While tickling your taste buds, don’t forget to pamper your palate.
At Sage we are passionate as much for our wines as for our food and we have chosen wines with proven quality carefully selected to complement and accentuate our Head Chef Shteryo Yurukov’s style of cooking. Our menus reflect the seasons, and include a variety of foraged ingredients from common hedgerow to sea plants and seaweed.
Our wine list is the result of a close partnership with our suppliers so we look for balance on the list but our focus is on wines with shortest travel time to your table (but of course with few irresistible exceptions). We have mixed classic trendy, quirky and rare wines for adventurous palates from selected small, independent producers who are passionate about what they do. Some are organic or bio-dynamic and all are traceable to source and well made. The majority of the wines are inexpensive, young, fresh and elegant and help to accentuate our style of cooking.
We feel our wines reflect interesting wine regions and styles – old, new, established, iconoclastic, white, red, pink… but the wine, like the food, is about the notions of sharing and conviviality.
Of course, since there are no restrictions or expectations here, local beers and ales can make just as good a pairing with our food as wines so please feel free and comfortable to order alternative drinks as you wish or ask for advice.
” We Love Everything That’s Old, Old Friends, Old Times, Old Manners, Old Books, Old Wine”
Prosecco Doc Spumante , Italy – 35
Pale light yellow colour, with fine perlage. Delicately fruity with hints of ripe pears, flowers and some mineral notes on the nose. This is a well balanced sparkling wine with a light body but quite a long finish.
Pierre Moncuit Cuvee “H Coulmet” Champagne Brut NV, France – 57
Superbly balanced with rich, mature toast and grilled nuts lasting through the layered, elegant finish. Fresh, with perfect balance.
Bellevue Chardonnay, La Loire, France – 26 / Glass 6.5
Best unoaked Chardonnay we have ever tasted (and we’ve tasted good few) excellent depth of fruit allied to freshness giving the wine a lovely mouth feel and a long finish. Flavours of honeydew melon meld with citrus and green apple with a hint of thyme and pepper spice on the tantalising finish.
Domain La Prade Sauvignon Blanc, Languadoc, France – 25 / Glass 6.5
Straw-yellow colour with vivid green nuances. Vibrant Crisp and fresh with well defined zesty gooseberry and tropical fruits and a clean citrus finish.
” Best House White in Ireland” – Tom Doorley
Bonotto Delle Tezze Pinot Grigio , Italy – 27 /Glass 7
This is an easy, straightforward Pinot Grigio with pleasant aromas of peach, pear and citrus. The wine is refreshing and crisp in the mouth and sports a slightly creamy texture.
Forrest Heart Of Stone Sauvignon , New Zealand – 29
A vibrant wine with flavours of blackberry, gooseberry and passion fruit underscored by appetising, crisp acidity which produces a refreshing finish. Heart of Stone will partner white fish and salads to perfection.
Finca Montepedroso Rueda , Spain – 27
Verdejo is a great example with exuberant floral aromas with a wisp of fresh herbs. Round and creamy with apple, melon flavours brightened with citrusy acidity. Clean aromatic ensemble, with high intensity. The notes of apricot, peach, fennel, green almond shell, aniseed, fresh fruits (lychee, grapefruit) show up. Recalls to fresh cut hay, and light smoke touches mixed with mineral notes.
Domaine de Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, France – 28
A wonderful match for seafood. A vibrant dry white (similar in some ways to a Muscadet) with citrus fruit displaying both grapefruit and lemon with attractive floral scents.
Ottosoldi Gavi – 28
On the nose is fruity with peach, apple, pear and floral notes. On the palate, the wine reveals a delicate freshness combined with exotic fruit nuances. The texture is light yet refreshing, complex yet easily enjoyed .Food matches would include salads, antipasti, light meat dishes, poultry and fish.
Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja Alta, Spain – 28
Organic. No, this is not a white wine made from red Tempranillo grapes – but a genuine stand-alone white grape variety. Albeit a rather rare one! It is only grown in Rioja and produces wines that are almost Chablis-like.
Saumaize St. Veran “en Creches”, Burgundy, France – 36
Gorgeous nose of cool, clean refreshing aromas. The palate is even more appealing: crisp, but with concise ripe flavours of apple, lemon and lime with a nervy acidity and lively finish. Great Burgundian Chardonnay.
Gerard Waltner Gruner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria – 29
Crisp pear and a hint of exotic fruit on the nose, with a lovely vibrant palate and a hint of spices on the finish. Recommended.
Keller Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, Germany – 29
Crunchy, green apple fruitiness balanced by mouth-watering, zesty, lemony acidity, some peach, honey and floral tones and a very appealing, clean, fresh finish. Outstanding producer.
Sancerre, Domaine André Dezat , France – 38
A round medium-bodied, dry style with nice ripe fruits on the palate, but with plenty of citrus zest too. Drink solo, or with fresh goat’s cheese salad or maybe a plate of prawns. Crisp greengage and gooseberry flavours, defined but slight in build. A ballerina Sancerre. Touch of creaminess and sage and a little bit of fruit-sweet charm.
Meursault “Narvaux” Pierre-Yves Colin Morey, Burgundy, France – 69
Pierre-Yves Colin Morey is one of Burgundy’s very top white wine producers and and the 2011 Meursault Narvaux is a hidden jewels in his range. White peach, slate and crushed rocks drive this persistent, energetic Burgundy and offers a broad drinking window of pure pleasure.
La Grille Rose D’Anjou 2014, France – 27
Deliciously fruity, strawberry-scented, off-dry rosé. Using cool fermentation to bring out all the grapes’ appetizing red-fruit flavours.
