96 points and only £14.95

As we all know, scores are not the be all and end all with wine, but when Decanter awards 96 points in a panel tasting to a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and it costs just £14.95 all in, we stand up and take notice!

Tohu’s 2016 Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon has been so decorated with awards that their mantlepiece must have been too full for Christmas cards. New World Wine Awards Gold, Marlborough Wine Show Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards Silver, NZ International Wine Show Gold… And that’s all I can manage in one breath!

Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc New World award!

Over 80 Sauvignon Blancs were blind tasted next to this one, with just two others being put into the ‘outstanding’ category, and they are both exceptionally and justifiably proud of their ‘most awarded wine’ yet.

It’s great to see the first ever Maori owned winery creating something truly outstanding, great value and that honours the amazing terroir of Marlborough. There should be a case of this on everyone’s rack.

2016 Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 
Awatere Valley
£ 179.40 per 12 bottles including all taxes (£14.95 per bottle including all taxes)

Tohu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc single vinyard NV

*Offered subject to remaining unsold, available November.
Please email us on sales@closcru.com

 

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Grand Cru Champagne for the whole family

Have you already run out of Christmas Champagne stocks? Is there an immanent festive party which will be set off with some fantastic fizz? Do you just want a brilliant grand cru Champagne from an exceptional grower for £25 per bottle?

Roger Brun’s Grand Cru Reserve Champagne is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, made from the Grand Cru grapes he grows on the slopes of his home town in Ay. An uncommonly large 50% of this is made from reserve wines, held back over the years to lend the finished product richness and vinosity, whilst the Chardonnay in the blend balances things out with fresh notes of apricot, apple and peach.

Combined with at least three years aging on the lees, which imparts those lovely fresh bread notes, this Champagne is the perfect all-rounder. The iron fist in the velvet glove of delicious bubbly.

We’re very proud to be the exclusive UK importer for this superb grower.

NV Roger Brun Grand Cru Reserve
£150 per 6 bottles in bond, 15 cases available
£33.33 per bottle including all taxes

A fully flavoured Champagne, you are lead into the glass by freshly leavened bread, quickly joined by stone and forest fruit. This sits on the tongue, balanced by fresh citrus and fine bubbles, before being chased down your throat by a gorgeous flash of vanilla essence.

Available for immediate, pre-Christmas delivery (but please hurry!).
Please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

*Offered subject to remaining unsold. Pre-Christmas delivery is subject to location.

 

Dinner with Champagne’s biggest personality

The Grand Cru Champagne village of Ay produces some of the greatest Pinot Noir in Champagne, with the grapes from the best vineyards going into Dom Perignon, Krug, Selosse and… Roger Brun?

The Brun family have been quietly (seriously, very quietly- they abhor the opinions of critics!) making amazing Pinot Noir based Champagne for generations in Ay, and Phillipe Brun farms some of these great vineyards for Krug and his own wine.

Brun’s great, great grandfather was a talented cooper, so oak is used liberally to add sensational vanilla and caramel elements to the wine, and Phillipe, as an ex rugby player, makes Champagne as big, bold and welcoming as his own personality.

Phillipe Brun

Phillipe in all his finery at the Henry IV Fete in Ay.

We would like to invite you for a Champagne fuelled dinner at 28°-50° on the evening of Wednesday the 22nd of November, hosted by Phillipe, showcasing his excellent wine, ending on a festive surprise with the cheese course!

Their top Cuvees, when critics have got their hands on them, have been met with serious praise, with Richard Juhlin lauding their ‘bold, large and Bollinger like’ qualities and Hugh Johnson including La Pelle in his pocket wine guide as one of only 12 single vineyard Champagnes to try, next to Krug Clos d’Ambonnay and Mesnil!

