It's been yet another flavourful year in Forest Wines, we hope you have tried lot of our easy drinking bottles, you know the ones you grab when dashing home in the middle of the week and you can drink with just about everything. We have been working pretty hard this year to source many of those. But now that Christmas is just round the corner, the big day needs some big flavours and these four bottles certainly offer that - here’s to you and Happy Christmas!
Domaine du Pech pick all of their grapes by hand which is why the words "Vendanges Manuelles" are proudly displayed on the label along with the trademark picture of the ladybird that helps them control insects in their vineyard. They are situated on the slopes of Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois in the very south east of the appellation.
The wine is intensely savoury with flavoursome notes of wood smoke, leather and prune. There is a silkiness and finesse about this wine that is seen at its best when decanted for a few hours beforehand. Le Pech Abuse, is a play on words since this wine was refused appellation status because it is atypical.
Cantina Terlano Sauvignon Quarz from the north-eastern limits of Italy, from one of the best estates in the region. This Sauvignon is enticingly exotic in the glass, with multilayered fruit of mango, papaya, lime and red grapefruit, and herbal aromas reminiscent of lemon grass, lemon balm, mint and green tea. It also reveals mineral notes of flint combined with a hint of elderberry syrup. On the palate, the wine offers a fascinating interplay of juicy fruit aromas and delicate minerality creating a harmonious opulence with a long and impressive finish.
Cantina Terlano is well known in Italian wine drinking circles for producing Italy’s longest lived white wines. Located in the heart of the Terlan wine-growing region and founded in 1893, it is one of the oldest Alto Adige coops. Today Terlano has approximately 100 members, farms 150 hectares and has an annual production of roughly 1.2 million bottles.
Chinon, with its famous Château, stands at the centre of the Loire Valley and has long been famous for its light but 'structured' reds. This 25 hectare estate is based in the village of Savigny-en-Véron.
The late Olga Raffault is a legend in the Loire Valley. She not only championed organic farming and sustainability long before her contemporaries, but her Cab Francs are also consistently delicious. The 'Les Picasse' vineyard vines are well over 50-years-old, on a steep slope that runs up from the riverbank. The wine is rustic and quite earthy, with hints of orange zest and a deep, dark cherry flavor. The tannins are soft, but present, and the mineral complexity and hint of black pepper in the finish is superb. This wine begs to be paired with food. In Chinon you'll often find it served with venison and huckleberries, but I think lamb or roast beef would do just as well.
One of Burgundy's oldest surviving family estates, the Girard story began in 1529, when Jean Girard began cultivating grapes in Savigny-Les-Beaune. This is a fantastic Pinot Noir with mixtures of red and black fruits on the nose together with a touch of spicy oak. Splendid concentration and long, lingering after taste.