Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
Soup of the day Â£3.25
Ballotine of salmon and prawn served with grelette sauce Â£4.75
AumÃ´niÃ¨re of crab and ratatouille served with red pepper coulis Â£5.85
SautÃ©ed fresh scallops meuniere served with aubergine caviar Â£7.50
Duck foie gras served with blackcurrant caramel and toasted brioche Â£10.50
Duo of guinea fowl and artichokes served with balsamic dressing Â£5.70
Wild boar pÃ¢tÄ served with port gelÄe Â£3.95
Escargots de bourguogne (20 minutes) Â½ dozen Â£4.00 dozen Â£7.50
Confit Mediterranean vegetables served with mozzarella and pesto Â£5.00 / Â£9.00
Fillet of red snapper served on a bed of onion and fennel Â£13.00
Pan fried cod served with ProvenÃ§ale sauce (tomato & shallots) Â£11.95
Fillet of sea bass wrapped in proscuto ham with a meat jus dressing Â£12.50
Sea scallops tagliatelle served with a creamy persillade Â£ 9.95
Fillet of duckling served with a Porto sauce Â£13.50
Roasted lamb shank caramelized in his own jus Â£11.95
Beef Bavette steak served with shallots Â£10.50
Roasted rack of pork with Dijon mustard sauce Â£10.50
Confit of duck leg served with chtâi red cabbage and mash potatoes Â£9.50
Filet of corn fed chicken served with a tarragon sauce Â£9.95
Honey baked goatâs cheese on a bed of pan fried aubergines Â£9.95
with ratatouille and lentilâs mash
Rosemary tart tatin with vanilla ice cream ( 20 minutes ) Â£6.50
Raspberry crÃ¨me brulee Â£5.50
Profiteroles au chocolat Â£5.50
Nougat glace and strawberry coulis Â£5.75
Ile flottante Â£3.95
Chocolat brownie served with crÃ¨me anglaise and orange caramel Â£5.50
Selection of French and English cheeses Â£5.50
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All wine will be sold by the glass in 175ml other than 125ml for Champagne and Sweet wines
A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill
Serious Fizz Bottle Glass
Vouvray brut NV , Domaine Champelou Â£23.50 Â£4.50
Delightful nose of honey, sweet hay and quince, lively acidity supports the apple fruit.
Cava NV 999 Loxarel Â£19.50
Displaying a tight and intense mousse, clean and fruity aroma lead on to a persistent palate of red currant with a likeable creaminess.
Non Vintage Nicolas Feuillatte Â£30.00 Â£6.00
Redolent of red berries and almonds, this full-bodied Champagne feels firm and powerful, ending with a slight astringency. Perfect with food.
Non Vintage Laurent Perrier Â£41.00
The nose is an intense aroma of fresh green apples and delicate mineral, floral. The palate is elegante, supple, round, approachable, rich and full in the mouth. A fine blend of almost equal amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot noir make this a distinctive and well balance wine
1994 Nicolas Feuillatte Â£44.00
Blend: 40% Pinot Noir,20% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Meunier
The vintage expresses the typical qualities and characteristics of the year. The three Champagne grape-varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, have different characteristics according to the region they are grown in. The Pinot Meunier, which accounts for 40% of the blend, brings out the vintageâs suppleness and conviviality developing aromas of cakes to which are added notes of red fruit. With its honeyed palate this is an excellent wine to accompanying food and still a beautifully elegant aperitif wine.
Non Vintage Bolinger, Special Cuvee Â£52.00
A beautiful Champagne, complex and elegant, evoking ginger, jasmine, citrus and honey aromas and flavours, accented by a biscuit and grain component coming as much from barrel fermentation as yeast aging. Very firmly structured and long.
Non Vintage Jean paul Deville, RosÄ Â£30.00
A very light , fresh and fruity easy on your purse Champagne rosÄ
Non Vintage Laurent Perrier Rose Â£60.00
The nose is essentially a fruity style with aromas of gooseberries, raspberries, red apples, cherries and wild strawberries. Some mineral/chalky notes mingle with subtle hint of brioche. Very attractive and full of freshness. As for the palate is lively, fresh attack. In the middle palate itâs fuller and rounded with all he fruit sensations we found on the nose. Good length. Fine and delicate throughout.