The Wines

2006 Reserve Familliale Oenotheque
Tiny quantities fermented in small oak barrels and lees aged for 11 years. Phillipe recommends drinking this at the end of an evening with some Foie Gras and a cigar!
2011 Cuvee des Sires

Grapes are sourced solely from the best vineyards in Ay and fermented in old oak
2012 La Pelle Grand Cru

100% Grand Cru Extra Brut Pinot Noir matured in small oak barrels
NV Vieille Reserve

A brand new cuvee of all Grand Cru Pinot Noir aged 8 years- stunning
NV Grand Cru Reserve

50% reserve wines and three years on it lees for huge richness
NV Cuvee Romance Premier Cru Rose

Complex Rose made only in the best years through the saignee method

Event Details

Wednesday 22nd November
6.30pm – Aperitif
7-9.30pm – Dinner
28°-50° Maddox Street
17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH

Prices are £135 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets, with £20 off any purchase of wines on the night. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests and we hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

 

Review from a previous Champagne Dinner Guest:

The Clos and Cru team are excellent! Very knowledgeable, personable and friendly. I have managed to source a number of hard to find champagnes. All have been in great condition!
I also recently attended a Champagne tasting evening! It was great fun, I enjoyed drinking 7 Champagnes and 1 red wine from the Champagne region which were all paired with great food.

Highly recommend!

 

Join the Mondavi family for dinner

We are absolutely honoured to welcome both Tim and Carlo Mondavi to the Devonshire Club on the 15th of November for a once in a lifetime dinner and tasting of Mondavi, Continuum and Raen wine.

The Mondavi family are a dynasty. They have created some of the world’s most iconic wines, both on their own soil and through incredible collaborations like Opus One and Sena.

Robert Mondavi was one of the wine world’s most acclaimed individuals, arguably the father of Napa valley and California Cabernet, he pioneered varietal labelling, winning Decanter’s man of the year in 1989.

Tim has taken up his father’s mantle with Continuum Estate, which in only 9 vintages has already become one of California’s greatest wines, achieving cult status with near perfect scores.

His sons Carlo and Dante are also set to follow in the footsteps of their sires at Raen Winery, producing exciting and refined Pinot Noirs on the Sonoma Coast.

Tim Mondavi High Res

Tim Mondavi

We would like to invite you to join Tim and Carlo Mondavi at the Devonshire Club on the 15th of November at 6:30pm to have dinner with two of the wine world’s most iconic figures and taste three generations of wine from this incredible family.

 

The Wines


1987 Robert Mondavi Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
(97 pts RP, his highest ever score and a ‘potential legend in the making’)
2006 Continuum Proprietary Red (96 pts RP, their second ever vintage)
2009 Continuum Proprietary Red (94 pts RP, a cooler more refined vintage)
2011 Continuum Proprietary Red (92 pts RP, Tim’s favourite vintage)
2012 Continuum Proprietary Red from magnum
(96 pts RP, a chance to try the wine from large format)
2015 Raen Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Royal St. Robert Cuvée
(94pts AG, named in honour of Robert Mondavi)
2015 Raen Fort Ross Seaview Pinot Noir – Homefield Vineyard
(95pts AG, a vineyard just two miles from the coast)
2015 Raen Freestone Occidental Pinot Noir – Bodega Vineyard
(95pts AG, a vineyard surrounded by redwoods and wild flowers)
NV Champagne A.R. Lenoble Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
(94 pts Falstaff, welcome aperitif)

Total value of wine over £2,000
Paired with four courses of food specifically designed to match the wine.

Event details

Wednesday 15th of November
6:30pm Aperitif
7-9:30pm Dinner
The Devonshire Club
5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Prices are £295 for a single ticket, £270 each for multiple tickets. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests. We hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

98 point Syrah, £25 per bottle

By Jack Chapman

If told you that I’d just got hold of a 98 point scoring, Gold medal winning, five stars rated Syrah which was lauded as one of the top 25 red wines in the world by Decanter and cost £25 per bottle, you’d call me a liar.

Well, I’m not.

I find it hard to contain my excitement when I discover a wine I really, really love, and Vidal’s 2014 Legacy Series Syrah is one of them.

Vidal vineyard

Gimblett Gravels

When we sat down for a tasting with their down to earth winemaker, Hugh, the other week, the first thing that crossed my mind was ‘great, another fruit driven, immediately pleasurable but otherwise depth-less, structure-less and gut-less Syrah’.

How wrong was I.

This feels like New Zealand has come of age. Purity of fruit, structure driven and with incredible concentration. I really cannot overstate the pedigree here, and would draw many comparisons to great Hermitage, if I didn’t feel they were so exhausted and reductive

Vidal Winery

Original photo of Vidal Winery and truck

 

The only one caveat is you’ll have to wait until November for it to arrive, but we simply had to get this on pre-order, just to secure a few of the miniscule 500 case production.

