WINES OF THE MONTH

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France - - Bon Appètit - BY SALLY EAS­TON, MAS­TER OF WINE

Remy Fer­bras 2016, Ven­toux, Rhône Val­ley

East of Châteauneuf-du-pape, Mont Ven­toux is pos­si­bly best known as a gru­elling stage on the Tour de France cy­cle race, and the 1,912-me­tre moun­tain. In ad­di­tion, the slopes pro­vide the fruit for this juicy, spicy, pri­mary-fruit fo­cused blend of gre­nache, syrah and mourvè­dre. There are fresh blue­ber­ries, black­ber­ries and plums, with enough soft tan­nins in the core to pro­vide a sup­ple struc­ture. A hint of liquorice-stick spice adds nu­ance to this easy-to­drink red. Drink with: Sim­ply grilled chops and vegeta­bles Wait­rose, £7.99 Tel: 0800 188 881 wait­rose­cel­lar.com

Jer­oboams White Bur­gundy 2016, Bur­gundy

This vin­tage is made for the Jer­oboams wine mer­chants by Do­maine Bor­geot us­ing fruit from a sin­gle vine­yard in Bouze­ron, just in­side the Côte Chalon­naise. Fresh ap­ples, lemons and peaches on the nose are fol­lowed by a smooth, creamy palate at­tack with oat­meal and al­mond adding tex­ture and breadth. The wine has an ap­peal­ing com­bi­na­tion of pri­mary, savoury flavours with a faint white pep­per spice, while re­tain­ing lemony fresh­ness to fin­ish. Drink with: Salmon in a creamy tar­ragon sauce. Jer­oboams, £17.95 Tel: 0207 288 8888 jer­oboams.co.uk Coume del Mas ‘Folio’ 2017, Col­lioure blanc, Rous­sil­lon In its white guise, the Col­lioure ap­pel­la­tion spe­cialises in gre­nache blanc and gre­nache gris grow­ing in this steep, schist-rocked cor­ner of France, over­look­ing the Mediter­ranean. This wine fo­cuses on gre­nache gris, a va­ri­ety that keeps its acid­ity, even in such a lo­ca­tion. Here it is bar­rel-fer­mented to add tex­tured weight and a hon­eyed toasti­ness to the peach-tinted fruits. A fresh, white flo­ral per­fume adds el­e­gance to a strong yet silky and gen­tly spiced wine. Drink with: Vegetable fric­as­sée. Noel Young Wines, £23.69 Tel: 01223 566 744 ny­wines.co.uk

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