on the grapevine

SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS ON... THE SEA­SON’S BEST BORDEAUX

Bangor Mail - - THE FOOD FOCUS -

ART, food, 18th-cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, im­mac­u­late vine­yards and, of course, some of the finest wines in the world – Bordeaux has a lot to boast about!

Blessed with a rich di­ver­sity of cli­mate and soil, wine­mak­ers can grow an abun­dance of grape va­ri­eties, some of which form the back­bone to its world-class reds (pre­dom­i­nantly made from a blend of caber­net sau­vi­gnon and mer­lot), along with fruit for its whites, rosés, sweet and sparkling wines.

Here are seven favourites with ev­ery­day drink­a­bil­ity...

1. Cal­vet Cre­mant Bordeaux Brut, France (cur­rently re­duced to £9.36 from £12.49, Ocado)

A FIZZ with fi­nesse, it’s easy to for­get that Bordeaux pro­duces won­der­fully fresh tast­ing cre­mant – French for ‘creamy’ – made in the same method as cham­pagne. A blend of semil­lon and caber­net franc, this is soft and fruity with blos­somy, cit­rusy aro­mas, and an ap­p­ley, fruity palate with well-bal­anced acid­ity on the fin­ish.

Chateau Tal­mont Sau­vi­gnon Blanc 2016, Bordeaux, France (cur­rently re­duced to £6 from £6.98, Asda)

A CRISP, tangy sau­vi­gnon. Lemony, grape­fruit aro­mas and sim­i­lar flavours dom­i­nate this brisk, dry white, with enough cit­rusy acid­ity on the zesty fin­ish to make it a per­fect part­ner with shell­fish and grilled fish.

JMS Sau­vi­gnon Blanc Bordeaux AOC 2017, France (£12.49, Laith­waites.co.uk)

THE mod­ern face of Bordeaux – with a trendy la­bel, this sleek, creamy sau­vi­gnon has some weight to it from the oak in­flu­ence. Scented with a nice mix of cit­rus and trop­i­cal fruits with con­cen­trated lemony flavours, tangy limey notes bal­ance the rich­ness with a spicy note on the vi­brant fin­ish.

Chateau de Seuil Bordeaux Rosé 2017, France (£10.99, Vir­gin Wines)

WHY not pass on a Proven­cal pink and in­vest in this Borde­laise beauty in­stead? A plush, peachy gold, with straw­berry-scented aro­mas, it’s burst­ing with bright berry fruits. De­li­ciously re­fresh­ing, it’s a lively, juicy rose that fin­ishes with a fresh min­er­ally streak.

Sains­bury’s Taste The Dif­fer­ence Claret 2015, Bordeaux, France (cur­rently re­duced to £6.25 from £7, Sains­bury’s)

AN out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of a best-value Bordeaux, with won­der­ful depth to the dark, ripe fruits. Rich and ex­pan­sive, with hints of cas­sis, vi­o­let, liquorice, to­bacco and sweet spice, se­duc­tive aro­mat­ics and a long, in­tense fin­ish makes this an in­stant crowd-pleaser. Ter­rific with a sum­mery Sun­day roast.

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