The latest updates from the UK's leading wine specialist

From the Loire to Clare Valley, Sicily to Chile, we’ve selected some sensational new wines for you this season. Take note and don’t forget to ask about them next time you pop in…

Chilean choices

BeefLos Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Colchagua Valley
£9.99 or £7.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Domaines Barons de Rothschild took over the Los Vascos (‘The Basques’) estate in 1988. Many of its original vines are now 40-50 years old.
Tasting Note: Well-defi ned nose of cherry, blueberry and plum. Hints of bay leaf and clove add subtle depth.
Food Match: Partner with roast beef or fillet steak.

Calicanto 2009, Viña El Principal, Maipo
£12.49 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: This is a Bordeaux-influenced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc.
Tasting Note: Boasts cassis notes underpinned by sandalwood and clove from 14 months in French oak. A weighty, ripe blackcurrant palate.
Food Match: Enjoy with venison or duck.

All the way from the Antipodes

SaladBlack Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough
£9.99 or £7.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Winemaker David Clouston has worked at wineries in the US, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough.
Tasting Note: Aromas of gooseberry, hints of lychee and a tropical fruit-driven palate with a leafy complexity.
Food Match: Mildly pungent cheeses like feta or chèvre.

Wakefield Estate Merlot 2009, Clare Valley
£9.99 or £7.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Made from grapes grown on the Taylor family’s estate, the area’s largest family-owned winery.
Tasting Note: Deep, inky and awash with plum and cherry flavours, undertones of chocolate and persistent tannins.
Food Match: Rich pasta dishes.

Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough
£10.99 or £8.79* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Majestic’s exclusive Prestige Parcels are one-off lots from top producers.
Tasting Note: From a range of premium vineyard sites throughout the Wairau Valley, this is bursting with vibrant citrus and lemongrass aromas.
Food Match: Enjoy on its own or with fresh seafood.

Rhône & Loire arrivals

Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2010, Nathalie Lafond
£9.99 or £8.99* when you buy 2 bottles

MusselsOrigin: Nathalie’s signature cuvée, from selected fruit of the best parcels of vines, is a match for top-notch Sancerre but without the price tag.
Tasting Note: Characteristic lime and gooseberry harmonise with mineral touches and mouthwatering acidity.
Food Match: Partner with fresh seafood.

Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2008, Mont Redon
£14.99 or £10.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: A classic southern Rhône blend from one of the region’s best producers. Lirac’s pebble-covered soils echo those of nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Tasting Note: Inky purple with raspberry and blackberry notes, thyme and liquorice. The palate is robust, with weighty tannins and invigorating warmth.
Food Match: Great with red meats or cheese.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2007, Mont Redon
£25.00 or £20.00* when you buy 2 bottles

Summer roasted meatOrigin: Château Mont Redon owns 100 hectares of vineyards in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
Tasting Note: Youthful fruit meets warm, oaky complexity. Nose and palate are replete with cinnamon and clove notes amid dense bramble fruit.
Food Match: Drink with red meats or game over the next five years.

Just in from Italy

Oriano Grillo di Sicilia 2010
£6.24 or £4.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: The little-known Grillo is one of Sicily’s most ancient white grape varieties.
Tasting Note: Straw yellow with youthful green flecks. The backbone of green apples is lifted by almond, pear and camomile scents.
Food Match: Bass, bream or even oily fish such as mackerel.

Oriano Nero D’Avola di Sicilia 2010
£6.24 or £4.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Sicily’s signature red grape is named after the town of Avola in the far southwest.
Tasting Note: Red plum, cherry and mocha aromas precede a palate displaying lashings of black fruit, supple tannins, and a savoury black pepper touch.
Food Match: Lamb chops grilled with thyme and garlic.

Casale di Valle Chianti 2009, DOCG
£7.49 or £5.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Casale di Valle, a 16th-century villa near Florence, was once a hunting lodge frequented by the nobility.
Tasting Note: Cherry and fresh red fruit aromas mingle with spicy pepper notes. Lively and supple on the palate with fine, rounded tannins.
Food Match: Grilled poultry dishes, or smoked ham and olives.

Allegrini Bardolino Chiaretto 2010, Naiano
Crayfish salad£7.99 or £6.39* when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: Franco Allegrini is one of the region’s most respected winemakers, having been a winemaker here since 1983.
Tasting Note: Vibrant cherry pink, with a delicate floral nose. The palate is dry and crisp with harmonious flavours of ripe summer fruits.
Food Match: Perfect with crayfish salad.

Avignonesi Rosso 2007, IGT Toscana
£9.99 or £7.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Origin: From a well-regarded Tuscan winery comprising of four farms, each with its own specialist grape variety.
Tasting Note: Smooth and well-rounded with classic Tuscan cherry fruit amid lush swathes of blackcurrant and damsons.
Food Match: Try with richly-textured meat dishes such as moussaka.

