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THE CROWN WINE LIST

Wine List - The Crown at Woodbridge

Welcome to our eclectic hand-picked selection of the quirky and familiar, chosen to complement our cosmopolitan menu and the bold flavours of our earthy cooking. You will find the weird and wonderful, the great and good, from vineyards and wineries across the globe.

Rather than house wines, we have our Crown Collection recommendations, white, rosé, sparkling, red and dessert, available in three sizes by the glass. Properly-kept by Verre de Vin, we pour all 20 from full bottles ─ we think serving 'by the glass' offers much better value than halves; it's greener too!

I hope you enjoy working your way through some of our favourites...

 

JOHN FORREST KIWI WINE HERO AT THE CROWN

We're thrilled to showcase a special 12-strong selection of John’s superb New Zealand wines, such as quintessential Forrest Estate, quirky Tattybogler, inventive Doctors', premium Marlborough Valley wines, benchmark John Forrest Collection and the premier Newton Forrest – I urge you to give some of them a try…

328 Grüner Veltliner, The Doctors' 2011 Marlborough
herby citrussy version of Austrian classic, intense, acidic, dry-ish
£25.50


35 Sauvignon Blanc, Forrest Estate 2012 Marlborough
easy drinking, aromatic; tangy gooseberry & tropical fruit
£26.50

46 Riesling (8.5% alc.), The Doctors’ 2011 Marlb.
off-dry, low-alc, cult-ish & refreshing; apple, citrus, apricot
£29.00


68 Pinot Gris, Tattybogler 2009 Otago
off-dry & rich with balanced acidity; citrus, stone fruit, herbs
£35.75


69 The White, John Forrest Collection 2006
fine European-style blend; rich, full, aromatic & minerally
£48.00

84 Chardonnay, Forrest Estate 2007/08 Marlborough
well made, good value; oak, citrus, spice, stone fruit
£30.00

94 Pinot Noir, Tattybogler 2009 Bannockburn Otago
old world burgundian restraint, new world kiwi soft fleshy fruit
£38.75

90 Pinot Noir, Brancott Valley 2007 Marlborough
rich, full, spicy wine; opulent, lingering black fruit
£46.50

310 Pinot Noir, Waitaki Valley John Forrest 2009 Otago
elegance and class; perfumed supple black cherry fruit; bliss
£55.00

126 Cabernet Sauvignon, John Forrest Collection 2005
velvety Hawkes Bay Cab' - cassis, coffee, pepper, liquorice
£49.00

127 Cornerstone, Newton Forrest 2005 Gimblett Gravels
Bordeaux style blend beating 1st growths; soft, rich, spicy
£54.50

108 Syrah, John Forrest Coll. 2006/07 Gimblett Gravels
powerful elegant Old World style; oaky spiced plum & cherry
£49.00

25 Rosé, Tattybogler 2011 Otago
crisp Sancerre-like Pinot pink; silky strawberry fruitiness
£32.00
 

CROWN COLLECTION SPARKLING

14 Prosecco NV on draught
125ml £4.85, 175ml £6.60
lovely and soft easy going peachy fizz, highly quaffable...
Veneto Italy 12%

11 Adnams Selection NV Brut
125ml
£7.60, 175ml £10.90, bottle £43.00
effusive & refreshing champagne; pinot backbone & flowery citrussy chard'
NV Champagne France 12%

17 FrereJean Frères 1er Cru NV Brut
125ml £8.00, 175ml £11.50, bottle £48.00
linked to Taittinger; aged for 5 years; chard' lightness, pinot depth, still fresh
NV Champagne France 12%


OTHER CHAMPAGNES

15 Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier
bottle £65.50
fine, fresh, mature grande marque; rich structure, elegant nutty fruit
Champagne France 12%


16 Louis Roederer NV Carte Blanche Demi-Sec
bottle £65.50
slightly sweet, smooth & creamy; soft, elegant bubbles; ideal pudding wine
Champagne France 12%


