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May Medley

All French: three whites, a sparkling wine and two reds.

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Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fumé, Les Pernets, 2020

The Blanchet family make such an authentic wine, so true to the appellation, with bite and stony character, and always at a very fair price. Bright citrus over a mineral acid thread. Fresh and bone dry on the finish. Pair with anything from simply prepared white fish to smoked salmon or eel. Now-2022


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

Sub RegionPouilly-Fumé

GrowerFrancis Blanchet

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeBLA120

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Forges, Savennières, Clos du Papillon, 2019

From the family's three Savennières, this year we chose the Clos du Papillon, from a celebrated south and south-east facing vineyard shared only by Closel and Baumard. Here there's sand and clay sprinkled with varied volcanic stones and plenty of schist. That favourable exposure, 30-45 year old vines, a hot summer and careful picking in successive passes through the vines have delivered a really ripe and powerful example.


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerDomaine Des Forges

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc

Vintage2019

ABV14.2%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeFOR919

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Domaine des Forges, Anjou-Villages, Les Trois C, 2019

From 70% Cabernet Franc with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on clay and sand over schist.; fermented and aged in barrel. Very deep purple. Sumptuous black cherry and plum fruit tinged with milk chocolate notes from the barrels. Youthful, ripe and punchy. Now-2024


ColourRed

RegionLoire

GrowerDomaine des Forges

Grape VarietyCabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeFOR319

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

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Domaine J. Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux Brut, Le Moulin, NV

Elegantly made, using Champagne techniques, from 90% Mauzac, the traditional variety of Limoux, with 10% Chardonnay, grown in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Pale lemon with a fine mousse. Aromas of ripe pear and white flowers with the notes of warm nuts and cinnamon characteristic of Mauzac. Crisp and elegant citrus and stone fruit flavours meld seamlessly and lead to a finely focused finish. A perfectly refreshing aperitif. Now-2022We have been recommending the sparkling wines of Domaine...

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ColourWhite

StyleSparkling

RegionLanguedoc

Sub RegionLimoux

GrowerDomaine J. Laurens

Grape VarietyMauzac & Chardonnay

VintageNV

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAU1NV

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Languedoc-Roussillon

There’s something very complete about our annual offer of wines from the Languedoc and Roussillon: with whites, rosés and reds, and wonderful fortified wines, the Vins Doux Naturels which are such a speciality of the region, there should be something for all tastes. Secondly, there are wines for every budget; at every level we believe these wines continue to offer terrific...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Domaine Lagneau, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, 2021

Pure Chardonnay but so different from a crisp Mâcon grown on calcareous soils; on the granitic soils of the Beaujolais hills the expression of the grape is much more exotic, showing tropical fruit and a pleasant weight; but also benefitting from fresh, spring-like aromatics. Now-2023


ColourWhite

RegionBeaujolais

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2021

ABV12.9%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAG521

Style

Dry > Sweet

Beaujolais

"…if red wine can be nubile, this red wine is" - Andrew Jefford, in The New France

That immediate fruitiness of the Gamay grape, allied to refreshing acidity, moderate alcohol levels - usually 12.5 degrees to 13 degrees - and ability to be served cool (don’t overchill, or you won’t taste anything), makes Beaujolais the definitive summer...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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La Chapelle des Bois, Fleurie, Grand Pre, 2021

Fleurie has an association with “flowery” – but the best wines can have substance too. Bright youthful purple. Vibrant red-berried and black-cherried fruit. Very traditional example, showing a lively bite and enough fruit tannins to accompany food well. Now-2024 
Cru (from the 10 Cru villages) Beaujolais remains undervalued. The levity and charm of juicy Gamay is out of fashion presumably because people still hold bad memories of thin Beaujolais Nouveau. But with warmer...

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ColourRed

RegionBeaujolais

Sub RegionFleurie

GrowerLa Chapelle des Bois

Grape VarietyGamay

Vintage2021

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCHB121

Style

Light-Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Beaujolais

"…if red wine can be nubile, this red wine is" - Andrew Jefford, in The New France

That immediate fruitiness of the Gamay grape, allied to refreshing acidity, moderate alcohol levels - usually 12.5 degrees to 13 degrees - and ability to be served cool (don’t overchill, or you won’t taste anything), makes Beaujolais the definitive summer...

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Gamay

Gamay    

Gamay is Beaujolais! Lovely medium to light red wine, with fresh acidity for summer drinking with great potential for ageing in good vintages.

Also planted in: the Loire; odd new plantings in New World, e.g. New Zealand

 

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May Medley

All French: three whites, a sparkling wine and two reds.

More delicious wine from Stone Vine and Sun. Highly recommended.

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