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Jeroboams is one of those little merchants that makes the UK wine scene so unique and dynamic – an independent, thriving, individual company. More than a front-room French wine importer though as the London-based company operates stores in Belgravia, Hampstead, Holland Park, St. John’s Wood and other upmarket areas of London and also own Mr Christian’s Delicatessen and whisky specialist Milroy’s of Soho. By the locations you should realise they are not the place for a £3.99 bottle of Sangiovese to wash down a Friday night pizza; although the website does offer an under £12 section:

“Although we have an extensive range of the world’s finest wines, I am very proud of the amount of outstanding wines we stock under twelve pounds. It was tough work deciding what to leave out as the quality of wine at this price range has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years, as standards continue to improve every year. This is great news for an independent wine retailer like Jeroboams as it means we can offer a more varied portfolio and be confident of the quality of the wines.”

It was in the depths under Milroy’s in Soho that myself and man-about-town Mr Blyde wandered for a wine tasting back in October. I should apologise for the briefer-than-usual tasting notes; the palate was fading somewhat after a morning food and wine tasting across town – and the effects of alcohol shouldn’t be ignored either.

Manging to slurp and sniff twenty of the 66 wines open, the following received more than a VG in the margins of the tasting note booklet. [Another Jeroboam's wine that is highly recommended is the Cellar Cal Pla Mas D'En Compte Blanco]



Champagne/Sparkling Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: MiruMiru Brut, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand.
From Jeroboams Price: £12.85 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Lovely, lovely aroma, floral, fruity. Nutty, delicious palate.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre, 2007, Loire, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £12.45 [More: Adegga / Snooth]



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Durbanville, South Africa.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £11.95 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Another wonderful vibrant aroma – cut grass. Full, a touch of sweet richness, and a delicacy to the palate.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Loggia della Serra Terredora Greco di Tufo, 2007, Campania, Italy.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £13.75 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Lovely golden hue, palate is really special – honeyed, rounded but with a delicious dryness, citrus, long lasting.



White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Cotes du Rhone Blanc Les Gendrines, 2006, Rhone, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £16.00 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
An absolute dream of a wine – Viognier – oranges, orange rind, sweetness to the aroma, superb complex palate, great length.



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Vincent Paris Granit 30°, 2006, Cornas, Rhone, France
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £22.00 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A dark, rich wine strawberry and cherry abound. A superb structure and floral touches to the spicy, black fruit-rich palate. The number refers to the incline of the steep slope of granite on which the grapes are grown; there also being a 60° bottling.



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Le Cazal Le Pas de Zarat, 2004, Minervois, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £11.95 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
The star red of the tasting (so impressive that I believe my tasting companion purchased a bottle after). Really beautiful complex fruit on nose and palate – leather, herbs, wild black fruits. Superb.

3 Comments »

  1. Douglas says:

    I also remember a well-priced Minervois. I bought a bottle for the sommeliers dinner that night (which turned out to be corked). A nice tasting, overall, quite furtively tucked under Milroy’s.

  2. Dylan says:

    What of the actual tasting environment? Was the physical store a place you would frequent again?

  3. Andrew says:

    To be honest Dylan I find trade tastings in general not the most optimal place in which to cogitate over a bottle – the shear number of wines available can be daunting and a noisy, packed hall (with many an idiot chatting over the spittoons!) not the best location to taste. Still the atmosphere at this tasting was very friendly and interesting – a cellar in effect. The only thing missing was some cheeses/food from their deli!

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