The Sampler

The Sampler

The Sampler is a fantastic wine shop in South Kensington London, that I highly recommend. I visited in December for the first time and tried some really interesting wines including my first Japanese wine, first still red champagne, and first DRC.

They have 80 wines in enomatic machines at any time, including 8 "Icons" which seem to change very often, and currently consists of: Castello di Ama I'Apparita 1998 Cerbaiona Brunello 2011 Alter Ego de Palmer 2010 Cos d'Estournel 2004 Duhart Milon 2009 Comte Lafon Volnay 2009 Lamarache Vosne Romanee 2009 Maison Roche de Bellene Vosne Romanee 2009

Here are my tasting notes from the wines I tried as you can see they have a very wide selection including some real gems:

Flametree Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016: Pear, white peach, floral, lemon. Very light texture – crisp, dry, mineral. Good value. 3 stars.

Lebrun Pouilly-Fumé 2015: Subdued nose. Smoky, citrus, limestone, sheep, gooseberry. Attractively honeyed, pear, peach. I would prefer slightly more acid. 4 stars.

Pierre Martin François Cotat La Grande Côte Sancerre 2015: Sharp nose – gooseberry, grass, lime. Warm herbs, honey, lush mineral. Beautiful. Chalky texture. 4.5 stars.

Grace Koshu Kayagatake 2015: Japan!! Apricot, flowers, apple, pear, green pineapple. Sour acid, crisp, refreshing. Very nice white wine. 4 stars.

Rafael Palacios As Sortes Val do Bibei 2015: Flinty, pear, wet stone, white flowers, stone fruits. Full, fresh, long finish. 4.5 stars.

Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon 2004: Interesting french Chenin, very different perhaps not my favourite style – too green. Menthol, grass, pear, green almonds, brioche, salted butter. 4 stars.

Guy Farge Condrieu Grain d'Emotion 2015: Smells like spring – very attractive nose. Honey, peaches, violet, grass, apricot. Crisp, dry, full bodied, beautiful acid. 4.5 stars.

Clos du Val Chardonnay 2014: Sweet spices – Christmas, melon, creamy, flint, ripe mango, buttery oak, pineapple. Full but fresh. 4 stars.

Gaëlle et Jérôme Meunier Puligny-Montrachet 2015: White flowers, peaches, stone fruits, citrus, mineral. Gorgeous wine in perfect balance – great acid, lean yet full, delicate, very floral with integrated creamy oak. Sophistication in a glass. 5 stars.

Fritz Winery Russian River Chardonnay 1997: Gold colour. Yoghurt, butter, cream, smoky, peaches, blossom. Oak bomb with an oxidative bitterness. Probably past it's peak but oak is still not nearly integrated. 2.5 stars.

Olivier Horiot En Barmont Riceys Rouge Coteaux Champenois 2010: Still red champagne. Red fruits, sour berries, tart cherries. Clean nose – nice. Very high acid, minimal tannins. Tastes like grape stems and strawberry. 4 stars.

Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2004: Earthy, dark red fruit, white pepper, prunes. Big wine with high acid, tannins, alcohol. Delicious, but still not a calm wine after 12.5 years. 4.5 stars.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg 1995: Paid £50 for a 15ml pour. It wasn't initially impressive in the sense that's it's very subtle and nuanced, I had to think about it more to really enjoy it. Very complex but surprisingly subtle. Violets, cherries, bramble, warm spice. Mushroom, smoked bacon, saline. Amazing length with tannin, acid, concentration continuing for minutes. Perhaps not the best value for money… 4.5 stars.

Churchill's Vintage Port 1997: Dates, raisin, alcohol, prunes. Aggressive, harsh, and very sweet. Unbalanced. 2 stars.

Dow's Vintage Port 2011: Subtle and delicate. Blueberries – blueberry soup, violets, dark chocolate, coffee. Strong wine but balanced. Needs some equally good cheese and company. 4.5 stars.

A. J. Adam Hofberg Kabinett 2015: Beautiful German Riesling. Off dry with grass, apple, sweet ripe pear. Yum. 4 stars.

Château Coutet Barsac Premier Grand Cru Classé 2009: Complex and pronounced nose. Green grass, herb, dried apricots, mushroom, tropical fruits. Very sweet but balanced by good acid and savoury characters. 4 stars.

imgur link to the wines again If any of you are ever in London, I think this is a must visit!

Submitted February 24, 2017 at 09:39AM by nikatgs
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