WINES OF THE MONTH

France - - Contents - BY SALLY EAS­TON, MAS­TER OF WINE

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

WEEK­END TREAT

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

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