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Brasserie Wine list
SPRING 2019

POURING WINES
Hillside has selected and directly imported some of the finest wines from the Languedoc in the south of France.

Mas de Daumas Gassac was originally bought as a holiday retreat by Parisian glove maker, Aime Guibert in 1970. However, a visiting oenologist from Bordeaux, Henri Enjalbert, identified a particular red soil that shared many characteristics with some of the great estates from Bordeaux and Burgundy. 1.6ha of Cabernet Sauvignon vines were duly planted in 1971 and the first wines produced in 1972. Following Gault et Millau's description of the estate as'the Lafite of the Languedoc'the wines quickly attained cult status and the wines have now become highly prized. Today there are over 30 hectares of vines producing a superb range of organic red and white and dessert wines..

1. Reserve de Gassac Blanc 2014 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
The Reserve de Gassac blanc is a blend of predominantly Viognier with the addition ofMarsanne,Roussanne and Chardonnay from 25 year old vines. It is unoaked. A pale straw yellow in colour. A fleshy nose of tropical fruits and green herbs. Soft and ripe on the palate with a lingering and aromatic finish and a concentrated mineral backbone. 12.5% abv

2. Reserve de Gassac Rose 2013 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
The Reserve de Gassac Rose is a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah grown in Jurassic limestone slopes, clay and flint, clay and limestone. After 10 - 12 houses, the juice is bled from the maceration at the perfect time for its beautiful vivid rose pink and salmon tints. Pleasant, intense with hints of strawberry on the nose, this full and round wine has aromas of crushed red fruit. 12% abv

3. Moulin de Gassac Rouge 2013 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
A bright garnet-red in colour with typically savory, earthy aromas of meat and leather provided by the Mourvedre. Notes also of red cherries and vanilla. On the palate spicy and warm with fresh acidity. The finish is lengthy and balanced providing further excellent acidity and red fruit notes. 12.5% abv

CHAMPAGNE / SPARKING WINE
4. Brut NV - Cuve` Royale - Joseph Perrier - Chalons-en-Champagne, France - £46 (quarter £15, half bottle £23)
Few can resist the softness of the fruit flavours and the length on the palate of this Champagne. Indeed, Queen Victoria herself was a lover of this classic Grande Marque, hence it's 'Cuve` Royale' status. Best served as an aperitif, it is also excellent with food. 12% abv

7. Rose` Brut NV - Cuvve Royale - Joseph Perrier - Chalons-en-Champagne, France - £51
There are fewer pleasures than a bottle of Rose Champagne. A blend of 25%Chardonnay and 75% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, of which around 12% is AOC Cumieres Rouge. The fruit is from 15 different villages but based on the family vineyard holdings in the villages of Cumières, Damery, Hautvillers and Verneuil. There is perfect ageing of a minimum of 3 years before release. This brings the wine to a perfect condition for drinking. At first the nose shows both red and black fruits. There are notes of wild violet followed by a touch of liquorice. There is ripeness and breeding on the palate, with hints of sweet red fruits. There is energy and elegance together here with a long finish with just a touch of menthol. 12% abv

8. Vintage Brut 2002 - Joseph Perrier - Chalons-en-Champagne, France - £56
The perfect Vintage blend of 50 % Chardonnay, 41 % Pinot Noir, 9 % Pinot Meunier. The fruit is all from Premier and Grand Cru villages Le Mesnil sur Oger, Chouilly, Bergères les Vertus, Cumières, Mailly-Champagne, Rilly la Montagne, and Sacy. The nose is expressive and charming, with notes of white peach, honeysuckle and quince, followed by some brioche and exotic fruits. On the palate the champagne is full and quite open, beautifully balanced and with real richness, with touches of ginger and apricot jam. 12% abv

9. Prosecco Brut NV - Castello 4357 - Fabiano Vini - Veneto, Italy - £26
There are many Prosecco wines available, but we have chosen a small family estate that produces some exquisite wines. "Castello" is the name of one of the districts in which the historic center of Venice is divided and 4375 is the street number of the wine store founded by Francesco Fabiano in 1912 and that signed the beginning of the wine business. The colour is a light yellow with greenish reflections and there is a delicately fruity and floral bouquet with hints of apple, pear and delicate notes of citrus. A fresh, lively and velvety taste that is sapid and persistent in the mouth with a light alcohol content. . 11% abv

