Charles Lea's Wine List

Wines I Like - Spring

New vintages of whites and rosés are inevitably to the fore as we look forward to a bit of summer warmth, so the 2021 vintage whites from Italy are coming on stream.

Given the ever-increasing prices in Burgundy following a series of small harvests, of which 2021 is merely the smallest, I have been encouraging everyone to have a close look at Champagne. And I don't mean the big brands really, but the produce of the growers who are continuously working on quality to make wines of great individuality which can provide a vast range which those of us who are easily bored can explore. Very often you can find you are drinking a sophisticated wine with a bit of age on it at the price of a one or two year-old Chablis 1er Cru or a top Montagny, so these can be a regular treat.

Have you tried Fino or Manzanilla with crab? Give it a go! The season's en rama releases are a perfect excuse.

For red - well the evenings are stlll chilly so there's no reason to go super-lightweight - but elegance is good, so Italy provides a lot of our more regular drinking and the northern Rhône is a great source of youthful, vibrantly expressive and texturally lush wines from the Syrah grape - the lesser wines from Côte-Rôtie producers who make some 'vin de Pays' alongside.
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