2004 Cuvee sixieme sens rose, Dom Bertrand pays dâOc Â£14.00 Â£3.50
Typical Syrah-Grenache blend in true style of rose de provence,dry and fruity to sip on the terrace
Sweet and Fortified
2003 Muscat de Rivesaltes, Chateau Jau 500ml Â£19.00 Â£4.75
Complex, possesses floral, mineral-like notes, nice perfume, and a rich palate.
Yalumba NV Museum Release 50 year old Antique Tawny 37.5cl Â£45.00
This 50 year old tawny, made from a blend of five different grape varieties after world war two,itâs dark amber colour is followed by sweet notes of roasted nuts, molasses, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, and brandy macerated berry fruit. The aftertaste goes on for 60+seconds, itâs pretty spectacular stuff.
Rated by Robert Parker as the one of the finest tawny Ports ever made on the planet.
Whites Fresh & Crisp Bottle Glass
2004 Bergerie de la bastide, Grand vin du languedoc Â£10.00 Â£3.00
A good quality every day House wine.
2004 Domaine Mordoc Chardonnay Â£13.00
From Languedoc this Chardonnay Got a very aromatic nose with elements of quince, honey and spices combined with notes of citrus fruits which give to this wine a lot of finesse and elegance. The mouth is fleshy yet fresh and there are exotic flavour of mango and ginger.
2003 Chardonnay , Vin de pays Â£13.50
Easy on the purse for an above average Chardonnay,
2003 Casa Azul Chardonnay Chilie Â£14.50
Pale yellow wine with a greeny hue. Unoaked Chardonnay with plenty of ripe buttery fruit, hints of apricot, melon and nectarine, soft and round in the mouth.
2004 Picpoul de pinet, Chateau de mirande Â£16.00
This grape Piquepoul Blanc New to me as well is located in the Coteaux du Languedoc between Beziers and Montpellier. The wine got a spicy aniseed bouquet, green fruits and herbs, quite resinous, ample mouthfeel with savoury flavours of iodine, yellow plum and pepper, also a sharp prickle and full-bodied.
2004 Domaine de verger, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Â£16.50 Â£9.00 Half
Light yellow with green tints,fine nose with floral and mineral notes, and nice weight in the mouth with good clean lazyy feel.
2003 Chateau La Galante, Bordeaux entre deux mer Â£17.00
Here on the North-Eastern outskirts of Bordeaux, the traditional (and unoaked) blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semilion and Muscadelle work wonders. Careful picking and temperature controlled winemaking deliver a fresh and crisp, vegetal and floral wine.
2004 Pinot Grigio , Astoria Â£17.50
This wine is a straw yellow colour with copper shades. The bouquet is intense, fruity, fine and elegant, while the palate is full , soft and has plenty of character.
2004 Chateau Mourgues du Gres, Costiere de Nimes Â£18.00
This Costiere de Nimes is situated between the Languedoc and the Rhone. It is a lovely mixture of fruit and freshness with lovely lemon citrus notes, white flowers and a touch of exotic fruits.
2002 Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay Â£19.00
Very appealing is this Chardonnay, nicely extracted, richly fruity effort with abundant quantities of honeyed tropical fruit, good underlying acidity, and fine weight.
Rated 5th Best 2002 Chardonnay in the World for Price by Robert Parker.
2003 Brampton Sauvignon Blanc Â£19.00
Fresh, zesty gooseberries with hints of fig and lemon curd can be found in the aromatics. A superb value, it has an immensely appealing oily texture, loads of ripe gooseberry, peaches and cream flavours that are offset by a racy citrus peel note, and a plump, thick medium-bodied personality perfect for Chardonnay lovers looking for a change of pace.
Rated worldâs top ten 2003 Sauvignon Blanc for Price by The Wine Spectator.
2004 Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay Â£19.50
From Michael Ivicvich, chief Winemaker. âWe are making a distinctive cool climate style of chardonnay, refreshingly crisp and elegant with delicious concentration of varietal intensity that can only be created in our unique Marlborough climate and soilâ
2004 Bourgogne Aligote, Hugues Goisot Â£21.50
Beautiful green-gold colour, lively mineral nose and firm palate with concentrated smoked fruit and good length. This woud be superb Chablis substitute.
