WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
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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
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
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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