 

Vidal Legacy Syrah

2014 Vidal Legacy ries Syrah, Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels
£155 per 6 bottles in bond
(£33.60 per bottle including all taxes)
*12 cases available

98/100 | Sam Kim, WIne Orbit
GOLD MEDAL | UK Internationl Wine Challenge 2017
97/100 | Bob Campbell, MW
19.5/20 | Raymond Chan
FIVE STARS | Winestate Magazine
FIVE STARS | Cuisine Magazine 2017
Top 25 red wines in the world | Decanter

 

Offered subject to remaining unsold, available November.
Please  email us on sales@closcru.com

An invite to Grand Cru Champagne Dinner

When back vintages of the Champagne you exclusively import are compared to Krug Blanc de Blanc and Salon les Mesnil, you cannot help being exceptionally proud.

It’s even more exciting when bottles of the stunning 1982 Bonnaire and 1996 Paul Clouet are both making their way to London, along with winemaker Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire on the 25th of October for a dinner and tasting!

With Champagne’s finest palate, Richard Juhlin making the aforementioned comparisons and attesting to his ‘private cellar being full of bottles from Bonnaire’ and Allen Meadows saying he ‘would buy six or twelve bottles and drink then over the next five years’ when talking about Paul Clouet, you can probably see why we’re bubbling over with enthusiasm…

Bonnaire

Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire – The owner of Bonnaire and Paul Clouet

Terrible pun aside, we would like to invite you try all this tremendous Champagne, along with four courses of delicious fare at 28°-50° on the evening of Wednesday the 25th of October.

The Wines

1982 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (95 points, Richard Juhlin)
1996 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (93 points, Richard Juhlin)
2008 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2009 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2013 Paul Clouet Bouzy Rouge (not yet rated)
NV Bonnaire Rose (90 points, Antonio Galloni)
NV Paul Clouet Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)

Event Details

Wednesday 25th October
6.30pm – Aperitif
7.00pm – Dinner
28°-50° Maddox Street
17-19 Maddox Street, W1S 2QH

Prices are £135 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets, with £20 off any purchase of wines on the night. Space will be strictly limited to a maximum of 18 guests and we hope very much to see you there.

To request your tickets, please email us on sales@closcru.com or call +44 (0)20 3735 5555

Review from a previous Champagne Dinner Guest: 

The Clos & Cru Grand Cru Champagne Dinner was an absolutely fantastic evening. We tasted 7 beautiful champagnes with a delicious 3 course dinner designed to compliment the various champagnes. During the dinner, each champagne was introduced and the passion and dedication of the Clos & Cru team came across very clearly. I learnt a lot about the champagne making process and the information provided certainly wet my appetite for what was to come! All members of the team were engaging, bubbly and knowledgable and did a brilliant job of making the evening relaxed and enjoyable. The highlight for me was drinking the 1996 Grand Cru from the family’s collection – utterly delicious and like no other champagne I have tasted. 10/10!

 

Dinner invitation – the great estates of Bordeaux

If there are two things we love at Clos & Cru, they’re good Bordeaux paired with good food.

But, instead of just grabbing some first growths and charging a fortune, we’ve set out to bring you something a little different from Bordeaux. Something that represents a phrase rarely connected with today’s great claret – good value.

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With this dinner, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful people at 28° – 50° Maddox Street to take you on a guided tour of Bordeaux second wines. Produced by some of the best known Chateaux in the world, they benefit from the same expertise and pedigree as the grand vin, but at a fraction of the price.

We will be tasting wines from some of the best wine-making teams in Bordeaux, arguably the world, with offerings from Chateau Palmer (which in some vintages surpasses its first growth neighbour Chateau Margaux), Smith-Haut-Lafitte (creator of 100-point wines) and Chateau Pichon Lalande (neighbours of Chateau Latour).