2003 Sancerre by Henry Bourgeois, La vigne blanche Â£24.50
Fresh, crisp, grasslike and floral aromas give way to round flavours of apple and peach in this soft but lively white.
2004 Sancerre les Caillottes, Domaine Laporte Â£27.50
The grape, Sauvignon blanc witch are harvest from wine growing on hard limestone soil known locally as âcaillottesâ and the 5 months spend maturing on it fine lees to focus its aromas, Give this wine his delightful floral nose with note of citrus, grapefruit zest and sharp mineral edge with distinctive smokiness.
Whites Succulent & Aromatic
2003 Viognier, Dom Bertrand pays dâOc Â£14.00 Â£3.50
Classic Viognier from south of France, bursting with apricot, peach and flowery aromas, full flavoured and very round on the palate.
2004 Yalumba Y Series Viognier Â£19.00
This attractive wine offers honeysuckle, apricot and peach aromas as well as flavours. Itâs crisp, lively personality is both fresh and floral. Enjoy this over the next year.
Rated the top Viognier in the World for Price by Robert Parker.
2003 LâArchet Chardonnay Viognier Â£19.50
A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Viognier, this wine benefit from the particularity of those to varietal. A nose of exotic fruit and spices followed by floral notes of the viognier.Flavour of aprcot and peach are enlivened by lush creaminess of chardonnay vinified in barrels
2004 Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris Â£21.50
A beautiful effort from redbank, this possesses superb honeyed apple and pear-like fruit, medium body, loads of freshness, good underlying acidity, and zesty finish. Surprisingly persistent, consumption over the next 24 months is suggested in order to take advantage of its exuberance as well as perfume.
Rated in the top 100 Australian wines for 2004 by the Wine Expert june 2004, and in the worldâs top 5 Pinot Gris by Wine Spectator, also top 10 by Parker in the world by price.
2004 Seifried Sauvignon Blanc Â£23.50
Bright and tangy, with very generous, ripe peach and passion fruit flavours shaded by a zippy lime and minerality to this beautifully balanced wine with quite a lively finish.
2002 Chablis, Vieilles Vignes, Daniel-Etienne Defaix Â£25.50
Chardonnay is the only grape variety permitted here. Dry and Crisp with a cool, clean finish and a unique flinty or mineral flavour. These elegant and crisp Chardonnays offer aromas and flavours of butter, apple, peach, pear, white flowers and roses. On ageing, mushroom, hazelnut and toasty aromas are typical and give Chablis its inimitable style. The Opulent wine of Chablis are among the favourites of Chardonnay fans. Ideal with fish and shellfish. If you like dry Chardonnay and you havenât tried the real Defaix Chablis, treat yourself to a fantastic experience.
2003 Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier Â£26.50
Does a remarkable job of capturing the classic spice, pineapple and litchi exuberance of viognier without letting it cloy, balancing it all with a gentle zip of acidity. It all persists disarmingly on the finish. Dring now.
2002 Pazo de Senorans AlbariÃ±o Â£27.00
An outstanding effort in a challenging vintage, this 2002 AlbariÃ±oâs knock-out aromatics are reminiscent of a top-class Condrieu from Franceâs RhÃ´ne Valley. Scents of white peaches, apricot jam, and minerals jump from the glass of this textured, medium-bodied, layered, personality-filled, beautifully fruited, dry Spanish white.
Rated Best 2002 AlbariÃ±o in the World for Price by Robert Parker.
2002 Yalumba Riesling Hand-picked Â£27.00
The outstanding 2002 Hand Picked Riesling from Eden Valley is one of the finest Australian dry Rieslings I have tasted. Crisp, elegant notes of apples, oranges, and citrus oils are offered in a persuasive, clean, authoritatively flavoured style.
Rated Worldâs 2nd Best Riesling for 2002 at the Price by Robert Parker.
Whites Rich & Structured
2004 Viu Mament, Chardonnay reserve, Chile Â£20.50
The new world Chardonnay aged in new oak as the reserve adjective indicate is a modern classic in England for the last few years and we looked hard to find a amazing example, bursting with Moorish fruit, packed to the lee with refreshing citrus and exotic flavours, if you like dry wine, look away now but if you like your fruit in the wine this is fire work.
