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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L'Oratoire Rosé, Domaine Saint Andrieu, Coteaux Varois En Provence 2020 £14.50 JUST ARRIVED!
Pale onion-skin hue, with fresh watermelon and notably intense, pure white peach aromas on the nose (the white stone fruit character seems particularly perfumed in this vintage). Completely dry, but with ripe raspberry fruits, more white peach, spice and just a little limestone minerality on the palate. We ship this direct, the new 2020 vintage is due to arrive in early May.
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.
Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos Carbonade' Domaine Borgeot 2019 £18.50 NEW ARRIVAL
Clos de la Carbonnade is from single vineyard in Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise. Old vines and the terroir of Bouzeron lend this wine a seriousness and freshness that takes it way above its appellation of Bourgogne Blanc. The vines are at the highest point of Bouzeron, at 300m, on clay soils. A nose of white flowers with aromas of pear and juniper berries. The freshness brings balance. Taut, it combines both fruit and mineral finesse and concentration.
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
Mercurey 1er Cru 'Clos des Grands Voyens', Domaine Jeannin-Naltet 2018 £26.00
A beautiful walled vineyard site of 5 hectares, owned by Jeannin-Naltet, making this a 'monopole'. Planted at a very high density, 10,000 vines per hectare. 25-30% new oak. Earthy humus aromas, with beautiful dark black fruits. The balance, earthy minerality and black fruit remind one of the structure and dark fruit of the Clos de Vougeot! Very well-balanced, with a great length. 2021 - 2027+. RKL
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