Domaine Desire Petit Savignin l’Essen’ciel, France
It’s not a typo this is a different grape variety to the more ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc and it produces a wine with much, much more character. This is a wine that forces you to sit up and pay some bloody attention. It’s graceful and yet it’s oh so wild, there are just so many different flavours going off all the time that your palate just doesn’t get the chance to settle and that is what makes this wine so good. Every mouthful is different, it’s like looking at a great painting with every new viewing you see something else.
Finca Arentei Albarino, Spain
One of my discoveries from earlier in the year that lockdown has somewhat muted but those that did have the chance to try it have fallen for it hook line and sinker so it was only fitting that it found its way in to one of these cases. Think of this as Albarino squared, it takes all of the lovely attributes of Albarino like zippy acidity and mineral freshness and adds texture and real length of flavour. Just utterly brilliant.
Feudo Maccari ‘Family & Friends’ Grillo, ‘Only The Best Grapes Will Do’, Sicily
I love this wine for two reasons, the first is the name, what a title for a wine it just makes you want to try it. Secondly I love it because it lives up to that name, it really is the best fruit and it really is so lovingly crafted that you would be super proud to serve it to your close family and friends. One of the finest white wines to emerge from Sicily and that is saying something.
Sepp Moser Gruner Veltliner von den Terrassen, Austria
Seriously top notch single vineyard, bio-dynamic Gruner Veltliner from one of Austria’s top producers, what’s not to like? Gruner Veltliner has been rising steadily in popularity with examples popping up in new world countries and a few rather less exciting cheap options too. If you’re going to do it then do it properly and do it in Austria as the Von Trapps would probably sing. Citrus and herbal aromas – with typical spicy Veltliner notes and hints of green pepper. The palate has mineral and flinty characters, oriental spice, and fresh citrus acidity on the finish.
Domaine du Monteillet ‘Les Hauts du Monteillets’, France
The wines of Stephane Montez are uniformly brilliant and they all offer so much in terms of both flavour and texture. This particular wine is a homage to Viognier but with a dash of Clairette and a pipette’s worth of Chardonnay added. The effect is a wine with bright peach, apricot fruit but with amazing depth and that lovely almost mouth coating texture. The whole wine is wrapped up with a bow of inch perfect acidity.
Domaine Henry Pelle Menetou Salon ‘Silex du Carroir’, France
Oh what a wine! Sauvignon Blanc done to the nth degree, this is the very epitome of terroir, of elegance of sheer bloody wow. We’ve all become familiar with big, shouty Sauvignons from New Zealand and I think that means that we’ve lost touch with the really, really good stuff from the Loire. Menetou-Salon isn’t as familiar as Sancerre but in Henry Pelle it is home to one of the greatest exponents of this familiar variety. The flavours just come at you wave after wave but they are always subtle and never loud. The effect is a real treat for the senses.
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