You'll undoubtedly meet Tony, who is not only the owner and general manager of the hotel, but is also a Master Sommelier. While he won't crow about it, he's very talented at helping guests to choose wine that will not only suit them, but the type of meal they're planning to have.
Our wine list follows, but if you're interested, ask Tony about his secret stash of special wines that he keeps under lock and key!
1. Baron de Beaupre Brut N.V. £33.50
Our house champagne is refined in style, light refreshing and an ideal match for food or simply the best aperitif. Highly commended at last year's International Wine Challenge.
2. Louis Roederer Brut Premier Brut N.V. £49.50
Only a small production compared to some of the big boys but still one of
Wine trade favourite Champagnes, what better recommendation!
3. Laurent Perrier Brut Reserve Rose N.V £60.00
This Rose is outstanding – made in the maceration or 'Seignee' method where the wine lies on the skins for three days giving it its lovely deep salmon pink colour. Made from 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru Cuvees, the palate is redolent of fresh summer fruits, delicate, crisp acidity and masses of pin prick bubbles – delicious!
4. Bollinger Special Cuvee N.V £62.50
"Bolly" is well known for its masculine black cepage (70% Pinot, 30% Chardonnay is the norm). A high percentage of mature wines in the blend gives this famous Grande Marque immense flavour.
5. Pol Roger 1998 £63.50
An outstanding wine from an excellent vintage. Sourced from their own 70 hectare estate, this cuvee has extraordinary depth of flavours and great length.
We are delighted to introduce two new Champagnes to the list produced by Hostomme family who are based in the pretty village of Chouilly. The first is their Non-Vintage a delicious blend of the three grapes of the Champagne region, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinto Muernier. This cuvee stands up well against many of the more illustrious houses. The second cuvee is a blanc de Blanc (just Chardonnay and Pinot Muernier) from Grand Cru vineyards, this is a very fine elegant glass just bursting to join in any celebrations.
72. Champagne Hostomme NV £39.50
73. Champagne Hostomme NV Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc £43.50
6. Parxet, NV, Cava, Spain £19.50
This superb bone dry, delicate wine is delightfully refreshing and a perfect aperitif.
71. Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Mionetto NV, £25.00
This vino frizzante has a soft less aggressive sparkle that allows the soft fruit flavours to shine through. Wonderful aperitif wine.
7. Sauvignon Blanc, Le Charme Vin de Pays du Comte Tolosan £15.85
A wonderful example of the fruit driven wines now being produced in the South of France. Rich in gooseberry flavours that wash over the palate with a delightful crisp acidity that lives long in the mouth.
8. Chardonnay 2010 Domaine de Martinolles Vin de Pays de l'Aude, £19.95
A super wine – rich concentrated fruit, steely freshness with a touch of lemon, one of the best value Chardonnays available.
9. St Veran 2009 Vers Le Mont, Domaine Roger Luquet, France £27.85
First planted in 1928, Roger Luquet's vineyard produces a small, yet very concentrated yield. There is no oak ageing at this domaine which enables Roger to produce wines that express both fruit and terroir with no interfering dimensions.
10. Sancerre Le Pierrier 2009, Domaine Thomas, £32.50
This small 12 ha estate in the village of Verdigny, is now run by the 9th generation, whose state-of–the–art winery produces wines that are clean flavoured with ripe gooseberries on the palate and fresh–cut grass on the bouquet.
11. Chablis 2010, Domaine Phillip Testut, France £29.50
Domaine Testut is considered to be one of the truly great winemaking domaines of the region, and their wines are de rigeur in all French Michelin Star restaurants. "Pure Chardonnay fruit balanced by mineral acidity – a classic wine."
12. Pouilly Fume 2008 Chateau de Tracy, Loire, France £39.50
This excellent estate consistently produces wines of great finesse with the Sauvignon character deliciously understated. The 2004 vintage was excellent, with grapes achieving perfect ripeness.
13. Rully 1er Cru 'Les Margotes' 2007 Domaine Jean-Claude Breliere £39.50
This is Cote Chalonnaise's most northerly appellation and a Premier Cru wine. It has lovely floral bouquets, zingy acidity with bags of fruit. The quality of this wine is enhanced by the non-use of filtration which gives the wine an extra dimension.
15. Chablis Premier Cru, Montée de Tonnerre 2009 £38.50
A wine in the Testut house style, clean, mineral fruit, with fantastic acidity and lingering finish
16. Pouilly Fuisse 'Le Clos' 2008 Chateau de Fuisse £55.00
Exquisitely crafted wine – exuberantly rich and deeply flavoured. Low yields and well sited vineyards ensure great complexity and a proper structure, the best address in the village.
