas’ father, succeeded Fritz, and became Winemaker of the Year in 1994, again showing their dedication to this varietal. Thomas and his family also focus solely on Riesling, producing all styles from dry to sweet, including four Grosses Gewächs. A passion for Riesling is definitely in the Haag blood.

Schloss Lieser Estate

The Schloss Lieser castle built in 1875

The vineyards are planted along the River Mosel on south or south-west facing sites on the very steep, slate slopes. These are premium spots as warmth from the sunshine, radiation from the heat absorbing slate soils and solar reflection from the river help the grapes fully ripen in this northern, cool climate region. The warm summers with cool nights and the long autumns enable the grapes to ripen slowly, thus developing optimum flavours and a wonderful racy acidity.

All work is carried out by hand on these steep slopes. Traditionally in the Mosel, each vine is attached to an individual stake as this enables the workers to work horizontally instead of vertically. Haag, however, has broken tradition and recently introduced wire training for some of their vines. He believes this allows them to be worked more easily and keeps yields low.
Several passes are made during vintage to pick the ripest grapes for the various styles, again adding to the intensity of the workload.

Schloss Lieser River

Vines of Schloss Lieser overlooking the Moselle River

Haag’s philosophy is “as little as possible, as much as necessary” as he aims to pursue a very natural cultivation of the vineyards which he believes maintains his responsibility to the environment.

The Schloss Lieser Rieslings therefore not only reflect the incredible Mosel terroir but also the passion and dedication of the Haag family.


Check out the Schloss Lieser Rieslings below:

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

Pale gold. Rich, deep, complex mineral aroma. Complex, concentrated, and piquant on the palate.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Pale gold. Very fine, elegant mineral notes. Elegant, fresh, and racy with a lots of grip.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

Pale gold. A masterly scent of peaches and classy exotic fruits. Great complexity with an infinite elegance.

 

Schloss Lieser Feinherb

2016 Schloss Lieser Riesling Feinherb

Pale gold. Slate-like fruit aroma. A juicy, piquant and salty Riesling.

 

Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

2016 Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Pale gold. Very fine, clear and precise perfume. Ripe lemon flavours. Piquant and slate-like on the palate.

New Producers from 2017

67 of the finest wine producers from around the World were added to our exclusive portfolio in 2017. We now represent over 200 Fine Wine producers exclusively. We are calling this our ‘LONG TAIL’ We include wines of all regions, styles, philosophies and price. From Natural and Organic wines to Orange wines to the Rarest wines in the World – The only rule is that it must be a fine (if not the finest) example of wine from that terroir – and of course WOW and delicious. Enjoy exploring our interactive map to see who they are.

Australasia

Australia

Clare Valley

Grosset
Grosset Wines’ philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty-seven years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards are hand tended (100% hand pruned, hand-picked) and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. The result is the finest expression of variety and place.

Barossa Valley

Zema Estate
“Zema is one of the last outposts of hand-pruning in Coonawarra, with members of the Zema family tending the vineyard set in the heart of Coonawarra’s Terra Rossa soil. Winemaking practices are straightforward; if ever there was an example of great wines being made in the vineyard, this is it.”
– James Halliday

Yarra Valley

Mac Forbes
For many Australian wineries, technological advancements no longer define their wines, which brings them back to the age old question – “what makes our patch of dirt unique?”
And this is the Mac Forbes journey. They are committed to seeking out sites that they deem to be strong and unusual. Often the vineyards were unloved when discovered, however through listening to and learning from the sites themselves, they have been able to bring back the health of the vineyards and share their character through making extraordinary wines.

New Zealand

Wairarapa / Hawke’s Bay

Bohemian
A brand close to our hearts at Dhall & Nash – Bohemian wines are independent both in name and in spirit. They are wines for those who love beautifully crafted things and for those who have creativity and individuality as their guiding spirit.

Central Otago

Aurum Wines
Aurum Wines is a boutique, organic winery in Central Otago, New Zealand. From the beginning, Aurum Wines has been committed to an environmentally aware philosophy.
Kalex Wines
In creating Kalex Wines, Holocaust survivor Alex Kaufman has used his incredible business acumen, and his ability to find and trust in the right people, to build a company. His passion, guidance and inspiration are the driving force behind the small, committed team at Kalex Wines.