Soli Cabernet and Cabernet Franc 2015, Bulgaria – 25 / Glass 6.5
Typical Bulgarian varieties with intense ruby colour with brilliant purple nuances. Attractive nose, rich in ripe black cherry and morello cherry aromas, with hints of cocoa, mushrooms and spices. Powerful body with mild acidity and excellent structure. Vibrating elegance, sophisticated harmony, lingering aftertaste, redolent of ripe and juicy fruits.
Domaine La Prade Merlot 2017, Languedoc, France – 25 / Glass 6.5
It has classic soft rich plumy fruits with some smoke and spices yet on the palate it has good structure and length. Well integrated tannins with a nice balance and smooth finish.
Terra Tangra Malbec- Cabernet, 2015 , Bulgaria – 29 / Glass 7
Dark purple red with violet hue and black centre. Elegant and opulent nose with ripe blackberries and blackcurrants, elder berries in the background. Mild spices, vanilla, hints of caramel and toasted flavours. Well structured, good weight and length, distinct tannins, ripe and juicy fruit.
Chateau Larzac Languedoc 2017, Languedoc, France – 29
Very drinkable smooth wine bursting with ripe, full-flavoured morello cherries and blackberries, easy tannins and spices on the finish. Syrah / Grenache blend.
Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2017, Italy – 28
This is a young and immediately drinkable wine with delicate aromas of plum and morello cherry. It is robust and full-bodied in the mouth, rich with a dry and flavourful finish. The result is a very pleasant and drinkable wine which goes with many different kinds of dishes.
Domaine Roger Sabon Cotes du Rhone 2016, France – 30
Very popular, rich and fruity with lots of dark brambly fruit and spice, full on the palate with soft approachable tannins and a long finish. Great with red meats and creamy cheeses.
Bodegas Arzuaga “La Planta” 2016, Ribera del Duero, Spain – 29
Superb modern, polished Spanish red. Aromas of fresh red fruit (raspberry and blueberries) combined with hints of spices, liquorice, cloves and pepper. Six months in American and French oak bring ripe, smooth tannins and lush, rich fruit. Excellent
Soli Pinot Noir 2015, Bulgaria – 28
The nose is dominated by ripe cherry aromas, with delicate hints of musk, smoke, tobacco and spice. On the palate the wine is light structured and elegant, with fresh and aromatic finish. Characteristic of this unique wine is the supple vanilla cream, sweet tannins and long aftertaste. Aged 12 – 15 months in French oak barrels.
Valpolicella Ripasso, Scriani 2016, Italy – 29
Concentrated aromas of red cherries with a hint of spice and flowers. Full bodied palate with soft tannins which make it velvety. Goes very well with pasta dishes with meat sauce, grilled or roasted red meat, game and medium aged cheeses
The Chocolate Block 2016, South Africa – 39
This blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier. Aromas of spiced fruit and violet-infused perfume are followed by striking freshness on the firmly structured palate. Spicy oak aromas cover a rounded mid-palate that reveals layers of fruit with intense purity.
Moric Blaufrankisch 2016, Burgenland, Austria – 34
Outstanding wine. The spicy mineral nose is fresh and peppery with bright raspberry fruit. Savoury palate with spicy, mineral notes and just a hint of animal/meaty character. Fresh and cherryish with good structure – lovely wine.
Juan Carlos Sancha Pena el Gato 2016, Rioja Alta, Spain – 32
This old-vine Grenache showcases the best that Rioja has to offer. The wine has a beautiful dark red violet colour. Aromatically, it has ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit notes. On the palate, it is a full‐bodied complex wine with silky tannins and elegance. It has balanced acidity and longevity in the mouth.
Chateau Macquin Saint Georges Saint Emilion 2015, France – 38
Chateau Macquin is mainly merlot planted, giving strong wines, generous, almost as famous as Saint Emilion wines. Garnet-red colour. Intense nose with ripe red fruits lightly woody. In the mouth, fresh and rich, mellowed tannins with great intensity. Grapes Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Chateau Lanessan 2011 Grand, Bordeaux, France – 46
Outstanding vintage for Lanessan. Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, liquorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, fruit forward Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity.
Finca Valpiedra 2010, Rioja, Spain – 55
The 2010 Reserva displays a vibrant and intense cherry red colour with violet rim. Abundant legs, dense and coloured. On the nose abundance of red and black fruit showing up, fine wood notes from the oak deliver inflections of vanilla, cedar, mint and spice supported by mineral backbone.On the palate, initially, excellent smoothness, volume and density develop and the fine grained tannic structure presents, furthering the savoury and complete palate.
Domaine du Grand Ormeau Lalande de Pomerol 2014, Bordeaux, France – 49
Deep ruby/purple colour, it has beautiful mulberry and sweet black cherry fruit, silky tannins, and a ripe medium to full-bodied opulence and terrific purity and depth. Proprietor J.C. Beton has been on the top of his game for a long, long time and his family continues to produce terrific wines. ” Robert Parker / 90 Points / Outstanding
Philippe Gavignet Nuits St. George 2015, Burgundy, France – 59
This wine is the sum of all the things that make Gavignet wines so remarkable: impeccable terroir, stunning older-vine fruit, peerless craftsmanship, elegant flavours. Aromas of black cherries, autumn leaves, coloured peppers. Ripe tannins, silky; flavours of red plums.”
Big Thank You to Our Supportive Wine Suppliers
John Masterson – James Nicholson Wine Merchants
7/9 Killyleagh Street
Liam and Sinead Cabot – Cabot and Co. Fine Wines , Westport
Recommended by the McKennas Guides “Best in Ireland 2018“
Best “Fine Wine Importers 2016″ – Sunday Business Post
Best “Fine Wines, Mature and Library Vintages Specialist 2016″ – Sunday Business Post
Appletree Enterprises t/a Cabot and Co.,
4 Cloghan, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Directors: Liam Cabot / Sinead Cabot