Despite having been making wine in the Loire and Anjou for over 25 years, Andre Lacheteau is probably best known for getting under the skin of the entire New Zealand wine trade with his French made but intriguingly named Kiwi Cuvee in the mid 00’s, despite the fact it was made by a Kiwi winemaker! Well rather than trying to reproduce a New Zealand style they have returned to what they know best with this.
The wine is made in the Loire style, with cool fermentation and early bottling for maximum purity, but can only be labelled as a “Vin de France” because some of the harvest comes from areas that fall outside the allowed Apellation confines. That doesn’t necessarily mean lesser quality, just less renown and the quality is demonstrated in the unmistakable aromas of freshly cut grass, ripe gooseberries and subtle white flower notes on the nose. The bouquet explodes out of the glass—grapefruit, green grass, lime, granny smith apples, gooseberries. The riot of flavors continues in your mouth with bright citrus flavors and richer tropical fruit underneath providing body and a crisp dry finish. Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish.
The Ned is quickly becoming a sensation across the water in the UK, and it’s easy to see why; more than half of all the wine they produce from the Ned is shipped there. The name comes from the tallest mountain that overlooks the vineyard, but the man behind the wine is Brent Marris, formerly of Oyster Bay and then Wither Hills, definitely a man who knows what people like to drink. The tasting note from the man that makes it its simple, “it’s electric”, classic simple green and grassy fruit with hints of gunflint; Brent sees this as the classic New Zealand style of his youth.
The glass almost explodes with exotic aroma of passion fruit and freshly squeezed limes, tinged with an edgy undercurrent of musky fragrance. The palate has bold, vivid flavours that mirror the nose are given life and length by having juicy acidity and a refreshing edge of nervy minerality.
Classic champagne elegance from De Telmont, with a balanced style that lends itself to any occasion. Founded in 1912 and classified as a Grande Marque champagne this is brilliant value for money, we’d describe this as our ‘house’ Champagne. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the wine is medium bodied, with good soft fruits and a classically yeasty style.
From one of the northernmost wine-growing areas in the world, where a combination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgian clay produces one of the world’s most iconic wine-styles. Vocoret sources grapes from the entire appellation for this – their entry level Chablis; the juice undergoes a low temperature fermentation, a technique to enhance the freshness and crispness and is then blended together to create the crisp Vocoret style.
On the nose there is plenty of steely and minerally aromas with citrus fruits and grapefruit. The palate matches the aromatic crispness with an extra dimension of apple, lemon and melon along with the grapefruit edge from the nose. The finish is full of refreshing acidity and the flavour holds for a good length; all in all a great wine and even more so at this price.
A blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Melon and Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France; specifically from the areas around Charentes and Gascogne. Light and straightforward, with an up-front nose of citrus fruit, tinged with a subtle leafy character, this really is a wine built for summer sunshine. With the soft citrus and green leaf flavours following from the nose to the palate, the finish is crisp and dry, with plenty of refreshing acidic bite.
The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is a cooperative with around 120 growers all producing good quality fruit from the Montagny appellation. This is situated between Meursault and Mâcon at the southern end of the Burgundy region and offers great value-for-money whites from 100% Chardonnay. The wine is vinified and aged in stainless steels vats only to maintain freshness and purity of fruit. There are plenty of ripe lemons on the palate along with white peach and hazelnut, on the palate it is wonderfully lively with citrus fruit and spice following through to an elegant, steely dry finish.