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Welcome to the Imperial Hotel drinks menu & wine list
There's an extensive choice when you're considering what to drink at Imperial Hotel. Quench your thirst with a soft drink, beer, cocktail or cup of tea. The choice is yours. We're renowned for our superbly curated wine list, Nick's particular baby. It features superb wines from around the world, all tasted by Nick to ensure they've earned their place on our list. If you'd like any help choosing, simply ask.
To view our drinks menu and wine list in full, simply click on the title, and the full list for that section will appear.
Come on in, take a seat and let us serve you a drink. In our Covid Secure world, table service throughout the hotel, including Bar Fizz, is now the norm. Whatever your fancy, whether you're after a cup of tea or coffee, a soft drink, cocktails, gin, spirits or wine, you've come to the right place. Alcohol is served from 11am.
Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green, Super Fruits, Peppermint, Chamomile & Decaffeinated
Espresso topped with hot milk & foam
Café Latte £3.10
Espresso diluted with hote steamed milk, topped with a dash of foam
Espresso diluted with a dash of hote water
Warm frothy milk, marshmallows & topped with chocolate dust
Cafetière of coffee £2.90 / £5.80
Cafetière of decaffeinated coffee £2.90
Hot Chocolate £3.30 (£3.80 with whipped cream on top)
Liquer Coffee ( please ask for selection and prices)
Harrogate Still or Sparkling Water
330ml small bottle £2.50 / 750ml large bottle £4.50
100% Pure Apple Juice £3
100% Pure Orage Juice £3.30
J20 (please ask for flavours) £3.10
Fruit Shoot £1.60
Carbonated Soft Drinks
Red Bull £3.75
Sparkling Elderflower £3.10
Bottled Coke (200ml) ££2.80
Bottled Diet Coke (200ml) £2.50
Coke Zero Half £2.20 / Pint £3.70
Lemonade Half £2.20 / Pint £3.7
Draught Beer & Cider
Stella 4.8% Half £2.30 / Pint £4.60
Becks 4.0% Half £2.00 / Pint £4.00
Woodforde Wherry 3.8% Half £2.10 / Pint £4.20
Green King IPA 3.6% Half £2.10 / Pint £4.20
Guinness Surged 500ml £4.50
Norfolk Adder Cider 4.5% Half £2.25 / Pint £4.50
Bottled Beer & Cider
Old Speckled Hen 500ml £4.80
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime 500ml £4.80
Koppaberg Mixed Berries 500ml £4.80
Becks Blue (Non Alcoholic) £2.85
Tequila Sunrise £6.85
Tequila, Orange Juice & Grenadine
Vodka, Cointreau & cranberry juice with a squeeze of lime
Gin & Vermouth served with an olive
Kir Royale £7.50
Crème de Cassis topped with Prosecco.
Sparkling Orchard Mocktail £4.25
Apple Juice, Elderflower & Soda
Gin - let the fun beGin
Bombay Sapphire 25ml £3.40
Soft juniper aroma finished by earthy and slight peppery notes
Gordon's London Dry 25ml £3.10
Instant citrus aromas creating a dry, fresh experience
Gordon's Pink Gin 25ml £3.10
Gordon's balanced with the sweet taste of raspberries, strawberries and the tang of redcurrent
Gordon's Slow Gin 25ml £3.10
Full of sweet berries and light cassis, a delightful sweet alternative to dry gin
Tangueray 25ml £4.00
Good hint of liquorice and a slight spice with a long, tingling finish
Sipsmith London Dry Gin 25ml £4.00
Dry, zesty and aromatic with a citrus finish
Hendrick's 25ml £4.20
Very floral with a slight spice and lingering flavour
Bullards Norwich Dry Gin 25ml £4.40
Infused with Tonka beans, with a light yet warming feel and strong citrus notes
Bullards Strawberry & Black Pepper Gin 25ml £4.40
The sweet aroma of fresh strawberries contrast with initial warming black pepper and juniper and lemon on the finish.
Life Happens - Gin helps!
Schweppes Tonic or Slimline £2.10
Schweppes Bitter Lemon £2.10
Schweppes Orange Juice £2.30
Fever-Tree Tonic or Slimline £2.60
Fever-Tree Elderflower, Mediterranean or Aromatic Tonics £2.60
Did you say Gym? I heard Gin! Don't forget...
