Semillon


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France (€13.50 per half Grand Mayne) Golden in colour, with unctuous, creamy aromas of honey, toast, apricots and pineapple. When you come to taste it, it’s not as rich as you expect, with zippy citrus and guava freshness alongside the fleshier […]

Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Moelleux 2012, South West France


These three are part of Your Sommelier‘s subscription service which costs £36 per month – so the average price is £12 per bottle Château Dubois Gramont Bordeaux Blanc 2015, France Rich but tangy style, with notes of ginger and honey alongside the herby greengage, plum and lemon curd. Nicely balanced, […]

Three wines from Your Sommelier’s Bordeaux selection


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



Château Tour de Mirambeau Bordeaux Blanc Réserve 2015, France (£10.95 Tanners) A bit of a sulphur whiff to begin with, but this blows off to reveal a zesty, zippy young wine with the crunchy greengage edge of Sauvignon balanced against the deeper limier tones of Semillon. B+ Château Roquefort Roquefortissime […]

Two Bordeaux Whites


Grand Mayne Côtes de Duras Sauvignon 2015, South West France (£9.95 from the vineyard) A wine that manages to be crisp and tangy, yet quite rich at the same time. Lots of zesty apple and citrus fruit with green characters – herbs, grass, nettles – to add further interest, but […]

Two whites from Domaine du Grand Mayne in South West ...


A brisk young Bordeaux white for fleshier shellfish dishes… Château de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc 2015, France (£8.85 Hourlier Wines) Currently being driven by the precise, bracing nettly grapefruit edge of Sauvignon, but there’s also the more floral aromatic edge of Muscadelle, and some weightier Sémillon, which will come more to the […]

Château de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc 2015, France