The half dozen wines below are perfect for this spring. The 2019 vintage of Terre de Silex has just arrived from France, a highly-rated Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards to the north of Sancerre. Pieropan is the acknowledged master of Soave, his 2019 Classico is floral and full of green fruits, begging to be enjoyed in the garden in fine weather.
For Easter celebrations, Rathfinny's 2016 Blanc de Noirs is from one of the most exciting new English Sparkling wine estates, overlooking the sea on the Sussex Coast.
Rioja and Bordeaux are the classic partners for spring lamb and these two 2016 wines both have the necessary acidity as well. Valserrano's 2016 Crianza is full of intense American oak aromas, but also has wonderfully fine tannins and is beginning to show some real character five years after the vintage. The 2016 Cambon La Pelouse is a classic Cru Bourgeois (now rated 'Exceptionnel' in the latest classification) and has beautiful herbal, mint aromas to pair with finer cuts like leg or rack of lamb.
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Rathfinny Blanc de Noirs English Sparkling, Sussex 2016 £35.00
"...an absolute delight, presenting scents of orange pith, brioche, toasted pine nuts and a hint of white peach in the background. The palate is well poised with a light walnut opening, quite saline in the mouth and precise toward the finish; a touch of blackberry appears on the aftertaste. Impressive energy and sophistication are clear to see in what might be one of England's best Blanc de Noirs. Highly recommended. 93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
Terre de Silex, Coteaux Giennois, Domaine Berthiers, Loire 2019 £19.50
Fresh, delicate ozone-mineral aromas on the nose, ripe stone fruit and passion fruit, blackcurrant leaf notes adding to the impression of freshness. Great intensity and weight on mid-palate, with very good balancing acidity to off-set the ripeness of the fruit character.
2019 Soave Classico DOC, Pieropan, Italy £14.95
"85% Garganega, 15% Trebbiano di Soave, from hillside vineyard in the Soave classico zone, on volcanic soils, situated at 100-300 m above sea level. ...delicate nose of almond blossoms and marzipan; good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length." Pieropan
2019 Château Thivin Cote de Brouilly 'Les Sept Vignes', Beaujolais £19.75
"... aromas of ripe cassis, candied violets and plums…it’s medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, structured around fine-grained but chewy tannins and tangy balancing acids, with considerable depth and substance at the core. … 94 points" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (WK)
2016 Rioja Crianza, Valserrano, Bodegas de la Marquesas £14.95
"Bodegas de la Marquesa (Valserrano) is often described as a traditional producer, but its wines are not old-fashioned in the least. This smooth, floral textured Crianza combines Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American wood, and has fresh red berry fruit and notes of forest floor and fresh tobacco. 2020-24. 91 points." Tim Atkin MW, October 2019
2016 Château Cambon La Pelouse, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel £19.50
Lovely balance of red fruits on the nose with classic cedar-oak aromas adding structure...like putting on an old but well-fitting jacket. Herbs (mint), lavender, peony and black tea aromas all showing themselves too, suggesting real refinement and layers to this wine. The palate is surprisingly and satisfyingly rich for this level, with blueberry and black fruit character balanced by a lovely crunchy acidity. RKL