WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
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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 marksandspencer.com
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 virginwines.co.uk
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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 yapp.co.uk