Patrick Jouan was the original founder of Le Bon Vin back in 1986 and is our resident wine expert. Originally from Brittany in northern France he has been working within the wine trade for most of his life.
All of our specially selected products displayed below have been hand picked by Patrick as wines of note that he feels are worthy of extra attention. Why not try a couple and see if you agree with him!
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Rioja Tempranillo Old Vines, Bodegas Carlos SerresCarlos Serres Old Vines DOC Rioja Tempranillo is made from 50 year old vines giving this Spanish red intense flavours of dark fruit. Aged in oak Barrels with a bright purple colour and a nose full of fresh cherries, black fruit, licorice and vanilla. In the mouth it is juicy and tightly focused, with fresh acidity and a smooth lengthy finish backed up with gentle tannins. Learn More£8.75
Plaimont Cotes de Gascogne 'Caprice de Colombelle'A blend of French Colombard with another native variety, Gros Manseng. Colombelle has a lovely lemon-lime bouquet and apple, with peach and melon flavours. Its zesty aromas send a wake-up call to the senses! Colombelle is ideal as an aperitif as well as with first courses. It is a perfect white wine for casual sipping during holiday parties. Colombelle is great value that merits buying by the case. Learn More
Chateau Haut Terrier Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux Sauvignon
With a honey and acacia nose, the freshness of the grapefruit and pineapple aromas emphasises a good concentration. The finish is full, fat and balanced. Goes well with all cooked fish, lobster, crayfish, scallops, foie gras, white meats, and some cheeses. Can also be used as an aperitif.Learn More
Chevalier d'Antras MadiranDeep and dark purple in colour. Deliciously strong fruit flavours or cherries, red berries and blackcurrant with subtle earthy tones. Produced with a minimum content of 40% Tannat grapes and complimented by the inclusion of Pinenc, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to produce a smooth and delightful wine. Learn More
Prosecco, 8 Secco Vintage
Prosecco, 8 Secco (or Otto Secco in Italian) has fresh aromas of fruit and flowers on the nose, with pears and sweet apples on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif or with light meals and snacks. A superior Extra Dry Prosecco without the price tag that you expect for this high quality.Learn More
Chateau D'Ollieres Classic RoseHalf cinsault, half grenache, this rosé is the brilliant proof of the benefits of the climate of Ollières. Hot days in summer and cool nights allow a slow but intense ripening of the grapes. The nose is particularly intense while the mouth is full and lively, with good length. Learn More
Chateau Andrea, Graves
Graves, in Bordeaux, is reputedly the oldest vine growing region in the country and benefits not only from coarse gravel typical of the area, which stores heat from the sun in the day to keep the vines warmer at night. But also from large pine forests that protect the vineyards and the river Garonne to the east, which acts as a thermal regulator.
Smooth and silky in the mouth with soft tannins and long finish. Délicieux!Learn More
Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Epine
Domaine Lafond, an award winning producer, manually harvests and hand selects the grapes to ensure the highest quality and careful management of the vines. The grapes are vatted for an extended period to obtain soft tannins, then in order to soften the tannins, the wine is put in new barrels for 3 to 4 months.
Roc Epine red is a powerful and robust wine, it offers a complex nose of cinnamon, cooked fruits and morello cherries. While the palate expresses vanilla and peppers which persist until the final. It is a supple and rich wine with a very good length.
Great paired with charcuterie, red meats, game and cheeses.Learn More
Mission Estate Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc
This single vineyard wine was grown on Mission's Cable Station vineyard in Marlborough's Awatere Valley. The wine shows concentrated passion fruit and grapefruit aromas. The palate is full with good intensity and a superb long finish.
"Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently full with aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries entwined harmoniously with notes of cut grass and nettles." Raymond Chan£16.50
St Chinian Chateau de la BaumeWith 25 years of experience and tasting acquired around the world, Francois Gilbert and Philippe Gaillard (Journalists, Tasters and Critics) have chosen to use their know-how at an exceptional winery in Languedoc, Chateau de la Baume. With small yields, they gain a wonderful freshness with raspberry flavours and notes of spices on the finish. Learn More
Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, Lenotti EstateThe Lenotti ‘Le Crosare’ Valpolicella Ripasso is the result of the highest quality Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties, coming from the classic area of Valpolicella north of Verona. The winemaking process has a brief “ripasso” (re-passing) on the grape skins of the Amarone which gives this red extra body and flavour.
It is a well-structured wine, intense ruby red colour with a bouquet that is fine and intense. Dry and savoury in the mouth it is full bodied and velvety. Drinking very well now although it has the potential to improve if cellared 4-5 years after harvest. Highly recommend by the Le Bon Vin team. Learn More