We hope you can join us for the following:

The Wines
1995 Clos du Marquis (Chateau Leoville Las Cases)
2004 Alter Ego de Palmer (Chateau Palmer)
2013 Le Petit Haut Lafitte – Blanc (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte)
2014 Le Petit Haut Lafitte – Rouge (Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte)
2011 Croix Canon (Chateau Canon)
2010 Fleur de Clinet (Chateau Clinet)
2012 Segla (Chateau Rauzan Segla)
2011 Reserve de la Comtesse (Chateau Pichon Lalande)
NV Champagne Paul Clouet Grand Cru Magnum
The total value of the wines above is over £300

The Menu
Four courses designed to complement the wines

Event Details
Thursday 28th September
6.30pm – Champagne Aperitif
7-10pm – Dinner
Venue: 28°- 50° Maddox Street
Address: 17-19 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2QH

Prices are £145 for a single ticket, £135 each for multiple tickets. Your ticket includes welcome champagne, a four-course menu designed to complement the wines, and £15 off any order of wines on the night.

Space will be limited to a maximum of 18 clients so please do let us know if you would like to attend.  Seats are reserved upon payment.

Dinner with Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire

Join us for dinner on July 11th with Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire (pictured), the owner of two excellent grower champagne houses – Bonnaire and Paul Clouet.

Bonnaire Jean Emmanuel ChampagneAs a special treat for our clients, Jean-Emmanuel will bring a few mature bottles from the family’s personal collection dating from 1982 and 1996. Both were excellent vintages in Champagne.

Bonnaire is based in the Grand Cru village of Cramant, renowned as one of the top terroirs for Chardonnay. And Paul Clouet is located in Bouzy, another Grand Cru village and home to outstanding Pinot Noir.

We’re not the only fans of these houses.  Probably the most notable devotee is champagne expert Richard Juhlin, who introduced us personally to Bonnaire. He has scored some of their champagnes at 98/100 points – as high as legends like 1961 Krug, 1934 Pol Roger and 1959 Cristal.

My private cellar is full of bottles from Bonnaire.” Richard Juhlin

In all, Jean-Emmanuel will be presenting 7 champagnes for you to taste.

The Wines

NV Bonnaire Rose (90 points, Antonio Galloni)
NV Paul Clouet Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (92 points, Allen Meadows)
2008 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (not yet rated)
2008 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (90-94 points, Richard Juhlin)
1982 Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (95 points, Richard Juhlin)
1996 Paul Clouet Grand Cru (93 points, Richard Juhlin)

Event Details

Tuesday 11th July
6.30pm – Aperitif
7-9.30pm – Dinner
The Devonshire Club
4-5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Prices are £130 for a single ticket, £120 each for multiple tickets. Your ticket includes seven champagnes, a three-course dinner designed to complement the wines, and £20 off any purchase of wines on the night.

Order your tickets by email to sales@closcru.com, or message us via the website.

Join Us for Dinner With One of Italy’s Top Winemakers

 

isole_e_olena_palo_de__marchi“Wow. Paolo de Marchi is such an amazing mix of education, experience and passion.” – Jancis Robinson

Paolo de Marchi seems to bring a little magic to every grape and vine he touches.

At his family-owned Isole e Olena estate, Paolo has been leading the quality movement in Tuscany since the mid-1970s. He pressed for a change in the rules to allow Chianti Classico to be made with 100% red grapes. And he spared no expense investing in the best French barrels for his world famous Cepparello.

Nowadays, in addition to Sangiovese, Paolo works wonders with international varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the words of Antonio Galloni:

“I’m not a big fan of international varieties grown in Italy. But when you make wine like that, you’ll turn anyone into a believer.”

Paolo also has a venture with his son Luca in the north of Piemonte, where his family has roots. Called Proprieta Sperino, they make elegant, savoury reds from Nebbiolo that offer amazing value for money.

The Event
We’re delighted that Paolo will be joining us personally at an intimate dinner featuring a top drawer selection of his wines, some scoring 96+/100 points.

2015 Chardonnay Collezione Privata, Isole e Olena (93+ points, Monica Larner)
2014 Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena (90 points, Monica Larner)
2010 Lessona, Proprieta Sperino (94+ points, Antonio Galloni)
2013 Cepparello, Isole e Olena (96 points, Antonio Galloni)
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata, Isole e Olena (96+ points, Antonio Galloni)
2006 Vin Santo del Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena (96 points, Monica Larner)

Please join us on Tuesday 6 June at the Devonshire Club, Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YD. 6.30pm champagne aperitif, followed by dinner at 7pm.

Tickets are £130 for a single place, and £120 each for multiple places. To order, email sales@closcru.com.

Price includes a welcome glass of champagne, dinner and a minimum of 6 wines. Places are strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.