Wine List Confidential: Chez Bruce

One of the most poised and balanced wine offerings in London with an admirable section for off-dry Rieslings, so rarely given pride of place on a list.

The directors of the restaurant, Bruce Poole and Nigel Platts-Martin, are self-confessed ‘fanatical’ wine lovers (with a weakness for Burgundy and Bordeaux) and take great pride in their cellar – and justly so. Head sommelier/buyer Sara Bachiorri maintains the 700-reference list, which, while covering every classic, Old World base, is on point when it comes to the most interesting winemakers making waves within their respective regions.

As the owners explain, they have invested heavily in their cellar over the years, enabling them to list many rare wines during their perfect drinking window, and not at excessive prices. With more than 100 examples from

Burgundy alone, it’s a selection that might require some prior familiarisation, unless you want to bore your fellow diners to death. By- the-glass offerings are boosted by the use of Coravin – treat yourself to 125ml of Hermitage 2000 from Jean-Louis Chave for £30.

CURRENT POSITION ON WINE LIST CONFIDENTIAL: 47

CURRENT WINE LIST CONFIDENTIAL OVERALL SCORE: 91.2

Expert wine picks

Serge Mathieu, NV, Blanc de Noirs Brut, Champagne – France – Sparkling – £65

Gathering, 2013, The Lane, Adelaide Hills – Australia – White – £50

Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Godello, ‘As Sortes’, Valdeorras – Spain – White – £90

Soli, 2013, Pinot Noir, Edoardo Miroglio – Bulgaria – Red – £33

Henri Gouges, 2009, Clos des Porrets Monopole, Nuits-St-Georges, Burgundy – France – Red – £135

Mullineux, ‘Straw Wine’, 2009, Chenin Blanc, Swartland – South Africa – Sweet – £44

 

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Restaurants are graded on a 100-point scale based on five criteria: size, value, service, range and originality. For a full guide to London’s best wine lists visit winelistconfidential.com

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