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For lovers of Burgundy, a wine tasting not to miss!

We are delighted to be holding our first ‘meet the producer’ wine tasting of 2014, and it’s a pretty special one too.

We are really proud to announce that Andrew Nielsen from the Le Grappin Estate in Beaune, Burgundy, is going to be showing his wines from the 2011 and 2012 vintages. The tasting is in The Great Hall at Whalley Abbey at 7.15pm on Tuesday 25th Feb and is a great opportunity to taste some fabulous Burgundies.

The Le Grappin Estate in Burgundy
The Le Grappin Estate in Burgundy

Andrew’s reputation is flourishing!  Tim Atkin MW, from Three Wine Men, has declared Andrew Nielsen as one of his 25 winemakers to watch, scoring his Beaune Premier Cru White and Red 94/100 and 93/100 respectively.  Some of you may know that Matt spent a week, last October, with Andrew helping with the 2013 vintage and Matt can vouch first hand for Andrews passion and dedication for his wine, something  you’ll be able to taste for yourself. Andrew Nielsen is an Australian making wine in France and is absolutely flying at the moment, you’ll get the chance to chat with him after the tasting as well.  There are only 24 places available on this tasting and they are priced at £20 each, excellent value given the quality of the wines you will be tasting.

The Wines:

You will enjoy a glass of Champagne on arrival, 5 wines from Burgundy (3 white, 2 red) and a selection of cheeses from Cheesie Tchaikowsky. The wines are….

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2011

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2012

Le Grappin Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes Blanc 2012

Le Grappin Savigny les Beaune Rouge 2012

Le Grappin Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes Rouge 2012

This is a tasting for those who have a love of the wines from Burgundy as this is a fantastic opportunity to talk with and discuss the region  with a hands on winemaker.  These are superb wines made in very small quantities and only available from us and one outlet in London. This is an excellent opportunity to taste wines which are great now and to buy wines to lay down for the future. 

To book your tickets please ring the shop on 01254 822581 to reserve your tickets, and a reminder that there are only 24 places available.


It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day at The Whalley Wine Shop today!

Thursday Nov 21st is Beaujolais Nouveau Day at The Whalley Wine Shop, and we will be opening the Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf for you to taste. So if you want to sample the ‘new’ Beujolais Nouveau on the first day of its release then head on down to The Whalley Wine Shop for a free sample and tell us what you think!!

Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” used to see heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. Beaujolais Nouveau is a purple-pink wine reflecting its youth, bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. The method of production means that there is very little tannin, and the wine can be dominated by such fruity ester flavours as banana, grape, strawberry, fig and pear drop. The wine is recommended to be slightly chilled.


At the shop on Thursday 21st we will be opening the Beaujolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf, always a leader in the styles of Beaujolais, including Nouveau. And we’ll be offering his Beaujolais Nouveau for £9.99 per bottle. Also to celebrate Beaujolais we have filled our By The Glass dispenser with…….

Beaulolais Cru wines now available “By The Glass’

You can also taste  a selection of 8 Beaujolais Cru wines “By The Glass”, these include:

Wines of Beaujolais available By The Glass at The Whalley Wine Shop
Wines of Beaujolais available By The Glass at The Whalley Wine Shop

Laurent Martray, Cote De Brouilly “Les Feuillees” 2011 –  Grown on, single vineyard, 100 year old vines. Lots of floral notes with raspberry and blackberry fruit nose. Lots of red fruit on the palate with a long mineral finish.

Domaine Melinand, Chiroubles 2005 –  A great example of cru Beaujolais from the renowned 2005 vintage. A little pinot-er in character. More of a cherry nose here, with good acidity on the palate and a sour cherry flavour. Great style.

Jean-Marc Monnet, Juliennas 2011 –  The Julienas Tradition is a superb example of how enjoyable well made Gamay can be, the nose is classically bright red fruited with added notes of dried herbs, especially thyme, along with a dusty cocoa note. The palate has wonderfully supple tannins that really give the fruit and good twang. There’s loads of black cherry and ripe raspberry to keep you interested and a great length of flavour.

Villa Ponciago, Fleurie “La Reserve” 2010 –  Over 1,000 years of viniculture, “Villa Ponciago” was the original latin name when owned by the Abbaye De Cluny in 949AD. This wine shows a complex minerality specific to the hills it is grown on. Good fresh fruit flavours and a rich silky smooth finish, with subtle tannins.

Domaine Coudert Fleurie , Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive 2011 –  Despite the title ‘Cuvee Tardive’ this is not a dessert style of wine, it’s simply picked 10 days later than the main wine giving greater ripeness in the aromas and on the palate. Because of this ripeness, it has been aged in barrel rather than foudres which impart added structure and give it the backbone to age gracefully for up to 10 years.

Chateau De Beauregard, Les Colonies de Rochegres, Fleurie 2003 –  A little older than the rest of the wines on show. Paler in colour. Ripe berries and raspberries, a little minerality and hint of sweetness. Quite a powerful palate with spices and an earthy finish, more Gevrey than Beaujolais.

Domaine de Rochemure, Morgon, 2011 –  Grown on 45 year old vines, at the peak of their development. The wine is aged in old, large 300ltr barrels. Lots of red fruit on the nose, such as strawberries and redcurrants. These are followed through on the palate, with a little savoury black olive. Good finish.

Dominique Piron, Brouilly, 2010 –  A great wine to share with friends with a big dish of stew. Rich black fruits on the nose. Nice blackberries and blueberries on the palate with savoury spices and a good structure. A nicely warming finish.

8 fine Beaujolais Cru wines available By The Glass
8 fine Beaujolais Cru wines available By The Glass