America

USA

Washington

Hedges Family Estate
Where soil meets soul. Led by a passion for authenticity and a deep connection to the land they call home, the Hedges Family epitomizes the modern wine estate. A blend of rich cultural upbringings and a shared love for creating beautiful wine converge at the heart of bucolic Red Mountain, fostering a true homegrown approach to farming and viticulture.
K Vintners / Wines of Substance
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla (Washington State), Charles Smith opened his first winery, K Vintners, in December of 2001. The first release, 1999 K Syrah from Walla Walla Valley, initiated the style of winemaking that Charles continues today: small lots of single vineyard Syrahs and field blends of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Viognier, all of which are hand-picked, fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and basket pressed.

Oregon

Beaux Frères
The human element of our efforts coupled with the whimsy of Mother Nature as our muse make Beaux Frères wines distinct.
Erath
There is a place in Oregon wine country where EARTH and HEART intersect. It is called ERATH. As we enter our fourth decade of winemaking, Erath embraces its leadership role in producing Oregon wines. Regardless of season, regardless of year, Erath is a place for Pinot discovery.

Faust
Faust is the name given to the brand of the Huneeus family that pays tribute to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Duckhorn Vineyards
Duckhorn Vineyards has spent forty years establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Napa Valley wines.
Opus One
Mondavi and Rothschild are two names synonymous with Bordeaux blends, and Opus one is their combined masterpiece, marrying the old world with the new.
Spottswoode
“The success of the Spottswoode brand is a testament to the flinty and determined character of the family.”
– William Cash, Spears Magazine
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, notably known for being the winery that won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, was founded in 1970, and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate.

Sonoma Valley

Patz & Hall
Great wines capture the essence of great vineyards. For over two decades Patz & Hall has been seeking out the very best small, family-owned Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vineyards in California and establishing long-term relationships with the talented winegrowers who farm these world-class sites. Built on real friendships, and a shared commitment to quality, these partnerships have led to the rich diversity of the Patz & Hall wine portfolio, contributing to their acclaimed cuvées and these sought-after single-vineyard wines.

Ambyth Estate
AmByth has three magical chords that run through their core and shape their every thought, direction, decision and action: they are 100% dry-farmed, certified Biodynamic, and are natural winemakers.
L’Aventure
The L’Aventure winery reflects their commitment to excellence. All the equipment is state of the art, a perfect blend between technology and tradition.

Canada

Ontario

Norman Hardie Wines
Norman’s passion for fine wine is put to the ultimate test in his vineyards. He has chosen select sites in Prince Edward County and Niagara with a magical combination of clay and limestone. These mineral driven sites are ideal and allow him to craft Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other cool climate varieties of exceptional quality and elegance. His wines tell a story of place developed from passion and experience.

 

Europe and the Middle East

Portugal

Douro Valley

Quinta do Vallado
Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the Douro Valley. It once belonged to the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, and still belongs to her descendants. It lies on both banks of the Corgo River, a tributary of the Douro river, near its mouth, close to the town of Peso da Régua.

Spain

Rioja

Bodegas Exopto
Exopto was a project started by Bordeaux-native Tom Puyaubert in 2003, who had travelled to La Rioja to increase sales for a French Cooperage and fell in love with the land and all it had to offer.

France

Bordeaux

Chateau d’Yquem
The pinnacle of dessert-style wines, d’Yquem needs little introduction. Thomas Jefferson purchased 250 bottles of the 1784 vintage stating “Sauternes, This is the best white wine of France and the best of it is made by Monsieur de Lur-Saluces”. The wine’s balance of acidity and sugar means its ageing potential is amazing, Robert Parker scored the 1811 vintage 100 points in 1996, well over a century since the grapes were harvested.

Gaillac

Causse Marines
Causse Marines is a domaine in Gaillac, France. It was named such after the local river that ribbons through the property (Marines,) and the limestone soils (Causse.)
On their vineyard of 12ha, Causse Marines strives to honour the native grape varieties that have historically been grown in the region of Gaillac.

Loire Valley

Domaine de Noire
The philosophy of the domain is to offer quality wines that accurately reflect the landscape in which they have been nurtured. As a result, all the vintages possess delicacy, elegance and character.
Domaine de Noiré and its respected wines are situated at Noiré, first classified as an area producing top quality Chinon wine at the beginning of the 20th century.
Domaine de Pothiers
The estate is located in Villemontais, in the southern part of has cultivated it for centuries. For the sake of quality and respect for the environment and the consumer, the whole vineyard is cultivated in organic and biodynamic culture.

