LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is […]

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne

Blind Spot Chardonnay 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia (£9.50 The Wine Society) Restrained, refined style, slowly uncurls to reveal delicate pear, nectarine and melon fruit, a nutty cashew edge and a precise stony citrus finish. Lovely texture too, excellent value. S- Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny Les Genièvres 2015, Burgundy, France (£13.99 FL […]

Two Chardonnays from Australia & France

Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France (£47-£58 Selfridges, Spirited Wines, Wholefoods, The Whisky Exchange) Lovely wine, juicy red fruit flavours of cherry, cranberry and raspberry, with hints of blackcurrant and green apple in there too, and while it’s brisk and fresh, there’s also some toasty maturity, and great […]

Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France

…including some biggish names that weren’t quite as good as I’d have hoped… Clotilde Davenne Bourgogne Blanc 2014, France (was £10.95 From Vineyards Direct) From vineyards close to Chablis, so the pert, minerally character and mix of crispness and creaminess come as no surprise. Lovely balanced style, excellent value, the […]

Four Chardonnays from four countries

Domaine de la Ville de Colmar Clos Saint Jacques Riesling 2014, Alsace, France (£12.99 Majestic) Already quite developed for 2014, with none of the freshness you expect, and a gentle, bruised apple character. C(+) Kuehn Crémant d’Alsace Brut Cuvée Prestige NV, Alsace, France (£11.99 Virgin Wines) Slightly sherbetty, crowd pleasing […]

Three wines from Alsace

Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut 2013, France (£11.99 Ocado) Curious but not unattractive mix of lush, sherbetty strawberry character with more bracing, pithy citrus acidity. Perhaps too sharp to drink by itself, but wouldn’t mind it with some seafood. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve NV, France (£26.99 widely available) Manages […]

Sparkling French wines from Bordeaux & Champagne