You’ve no doubt got a friend or two or a family member who really loves their wine and when we say ‘love’, we mean they’ve a penchant for vintage and fine wines that they really appreciate with each and every sip. With Vérité wines recognised around the globe for their commitment to sustainability and climate action, Jackson Family Wines have 40 wineries across the globe from France to Italy and from Australia to the US. Even better, the largest and most exclusive collection of these wines is now being held in the UK at a wine store vault at Mayfair’s luxury retailer Hedonism. With the collection including some of the very first wines produced back in 1998 and including some of its most recent releases from 2019, some have not been seen outside of the US. Sampling on Hedonism’s Enomatic machines is available, so for truly exquisite wines this Christmas, which will please even the most discerning connoisseur, you know exactly where to head. Vérité wines retail at £398 for a 75cl or £1000 for a trio.
Vérité, La Muse, 2018
La Muse uses a variety of more than 50 micro-crus to produce its complex signature in the Sonoma County of California. 90% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec, this incredible blend has been able for 16 months in French oak (95% new). A mild spring in 2018 followed by a cool growing season and slow, even ripening has produced a beautiful balance with matured tannins and a gorgeous ruby-violet colour. With ripe red and black plum, spices and hints of toast and roasted nut, there are rich red fruits on the nose and notes of chocolate and tobacco giving way to a long finish.
Vérité, Le Désir, 2018
Another delight for any wine collector is the 2018 Le Désir. Also from the North coast of California – Sonoma County, Le Désir is dark and moody in appearance with a hint of violet, this Cabernet-Franc based blend is a complex signature made up of more than 50 micro-crus with deep red fruits, sage, mint and cinnamon bark on the nose, followed by sweet spice, a hint of blackberry and vanilla and a lingering finish. Bold, oaky and acidic, it’s a keeper which will age well.
Vérité, La Joie, 2018
This is definitely a ‘joyous’ wine, made from mostly concentrated cabernet sauvignon grapes grown along the steep hillsides of the Mayacamas mountains. Purple red in colour, it’s a rich, complex wine with creamy cherry and blackcurrant on the nose, earthy notes of tobacco, truffle, plum and olive to taste, and a fresh fruity and floral finish, it’s elegant, well balanced and a real delight. A wine you’ll want to savour every sip of.