2003 Domaine Vecten, Bourgogne Blanc Â£22.00
Highly seductive Chardonnay from the central Burgundy area of AuxeyDuresses.The very ripe 2003 vintage deliver bag o character and a bold rich style with exotic fruits and citrusy notes at the forefront, backed by oak-induced vanilla notes and an appealing creaminess. All without losing its distinctive elegance.
2002 Vasse Felix Margaret River Chardonnay Â£28.00
This competitively priced Chardonnay has a wonderfully honeyed citrus, white flower, pear, and lanolin-filled personality. Ripe medium-bodied, nicely textured, clean and crisp, it will provide plenty of enjoyment.
Rated 2nd Best Chardonnay in the World for 2002 at the Price by Robert Parker.
1999 Bannockburn Chardonnay Â£29.00
The 1999 chardonnay Geelongâs full to medium gold color suggests complete evolution as do the aromas and flavours. Honey suckle,citrus, white peach and pear characteristics are presenting this medium-bodied, nicely-textured, fully matured chardonnay. The wood is kept well in the background. It is drinking beautifully now.
2002 Heytesbury Chardonnay Â£35.00
The Heytesbury has more complex aromas and flavours, including hazelnut, smoke and honeysuckle in addition to citrus and mineral components appear in this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, impeccably well-balanced Chardonnay. This French styled wine should drink well and age handsomely for another four years, perhaps longer.
2002 Classic McLaren La Testa Chardonnay Â£38.00
A fully fermented wine that slowly fills the nose with sweet ripe apricot, hazelnut, exotic fruits and vanilla. Tastes like a top-flight Meursault, loaded with peache, melons, pears, hint of citrus, figs ,cashews and nouga, fat and chewy, slightly more like a cool climate chardonnay. Drink through 2008
2002 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru, âLes Vergersâ, Genot-Boulanger Â£47.00
Eloquent nose of chestnut puree, pears, quinces and stones and a fine, silky, concentrated palate. This is a feminine wine.
A domaine which has made great strides in the last couple of vintages. Winemaker Guillaume de Castelanau believes in minimal intervention in the wine-making process, indeed lunar cycles determine activities in the wineyard! This lunacy pays off because he extracts glorious purity of flavour in his wines and they all share a sense of harmony and balance.
1999 Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Clavoillons Â£58.00
Impressive, this one ambushes your taste buds, starts out slow, then kicks into high gear with a powerfully intense fruit and citrus character. Smoke, honey and lemon, with a silky texture and limelike aftertaste, it stays on the finish.
Reds Pinot Noir & Lighter Reds Bottle Glass
2003 Bergerie de la Bastide, Grand Vin du Languedoc Â£10.00 Â£3.00
A good quality house red
2004 Tempranillo-bonarda, villavieja, argentina Â£14.00
A very exiting new blend from Agentina,fresh, light, packed with mixed red fruit and very smooth in the mouth.
2004 Rioja Navajas Tinto Â£16.00 Â£9.50Half
Savoury aromas, fresh and floral, rosehips and ripe red cherries, easy fruity palate with cocoa-butter texture and ripe spicy finish.
2004 LâArchet Grenache Â£17.00
Vinified by carbonic maceration this Grenache is light with a mouthful of crunchy raspberries and a smouth clean finish.
2002 Alta rio Rioja Â£17.50
Rich and fruity tempralinillo combines with essence of cinnamon and vanilla to create a perfect fusion of flavours.
2004 Touraine Gamay, Benjamin dâOctovie Â£17.50
Fragant red berries and ripe cherries aromas, light and vivacious ( Yes vivacious) wine that doesnât take itself too seriously but delivers much more than you would bargain for ( Ask me to bring you an ice bucket for a different and at least as enjoyable drinking experienceâ¦)
.2002 Brouilly, Domaine Cret des Garanches Â£22.50
Dark red colour, dominant nose of strawberries, raspberries and ripe plums, supple on the palate but with sufficient weight and structure to carry it with food.
2000 Classic McLaren CMC Grenache Â£23.50
Superb entry level wine from Classic McLaren, showing a lighter ruby/purple colour, (there was rain at vintage time) a definite smoky blackberry, cassis, pepper and ripe black cherry aromatics, rounded and well structured, ripe easy drinking with a spicy palate and immense purity of ripe fruit, sure to please.
