Our Wine List is selected to compliment our dinner and lunch menus and is balanced between New and Old Worlds. It is regularly revised by our Restaurant Manager, Brendon Matthews, in liaison with carefully chosen suppliers and is arranged in the following sections. (Click on any of the countries or wine types to go to the relevant section.)
Food & Wine Matching
While food and wine matching is not an exact science, we have, wherever possible, indicated appropriate recommendations throughout our list.
- Corney and Barrow of London - Perrier Jouët Champagnes, fine wines and exclusive bins;
- Bibendum - various exclusive wines;
- Palmers of Bridport - fine wines, port and local real ale;
- Chris Piper Wines of Ottery St Mary - select individual wines;
- Yapp Brothers of Mere, Wiltshire - exclusive French wine;
- Majestic of Taunton supply various bins.
Our Current Wine List is as follows
(Wines marked (G) are also available by the glass)
White Wines - France
- Mâcon-Solutré, Auvigue 2012 £25.00
Long-established winemakers in the Maconnais region, the Auvigue family own several exceptional vineyards around the famous rock of Solutre. Their Macon-Solutre is creamy and round with ripe orchard fruit, balanced by an elegant freshness, a must with mussels.
- Sancerre, Domaine du Nozay 2012 £29.95
From the biodynamic vineyard of Phillipe de Benoist. His vines produce elegant wines with an enticing nose of green apples, lime and fresh sage. The palate is well balanced with refreshing acidity & a long finish to match fresh shellfish & cooked cheeses.
- Chablis 1er Cru Vallions, Vincent Dampt 2011 £37.95
From 60-year-old vines, situated in the heart of the terroir. Fresh, cool and pure with a nose that displays floral, spice and earthy elements. On the palate, mineral-suffused, energetic flavours that possess fine balance and excellent length. Try with a whole plaice.
- Muscadet Sur Lie, Jean-Francois Guilbaud 2012 £24.50
This wine will restore your faith in Muscadet! From sustainable viticulture between Sevre and Maine. Zingy and refreshing with citrus, jasmine and pineapple on the nose. Hints of pepper on the palate with a refreshing spritz. It's jut made to accompany seafood, especially mussels.
- Pouilly-Fumé, Dominique Guyot 2012 £29.95
Hand harvested grapes from the prestigious Les Loges vineyards. Bright gooseberry aromas and rich rounded palate. Bracing citrus flavours with a long elegant finish. Try with a warm goats' cheese starter or white fish.
- Montagny, 1er Cru Bonneveaux, 2011 £33.50
Oliver Leflaive's fine premier cru Montagny shows greenish tints with aromas of ripe greengage and yellow plum on the nose. The palate reflects the buttery, lemony harmony found in Meursault with layered texture to the fruit with zippy limey acidity. Great with oily and white fish.
- Viognier Terre de lumière – celliers J d’Alibert 2012 £22.00
Complex aromas of honeysuckle, accacia and apricots precede an elegant palate of soft white peaches and tropical fruits followed by a long dry finish. Great value, drinking pleasure with spicy dishes or as an interersting aperitif..
White Wines - Italy
- Pinot Grigio “Luna” 2012 - Cecilia Beretta - Veneto (G) £21.50
Exceptional Pinot Grigio showing wonderful freshness and a subtle underlying minerality. Well balanced on the nose and palate with grilled almonds, ripe gooseberries and a delicate citrus finish.
White Wines - Spain
- Martinez Lacuesta Rioja 2010 - Haro £23.50
This award winning white Rioja is aromatic and perfumed with fresh green fruits, clean and precise, with well balanced freshness that marks it above the average young white Rioja. Perfect summer drinking with a whole Lyme Bay plaice.
White Wines - New Zealand
- Ana Sauvignon Blanc 2013(G) £26.50
Low yield & superior vine care produce this exceptionally elegant Sauvignon. Fresh gooseberry cut grass and lime on the nose with a rich lingering finish. Exclusive to our suppliers, try with fresh fish and chips of any description!