Lemon slice, lime wedge, orange wheel or cucumber stick ....
Smirnoff Vodka £3.10
Famous Grouse Whisky £3.20
Jack Daniels £3.50
Tia Maria £3.20
Southern Comfort £3.40
Martell Cognac £3.80
Cinzano Bianco £4.00
Martini Rosso £4.00
Martini Extra Dry £400
Croft Sherry £4.00
Harveys Bristol Cream £4.00
Tio Pepe £4.00
Ruby Port £4.00
Taylors Crusted Port £4.00
Nick says: "Having spent much of my working life involved with wine, either in sommelier competitions during and after university, or over the 36 years that I have worked here, I have tried to create a wine list that includes good wines from around the world."
"I am often asked what my favourite wine is, and my answer would be that I really do not have one. There are so many great wines made in the world that it depends upon the occasion, on what I am eating, and the time of year. At Imperial Hotel, I have chosen some fantastic wines from both individual family producers to large winemaking companies. They all have their place on our list and I have tasted them all. I am a great believer in, 'drink what you like, when you like' and wine is all part of the occasion of dining out. The more you enjoy what we have to offer at Imperial Hotel, the better the wine will taste. I hope you enjoy our selection and that you have a delicious meal. If you would like to discuss a particular wine or need some help with choosing, please feel free to ask."
"I have selected a range of House wines from around the world that offer a variety of grape types to suit many dishes, and which are all available by the glass or the bottle. Our local, English, award-winning Winbirri wine from Norfolk is also available by the glass. And just a note about changes to listed wine vintages - when stocks of present vintages are exhausted, we aim to offer the most suitable alternative vintage. Several wines are vegan - please ask for more information if this is something you're interested in."
All house wines are priced at £21.50 per bottle.
If you prefer to drink by the glass prices are:
£4.00 per 125ml
£5.30 per 175ml
£7.00 per 250ml
700 2019 Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie (Italy). Straw yellow in colour with golden reflexes. The bouquet is ample with fruity notes. The wine is full, pleasant and well balanced.
706 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Bodegaza, Valle Central (Chile). Young and elegant wine distibguished by its rich fruit, intense colour and delicate aroma.
708 2018 Chardonnay, Puzzle Ridge (South East Australia). Generous aromas of passionfruit & mango, with hints of honeycomb and vanilla oak. The palate is rich and creamy with peach and sweet citrus flavours that lead to a long finish.
711 2019 Pinot Grigio Blush, Belfiore, (Italy). A pale salmon pink rosé, delicate floral aromas and hints of apricot and pear.
339 2017 White Zinfandel, Adriana, (California). A salmon pink rosé wine, with hints of strawberries & raspberries. A medium-sweet style for those who prefer wine not too dry.
712 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Altitudes Reserva (Chile). An attractive red colour, with hues of purple. Rich berry aromas, with well integrated sweet spices. Medium to full bodied with a good structure and lingering finish.
714 2017 Malbec, Finca La Chamiza (Argentina). This is a medium bodied, dry red wine with dark fruits on the nose and palate. This wine has mellower tannins than its French counterpart.
716 2016 Merlot Reserva, Gran Araucaria (Chile). A fine complex wine with dry fruits, truffle and spice. Its tannins are mellow and soft with a silky after taste.
718 2018 Shiraz, Head Over Heels (South Australia). This shiraz offers an abundance of aromas of blackberry and plum with a tasty sweet oak and a long satisfying finish.
All priced by the bottle.
2 2018 Château La Croix de Queynac, Cordier. £23.50. This very fresh and fruity Bordeaux red offers violet notes, candied red berry aromas, fresh tannins and a juicy taste of blackcurrant and blackberries.
8 2015 Corney and Barrow Pomerol, Bottled by Jean-Pierre Moueix. £34.95. An accessible, supple and classic wine bottled by the company that own Chateau Petrus the 2006 has smooth tannins with ripe fruits and floral note.
9 2016 Corney and Barrow Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru, Jean-Pierre Moueix. £29.95 An appealing,well balanced wine with elevated perfumed notes with a luscious bramble character, hints of spice and clean minerality.
10 2016 Château La Courolle, Saint-Émilion. £27.50. The very aromatic nose is incredibly flattering, harmoniously combining vanilla and wild strawberries. The mouth is supple with silky tannins.
