WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
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Henry Fessy, Coteaux Bourguignons 2016, Burgundy The Coteaux Bourguignons appellation covers the whole Burgundy wine-making region, including Beaujolais, and all its grape varieties. Even so, not huge quantities are made, and most of it is red, which here means pinot noir or gamay. Henry Fessy is a well-established Beaujolais producer, and this wine is made entirely of gamay. It has juicy, succulent raspberry and black cherry fruits, with a little crunching of ground black pepper piquancy. It is light bodied and refreshingly summery. Drink with: Cold cuts or tomato pasta. Marks and Spencer, £9.50 Tel: 0333 014 8000 marksandspencer.com
Domaine Lafond, Roc-épine, Lirac Blanc 2015, Rhône Valley Less than ten per cent of production of this southern Rhône cru appellation is white wine. This example is a blend of grenache blanc, roussanne and viognier, made to accentuate their primary flavours. Aromas of peaches, honey and baked lemon lead into a plump, fleshy palate of Mediterranean fruits with sweet-baking pastry, cinnamon and nutmeg spices. It is rich and fullflavoured, with a hint of structural grip that helps to keep an appealing freshness. Drink with: Leafy chicken salad. The Oxford Wine Company, £14.99. Tel: 01865 301 144 oxfordwine.co.uk
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Michel et Stéphane Ogier, Côte-rôtie 2013, Rhône Valley Stéphane Ogier is one of Côte-rôtie’s best producers, making a silky, rather than muscly, style of syrah. This bottle is a blend of ten small parcels from the steep slopes of the Côtes Brune and Blonde just south of Vienne; it has a sweet, violet perfume and a silky, texturally seductive palate of fine, plentiful dry tannins, layered between summer-ripe forest berries and plums in a complex, flavoursome whole. Drink with: Simply cooked lamb chops. Waitrose Cellar, £50 Tel: 0800 188 881 waitrosecellar.com