WHITE WINES

1. Reserve de Gassac Blanc 2014 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
The Réserve de Gassac blanc is a blend of predominantlyViognier with the addition ofMarsanne,Roussanne and Chardonnay from 25 year old vines. It is unoaked. A pale straw yellow in colour. A fleshy nose of tropical fruits and green herbs. Soft and ripe on the palate with a lingering and aromatic finish and a concentrated mineral backbone. An excellent all-rounder with food.. 12.5% abv

10. Pinot Grigio 2014/15 - Carlo Damiani - Fabiano Vini - Veneto, Italy - £23
A brilliant example of why Pinot Grigio became so popular. Straw yellow colour, with a delicate bouquet of white acacia blossom, apricots and peaches, with white orchard fruits on the palate. Natural acidity balances the subtle fruit flavours providing a gentle but lengthy finish. 12.0% abv

11. Picpoul de Pinet 2014/15 - Les Domaines Virginie - Côteaux du Languedoc, France - £24
Picpoulis the "Muscadet of the South" and is drunk in copious amounts by the fishermen with their catch of the day. A fabulously understated wine, very traditional and from a region near Montpellier. Picpoul is an ancient grape variety which has been grown here for centuries. The name actually means 'lip stinger', due to the crisp acidity which in this case is perfectly balanced by a lovely viscosity and green fruit/herb flavours. 12.5% abv

12. Entre Deux Mers 2014/15 - Chateau Deville - Bordeaux, France - £24
Dry white Bordeaux is a wine that seems to have rather faded from people's mind's these days, which is a shame, as it can be one of the most pleasant white wines, especially at lunchtime. Crisp, aromatic and elegant, the blend ofSauvignon Blanc and Sémillon offers real depth as the character of both grapes complement one another beautifully. Pale gold in colour, with bright gooseberry and citrus fruit aromas, and richer, nuttier sémillon nuances behind. In the mouth it is a clean and refined, showing grapefruit flavours and the more 'vinous' rounded qualities of sémillon on the palate. 12.5% abv

13. Sauvignon-Blanc 2015 - Whitehaven Winery - Marlborough, New Zealand - £25
Simply stunning wine! Sue White and her dedicated team have been producing award winning wines since 1994. This Gold medal winner has lifted the pure aromatics of elderflower, red capsicum and fresh gooseberries. Grapefruit, crushed herbs and jalapeno notes add intrigue and pungency. The taste has freshness and clean fruit purity with a finely balanced, clean acidity. It shows vibrant varietal aromas with full impact on the palate, typical of the Marlborough region. 12.5% abv

14. Chablis 2014 - Domaine des Iles - Garard Tremblay - Chablis, France - £29
For classic Chablis of the steely, mineral variety look no further than the Domaine Gerard Tremblay. Gérard is meticulous, hard-working and devoted to quality. This tenacious chap makes his wines using all the modern techniques in the name furthering traditional know-how. These are wines of pureChardonnay with beautifully clean and crisp flavours - from the uncomplicated but refreshing village wines and elegant 1er crus through to the balance, power and purity of the Grand Crus. With green and yellow highlights, features of this AOC, it is an abundant and generous wine with a fat, full, and persistent aroma. 13% abv

15. Sancerre 2014/15 - La Vigne Blanche - Henri Bourgeois - Loire, France - £31
The grapes for this wine are harvested from vines growing on hard limestone soil known locally as "caillottes", situated on the steep slopes of the village of Chavignol, famous for its 'Crottin' goat's cheese. The explosive bouquet in this bottle is very characteristic of mature Sauvignon Blanc. A fruity wine with delicate and floral fragrances possessing excellent balance, invigorating freshness and delightful persistence. 13% abv

16. Vouvray Demi Sec 2014 - La Cuvee des Fondraux - Domaine Champalou - Loire, France - £30
A delicious off-dry style ofChenin Blanc with stony minerality, fresh just-picked walnuts, a hint of lime and a slightly sappy fresh note. The palate is honeyed with lime flower, apple, ginger and a clean mineral finish. The sweetness is perfectly integrated and balanced, resulting in a refreshing wine with good length. 12.0% abv

17. Albarino 2015 - "O'Rosal" - Bodegas Terras Gauda - Rias Baixas, Spain - £30
This is a world class wine from north west Spain, know as the wet Spain. The flagship wine of the winery, Terras Gauda O Rosal is a beautiful representation of a blend of native grapes traditional to the Rías Baixas DO. Estate grown in the O Rosal Valley, located on the Galician riverbanks of the Miño River, this wine's personality comes from a blend of the legendary Albariño, Loureira and Caiño Blanco. A greenish-yellow in color, this wine has a generous nose of ripe peach, aromatic herbs bay leaf and mint hints, orange blossom and mandarin and orange peel;the mouth is round with hints of minerality and earthy memories. It finishes crisp and mineral revealing its stunning structure, density and balance in acidity.12.5% abv