11 2016 Château Macquin, Saint-Georges, Saint-Émilion £29.50. This wine is a deep ruby red in colour, with alluring aromas of ripe red cherry, cassis and a hint of liquorice. The palate is full-bodied with silky, ripe tannins. Concentrated flavours of ripe red fruits, tobacco and graphite are balanced by a lifted acidity. (Vegan)
12 2014 Château de La Marque, Cru Bourgeois, Haut Medoc. £36.95. A wine with good red fruit, fresh with a hint of spice. Very savoury red fruit suppleness, dry on the palate with a medium body and elegance.
14 2015 Château Barrail du Blanc, Grand Cru Saint-Émilion. £37.50. This tiny estate always produces tender, 'heart on sleeve' wines; but with grip and the ability to drink young and age well. Deepest ruby in colour, the nose is red fruit, dark and earthy. The palate by contrast is silky on entry, with generous, sweet flavours, a succulent, medium-weight concentration and excellent, fresh length.
16 2012 Château Kirwan, 3e Cru Margaux £69.50. Black cherry, coffee, and earthy notes, smooth and easy to drink, a quite charming wine and ready to drink
18 2010 Château Langoa Saint Julien £96.00. Exceptionally fragrant this year, this Ch. Langoa Barton wine displays enticing aromas of both red and black fruits. The fruit continues strongly on the palate, but the wine retains a very fine elegance, while the tannins and acidity imbue it with an excellent structure, and there is excellent persistence and length on the finish.
French Country Wine
20 2015 Chateau Coupe-Roses, Bastide £22.50. Its colour is pale red, brilliant with light purple shades. The nose is definitely the Carignan grape, fruity on the nose and then in mouth, where fresh red fruits dominate, associated with a refreshing acidity.
22 2012 Seigneurie de Crouseilles, Madiran. £28.00. Chateau de Crouseilles Madiran expresses beautifully the distinctive aromas and flavours of the Tannat grape. Silky on the mouth with rich ripe notes of blackcurrants, complimented by hints of fresh black pepper and cloves. This savoury wine is generous and has wonderfully ripe and sweet tannins. To pair with grilled meat and matured cheeses.
40 2018 Beaujolais Villages, Louis Tête £24.95. Light purple in colour, with an elegant, fresh intense nose of soft red fruits. The palate is equally open and fleshy with lots of fruit and little tannin. Wonderfully soft and accessible, plenty of character backed by good balancing acidity.
42 2018 Fleurie, La Bonne Dame, Louis Tête £28.95. Classic Cru Beaujolais with an excellent Gamay nose with hints of fruit and toffee. However there is enough structure on the palate to give the wine body and finesse.
46 2017 Pinot Noir Bourgogne Rouge, Louis Jadot (France) £29.95. An oak-aged Burgundy with a deliciously concentrated Pinot Noir character, cherried fruit and soft tannins.
50 2016 Aloxe Corton, Domaine Maillard Père et Fils. £61.95. An opulent and ripe, red wine with flavours of strawberry fruit. Wonderfully expressive and powerful in the mouth it finishes with soft silky tannins and an animal richness so typical of Pinot Noir.
57 2013 Nuits-St–Georges, 1er Cru Les Vallerots, Domaine Chantal Lescure. £64.95. This outstanding wine has a deep ruby red colour and evolved nose of red fruit and spice. Nuits has a reputation for slightly aggressive tannins but this is not the case here, with wonderfully rounded ripe berry fruit and soft voluptuous tannins. The palate is rich and well balanced, and the finish is extremely long and elegant.
58 2012 Hospices de Beaune Premier Cru Cuvée Maurice Drouhin. £119.95. Black cherry red in colour. Luscious development in oak with classic earthy farmyard aromas. Hints of blackcurrant on the palate with a secondary taste of saddle leather. Very seductive quality wine with years of potential life.
60 2013 Nuits-St-Georges Domaine Faiveley £60.00. There's class here, real aristocratic fruit and a mouth filling rich fullness.
Rhône & South of France
70 2017 Côte du Rhône, Enfant Terrible. £25.95. Deep red wine, its fresh lively berry burst, backed up with a pinch of pepper and spice, with a smooth finish.
