Petit Bourgeois, Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Loire, France £14.50
Bang for buck Loire Sauvignon from the King of Sancerre.
In 1950, the Henri Bourgeois estate consisted of 2 hectares. Today, his sons have expanded the Domaine to 65 hectares of vines, judiciously situated among the best slopes of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The family tradition, passed through generations, is based on respect of the terroir and winemaking. At Domaine Henri Bourgeois they are committed to producing the finest Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé wines. This means using the best of tradition with the best of modernity.
The grapes come from the slopes of the Loire Valley known as “The Garden of France”. This wine is full of expressive flavours from this area – fresh and zippy citrus notes with a light floral touch and a dash of minerality.
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Delicious with meaty white fish dishes or on its own.
Oveja Dry Muscat 2018, Bodegas y Vinedos Fontana £10.50
Bodegas Fontana is a family winery (Cantarero Morales) with over thirty years of experience and tradition that has managed to surprise the industry by placing their wines in a prestigious place in the Spanish wine scene.
Uclés is a wine-producing region in Castilla-La Mancha, central-southern Spain, located north of La Mancha, south of Mondéjar and east of Madrid.
Cencibel (Tempranillo) thrives here and produces both young, fruit-forward wines and more complex oak aged examples.
This young, fresh muscat has fantastic stone fruit flavours backed up by long acidity and a floral nose. Honey, lychee and white grape with a peach and almond tart finish.
Serve this firm favourite alongside spiced fish, dahl or even a cheeseboard.
Picpoul de Pinet 2018, Dom. Font-Mars £11.75
Jean-Baptiste de Clock runs this estate (much older than the wine’s modern label suggests) close to Mèze and makes very fine Picpoul.
The passion of winegrower and wine-producer is an old tradition for the family de Clock. Originally from Holland, Jean Clock settled in Bordeaux in 1679, and decided to cultivate a vineyard in that region. As a result King Louis the XIV, who recognized the quality of his wines, naturalized him as a French citizen in 1686. In his lineage, Jean-Baptiste-Alexandre was ennobled in 1757 by Great Counsellor of the King (Conseiller Grand Secrétaire du Roi). Leon de Clock married Camille de Vulliod and like numerous generations of winegrowers before him, he undertook the management of the vineyard and the domaine. “Le Château Font-Mars” (The Castle of Font-Mars) is situated on the property at Mèze.
Since 1864 until today the property was managed by the ancestors of Camille (Privat, Allié, Guibert, de Vulliod). Jean-Baptiste de Clock, their youngest son, is now the owner and perpetuates both family traditions.
The vineyards cover 55 hectares and the terroir containes three different kins of soil: pliocène marin in the south, river formation in the west along the river Negue-Vaques, bégudo Rognacien, clay-chalk type in the Northeast.
Thanks to this genealogy and the terroir, their Picpoul de Pinet is a world apart from the often quite bland mass-produced versions made by the big co-operatives. Fossilised dinosaur eggs turn up in the limestone and clay vineyard soils from time to time.
The grapes are hand-picked at night when it’s coolest before being kept in stainless steel and bottled the following Spring.
This Picpoul is clean, lemony, taut and very dry but with an underlying depth and richness.
Match this Picpoul with oysters or fruits de mer, or just enjoy it by the glass!