- Lofthouse Riesling 2010(G) £23.50
Stunning food wine! The highlight of a recent tasting amongst very hot opposition! Intense citrus aromas, rich with hints of cut grass, marmalade and a full lingering finish. This is a very versatile wine but best matched with scallops or lightly spiced dishes…Try it!
- Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (G) £39.95
Probably the most famous wine from New Zealand. The green pepper aromas and zesty lime freshness make a great match to light vegetable and creamy dishes.
White Wines - South Africa
- Buiten Blanc 2013 £20.00
This Sauvignon, Chenin blend is full of ripe peppers, melon and gooseberry flavours, with a zingy acidity but maintaining a good blend of sugar. Try with scallops or moules.
White Wines - Chile
- Panul Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (G) £17.50
Youthful, lively and fresh, this Sauvignon Blanc has white floral notes, followed by a zesty, tropical, citrus palate. A great match with the free range chicken..
White Wines - Austria
- Grüner Veltliner, Federspiel 2012 £27.50
Austria’s wonder grape! Straw green in colour with a bewildering array of ripe peaches, apple and black pepper. Well balanced acidity with a spicy, lively minerality and elegance. If you’ve never tried GV you are missing a trick. A great match with Lyme Bay scallops and spicy dishes.
White Wines - Hungary
- Dry Furmint, Royal Tokaji 2011 £24.50
This is definitely one to try! Hints of aszú and almonds on the nose with green apple and honey. A firm body with a crisp acidity typical of the Furmint grape. Partner with creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.
White Wines - Argentina
- Santa Florentina Chardonnay 2011 (G) £19.95
Certified organic and Fairtrade, from high altitude vineyards on the West coast. Vibrant racy fruit flavours with honeysuckle and citrus notes. A great aperitif, or a perfect match with Fowey River mussels or hand dived scallops.
- Gran Lurton, Corte Friulano 2011 £27.50
Recently spotted on the wine list at Claridges, yet slightly more expensive! Exceptional wine, boasting a perfect balance of weight and elegance. Made in an Italian style with Argentinean flair! A fresh fruity number with hints of vanilla, citrus kick with a generous, lengthy finish. Great with battered fish and homemade ravioli.
White Wines - Portugal
- Monte Velho 2011 £24.50
Exceptional conditions of the hot sun and Atlantic breezes produce a wine with outstanding character and uniqueness. Ripe fruits and an aromatic nose, full and flavoursome. A well balanced wine choice with whole fish of the day or lobster.
White Wines - England
- Bacchus Fumé 2013 £25.50
Furleigh Estate, Netherbury, Dorset
One of the finest English wines I have ever tasted, and made within 3 miles of the hotel, this award winner is crisp and fresh with aromas of elderflower, vanilla and fresh nettles! Refreshing citrus notes with an exceptional long clean finish.
Fine White Wines
- Condrieu, E.Guigal 2009 £59.95
The world renowned Condrieu from one of the finest Rhone vintages. 100% Viognier, it's fresh but full bodied with rich aromas of peach and apricot. Classic Condrieu, with an underlying minerality that gives it an earthy depth. Perfect with seared scallops.
- Meursault, Les Tillets 2010 £60.00
Purity and pleasure, from Pierre Labet. A bright gold burgundy, delightfully nutty flavour with butterscotch & elegant fruit. Toasted brioche on the nose. Beautifully balanced with great freshness, acidity and mellow oak. Will complement locally caught fish beautifully.
- Puligny Montrachet, Jean-Louis Chavy 2011 £68.00
Rich and tropical in nature, with floral notes on the nose. On the palate, this is round and complete, broad in the mouth, with apricot fruit characters. Freshening acidity and a sense of purity make this a stylish wine. A classic match to fresh quality white fish.
- Chablis Vaudesir Grand Cru, Oliver Leflaive 2010 £69.95
40% barrel fermented including some new oak gives a little toastiness, the wine is young, but the wealth of fruit rapidly takes over. This is a dramatic Grand Cru Chablis, combining finesse and intensity. Perfect with our quality locally caught fish.