13 Billecart Salmon Rosé NV Brut
bottle £74.25
simply the finest non-vintage pink pound-for-pound; floral, biscuity, spicy
Champagne France 12%

12 Bollinger Grande Année 2002 Brut
bottle £104.75
toasty, complex grande marque par excellence; biscuits, almond & caramel
Champagne France 12%

CROWN COLLECTION WHITES

31 Sauvignon - Semillon 2012
125ml £3.10, 175ml £4.30, 250ml £6.15, bottle £16.75
cheerful dry white; zippy drinkable blend; herbs, orchards & gooseberries
Casa Roca Valle Central Chile 13%

79 Chardonnay 2011/12
125ml £3.35, 175ml £4.60, 250ml £6.55, bottle £18.00
simple, soft new world chard'; classic smoothness, hint of fresh fruity zest
St. Cecilia Valle Central Chile 13%

65 Leeuwenblanc 2012
125ml £3.45, 175ml £4.75, 250ml £6.70, bottle £18.50
easy-going cape sauv. bl./chenin/nouvelle white; rounded, off-dry, lemony
Lion Hunt Paarl S. Africa 13.5%

53 Riesling Dr L 2011
125ml £3.95, 175ml £5.50, 250ml £7.80, bottle £21.75
simple, delicate, flowery, citrussy; great value, medium-dry german style
Loosen Mosel Germany 8.5% (unfiltered - harmless crystals in bottle)

54 Pinot Grigio 2012 Il Colle
125ml £4.50, 175ml £6.25, 250ml £8.70, bottle £24.50
soft crisp fashionable Italian lunch wine; peach’n’spice, all things nice
Veneto Italy 12%

64 Viognier Reserva 2010
125ml 5.55, 175ml £7.70, 250ml £10.95, bottle £31.00
seductive & exotic; good acidity and bags of aromatic tropical fruitiness
Valdivieso Lontue Valley Chile 14%

85 Chablis 2011 de l'Harmonie
125ml £6.10, 175ml £8.50, 250ml £12.05, bottle £34.00
simple un-oaked Chablis, clean and citrussy with an undertow of minerality
Brocard Chablis Burgundy France 12.5%

75 La Bongran 2008
125ml £7.05, 175ml £9.80, 250ml £13.95, bottle £39.50
racy powerful chardonnay; rich golden & honeyed ‘tarte tatin’; unique
Domaine de la Bongran Thévenet Macon Villages Burgundy France 13.5%

39 Sancerre 2010/11 Vacheron
125ml £8.60, 175ml £11.90, 250ml £16.95, bottle £46.50
yardstick Loire sauvignon; pointed & concentrated; mineral, citrus & herbs
Loire France 12.5%

WHITES FRESH and CRISP (incl. Sauvignon Blanc)

31 Sauvignon - Semillon Casa Roca 2012
bottle £16.75
cheerful dry white; zippy drinkable blend; herbs, orchards & gooseberries
Valle Central Chile 13%

326 Catarratto - Pinot Grigio Purato 2010
bottle £19.75
organic and eco-friendly; herby grass, ripe fruit; appetising soft finish
Feudo di Santa Tresa Sicily Italy 13%

48 Montilla-Moriles Marques de la Sierra Blanco 2010
bottle £22.00
interesting dry Pedro Ximénez-Chardonnay blend; full, almost nutty flavour
Alvear Spain 12.5%

45 Picpoul de Pinet Le Jade 2010/11
bottle £23.00
fresh lively mélange; unique & unusual; smoky apple and pear palate
Coteaux de Languedoc France 12.5%

328 Grüner Veltliner The Doctors' 2011
bottle £25.50
rounded herby citrussy version of Austrian classic grape, intense, dry-ish
Marlborough New Zealand 11.5%

35 Sauvignon Blanc Forrest Estate 2012
bottle £26.50
aromatic, tangy gooseberry & tropical fruit; dependable, easy drinking
Marlborough New Zealand 13%

41 Quincy Grands Coeurs Bailly 2010
bottle £30.25
benchmark Old World sauvignon; intense citrus, grass & orchard fruits
Loire France 12.5%

