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Six wines from the Berry Bros January Sale
Berry Bros January Sale has now begun, featuring discounts of up to 28%. The six wines below are a selection from the 100+ wines that are reduced; the full list is available at http://www.bbr.com/shopping/offers.lml. The offer ends 1st March 2001

Champagne Gaston Chiquet Tradition, NV
A delicious grower's Champagne at a bargain price. Lovely rich, full flavoured fizz with great balance and nice toasty, bready fruit. Very good+ (£12.95)

Auxey-Duresses 1997 Pascal Prunier
A yellow/gold colour, this mature white Burgundy has a full honeyed nose with hazelnut and butterscotch notes. On the palate it is rich, nutty, bready and savoury, with some coffee notes. Full flavoured and quite nicely balanced, but drink up soon. Very good. (£12.50)

Ramsay Syrah Reserve 1996, Napa Valley
Deep red/black colour, with an appealing, savoury nose of green olives, herbs, pepper spice and a touch of smoke. It's dense and quite tight-knit on the palate, with tarry red fruits, firm acidity and well judged oak. Not at all over-ripe or sweet, like many new world Syrahs. Although this chunky wine is now beginning to dry out a bit, its still-solid tannic structure suggests it could develop further in the bottle. Stylistically this is somewhere between a good St Joseph and an Australian Shiraz, and the fact that it's only 13% alcohol is quite refreshing, given the current preponderance of high alcohol monsters from the new world. Very good+ (£11.95)

Château Le Crock 1994, St Estephe, cru Bourgeois
This substantial, well-priced claret has a gorgeous nose but a slightly tough palate. Deep red/back colour, displaying an open, leafy blackcurrant nose with a touch of smokiness. On the palate it is dry and medium-bodied with good acidity and a touch of green-leafiness. Drinking nicely now, I wouldn't age this much further as the fruit is starting to recede a touch (although I'm aware that some people don't like fruit flavours in their clarets!). A lovely food wine. Very good+ (£10.45)

Château de Malle 1996 Sauternes Grand Cru
Yellow colour with a golden edge. Lemony nose with a touch of apricot and the usual tell-tale botrytis aromas. Rich, spicy palate with apricot and honey flavours, good acidity, some sweetness (but not a lot) and a touch of oak. It is not the most powerful or heavily botrytised Sauternes I've ever had, but it shows great balance and is drinking deliciously now. Very good/excellent (£9.95 half)

Berry's Fine Dry Oloroso, Barbadillo, Jerez
Brown with orange tints. Lovely dark aromas of caramel, raisins and wood smoke. Complex and nutty on the palate with a savoury, bone-dry salty bitterness on the palate. Nice balance, and a give away at this price. Very good+ (£5.95)

Contact details:
Berry Bros & Rudd
3 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EG
Phone: 0207 396 9669 Fax: 0207 396 9611
Website: www.bbr.com

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