WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
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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 thewinesociety.com
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 londonfinewine.co.uk
TIME TO CELEBRATE
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 waitrosecellar.com