39 Sancerre Domaine Vacheron 2010/11
bottle £46.50
yardstick Loire sauvignon, pointed & concentrated; mineral, citrus & herbs
Loire France 12.5%

WHITES RICH and FULLER (Chardonnay, etc)

79 Chardonnay St. Cecilia 2011/12
bottle £18.00
simple, soft new world chard'; classic smoothness, hint of fresh fruity zest
2009 Valle Central Chile 13%

324 Rioja Blanco Monte Real 2011
bottle £19.50
great value, zingy lime from 100% viura grapes; light smoky oak to finish
Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Spain 12.5%

84 Chardonnay Forrest Estate 2007/08
bottle £30.00
elegant, well-made & expressive; citrus, stone fruit, touch of spicy oak
Marlborough New Zealand 13.5%

85 Chablis Domaine de l'Harmonie 2011 Brocard
bottle £34.00
simple un-oaked Chablis, clean and citrussy with an undertow of minerality
Burgundy France 12.5%

75 Domaine de la Bongran Maconnais 2008
bottle £39.50
racy powerful chardonnay; rich, golden & honeyed; unique style in Burgundy
Thévenet Macon Villages Burgundy France 13.5%

76 Gavi di Gavi Lugarara 2010/11
bottle £43.00
big and smooth match for great chablis, nutty, grassy, appley, softly acidic
Piedmont Italy 12.5%

81 L'Esprit de Chevalier 2001
bottle £44.75
benchmark barrel-aged sauv' - sem'; ripe attractive quince fruit & classy oak
Pessac-Léognan Graves Bordeaux France 13%

78 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains Domaine Brocard 2009/10
bottle £45.75
crisp, elegant & refined depth; citrussy substance & smooth creaminess
Burgundy France 13%

82 Meursault Domaine Henri Germain 2006/09
bottle £68.50
textbook chard'; buttery and minerally; pure, deep citrus & apricot palate
Burgundy France 13.5%

86 Puligny Montrachet Les Clavoillons Dom. Leflaive 2007
bottle £110.25
benchmark organic chard' ; citrussy essence, creamy oak; purity and tightness
Burgundy France 13.5%

WHITES FRUITY and FRAGRANT (Riesling, Viognier etc)

65 Leeuwenblanc Lion Hunt 2012
bottle £18.50
easy-going cape sauv. bl./chenin/nouvelle white; rounded, off-dry, lemony
Paarl South Africa 13.5%

325 Torrontes Gougenheim 2011
bottle £21.00
appealing floral aromas; full dry flavours of peaches and minerals
Mendoza Argentina 13.5%

52 Viura - Verdejo Basa 2010/11
bottle £21.50
adnams favourite; ‘um bongo in a glass’; lovely sour yellow plum & peach
Rueda Spain 13%

53 Riesling Dr L Loosen 20011
bottle £21.75
simple, delicate, flowery, citrussy; great value, medium-dry german style
Mosel Germany 8.5%

54 Pinot Grigio Il Colle 2012
bottle £24.50
soft crisp fashionable Italian lunch wine; peach’n’spice, all things nice
Veneto Italy 12%

57 Gewürztraminer Maiden Flight 2011
bottle £26.50
little old world subtlety here; grapey, fresh & zesty with mandarin spice
Casablanca Valley Chile 13.5%

46 Riesling The Doctors' 2011
bottle £29.00
off-dry,low-alcohol & refreshing; green apple, citrus & apricot; superb
Marlborough New Zealand 8.5%

64 Viognier Reserva Valdivieso 2010
bottle £31.00
seductive and exotic; good acidity; bags of aromatic tropical fruitiness
Lontue Valley Chile 14%

68 Pinot Gris Tattybogler 2009
bottle £35.75
off-dry, rich, stunning, Kiwi white; stone fruits, herbs, citrus acidity
Otago NZ 2009 13.5%

62 Muscat Ca' del Solo Bonny Doon 2008
bottle £41.50
softly spicy and highly aromatic; bone dry, fascinating and unique…
Monterey Valley California USA 12.5%