Red Wines - France
- Fleurie Vieilles vignes, Domaine Marcel Joubert 2012 £29.95
Bright ruby in colour, this is quite a serious vine. Although there is plenty of ripe, juicy redcurrant fruit showing through, there is also spice, richness and complexity from oak.
- Côtes du Beaune Village, Olivier Leflaive 2009 £34.95
100% Pinot Noir. Bright ruby in colour,highly perfumed summer fruits with a darker layer of spices, dried fruits and black cherries.
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Père Caboche 2010 £39.95
50 year old vines produce a charming, seductive wine full of fig, blackcurrant & sweet cherry jam. Soft, silky and best drunk young. A versatile match with meats, game and all cheeses.
- Côtes du Rhône, Gonnet 2010 (G) £23.50
A deliciously succulent Rhône with silky tannins & brimming with pepper & blackcurrants. Earthy & fresh herb flavours with an excellent balance of ripe fruits & acidity. From one of the finest Rhone vintages, this punches well above its weight, a great all-rounder for red-meat.
- Pic St Loup, L’Arbouse 2012 £28.50
This wine showed tremendously at a recent tasting with Yapp Bros. It’s a rich compelling wine with vivid garrigue fruit aromas. 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah works wonders, it has a traditional earthy palate with fine tannins to match red meats and cheeses.
- Gigondas, Pascal Frères 2006 £37.50
Conditions in the Rhone couldn’t have been better in 2006, traditional cigar box and spice aromas with a palate of warm Autumnal fruits. Elegant tannins with a soft rounded finish. Perfect with rich meat dishes or local cheeses.
- Lalande de Pomerol 'La Chenade' 2009 £42.50
Great value, right-bank claret with a bit of bottle-age from the fast-maturing 2007 vintage. Crimson colour, wild berries and raisins on the nose, cedar, cassis, graphite and fleshy fruit on the palate. A joy to share, with our local loin of venison.
Red Wines – Spain
- Belezos Rioja Crianza 2010 £26.95
Classic Rioja from small, family winery, Bodegas Zugober, in the prestigious Rioja Alavesa area. Supple, ripe but elegant style, with modern fruit appeal. Rich plum and dark cherry fruit spiked with just enough warm spice, long in the mouth. Fresh balancing acidity and ripe tannin structure make a versatile wine with red meats and game.
- Psi 2009 £39.95
Ribera del Duero
Peter Sisseck is the man behind this fine, full bodied, rich Ribera del Duero. Burgundian weight on the palate with Asian spices, dried violets and smoky notes. Only the second vintage produced but has a serious underlying structure and fine character. My top Spanish red!
Red Wines – Portugal
- Quinta De Chocapalha Tinto 2008 £26.95
Deep, plum-ruby in colour, this offers rich cherries and blueberries on the nose, sweet, delicately spiced and concentrated, with a floral lift. The palate mirrors the aromatics presented on the nose, fine and rounded and supported by ripe, well-integrated tannins.
Red Wines – Italy
- Barbera d’Alba Josetta Saffirio 2011 £24.95
This wine is handpicked and aged in traditional oak; it has a deep fragrance of violets, strawberries and cherries. Seductive and lightly perfumed, moderately spicy with acidity typical of the Barbera grape, it is a good match for game meats.
- Baccola Appassimento Parziale 2012 £25.95
Predominantly Merlot e Corvina, from a family vineyard in Montorso Vicentino, between Verona and Vicenza, Italy. Their mantra is to give you energy and passion but not too much alcohol. A light and balanced wine for everyone.
Red Wines – Chile
- Panul Merlot 2012 (G) £17.50
On the nose rich blasts of plums and black fruit, lifted by traces of chocolate and beeswax. The palate is silky and ripe with concentrated berried fruit. Try with chicken dishes or grilled meats.
