Wines

Jo and Mark Donovan have put together a choice of wines, which have been paired with our menus with the help of Head Chef Geraldine Gay and their wine supplier. The aim is to have a range of wines for even the most discerning palate, to match the food, or just offer an easy going glass of something sublime.

The temptation, which we gave in to, is to have your favourite wines: Jo liked a lot so she chose the Barolo(40), Saumur Champigny(31), and the Rosé(21) and Steve, the Psi(43).

We hope you will find a favourite as well.  Please ask should you need any recommendations or advice…

Food & Wine Matching
While food and wine matching is not an exact science, we have, wherever possible, indicated appropriate recommendations throughout our list.

Suppliers: Corney and Barrow of London

Our current wine list is as follows:  (Vintages change once a year. Not always at the same time, when they do, a new vintage may be offered)

(Wines marked (G) are also available by the glass)

Aromatic White Wines

1. Terre de Lumiere Viognier Celliers Jean d'Alibert 2014  £22.50 | (G) £5.75
Pays d'Oc – France
Elegant, Southern French Viognier. Redolent of acacia blossom and white peaches, one to sip and savour, or a great food wine, matching more aromatic flavours, surprisingly good  with lamb and pork!            

2.Vina Garedo Grupo Yllera 2014 £22.50       
Rueda – Spain
A mouth-watering white bursting with herbaceous, grassy notes and hints of lemon sherbet. Easy drinking and characterful, this wine ideal by itself or with lighter fish and seafood dishes.

3. Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2014 £27 | (G) £6.75
Malborough – New Zealand
Low yield & superior vine care produce this exceptionally elegant Sauvignon. Fresh gooseberry cut grass and lime on the nose with a rich lingering finish. Try with fresh fish and chips of any description!

4. Sauvignon Blanc Cloudy Bay 2014 £39.95       
Marlborough – New Zealand
Probably the most famous wine from New Zealand. The green pepper aromas and zesty lime freshness make a great match to light vegetable and creamy dishes.


Light & Fresh White Wines                                                                                       

5. Muscadet sur lie Chateau La Bretonnerie JF Guilbaud 2014 £24.50       
Loire – France
This wine will restore your faith in Muscadet! From sustainable viticulture between Sèvre and Maine. Zingy and refreshing, with citrus and pineapple aromas and a lively spritz. It’s just made to accompany seafood..            

6. Domaine Les Escasses, Producteurs Plaimont  2014 £21             
Côtes de Gascogne – France
Floral, fruity, mineral. A very good example of the style of white wine that can be produced from Gascony. A fresh and lively blend of the region’s indigenous grape varieties, offering great value for money.

7. Pinot Grigio Luna Cecilia Beretta 2014 £21 | (G) £5.25           
Veneto – Italy
Light and refreshing Pinot Grigio with notes of grilled almonds and a light, citrus finish. Luna, because the harvesting is in sync with the moon A perfect all-rounder.

 

Light & Fresh White Wine

8. Panul Sauvignon Blanc Vinedos Marchigue 2014 £19.50 | (G) £4.95
Valle Central – Chile
Youthful, lively and fresh, this Sauvignon Blanc has white floral notes, followed by a zesty, tropical, citrus palate. A very versatile great value Sauvignon.

 

Elegant & Refined White Wines

9. Mâcon-Solutré  Maison Domaine Auvigue 2013 £28.95       
Burgundy – France
A Pouilly-Fuissé by any other name sourced from vineyards around the famous rock of Solutré. Creamy and round with ripe orchard fruit, balanced by an elegant freshness, a must with Fowey mussels.

10. Sancerre Domaine du Nozay 2014 £32             
Loire – France
From a passionate winemaking family dedicated to making perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Exuberant, single vineyard. Sancerre is hard to beat with its ripe, grassy fruit and complex minerality, a match fresh shellfish, cooked cheeses.

11. Chablis Vincent Dampt 2014 £35             
Burgundy – France
Crisp, elegant Chablis with stony minerality and a great richness. A perfect balance of delicacy and power. Fresh, cool and pure with a nose that displays floral, spice and earthy elements.Try with whole fish of the day.

12. Montagny Bonneveaux 1er Cru Olivier Leflaive 2012 £37.50       
Burgundy – France
A fine premier cru Montagny showing greenish tints. The palate reflects the buttery, lemony harmony found in Meursault with layered texture to the fruit with zippy limey acidity. Great with oily fish, like mackerel or sardines.

