Best wines to drink with Grouse
The glorious 12th is upon us! Menus and dinner tables across the land will now be peppered with gamey delights. Grouse is first up and, while the season has been tricky, it won't be long before you see it creeping onto the London restaurant scene.
What on earth to pair with (arguably) Britain's most delicious game bird? Well, you simply can't beat good red Burgundy. Here is a tried and tested selection of juicy, aromatic Pinot to match perfectly with all your gamey creations. Don't rule out the new world either. In Rippon and Bodega Chacra we have two very fine examples that really give Burgundy a run for its money. If Pinot is not your thing, do not despair. Grouse also goes well with brightly fruited Sangiovese, Langhe Nebbiolo and Etna's noble variety Nerello Mascalese, and even Blanc de Noir Champagne.
Mix and match any dozen bottles to get case price or, take the hassle out of choosing with our 'Good With Grouse' mixed six. With £20 off and free delivery, there's never been a better excuse to host a dinner party!
Read more about wine pairings with grouse on our Blog.
GONET-MÉDEVILLE Blanc de Noirs Brut 1er Cru NV
Champagne France 12.5% White
100% Pinot Noir, 80% being from Bisseuil, and 20% from Ambonnay. Ripe grapes means that this wine has quite a deep colour, almost oeuil-de-perdrix. Very fine and persistent bubble, full-flavoured...(more info)L&S
1996 CHÂTEAU GRAND PUY LACOSTE 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
Left Bank Bordeaux France 13% Red
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.
At last shedding its tannins and revealing fabulously rich fruit and great elegance. A wonderful Pauillac.L&S
2015 MOULIN À VENT Les Rouchaux Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Beaujolais
Beaujolais France 14% Red
From deep soils and the bottom of the hill of Moulin à Vent. 30% whole bunch. Powerfully rich and structured to the point that it is difficult to identify it with 'Beaujolais' at all, but...(more info)L&S
2016 MIMMO Le Piane
Piedmont Italy 13.5% Red
Vespolina, Croatina, Nebbiolo.
The 2016 Mimmo is another super-expressive and wonderfully inviting wine in this range. Dark cherry, mint, pine, licorice and dried herbs infuse the 2016 with striking aromatic nuance to play off...(more info)Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com
2016 TOSCANA ROSSO IGT Podere Giodo di Carlo Ferrini
Tuscany Italy 13.5% Red
Nicely scented cherry, mint, earth, damson and touch of tobacco. Lovely glossy mouthfeel, really fine rich tannins, great acid backbone, lots of red fruits, then mocha, tobacco and earth.L&S
2016 ETNA ROSSO IGT SICILIA Alberelli di Giodo
Sicily Italy 14% Red
Just bottled - and already so perfumed and joyous. Lovely, gentle nose. Really pretty, lovely floral lift and then more leafy and a whiff of dried herbs. Palate is deep and intense. Firmish feel...(more info)L&S
2015 NERO DI SEI ETNA ROSSO Palmento Costanzo
Etna Sicily Italy 14% Red
Nerello Cappucio, Nerello Mascalese.
Notes of lightly cooked strawberries and olive-oil infused tomatoes here. Full-bodied and spicy on the palate and fruit-forward with dusty tannins. Drink now.James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
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