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What is in your basket? [September - October 2020]

Depends what you have to milk… :wink:



Back home after 7 weeks away, these two just delivered. Just pondering which one to open first.


I had a bottle of this earlier in the year (it was in a mixed case 6 bottle white Burgundy offer) and it was one of my favourite bottle so far this year, probably actually my favourite. I’ve been checking regularly to see if a new vintage would appear, and I was delighted to see it listed a few days ago.

As a stop gap I bought some TWS Chablis, made by the same producer, which is good, but I recall the Sainte Claire being a different level.

A shiny red van is delivering a case tomorrow, between 630-830am! Poor driver, does he not sleep?! I suppose the traffic will be quieter so early in the morning.

Really looking forward to trying this wine again, I’m very happy.


It’s always a good day when a wine delivery comes:

Received these today, AND expecting the “Backing Our Growers” Fine Reds Case tomorrow

To my shame, my first English wine, and a good looking Amontillado.

Exploring some of Southern France, inspired by Katy Jones.


Here’s the “Backing Our Growers” Fine Reds Case - what a fine selection.

Will be trying the Crozes-Hermitage tonight, to see if I want to get a case. Hope it will be like the Papillon we tried a few weeks ago.

The Weinert & Pedroncelli are being reserved for the wine tasting event on 24th Sept, always so educational when we taste the same wine together.


From an auction:

Four bottles of Yann Chave Hermitage 2005 for hammer price of £110.
Even with auction costs should be a reasonable buy.


Good auctioning there Mark, out of interest which site was it?

No connection etc- Adam Partridge (as seen on TV).

They add wines and spirits to the end of their Antiques and Collectable Auction.

Some great stuff sometimes, but usually out of my price range.
Things like Palmer 1982, Léoville Poyferre 1966, which I was out bid on as it’s my birth year.
Large lots of mixed Italian, French , Spanish and New World.

He has a website with dates and contents. Just looked and the results are all online if you care to look at it.
Really missed some good buys, but I can’t have everything unfortunately.


Many thanks for this. Not heard of it and definitely worth a look for the future. :+1:

I am concerned about any possible Brexit problems in January so i started stocking up.

I have taken advantageof the Backing our Best Growers and ordered
one case of Côtes-du-Rhône, Domaine Jaume 2018

I have also ordered another mixed case comprising 2 bottles each of
Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2019
The Society’s Beaujolais-Villages 2018
Aglianico del Vulture, Le Ralle 2017
The Society’s Exhibition Fleurie 2019
‘Cuvée Le Levraut’, Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
and one bottle each of
Duo du Midi, Pays d’Oc 2019
Graham’s Natura Reserve Port

It will bring my modest storage up to 34 bottles .


From Davis, Bell and McCraith in Bristol, really good selection a new shop in Clifton where Oddbins once was, very strong range especially Burgundy.

I picked up :

2019 Domaine Gerovassiliou Chardonnay
2015 Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett, Max Richter
2017 Dolcetto d’Alba, Bruno Giacosa
2015 Riesling Grand Cru Wiebelsberg, Domaine Boeckel
Blandy’s 10 y/o Bual


Reserves delivery of some Italian wine from TWS this morning. Much needed as home stock was already in single digits…


Seeing those two Burlotto wines makes me wonder when we might see the 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo and Barbera Aves make an appearance on the list? The latter plus the 2018 Mascarello Dolcetto are top of my buying list for the remainder of this year. The Mascarello usually appears around August (often when I seem to be away on holiday) but no sign so far… Perhaps an Autumn Italian offer is on the cards?

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I had the 2017 last year, was fabulous. Purchased in June 2019…

I think we already had an Italian offer, in July maybe.

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A whites order this time around, as I have virtually none in the cabinet it seems :flushed:


I also wondered whether another Italian offer might be on the cards, perhaps Southern Italy and the islands? There was recently an excellent Wine Society Zoom seminar with Francesco Vallone, the producer of the Graticciaia and my favourite, the Castel Serranova, which I thoroughly recommend. Comes across as a really nice guy.



Restocking the rack. Mainly whites. Some I have enjoyed before in earlier vintages, some new based on recommendations from these forums.


A little 6 box sample selection as a bolt-on to an order for my dad arrived this morning.

Gigondas Guigal 2009 £21.00 1 Bottle
The Society’s Greek White 2019 £8.95 1 Bottle
Chianti Rufina Riserva Borgo Prunatelli 2016 £14.95 1 Bottle
Chianti Rufina Riserva Villa di Vetrice 2015 £13.95 1 Bottle
The Society’s Blaufrankisch 2018 £9.95 1 Bottle
Syrah Les Candives Vin de France Yves Cuilleron 2015 £13.50 1 Bottle

Great selection, that. I’d be interested in your thoughts on the gigondas and the prunatelli chianti, when you try them.

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