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

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


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 thewine­so­ci­


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 cork­ing­


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 michael­sut­ton­scel­

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