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What is in your basket [Sept-Oct 2019]



I’ve seen the de la Commanderie Mike and often been tempted. Let us know what you think of it


There should be lots of opinions to choose from, including mine, on the 28th November when we’re drinking it in the guerrilla tasting :smiley:



Doesn’t that just make your heart race with anticipation…! Such loveliness in a box…


I couldn’t resist. I know it will be a bit young, but while I wait for tws stocks to be available for reserves storage i wanted to add some to the testing pile…


Hope you like the Sendiana more than I did. I thought the 14 was a genuinely poor wine (quite a rarity from TWS, fortunately!)


Whereas we loved it! It needed a double decant (lots of sediment), and a good few hours to open up, but we found it perfumed, spicy, brambley, well structured and a fine match to Middle Eastern food.

Horses for courses, I suppose! :blush:


Maybe mine was an iffy bottle. It was open for a couple of days so it clearly got to see some air. Pity, as I likeTourelles and could use an alternative to Musar as the days I can afford that are clearly numbered now Serge isn’t around.


Your Order

Gewurztraminer Bollenberg Cuvée Prestige, Théo Cattin et Fils 2017 Code: AL14631In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £13.95 £13.95
Vinsobres Altitude 420, Domaine Jaume 2015 Code: RH45421In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £10.95 £10.95
Domaine Sylvain Pataille, Bourgogne Aligoté 2017 Code: BU69941In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £14.50 £14.50
Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Terre d’Argile, Domaine de la Janasse 2013 Code: RH39441In Stock
2 x Bottle(s) at £13.50 £27.00
Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur, Chave Sélection 2013 Code: RH39171In Stock
2 x Bottle(s) at £13.95 £27.90
Cornas Empreintes, Domaine Durand 2013 Code: RH38581In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £25.00 £25.00
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Bosquet des Papes 2013 Code: RH39491In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £27.00 £27.00
Gigondas, Domaine Raspail-Ay 2015 Code: RH49931In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £21.00 £21.00
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2017 Code: AU22761In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £23.00 £23.00
Fitou Origines, Domaine Bertrand-Bergé 2016 Code: FC35651In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £9.50 £9.50
Rasteau, Chapoutier 2017 Code: RH51461In Stock
2 x Bottle(s) at £13.95 £27.90
Mendel Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Code: AR3901In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £16.00 £16.00
Grignan-les-Adhémar Blanc Cuvée Gourmandise, Domaine de Montine 2018 Code: RH53491In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £9.50 £9.50
Edelzwicker Special Cuvée, Joseph Cattin 2017 Code: AL14051In Stock
2 x Bottle(s) at £8.50 £17.00
SUBTOTAL £270.20


I was just looking through the Alsace offer and came across a couple of wines from Zind-Humbrecht that weren’t originally listed or mentioned in the pdf. Have just pressed the button on six of these to go to reserves…

…the other wine is a Pinot Gris Heimbourg 2017.


Must be a late edition. There’s no tasting notes or any detail on the producer or vintage.

SA14151 Lismore Pinot Noir Cape South Coast 2017 £28.00 1 Bottle £28.00
SA13811 Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir Elgin 2017 £19.00 1 Bottle £19.00
BU41541 Pernand Vergelesses Rouge Domaine Rollin 2006 £25.00 1 Bottle £25.00
BU61761 Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Longeroies 2014 £28.00 1 Bottle £28.00
AA2791 Pinot Noir 2016 Brundlmayer £22.00 1 Bottle £22.00
LO15321 Pouilly Fume Mademoiselle de T Chateau de Tracy 2018 £16.50 1 Bottle £16.50
GR1421 Rapsani Terra Petra, Thymiopoulos 2016 £20.00 1 Bottle £20.00

There are a lot of wines I currently want to try, but managed ( because of my bank balance rather than will power) to limit it to these wines. Note the bias towards trying different Pinots! The Lismore has been recommended highly by others and am excited to try the Rapsani. Not drunk any Pouilly Fume recently - I used to drink a lot of them but found too many were too “steely” for my liking.


I can also highly recommend the Radford Dale PN, which was a favourite in a recent WS dinner! Good selection :slight_smile:


Thanks Inbar. I often find red burgundy disappointing at the price I can afford, so am looking at different regions - both new world ( hence South Africa) and even within Burgundy itself.


Oh dear. I was only really looking to top up with a couple of stickies and a few assorted bits and pieces, but then I stumbled across the ‘Italy from top to toe’ offer on the website and something entirely predictable happened:

Italian Regional Reds Case Code: MX19243In Stock
1 x Case of 6(s) at £115.00 £115.00
Riesling Midelberg, Boeckel 2017 Code: AL15271In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £11.50 £11.50
The Society’s Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 Code: IT24971In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £10.95 £10.95
Baccolo Appassimento Rosso Veneto 2017 Code: IT26291Due in
1 x Bottle(s) at £6.95 £6.95
Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2013 50cl Code: HU1111In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £27.00 £27.00
The Society’s Exhibition Sauternes 2015 Code: BW5871In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £20.00 £20.00
Val de Loire Chardonnay, Famille Bougrier 2018 Code: LO15161In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £6.95 £6.95
Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l’Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018 Code: RH53591In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £9.95 £9.95
Moscato d’Asti Elio Perrone 2018 Code: IT27611In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £8.50 £8.50
The Society’s Exhibition Limarí Chardonnay 2018 Code: CE10461In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £10.50 £10.50
Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur, Chave Sélection 2013 Code: RH39171In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £13.95 £13.95

That Italian Regional Reds case looks pretty great to me.


I’ve recently had both the Baccolo Appasimento and Salice Salentino Riserva, and can recommend both. The Baccolo is a bargain alternative to a Valpolicella Ripasso, whereas the Salice Salentino was sweeter and lighter, but with some slightly meaty flavours in there as well. Both perfectly enjoyable everyday reds. :+1:


My ‘virtual’ basket includes a whole bunch of lovely wines I’d like to buy, but am stringing out the decision as long as possible… at least until this month’s payday.
I start with 60 cases as enough of a buffer while I dither and inevitably add more wine to it, especially after the superb Spanish wine evening in York last night.

Two wines getting to a ‘low stock’ decision moment…

Currently standing at a grand total of £222,838. More wine than you could drink in a lifetime!

What is in your basket [Nov - Dec 2019]

Ambition can be an admirable quality!


The mind boggles!
60 cases of each wine you want or 1 case of 60 wines you want?
You inevitably add more to it?!?
Is the critical low stock warning your own collection or TWS stocks of the wines you want?
How often do you order?


Any standouts you thought of @VinoVeritas