 

Rich & Rounded White Wines

 13. Pinot Gris The Lane 2013  £29.95       
Adelaide Hills – Australia
Pure fruit and minerality. No oak, small wild ferments. Perfect balance - the texture, richness and aromatics of fine Pinot Gris with the drink-ability and clean finish of Pinot Grigio.

14. Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2014 £26.50       
Stellenbosch – South Africa
A Women’s Empowerment Winery – The quality can be attributed to the remarkable old vineyards in the premium wine growing area of Stellenbosch. A rich, warm and inviting wine with layers of cream flavours developing on the palate

15.Santa Florentina Organic Unwooded Chardonnay Fairtrade  2014 £20.50       
Valles del Famatina – Argentina
Certified organic and Fairtrade, from high altitude vineyards on the West coast. Vibrant racy fruit flavours with honeysuckle and citrus notes. A great aperitif, or a perfect match with Fowey River mussels or hand dived scallops

 

Deep & Lively White Wines

16. Gavi di Gavi Fratelli Antonio e Raimondo 2014 £28.50       
Piedmont – Italy
Higher quality wines from Gavi’s best vineyards, known as Gavi di Gavi. Aromas of ripe pear and white flowers, this is beautifully refreshing with pleasing weight and a delicate finish.

17. Grüner Veltliner Loss Weingut Jurtschitsch 2013 £31             
Kamptal – Austria
Austria’s wonder grape! Straw green colour with aromas of ripe peach, apple and black pepper. Balanced acidity with a spicy, lively minerality. Try it, or you’re missing a trick. Great match with Lyme Bay scallops & spicy dishes.

 

Rosé

20. Furleigh Estate,  Sea Pink Rosé £28             
England
Gold-medal winning Rosé is made within 3 miles of the hotel with 80% Rondo grapes! A stunning  wine which is cherry pink with strawberries and cream on the nose, very well balanced with a silky palate. A great all-rounder.

21. Chateau La Tour de l'Eveque Rosé 2014  £25 | (G) £6.50
Côtes de Provence – France
This lively French rosé not only offers wild strawberry notes, it also has a little white pepper for intrigue and pleasure. Medium-bodied, dry and some kind of wonderful! Pass the pâté. Pair with: pasta, smoked salmon, sausages, grilled pork. 

22. Mas Oliveras Cabernet Sauvignon Rosado Bodegas Roqueta 2013  £21.50 | (G) £5.50
Catalunya – Spain
From high in the Pyrenees warmed by the Mediterranean, this is a well-balanced Rosé with traditional juicy berry characters and a soft acidity, raspberries on the nose and full cherry flavour. Great for drinking alfresco.

 

Light & Elegant Red Wines

30. Fleurie Grand-Pre Domaine Lathuiliere Gravallon 2014 £32             
Beaujolais – France
Perfumed, fruity, elegant Bright ruby in colour, this is quite a serious vine. Although there is plenty of ripe, juicy redcurrant fruit showing through, there is also spice, richness and complexity from oak.

31. Saumur Champigny Lieu-Dit Les Villaises Caves de Saumur 2014 £26.95       
Loire – France
Made in minute quantities from an ancient Roman site. Deep, ruby-red in colour with aromas of blackcurrant and raspberry with fruit compote and delicate balsamic flavours. Elegant and easy to drink with silky, soft tannins.

32. Il Barroccio Rosso  2013 £20.50 | (G) £5.15
Sicily – Italy
Velvet, plush, soft and fruity. Good value and great quality. Il Barroccio red comes from the sunny, warm Sicily, made of Nero d'Avola grapes, perfect for a party (and any tomato or pasta dish) a real crowd pleaser!

33. Pinot Noir Reserva Vina Mar 2013 £25.95       
Casablanca – Chile
A mass of spicy red cherry & smoky strawberry fruit with a fine tannin structure, luxurious and lingering with a velvety satisfying finish. A Pinot Noir this good outside of Burgundy is a rare treat. Great with spicy poultry dishes.

