The Fox & Hounds
66 Latchmere Road, Battersea, London, SW11 2JU
‘Molino Loco,’ Monastrell, Bodegas Castaño, Yecla, 2011, Spain
Monastrell in Spain, but Mourvedre to the rest of us – focussed & forward in style yet accessible – it’s a sturdy fellow, full of dark cherry fruit and supple tannins.’
Calbuco, Cabernet/Merlot, Central Valley 2011, Chile
‘Stonking Cabernet tempered by 20% Merlot. The south American red wine juggernaut has no peer at this level. Oodles of fruit & flavour, with lingering, licorice and blackcurrants on the palate. An soul-warmng red to ‘flumpf’ the spirit during this cool, dark season.’
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Il Faggio’ 2011, Italy
‘Il Faggio is an inspiring expression of what the Montepulciano grape can be and so often isn’t. The combination of diligent grape selection & wine-making delivers depth of fruit in buckets, chocolatey spice and supple tannins – this has to be an Abruzzi benchmark where they’ve got every element spot on.’
‘Punto Final,’ Bodegas Renacer, Malbec, Mendoza, 2010, Argentina
‘This is a superlative rendition of Argentina’s most important red grape. Dark & handsome with flavourful layers of rich, brambly fruit, coffee, spice and leather that lends credence to its ‘red meat partner’ status.’
Allegrini, Valpolicella, Veneto, 2011, Italy
‘Their best yet? The decision to move to stelvin is the sort of stance you’d expect from such a pioneering family – fresh & juicy, truly stunning summer red.’
Villa Tonino, ‘Baglio Curatolo,’ Syrah, Sicily, 2008, Italy
‘Oooooh! Sicilian syrah – it doesn’t get much sexier than this – while this estate’s pedigree lies in its production of Marsala, the Syrah grape’s natural affinity for warm climate nurture is borne out by this magnificent effort – with the vineyard altitude at 600m, the hot days are tempered with cool evenings so the sweet blueberry fruit and a warm, spiced mid-palate is complemented by rich yet supple & elegant length..’
Côtes de Roussillon, ‘Chimères,’ Chateau St. Roch, 2008, France
‘The hot climes of France’s most southern viticultural outpost always deliver in the power department. A syrah, grenache, carignan blend from very old vines, this wine is deep, dark & brooding. Angular and focused in a classic old world way, a candidate for ambassador of the region. Very French, and very, very good!’
Kim Crawford, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2010, New Zealand
‘All the hallmarks of a classic Marlborough Pinot Noir are here - aromatic, sweet plummy fruit & supple tannins assure balance throughout, It represents terrific value, and understandably he’s become a household name in NZ.’
Jester, Shiraz, Mitolo, McLaren Vale, 2009, Australia
‘Delicious, sweet cassis and damson fruit explode out of the glass – it’s so dense & rich - layers of rich, ripe dark fruit bound across the palate with a thick, velvety texture – it’s a masculine style that means business – as per its namesake.’
Fleurie, Domaine de Gry-Sablon, Beaujolais, 2010, France ‘A cracking effort from the Beaujolais’ most famous village. At ‘cru’ level, we’re into old vine territory and so a deeper, more complex, berry-ish fruit character emerges on the nose and carries serenely all the way across the palate.’
Rioja Reserva, Tempranillo & Graciano, Izadi, 2007, Spain
‘True to form, Izadi have crafted yet another stunning reserva following up on the success of the 2004. The style is fruit driven with a modern approach to subtle oak integration – subtle grainy tannins complete the picture. The Anton family have embraced the 21st century shift towards more fruit-driven styles without compromising the integrity of the terroir & style completely.
Chateau Mouras, Cabernet/Merlot, Graves, Bordeaux, 2006, France
‘Fanatical attention to the vines yields a wine of depth in fruit, style & structure that restores one’s faith in Bordeaux without the Rolls Royce prices. Dark fruit and spice dominate the palate, but rounded, supple tannins ensure a soft & silky finish.’
Chianti Classico, Sangiovese, Fontodi, 2008, Italy
‘This estate continues to be the standard-bearer for the region – Giovanni Manetti’s attention to detail, both in the vineyard and winer, is evident in this elegant and structured Chianti - aromas of spiced strawberries and blueberries, the wine is full-bodied with silky tannins and fruit presence all the way.’
