2014 PICPOUL DE PINET Domaine Reine Juliette
Regarded as one of the classic matches for shellfish. Lean but not mean, a bright, crystalline mineral white with lovely saline fruit, from the Languedoc Mediterranean coast.
2013 CHÂTEAU BEAUMONT BLANC Les Pierrières Blaye
70% Sauvignon, 30% Sémillon. A beautifully crafted white Bordeaux which will appeal to drinkers of even the best wines from the Graves. Fermented in wood, but only kept in the barrels for the fermentati... ( more info )
2013 MÂCON VILLAGES Domaine de la Denante
Great value Macon from this brilliant producer near Davayé. This has a lovely restrained bright style. Good hard stone fruit notes inderpinned with bright minerality. Delicious drinking.
2014 MIP* Made in Provence Classic Rosé Domaine Sainte Lucie
Guillaume Philip is a very serious winemaker - and he has put together another cracking MiP in 2014. If possible this seems even more achingly pale pink in colour, an aspect which seems to have s... ( more info )
2013 ROSSO DI MONTEPULCIANO Dei
This is cracking stuff. Pure, elegant and so bright and vibrant. A perfect example of what can be done here in the beautiful vineyards around historic Montepulciano - but at a fraction of the pri... ( more info )
2014 SANCERRE Chavignol Domaine Vincent Delaporte
Matthieu says this is the best vintage ever made at the domaine - that is fighting talk from such a brilliant producer who consistently bangs out brilliant wine year after year. When I visited just befo... ( more info )
2009 CHÂTEAU PALOUMEY Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Médoc
The Paloumey 2009 has a very fragrant bouquet with fresh strawberry, redcurrant and a touch of vanilla. Very fine definition and lift. The palate is medium-bodied with a tensile entry, edgy tanni... ( more info )
Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com