63 Pinot Gris Rolly-Gassmann 2002
bottle £42.25
unctuous rich & pointed; medium-sweet with germanic balance & acidity
Alsace France 13.5%

69 The White John Forrest 2006
bottle £48.00
fine dry and rich; aromatic European-style; chard', sauv' & alsace grapes
Marlborough New Zealand 14%

66 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc 2006
bottle £51.00
opulent fresh citrus, peach & oak; elegant deep tangy viognier-rich style
Côtes du Rhône France 12%


CROWN COLLECTION ROSÉS

21 Sangiovese Rosé 2012
125ml £3.35, 175ml £4.65, 250ml £6.45, bottle £18.00
lovely everyday quaffer, dry with a floral bouquet and wild berry flavours
Terre Forti Veneto Italy 12%

25 Tattybogler Rosé 2011
125ml £5.75, 175ml £8.00, 250ml £11.45, bottle £32.00
dry crisp Kiwi Sancerre-ish Pinot pink; silky cherry & strawberry fruit
Otago New Zealand 13.5%


OTHER ROSÉS

22 Sancerre Rosé La Louée Sylvain Bailly 2010/11
bottle £36.25
pretty pinot pink; light floral notes, delicate berry flavours and crisp finish
Loire France 12.5%

23 Rose of Virginia Charles Melton 2008
bottle £41.75
benchmark cult perfumed grenache rosé; weighty, concentrated mouthful
Barossa Valley Australia 13%

CROWN COLLECTION REDS

130 Tempranillo 2012 Perdido
125ml £3.10, 175ml £4.30, 250ml £6.15, bottle £16.75
easy-drinking style; un-oaked, rich red fruit flavours
Navarra Spain 13.5%

290 Pinot Noir 2012 Paparuda
125ml £3.10, 175ml £4.30, 250ml £6.15, bottle £16.75
simple easy aperitif red; genteel, lightly oaked, joyful berry and spice flavours
Cramele Recas Transylvania Romania 13%

110 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
125ml £3.35, 175ml £4.60, 250ml £6.55, bottle £18.50
well structured and smooth; ripe berry fruit and velvety tannins
Viñas Riojanas Famatina Valley Argentina 12.5%

122 Merlot 2010 Gougenheim
125ml £3.95, 175ml £5.45, 250ml £7.70, bottle £21.50
new world classic; generous, rich, leathery black fruit
Mendoza Argentina 13.5%

185 Shiraz 2012 Spitting Spider
125ml £4.35, 175ml £6.00, 250ml £8.45, bottle £23.75
McClaren Vale speciality; big ripe spicy blackcurrant fruit
Dowie Doole McClaren Vale Australia 13.5%

102 GSM 2007 Mitchell Estate
125ml £5.05, 175ml £7.00, 250ml £10.15, bottle £28.25
huge, spicy, vigorous grenache/sangiovese/mourvèdre showstopper
Clare Valley Australia 15%

210 Chateau Penin 2009
125ml £5.35, 175ml £7.50, 250ml £10.70, bottle £30.25
old vine merlot and cab' franc blend claret; damsony black fruit; one for food
Génissac Bordeaux France 13%

192 St. Amour 2011 Le Carjot
125ml £5.85, 175ml £8.10, 250ml £11.45, bottle £31.75

voluptuous and mouthfilling Gamay; juicy dry red fruit flavours
Beaujolais France 13%

94 Pinot Noir 2009 Tattybogler
125ml £6.85, 175ml £9.55, 250ml £13.80, bottle £38.75
cool climate burgundian restraint; soft, smooth, minerally & berried
Bannockburn Creek Otago New Zealand 13.5%

REDS BURGUNDY and THE LIKE (Pinot Noir, Gamay etc)

290 Pinot Noir 2012 Paparuda
bottle £16.75
simple easy aperitif red; genteel, lightly oaked, joyful berry and spice flavours
Cramele Recas Transylvania Romania 13%