2002 Fleurie, Domaine Jean Marc Pardon Â£26.00 Â£13.00 Half
Light in texture, with a firm underpinning of fine tannins and a delicate feel to the red plum and raspberry
2004 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Â£26.50
Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate pinot noir as its best. Fragrant, soft and flavourful with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and gentle sweet fruit tannins to provide serious structure and length.
2000 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Heresztyn Â£26.50
Rich burgundy colour. Fragrant nose of raspberries, ripe redcurrant, and sweet beetroot, lovely savoury palate with fresh attack yielding flavours of red fruits, liquorice and menthol. Medium-bodied with appealing tannins. Aged in Allier oak barrels for 16 months.
2001 Chorey les Beaune âLes Chams Longsâ Laleure Piot Â£27.00
A rich, ripe, medium-bodied red that is dark in colour and thick in texture, although rustic, with tough tannins it offers some dill, sandalwood and cassis. Toughens on the finish.
2001 Sancerre, Cuvee Les Caillottes, J M Roger Â£28.00
Red cherry and berry fruit, along with wet earth and herbal notes on an elegant, firm structure. A touch astringent on the finish.
2003 Givry, vieilles vignes, Domaine Parize Â£29.00
Bright floral Pinot. Lavender and fresh mint on the nose, Bilberries, raspberries etcâ¦ Silky body, clean, lip-smacking finish.
1997 Achille Viglione Nebbiolo dâAlba, Barrique aged Â£35.00
Displays a deep purple colour, inky blackberry, cassis and cherry stone aromatics. Bright with loads of glycerin and hints of chocolate. Beautifully pure with ripe black fruit and a rustic edge, well made, very pleasant and uncomplicated drinking.
2003 Givry 1er Cru, Grandes Vignes, Domaine Parize Â£36.00
Delicious primary aromas of spiced cherries, berries and rhuarb, notes of clove and cigarbox, lovely refinement.
2001 Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape Marquis Â£40.00
This superb offering, reveals a deep ruby/garnet colour in addition to a sweet bouquet of kirsch liqueur, roasted meats, figs, lavender, and freshly ground Provencal herbs. It is an unctuously rich, full-bodied, dense Chateauneuf du Pape with low acidity and tremendous fruit intensity.
Ranked joint second best 2001 Chateauneuf by price â Robert Parker
1999 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru. Les Laviere Tollet Beaut Â£40.00
The medium to dark ruby-coloured Les Lavieres has cherry and black raspberry aromas. This wine has excellent depth, loads of red cherry, fresh herb, and cassis-like fruit. Medium-bodied and gorgeously ripened , it is filled with sweet, supple tannin.
Reds Smooth and silky
2004 Merlot, Domaine des Moulines. Â£16.50
Our latest brilliant âfindâ in the Languedoc region in the south of France, The sunny Herault, a lovely, rich and darkly coloured Merlot, full of character with Ferm tannins and ripe berries flavor to flatter your palate.
2002 Martin Berdugo Joven Â£17.50
A lovely blackberry led aroma â rich, sweet fruit. The palate is more subdued offering more complexity in recompense. Deep, stewed fruits coupled with perfectly judged smooth tannins and blackberry acidity. Rounded, vanilla-edged and dripping with softs on the finish. ( this is a food wine)
2002 Yalumba Barossa Shiraz Â£21.00
The 2002 Shiraz (which includes 5% Viognier) offer white pepper, flowers and uncomplicated, plump berry fruit in a medium-bodied, chunky, corpulent style. It should be consumed over 2005/2007. It is a great value!
2002 Yaluma Bush Vine Grenache Â£21.50
A fine value is this Australian version of an outstanding cotes du Rhone. Gorgeous layers of fruit, Kirsch liqueur, pepper, spice box and sandalwood are found in this dark ruby coloured, fleshy, hedonistic red.
2000 Patrick Lesec Vacqueyras Chant du Gout Â£29.00
The Vacqueyras Chant du Gout reveals abundant quantities of garrigue, kirsch liqueur, pepper, and spice. The 2000 is lush and ripe, with low acidity, and a fleshy personality. This wine has 5-8 years of longevity.