Burgundy

Alain Gras
Alain Gras has been working passionately since 1979, with a great respect for the land.
Domaine Bertagna
Established in the 1950’s, this domaine is just a few hundred metres away from the Chateau de Clos Vougeot.
Chevalier Pere & Fils
Custodians of a family winegrowing tradition that has existed for five generations and over a century.
Domaine Dubreuil Fontaine
Located in the Côte de Beaune, using Chardonnay and Pinot noir to make up its wide range.
Domaine Trapet-Rochelandet
Trapet Rochelandet uses traditional Burgundian methods adapted to modern technology.
Frédéric & Michel Magnien
Frédéric Magnien is an alchemist of the Côte d’Or’, combining talent and terroir. He is the heir to the Domaine Michel Magnien.
Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard
Located in Pommard, Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard has been a family affair for eight generations.
Jean-Michel Gaunoux
Jean-Michel Gaunoux cultivates three Premier Cru sites within Meursault.
Morey Coffinet
From father to son, from father to daughter… their work animates their lives every day, every night, every meal.
Philippe Colin
Founded 2004.

Champagne

André Clouet
With the family’s history in the region dating back centuries, the current generation of Clouet is making waves in the Champagne world. Described as an “upcoming rockstar” by Tyson Stelzer, the Chef de Cave is creating wines in Bouzy and Ambonnay which are coveted for very good reason.

Rhône Valley

Francois Tissot
After more than a decade of wine making for others, François Tissot couldn’t resist to the temptation to produce a wine to call his very own. The vineyard spreads over a little more than thirty terraces (called faysses,) and covers about 10 acres.
Paul Jaboulet Aîné
In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced.
Champagne, France
Alain Gras
Alain Gras has been working passionately since 1979, with a great respect for the land.
Domaine Bertagna
Established in the 1950’s, this domaine is just a few hundred metres away from the Chateau de Clos Vougeot.

Italy

Piedmont

Josetta Saffirio
“For two centuries we cultivate our vineyards and let the territory tell its own story through our wines.we discover deeper and deeper our roots in the great lands of Langa.”
In 1982 a Barolo of the highest quality, which has been the impulse that gave birth to the farm Josetta Saffirio, was born from some experiments.
La Stoppa
La Stoppa is an ancient company that with its vineyards climbs solitary on the slopes of the Trebbiola valley, not far from the Trebbia river, in the province of Piacenza. The low natural yields, due to the average age of the vines and the difficult soil, and the intrinsic quality of the bunches allow to obtain very characterized wines, born in the vineyard and not betrayed by excessive work in the cellar.

Veneto

La Marca
La Marca is named for the La Marca Trevigiana zone, located in the heart of the Prosecco region, where its grapes are grown Founded more than 40 years ago, it is a co-op representing over 5,000 growers farming over 17,000 acres in the Treviso area.
La Marca selects the best grapes to produce high quality wines, thanks to modern technologies in the vineyards and in the winemaking process.

Le Macchiole
In this magical place, where rolling hills are blanketed by forest, where vineyards and olive trees meet with the Tyrrhenian Sea, Le Macchiole has taken shape over time.
Petrolo
Petrolo doesn’t make basic wines, only great wines. The winery has been improving in recent years following this idea, only aiming towards offering labels that could speak of and guarantee high quality and, that could represent a coherent identity of the Estate.
San Felice
The San Felice farm with its 147 hectares of vineyards, in the Chianti Classico and in Montalcino, is an authoritative name in the territory and represents a model of respect for the environment and sustainability.
Its wines of great value are the result of the “San Felice Method”, based on a rigorous scientific protocol born from the collaboration with different Universities and linked to the enhancement of native vines and Sangiovese.
Tua Rita
In 1984 Rita and Virgilio realized their lifelong dream purchasing the property that became Tua Rita. The landscape and buildings on this property were a mere setting for living in contact with nature whilst farming their beloved land. Their overwhelming passion for wine actually changed their plans…

Abruzzo

Cerulli Spinozzi
Every so often a region has a winemaking family or estate which acts as an engine, pulling the entire area upward and into the limelight of international recognition. The Cerulli Spinozzi family in Italy’s Abruzzo region, is doing just this – working with the native red grape, Montepulciano.

Germany

Rhineland-Palatinate

Weingut Huff
Since 1700, the Huff family has been growing wine in Schwabsburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
Since her completion of the wine-growing studies in Geisenheim 2010, Christine has been responsible for the expansion of the wines. She is supported by her husband Jeremy, who moved from New Zealand to Rheinhessen. Winemaker Ekkehard Huff takes care of vineyards and farms, his wife Doris ensures the welfare of the customers.