98 Pinot Noir 2010 Les Deux Clochers
bottle £21.50
rather sleek, good value, lighter style; smooth berried freshness
St. Pourçain Loire France 12.5%

88 Juan Garcia Crianza 2008 Arribes
bottle £27.00
great value; wilder Pinot character, bags of cherries and oak
Estremadura Spain 13.5%

89 Zweigelt 'Little J' 2007 Jurtschitsch
bottle £27.75
Austrian 'Beaujo'; enjoyable charming fresh berry flavours
Langenlois Austria 12.5%

191 Brouilly 2011 Domaine Dit Wood
bottle £30.25
juicy, fleshy, forceful gamay; earthy raspberry flavours
Beaujolais France 13%

91 Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Domaine Sarrazin
bottle £30.75
classic lunch pinot, rich autumnal fruits; past vintage was a Times Top 100 Red
Burgundy France 12.5%

192 St. Amour 2011 Le Carjot
bottle £31.75
voluptuous and mouthfilling Gamay; juicy dry red fruit flavours
Beaujolais France 13%

94 Pinot Noir 2009 Tattybogler
bottle £38.75
cool climate burgundian-style restraint; soft, smooth, minerally & berried
Bannockburn Creek Otago New Zealand 13.5%

323 Maranges 2011 Domaine Michel Sarrazin
bottle £45.00
Poised, aromatic red fruits; elegant oaky structure; joyous balance
Côte de Beaune Burgundy France 13%

90 Pinot Noir 2007 Brancott Valley Forrest
bottle £46.50
rich, full, spicy wine; opulent, lingering black fruit and supple tannins
Marlborough New Zealand 12%

310 Pinot Noir 2009 Waitaki Valley John Forrest Collection
bottle £55.00
elegance and class; perfumed supple black fruits; bliss; double IWC Trophy 2012
Marlborough New Zealand 13.5%

REDS BORDEAUX STYLE (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot etc)

110 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Viñas Riojanas
bottle £18.50
well structured and smooth; ripe berry fruit and velvety tannins
Famatina Valley Argentina 12.5%

122 Merlot 2012 Gougenheim
bottle £21.50
new world classic; generous, rich, leathery black fruit
Mendoza Argentina 13.5%


313 Merlot ‘Wumbalgal’ 2011 Berton Farms
bottle £23.00
expressive plum and violet aromas with rich soft aussie oaky ripeness
South-East Australia 14.5%

125 Malbec Trivento 2012 Tribu
bottle £23.50
sun-loving South American grape; ripe, full, dark berry richness
Mendoza Argentina 14%

322 Château La Croix Blanche 2010
bottle £29.75
rich flavours of merlot and two cabernet; vanilla oak; classic sunday roast wine
Montagne St. Emilion Bordeaux France 14%


210 Chateau Penin 2009
bottle £30.25
old vine merlot and cab' franc blend claret; damsony black fruit; one for food
Génissac Bordeaux France 13%

126 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 John Forrest Collection
bottle £49.00
serious velvety deep cab'; cassis, kirsch, coffee, pepper & liquorice
Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay New Zealand 14%


127 Cornerstone 2005 Newton Forrest
bottle £54.50
indulgent, glossy, spicy cab/merlot/malbec mix; Bordeaux 1st growth league
Hawke's Bay New Zealand 14%

129 Château Lalande Borie 2004 St. Julien
bottle £68.25
seductive fine cab sauv, merlot & cab franc blend; elegant ripe fruit and oak
Bordeaux France 13%

211 Château Léoville Barton 2007
bottle £110.25
for fine claret lovers; classic cassis and leather; big serious cabernet structure
St. Julien France 13%


REDS RHÔNE RANGERS (incl. Syrah, Shiraz)


185 Shiraz 2012 Spitting Spider
bottle £23.75
big ripe syrah is McClaren speciality; spicy pepper & blackcurrant fruit
McClaren Vale Australia 13.5%

109 Open Now 2008 Hegarty
bottle £24.00
silly name, great value; spicy black-fruited organic syrah-mourvèdre
Minervois France 13.5%