Ranked third best Vacqueyras for the 2000 vintage and 1st by price â Robert Parker.
Reds Cabernet & Merlot
2003 Clairieres, Merlot vin du pays dâOc Â£12.00
Good everyday VDP Merlot.
2004 Mordoc merlot Â£13.00 Â£3.50
From Languedoc, this Merlot got a appealing fruity nose with spicy notes (eucalyptus) , red fruit aroma and suggestions of black olive in the background. The mouth is sweet with mellow tannins.
2002 Cave de Fournery Â£14.00
A blend of merlot, cabernet, cot and cinsault, this wine is mellow and round yet structured by some tannins.The nose tends towards alcohol -red fruit and is followed by a round and pleasant mouth of berries fruit.
2004 Brookfield, Kingston Estate South Australia Â£14.00
Medium bodied soft and juicy wine showing plums and black chocolate aromas. Straightforward and honest wine with a knack for cheering things up.
2002 Chateau Deville Red, Bordeaux Â£16.00
This is an easy-going petie chateau from the entre-deux-mers region, very velvety and full of claret character.
2003 Chateau tour des Gendre Bergerac â Le Classiqueâ Â£18.00
From around the Dordogne river due east of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol in the South West of France. This Merlot got a dark red colour with violet tints. Expensive, warm nose of wild strawberries and myrtille with smoked notes and spice. Supple in the mouth with thick juicy fruit reinforcing the aromas found on the nose.
2003 Chateau La Galante, Bordeaux Superieur Â£18.50
A traditional Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend, oak-aged for six months and offering appealing ripe red berries and leathery aromas balanced by soft tannins and spicy notes.
2001 Longlands, Cabernet Merlot, Te Awa, New Zealand Â£20.00
Purple with violets tints. Dark chocolate and spice mingle with pronounced white pepper, ripe cherry and plum aromas. A firm lively attack leads to a round, richly flavoured mid palate. Fine structural tannins lifting the fruit and ensuring backbone and structure. An elegant red, comparatively light in alcohol, savoury and aromatic.
2003 Kaapzicht Estate Red Â£20.00
A bit brooding in style, with dark roasted espresso bean aroma, black currant and smoke flavours. Muscular and fleshy, this is an impressive Cabernet/Shiraz blend finishing with toasty new oak notes.
2004 Oyster Bay Merlot Â£21.00
The Hawkeâs Bay wine region is arguably the most exciting find in recent times for the cultivation of merlot in new Zealand. This is the unique environment in which merlot produces its vibrant, fully ripened varietal flavours. Essentially this wine is about elegance and intensity of fruit. The hero is always freshness of ripe fruit, spice and soft tannins on the palate.
2002 LâArchet Classique Â£23.00
A Bordeaux blend with merlot as the main star, this wine has spent 15 months in French oak barrels. Elegant yet complex it is a fine example of wines produced in the cotes de la Malepere. The mouth is ripe with blackcurrant and evolves towards more complex notes of coffee and white peppers. The finish is lingering and all silk.
2002 Guelbenzu Azul, Navarra from Spain Â£25.00
This beautiful wine is coming from Navarra witch is a province adjoining Rioja stretching up into the Pyrenees. The climat is continental, but not to hot in the summer due to the relatively northern latitude. This is a Franco/Spanish style with an elegant savoury blackcurrant fruit tempered by aromatic notes of rosewood, cigarbox and black pepper.
2001 Classic Mc Laren CMC Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Â£25.00
A superb Bordeaux styled blend, deep purple in colour, with a huge nose of crÃ¨me de cassis, vanilla and spice box and a touch of expresso infused chocolate. Intensely structured and opunlently textured with no hard edges, touches on melted liquorices, blackberry, currents and fig emerge from this fruit bomb.
2001 Rustenberg - John X Meriman Â£27.00
The 2001 Rustenberg John X Meriman exhibits an intricate nose of dark raspberry fruits, spices and cedar. On the palate, violets, juicy cherries, melted chocolate, cedar, candied berries, cigar tobacco, herb and mineral notes come forth in this lovely, harmonious, and beautifully rendered wine. It is elegant, powerful, and reminiscent of a top-flight wine from a good year in Bordeaux's St Julien commune.
