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It’s time to chill with our Summer wine promotion

Hot weather, chilled wine. Four simple words that sum up the natural marriage of wine drinking in summer. This month’s column looks at an eclectic range of styles and geographies, all designed to provide the perfect big chill during the balmy days ahead. Grab a bottle for 15% miles off on or before 30 June 2021, and chill out as you sip wine all summer long with us.

Champagne

Our review starts, as we all should, with Champagne. We don’t subscribe to the view that the famous French fizz is only a special occasion wine – and anyway, what’s not special about summer?

  

​​​​​​​Prelude Grand Crus from family-owned Taittinger, made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, has a lovely toastiness on the nose and a burst of ultra-fine bubbles that promises much and delivers more. It’s amazingly delicate on the palate, with wonderful crisp acidity and silky-soft, zesty flavours. Imagine butterflies fluttering on your tongue. Sensational.​​​​​​​

  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Taittinger Folies de la Marquetterie, a single vineyard Champagne, is produced from 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. The former’s dominance gives it a more earthy nose than its stablemate while the fine bubbles just keep on coming. There’s a beautiful minerality to this wine and there goes that Taittinger silkiness again.

​​​​​​​Summer lunches, summer nights, heck summer anything call for Rosé wines and you’ll find plenty of the Champagne variety. Ayala Rosé Majeur has a lovely salmon pink hue and lots of light red fruit (think strawberries, raspberries and red apples) flavour on the palate. A glass or two served nearly ice-cold and you’ll imagine you’re in Saint-Tropez. 

Burgundy

From the northern France vineyards of Champagne we travel south to Burgundy. You can almost pluck the orchard fruits from the bouquet alone of Domaine de la Garenne Mâcon-Azé 2017. All pears and apricot, crisp yet elegant, this lovely wine will go brilliantly with your favourite shellfish.


Stepping up in body, Château de Chamirey Mercurey Premier Cru ‘La Mission’ Monopole 2015 offers rich buttery notes on the nose leading into a beautifully balanced, softly rounded palate with a deliciously long and fresh finish. Try this beauty with a chicken salad, cold meats or a firm cheese such as Comté or Manchega.  

A Sweet Ending

So to our final two wines, both from Germany, both sweet and both… well, simply gorgeous.


​​​​​​​August Kesseler Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese (there goes our word count) sounds a mouthful and the wine is precisely that. A mouthful, that is of rich, honeyed, viscous fruit, bursting with mango and tinned peach flavours which – thanks to excellent acidity – finishes long and sweet but not cloying.

Georg Müller Edition Peter Winter Eiswein, Rheinhessen 2016 was made from partly frozen Silvaner grapes that have produced an amazingly concentrated dessert wine. This is nectar, Mead-like in its honeyed wonder, again with a clean acid finish to balance out the intense sweetness.​​​ 

There you have it. So much summer in a glass. Have you got that ice bucket ready?
 

Editorial by Martin Moodie, founder & chairman of The Moodie Davitt Report

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