102 GSM 2008 Mitchell Estate
bottle £28.25
huge, spicy, vigorous grenache/sangiovese/mourvèdre showstopper
Clare Valley Australia 15%


103 Minervois Cuvée 2 2008/09 Hegarty
bottle £31.00
grenache-mourvèdre-cinsault delight; big, baked fruit, pepper & spice
Minervois France 14.5%

105 Crozes Hermitage 2009/10 Domaine Pochon
bottle £32.25
supple savoury syrah; ripe redcurrant fruit, liquorice and capsicum
Etienne Barret Rhône France 12.5%

184 Madiran 2008 Plénitude
bottle £45.00
tannat’s inky long rich finish; flavours of wild berries & cooked plums
Gascogne France 14%


108 Syrah 2006/07 John Forrest Collection
bottle £49.00
powerful elegant Old World style; musky spice, plum, cherry, toasty oak
Gimblett Gravels New Zealand 14.5%

107 Nine Popes 2000 Charles Melton
bottle £63.25
perfect aussie tribute to châteauneuf; very old vine oaky rhône-ish blend
Barossa Valley Australia 14%

REDS OTHER GRAPES and ODD BLENDS

130 Tempranillo 2012 Perdido Tinto
bottle £16.75
easy-drinking style; un-oaked, rich red fruit flavours
Navarra Spain 13.5%

321 Nero d'Avola 2012 Purato
bottle £19.75
organic, eco-friendly; warm, spicy fruit; dry, rounded red
Feudo di Santa Tresa Sicily Italy 13.5%

146 Garnacha Cruz de Piedra 2010 Virgen de Sierra
bottle £20.00
great value; low yield, aged vine fruit; spicy damson & liquorice palate
Calatayud Spain 14%

320 Pinotage - Viognier 2012 Phambili
bottle £21.00
punchy pinotage red with splash of aromatic white viognier
Paarl South Africa 14.5%

132 Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 Scotto Family
bottle £21.25
trademark Cali' Zin'; spicy ripe bramble fruits, vanilla and chocolate
San Joaquin Lodi California USA 14%

143 .COM 2009/10 Tiago Cabaco
bottle £22.50
silly name, great value; modern fruit-driven style; rich oaky fruitcake taste
Estremoz Portugal 14%

327 Rioja Vega Crianza 2009
bottle £29.75
toasty aromas; hints of eucalyptus and black fruits; sweet and balanced
Rioja Spain 13.5%

138 Antiyal 2006 Alvaro Espinoza
bottle £47.75
stunning biodynamic, unfiltered blend; cab. sauv., carmenère & syrah
Maipo Valley Chile 14.5%

148 Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 di Volpaia
bottle £50.26
understated benchmark elegance; long ripe cherry & nut flavours
Tuscany Italy 13.5%

140 Barolo Serralunga 2006/07/08 Manzone
bottle £58.75
low yield concentrated silky nebbiolo; dried fruits, vanilla & cedar
Piedmont Italy 13%

141 Zinfandel Geyserville 2008 Ridge
bottle £65.25
lavish robust Silician Primitivo style Zin' blend; spicy herb & dark fruit
California USA 14.5%


CROWN COLLECTION PUDDING WINES

158 Château des Arroucats 2010 S'te-Croix-du-Mont
100ml £4.25, bottle £29.50
lighter sauternes-style sem./sauv. bl./muscadelle blend; sweet, rich & fresh
Entre-Deux-Mers Aquitaine France 12.5%

154 Pedro Ximénez NV El Alamo 50cl bottle
100ml £8.60, bottle £40.00
dense impressive sticky nutty sherry; liquid christmas pud
Jerez Andalucia Spain 16%

157 Molino Real 2006 Rodriguez 50cl bottle
100ml £13.85, bottle £58.50
stunning and complex, not cloying, dessert wine; great with berries
Mountain Malaga Andalucia Spain 12.5%

NB Where two vintages are shown, we are moving from one vintage to another so we cannot guarantee a certain year, apologies.

All wines are in 75cl bottles unless otherwise stated.