Spring is here, hopefully bringing warmer weather in time for the first spring festivities, which are the perfect occasions to savour a good wine. Maybe some of you are still looking for the perfect wine for communions, Easter or other celebrations. So, it is time to start thinking about what your wine of choice will be.
Appetizers and bubbles obviously embellish these festive moments. We recommend a fresh Champagne Beaumont des Crayères that will give your guests a lively welcome.
We know that it is not easy to choose wines that please everyone. That’s why we made a selection of two white wines and two red wines that are drinking very well at the moment, at very attractive prices. Any of these suggestions will certainly please your guests.
Brut Champagne0.75l White€25.65 €21.20Created in 1955, this group of Epernay producers make wines from 75 hectares of vineyards. Cuvée de Réserve is a blend of three vintages and predominately made from black varieties. Refined and elegant with a lovely taste of toasty brioche, almonds and ripe fruits. A little known Champagne at a very reasonable price, which often ranks above some of its more famous counterparts in blind tastings.
2016 Atlantic WayRias Baixas D.O.0.75l WhiteNew€9.50 €7.85Those of you who have already tasted the fresh, modern wines from La Bascula (The Charge, Catalan Eagle and No Stone Unturned) made by South African winemaker Bruce Jack and Master of Wine Ed Adams, will not be surprised to learn that the team is onto another winner with the Atlantic Way Albariño. Fresh, lively and tangy, you can practically feel the Atlantic waves pounding the Galician coast. There is lots of flavour here too with notes of fennel, ferns and fresh herbs, salty acidity and lots of zippy fruit on the palate leading to a long, dry finish. Albariño is having a huge success throughout the wine world at the moment think of a more southern Muscadet with a Spanish twist. This excellent version has already won lots of admirers. Serve as an aperitif or with fresh shellfish or salads presented in a screw-cap this is a fun wine for no-fuss entertaining.
Bordeaux0.75l WhiteBio€7.90 €6.53If it is true that pretty wines come from lovely sites, than the Moulin de Peyronin, owes its attractive aromas and flavours to the picturesque village of Pujols in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. This youthful wine produced from organic grapes (70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon) grown in the clay limestone slopes of the village. The wine is made simply: pressing directly after picking, cold stabilisation and fermentation and then aging on the fine lees for a couple of months. The result is a wine with lively aromas of fresh flowers, orchard fruit, cut hay and peaches. On the palate the wine has a mineral liveliness and is quite spicy and long in the finish without losing its vibrant freshness. Great as an aperitif, or with oysters, shellfish and other fish.
2015 I BastioniChianti Classico0.75l RedNew€15.29 €12.64Produced on the Collazzi estate just above Florence and grown in the south-western facing amphitheatre of well-drained gravel soils, this is a classic Chianti with great flavours of dark cherries and plums characteristic of the Sangiovese grape. There is freshness and spice from Sangiovese balanced by small amounts of Merlot and Malvasia Nera to round out the wine. Aged for 12 months in used oak, this is a lovely, juicy Chianti to drink young and pair with classic Italian dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, pizza and meatballs in tomato sauce. Drink now for next 2-3 years.
MédocCru Bourgeois 0.75l Red€12.20 €10.08We are big fans of this Médoc which is classic in style and very aromatic. It is made in Bégadan, close to the Gironde estuary, by our young friends Frédéric Le Clerc and Benjamin Richer de Forges. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, it has a deep ruby colour, a beautiful aromatic complexity of dark cherries, plums and a mineral nose. On the palate this is a soft, pretty inviting wine with a spicy, quite tannic finish. The wine is ready for drinking now and over the next five years and goes well with roasted meats and barbecues.