Introducing Domaine Direct
I have been a friend and customer of Domaine Direct for nearly thirty years. If you have heard of this elite wine merchant, then you will know that this is like being a member of an exclusive club. I am sure that some loyal DD fans will think it vulgar that I am telegraphing this glorious company’s existence to outsiders, but the time has come to spread the word about some of their sensational wines, which I absolutely adore, regularly buy for my own cellar, and have also bought for countless wine lists over the years which I have had the pleasure of curating. Domaine Direct will no doubt now be able to cast its wondrous vinous spell on a wider wine-loving audience and this can only be good news for our collective well-being!
Matthew Jukes | MoneyWeek Wine Editor
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This collection is available to buy online, or you can place your order by phone via Domaine Direct - call them on on 020 7404 9933 and quote “MoneyWeek” to benefit from exclusive MoneyWeek savings and FREE UK delivery.
Prices shown below are per case of 12 bottles. Wines are also available in a mixed case, giving you two of each bottle for just £209 - it’s a chance for you to try them all, and is the most popular choice with MoneyWeek readers!
2017 Montagny, Le Clou, Domaine du Clos Salomon, Burgundy, France
Domaine Direct is, at heart, a Burgundy specialist and this is why five of my wines are made from Burgundian grape varieties. This devastating Montagny is a classic example of a DD discovery. Authentic, accurate, keenly-priced and with a flavour like a wine from a much more fanciable postcode, this is a joyous Chardonnay with an aura of a grand Côte d’Or white. Clos Salomon is a stellar estate and this wine, while youthful, will mellow for a few years, so load up.
Price per case: £234, saving £18
2016 Leeuwin Estate, Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia
I am happy to nail my colours to this wine’s mast – Leeuwin is home to the most respected and adored Chardonnays in Australia. A previous winner of Winery of the Year in my annual 100 Best Australian Wines initiative, Prelude is the ‘second wine’ of the great Art Series label and in 2016 this might be one of the finest wines they have ever produced. If you adore this grape you will be in heaven with this wine in your glass.
Price per case: £288, saving £21.60
2017 Muscadet Sèvre & Maine, Sur Lie, Les Barboires, Domaine David, Loire, France
I trek up and down the High Street, with another of my wine hats on, and try as I might I cannot find a Muscadet as delicious or as affordable as this one. This is a benchmark Loire white wine and it is also a style which every single palate adores whether they know it or not. With a faint sea spray tang and an underlying citrus theme, this dry white beauty is an essential fridge door accoutrement.
Price per case: £107.40, saving £9
2017 Fleurie, La Roilette, Alain Coudert, Beaujolais, France
This is my favourite Beaujolais for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is one of Mrs Jukes’ absolute go-to wines. Secondly, I find it on the wine lists of many of my favourite London restaurants, so this means I drink a lot of it and, thirdly, the nag on the label seems to me to be a trusted friend because it has never let me down. For a wine that I usually drink young and fresh, it also has an uncommon ability to age. It is sheer perfection in a glass.
Price per case: £172.80, saving £10.80
2013 Rully, 1er Cru Molesme, Jean-Baptiste Ponsot, Burgundy, France
Only about a third of Rully is red and we don’t seem to see much of it in the UK, so it is a treat to be able to introduce you to this delicate, perfumed Premier Cru from the hands of Jean-Baptiste Ponsot. Since he took over the family Domaine in 2000, the wines under this label have been sensational, combining the wilds of the Côte Chalonnais with polish of J-B’s own stylish winemaking.
Price per case: £225, saving £19.08
2016 Ma Maison, Pinot Noir, Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand
DD founder, Hilary Gibbs, maintains her rigorous Burgundian wine standards when venturing overseas to source wine. Dr Edward Leung’s Ma Maison is a tiny 3ha property where he makes between 600-700 cases of sensual, aromatic Pinot Noir and it is as gentle and soulful as the Rully above. I have followed this wine since day one and it always elicits immense respect from everyone who tastes it. It is about as far removed from the powerful, inky Central Otago Pinots as you can get!
Price per case: £227.40, saving £16.68