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

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


Mas de Ro­manin, Alpilles Blanc 2014, Provence This wine is from a do­maine near Sain­tRémy-de-provence owned by Anne-marie and Jean-louis Char­molüe, for­merly of Bordeaux’s Château Mon­trose. While most of its wines are red and rosé, this is a crisp, herby white, with fresh­ness at its core and lemon­grass, cit­rus fruits and a hint of laven­der. It is made from ver­mentino (known lo­cally as rolle), a va­ri­ety gain­ing mo­men­tum for its fresh­ness and hints of herby fruits. Drink with: A pic­ture of spring on its way. The Wine So­ci­ety, £8.95 Tel: 01438 741 177 thewine­so­ci­


Do­maine des Trinités, Le Por­tail 2014, Faugères Faugères can be a star in the con­stel­la­tion of South­ern France ap­pel­la­tions, with the lay­ered schist land­scape said to add fresh­ness to the some­times strong wines. This red is cer­tainly fresh, and also has per­fume and an at­trac­tive spicy flavour in its blend of syrah, grenache and mourvè­dre. There are per­fumed straw­ber­ries and cher­ries on the nose, while the palate shows seams of graphite notes and dark choco­late amid rasp­berry and black cherry sweet­ness. Drink with: Herb-in­fused lamb. Lea & Sandeman, £12.50 Tel: 0207 244 0522 lon­don­


Do­maine Lu­cien Muzard, San­te­nay Pre­mier Cru Mal­adière 2014, Bur­gundy Pro­duc­tion mainly switches back to red at this south­ern end of the Côte de Beaune, af­ter the Meur­sault/mon­tra­chet white wine clus­ter. This pinot noir is drink­ing well now while also show­ing the be­gin­nings of earthy and pre-seared steak aro­mas of bot­tle ma­tu­rity. The palate re­mains fresh, with a good depth and vol­ume of cran­berry, and red and black cher­ries, along with hints of sweet cin­na­mon and car­damom spice. Drink with: Roast pork with parsnips, beet­root, sweet onion. Waitrose, £21.49 Tel: 0800 188 881 wait­rose­cel­

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