- Vińa Mar Reserva, Pinot Noir 2012 £25.95
A wonderful mass of spicy red cherry & smoky strawberry fruit with a fine tannin structure. The palate is luxurious and lingering with a velvety satisfying finish. A Pinot Noir this good outside of Burgundy is a rare treat. Great with spicy poultry dishes.
Red Wines – New Zealand
- Eradus, Pinot Noir 2012 £32.50
Hand picked grapes from the stony terraces of the Awatere Valley. Supple, generous and sweet, with harmonious ripe acidity framing the black cherry and chocolate flavours. Finishes with firm, chewy tannins that avoid dryness, a truly satisfying wine with both meats and fish.
Red Wines – Australia
- Heywood Estate Shiraz 2013 (G) £19.50
A fine wine which punches way above its price tag! The nose is full of ripe, juicy red fruits with hints of Liquorice and blackcurrant jam. The palate is juicy fruit with a hint of ground pepper. Complex, interesting finish, try with our local cheese selection, or simply on its own.
Red Wines – South Africa
- Kirstenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 £22.95
An exceptionally smooth wine, full bodied with spicy tobacco notes and smoky cassis. High altitude with a cool climate gives this wine an original flavour, deeply seductive! Cries out for roast meats or local cheese board.
Red Wines – Argentina
- Chamuyo Malbec 2012 (G) £26.00
This Malbec is bright cherry red with a violet hue. It shows intense aromas of ripe, red summer fruite, herbs and subtle spice. The palate is medium bodied, rounded yet fresh with soft, subtle tannins.
Fine Red Wines
- Alter Ego Margaux 2004 £130.00
Red and black fruits jump out on the nose, followed by a floral edge and gorgeous mocha scent. A finely structured palate, with gloriously fresh red currant and cassis fruit. A fine palate with crisp acidity, and a fine subtle finish. Great value for this fine 2nd growth Margaux.
- Château La Tour de By, Médoc 2002 £50.00
From a well-run, established 74 ha family estate in Northern Médoc. Offering fruity, good value wines, with some good bottle age. Classic Claret flavours to pair with sausages or a juicy rib-eye steak.
- Hermitage, La Chapelle, Domaine Paul Jabolet 1996 £120.00
With a wine score of 95 points this Rhone will cellar for half a century and has become great drinking from 2009. Remarkably full bodied & powerful with exquisite balance, loads of berries, plum & earthy notes with leather aromas. These flavours will create a full lingering, chewy finish to be savored with those special friends.
- Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009 £75.00
Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties, deep garnet in colour, typical red fruits and spicy notes with hints of chocolate and fresh coffee. Full bodied and complex, a special occasion pleasure with a chunky aged rib eye or local game.
- Saint-Julien 2007 £75.00
Saint-Julien at its best, from the fine 2007 vintage. The beautiful, perfume nose is very expressive. Tobacco, violet and earth, with the essence of blackberry and blackcurrant. Surprisingly soft on the palate and tannin is well integrated, lots of concentration here with great balance. Pure indulgence with local lamb.
- Cornas, Domaine Clape 2002 £75.95
This is an incredible Cornas, it has an intoxicating nose with crazy complexity. Violets, olives, cured meats, blackberrys and herbs. The texture is velvety, med body with a good acidity for an 02, it shows a perfect balance and a very long finish.
- Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ch Gardine 2005 £85.00
A top vintage from a top producer. This Rhone reveals a dark ruby/purple colour, hints of liquorice, white chocolate, roasted nuts, and plenty of black currants and cherries. Medium tannins and a satisfying finish with seared meats and local cheeses.
- Pauillac, Grand-Puy-Ducasse 1995 £99.00
A dense and glossy purple wine. The nose has captivating aromas of roasted meats and tarry fruit. A full bodied impression on the palate, roundly textured, with big, firm tannins. Pauillac is at its best with a prime aged rib-eye or English cheeses.
- Hermitage, Jean-Louis Chave 1984 MAGNUM £275.00
Chave Hermitage exhibits aromas of dark, autumnal fruit and black pepper with undertones of mushrooms, game and leather. The palate shows wonderful complexity with maturity and diverse flavours of black fruits, pepper and spices which combine over a background of rugged tannins to produce a profound wine of amazing structure.