72 2017 Crozes Hermitage, Maison les Alexandrins. £29.00. Aromas of ripe black cherry, violets and blackberries, notes of tobacco and sweet spice combine with silky, well-integrated tannins
76 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve des Oliviers, Maison Favier. £43.95. The grenache character predominates on the nose with plenty of raspberry fruit. A succulent attack is balanced by fine tannins and good acidity. The finish is marked by spice and blackcurrant.
All priced by the bottle
Italian Red Wine
100 2015 Chianti Classico Campomaggio. £24.95. This Chianti Classico is characterised by an intense, ruby red colour, which tends towards garnet with ageing. On the nose it is full and rich, characterised by hints of violets. On the palate it is balanced with great structure allied to fine fruit.
106 2011 Amarone Classico Corte Bra, Sartori. £49.75. Ruby in colour, ripe fruit aromas, with notes of blackcurrant, raspberry & dried herbs, full bodied on the palate with rich fruit flavours, bright acidity & a lingering finish.
114 2018 Primitivo Salento, Boheme. £22.95. Deep ruby red in colour with a complex aroma of pepper and cloves, a note of wild berries and fresh morello cherry and plum. The palate is full and plump, rich with flavours of jammy fruit balanced with fine tannin and a hint of clean, mineral flavours.
116 2014 Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba Fontanafredda Piemonte. £42.95. Blood red with ruby highlights, it has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla and spices. The palate is dry, soft, full bodied, velvety and well balanced, and is complex throughout the lengthy finish.
Spanish & Portuguese Red Wine
119 2017 Mas Oliveras “Oak-Aged Tempranillo” Bodegas Roqueta, Catalonia, Spain. £21.95. A wonderful wine with juicy fruit characters with hints of liquorice. Soft and approachable with depth and structure, fine tannins and fresh acidity.
120 2016 Rioja Crianza, Monte Real de Familia, Spain. £24.50. Monte Real Crianza follows a modern style. Intense colour, delicate fresh aromas that maintain the fruitiness and expression of the grape variety and the terroir, beautifully blending with ageing notes in harmony and balance. In the mouth, its body and potency are perfectly offset by the smoothness and elegance typical of great Riojas.
122 2015 Quinta de Chocapalha Tinto, Estremadura, Portugal. £26.95. This wine was aged for 18 months in two & three year old American oak. A deep plum ruby colour, this offers rich cherries & blueberries on the nose, sweet, delicately spiced & concentrated with a floral lift. The palate mirrors the aromatics presented on the nose. Fine and rounded & supported by ripe, well integrated tannins.
124 2017 Bobal, Cien Y Pico, En Vaso, Manchuela, Spain. £26.50. A vibrant nose which shows abundant fruit, along with chocolate and earthy notes. Blackberries, blackcurrant and cinnamon spice, along with cocoa and mulberry on the palate. It is soft with juicy tannins, and an uplifting fresh fruit finish.
126 2011 Valudero, Reserva, Ribera Del Duero, Spain. £57.95. I bought this wine en primeur and then had to wait for 4 years to get to the hotel. The wait was worth it. Made from a low yielding variety of the Tempranillo grape, then aged in American and European oak barrels for 30 months and then a further 18 months in the bottle before release. It is deep purple in colour. Aromas of blackberry, violets and cedar with hints of coffee. Elegant, smooth textured with excellent depth and long finish.
127 2013 Dalmau, Rioja, Marques de Murrietta, Spain. £110.00. Dalmau Reserva is a red wine from the D.O. La Rioja produced by the Marqués de Murrieta winery. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo (79%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Graciano (6%). Dalmau Reserva is aged for 19 months in French oak barrels from Allier and is refined for another twelve months in the bottle.
All priced by the bottle
Lebanese Red Wine
128 2001 Chateau Musar, Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley. £45.95. This iconic wine uses 3 varietals of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan. Gives a crimson colour with generous red and black fruits. The palate has the red fruits combined with Christmas cake spices, figs and dates. Good acidity and silky tannins with a great finish.
South African Red Wine
135 2015 Pinotage, Rhebokskloof Vineyards, Paarl. £26.50. The wine shows complex dark fruit flavours with notes of blackberry and hints of soft oak spices. The rounded tannins fill the palate and nuances of dried fruit flavours linger on the after taste.
