Deli’s Choice – Wine of the Moment

Manoir de Carra
Bourgogne Blanc

Beaujolais, France


Tasting Note

A wonderfully appetising white from which has a touch of ripe peach fruit and texture on the palate thanks to the warmer Southern Burgundian climate. No oak has been used, thus allowing the zingy acidity to sing like a soprano. Be careful not to over-chill because there is a very pretty core of citrus fruit that is eager to be noticed.


Food Match

Mussel, Pumpkin and Saffron Soup by James Martin


Manoir de Carra is a well-established producer who have benefited from an injection of youthful enthusiasm and passion in the form of the sons of the house, Frederic and Damien Sambardier, who look after the vineyards and winemaking now.

His enthusiasm for his vines, which he cultivates on a minimal intervention principle (and is in effect organic), is infectious, but it is his love of Syrah that is absolutely fantastic. His vines are set upon a garrigue filled outcrop of red clay and limestone, exposed to wind which allows the cool winds to blow over and retain freshness wines. In the cellar he is playful and humble.

Both the Bourgogne Blanc (really a Beaujolais Blanc) and the Beaujolais Village, which like all the wines is unfiltered, are exceptional value and very good food wines as well. The vineyards are tended without chemical products and the winemaking is hands-off to allow the terroir to express itself.

Our Butcher’s Recommendation

Fleurie Vers Le Mont £16.95

Beaujolais, France


Tasting Note

A serious Cru Beaujolais from the granite-rich soils of Fleurie, with great structure and supple red fruit flavours. This is Fleurie with backbone, great depth, spice, damson fruit and broad intensity in the mouth. Drink half now and keep the rest for five or more years. For the price of a simple Santenay from further north, this surely is a wine that will act as a flag-waver for the Fleurie appellation.


Food Match

Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Jerusalem Artichoke Risotto And Roasted Vegetables by Mark Sargeant


Manoir de Carra is a well-established producer who have benefited from an injection of youthful enthusiasm and passion in the form of the sons of the house, Frederic and Damien, who look after the vineyards and winemaking now and are quickly turning it into one of the great producers of the region.

The terroir of these vineyards is impeccable, but perhaps more importantly the viticulture is leaning toward ‘lutte raisonée’ with a view to going fully biodynamic once the vines are through a period of ‘cold turkey’. The aim here though is not to jump on any popularist bandwagons but to produce wines that are true to their origins, and that are focused, balanced and pure.

Both the Bourgogne Blanc and the Beaujolais Village, which like all the wines is unfiltered, are exceptional value and very good food wines as well. However this Vers le Mont is one of the finer crus within the beautiful, granite-rich, vineyards of Fleurie and is a totally organic wine.
The vineyards are tended without chemical products and the winemaking is hands-off to allow the terroir to express itself.

Our Butcher’s Recommendation

Maison Blanche £22.50
Montagne Saint Emilion, Bordeaux France


Tasting Note

Supple and elegant with lovely depth, lush plummy fruit and dark chocolate notes. This wine is very refined and concentrated with deep, complex blue fruit and a mix of spice and a long, silky rich finish on the palate.


Food Match

Fillet Steak, Pickled Walnuts and Horseradish by Jeremy Lee.

The wines of Maison Blanche have proved a huge success and come from a beautiful area of 40 hectares located in the southwest of the appellation Montagne Saint-Emilion which is on the borders of Saint Emilion itself.

Its vines are Cabernet Franc and Merlot (about 60/40) with an average age over 45 years and were planted on 32 hectares. The vineyards lie on terrain that consists of clay with traces of limestone and iron oxide. Since 2001, soil life and plant immunity is stimulated by biodynamic sprays.

In the centre lies a large house of the nineteenth century white stone Poitou and in the heart of the park, there a set of buildings which house a battery of traditional tanks, which is one of the largest barrel cellars in the area of Libourne as well as holding an underground vault of old vintages.
The estate is 100% biodynamic using natural yeasts and minimal sulphur.

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Riesling Kalkstein, Thörle £19.95
Rheinhessen, Germany


Tasting Note

Intensely sharp with apricots on the nose and impressive limestone on the palate. Nice brilliant yellow colour with orange tints. It tastes firm and dry and has tremendous power and minerality. Very good length in the mouth with an intense note of salty-mineralic limestone. A very well-structured wine with balance.

  Since 2006 Christoph and his brother Johannes have worked together, having left their jobs, to take care of the family domaine in Saulheim, a little inland from Oppenheim and the mighty Rhine.

The vineyards lie on a mixture of light clay, limestone red sandy loam and in places flint and schist. All vineyard management is now undertaken organically with a move to biodynamic imminent, a brave step given that a lot of producers still believe this to be akin to witch craft. In the cellar, the work in the vineyard is allowed to sustain by allowing natural ferments and minimal handling.

In some instances the wines reflect a more salt/mineral character, a style that they have found naturally occurs in dry Rieslings from the calcareous soils. The Lagen, or single vineyard wines (Cru) are exceptional for their expression and Holle being the most impressive of the lot. What also captivated the imagination was the Spatburgunder, or Pinot Noir, which is a wine that carries all the delicate, fragrant hallmarks of the variety as well as the unmistakable smoky, sappy nature of the region. It is sublime.

Deli Counter Wine of the Moment

Côtes du Rhône Chevrefeuille,
Domaine La Réméjeanne £14.50

Rhône, France


Tasting Note

A blend of mainly young vine fruit from five different grapes which has a fabulous vibrancy to it. Lovely and soft red fruits, blackcurrant, a little peppery spice and hints of mocha and mint with soft tannins. Great with roasted meats.


Food Match

Confit Duck with Parsnip Purée by John Torode

  The estate was found in 1968 by Francois Klein and is now run by his son Remy and grandson Olivier. The aim of the estate has always been to reflect the different terroirs existing on the land they owned using local varieties.

  The domaine is 38 hectares spread over sandy loam, limestone and clay and between 200 and 280 metres above sea level, looking predominantly south east. This altitude and the fact the exposed vineyards are subject to the Mistral helps to keep the wines fresh, giving them a lift that makes them both drinkable and excellent wines to serve with food. On our first visit, Olivier gave us a tour of the cellars and quick look at the vineyards and on tasting the hastily assembled wines it was clear that these were wines we had to have in the portfolio for Charlie Crown wines.

  As it happens they have officially worked organically since 2007 and Olivier explains this has added an extra degree of clarity to the wines produced now, but also makes them redouble their efforts for quality at all points of the winemaking process. All the wines are simply delicious.