Hello from Devon where the sun is out and it's time for our monthly (from now on - promise) roundup of our most exciting new arrivals. These may individually be available only in tiny quantities, but collectively there should be enough to satisfy all who are curious. Featuring cult growers, oddities, rarities and the return of a few favourites, it's our way of ensuring some of our most interesting finds make it on to these virtual pages.
So while stocks last here are six things you should be looking at right now...
1. FRANK CORNELISSEN
Frank Cornelissen's Mount Etna wines should be on the radar of every wine lover. We have a few cases of the summer-in-a-bottle Susucaru Rosato 2020, as well as small quantities of Susucaru Rosso, Munjebel Bianco, Munjebel Rosso, and Munjebel Rosso CS - in ascending order of expense, power and rarity. Benchmark natural/low intervention wines with a wild side.
2. MAS COUTELOU
Mas Coutelou is back. We have small quantities of Jeff's just released reds. Jeff Coutelou is a pioneer of organic viticulture and has been steadfastly making what you would now call natural wines for decades. These are uplifting wines of great purity, freshness and life.
3. MATURE GREEK REDS
First, a few bottles of Dalamara's 2010 Paliokalias, frequently championed here as one of Greece's finest wines, but seldom available with this much age.
Second, a single case of Papaioannou's 2005 Nemea 'Microclima' which is drinking amazingly right now and will give many a mature Bordeaux a run for its money.
4. NEW BURGUNDY AND BEAUJOLAIS
Including the delicious Jean-Paul Brun 2020 Beaujolais Blanc, a Chardonnay from the south with the freshness and minerality of something far pricier further north.
In red we have mature Les Champs de L'Abbaye 2010 Monthelie, drinking really beautifully. We have the last couple of cases of superstar grower Vincent Dureuil-Janthial's 2015 Rully Rouge 'En Guesnes'. What a producer and what a wine. And we have the unclassified bargain that is Clos du Moulin aux Moines 2017 Vin Natur Pinot Noir 'Monopole' XVII. Mature, old vine Pinot Noir at a great price.
5. THE WORLD'S BEST ROSÉ?
François Cotat 2019 Sancerre Rosé 'Chavignol' we have six bottles. Is this the world's best rosé at the moment? I can't think of anything better.
6. ITALIAN ARTISANS
Whites including ("madman or genius?") Edi Kante's 2015 Vitovska, in a great place at the moment. Also a delicious, dry, frizzante Gavi from La Mesma. And at the fine wine end, the brilliant Roagna's 2015 Derthona Timorasso 'Montemarzino'.
Reds starting with new releases of Scarzello's 2017 Barolos (for the cellar). Moving on to library releases of Barbacarlo's utterly unique Lombardy reds. And concluding with the sublime Alpine Nebbiolos of Valtellina's ARPEPE.
And much more! Browse new arrivals.