136 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Nelson’s Estate, Paarl. £29.50. This rich, chocolaty Bordeaux style blend is made at Nelson family wine estate, on the seaward side of the Paarl mountain. Its proximity to the ocean gives relief from warm daytime temperatures, bringing a fresh elegant acidity to the wine itself.
137 2012 Shiraz, Nelson Estate, Paarl. £29.95. Alan Nelson's Shiraz is a perfect example, with silky dark fruit, rich mocha notes and a smoky finish.
138 2016 Chakalaka, Spice Route, Swartland £28.00. Aromas of blackberries and figs, combined with notes of nutmeg, dark chocolate and pastry. Well-structured with rich tannins, a balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish.
English Red Wine
Winbirri vineyards are situated in Norfolk. Lee Dyer, the owner and winemaker was thrilled to win the top award for his Bachus wine in 2015. This winesis also available by the glass in 175ml or 250ml.
604 2016 Signature, Winbirri, Norfolk, England. £23.00. This bold red, is bursting with rich plum and dark berry fruits. Spicy with notes of coffee and blackberries and slightly toasted having been aged in oak.
All priced by the bottle
North and South American Red
150 2018 Malbec, Amalaya, Calchaqui Valley, Argentina. £24.50. An intensely fruity wine, packed with flavours of red berries, raspberries and plums as well as touches of spice and chocolate.
152 2012 Syrah, Leyda Reserva, Leyda Valley, Chile. £25.50. Expressive, cold climate style of Syrah, with lots of spiciness, white pepper, floral notes and red acid fruit such as raspberries. Nice oak, well integrated giving soft smokiness to the final blend. In mouth it is fruity, juicy and fresh, with good acidity that enlarges the palate. The tannins are soft and sweet.
154 2018 Merlot, Fog Mountain, California. £ 28.00. This medium bodied Merlot has soft tannins and flavours of black cherry and chocolate, complemented by notes of cinnamon and vanilla
156 2016 Merlot, Zinfandel, Deloach Vineyard, Heritage Collection, California. £25.00. This typically Californian wine is full bodied and rich with spice. Flavours of ripe strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry blend nicely with notes of blackcurrant and molasses
157 2016 Pinot Noir, Comaine Drouhin, Oregon. £49.50. Incredible clarity and purity of dark red cherries on the nose here. This is a stunning young pinot. The palate has a very plush, fleshy and concentrated core of rich black cherries with toasty oak spice overlaid. Long, noble tannins. This is exceptional.
158 2017 Purple Angle, Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile. £81.00. Aromas of blackberries and figs, combined with notes of nutmeg, dark chocolate and pastry. Well-structured with rich tannins, a balanced acidity and a long, lingering finish.
Australian and New Zealand Reds
164 2011 Grenache, Single Vineyard, Bluey’s Block, Tim Adams, Clare Valley, South Australia. £23.95. Peppery vibrant fruit with strawberry overtones and a herbaceous finish.
167 2016 Grenache, The Custodian, McLaren Vale, South Australia. £24.95. The nose is packed with enticing fresh red fruit characters of raspberry, cherry, and pomegranate. Hints of blackberry and Kalamata olive come through over time, erupting in a long and lingering palate. A fine line of acid, reminiscent of tangy rhubarb, is supported by lively tannins.
168 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Jester, McLaren Vale, South Australia. £26.00. Deeply coloured, with ripe black fruits, bramble, tobacco leaf, menthol and dark chocolate notes. Ripe tannins and mouth-watering acidity frame this rich, full bodied wine
172 2019 Pinot Noir Eradus Wines, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. £29.95. Plum ruby in colour. The nose is complex showing earthy mushroom notes, floral in red fruits. The palate is silky smooth in texture and balanced with ripe red and black cherries with warm spice and fresh bright acidity.
174 2017 Pinot Noir, Yealand’s Estate, Single Vineyard, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. £29.95. This Pinot Noir shows aromas of black cherry, violets and spice, ripe plum fruit characters on the palate are complimented by silky tannins and a lingering savoury finish.
All priced by the bottle
200 2017 Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc, Louis Jadot. £28.95. A round buttery Chardonnay from one of Burgundy’s leading houses. Full of balance, depth of flavour and finesse.
