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The James Nicholson Case

In 2017, James Nicholson will celebrate 40years in the business. Wine lovers far and wide trust James's knowledge, passion and dedicaton to bring them the best the world has to offer.

James has personally selected this fantastic case to showcase just a fraction of the great range of wines he has personally sought out throughout 2016. 

12btl Case Price: £140.00 / €203.00

Préface Blanc 2015, Coteaux de Beziers, France

An interesting blend of southern French varieties. The Grenache gives a richness to the palate with flavours of apricot and pineapple while the Vermentino lends acidity and the Chardonnay a creamy core. Rounded mouthfeel and a tangy finish.

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit leading, complemented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure ripe citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity.

Pazo De Señorans Albariño 2015, Rias Baixas, Spain

Hints of ripe stone fruits, citrus flavours and white flowers, lovely minerality on the finish. An Albariño with incredible depth and length.

Pra Otto Soave 2015, Veneto, Italy

Made by the master of Soave Graziano Pra, this has  exotic jasmine and yellow fruit aromas. A dry, rich  and full-bodied palate with undertones of hazelnuts.  Great length and elegance.

Domaine Bellier Cheverney White 2015, Loire, France

“It shouldn’t work but it does: a blend of Sauvignon  and Chardonnay from the Loire with lifted grassy  aromas, fresh green fruits and a lovely zippy finish.  Very enjoyable wine”. Chosen by John Wilson in the Irish Times as one of his Top 20 Wines.

Salwey Weissburgunder 2013, Germany

One of the most consistently brilliant producers of those German wines that are neither sweet, nor Riesling, nor from the Mosel, and therefore all but unknown in the Englishspeaking world. Salwey’s Pinot Blancs have a reputation of ageing far better than most. Lovely minerality shining through the ripe stone fruits with a relatively full body.

Rocca delle Macìe Chianti Classico 2014, Tuscany, Italy

Rocca delle Macìe is a dynamic winery which in a little over 40 years has forged a reputation throughout the wine world as one of Chianti’s most highly regarded estates. Aromas of wild berries, a touch of vanilla and spice with a savoury finish and a lick of acidity.

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin La Champine Syrah 2015, Rhône, France

One of the greatest winemakers in the northern Rhône, this  is a sublime Syrah with dark fruit and spice on the palate and a full body to match any Christmas roasts or hearty stews.

Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

From one of our favourite South African Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Aromas of dark berries and a hint of tobacco,  well structured, lots of fruit and plenty of length.

Châteaux Laclaverie 2011, Bordeaux, France

A Merlot based wine, Laclaverie is produced by the wellrespected Thienpont/Derenoncourt stable and is made at Château Puygueraud. The wine is soft and ripe with fleshy, plummy fruit enhanced by warm spicy notes.

Cantos De Valpiedra 2012/13, Familia Martinez Bujanda, Rioja, Spain

“This impressive single estate, located on three terraces above the Ebro River, has made a second wine since 2005. It’s a pure Tempranillo sourced mostly from younger parcels, but is still very stylish, with bright acidity and crunchy berry fruit complemented by oak.”  91 points. Tim Atkin.

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina

A single variety blend from different sites from the Achaval Ferrer stable, recognised as one of the finest Malbec producers in Argentina. Oodles of ripe red and black fruits, fine tannins and lively acidity make this a real treat for Xmas.


A selection of wines from the James Nicholson Case shall be open for tasting in the shop on Saturday the 3rd of December. We will also be joined by Indie Fude and Kilmegan Cider.


15% Off Champagne & Sparkling Wine

If you’re looking for a way to add a pop and a fizz to your Christmas, look no further than these great wines. Classic Champagnes from highly regarded houses such as Billecart Salmon, to great value grower Champagne from the brilliant Forget-Brimont add a touch of traditional charm to your festivities. We’ve also got a great selection of alternative bubbles you may not have come across before, but which will have you coming back for more. 

Forget Brimont NV, Champagne

Bottle Price: £24.95 / €39.50  - Offer Price: £21.21 / €33.58 

Billecart Salmon NV, Champagne

Bottle Price: £36.50 / €53.50 - Offer Price: £31.03 / €40.92 

Roederer Brut Nv, Champagne

Bottle Price: £41.99 / €NA - Offer Price: £35.69 / €NA 

JN Sparkling NV, Loire

Bottle Price: £11.99 / €22.99 - Offer Price: £10.19 / €19.54 

JN Sparkling Rose NV, Loire

Bottle Price: £12.50 / €23.95 - Offer Price: £10.63 / €20.36 

Sartarelli Brut Spumante, Italy

Bottle Price: £14.95 / €26.99 - Offer Price: £12.71 / €22.94 

Billecart Salmon Rose NV, Champagne

Bottle Price: £54.99 / €77.99 - Offer Price: £46.74 / €66.29 

Soalheiro Espumante Alvarinho 2014, Portugal

Bottle Price: £16.99 / €28.50 - Offer Price: £14.44 / €24.23 






The Staff Favourites

All of us at JN Wine are as passionate and enthusiastic about wine as James himself. Put simply, we love wine and each of us in the shop has selected just one of our favourites to make up this brilliant case. With so much to choose from, it was a near impossible task, but this is what we came up with and we hope you enjoy them as much as we will when Christmas Day arrives.