- Château Lestage Simon, Haut Médoc 1990 MAGNUM £125.00
From the legendary 1990 vintage. This is an excellent Haut Médoc Chateau. It has typical black fruits with earthy, gamey notes. Classic Médoc flavors on the palate to be enjoy with venison or game based starters.
- Pomerol, Haut-Maillet 2005 MAGNUM £250.00
From the legendary 2005 vintage, this Pomerol has a fine bouquet of tobacco and oak. Behind this some quite lovely dark cherries and hints of chocolate. On the palate it is powerful with complex tannins, leather and dark berries. To be enjoyed with the best of friends!
- Sancerre Rose, Domaine Tissier 2012 £29.50
Brilliant, delicate pink colour. This award winning rose is full of summer fruit aromas with a tantalising, juicy, succulent palate. A refreshing acidity with fine balance equally suited to fish starters and fruit based deserts.
- Mas Oliveras, Cabernet Rosado 2012 (G) £19.50
From high in the Pyrenees warmed by the Mediterranean, this is a well balanced Rosé with traditional juicy berry characters and a soft acidity, raspberries on the nose and full cherry flavour. Great for drinking alfresco.
- Gamay, Domaine Champ Chapron 2012 (G) £19.50
Delightful, I was hooked after the first taste! Rounded and supple with black fruits and strawberries with a creamy, satisfying finish. Try with our spiced seabass or beetroot starter.
- Sea Pink 2011 £25.50
Furleigh Estate, Netherbury, Dorset, England
This Gold medal winning Rose is made within 3 miles of the hotel with 80% Rondo grapes! It’s a stunning new wine which is cherry pink with strawberries and cream on the nose, very well balanced with a silky palate. A great all-rounder.
- Chablis Vallions, Vincent Dampt 2012 £18.50
From 60 year old vines, situated in the heart of the terroir. Fresh, cool and pure with a nose that displays floral, spice and earthy elements. On the palate, mineral-suffused, energetic flavours that possess fine balance and excellent length. Try with a whole plaice.
- Pouilly-Fumé, Dominique Guyot 2012 £18.95
Hand harvested grapes from the prestigious Les Loges vineyards. Gooseberry aromas & a rich palate. Bracing citrus flavours with a long elegant finish. Great with vegetarian starters.
- Montagne St Émilion, Château La Courolle 2011 £19.50
Smooth, silky and luscious. This easy drinking Bordeaux is well structured with key flavours of earthy black fruit, easy tannins with a pronounced mineral undercurrent.
Champagne & Sparkling Wines
- Prosecco Dolci Colline Brut, Italy (G) £29.50
Soft and fruity with just enough zip. A perfect match with vegetarian dishes and fish starters.
- Corney & Barrow Sparking Blanc de Blancs (G) £29.50
This wine is made in Savoie from a blend of Colombard, Ugni blanc, chenin and Chardonnay using a Methode Traditionelle as for Champagne. It has been awarded the bronze medal in the international wines & spirits competition.
- Furleigh Estate Classic cuvée 2011, Netherbury, Dorset (G) £40.00
Silver in Prestigious Sparkling wines of the world! This sparkling from our friends less than 2 miles away who bring us the fabulous Sea Pink rose & Bacchus Fume varieties. All the grapes are grown here in Dorset and produced in the traditional method. Incredible depth with as much finesse as some of the big name Champagnes, but at half the price. When in Dorset!
- Guy de Chassey, Grand Cru Champagne (G) £42.50
The De Chassey family house is located in the village of Louvois which has 100% Grand Cru status. Hand-made at every step from a tiny 11 hectares of vines, this finely structured blend presents great value with zesty apple and citrus fruit, balanced by richer, toasted brioche flavours.
- Bollinger Champagne, special cuvée nv £65.50
The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full bodied Champagne with the finest of class. Densely packed with apple and pear fruits which give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel finish.