208 2018 Chablis Gerard Tremblay. £33.95. This wine has notes of white fruit such as peach, with a mineral structure. In the mouth, a strong sensation complements this pure, rounded wine. Can be enjoyed on its own but it is also a great partner to grilled fish, white meat & seafood.
210 2017 Montagny 1er Cru Olivier Leflaive Bonneveaux, (Grand Vin De Bourgogne). £34.95. Ripe, yet refreshing, dry white, packed with Chardonnay fruitiness. From the top producer.
211 2017 Macon Solutre , Moulin du Pont. £26.95. A handcrafted wine from Southern Burgundy, rich on the palate, dry with overtones of vanilla.
212 2017 Saint Véran, Domaine Paquet. £28.95 A beautifully clean and crisp wine with excellent fruit.
214 2016 Chablis, Grand Cru Vaudesir, Gerard Tremblay. £52.95. Aromas of flint stone, crisp on the palate, delicate, complex with excellent minerality.
216 2017 Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jean Louise Chavy £57.95. This wine has an elegant yet full bodied style with citrus and honey aromas, which are echoed on the palate and complemented by a touch of toasty oak, undermined by fresh acidity.
218 2017 Meursault Cuvée Maurice Chevalier, Remoissenet Pere & Fils £58.50. Exotic, intensely mineral notes appear on the nuanced bouquet. Energetic, vibrant and beautifully layered freshly cut flowers, crushed rocks and vibrant citrus notes.
219 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru Joseph Drouhin. £120.00. 14 months in oak. Interesting, definite appley aroma here, along with creamy oak overlay, some spice and minerality. Quince fruit. Elegant. Dry, tight and mouth-watering.
221 2013 Beaune 1er Cru Clos Des Mouches, Joseph Drouhin. £144.00. An outstanding wine, pale yellow colour, complex floral nose, rich texture in the palate. The complexity of a Batard Montrachet with the power of a Corton Charlemagne
244 2017 Vouvray, Champalou. £25.95. Made from Chenin Blanc in a typically dry style with hints of pear and quince on the nose. Ripe and juicy on the palate with a strong chalky minerality, lots of fruits layers and balanced by a benchmark freshness.
248 2018 Château De Thauvenay, Sancerre. £28.95. Aromas of exotic fruits such as mango, maracuja and pineapple are found in its smell. On the palate, this Sancerre combines abundance and freshness, its glazed and precise style are typical for the Sauvignon Blanc from this region.
250 2018 Pouilly-Fumé, Les Chaumiennes, André Figeat. £29.95. André Figeat sealed his fate as a vigneron when he fell in a vat of pressed juice at age 2! Now the family winemaker with state-of-the-art equipment, André selects Sauvignon blanc grapes from individual sites according to their character. Fossil-rich, flinty soil gives this zesty, mineral Pouilly-Fumé its characteristic smokiness.
270 2016 Gewürztraminer Trimbach. £29.95. The spicy speciality of the region packed with masses of ripe fruitiness. Medium-dry and very distinctive.
272 2017 Riesling, Trimbach. £28.50. One of the best growers in Alsace produces a wine with an excellent aroma, dry, with a delicate fruit balance.
274 2015 Riesling, Beblenheim Domaine Trapet. £33.95. Pale straw colour, with crisp acidity balanced by rich apricot and zesty citrus fruit, leading into a long, spicy finish. Excellent with smoked fish and spicy foods.
278 2016 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach. £24.95. This classic Pinot Blanc really encapsulates the Trimbach style, fermented completely dry with a firm structure, excellent lemony fruit with a lot of breadth, minerally backbone and elegance poise & balance.
282 2011 Riesling, Trimbach, Cuvée Frederic Emile. £72.50. Delicious with fish, poultry and veal and sea scallops. Traditionally served in Alsace with goose and pork and with Alsacian meats. Very attractive, quite powerful nose. Full bodied wine with intensity, depth and beautiful mineral flavour. Rich, ripe acidity in the palate. Great personality and finesse. Full of charm already, will develop for another 20 years.
290 2016 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc Les Becs Fins Tardieu-Laurent. £28.95. Wine from vines grown on big rounded pebbles, above limestone clay soils from Vaison, Cairanne and Rasteau. The blend is 30% Viognier, 30% Grenache Blanc, 20% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne and 10% Clairette. Citrus and some pithy white peach on the nose. A hint of density. The palate has lively acidity upfront and finely tuned, taut stone-fruit. Salty definition from the mid-palate onwards. Finishes precise and tangy, lovely.