 

Rich & Juicy Red Wines

34. Panul Merlot Vinedos Marchigue 2014 £19.50 | (G) £4.95
Valle Centra – Chile
On the nose rich blasts of plums and black fruit, lifted by traces of chocolate and beeswax. The palate is silky and ripe with concentrated berried fruit. Try with chicken dishes or grilled meats

35. Côtes-du-Rhône Vignobles Gonnet 2013 £25 | (G) £6.25
Rhône – France
Deliciously succulent Rhône with silky tannins & brimming with pepper & blackcurrants. Earthy & fresh herb flavours with an excellent balance of ripe fruits & acidity. From one of the finest a great all-rounder for red-meat.

36. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Terre di Cariano Cecilia Beretta 2012 £29.75       
Veneto  Italy
Dark ruby red, with intense aromas of blackcurrant, bitter almonds and warm spice. Full, ripe and round on the palate, with impressive structure a long, chocolaty finish. Perfect with red meat, polenta and cheese.

37. Shiraz Heywood Estate 2014 £21 | (G) £5.25
South East  Australia
A fine wine which punches way above its price tag! With hints of Liquorice and blackcurrant jam. The palate is juicy fruit with a touch of ground pepper, try with our local cheese selection, or simply on its own

38. Kirstenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 £24             
Paarl  South Africa
An exceptionally smooth wine, full bodied with spicy tobacco notes and smoky cassis. High altitude with a cool climate gives this wine an original flavour, deeply seductive! Cries out for roast meats

 

Powerful & Spicy Red Wines                                                                                

39. Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grande Reserve Chateau Beauchene 2011 £39.95       
Rhône – France
Rich, dark and handsome! This full-bodied and concentrated red exudes moreish flavours of baked plum and damson fruit, kirsch and sweet spice. A versatile match with meats, game and all cheeses.

40. Barolo La Tartufaia Giulia Negri 2009 £48       
Piemonte – Italy
A rich, intense and firm colour, this has immediate appeal. The nose is indeed classical with notes of red and black fruit, cherries and minerals – all reflected on the palate which is pure, layered, focused and long with good characterful, Barolo personality

 

Dark & Broody Red Wines

41. Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto 2010 £27.50       
Estremadura – Portugal
Plum-ruby in colour, this offers rich cherries and blueberries on the nose, sweet, delicately spiced and concentrated, with a floral lift. The palate is fine, rounded & supported by ripe tannins, great with braised meat or stews.

42. Chamuyo Malbec  2014 £23  | (G) £5.75
Mendoza  – Argentina
From mature vines in the cool foothills of the Andes, intense aromas of ripe, red summer fruit, herbs and subtle warm spice. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded yet fresh with soft, supple tannins. Silky, Fruity & Easy

43. Psi, Dominio Pingus 2010 £42             
Ribeira del Duero – Spain
From the man who created Pingus one of Spains cult wines (and most expensive) comes PSI from 100 year-old Tempranilio vines. Cherry and plum flavours,spiced by oak and cut by a savoury freshness. Awesome wine!

 

Structured & Refined Red Wines     

44. Pinot Noir Eradus 2014 £34.50       
Marlborough – New Zealand
Hand-picked grapes from the stony terraces of the Awatere Valley. Supple and generous, with harmonious juiciness framing the black cherry and chocolate flavours. A truly satisfying wine with both meats and fish.

45. Chateau La Courolle, Montagne St Émilion, 2013 £35
Bordeaux – France
Smooth, silky and luscious. This easy drinking Bordeaux is well structured with key flavours of earthy black fruit, easy tannins with a pronounced mineral undercurrent

46. Belezos Bodegas Zugober Rioja Crianza 2011 £28             
Rioja – Spain
Classic Rioja from small, family winery, in the prestigious Rioja Alavesa area. Supple, ripe but elegant style. A versatile wine for red meats and game.

 

Half bottles     

Red
23. Chateau La Courolle, Montagne St Émilion, 2012 £19.50
Bordeaux  France
Smooth, silky and luscious. This easy drinking Bordeaux is well structured with key flavours of earthy black fruit, easy tannins with a pronounced mineral undercurrent

White
24. Chablis, Vincent Dampt Half 2014  £19.50       
Burgundy  France
Crisp, elegant Chablis with stony minerality and a great richness. A perfect balance of delicacy and power. Fresh, cool and pure with a nose that displays floral, spice and earthy elements.Try with whole fish of the day.

 

Sparkling & Champagne   

50. Prosecco Cecilia Beretta NV    £29.50 | (G) £7.50
Italy
Soft and fruity with just enough zip a great way to start the meal, and carry on after! A perfect match with vegetarian dishes and fish starters.

