We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t! That said, it is always nice when someone else comes along and recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it… Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!


Fernando de Castilla Vermut:An intriguing spirit to pull in for the Christmas period. At first this vermouth tastes sweet and soft, but there is a dry bitterness on the finish. Good for cocktails or as a long drink with soda.” Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (2nd December ’18)

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Spumante Extra Dry NV, Domenico de Bertiol: “Shows hints of honey and wax on the nose, followed by attractive lemon acidity on the palate.  fine mousse with good persistence. 90 points / Highly Recommended” Decanter magazine, January 2019 issue.

Lunetta Prosecco Spumante NV: “Hallmark orchard fruit with leafy freshness and more finesse, zip and flavour than the average.” JoannaSimon.com (17th December ’18)


From the ‘Harpers Wine Stars 2018 – Italy’ competition, 3 wines from Cavit’s Bottega Vinai range scored a hit:

Bottega Vinai Pinot Nero 2016: “A light, soft and savoury wine, offering attractive, gentle aromatics, and with plummy, earthy and herbal notes on a palate with fine tannins. This fresh and harmonious Pinot would be a great addition to any restaurant list, perhaps as a by-the-glass option in premium outlets.” 5 stars (out of 5!)

Bottega Vinai Lagrein Dunkel 2016: “Dark, brooding, salty, bloody style, with deep and rich savoury character, soft tannins, this showed great balance and good structure, and would be a hand-sell, but also an interesting addition to the list. Definitely a wine for specialist merchants and discerning on-trade.” 5 stars *NB we’re currently selling the 2015 vintage

– and a further 4 stars for Bottega Vinai Pinot Grigio 2017


Plus El Hombre Bala 2015 made it into the list of Decanter magazine’s ‘most exciting wines of 2018‘ with 95 points, and these comments: 

Lovely round and mellow style. Ripe red fruit with sultry cake and kitchen spice, plus a nip of ripe tannin and apple pip acid.” Oz Clarke

Just right! Silky, generous Garnacha lifted by a note of the zippy blueberry fruit of Carignan. Complex, vibrant and individual.” Sarah Jane Evans


And in der Sängerei Riesling Feinherb 2017 from one of our new agencies, AJ Adam, has made it into James Suckling’s ‘Top 100 German Wines of 2018’:

Super peachy with great brilliance and refinement. This is a great Spätlese that’s dry enough to cope with the spiciest curry. The very long finish keeps pumping out fruit and minerals. Drink or hold. 96 points.”

Speaking of top wines,  James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator, who awarded 92 points to  ‘La Côte Sauvage’, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cairanne 2015 (Wine Spectator, 30th November 2018) then went on to  feature it in his Top Rhône Values list for 2018 commenting that

There are plenty of late-release 2015s in the marketplace as well. This vintage has a riper, more fruit-driven aspect, without the racy edge of the ’16s, providing a more hedonistic profile. The Boutinot Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne La Côte Sauvage 2015 is a prime example.(James Molesworth)

2015 is currently only available in magnum; follow on vintage 2016 will be the first release of ‘La Côte Sauvage’ as cru Cairanne AOC which, as reported in our Review Round Up (Oct / Nov 2018), was awarded 92 points in Jeb Dunnuck ‘s Rhône Report  LE MILLÉSIME… The 2016s from the Southern Rhône (Part 2)