If someone put a gun to my head and said you can only drink from one wine region from now on, I would have to say it would be Burgundy. I have known Jean Luc Terrier for two decades and I have selected his “Terres Noires” as this wine comes from one of the oldest vineyards in Davayé, representing amazing value for money. Blind you’d be hard pushed to say it’s a wine from Macconais as it tastes far grander. A delicious supple ‘village’ Pinot is something everyone is desperate to seek out, a wine you’ll go back to time and again and Joseph Roty’s Pressoniers doesn’t disappoint. This plot was designated as village Gevrey until 1964 when boundary changes saw it declassified. A shame for Roty, a bonus for the consumer. This has the character of good Gevrey. A good Chablis is always found in our fridge and Les Allées du Vignoble by Le Domaine d'Henri sings with citrus flavours and a chalky mineral finish.
At the end of the week as a family we really enjoy making our own pizzas. I find it hard to overlook Monte del Frà's Bardolino as the perfect accompaniment. It is so moreish, easy drinking with red fruits, a pleasant touch of spice & cranberry on the finish. With a lamb tagine or something warming and autumnal I often reach for Anthonij Rupert’s Optima from the Cape. This Bordeaux blend is pretty serious, aged for 18 months in French oak crammed with cassis fruit, blackcurrant leaf and hints of smoky spice. It has a refined texture and gloriously smooth tannins revealing a sophistication that belies its price. We are all dreaming of travelling and holidays, our hopes and dreams for foreign adventures dashed in 2020. Every time I look at the bottle of Dog Point it takes me back to February 2017 when I was fortunate enough to visit Dog Point Vineyard and explore the amazing beauty of the Marlborough wine region with Matt Sutherland and his family. This is the cream of the crop in terms of stylish New Zealand Sauvignon from Marlborough and particularly so in the superb 2019 vintage, It has lemon pith, a grapefruit perfume and a touch of struck flint on the elegant, crisp palate.
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