6btls ( one bottle of each ) - £80.23 / €115.00

12btls ( two bottles of each ) - £160.46 / €207.00

Andy - Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin La Champine Viognier 2015 75cl, France

I love to find hidden gems and La Champine from Jean-Michel Gerin, made from fruit sourced from areas surrounding the legendary Condrieu, is a stunning Viognier. Rich and elegant with great complexity on the nose and palate, this is a real sensory treat.

Maria-Elena - Dehesa La Granja Cosecha 2008 75cl, Spain

Produced by one of Spain’s most celebrated winemakers, Alejandro Fernandez, this wine is made using old-vine Tempranillo grapes grown in the Castilla y León region. Intense, ripe, plummy fruit, with a savoury, slightly smoky finish, this wine is only released when deemed in perfect condition for drinking – good things come to those who wait.

Laura - Domaine Modat Le Petit Mod'Amour 2015 75cl, France

Unusually dominated by Carignan, I can’t stop recommending this wine. Soft and fruity with an underlying power, the  “Little Word of Love” will genuinely seduce you. Great with charcuterie and strong cheeses.

Stephen - Domaine Octavie Sauvignon Blanc 2014, France

The Roubally family who produce the Octavie have a genuine respect for winemaking traditions. Their dedication to good husbandry and avoidance of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides brings out a superb, steely, fresh and aromatic Sauvignon. 

Seán - Zuani Vigne Collio Bianco 2015 75cl, Italy

The blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Friulano and Sauvignon Blanc intrigued me from the moment I spotted it. This rare blend produces a beautiful, wonderfully soft and elegant wine which highlights the best of Italian innovation.

Connor - Scriani Valpolicella Classico 2014 75cl, Italy

This dark, concentrated Valpolicella is surprisingly nimble and well balanced. Having tried a number of lighter, fresher Italian wines recently, this was a great alternative - a real, rich treat which doesn’t overwhelm.

A selection of staff picks will be open for tasting on Saturday November the 26th. Our friends from Shortcross Gin will also be joining us. It promises to be a great day!


Warming Winter Reds

The Christmas Red Case

6pk ( One bottle of each wine )

12pk ( Two bottles of each wine )

Jesus Romero Rubus 2015, Teruel, Spain

“A blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Tempranillo and 20% Syrah sourced from Spain's highest vineyard at 980 metres. A broad range of spicy flavours, showing briary and autumnal black fruits on the nose and palate, and an almost Burgundian finish. 91 Points. Drink 2016-2019.” (Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine July 2016)

Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red 2015, Franshhoek, South Africa

A real crowd pleaser from Marc Kent, one of our favourite producers. A spicy, full-bodied style, packed with autumnal fruits, this wine is far too easy to drink.

Pask Kate Radburnd Pinot Noir 2015, Martinborough, New Zealand  

 Dark cherry fruit is supported by subtle sweet oak and silky, fine tannins. It is elegant and rich with a light, tangy acidity creating alluring freshness. Ideal partner for any Christmas fowl. 

Fleurie Classique 2013, Château Beauregard, Beaujolais, France    

This is a really great example of Fleurie. We have been working with the domaine for years and love the elegant, classical style they produce. Perfect with your Christmas ham.

Carmelo Rodero 9 Months 2014/15, Ribera del Duero, Spain    

Carmelo's philosophy is simple and straightforward - he strives to produce the best wines true to the terroir of the region with as little intervention as possible. This wine is made from 100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo) from 20-year-old vines. Wild red fruit and hints of vanilla, due to the 9 months in French oak. It has a round, elegant mouthfeel.

Casablanca Nimbus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile  

“Delicately fragrant combining aromas of dark fruits with leather, undergrowth and cedar. This is very creditable stuff, fine and juicy. Drink 2015-2018.” Decanter, June 2015 

A White Christmas

The Christmas White Case

6pk ( one bottle of each wine )

12pk ( two bottles of each wine )

Quinta De La Rosa DouRosa Branco 2014, Douro, Portugal

Fresh, with great intensity, a touch of tropical fruit, pear and citric notes. Very balanced on the palate with a delicate, complex finish.

Domaine Manciat-Poncet Macon Charnay 2014, Burgundy, France

The chardonnay fruit for this wine comes from the Manciats' middle-aged vineyards in and around the village of Charnay. 100% hand-harvested grapes (a rarity in the region) and attention to detail at every level make this one of the purist, most satisfying white burgundies in its class. 

Effet Papillon Blanc 2015, Roussillon, France

This 100% Grenache Blanc is a staff favourite, with oodles of fruit made in a fresh and crisp style by Marjorie Gallet of Roc des Anges.

Hopler Grüner Veltliner 2015, Austria

 A hint of lime and green pear peel with a touch of pepper and passion fruit. A good match for the lighter dishes at Christmas or as an aperitif.

Casablanca Nimbus Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile   

Intense bouquet of gooseberry, ripe tropical fruit and lemon. A gently zesty and balanced wine with plenty of tropical and elderflower fruit flavour and zingy acidity.

Domaine De Tares Godello La Sonrisa 2015, Bierzo, Spain 

Characteristic aromas of the Godello grape, youthful aromas of citrus, green apple and stone fruit. The palate is refreshing with a soft texture and long refreshing finish.