Rated by the Wine Spectator as South Africaâs best red Wine for 2001 in the Price range
1995 Cap de Faugeres Â£33.00
This attractive, straightforward, richly fruity wine displays a deep ruby color, plenty of spicy, black cherry fruit, good depth, sweet, well-integrated tannin and acidity, and a soft, round finish.
Rated by Robert parker as one of the best 10 Bordeaux reds for 1995 in price range
1995 Les Ormes-Sorbets - Cru Bourgeois, MÃ©doc Â£35.00
Perennial over-achiever, attractive, with red and black cherry fruits intermixed with minerals and spicy oak. A very good value everyday Bordeaux.
Rated by Robert parker as one of the best 10 Bordeaux reds for 1995 in price range.
1997 Chateau Marquis de Calon, St Estephe Â£36.00
Rather light for Calon but very aromatic, with cherry, spice aromas and a light, fruity finish.
2001 Classic McLaren La Testa Cabernet Sauvignon Â£45.00
It doesnât get much better than this 2001 La Testa Cabernet sauvignon, one of the most awesome,potentially perfect young reds I have ever tasted; it is almost pure black in its purle colour, with a seamless texture, and unreal levels of intensity, blackberry jam infused with expresso bean chocolate, liquorices and vanilla aromas and flavours that are flawlessely presented. Full-bodied and massive, sweet, mammothly rich, but strikingly elegant too, floral notes shine through on both the aroma and palate presence, with no hard edges, the tannins are there, but currently obscured by the fruit. This is a fascinating, sexy, explosively rich, highly extracted, beautifully balanced Cabernet as one could ever wish to find. .
1999 Yalumba The Signature Â£50.00
A compelling offering, the 1999 Shiraz/Cabernet The Signature (56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz) possesses a dense purple colour along with a sweet, multilayered personality revealing aromas and flavours of earth, blackberries, cassis, and vanilla. With considerable authority and power, should last for 15 years.
Ranked the top Red Wine for 1999 for the price by Robert Parker and in the worlds top 150 wines at any price
2001 CapÃ§anes Cabrida Â£58.00
Made from 100% Grenache (90-103 year old vines) planted at 900 meters. There were only 400 cases made of this sumptuous, inky/purple-coloured beauty. Rich aromas of briery fruit, raspberries, blackberries, crushed stone, and flowers emerge from a glass of this Spanish red. It boasts superb purity, tremendous intensity, and a full-bodied, long, flowing finish.
Ranked by Robert Parker in the worlds top 200 wines at any price for this vintage.
1994 LÃ©oville-Barton - 2Ã¨me Grand Cru, St Julien Â£80.00
An impressive, serious, classic Bordeaux for collectors who are willing to forget about it for a decade, this well-endowed offering is a 30-year wine. The dense, murky, purple colour, huge aromatics, massive flavour richness, and high tannin recall the.old, non-compromised, beefy, blockbuster MÃ©docâs produced thirty years ago.
Ranked by Robert Parker in the top 20 red Bordeaux wines at any price for this vintage
Reds Big & Bold Bottle
2002 L.A.Cetto,pett Syrah Â£14.00
On the palate the wine has supple and fruity attack enhanced by an acidic sensation in mid-palate. The tannins derived from grape skins surface thereafter and provide contrast to the substance as well as a superb crispy impression. The same fruity flavours apparent in the nose are present on the palate and finish with a note of licorice. Good length for a Mexican Syrah
2004 Shiraz-Malbec, Cerro Punta Negra Â£14.00
This is a beautiful wine from Argentina, itâs full bodied crimson red with rich plumy fruit, notes of bitter orange, coffee and pepper.
2003 CÃ´te du Rhone-Village, Domaine de chapoton Â£18.50
Elegant structure, a full mouth and ripe tannins. Forest fruits with a hint of violet finishing on a note of peppery spice. This is a medium bodied wine.
2003 Corbiere Classic, Domaine Ollieux Romanis Â£20.50
The cuvee Classique is a blend of Carignan 35%, Grenache 30% and Syrah 35% from vines planted on hard red clay soil. This is typical Languedoc blend. For style this wine is dark red, almost purple colour. Powerful nose of black berries and currants, also red fruits, other aromas of tar and dried herbs, full-bodied in the mouth with full range of forest fruits and garrigue herbs.