51. Corney & Barrow Sparkling Blanc de Blancs NV £29.50
France
Made in Savoie Made by the ‘Methode Traditionelle’, the same process by which Champagne is produced. It is dry with light apricot fruit, delicate brioche notes and a fine mousse. Awarded the bronze medal in the IWSC.

52. Champagne Guy de Chassey Grand Cru Brut NV £42.50 | (G) £10
France
Grand Cru means the best fruit possible for hand-crafted champagne from a tiny 11 hectares of vine. Fine structure, zesty apple and citrus, balanced by richer, toasted flavours. Our wine merchant’s wife won’t drink any other!

53. Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV £65     
France
Something special to celebrate with, or just because!

54. Furleigh Estate Sparkling £40
England
Grown here in Dorset, with incredible depth and as much finesse as some of the big name Champagnes.

 

Dessert Treats

60. Chateau Septy 2009 Halves £20.50 | (G) £3.00
Monbazillac – France
A fine balance and rich concentration of sweet ripe fruit with nervy citrus acidity on the palate.

61. Noble Late Harvest Semillon Nelson Estate 2013 Halves £25 | (G) £3.50
Paarl – South Africa
Just one sniff and you’ll be hooked ! Like marmalade and sunshine in a bottle, lush and inviting….

62. Chateau Briatte 2009 Halves £30 | (G) £4.50
Sauternes – France
Luxuriant, silky, honeyed opulence with a persistent crisp acidity, a very pretty wine, the queen of sweet wines.

63. Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2013 Halves £28 | (G) £4.00
California – USA
Drink with chocolate desserts, Blue Vinney or simply pour over our homemade ice-cream selection

 

Special Selection White Wines

F21. Meursault les Tillets,  2012  £60
Purity and pleasure, from Pierre Labet. A bright gold burgundy, delightfully nutty flavour with butterscotch & elegant fruit. Toasted brioche on the nose. Beautifully balanced with great freshness, acidity and mellow oak. Will complement locally caught fish beautifully.

F22. Puligny-Montrachet Domaine Francois Carillon,  2013  £65
Pale, shimmering gold, this is a delight. Lemon and apple pastries combine with delicate apricot notes, white flowers and crushed shell minerals on both the nose and palate, super, fresh and focused, with an attractive acidity, giving balance and direction.

F23. Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru, Olivier Leflaive, 2011 & 2012  £69.95
40% barrel fermented including some new oak gives a little toastiness, the wine is young, but the wealth of fruit rapidly takes over. This is a dramatic Grand Cru Chablis, combining finesse and intensity. Perfect with our quality locally caught fish.

 

Special Selection Red wines

F54. Gevrey-Chambertin Clos des Varoilles 1er Cru Monopole £75
Domaine des Varoilles, 2010     
Textbook Pinot Noir from a highly lauded vintage - consummate balance between elegance and power. Gilbert Hammel tirelessly pursues elegance, aromatics and balance in his wine and this old vine premier cru vineyard monopole is a fine the ambassador for Gevrey-Chambertin and for the vintage.

F56. Chateau Branaire Ducru, 2010 £85
Chateau Branaire Ducru is a 50ha, 4th Growth property in St Julien known for its ripe, structured, chocolatey wines. From the ripe and structured 2010, it is certainly now ready for drinking.

F60. Hermitage, Jean-Louis CHAVE,  1984 MAGNUM  £275
Chave Hermitage exhibits aromas of dark, autumnal fruit and black pepper with undertones of mushrooms, game and leather. The palate shows wonderful complexity with maturity and diverse flavours of black fruits, pepper and spices which combine over a background of rugged tannins to produce a profound wine of amazing structure.

 

Vintage Champagne

96. Delamotte Blanc de Blancs, 2007 £80
Released in Spring 2015 after seven years maturing on its lees inLe Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Quality and purity of fruit is paramount,  as always Delamotte’s trademark poise, fine  structure and suggestive curve are all in place. Upright and lithe, with  scents of jasmine and orange flower blossom, this is a tantalising wine: subtle and delicate initially with its fine, soft mousse, the wine is persistent and satisfying as it deepens on the palate, hinting at richness and complexity to come. Drinking beautifully now

97. Bollinger La Grande Annee, 2004 £150
Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the Bollinger house style.

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