WINES OF THE MONTH

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

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

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Do­maine Sérol, Éclat de Gran­ite 2015, Côte Roan­naise This 200-hectare ap­pel­la­tion lies in the granitic foothills of the Mas­sif Cen­tral, to­wards the source of the River Loire. Ga­may is grown here, and this one is made us­ing a mix of whole bunches and de-stemmed fruit (very à la mode with pinot noir). The re­sult is a wine with bright, vi­o­let and dark rose-petal flo­ral aro­mas, fol­lowed on the palate with sweet, juicy fruits of plum, straw­berry and black cherry. The few tan­nins feel in­ci­den­tal to the lively ex­pres­sion of ripe fruits, which are kept fresh by well-fram­ing acid­ity. Drink with: Cold meats and coleslaws. Wine So­ci­ety, £9.50 Tel: 01438 741 177 thewine­so­ci­ety.com

WEEK­END TREAT

Si­mon­net-feb­vre, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2015, Saint Bris, Bur­gundy A quirk of the Bur­gundy re­gion is this small ap­pel­la­tion in the northerly Yonne Val­ley, 20 kilo­me­tres south-west of Chablis, where sau­vi­gnon blanc is grown in­stead of chardon­nay. The vi­gnerons pre­fer a creamier style of sau­vi­gnon, which is more a tex­tu­ral pref­er­ence (rather than the taste of cream). Flavours are of pink grape­fruit zesti­ness with a fresh peach, and peach-stone feel, and a smooth­peb­bly tex­ture. It is def­i­nitely not in the grassy/herbal spec­trum, but is riper, with­out the loss of an acid core. Drink as: A lengthy, ru­mi­na­tive, dis­cur­sive aper­i­tif. Hay Wines, £13.99 Tel: 01531 634 449 hay­wines.co.uk

TIME TO CEL­E­BRATE

Château de Chain­tré 2015, Pouilly-fuissé, Bur­gundy At the other end of Bur­gundy from Sain­tBris, we are in more fa­mil­iar chardon­nay territory. Pouilly-fuissé is the quin­tes­sence of this grape, touched by a lit­tle nearMediter­ranean warmth. This ele­gant wine comes from a tiny, two-hectare es­tate, 200 to 300 me­tres above sea level, which of­fers some al­ti­tu­di­nal cool­ing to keep acid­fresh­ness. Its aro­mat­i­cally smoky nose gives way to a creamy, steely at­tack, fol­lowed by a peach-cin­na­mon con­cen­tra­tion with a hon­eyap­ple note. Drink with: Chicken or salmon in a creamy sauce. Bay Tree Wine Com­pany, £22.50 Tel: 0292 048 8183 baytreewine.com

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