Is a wine spe­cial­ist for Waitrose with tips on grape and grain

Ni­cola Barnes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES -

BON­JOUR, bien­v­enue sur Le Rhone!

To the small re­gion of Visan in the south­ern Rhone. We are tast­ing the Cel­lier de Mon­terail Cotes du Rhone Vil­lages 2013.

Based in Chateauneuf du Papes, Cel­lier de Mon­terail spe­cialise in up and com­ing re­gions in the Rhone, pro­duc­ing some ex­cit­ing and great value wines.

The look is a deep, dark and in­tense black­cur­rant colour, cling­ing to the glass. On the nose, an abun­dance of fruit – cherry, plum, blue­berry and rasp­berry – lay­ered by a herbal note, with a touch of spice.

In the mouth, there is a good feel and weight, a medium-bod­ied wine with big, com­plex fruit flavours that lead to a full, rich, long-last­ing fin­ish. Al­co­hol by vol­ume is 13.5 per­cent and the price from Waitrose is £9.99 a bot­tle.

Novem­ber 20 is Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau Day! Come and join us in store from mid­day to taste the ‘vin de primeur’

Un­til next time, lais­sez les Beau­jo­lais etre Bon!

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