2003 Domaine de la Pierriere, Coteaux du Languedoc Â£20.50
Blackcurrant and blackberry scented, this wine is made from a blend of old vines Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%)> The grapes are only picked when very ripe to allow for a distinctive fleshy and jammy texture to develop on the palate. Oak-aging in large casks for up to 12 month brings balance, length and a touch of spice on the final. A meat and cheese wine par excellence.
2002 Domaine Laccasagne, Madiran Vieilles vignes Â£21.00
Big, bold and beautiful wine from French Pyrenees mountain range this is not for the faint-hearted. A blend of Tannat, Fer Servadou and Cabernet Sauvignon it shows hints of wild berries, plum, undergrowth and coffee grains. Rather full bodied but highly seductive wine.
2002 Vacqueyras, Beaumirail Â£21.50
The nose shows complex aromas that range from very ripe red fruit to black cherries, a touch of liquorice and white spice. The finish is very long, indicating of the wine potential ageing.
1999 Domaine du Grand Cres Corbieres Cuvee Classique Â£22.50
Displays an inky, blackberry-laced perfume as well as intense blackberry, tar and cassis flavours, highly concentrated and powerful.
Made by the man who ran Domaine de la Romanee Conti for 12 years. The worldâs most prestigious wine. Also ranked in the top 20 red wine for 1999 at price by Robert Parker.
1999 L.A.Cetto, Nebbilio 99 baja California Â£23.50
These wines are produced on the Baja Peninsula where the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean make wine growing a success as it creates a longer ripening period which captures the aromas and gives subtlety to the wines. This is a medium to full bodied wine.
2001St Joseph, Louis Cheze, Cuvee Ro-Ree Â£27.00
A soft, superficial, fruity, straightforward effort with sweet tannin.
1999 Gigondas Vielles Vigne , Seignerie de Fontage Â£27.50
A fine example of this increasingly sought after wine, named after the village in Southern Rhone. Made from vine over 45 years old, giving a full-bodied wine with good balance and a big tannic structure.
2000 GrÃ¨s Saint Paul - CuvÃ©e Antonin Â£30.00
Believe it or not, this smells and tastes like a Â£100.00 bottle of Cote Rotie. Very deep ruby colour, amazing perfume of sweet blackberry, blackcurrant, tapenade, gravel and minerality. This wine contains plenty of glycerin, it explodes across the palate with layers of black fruit, Moroccan spices and tar within the wineâs plus texture, it has immense purity and wonderful balance. âWinner 2003 Coup de Coeur â Hachette Guideâ
Rated by the Hachette Guide as the top 2000 red from Languedoc.
2000 Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos de la Graniere Â£33.00
Fruity and succulent, with some pretty red berry, liquorice character.
1997 Chateau Musar Lebanon Â£34.50
This wine carries considerable sediment and has a volatile nose. That is the nature of the beast. The nose is aromatic, fragrant,warm and mellow and it prepares the palate for fruits of cherries, strawberries and redcurrants.The wine is very well balanced. The Hochar has some Carignan and is characterised y spices and brambly Christmas cake fruits
2000 Santa Duc - Gigondas Â£40.00
The real glories at Santa Duc are their Gigondas CuvÃ©es. This forward, plump 2000 Gigondas (14.9% natural alcohol) is chewy, dense and pure with gorgeous quantities of peppery blackberry and cherry fruit, moderate tannin, an underlying minerality, and a long concentrated finish.
Ranked in the top ten Gigondas for 2000 regardless of price by Robert Parker.
1999 Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf du Pape Galets Blonds Â£54.00
The finest Chateauneuf du Pape is Les Galets Blonds, an old vine cuvee produced from the famed La Crau sector of Chateauneuf du Pape. An impressive effort tipping the scales at a whopping 15.7% alcohol (none of which is detectable in either the aromatics or flavours). Its deep ruby/purple colour is followed by a sweet nose of jammy black fruits intermixed with mineral, fruit cake, balsam, and herb scents. This dense, unctuously-textured, layered Chateauneuf can be drunk now as well as over the next 12-15 years.
Ranked by Robert Parker in the top 3 Chateauneuf du Pape wines at the price.