Our Sumptuous Selection of French Red Wines and Boutique Beers

William Fèvre Premier Cru Chablis – 2008 Chablis – France

The soils from this area give this wine the unique Terrior characteristic of minerality. From one of the largest Chablis producers. Very fresh and racy with notes of citrus and whitefleshed fruit.Subtle Alc at 12.5%. A great introduction to Chablis.

Deux Montil Mersault 1 Cru – 2007 Mersault Burgundy

Almost invisible wood sets off an elegant, pure, ripe and airy nose of citrus, green fruit and peace aromas that complement the round, detailed and attractively stony flavours that possess notably better phenolic ripeness on the lingering finish. Rich and complex.

Pinossimo – Bouchard Aîné & Fils – 2006 Pays d’Oc – France

Jammy fruit spices and herbs from a company producing some of the best Pinot Noirs in the World. Round tannins, black currant, liqourice and black cherry flavours. Long lasting vanilla-tinge finish. Look for the Orange casing.

Chambolle-Musigny, Domaine Jean Marie-Fourrier – 2007 Burgundy

Bright, deep red. Musky strawberry, raspberry and mint on the nose. Perfumed and aromatically precise. Rich, sweet and supple, with lovely fullness to the flavors of red fruits, spices, flowers and stone. Finishes with dusty tannins and lovely building persistence.

Echezeaux, Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2007 Burgundy

A spicy, expressive and expansive nose of red berry fruit, distinct vegetal nuances, freshly sliced fennel and obvious earth notes that transfer over to the detailed, balanced and energetic flavors that possess excellent transparency on the vibrant and mouth coating finish. There is a lingering inner mouth perfume here that makes this quite seductive.

 Goedvetrou – 2004 Botrivier

Only three barrels made of this wonderful Burgundian variety. Truly luxurious……this one will surprise. Minimal volumes results in intensity of colour and flavour. Elegant extraction and structure, with bitter Cherry and earthy tones. Classic dry tannins with a lingering, fresh finish. A wine of old world charm.

Cote Rotie, Chateau Saint Cosme – 2008 Côte Rôtie (Northern Rhone)

Crisp, but fresh and lively, boasting some snap to the tobacco leaf, pepper, blackberry and olive notes. Lightly firm, but well-focused on the finish. Rich, velvety, deep wine with subtle smoky, bacon fat and flower tinged aromatics over an opulent base of roasted blackberry. The oldest Estate in the region. Going back to 1416.

Pauillac Private Reserve – 2007  Bordeaux
Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse

A Family owned vineyard where the terroir is typically deep gravel and limestone bedrock with traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties. Rich and full bodied. “Curious and dusty pithey flavour” as described in Gourmets Companion.

Châteauneuf- de- Pape Domaine la Roquète – 2007 – Châteauneuf

Typically this blend for this Domaine contains 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Deep Ruby /purple tinged colour with a bouquet of black currents, black cherries, pepper, and lavender.Full bodied and ripe.

 Beaujolais – Bouchard Aîné & Fils – 2008 Burgundy

Predominant fruit namely cherries and berries with this. From being “the poor man’s quaff” to one of the most popular red wines of France. 100% Gamay Noir grape varietal. Open and expressive……….Great dry lunch red to be had as an opening first wine for the evening. Lower alcohol at 12.5%.

We’re proud to introduce the São Gabriel Range of Beers.

In our ongoing quest for more substance, authenticity and meaning we were thrilled to find this range. The group responsible for this collection challenged themselves to find some of Europe’s oldest family-run breweries in search of artisan-produced beers. Working hand in hand with the breweries they have developed the finest, authentic lagers and ales. Their raw passion, blind optimism and reckless resolve are bound to make a difference to our ale loving clients.

Now stocking:

Brewers and Union Unfiltered

This lager, which is unfiltered, unpasteurised, and bursting with flavour. It has phenomenal body and freshness, which is hazy to the eye and full on the palate.

Stephen Weiss Bavarian Weiss

Delicate, smooth and creamy this wheat beer is a true and traditional unfiltered Bavarian Weiss. The signature yeast is gloriously expressed in intriguing aromas of vanilla and clove.

Berne Amber Unfiltered Amber

This is an old, rare and rather unique German style beer. Wholesome and buttery with toasty, bready malts and hints of caramel and toffee.

What Do the Experts have to Say ?

Restaurant Review: By Jamie Who – All Things Food
“Thomas Maxwell Bistro remains one of my favourite restaurants in the country. And the similarities between them and another favourite, Bizerca Bistro, extend beyond the common use of a word in their titles. Both menus are simple and uncomplicated. Both menus focus on quality ingredients and classic combinations done extremely well. Both menus have perennial favourites mixed in with speciality, seasonal items. ”

Click here for the full review:http://aficionado.co.za/jamiewho/2010/12/20/restaurant-review-thomas-maxwell-bistro/