Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
SNAP IT UP
Château La Tulipe de la Garde, Merlot 2014, Bordeaux Supérieur This wine is blended with a drop of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc which adds a little spicy bramble and blackcurrant piquancy to the sweetly soft, round, dark plum fruits of merlot. Some months in oak add toastiness to the flavour. The tannins are modest and supple in the warm core, and are sufficient to warrant some protein to bring it all together. This is attractively straightforward and well-balanced. Drink with: Barbecue meats. Sainsbury’s, £9 Tel: 0800 328 1700 sainsburys.co.uk
WEEKEND TREAT Henry Fessy, Moulin à Vent 2015, Beaujolais
Of the ten Beaujolais Crus, Moulin à Vent is one of the most full bodied and ageworthy, and this one fits that bill. A ripe, sunny vintage has, additionally, helped to give a smooth, fine grain to the integrated tannins, and a hint of raisin character. This is a serious, structured wine with a density of sweet, baked, black cherries, berries and blackcurrants, and a core of acid freshness running through it. Drink with: Duck in cherry sauce. The Vineyard, £15.25 Tel: 01706 822 213 (orders by phone) thevineyardwineshop.co.uk
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Domaine Samuel Billaud, Premier Cru Séchet, Vieilles Vignes 2015, Chablis This is textbook, steely chablis of super concentration and precision, with 60-year-old vines in limestone soil adding their own degree of balance and density. This wine is concentrated and plush in the strict, linear, crisp profile of high-quality Chablis, and has a sophisticated saline note. Meal and stony character appear in a smooth, fine-cream texture amid flavours of peach, citrus pith and cobnut-cream. Drink with: Chicken in creamy mushroom sauce. Wine Society, £25 Tel: 01438 741 177 thewinesociety.com