- Perrier Jouet Champagne, Blason Rose nv £79.95
Bright pink with an orange tint. Powerful bouquet of ripe red fruits such as raspberry and wild strawberry, hints of violet and rose petal. Full texture and rich in the mouth with a surprising light fresh finish.
- Dom Perignon 2004 £200.00
Dom Perignon is produced only in the very best of vintages and capable of very long ageing indeed. This classic Champagne has tremendous depth, complexity and finesse.
- Cristal, Louis Roederer 2004 £350.00
An explosion of fruit emerges from the 2004 Cristal, making a strong and very positive first impression. This is a wine of incredible finesse, length and balance that promises to develop beautifully over the next several decades. 96 pts in a 2010 tasting!
- Warres 1980 £100.00
The nose has an appealing scent, with nuances of raspberry, toffee and violets, intertwined with notes of spice, sandalwood and pepper.
- Croft 1997 £150.00
Robert Parker awarded this 1977 vintage Croft 88 points. Good now until 2015. Thick, rich and syrupy with hints of dried fruit, date and black fruits. Enjoy with the finest of friends, and cheese of course!
- Krohn 20 year old Tawny (G) £75.00
Dense and concentrated with notes of dried fruits and caramel, this Port with a long finish combines the strength of its full body and racy aroma with a elegance
- Krohn Dry White Port (G) £32.50
With golden yellow colour, notes of almonds and honey, it is full and complex.
- Taylor’s Late Bottle Vintage - 2008 (G) £35.00
The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full bodied Champagne with the finest of class. Densely packed with apple and pear fruits which give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel finish.
- Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, Moscatel de Alejandría 2013 (G) £19.95
Valle de Limari, Chile - 500ml
A complex aroma, dominated by ripe fruits such as apricot, quince and honey, mingles with a subtle floral background. On the palate, it is delicate and elegant, with an opulent and persistent finish. Perfect with a made to order Tarte Tatin.
- Muscat du Cap Corse, Domaine Pieretti 2010 £39.95
Corsica, France - 750ml
Corsican wine is highly regarded so rarely exported. A 100% late harvest Muscat. It’s an outstanding, aromatic, sweet wine with a heady orange blossom bouquet. The beautifully balanced palate offers luscious, white summer fruits.
- Monbazillac, Chateau Septy 2010 (G) £20.50
Dordogne, France - 375ml
This desert wine has fine balance and a rich concentration of sweet ripe fruit with a nervy citrus acidity on the palate. Enjoy with offal based terrines and fruity desserts.
- Elysium Black Muscat 2011 (G) £29.50
Ca, U.S.A. - 375ml
Black Muscat, an under-appreciated grape variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine to drink with chocolate based desserts, Blue Vinney or simply pour over our homemade ice-cream selection.
- Royal Tokaji, 5 pts, 2006 £45.95
Tokaji, Hungary - 500ml
One of the finest dessert wines since the 17th Century. A medium golden amber colour, on the nose showing orange peel, mint, figs and cinnamon. The palate is sweet and rich with cinnamon, apple, coupled to grapefruit aftertaste. Its sugar is well balanced with fine acidity which leads to a clean and refreshing, long finish.
- Maury “Aurélie” Préceptorie de Centernach 2010 (G) £37.50
Roussillion, France - 500ml
This fortified sweet red wine shows deep, vivid aromas of raspberry, blackberry and figs. The palate is packed full of fruit, and has a rich, mouth filling structure. One of the only wines that really works with chocolate.
- Chateau de Malle, Sauternes 1998 £39.95
Bordeaux, France - 750ml
A plethora of flavours are bursting to get out of this bottle! Stone fruits of apricot, peach and nectarine with notes of citrus, honey and toasted nuts. Silky, rich and waxy, well balanced with good acidity. Match made in heaven with fruit desserts, foie gras or blue cheeses.
"A [restaurant] wine list is praised and given awards for reasons that have little to do with its real purpose, as if it existed only to be admired passively, like a stamp collection. A wine list is good only when it functions well in tandem with a menu." Gerald Asher