Fresh French Regionals

Bordière Nord Marsanne Viognier 2010, PGI Pays d’Oc
£6.99 or £5.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: A Languedoc interpretation of a classic white Rhône blend from Alain Grignon’s small winemaking team.
Tasting Note: Invitingly aromatic nose of citrus, honeysuckle and stem ginger. The palate reveals apple, apricot and white peach flavours.
Food Match: Matches honey-glazed pork well.

Bordière Nord Syrah Grenache 2010, PGI Pays d’Oc
£6.99 or £5.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Summer Sausage CasseroleOrigin: A traditional southern French blend fermented without oak for natural fruit flavours.
Tasting Note: The blackberry and loganberry fruit is lithe and lush, with weighty tannins and a hint of peppery spice.
Food Match: Pasta dishes or a tasty sausage casserole.

Vignobles des Aubas Colombard Gros Manseng 2010, PGI Côtes de Gascogne
£6.99 or £5.99* when you buy 2 bottles
OystersOrigin: From vineyards in the Ténarèze region, famous for its quality Armagnac.
Tasting Note: Awash with citrus fruit tinged with some subtle exotic notes. The dry, crisp palate offers refreshing acidity and bite.
Food Match: Ideal with fresh oysters or light pasta dishes.

The best of Burgundy

Beaujolais 2009, Louis Chavy
£7.99 or £6.39* when you buy 2 bottles

Soft cheesesOrigin: The Maison was founded in 1938 by Louis Chavy, a famous grower in Puligny-Montrachet.
Tasting Note: Fragrant and enticing with lightly confected floral notes. Full of juicy fruit on the palate, with plump raspberry flavours and soft acidity.
Food Match: Drink cool with cold meat salads, soft cheeses or poultry.

Mâcon-Fuissé 2009, Domaine Thibert Père et Fils
£11.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: The Domaine has been owned by seven generations of the same winemaking family, but only began commercial production in 1967.
Tasting Note: 10% of the blend is matured in oak, adding subtle complexity and texture to crisp citrus and mineral characters.
Food Match: Delicately flavoured fish dishes like poached salmon or baked cod.

Marsannay Blanc 2009, Louis Jadot
£17.99 or £15.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Roast chickenOrigin: Better known for reds, Marsannay also produces excellent whites such as this, made in a relatively bold style.
Tasting Note: Full-bodied and round, with abundant fruit. Firm, citrus acidity is tempered by smooth oak.
Food Match: Succulent roast chicken and caramelised vegetables.

Savigny-Lès-Beaune Rouge 1er Cru 2008, Louis Jadot
£17.99 or £15.99* when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Made from a blend of fruit harvested from four Savigny Cru vineyards.
Tasting Note: This is typically heady and aromatic, with rose petal and beetroot notes giving complexity to a redcurrant core.
Food Match: Delicious with cold meat salads or creamy French cheeses.

Fabulous Fine Wines

Gevrey-Chambertin 2007, Louis Latour
£23.00*

Origin: From sparse, limestone-rich slopes known for producing Pinot Noir with good body and power.
Tasting Note: Complex black fruit, liquorice and leather aromas with smoky nuances. Well-balanced with supple tannins and a long finish.
Food Match: A fine partner for roasted guinea fowl or pheasant.

Château Lynch-Moussas 2006, Pauillac
£25.00*

BeefOrigin: In the 18th century, Irishman John Lynch acquired this estate along with the vineyards of the now-neighbouring Château Lynch-Bages.
Tasting Note: “Sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf, blackcurrant, liquorice and camphor are all present in this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic wine.” 89 points –  Robert Parker
Food Match: Enjoy with a saddle of lamb or fillet of beef.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Truffières’ 2007, Louis Latour
£32.00*

White fishOrigin: Located high on the slopes of Puligny, Les Truffières vineyard is so named because it was once a truffle bed.
Tasting Note: There is fine structure and balance on display here, plus richness of fruit and a hint of buttery fleshiness.
Food Match: Simply flavoured grilled white fish.

Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2002, Louis Latour
£35.00*
Mushroom risottoOrigin: Made in only the finest years using traditional open-vat fermentation at Maison Latour’s historic cuverie at Aloxe-Corton.
Tasting Note: Concentrated with elegant cherry fruit, a mature bouquet of wild mushrooms and the structure to age well for many years.
Food Match: Mild game, mushroom dishes or pâté.

Corton-Charlemagne 2007, Louis Latour
£55.00*
Summer roast chickenOrigin: Latour’s flagship wine is considered one of the finest to come from this celebrated Grand Cru vineyard.
Tasting Note: Complex buttered-corn, grilled-nut, white peach and vanilla aromas lead to a rich, layered palate with lovely harmony between fruit, structure and oak.
Food Match: Will drink well over the next 6-8 years. Perfect with roast chicken.

*Prices valid until 29 August 2011

No Comment Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.