17. Meursault Ballot-Millot & Fils 1998 £45.00
The wines from the village of Meursault age gracefully, the colour takes on a deeper hue and the fruit develops a drier almond kernel character.
20. Sancerre Rosé 2010, Domaine Syldaine Bailly, Loire, France £32.85
This highly rated estate produces a lovely clean-cut wine with freshly scented aromas and richly fruity flavours. This is a super food wine.
21. Le Pigeoulet des Brunier 2008, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, £23.75
Produced from 20 year old vines, by the Brunier brothers, owners of the world famous estate de Vieux Telegraphe in Chateaunneuf du Pape. A fermentation of six to eight days is followed by five months in oak foudres. Full and rich with a touch of pepper and spice – superb.
22. Chateaux Gasquerie 2009, Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux £24.50
This is our 'house Claret' A 17 ha Vineyard on clay and chalk plateau with deep rocky subsoil near Puisseguin, 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 12 months in 20% new oak. Deep purple colour with a bouquet of black fruits and toasted coffee. Ripe and rounded cassis flavours with a warm finish
23. Telegramme 2008, Chateauneuf du Pape Le Vieux Telegraphe £47.50
The 2003 vintage was small due to the hot weather throughout the growing season. Happily the 2004 vintage is sublime – rich dense spicy fruit flavour lingers long in the memory.
24. Chateau la Tour de By Medoc, 2006 Bordeaux £42.50
Owned by the Pagés family this highly successfully chateau is a constantly reliable source of good Médoc and offers a rare glimpse of value for money in this region. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. 20% of the blend is aged in new barrels.
25. Caronne Ste Gemme 2003 Haut Medoc Cru Grande Bourgeois Exceptionne £46.50
This estate is a superb island of vines on the gravel plateau south of St Laurent. The wine is full-bodied, rich in flavour with creamy oak undertones, supple tannin structure and great finesse.
27. Gigongas Domaine Des Carbonnieres 2009 £26.50
This wine excludes classic Rhone character, with meaty fruit and pleasing tannin that reminds you of where the Mistral blows!
28. Chateau Du Cartillon Haut Medoc 2007, Cru Bourgeois £24.50
Well made medium weight claret that is drinking well now, will develop in the glass.
29. Nuits St Georges 2002 Domaine de L'Arlot £49.50
This is one of the outstanding estates of the Cote de Nuits and is highly regarded by the wine writers of France. The wine has lovely delicate fruit with a soft violet character – ripe, clean Pinot Noir with a long finish.
31. Malbec, Lunta, Mendoza 2009 £24.50
Located in the Tupungato region of Mendoza at an altitude of around 1000 metres. The cool mountain air envelopes the vineyards at night to mediate the day time sunshine, producing wines of great balance and intense rich fruit. This malbec has enticing aromas of ripe plum and wild berries with spicy blackcurrant flavours on the palate.
34. Viognier King Valley Brown Brothers 2008 £18.50
This is clean and dry and wonderful before food.
35. Dry Muscat South Eastern Australia Brown Brothers 2008 £19.00
Classic grapey nose, dry on the palate with soft fruit
36. Traminer Riesling De Bortoli 2009 £18.50
A successful blend of traminer, which gives soft off dry fruit and Riesling which brings a mineral edged acidity to the party. The result is a very refreshing medium wine.
37. Shiraz Cabernet 2009 Sandford Estate Victoria £19.00
A great combination, the Shiraz gives the power and body and the cabernet adds real style and finesse to the blend. This is easy drinking for most meat dishes.
39. Pinot Noir 2007 Killara Park Estate, Yarra Valley £27.25
In terms of Aussie Pinot that this represents great value. Sweet Strawberry and cherry flavours fill the glass, and the palate follows through with long lasting subtle ripe fruit flavours. Until recently Killara sold all their Pinot Noir to Coldstream Hills.
40. Heathcote Shiraz Limited Release Brown Brothers 2008 £27.50
Medium weight Shiraz, with some nice peppery hints on the finish. Not overripe so retaining some fresh acidity. Nice and lively on the palate.
41. Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon Victoria Brown Brothers 2004 £30.00
A wine named in honour of the matriarch of the family and an expression of the best that they can do. The best fruit aged in French oak, classic Cabernet flavour with a nice twist of spice. The old lady would be very proud!
42. Shiraz 2006 Hugo Wines, South Australia £31.50
John and Liz Hugo are the second generation of a family who have been making wine in the McLaren Vale since 1950. The wine has a sweet berried nose, velvety smooth with full spicy Shiraz fruit supported by soft vanilla notes of American oak.
