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

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

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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

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