New this Season: Old World

Let the celebrations continue with some fresh European arrivals.

Mas des Montagnes Terroirs d’Altitude Blanc 2010, Côtes de Roussillon New!
£9.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Patrick Léon, formerly of Domaines Baron Philippe de Rothschild, is consultant winemaker for this higher-altitude Roussillon estate.
Tasting Note: A mineral-tinged wine reminiscent of its stony-schist hillside origins. Its citrus backbone is joined by subtle hints of fennel and wild herbs.
Food Match: Any grilled fish, or baked sea bream with a salt crust.

Château Barthès Rosé 2011, Bandol New!
£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Former fashion model Monique Barthès started making wine in the late 1960s, and has since gone on to develop an award-winning 40 hectare estate.
Tasting Note: Classic Provence rosé with aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. The lithe, supple palate finishes with a subtle liquorice hint.
Food Match: Try with a seared tuna steak served with fresh green vegetables.

Chablis ‘La Collégiale’ 2011, Laroche New!
£13.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: A high-quality Domaine Laroche Chablis made from fruit supplied by several partner growers.
Tasting Note: Pale gold with spring blossom nuances on the youthful citrus nose. Nicely focused fruit character on the fresh, harmonious palate plus a lingering stony texture on the finish.
Food Match: Freshly prepared sushi, or a salad of prawns and watercress.

Campofiorin 2008, Masi New!
£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: From one of Veneto’s longest-standing producers, this wine gains richness and complexity from a secondary fermentation with some partially dried grapes.
Tasting Note: Ripe cherry aromas predominate, with vanilla and cinnamon nuances. Rich and mouth-filling, it has soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.
Food Match: A selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham.

Spolverino Toscano 2010, Carpineto New!
£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: Italian for ‘feather duster’, Spolverino is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster, the emblem of Chianti Classico. Had the wine been bottled with a cork rather than screwcap, it would be classified as a Chianti Classico, hence the light-hearted dig on the label.
Tasting Note: Intense red cherries on nose and palate, interwoven with tobacco and violet notes. Juicy richness and snappy, youthful acidity.
Food Match: Best with barbecued red meats and game.

Rosso di Montalcino 2010, Il Poggione New!
£18.74 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Origin: The vineyards on the Tuscan slopes around Montalcino are known for Brunello, a dark-skinned, low-yielding clone of Sangiovese, but this lighter wine is made from the fruit of the younger vines.
Tasting Note: Intense nose of ripe red berries plus the toasty scent of 12 months in barrel. The smooth, mellow palate has satisfyingly chewy tannins.
Food Match: Rare-grilled steaks and portabello mushrooms.

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