We regularly recommend Nickolls & Perks as great merchants when we host tastings and it’s about time we did so again to BYWine readers.
- The range is large and eclectic.
- The prices are keen, and even sharper when they have offers on.
- They deliver and they are reliable.
- They are a well-established, trust-worthy family firm.
- They are very nice people!
At the moment N&P have a promotion on some Crus Bourgeois wines, all of which are very fairly priced. There are not abundant stocks of these wines so do act sharpish to be assured of getting what you want. These are our favourites.
Château Coufran 2009 £15.66 from £17.40
A merlot-dominated Haut-Médoc; lush fruit, silky texture. Great pedigree and price.
Château Brillette 2009 £21.33 from £23.70
A favourite with Laura, not least because the owner gave up a glitteringly financial career in the Caribbean to run this Moulis estate. Serious but very approachable, suave and elegant – that’s the wine, not the owner. Come to think of it, it’s the owner, too!
Château Tronquoy-Lalande 2006 £19.80 from £22.00
A well-respected property in St-Estèphe, this 2006 is a good example of what attention in the vineyard and careful wine-making can do in a ‘challenging’ vintage. Buy now for Christmas.
Château Tour St. Bonnet 2005 £15.75 from £25.00
There are only a few bottles of this left so if you want some, best be quick. 2005 was a stunner of a vintage and Tour St. Bonnet made as good a wine as anyone; only lightly oaked so the fruit shines through, perfect for immediate drinking. This isn’t a reason to buy the wine, but the view from the tower is amazing!
Don’t forget to check-out the N&P champagne range. Star buy:
Palmer & Co Blanc de Blancs 2006 £32 – only £28.80 if you buy 12
A Decanter Trophy Winner for best vintage Champagne – really rather says it all. Creamy, soft and elegant, just delicious to savour without food but darned pleasurable with all sorts of white meat and cream-based dishes.