What’s in your basket [July-August 2021]

What with the added La Petite Chapelle 2013 from Vivino last night and seeing Fontodi pop up on the list this morning, it’s been an expensive 12 hours. Had Charmail in a recent mystery boxed and really liked it.

CM8061 Ch Batailley 2003 Pauillac £44.00 1 Bottle £44.00
IT18781 Chianti Classico Fontodi 2011 £16.50 3 Bottle £49.50
CM16811 Ch Charmail 2012 Haut Medoc £17.00 2 Bottle £34.00

That vanished quickly…

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It was the most fleeting of visits, not sure how many there were and available for less than 20 minutes.

Harrumph - that would have been a good one to capture.

I’ve been wanting to try that Fontodi for a while but never quite seem to catch it on the list when I’m making an order :frowning: I love their Vigna del Sorbo despite it’s steadily inflating price.

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I have just ordered 2 bottles ech of the following.
|Niedermenniger Riesling Kabinett, von Kesselstatt 2019||
|Bantu Cannonau di Sardegna 2019||
|Parker Station Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018||
|Sobon Estate Rocky Top Amador Zinfandel 2018||
|Côtes-du-Rhône, Château Courac 2017||
|||Cantoiseau Blanc Vin de France 2020


Top up order for the summer. Cheap and cheerful… it was meant to be mainly whites for summer drinking but was seduced by all the reds being discussed on the community and I love Brighton gin.

PW8301 AdegaMae Lisboa Valley Selection Red 2019 £7.75 1 Bottle £7.75
SP16461 Maruxa Godello 2020 £10.95 1 Bottle £10.95
IT30911 Gambellara Classico 2019 £9.50 1 Bottle £9.50
IT31922 Half bottle of Soave Classico Pieropan 2020 £7.95 2 Half Bottle £15.90
LO15881 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Ch Oiseliniere de la Ramee 2018 £8.95 1 Bottle £8.95
AL15761 Pinot Gris Cave de Turckheim 2019 £9.50 1 Bottle £9.50
AU24111 Yalumba Wild Ferment Barossa Shiraz 2018 £15.00 1 Bottle £15.00
GN241 Brighton Gin 40% £39.00 1 Bottle £39.00
SG2201 The Society’s Prosecco £10.95 2 Bottle £21.90
FC40241 Dom Condamine L’Eveque Cotes de Thongue Syrah Mourvedre 2020 £6.95 1 Bottle £6.95
SP16411 Mancuso Garnacha 2018 £12.95 1 Bottle £12.95
SP16491A1 Valtuille Vino de Villa Mencia 2018 £14.95 1 Bottle £14.95

Saw this and couldn’t resist, there was only one I’m afraid so it’s sold out.

Case Contents

  • 1 Bottle(s) of Ch de Beauregard Grand Beauregard Pouilly Fuisse 2016
  • 1 Bottle(s) of Château Batailley, Pauillac 2010
  • 1 Bottle(s) of Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Joh Jos Prum 2015
  • 1 Bottle(s) of Barolo Coste di Rose GD Vajra 2015
  • 1 Bottle(s) of Gigondas Les Racines Domaine Les Pallieres 2015
  • 1 Bottle(s) of Meerlust Estate Red Stellenbosch 2017

Quite excited about three of these that arrived today.

As I mentioned earlier, I loved their Clayhill Chardonnay from the same vintage so optimistic I’m getting something tasty. However, I see CellarTracker drink-up date is 2039 (TWS 2028)!! Should I be treating this like a Premier Cru Chablis and just forget about it for a few more years? @horsleym , I’d love to hear any insights you can share about the expected development curve of this wine.


Happy owner of 1% of this wine. Not yours, but in total.


Do let me know what you think when you open one. When are you thinking for number 1?

September time I think.

To be honest I’ve absolutely no idea… Whilst I’m sure the wine has the ability to last and be drinkable in 2039 I’m not sure I’d stake my reputation on it. The wine is very impressive right now (extremely concentrated with pretty intense classically ‘English’ tart green apple acidity) however I certainly think it’ll be better in 2-3 years time. As you’re already familiar with the Clayhill and enjoyed it I think you could broach it now and be happy but those new to the style I’d suggest holding for another two years or so before cracking on.


Be interested in your thoughts on this one @Tom_R when you get around to it.

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I was tempted by this because I was allocated 6 bottles of this Shiraz as part of a VCP and found it delicious. I haven’t seen many other Yalumba wines appear on the list. I will of course post some notes.



One of my absolute all time favourite wines from the old employer.
The Signature, FDR1A & The Menzies probably being the others.
And then the Grenache wines + the single vineyard stuff they do are pretty special also.

@laura or @Kelly - is it possible to ask Freddy if he could secure or has any plans to release the Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz/Viognier on to the main list? Don’t think I’ve ever seen it but aware a few people have received/enjoyed it as part of a VCP.


Thanks very much. There was noticeable development in the Clayhill between release and about 8 months after that so was probably going to leave alone for at least a year, but might just have to ratchet up my patience levels :grimacing:


@winechief of course, I will ask him!

Edit: No plans to buy that wine currently as he only has so many listings available, but he is in discussions with Yalumba at the moment so we should see a few new things coming from them in due course!


Not in my basket but a wedding gift I sent to a very dear couple tying the knot next Monday. We’re sadly missing the festivities due to the recent surgery (the wedding is in Wales) but half a dozen of these should hit the spot.



Goodness me, just put in an order and 2 out of 4 are already out of stock 5 minutes later. Sometimes you have to be quick with TWS…

3 Bottles IT27561 Barbaresco Castello di Verduno 2016 29.00 87.00
2 Bottles CM19271A Ch D’Issan Margaux 2015 55.00 110.00
1 Bottle IT30331 Amarone della Valpolicella Marne 180 Tedeschi 2017 32.00 32.00
6 Bottles BU63211 Ch du Clos Pouilly Fuisse Hommage a Leonard Chandon 2015 27.00 162.00