Springtime Whites Mixed Case
Springtime Whites Mixed Case
2 bottles of each of the following whites:
Adega de Pegoes, Selected Harvest, Setubal, Portugal 2016 - £9.95
They say that you should try everything once, except incest and Morris dancing. It’s probably fair to assume that you haven’t tried a blend of Arinto, Verdelho, Antão Vaz and Chardonnay before, but if this wine is anything to go by, then you shouldn't waste another moment. It's a blissful combination, bearing a striking resemblance to Pierre Gaillard’s wonderful Cotes du Rhone Blanc ‘Les Gendrines’ with its delicate and dainty aromas of honeysuckle, cream soda, jasmine and apricot. There’s a suggestion of Viognier both on the nose and palate, which shows a delicate ripeness of yellow- and orange-fleshed stone fruits, lemon meringue and a wisp of vanilla thanks to the 3 months spent in French and American oak. The packaging is as elegant as the wine itself and we strongly recommend buying this by the case. 13% alc. Drink now-2016.
Le Carillon de Vendôme 'Cocagne', Coteaux du Vendômois 2016 - £11.95
'Cocagne' (stop sniggering at the back, Perkins!) is the name of a small, single-hectare vineyard (or 'lieu dit' as they say in France) in the Loire's Vendôme region, which is quickly becoming known as a premium site for Chenin Blanc. This is a little gem of a wine and counter-intuitively inexpensive considering the small-scale production and the quality of the fruit. It's a bone dry Chenin Blanc bursting with tangy apple, grapefruit and lime and a wet stone/chalky impression that must come from the silex soil. The finish is surprisingly long and has the cleansing bite of an apple sorbet. Purity, balance, clear varietal expression and a sense of place for just £12.50? That's outstanding value! 13.5% alc. Drink now-2019.
Albariño Puerta Santa, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain 2017 - £11.95
Classic Albariño aromas of mint, lime and wet slate, smelling as fresh as an apple granita. The palate is juicy and brings your tastebuds to the point of mouthwatering freshness without tipping into sourness. There's plenty of fruit concentration, suggesting it might keep for a few more years than your average Albariño. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2021.
Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Smells crisp, of green peaches and a clean, green herbal tingle that pulls through the palate with salty tension. Delivers a lot of length for the price. Good Value. Drink now-2020.“ 16 points
Domaine du Monteillet Le Petit Viognier, Northern Rhone, France 2016 - £21.50
Winemaker Stephane Montez is a nightmare to deal with. He never answers his phone, he never responds to emails, he forgets appointments and if you do manage to track him down, he frequently disappears mid-conversation to check on a barrel, never to return. If he didn’t make such phenomenally good wine, we’d have lost our patience long ago, but we keep coming back for more. His Petit Viognier is easily as good as anybody else’s Condrieu, so it’s a seriously good buy. Aged for 10 months in French oak with monthly battonage, it offers delectable aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, acacia and butter pastry with a vital bite of green fruits on the palate to give it a zesty kick. It takes a winemaker with the delicate touch of a watercolourist to work with Viognier’s subtle shades and Stephane Montez, with his ‘less is more’ approach, is the William Turner of the Northern Rhone. Scarper! It's the metaphor police and we've been rumbled! 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020.
Clemens-Busch Dry Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2016 - £16.95
We speak from experience when we say that this featherweight dry Riesling is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day spent trying to convince people that Riesling is the perfect pick-me-up. Aromas of mandarin and lime, backed by mineral impressions of blue-grey slate and and glacial water spiked with peach juice. If you are wondering why it's particularly good for a humble 'trocken', it might be because Clemens-Busch use some declassified fruit from their 'Grand Cru' vineyards. 10.5% alc. Drink now-2020.
Quincy Domaine de Chevilly, Yves Lestourgie, Loire, France 2017 - £14.95
With its juicy citrus fruit, gunflint and nettles, this racy Quincy (pronounced ‘Can See’) is a great substitute for a Pouilly-Fumé or a Sancerre, but at a considerably less-ouchy price. Grapefruit and blackcurrant leaf bring extra liveliness to the palate and there’s also a hint o quince. In fact it’s really very quincy. Just the ticket for cooling your brow in the dog days of summer. I Quincy clearly now the rain has gone. Sorry. 13.5%.
Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Gunflint and apples. So crisp and dry and flinty and focused that it's practically a razor carved from stone. Yet it fills the mouth (perhaps more with the rattle of sabres than seduction), and it lifts the palate like a shot of wasabi. Precise and long range. Quincy with a call to arms. Good Value. Drink 2018-2022” 17 points