18. Gewurztraminer Tradition 2015 - Domaine Albert Mann - Alsace, France £33
Domain Albert Mann has been working to Biodynamic methods since 1997, allowing the land to provide its bounty in the purest of ways. Their love and dedication to the wines is very evident in the bottle. This lovely wine is clear and delicate. There is a dominance of floral notes, rose and peony that are so classic of this variety. On the palate, a fruity character of exotics fruits, passion fruits and mango. 12.5% abv

19. Pouilly-Fuisse` 2014 - Les Sceles - Domaine Thibert - Maconnais, France - £37
This small family-owned and run domaine cultivates 24 acres in the small village of Fuissé, a location said to produce the ripest Chardonnay with the most flavour, due to its situation and soil. Uncompromising in their wine making, the emphasis here is definitely on quality rather than quantity:they produce solely Pouilly Fuisse`, an ultra dry "vin de pierre" made from 45 year old vines, very classy. Their philosophy is to grow grapes with respect to the natural balance of the soil and the environment. The wines are fermented and matured in oak barrels and vats before bottling. Minimum filtration ensures full aromatic expression and richness of flavour. A lemon-yellow in colour with green fruit aromas of melon, green apple and pear with buttery hints from well-integrated oak.12.5% abv

ROSÉ WINES
2. Reserve de Gassac Rose` 2013 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
The Reserve de Gassac Rose` is a blend ofGrenache, Carignan and Syrah grown in Jurassic limestone slopes, clay and flint, clay and limestone. After 10 - 12 houses, the juice is bled from the maceration at the perfect time for its beautiful vivid rose pink and salmon tints. Pleasant, intense with hints of strawberry on the nose, this full and round wine has aromas of crushed red fruit. 12% abv

20. Rose` de Loube 2013 - Chateau Laoube - Provence, France - £30
A refreshing, cheerful Provence rose` wine really showing the maritime influence, its slightly floral and citrus aromas help keep that summer feeling alive.Romain Ott, Laoube's head winemaker and alchemist, is adamant that you can drink it all year round as a perfect dinner party wine. A mixture of schist and clay characterize a Chteau Laoube soils. The proximity of the sea, the daily sea breeze and cool nights are all factors that provide an ideal climate for growing grapes. To obtain a perfect sorting, harvesting is manual only. The grapes areGrenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mouvèdre are transported directly to the winery where they are pressed. The juice extraction is slow and delicate. Fermentations, alcoholic and malolactic are made in stainless steel tanks. The bottling takes place in the spring after clarification. The colour is clear and delicate. The nose fresh:a blend of exotic fruits with light spice flavours. The palate is supple and elegant without being in breach of liveliness. Under this pale colour, the Provence rose wine "Rosa de Laloube" unveils a full complex wine.

RED WINES
3. Moulin de Gassac Rouge 2013 - Pays d'Herault, France - £23
A bright garnet-red in colour with typically savoury, earthy aromas of meat and leather provided by theMourvedre. Notes also of red cherries and vanilla. On the palate spicy and warm with fresh acidity. The finish is lengthy and balanced providing further excellent acidity and red fruit notes. Try with seared carpaccio of beef with roasted beetroot, lamb shank with couscous or ravioli a la Nicoise with beef and Swiss chard. 12.5% abv

21. Carmenère Reserva 2014 - Caliterra - Colchagua, Chile - £24
Caliterra was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the families of Robert Mondavi and Viña Errazuriz. Much like Zinfandel is to California, Carmenère is the signature grape of Chile. This is a full-bodied and rich wine with spicy aromas of dried fruit, dark chocolate, coffee and ripe blackberry fruit leading to a richly fruity palate with touches of smoky spice, smooth tannins and a long finish. 13.5% abv

22. Cabernet-Sauvignon 2013 - Domaine de Moulines - Pays de l'Herault, France - £24
Domaine de Moulines is to be found near Sete on the Languedoc coast. In an area where most makers contribute to the local cooperative, the Saumade family remain fiercely independent, producing two contrasting wines (100% Merlot and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) in an almost New World style. An intensely ruby-red in colour. A rich nose of red cherries, plums and subtle peppery notes. Medium-bodied in texture with flavours of red berries, cassis and a hint of mint. Refreshing acidity and a long finish make this an excellent food wine. 14% abv

23. Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Chateau Deville - Bordeaux, France - £24
Jean-Paul Deville is better known for his wonderful Champagnes from the Montagne de Reims. His other passion though are the wines of Bordeaux. This "Lunchtime Claret" has all the flavour and passion of a great Madoc, though somewhat lighter and more fulfilling as a pleasurable wine with simple food. There is no standing on ceremony here, just great Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with red and black berry fruit, cassis and gentle tannins to tickle the palete. A firm favourite. 13% abv

24. Rosso Piceno 2015 - Bacchus - Ciù Ciù - Marche, Italy - £24
It is hard to forget an Italian wine producer called Ciù Ciù "because the great grandfather used to work on the railways" and this jolly little organically grown red is just the sort of Italian red we wish I could find more of. A blend of juicyMontepulciano grapes andSangiovese for structure and acidity, with a taste more like Montepulciano with its sweet, mouth-filling fruit than of the more austere Sangiovese. Presumably it's the Sangiovese that keeps this wine so lively. 14% abv

25. Rioja Reserva 2010 - Bodegas Navajas - Rioja, Spain - £27
Bodegas Navajas is a family-owned winery in the village of Navarrete, Rioja Alta. Founded in 1918, each generation has been producing quality wines. The modern facilities include three ageing cellars for 10,000 barrels and a bottle ageing cellar for 200,000 bottles, both of which are equipped with the latest technology. What sets Navajas apart from many other Rioja producers is its attention to detail during every stage of the process, from monitoring the 150 ha of their growers' vineyards in Rioja Alta, to hand-harvesting grapes and vinifying it in a new, state-of-the-art winery. A blend ofTempranillo and Mazuelo, this wine has undergone ageing in barrels followed by a minimum of three years in bottle before release. Well balanced and structured, with ripe red fruit flavours and spicy and herbal aromas, with an expressive and elegant finish. 13.5% abv

26. Gamay - Raisins Gaulois (Organic) 2015 - Marie &Matthew Lapierre - Beaujolais, France - £27
The estate is based in Morgon and was founded by Michel Lapierre at the turn of 20th Century. However, the success of the modern domaine is largely due to the hard work and innovation of Michel's grandson, Marcel and his wife Marie, who took over in 1973. Today the estate continues to be run by Marie with the assistance of her son, Matthieu. There are 13 hectares in total including 2 hectares on the fabled Cote de Py, and the estate has beenorganic since 1981. This juicy, approachable red is 100%Gamay from a 9-hectre plot of 60 year old vines planted on granitic soil. The berries are fermented by carbonic maceration and no sulphur is used in the cellar. After bottling the wine is left to rest for 2 months before release. Fruity and fresh with low tannins, this makes for a great accompaniment to robust fish dishes. A vivid crimson-purple in colour. On the nose aromas of red cherries, cassis and strawberries backed up by pleasantly earthy notes. The palate is fresh and juicy, with further red fruit flavours and silky tannins leading to a refreshing finish. A real fruit bomb! Try chilled 12.5% abv

27. Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2015 - Caves de Tain - Rhône, France - £28
The Cave de Tain was founded in 1933 by Louis Gambert de Loche. The co-operative is now run under the expert talents of Xavier Gomart, known as a rigorous selector of grapes. He turns away anything that does not come to his high standard, even from co-operative farmer members of 30 years. This lovely northern Rhône wine has an intense garnet-red colour with purple tints. Delicate aromas of blackberry fruits, with vanilla and light oaky notes. Rich on the palate with a good sweetness and a firm tannic structure. Final notes of fresh blackcurrant, violet and oriental spices. 13% abv

28. Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013/14 - Couvent des Jacobins - Louis Jadot - Burgundy, France- £28
This delicious wine offers a colour of medium intensity, purplish in its youth changing to ruby and then garnet, after several years in bottle. It is harmonious and balanced, with a plump fruitiness and silky texture offset by round, gentle tannins in a wine of medium body and elegant structure. The very typical, fragrant varietal bouquet is complemented by a deliciously lingering finish. A great taster to the Louis Jadot style of fine red Burgundy, medium-bodied with lovely purity of raspberry and cherry fruit and smooth tannins. A carefully oak aged blend of Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise Pinot Noir. 12.5% abv

