Spoilt for choice this weekend, we just can’t decide what wines to open for tasting, so we’ve picked a bunch of our favourite and those first through the door will get to decide what we’re pouring!
2015 Bourgogne Aligote Yves Boyer Martenot
The Aligote grapes come from the Commune of Meursault and are picked at optimum ripeness to give richness and then fermented in 5-7 year old barrels to preserve fruit and freshness for just under 6 months with no batonage. It has a fresh nose of apple, citrus and peach. The palate has creamy complexity with juicy fruits, apple and white stones fruits with a hint of apricots and wild honey. All of this followed by a long, zippy finish
2012 Chateau Belles Eaux, Les Coteaux, Languedoc
This is a Syrah dominated blend from the Languedoc. Dark purple colour. Youthful and spicy nose, black pepper, meaty notes, smoke and dark berries with some new oak and vanilla. Rather full palate, still youthful with spicy dark fruit, blackberry and cherry with some garrigue notes, well balanced freshness and young but ripe tannin. Still needing some time but good material for ageing
2016 Sauvignon Blanc Domaine Villebois
This wine is the result of an encounter between Joost Villebois, the new owner of the estate, and Thierry Merlet, a winemaker returning from the New World, driven by his passion for a grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is fine, with aromas of white fruits, citrus fruits, flowers, mint and yuzu for aeration. The palate shows the same impression of honey of flowers, white fruits and citrus in the mouth with a final note one of minerality and an appetizing flavor of zest.
2016 Pinot Noir Domaine Villebois
Thanks to J de VILLEBOIS’ expertise with the Pinot Noir grape in the Sancerre, the estate has been able to produce a modern, stylish and affordable and deliciously accessible Pinot Noir with a compellingly silky palate and cherry fruit. Perfect for drinking with grilled meats in the company of friends.