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If you’re looking to boost your wine knowledge and experience this year, here are the three wines to put on your wish list

The world of wines is a complex one. There are more than 10,000 grape varieties and hundreds of thousands of labels circulating around the globe. 

To celebrate International Wine Day, which falls on May 25 this year, and to help you add to your wine chillers, we asked wine importer Samuel Sze of boutique family distributor Nature Art Wine the three bottles all wine drinkers should keep on their radar this year.  

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Mas de Daumas Gassac 2019

Denomination: IGP St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d’Aniane

“This bottle is not just an iconic wine. It’s frequently referred to as The Grand Cru of Languedoc. The 2019 Mas de Daumas Gassac Red is a remarkable vintage! The last vintage of the decade was blessed with spectacular aromatic concentration, intensity, and extremely low yields, providing the perfect balance between power and fruitiness.

The colour, nose and mouth harmonise in a gourmet vibration of black berries mingled with a touch of roasted cacao. Still in its childhood, it already has an extraordinarily exhilarating complexity, revealing wonderful emotions. The wine is noble, marked by freshness and has an elegant structure where the concentration and tannic outline are perfectly balanced by acidity and fruitiness.

The 2019 is an earmark of the truly great vintages of Mas de Daumas Gassac such as the 1982, 1989, 1990, 2005, and 2010, and is one to keep and age gracefully.”  

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Château Anthonic 2018

Denomination: Moulis En Medoc, Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Bordeaux

“Château Anthonic is a property in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, owned and run by Jean-Baptiste and Nathalie Cordonnier, who took over from Jean-Baptiste’s father, Pierre, in 1993.

The wine here has been certified organic since 2019. Biodiversity is important here: the Cordonniers practise agroforestry, planting trees among the vines. Of the estate’s 37 hectares, the vineyard itself covers 28 hectares. The rest is a mixture of woodland and meadow.

Recently featured on the 3 Michelin-starred Guy Savoy's wine list, this wine is aromatic and has hints of minerality. It boasts notes of cassis, flowers, red currants, cherries, raspberries, some black fruits, toasted oak, spices, cocoa, a hint of liquorice and green pepper. It is fresh, has a good acidity, and is extremely well-balanced with a medium to full body and a lengthy and strong finish.

Coming from an exceptionally good Bordeaux vintage, this bottle is a smart buy and one to keep.” 

Domaine Phillipe Garrey, Mercurey 1er Cru 'La Chassiere' 2020

Denomination: Mercurey 1er Cru

"Philippe Garrey is the sixth generation of the family to live on and care for his family’s Estate in the southern end of the Mercurey appellation. In 2011, his was the first Estate in the Côte Chalonnaise to receive the biodynamic certification from Demeter.

Garrey farms his entire 4.5-hectare property of old vines, ranging from 60 to 100 years old, by himself. Unlike neighbouring Estates, he has no interest in expanding his vineyards. In the vineyard, no chemicals of any kind are used, and the rows are grassed over. If needed, only natural treatments (infusions of nettle, chamomile, etc.) are used.  

He takes laborious and hands-on care of the entire process from vine to bottle, during which the bottling is done by hand and the corks and wines are kept at the same temperature.

Garrey wants his wines to be an honest expression of his family home. Despite the small size, his wines have had made an outsized impression. Wine review website Decanter named him as one of the best growers of the Mercurey appellation and his wines have been featured at several Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris.

The wine itself carries a beautiful, bright ruby colour. It has an elegant nose with floral notes over a background of fresh red berries and a full mouth with depth and fine tannins."

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