Review Round-up (Sept/Oct '23) - Boutinot

What's been said about our wines...

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 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!


Emiliana Coyam 2020: “This flagship wine from organic producer Emiliana hugely over-delivers for the price. A blend of mainly old-vine Syrah, Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Aromas of cassis, fruits of the forest, blackcurrant leaf, redcurrants and dark chocolate. Complex palate: juicy fruit balanced by freshness and a sappy florality, with hints of violet, mocha, pencil shavings and liquorice. Super.” 95 pts – ‘Must-try red’, Decanter magazine (September ’23)


Cave de L’Ormarine, Duc de Morny, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, 2020: Aromas of lemon balm, white blossom and peach, followed by a palate that’s more on the green and citrus fruit rather than rich ripe stone fruit. Good concentration of flavour and a hearty dose of salinity. 90 pts ‘Picpoul de Pinet: 10th anniversary and 10 wines to try’, Decanter Magazine (September ’23)


Papagiannakos Assyrtiko 2022: “Lemon and crushed stones. Nicely dry finish. Less fruity than some mainland Assyrtikos and with more tension and minerality.” 16.5/20, Julia Harding MW, (26th June ’23)


Papagiannakos Savatiano Old Vines 2022: “Fragrant with fresh herbs and cedar, strong bay-leaf and rosemary note. More citrus on the palate, and less herbal than I expected. Pure and long. Elegant style.” 16.5/20, Julia Harding MW, (26th June ’23)


San Felice Chianti Classico 2021: ” …is bright, floral and fruity, all of which lend tons of immediacy. Crushed flowers, cedar, tobacco and mint play off a core of vibrant Sangiovese fruit in this charming, mid-weight offering from San Felice.” 90pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2023)

San Felice Chianti Classico 2021: ” …a versatile wine and a fundamentally food-friendly choice with lots of purple and blue fruits with hints of fragrant wild rose. The wine supports medium weight and lots of fresh acidity to cut through cream or butter-based cooking ingredients.” 91pts, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (21st September ’23)


San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2020: ” …is a potent, heady wine. Succulent black plum, leather, tobacco, menthol and oak are all amplified in this decidedly rich Riserva. The 2020 is not exactly subtle, but it is nicely done, in the style.” 92pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (June 2023)

San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva 2020: ” … shows a dark, mid-weight texture with extra heft that comes in the form of baked plum, candied cherry and spice. This is another good value wine from one of the most beautiful properties (and luxury hotels) in Italy.” 92pts, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (21st September ’23)


San Felice Il Grigio Gran Selezione Chianti Classico 2019: ” …stands out due to its velvety richness and expressive flavour profile. The wine delivers measured intensity with bright purple and black fruits, a good sense of energy and drive, and some lingering spiciness on the close. It is rich but not heavy.” 95pts, Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate (21st September ’23)


Cascina Nuova, Organic, Nizza, Piedmont, Italy, 2019 “Sweet aromas of vanilla and flowers and brooding black-fruit nose. Showing fresh juicy red berries and spices, like cloves and cinnamon. The oak is well-managed, and the palate is fresh with robust and integrated tannins. Warm and concentrated fruit, salty and mineral finish. Needs a bit more time in the bottle to develop fully.” 91Pts Panel tasting: Piedmont Barbera Decanter Magazine (Oct 2023)


Marchesi di Grésy, Monte Colombo, Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont 2015 “Elegant and poised with dried berries and leather on the nose. Soft and rounded, with dark cherry, plums and forest fruit flavours. Refined prune and hazelnut with a rich and intense finish.” 91Pts Panel tasting: Piedmont Barbera Decanter Magazine (Oct 2023)


Poderi Colla, Costa Bruna, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, 2021 “Sour cherry and damsons with good intensity and freshness. Rounded and fleshy. Yet it does have some structure and weight, and the acidity and tannin combine to give a long, chewy finish. Serve slightly chilled. 90Pts Panel tasting: Piedmont Barbera Decanter Magazine (Oct 2023)


Wildeberg Terroirs Cinsault, Wellington 2022 “This is showing aromas of licorice, bramble berries, chopped herbs and citrus peel. There’s a rocky and earthy minerality, too, with some mushroom and charred bark undertones. It’s savory and firm, with a medium body and well-structured tannins.” 92Pts (Oct 23)


Wildeberg Terroirs Chenin Blanc, Paarl 2022 “Nicely complex aromas here with dried spices and cardamom mingling with flint, apricots and lemon curd. Creamy and spicy, with a medium to full body and a vivid and lively finish.” 92Pts (Oct 23)


Pablo y Walter Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2022 (Can) “Named in honour of Argentinian winemaker Walter Bressia and European importer Paul Boutinot, the vivid purple hue of the rim gives a hint of the lively and fruity flavours to follow. Raspberry, blackcurrant and a slice of red apple on the nose lead into classic bright and youthful Malbec flavours on the palate, with zingy acidity and ripe tannins.”  94Pts Decanter magazine (Aug 23) 


Krakat’inii Sauvignon Blanc, Aconcagua Valley, Chile 2022 (Can) “Once the groans from its name have died down, its textbook gooseberry and asparagus aromas can come to the fore. There’s tell-tale Sauvignon Blanc high acidity here, yet it’s balanced by awesome fruit concentration from Chile’s Aconcagua region.” 94Pts Decanter magazine (Aug 23) 


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