‘Enamore,’ Bodegas Renacer, Malbec/Cabernet etc, Mendoza, 2009, Argentina
‘Amarone from Argentina and, my goodness, it works. And who better to realise such a project than the master exponent of the style in the Veneto, the Allegrini family. The grapes are dried to1/3 weight before fermentation – it’s a big, chewy wine full of sweet dark fruit, prunes and spice. It is opulent, decadent and thoroughly delicious.’
Wild Earth, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2009, New Zealand
‘Well who would have thought that such cool southern vineyards would yield such a ripe & luscious Pinot Noir? Depth & intensity are this winery’s hallmarks – opulent dark cherry & licorice on the palate and silky, lingering length.’
Crozes Hermitage ‘Domaine de Thalabert,’ Jaboulet, 2007, France
‘Since taking over in 2005, the Frey family have restored the reputation of one of the Northern Rhone’s most illustrious estates to full splendour - Thalabert is one of the most prestigious vineyard plots in Crozes. And in 2007, the wine is supreme – dense, dark and fabulously Syrah all the way through – this is where it all started in Crozes and is understandably the benchmark of the appellation.’
All wines by the glass are also available in 125ml measures
Ponte Pietra, Trebbiano/Garganega, Veneto, 2011, Italy ‘Named after the 'stone bridge' in Verona, it's a fresh, crisp, lemon & green apple number as good as many a Soave thoroughbred.'
Domaine de St. Lannes, Colombard, Cotes de Gascogne, 2011, France
‘As close to Sauvignon as it gets – a wine-making triumph! Without question, the DSL would give many a Loire white a run for their money.’
Redfin, Chardonnay, Mclaren Vale 2010, Australia
‘Out with the old & in with the new –a refreshing take on Aussie’s best known white grape. Tropical fruit and minerally clean on the palate – modern & sleek.’
Goats do Roam, Viognier,/Roussane/Grenache Blc, Paarl, 2010, South Africa,
‘This frisky 3-way Rhone blend is a Viognier-heavy offering affording an aromatic yet fresh & peachy character, but with body and width from the Roussane to hold its own against the menu. As always, the Fairview stable has proven itself the master of these varietals.’
Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, Cortegiara, Fumane, 2010, Italy
‘There’s no limit to the depth of talent in the Allegrini stable – their ‘second label’ range gets just as much attention in the winery as their ‘cru’ wines. Nuts & pears, there’s more oomph on the palate than most PGs with a long & luxurious finish ’
Fairview ‘Darling’ Chenin Blanc, Paarl, 2011, South Africa .
‘The delightful village of Darling and its beautiful flower reserves play host to a range of delicate aromatic wines of clean fruit and elegance. This Chenin Blanc opens with a tropical nose of guava and quince with lift from lime-driven citrus notes – a medium bodied mid-palate that finishes elegantly and cleanly with crisp minerality.’
A Mano, Fiano/Greco, Puglia, 2011, Italy
‘There’s nothing quite like this wine from Italy’s deep south – shimmering green in colour, aromas of apricots & lavender, an enveloping richness on the palate & a finish of length & balanced acidity – unique & memorable.’
Tinpot Hut, Sauvignon, Marlborough, 2011, New Zealand
Year in, year out,’ the Hut’ never fails to deliver - purity of fruit, gooseberries & grapefruit, and lively minerality – benchmark Marlborough Sauvignon.’
Albarino, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas, 2009, Spain
‘Fragrant, floral and fresh – a fabulous expression of this classic Galician seafood partner – who needs Muscadet when you can drink Albarino as good as this?’
Innocent Bystander, Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2010, Australia
‘All the character and style of a wine at twice the price – wonderful expressive nose of pure nectarine and lemon – the palate is also alive with fruit character, apples and pineapple yet balanced acidity and weight – it’s so well-made, we simply didn’t believe this was the wine when the label was revealed!’
Pouilly-Fumé, Sauvignon, Domaine Bel Air, 2010, France
‘Bel Air is fast becoming the king of Pouilly-Fumé – superbly balanced style of white & tropical fruit aligned with the deftly-captured terroir’s signature character of gunflint and minerals. Old world class.’
Mt Horrocks, Watervale Riesling, Clare Valley, 2009, Australia
‘What sets this Clare Riesling apart from its peers is its mouth-watering juiciness alongside the classic lime, floral and tropical notes that the terroir consistently evokes. It is still supremely fresh, but with enough body to accompany most seafood styles. Tremendous.’
Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2011, New Zealand
‘“Can’t remember a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc impressing me more” says Jancis Robinson – “The most sought after Sauvignon Blanc in NZ...and it lives up to its hype” says Matthew Jukes. After 25 years at Cloudy Bay, winemaker Kevin Judd has raised the bar in only the 3rd vintage at his very own Greywacke estate. This is Sauvignon Blanc without peer. Enough said.’
Meursault, ‘Sous La Velle,’ Chardonnay, Moret-Nominé, 2008, France
‘Down here at the serious end of the list, we’ve been searching for some time for some ‘proper’ white burgundy that wasn’t going to break the bank – and here we are. David Moret is a Meursault specialist (he only makes Meursault!) – based in Beaune and he makes supreme wines and this single vineyard effort is sublime – light citrus, hay aromas and a hint of honey give way to a palate of wealth and elegance – it’s opulent yet delicate, beautifully poised – they don’t make wine like this anywhere else in the world.’
Alpha Zeta ‘Rosato’, Corvina, Verona, 2011, Italy
‘The ultimate cure for those summertime blues. Valpolicella’s principle grape lends itself perfectly to the rosé style – cherry blossom on the nose & impressive gulpability!’
Chateau Beaulieu, 'Cuvée Alexandre,' Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, 2011, France
‘Made by the legendary team at Domaine Laroche in Chablis, a blend of all the usual southern French suspects – strawberries & raspberries on the nose yet dry, crisp and fabulously refreshing.'
Valentin Bianchi, NV Brut, San Rafael, Argentina
‘A 50:50 blend of pinot noir/chardonnay, the quality & value in the glass is blinding. Roll over you Cavas & Proseccos, Argentinian fizz has landed in style.
Devaux, Grande Reserve, NV, Cote des Bar
‘70/30 Pinot Noir to Chardonnay and 3yrs bottle age yields a very classy champagne – oodles of flavour and sprightly mousse.’
Pol Roger, NV Brut Premier, Epernay, France £45
‘A favourite of Winston Churchill, this house maintains its pedigree right the way through its whole range – the familiar ‘white foil’ NV Brut is so utterly elegant, you’d be forgiven for according it vintage status.’
Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label, NV Brut, Reims
‘World famous & with good reason - Stylishly mature for a NV fizz, full & rich creamy texture & round balance.’
Muscat de Rivesaltes, Domaine De Cazes, France, 2006
‘Pure, clean and citrusy – the team chez Cazes have captured the essence of the muscat grape in this lively, delicate, little gem from France’s deep south.’ Served either by the glass, 125ml, or bottle, 37.5cl.
Tawny Port, 10yr old, Quinta do Infantado
‘Exceptional, this amber nectar is particularly good with hard cheeses and, without question, on its own. Available chilled.’ Served either by the glass, 100ml, or bottle, 37.5cl.
La Beryl, Chenin Blanc, Fairview, Paarl, South Africa, 2010
‘Not only does the Chenin Blanc excel in SA in dry form, but even more so here in its sweet version, as it has done for centuries, and at exceptional value. It’s very Loire with its purity of fruit and long, lingering finish that seems to resonate for an age...’ Served either by the glass, 125ml, or bottle, 50cl.
Vin Santo ‘Tegrino’, Cantine Leonardo, Tuscany, 2004
Aged in chestnut barrels in the loft above the winery, this award-winning version of one of Tuscany’s most important contributions to the world of wine merits attention – it’s a perfect rendition of Vin Santo… enough said. Cantuccini’s available of course.’ Served by the bottle, 50cl.
On the pump...
St Austel 'Tribute'
'Pumphouse Pale Ale'
'American Pale Ale'
'Sussex Extra Stout'
Twickenham ales, two cock brewery, caledonian, sharps & many other guest brewerys and beers.
Veltins Pilsner- 4.8% A classic example of a crisp German Pilsner.
Chimay Dorée- 4.8% A new addition to the Chimay family balancing sweet and bitter notes to form a smooth finish
In the fridge...
Modelo Especial- 4.5%
Pacifico Clara- 4.5%
Brewdog 'Punk IPA'- 5.6%
Sam Adams 'Boston lager'- 4.8%
Brooklyn Lager- 5.2%
Vedett 'Extra Blond'- 5.2%
Chimay Red- 7%
Chimay Blue- 9%
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