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

Mas­ter of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bot­tles to buy.


Mâ­con-vil­lages 2015, Bur­gundy The Mâ­con­nais has long been an un­der­rated south­ern out­post of Bur­gundy’s more fa­mous ap­pel­la­tions in the Côte d’or, but it is be­ing ‘re­dis­cov­ered’. This one, made with­out oak in­flu­ence, is the cool Mediter­ranean ex­pres­sion of chardon­nay – fresh, le­mony-clean, with peach and melon fruit flavours, all nicely bal­anced in a gen­tle, medium-bod­ied wine. It’s all about fresh, flavour­some fruits with­out any­thing in­ter­fer­ing with that char­ac­ter. Drink with: Sim­plic­ity. Marks and Spencer, £10 Tel: 0845 302 1234 mark­sand­


Château Tour de Bardes, 2013, Saint-émil­ion Grand Cru, Bordeaux This is a plea­sur­able and gen­tly at­trac­tive wine from the tough-to-grow, early-drink­ing 2013 vin­tage. Fresh cher­ries and dark plums are lifted by vi­o­let and black pep­per aro­mas. The smooth tan­nins are rightly mod­est for the vin­tage. On the palate, black­berry and vanilla ice-cream flavours emerge in a wine that gains its fresh­ness and struc­ture from acid­ity and an im­me­di­ate ap­peal rather than strong, meaty tan­nins that need time to meld. Drink with: Mild chilli con carne. Vir­gin Wines, £14.99 Tel: 0343 224 1001 vir­gin­


Do­maine Alain Grail­lot, 2014, Crozes-her­mitage, Rhône Val­ley Grail­lot is a lead­ing ex­po­nent of north­ern Rhône syrah, and this de­li­cious wine com­bines the fra­grance of fruit and the silk­i­ness of struc­ture that syrah can de­liver in this re­gion. The aro­mas are of vi­o­let and plum, while the tan­nins are satiny and di­aphanous. The tex­ture is silky with plush sweet fruit and a core of fresh­ness that gives a per­cep­tion of light­ness while pro­vid­ing in­tense flavours. Drink with: A sim­ply seared veni­son steak. Yapp Broth­ers, £22.50 Tel: 01747 860 423

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