Déclassé
Déclassé

Lowly wines with lofty aspirations. 6 declassified beauties from some of our favourite growers.  

This case contains 6 wines from growers who choose to work (at least in these cuvees) outside their local appellations. This frees them to produce exciting and delicious wine as nature intended. For lovers of liberated wine!  

Whites and Skins

Alexandre Bain, Pierre Precieuse, Vdf, Pouilly Fume, Loire, France - 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alexandre works in Pouilly Fume but the local AOC board turfed him out for atypical wines. We think they are different for all the right reasons. This wine is direct pressed, then spends 20 months on the lees, and displays strident minerality and aromatics. Amazing stuff. Fun fact: It's so named (traslation 'precious stones') as the plot the grapes come from is packed with tiny limestone pebbles. So much so that you can barely see the soil.  

Christian Binner Si Rose, Vdf, Ammerschwihr, Alsace, France, NV - 35% Pinot Gris with 65% Gewurz
Deliciously aromatic and wild multi vintage blend aged and fermented in 100 year old barrels, without temperature control. Firm staff favourite and a great example of all the things we love about natural wine.

Jo Landron 'Melonix' Melon de Bourgogne, Vdf, Pays Nantais, Loire, France 
Terrifically complex version of this grape and one which undergoes a full malolactic. The palate shows a very deep and sappy character, with a floral expression like that on the nose, alongside a white fruit character and distinctive spicy edge. No added sulphur, organic and biodynamic.

Reds

Miquettes Ti Rouge, Vdf, Northern Rhone, France, 11%, 2021- 100% Syrah
In 2021 the harvest was very small so Miquettes chose to make just one red and one white. This means that Ti Rouge contains the same grapes that would ordinarily go into the (much more expensive) St Joseph. It's an incredible wine - with an array of meaty graphite character. Aged half in steel and half in amphora. 

Monte Dall'Ora Disobbediente (1 Litre), Verona, Italy - 60% Corvinone & 40% Molinara
This is a true vin de soif. Made with the lightest of extractions, the high notes of violets and flowers are pushed to the fore. Oh so pretty, and uber drinkable. We love this wine. It is also as good a friend to pasta/ tomato dishes as you are likely to find.

Chateau Lamery, Autremont, 2021, Vdf, Saint Pierre D'Aurillac, Bordeaux- 70% Merlot/ 30% Cabernet Franc
Beautiful understated wine from down the river in Bordeaux, savoury and elegant. It's from a plot that has never seen chemicals, whilst the farming is organic and biodynamic. Winemaker Jacques proudly terms this a 'vin autrefois' a wine from the past. Expect a peppery, red and black fruited feast on the palate, a fantastic food wine, or contemplative sipper.    

£130.00