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Jilly’s Favourites

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One of my all-time favourites is a Bancroft stalwart, Morgon Cuvee Classique by Beaujolais icon, Jean Foillard. His 'Burgundian-style' Morgon stands out for its intensity, freshness and velvety structure, a fabulous wine! All but a Chateauneuf-du-Pape in name, Côtes-Du-Rhône Bouquet des Garrigues by Le Clos Du Caillou is without doubt one of our best value reds, a light, fresh style of Côtes-Du-Rhône owing to its high percentage of Grenache (85%) which never fails to comfort on a grey day. One of my favourite go-to whites is the Sancerre Florès by one of the region’s best producers, Vincent Pinard. It is intensely mineral and balanced, with a gorgeous lingering citrussy finish, just perfect with any seafood or fish dishes.

When something calls for celebration I have the Blanc de Blancs by Pierre Moncuit at the ready, in fact, many years ago it was our wedding Champagne, so it will always be an important part of my wine journey. Such a delightfully elegant and lively Champagne where you can't help but go back for more. When it comes to everyday drinking, I find myself regularly pouring a glass of Herencia Altes' Benufet. Remarkably pure with an expressive nose of tropical fruit, it is made from 100-year-old vines of Garnatxa Blanca grapes in Terra Alta. The Shiraz by Cederberg is another wine often to be found open in my house; a complex and fruity Shiraz coming from a unique and wildly remote terroir over 1000 metres above sea level, 250km north of Cape Town. David’s wines always impress with such purity and expression.

Jilly Kinnear

Wine Buyer