With Valentine's Day approaching, romance is in the air and there’s no escaping it...
We can’t outrun the chocolates, the stuffed bears, and the heart-shaped everything.
Whether you’re dining out or making an intimate meal for your loved one at home, odds are you’ll pop open a bottle on Valentine’s Day.
On a day where expectations are so high, though, you don’t want to just roll the dice and hope you pick something good.
With that in mind, our tasting committee recommends five bottles worth considering for that special someone.
2017 Château BeláRiesling0.75l WhiteNew€14.25 €11.78Château Belá is an ancient property owned by the aunt of Valeska Müller, the wife of Egon. Situated in southern Slovakia on the banks of the Danube River the estate has a long winemaking history. The Romans planted the first vines and today Riesling grapes are grown on the hills below the castle and vinified by Miroslav Petrech and Egon Müller, two celebrated winemakers from Germany and the Slovak Republic. The 2017 Riesling is very fresh and pure with bold flavours of citrus, honeysuckle and fresh herbs. It is refreshingly light in alcohol and beautifully balanced between sweet, pure aromas and a lively, dry taste.
Le Pied de Samson (VI) IGP Collines Rhodaniennes0.75l White€25.49 €21.07Regional folklore tells of the giant Samson who put one foot on either bank of the Rhône so that he could bend down and quench his thirst. One of his giant footprints remains today in this granite vineyard in the Hautes Côtes and gives its name to this special cuvée. Made from 100% Viognier grapes grown above the Condrieu appellation at 300 metres, this is now considered outside of the A.O.C. hence the Vin de Pays denomination (IGP). Fermented and aged half in oak and half in stainless steel, this is a very expressive wine with aromas of peach stones, almonds and pink grapefruit. This is a pretty, juicy, vibrant wine to be enjoyed for the next 3-4 years.
Pomerol0.75l Red€67.60 €55.87This is a stunning vintage for the second wine of Vieux Château Certan, which is named after a vineyard parcel between Certan and Le Pin. Thirty percent of the production of VCC is destined for La Gravette, notably the young vines and the Cabernets. This is certainly equal to many well-known Pomerols and the wine displays beautiful rich, dark fruit character with a hint of graphite and truffle. On the palate the wine is quite sweet and round with notable freshness and grip. Made from a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc, this wine will drink well for the next ten years.