Visited The Remedy for the first time on Thursday. It’s a new wine bar in Fitzrovia, on Cleveland Street and in close proximity to three tube stations (Regents Park, Warren Street and Great Portland Street).
This is a great addition to the rapidly expanding London wine bar scene, and the wine list is the real deal (you can see it here), with lots of interesting bottles. There’s a strong natural element to it, but it’s not as hardcore a list as some. The by the glass selection is a sensible size and has some interesting bottles on it. It would be nice to have a few more options, but then there’d be a lot of wastage and the possibility of running into tired or out of condition bottles.
You can eat here too, with a menu offering light bites to something a bit more substantial. What we had was excellent (mixed cured meats and breads). I was visiting with Ted Lemon of Littorai and Burn Cottage, but as well as tasting a few of his wines (which I’ll write up separately), we also explored some of the wines from the Remedy’s list.
Suertes del Marques Trenzado 2012 Tenerife, Spain
Really complex, fresh, minerally nose with some lovely matchstick/flint notes. Fresh but textured palate with pronounced minerally reduction and great precision. Such a lovely wine, for those who like a bit of good reduction. 94/100
Escoda Sanahuja Els Bassots 2011 Conca de Barbera, Spain
A skin contact Chenin. Yellow/orange colour. Structured with apply, nutty characters, plus minerals, lemons, pear and herbs. Some structure evident. Such a distinctive wine with interest and complexity. 93/100
Filippi Soave Monteseroni 2008 Veneto, Italy
Nutty and textured with apples and pears, as well as some rounded honeyed notes. A really textured, thought-provoking wine with subtly oxidative characters adding interest and texture. 92/100
Keller Riesling Von der Fels 2012 Rheinhessen, Germany
This is brilliant. Fresh, mineral and bright with some grapefruit and lemon notes. Really detailed and precise; dry but generous, with brilliant balance. Thrillingly good. 94/100
Dujac Gevrey Chambertin 2011 Burgundy, France
Very strong for a village level negoce wine. Fresh and bright with subtle green notes and some spice, a hint of herbs and a touch of pepper. This has lovely sweet cherry fruit but also a bit of structural grip. Such an expressive wine. 93/100
JM Stephan Cote Rotie 2012 Northern Rhone, France
Very floral violet and pepper nose with some meaty olive notes too. It smells like a cool climate Syrah from a warmer region: it has edges. The palate is suberbly fresh and edgy, with some rustic notes, tannins and sweet dark fruit. This is essence of northern Rhone. 93/100