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Spectator Wine Club - Bordeaux and Beyond
The 2018 Pézat Blanc is an 80 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and 20 per cent Muscadelle blend from the vineyards which surround Jonathan Maltus’s cult Le Nardian project in Bordeaux. Harvested at night to preserve its freshness, the wine is lemony, lively and zesty and, with its long dry finish, makes a fine and blessedly uncomplicated aperitif when served well-chilled.
The 2015 Cuvée Constance Rouge, Thunevin-Calvet is a hearty Côtes du Roussillon Villages and right up my street. A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it received a 91 point score from Wine Advocate and is rich, concentrated, dark, spicy and intense with fine acidity and a tongue-coatingly long, savoury finish. If barbecues are your thing, this is what to drink alongside.
The 2019 Domaine de L’Ostal Blanc is produced by the Cazes family (you know, the owners of Ch. Lynch-Bages) from their estate in the Languedoc. Created from 100 per cent Viognier from the coolest of their vineyards, it spends time on its lees for added depth and complexity. Although full of typical peach ’n’ apricot notes, it’s bone dry on the finish and deeply refreshing.
The 2019 La Belle Etoile ‘Décadence’ Merlot is an easy-going quaffing red from the Languedoc. With plenty of bramble fruit jam on the nose, lots of forward, juicy fruit in the mouth and just a touch of tannin, it slips down easily and is really rather jolly.
The 2019 Pézat Rosé, is produced in the Var commune of Flassans-sur-Issole, the name derived from the Latin flatus sanus meaning clean air, and I’ll leave the inevitable and multiple jokes to you, thank you very much. A typical blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, it’s full of wild strawberries and cherries and, backed by a sophisticated dry finish, has more character than its palest of pink hues would suggest.
The 2016 Lacroix is so-named thanks to the stone cross that stands at the entrance to Jonathan Maltus’s celebrated St Emilion estate, Ch Teyssier. A Bordeaux Supérieur blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv and Cab Franc, it’s full of ripe, plummy fruit with a touch of cedar and spice and is what JM (unique, I’m sure, in boasting both an OBE and a perfect 100-point score from Uncle Bob Parker) drinks at home.
Due to high demand we've temporarily increased our standard delivery fee to £12.50 for orders under £75 - orders over £75 still come with free delivery!
We are also no longer able to guarantee “Express" next day delivery. We hope to have this back up and running as soon as possible but in the meantime, our deliveries will take a little longer than usual (roughly 2-3 days).
SOMMELIER SELECTION, ‘LAST FEW’ AND GIFTS
These lovely wines and gifts are stored in our cellar in Clapham, ready for immediate dispatch (and drinking)! If we have less than 12 bottles, the display will show the number available today. If you’d like more than the number shown, or it’s shown as ‘Out of Stock’ / ‘Email to order’, just call us or drop us an email to confirm your order and delivery schedule, as our winemakers send us fresh stocks frequently.
Standard Delivery takes 2-3 working days and costs £7.50 for orders under £75. Orders over £75 are subject to FREE Standard Delivery. Standard and Express Delivery is available for most mainland UK postcodes as listed in our T&Cs. Express Delivery costs £12.50. Express delivery orders over £75 are £5.
For Express Delivery (next working day) orders need to be placed before 1pm. Orders placed after 1pm will be received after two business days. Orders placed for next day delivery after 1pm on a Friday and before 1pm on a Monday will be delivered on Tuesday. Orders placed on a Bank Holiday will be similarly processed the day after the Bank Holiday and delivered the following day.
Same Day Delivery costs £20. This option is available to most London postcodes as listed in our T&Cs, if ordered by 1pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). If ordered after 1pm, you will receive your order on the next working day. We may be able to organise a speedy courier for you, so please call or email us if you have special requests. What a great way to get that wine to your office or home for the evening!
Our Club Offers may take longer to ship, as we collect all of our members’ orders together before ordering them from the winemaker. The expected delivery timelines for each product should be specified on the product page. Otherwise, please contact us for the information. Deliveries for most Club Offers, including En Primeur deliveries are charged at £15 per order. For more information about In Bond wines, click here.
Deliveries for the wines on our Grower List cost £25, and can take 2-3 weeks. Please let us know if you have an urgent request and we’ll do our best to help.
International deliveries are subject to international delivery fees specific for each country, which will be added at checkout based on the country of your delivery address. If you are shipping to outside of Europe, and to find out more about International Delivery fees please email email@example.com.