45. Reserve Coonawarra Penley Estates 2004 £32.00
This is serious Cabernet! Full flavoured and rich, nicely oaked to compliment the tannins. Rich velvety palate that lingers on and on. Last few bottles remaining
46. Chalk Hill Pitch Fork Shiraz 2010 £20.50
Nice juicy Shiraz with spicy inviting aroma, bramble tinted fruit, and deep purple colour
48. Kuki Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara Hills Marlborough £25.50
This is one of Marlborough's finest wineries, not bad for a company formed as recently as 2001.Typical new world mix of gooseberry and passion-fruit on the palate with redcurrant, crushed nettle aromas. Watch out for the explosive tropical finish.
United States of America
51. Chardonnay Toasted Head 2010 £26.50
The style has developed over the years and now the oaking is a little more restrained than it used to be, but it still has that buttery tropical fruit that is the hall mark of Californian chardonnay.
52. Albarino Fefinanes 2009 Rias Baixas Spain £28.50
Albarino is one of the crown jewels of Spanish wine making and the perfect alternative to Chardonnay. Aromatic on the nose but dry on the palate, Albarino is the perfect accompaniment to fish and seafood
53. Monterrei Terra do Gagalo 2009 £22.50
Ripe dry fruit with wonderful underlying tropical hints of honeysuckle on the palate. Who said that the Spanish can't make decent dry white wines? Like most wines, this one has a story which I am willing to share with you if you have the time......
55. Rueda Con Class Vendimia Excepcional 2009 £18.50
Fresh, clean flavoured modern wine making from Northern Spain
58. Blanc Planell Castell Del Remei 2010 £23.20
Stylish blend of Sauvignon and Macabeo, well rounded on the palate. From the emerging Costers Del Segre in Northern Spain.
54. Rioja Vega Crianza 2008, Bodegas Muerza, Spain £25.50
Although traditionally aged in oak, much of the maturing is carried out in the bottle - thereby fruit and not oak dominates the taste. A medal winner at the international Wine Challenge.
57. Marques de Vargas Reserva 1999, Rioja, Spain £43.50
Astonishing wine! Probably one of the best Reservas we have ever tasted, Subtle, yet powerful – the additional ageing has added further complexity complementing the voluptuous flavours and creamy texture.
59. Rioja Monasterio 2010 £16.50
Fresh flaovoured, big on red fruits, no oak apparent. This is a great Rioja without the shakles or build up of terms like Reserva. Great with red meats.
61. Monastrell Yecla The Gauntlet 'La Bascula' 2007 £30.00
This Bascula wine is made from very low cropping vines in the sun baked upper Yecla. The flavours are dense and solid and the wine benefits from some time in a decanter.
64. Chenin Blanc Avondale 2009 £22.50
Dry citrus and tropical fruit flavours burst from the glass. This is good easy drinking wine with or without food.
65. Sauvignon Blanc Avondale 2008 £24.75
Lively sauvignon with lots of hallmark ripe gooseberry fruit.
66. Julia Avondale 2006 £25.50
A serious blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz which packs 14% alcohol, but don't let that put you off! The blend is subtle, with a balanced palate loaded with ripe brambly fruit. A good match for rich red wine sauces.
68. Fiano Pietrariccia Salento 2009 £23.95
Produced in Puglia the heel of Italy, Fiano is one of the native grape varieties with a heritage of 2,000 years. This is stylish dry white wine with soft fruit and citrus acidity Ideal for A.B.C. (Anything but Chardonnay) club members.
69. Primitivo Salento, Amanti 2010 £20.50
It was believed until recently that the Zinfandel grape was indigenous to America. DNA fingerprinting has however traced it to a Southern Italian variety called Primitivo. American Mark Shannon produces this wine in Puglia and it is stunning – a ripe brambly palate with an almost Shiraz like finish.
70. Corvo 2008 £22.50
Ripe tasting palate with lots of generous fruit flavours. A really cracking wine from Sicily punching above its weight
71. Best's Late Harvest Muscat, Australia £15.50
Per Glass £ 5.25
Winemaker Viv Thomson is the fifth generation of his family to make wine at their estate in Concongella. This Late Harvest Muscat is a luscious, full berry flavoured, fruity wine with an attractive sweetness on the palate and a clean finish.
72. Essencia Orange Muscat, Quady, California £18.00
Per Glass £ 6.10
A combination of rich exotic Marmalade and fruit salad flavours, yet with a clean almost dry finish.
73. Black Noble de Bortoli, Australia £28.50
This is one of the finest and most unusual dessert wines we have ever tried. A small parcel of Botrytis Semillon is set aside each vintage, fortified and matured in oak casks then topped up each year like a solero system. The wine is then blended with a cask of very sweet Pedro Ximenez from the 1972 vintage. A truly unique wine that we can only describe as 'liquid Christmas Pudding' with brandy sauce.