WINES OF THE MONTH
Master of Wine Sally Easton gives us her pick of the best bottles to buy.
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Domaine de Villargeau, Rosé 2017, Coteaux du Giennois, Loire Valley This is a really nicely defined rosé, made from pinot noir, from a small appellation in the Loire’s central vineyards, north of Sancerre celebrating just its 20th appellation anniversary. It starts with an alluring pale yet intense ‘Provence-rosé’ colour, with aromas of dry-baked strawberries. The palate is smooth and glycerine-textured with sweet-crunchy cranberry and perfumed strawberry flavours of good depth. Flavours also linger longer than your average rosé. Drink with: relish at any remaining sunshine, with caprese salad. The Wine Society, £9.50 Tel: 01438 741177 thewinesociety.com
Domaine la Rouviole, Minervois La Livinière 2013, Languedoc This rich, full-bodied yet finely-textured wine shows well the concentration of sweet and spicy fruits that this ‘cru’ appellation from the sunny south can achieve. The blend of two thirds syrah with one third grenache, aged in a mix of new and old oak, offers black pepper and black olive spiciness amid baked plums, strawberries and forest berries. A smooth palate, with sweet, supple tannins gives a plushness to the palate. The wine combines the suppleness of approaching maturity, mellowing tannins, dried fruits and savoury spiciness. Drink with: gently barbecued steaks and sausages Corking Wines, £18.83 Tel: 01904 373043 corkingwines.co.uk
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Bruno Sorg, Riesling Pfersigberg, Grand Cru, 2014, Alsace This concentrated Grand Cru riesling is just beginning to blossom, showing a spiced petrol nose with a rich, dryhoneyed peachy fleshiness. There is real density and intensity here, a steely, firm core; complexity of sweet-spiced Granny Smith apples and plush Mediterranean fruits. Steel. Lime zest. Apple compote. Cinnamon sprinkles. Silky concentration. Depth and persistence. Drink with: creamy salmon and spinach lasagne Michael Sutton’s Cellar, £25.50 Tel: 01803 770 737 michaelsuttonscellar.co.uk