One of our favourite new producers - Màquina & Tabla - has been given a resounding thumbs up by Tim Atkin this weekend, featuring on his website as "Wine of the Week".
You may have noticed us making quite a fuss over the years about the fantastically good Pinot Noirs from Bodegas Chacra in Patagonia. But, planted alongside the 1955 vineyard is a block of Merlot vines and we haven’t made nearly enough noise about them. Here is the noise.
Bio-dynamically made here at this beautiful little estate, the Bilbo (Catalan name for Bilbao) is the purest expression of their land. About 70% Grenache with the balance being made up with Syrah and a little Cinsault, Bilbo has the clear lightness of touch which is somewhat Marie Chauffray’s trademark.
Of course, that makes Brunello di Montalcino a more expensive option, but for more of an everyday wine, Montalcino gives us Rosso di Montalcino
Patrizia is certainly at home when it comes to wine making. Her father Marco Felluga has been making quality white wine in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia for decades. In fact the family has been producing wine, generation after generation, for over 120 years. Twelve years ago Patrizia left the family business and brought her own seven hectare vineyard in the heart of Collio.
Gavi has become seriously popular recently. Maybe it's the clean fresh style so 'typical' of Italian white wine, maybe it's that it's easy to remember and pronounce. It comes from the 'armpit' just north of Genoa, where the Italian peninsula joins the main European landmass.
Just when you may have started to tire of the cut grass, gooseberries, asparagus, sprinkling felines and tropical fruit character of “typical” New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, allow us to tempt you back in to the genre with Nick Mills’ outrageously tasty offering from Central Otago…
Austrian wines are finally shaking free from the shackles of being assumed to be sweet and German-like, and have for some time been the darling of sommeliers in high-end restaurants. Leading the way is Austria’s own grape variety, Grüner Veltliner.
2013 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.' L&S £8.95 per single bottle, £7.
‘I was bowled over by the CABURNIO 2010 (Tenuta Monteti) in my recent order … it would make an excellent addition to the College cellar.’
This cuvée is a blend of everything that does not make it into the Châteauneuf cuvées, and as such J-M chooses to declassify it all the way to ‘Vin de France’, but make no mistake, this is a proper wine.
This week’s Wine of the Week is the perfect summer ‘fridge’ red. It is one of the first three wines we have imported from Bicocchi Alicante, a family farm near Massa Marittima in the Tuscan Maremma.