All priced by the bottle
302 2018 Piesporter Michelsberg, Franz Reh & Sohn, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. £19.50. Flowery, smooth and gently fruity medium Mosel, with a refreshing acidity.
322 2016 Chardonnay Villa Margon, Trentino, Lunelli. £29.50. Very complex and fragrant bouquet with scents of apples, grapefruit and citrus fruit. Elegant, rich on the palate. It is a rich and slightly oaky white wine, good with pasta, poultry and oily fish such as salmon.
324 2019 Soave Classico, Pieropan. £29.50. A fresh and expressive Soave, with classic white flower, almond blossom and a touch of citrus. Long and fragrant, it has a hint of fine almond pastry on the finish.
325 2017 Fiano, Mandrarossa, Ciaca Bianca, Sicily. £24.75. This wine has floral notes of acacia and hawthorn followed by more fruity aromas of pear and pineapple. The palate has fresh acidity with flavours of grapefruit on the finish.
330 2018 Albariño, Pouco Comum, Rias Baixas. £24.95. Aromatic with good straight forward fruit showing hints of apricot stones. Fresh, balanced, pure flavours showing good mineral character with a good length and texture on the palate.
333 2017 Verdejo, Ramón Bilbao. £24.95. Straw yellow colour with emerald hues, bright and clean. On the nose this 100% Verdejo is intense and aromatic with a tropical character and citrus notes such as lime and peach. Ideal as an aperitif or with starters like smoked salmon and richer fish dishes. Also, a great companion for any kind of vegetable dish such as artichokes or asparagus.
All priced by the bottle
360 2018 Goats Do Roam, Fairview, Charles Beck, Paarl, Western Cape. £22.50. Vibrant pale lemon-green in colour with attractive white blossom, peach and apricot aromas. The stone fruit profile continues onto the juicy palate which is medium bodied with well-balanced acidity. (vegan)
361 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson Estate, Paarl, Western Cape. £23.95. This Sauvignon Blanc scooped the coveted Gold Medal at the Michaelangelo International Wine Awards. Green peppers blend with greengage and yellow plums, lifted by a refreshing acidity
365 2016 Chardonnay, Nelson Estate, Paarl, Western Cape. £28.95. Their estate Chardonnay is the fruit of the finest and oldest vines. Concentrated and deeply-flavoured, this wine is rich and creamy Chardonnay with subtle oak flavours,
368 2013 Metis Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape. £37.95 This wonderful wine is inspired by Pascal Jolivet from Sancerre and a collaboration with Klein Constantia to show the true expression of the Terroir. The wine shows typical and atypical Sauvignon blanc traits. Expressive, rich palate, savoury and mineral flavours. Finishes off with a burst of fresh acidity.
Winbirri vineyards are situated in Norfolk. Lee Dyer the owner and winemaker was thrilled to win the top award for his Bachus wine in 2015. All 3 still wines are also available by the glass in 175ml or 250ml
600 2018 Bachus, Winbirri, Norfolk, England £25.00. This grape could be known as the sauvignon blanc of England. An elegant nose of grapefruit, passionfruit and floral characters, Tropical fruits backed with a clean crisp finish.
602 2017 Solaris, Winbirri, Norfolk, England. £23.00. Solaris grape, green apple aromas and pineapple flavours, great with seafood.
339 2017 White Zinfandel, Adriana, California. £20.50. A salmon pink rosé wine, with hints of strawberries & raspberries. A medium-sweet style for those who prefer wine not too dry.
All priced by the bottle
Australian and New Zealand
374 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, The Frost Pocket, Marlborough, New Zealand. £23.95. Deliciously crisp and fresh packed full of vibrant and long-lasting lime, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.
376 2017 Roussanne, The Money Spider d’Arenberg, South Australia. £25.50. A luscious mix of green mango and papaya. These full flavours gently give way to honey blossom nuances and savoury pistachio notes which linger to a very long finish
378 2017 Chardonnay, Three Lions, Plantagenet, Western Australia. £27.00. A delicate and pure fruity style of Chardonnay, bursting with stone fruit and lemon blossom aromas. Lively flavours of grapefruit and lemon meringue are balanced by a subtle richness, while nervy cool climate acidity brings length and just a hint of minerality
382 2018 PGR, Yealand’s, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. £28.50. From one of the most sustainable wineries in the world, a blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling shows peachy and lemon grass flavours with a lush mid palate and a refreshingly crisp finish.
