WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
SNAP IT UP La Cabane Réserve, IGP Pays d’oc 2015
You will be hard-pressed to find a better-value red wine for current drinking pleasure than this 50-50 blend of grenache and syrah, and it is exclusive to this merchant. This is an easydrinking, medium-bodied, juicy, straight-down-the-line, flavoursome wine from the sunny Languedoc. It is light and soft on tannins for immediate appeal, and has bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit flavours. Drink with: Friends at a party. Tanners, £7.20 Tel: 01743 234 455 tanners-wines.co.uk
Domaine de Mouscaillo, IGP Haute Vallée de l’aude 2014 At Limoux in southern France, a south-facing exposure at 400 metres above sea level allows the pinot noir grape to both develop and retain its floral perfume. This juicy, sappy example has a black pepper piquancy amid sweet black cherry and blackberry compote. It is fleshed out by ripe primary fruits, with typically modest tannins to focus attention on the fruit/ acid lines. Drink with: Warm, earthy green lentils. The Wine Society, £13.95 Tel: 01438 741 177 thewinesociety.com
TIME TO CELEBRATE La Mailloche, Stéphane Tissot, Arbois 2012, Jura
The wines of the Jura, along the Saône Valley opposite Burgundy, are not as well-known as they should be, though with only 2,000 hectares, that is possibly no surprise. This single-vineyard chardonnay has a smoky nose that leads into a peach and straw compote of roasted pineapple and sweet spices. Nuttiness adds to the complexity which is wrapped up with intense flavour and concentration. Drink with: Creamy pasta sauces. Berry Bros & Rudd, £29.95 Tel: 0870 900 4300 bbr.com