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Jane MacQuitty: Best Summer Red Wines

Majestic Wines picked up 7 mentions in Jane MacQuitty’s 50 Best Summer Whites a few weekends ago and the weekend later, we followed this up with an even more impressive 8 listings in her 50 Best Summer Reds featured in the Saturday Times!

Jane also noted our Château La Bouscade, Old Vine Carignan from Minervois as her top recommendation for Summer Reds under £8. As this is a parcel wine, there is very limited availability so it’s not currently featured on our website. Please contact your local store to see if they have any in stock.

Here are Jane’s Majestic wine choices….

Under £6

2008 Polago Azienda Agricola Vallesanta, Umbria, Italy2008 Polago Azienda Agricola Vallesanta, Umbria, Italy*
£7.49 or buy two for £5.99 each until August 30

“Bang next door to Orvieto in the hills overlooking Lake Corbara close to the Tiber river, Vallesanta’s sangiovese and montepulciano vines are grown on superior “Classica” land where vineyards and olive groves have been cultivated since the Etruscan era. Today this delicious sweet, herby, wild cherry and damson plum layered Italian was another star red contender and a fine red to serve with beef carpaccio, or bresaola.”

*Please note – we currently stock 2008 & 2009 of this wine. 2008 vintage will not be available in every store.

Under £8

2007 Château La Bouscade, Old Vine Carignan, Minervois, David Cowderoy, France2007 Château La Bouscade, Old Vine Carignan, Minervois, David Cowderoy, France
JANE’S BEST UNDER £8
£7.99 or buy two bottles for £6.99 each until August 30

“Former soil scientist David Cowderoy and his wife, Jo, have put their all into Bouscade, with its 60-year-old carignan vines grown in a “caillou” vineyard speckled with small stones, since buying the estate in 2005. Hand-harvested before being given a ten- day, flavour-extracting cold soak prior to fermentation, it would be hard to find carignan grapes in southern France that are given more tender care. Enjoy this red, fermented and aged for 16 months in French, American and Russian oak barrels, with its fat, curranty, chocolate-scented fruit with a chargrilled T-bone steak.”

2007 Fleurie Chanson Père & Fils, France2007 Fleurie Chanson Père & Fils, France*
£9.99 or buy two bottles for £7.99 each until July 12 (Buy 2 for £8.49  each thereafter until August 30)

“Beaujolais such as this flowery fleurie, a superior village wine from the famous burgundy house of Chanson, whose magnificent 16th-century fortress cellars in Beaune definitely merit a detour, is that bit richer and plumier than its competitors. As such, this ripe, juicy, leafy and now mature 2007, a good beaujolais vintage, overdelivers on crunchy fruit and flavour, making it a good simple, summer food red, equally happy with a plate of charcuterie as it is with grilled red meats.”

*Please contact your local store to see if they have any in stock as this has sold really well following Jane’s recommendation and is no longer listed on the website. New stock is arriving week commencing 26th July.

2008 Domaine de Mercey, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Pinot Noir, France2008 Domaine de Mercey, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Pinot Noir, France
£9.99 or buy two bottles for £7.99 each until July 12 (Buy 2 for £8.99 each thereafter until August 30)

“It’s still perfectly possible to buy grand red burgundy under £8, and this delicious, elegant, smoky, mouthfull with lots of fine, meaty, juicy fruit on the finish gets my vote. With just one third matured in oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel, this fruit-filled yet gamey pinot noir will appeal to contemporary and traditional drinkers. Part of the Antonin Rodet stable, Domaine de Mercey owns more than 120 acres of vineyards in the Hautes Côtes, at the southern end of the Côte de Beaune, and farther south still in the Côte Chalonnaise.”

2008 Poliziano Chianti, Tuscany, Italy2008 Poliziano Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
£9.99 or buy two for £7.99 each until August 30

“Dr Federico Carletti’s 120 ha of vineyards, part of a 240 ha estate, has grown into a large holding but began in 1961 with only 22 ha. The famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini advises here and this juicy, stainless-steel fermented and aged chianti overflows with luscious, ripe, violet-scented plum and damson fruit. Perfect with tricky, highly spiced red meat dishes, including mildly barbecued meats.”

Under £12

2007 Beaune Montée Rouge, Domaine Robert Gibourg, France2007 Beaune Montée Rouge, Domaine Robert Gibourg, France
£14.99 or buy two for £11.99 each until July 12 (Buy 2 for £12.99 each thereafter until August 30)

“Beaune, along with those other easy-to- pronounce Burgundy villages of Volnay and Pommard, produce wines that are rarely great value for money — so snap up this superb sub-£12 red. Robert Gibourg’s domaine at Morey-St-Denis, at the northern end of the Côte de Nuits, is just 12.5ha and his practice of eschewing agro-chemicals and delivering lots of tender loving care in the cellar help to explain why this ripe, spicy, tangy, leafy, partly new-oak-aged red burgundy is so good.”

2006 The Galvo Garage d’Arenberg, Australia2006 The Galvo Garage d’Arenberg, Australia*
£14.99 or buy two for £11.99 each until July 12 (£15.99 or buy 2 for £12.79 each thereafter until August 30)

“A traditional bordeaux blend of both cabernets, merlot and petit verdot, grown in the McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia, is a claret-aping red that is essential drinking this summer. This 14.5 per cent red is fermented and aged in small, French and American, oak barriques by its fourth- generation winemaker, Chester d’Arenberg Osborn. Partner this gorgeous, fat, gamey, spicy, cedar and creosote-stacked red with barbecued red meats.”

*Please contact your local store to see if they have any in stock as this has sold really well following Jane’s recommendation and is no longer listed on the website.

Over £12

2004 La Réserve de Léoville Barton, St Julien, Bordeaux, France2004 La Réserve de Léoville Barton, St Julien, Bordeaux, France*
£25 each until August 30

“Behind this simple, unassuming boar’s head label lies one of Bordeaux’s best bargains, the offcuts from leading St Julien properties Chêteaux Langoa & Léoville Barton, still in the Barton family’s hands after two centuries. I have loved every single vintage of this Réserve that has come my way and while the grand and bumper 2004 Bordeaux vintage has not made wines as great as 2005, this is still a classy bargain St Julien claret. Enjoy its fat, fragrant, cedary, spice with rare roast beef and the like.”

*Limited availability due to high demand following Jane’s recommendation.

4 thoughts on “Jane MacQuitty: Best Summer Red Wines

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong but the Reserve de Leoville Barton appears to be exactly £25. Perhaps Majestic could change it to £24.99 to appease Mr Fearnley! Great wine by the way.

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