385 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand. £36.95. The iconic wine from the South Island of New Zealand, produces an elegant aromatic wine with appealing fruit and crisp acidity.
390 2016 Riesling, Dandelion Vineyard, Eden Valley, South Australia £32.50. Star bright in colour, the appearance of this Riesling foretells the pristine and unalloyed quality of its fruit. Wonderland boasts classic Riesling aromatics of citrus zest, lemon foliage and hints of dragon fruit flowers. On the palate it is an attractively textural Riesling, displaying the variety’s intense purity. Bone dry, its structure and length is underpinned by austere acidity.
DESSERT WINE & PORT
500 2015 Muscat De Saint-Jean De Minervois, Domaine De Barroubio, France. £17.50 per half bottle. This wine is luscious with complex flavours of citrus pear & dried mango, the honeyed palate finishes with a crisp acidity.
502 2017 La Beryl Blanc Fairview, Paarl, South Africa £32.50 (50cl). Honouring Charles’ late mother, this traditional straw-dried sweet wine is a true labour of love. Savour a full mouth feeling with tropical fruit and citrus flavours followed by the unctuous texture courtesy of the fresh, well balanced acidity.
504 2014 Saint-Albert Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Plaimont, France £35.00 (75cl). Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh is a revival of an 18th century wine style. Local Gascon grapes are harvested late in autumn in several pickings. The resulting sweet wine offers rich, concentrated flavours, with notes of marmalade and caramel coated tropical fruits, lifted by a fine citric acidity.
All priced per bottle
1980 Dows Vintage £76.50
1990 Smith Woodhouse Crusted £76.50
Grahams LBV £30.50
All priced by the bottle
399 N.V Piper-Heidsieck, Cuvée Brut. £49.95 (£9.95 per 125ml glass). Intense notes of almonds and fresh hazelnuts, with flavours of fresh pear and apple with a delicate hint of citrus. It is lively and light with added depth from the Pinot Noir
400 N.V Taittinger Brut Reserve. £51.95. Expressive peach, white flowers, brioche and vanilla pod. The palate is lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey
408 N.V Moët and Chandon, Brut Imperial. £53.95. Exuberant dry Champagne from the biggest (and best known) producer of the region.
422 Guy de Chassey, Grand Cru, Brut. £57.95. An exceptional, Grand Cru Champagne from traditional, family-run house. The De Chassey family house is located in the village of Louvois which has 100% Grand Cru status. Hand-made at every step from a tiny 11 hectares of vines, this finely structured blend has a bit of everything: zesty apple and citrus fruit, balanced by richer, toasted brioche flavours.
425 N.V Mercier Rosé £53.95. Classic pale pink colour, hints of red fruits, a dry rosé from one of the best champagne houses.
427 2008 Cuvée Dom Perignon. £164.95. Pale yellow in colour with shades of straw and on the nose has initial aromas of acacia honey and fresh almonds giving away to notes of dried apricots and toasted brioche. On the palate the wine is full, round and complete with balancing acidity, and a long, silky elegant finish.
606 2013 Vintage Sparkling Reserve, Winbirri, Norfolk, England. £39.50. Delicate and complex aromas of white peach, blossom and spice. The palate has finesse with wild strawberry, citrus fruits and a hint of brioche. Leading to a seductive creamy balance
430 N.V Codorniu Brut Cava, Spain. £24.95. Fresh dry complex wine with hints of dried fruit.
434 N.V Asti Spumante, Martini, Italy. £24.95. Exuberant, medium-sweet Italian sparkling wine, full of rich fruitiness of ripe Muscat grapes.
437 N.V Prosecco, Romeo. £25.00 (£6.50 per 175ml glass). A classic elegant wine, rightly evanescent. Intense aromas of fruit with a rich scent of apple, lemon and grapefruit. Full-bodied with a harmonious taste.
438 N.V Rosé Vino Spumante, Juliet, £24.95 Nice acidity with flavours of fresh fruit. Delicate pink in colour with luscious red berry notes and persistent bubbles.