29. Ribera del Duero Crianza 2012 - Bodegas Ismael Arroyo - Ribera del Duero, Spain - £29
There are many "flash in the pan" regions that come and go in the wine world. Ribera though is here to stay. This wine is proof, if proof were needed, that Ribera offers more intensity and weight than Rioja. Deep garnet in colour. Typical Ribera notes of cassis, menthol and hung meat which continue on to a weighty, mouth-filling palate with considerable structure and complexity. A robust wine which is at it's best with food. This is a classic wines in the best sense, the quality coming from excellent grapes (all Tinto Fino) rather than flashy winemaking. 14% abv

30. Saint Emilion 2012 - Vieux Chateau Cros Lamarzelle - Bordeaux , France - £31
Saint-Emilion wines are slightly rounder and softer in style than those from the Médoc. Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the prime grapes used. Garnet in colour with dark ripe fruits on the palate, some spice and good complexity. It has smooth tannins and a long finish. This red has a lovely aroma and is perfect for enjoying now, best served with lighter meats. There is a lot of claret for your money hidden in this bottle. Five years in the bottle has really smoothed out the tannin and it is drinking beautifully. 12.5% abv

31. Malbec Cahors 2013 - Chateau de Cèdre - Sud Ouest, France - £32
Cahors is where Malbec comes from before it was taken to Argentina. This famous Château has been the standard bearer to Malbec since records started. Behind its dark, ruby colour and violet hints, the wine hides intense smells of cassis, violet and spices. Straight forward on the palate, with pure and clear acidity, wrapped in mellowness. Altogether, this gives a good length to the wine. You will appreciate its flavours during all seasons, together with some nice cuisine or grilled meat. 13% abv

32. Chateauneuf du Pape 2013 - Domaine Chante Cigale - Rhône, France - £37
As with Chablis, the village beauty never seems to live up to our expectations. The wines though are another story. This wine has lots of warm black fruit and plum aromas, with cinnamon, spices, pepper and a hint of vanilla. The palate is concentrated with damsons, red fruit, spice and stony minerality with a very elegant and warm finish. Chante Cigale, located within the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, has been owned and operated by the Sabon Favier family for several generations. Consisting of 102 acres of land classified Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wines produced from this Domaine can be considered as classic, well made Châteauneuf. Recently Christian Favier the father released the reins to his son, Alexandre, who is fast becoming new rising star of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. 15% abv

33. Brunello di Montalcino 2011 - Campogiovanni - Toscana, Italy - £46
Considered by many to be Italy's most prestigious red wine - well at least from the Bordeaux lovers! Brunello is the Paulliac of Tuscany, producing wines of strength, vigour and longevity. These are the wines the trade speak about and Campogiovanni is no exception, winning many of the best awards. The wine is deep ruby red and offers up aromas of well-ripened wild berry fruit, plum, aromatic cedar, tobacco leaf and tanned leather. An expansive, generous palate displays rich fruit and mouth feel with fine-grained tannins - developing into a long, persistent and fruit-filled finish with notes of graphite. 14.5% abv

DESSERT WINE
34. Monbazillac 2013, Jour de Fruit - Dom l'Ancienne Cure - Sud Ouest, France - £16 (half bottle)
Fine mini Mon-bee;marzipan, orange peel and spices, made from Sémillon with a little Muscadelle and Sauvignon. Christian Roche is one of the best growers in this appellation. A fabulous dessert wine, sweet and luscious with a great backbone of fine acidity for a clean finish. The nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine and melon, flavours on the palate are richer, honey and toffee finishing with a twist of bitter orange zest. 12.5% abv

PORT
35. Ambassador Ruby Port - Wiese &Krohn - Vila Nova da Gaia, Portugal - by the glass £3.50
A mature, versatile port with a deep red colour and ample concentration of warm, plummy fruits. Aromatic and fruity, quite rich and full with soft finish. 19% abv

36. Dry White Port - Wiese &Krohn - Vila Nova da Gaia, Portugal - by the glass £3.50
Superb flavours of honey and butterscotch. Olives or salted almonds would be a great partner. Fantastic nutty and rich flavours. 19% abv

37. LBV Port 2009/10 - Wiese &Krohn - Vila Nova da Gaia, Portugal - by the glass £3.50
This is a Late Bottled Vintage Port with a deep ruby colour with upfront aromas of dark plums, spices and dried herbs. Rich plummy fruit with shades of liquorice, firm, dry yet well balanced tannins round this port into a perfectly long finish. 20% ab