Hungary

Tokaj

Demeter Zoltán
Owned by and named for legendary Hungarian winemaker, Demeter Zoltán. He obtained his professional winemaker status at the Budapest University of Horticulture, but also partly in the United States, France and in Great Britain.
Demeter has actively participated in the day-to-day wine activity of Tokaj-Hegyalja since 1993, launching and running foreign-owned wineries. After three years, he founded his own venture with the intent to take a full and active part in the recognition and rediscovery of Tokaj terroir.

Lebanon

Bekaa Valley

Chateau Marsyas
Deeply rooted in Eastern soil Johnny R. Saadé and his family translated their passion for terroir and vines into Château Marsyas, in the Southern part of the Bekaa Valley.

2018 Events and Key Dates

We at Dhall & Nash are proud to be creating polished campaigns and events conducted in intimate and exclusive settings to taste and communicate the stories of our incredible wines, and we’re thinking 2018 could be the best yet. Between the Bicentennial celebration of Billecart-Salmon Champagne and an array of iconic personalities visiting the team, we are definitely in for a treat.

James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of 2017

James Suckling released his Top 100 Wines of 2017 and we have the best!

James Suckling is internationally regarded as one of the most influential wine critics. After 36 years of experience, James Suckling describes 2017 as “one of the most exciting” years to date. He tasted so many amazing wines in about every major winegrowing region. James Suckling defines his Top 100 Wines of 2017 as “the most comprehensive list ever”. His team and himself travelled all around the world to talk to winemakers, walk the vineyards and experience the atmosphere of the region of production. All the wines were picked by score, availability and combination of excitement and price. After tasting about 16,000 wines,  Suckling and his team of tasters picked the 100 best. Dhall & Nash exclusively represent eight of these stunning brands!

 


N°1

2015 Baron Philippe de Rothschild And Concha Y Toro Almaviva

“This is a wine that epitomizes greatness with its intensity, structure and balance. It underlines the movement away from overdone, jammy wines to a neoclassicism with energy and finesse” – James Suckling (100 points)

N°2

2014 Petrolo Galatrona

“Deep cherry red. Intense dark fruit overwhelms the oak. Dark and savoury. More oak sweetness and spice on the palate, firm but rounded tannnins. Elegant in an oaked style and long. Concentrated but not at all heavy.” – Jancis Robinson (17+ points)

N°10

2016 Château Ducru Beaucaillou

“Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style.” – Wine Spectator (97-100 points)

N°11

2004 Vega Sicilia Unico

“Dark purplish crimson. Actually this smells more obviously ripe and opulent than the 2005, perhaps because of its seductive and already complex undertow. Beautiful completeness. So beautifully balanced that it is already alluring, even if it refines and dries a bit on the finish. Really stunning – explosive! Mineral finish.” – Jancis Robinson (19.5 points)

N°32

2012 Château Mouton-Rothschild

“This is a beautifully opulent wine, great Mouton in its richness and succulent fruits. It’s combines structure and obvious new-wood aging with hugely ripe black plum and currant flavors. While it is a pleasure to taste now, there is a great tannic structure in the background to give the sense of power and aging potential.” – Wine Enthusiast (97 points)

N°41

2013 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay

“A fresh and clean wine with lovely linear structure that gives the wine energy and power. Medium body, lovely cream and flan and hints of stone. Love the subtlety and length.” – James Suckling (94 points)

N°53

 

2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis

“Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices.”- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (98 points)

N°66


2005 Château Pontet Canet 

“Possibly the youngest wine of all the 2005 Médocs in terms of its evolution, at age 10 the inky purple 2005 Pontet-Canet tastes more like a two-year-old wine. Loads of pure blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit are present along with a hint of licorice and background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, and excruciatingly fresh, vigorous and exuberant. This is a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths.” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (97 points)

 

#1 : NV Armand de Brignac Gold Brut “Ace of Spades”

#1 NV Armand de Brignac Gold Brut “Ace of Spades”: Touted as the most expensive Champagne and available in the infamous 30l ‘Midas’ bottle – this bad boy is worthy of note. This is luxury personified…


This illustrious cuvée is owned by Media Mogul Jay Z which begs the obvious question is it any good? Well last year we broke down the facts about this gold-tinged luxury wine so click here for more…

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