Wine Buyers' Picks #9 - Case of Six
The latest release in our Wine Buyers’ Picks series is perfect when the sun comes out…
The world is full of incredible wine and exploring it is one of life’s great pleasures. So, we asked our expert Wine Buyers to compile a case of some of their favourite recent discoveries and go-to classics. This is the ninth instalment, and it was inspired by spring and summer, and all the vitality and vibrancy those seasons bring. Lovingly curated exclusively for you.
This case has been chosen to complement sunnier weather and coming together, and it features some truly remarkable provenance. There are three whites and three reds, so let’s start on the lighter side…
First up is the Harvey Nichols Bourgogne Chardonnay. We don’t normally like to blow our own horn, so haven’t included one of our own label wines before. But this is too good to keep to ourselves. It was made for us by Domaine Chanson, an estate that was bought by Champagne Bollinger just before their 250th anniversary. Massive investment, a new winery, improved vineyard management and the expertise of Jean-Pierre Confuron (from Vosne-Romanée’s Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot) have ushered in a new era for this historic Burgundy producer. It feels like a baby Meursault, with gorgeous spring blossom fragrance, racy citrus acidity, exotic pineapple, a touch of yeastiness, chalky minerality, orchard fruit and the faintest kiss of vanilla oak. Joining that is an intriguing white from a New Zealand producer that is fast developing a cult following. Escarpment Gris tastes like Alsace meets Burgundy, but with all that freshness and liveliness that we love New Zealand for. And our final white is a classic Frascati from a winery with a 350-year-long history, Principe Pallavicini. With its blossom and citrus notes and that refreshing acidity, this underrated Italian wine always has us yearning for the cafés and trattorias of Rome.
On the red side, we open with a bright and breezy Malbec called Apertura from Mendel, whose winemaker spent many years at the iconic Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Émilion. Alongside that, we’ve included a beautiful and high-scoring Morellino di Scansano from Fattoria Le Pupille, one of the rising stars of Italian wine and the winery behind the iconic Saffredi. Supremely focussed, the wine offers intense cherry, toasted walnuts, spice, game, leather, graphite, chocolate and cedar, and we recommend pairing it with rustic pasta dishes, cheesy bakes, slow-cooked ragù or wild mushrooms. And finally, because you can never really trust the spring weather not to suddenly turn cold, we added something a little bigger and more warming. La Planta is a Tempranillo from one of Ribera del Duero’s up-and-coming estates, Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro. It’s plush, yet meaty, with a palate-cleansing acidity that screams out for tapas, Middle Eastern feasts, friends, family and laughter.
Arm yourself with a corkscrew and make sure that your wine rack is ready for SS22 with this magnificent case.
- Bodegas Arzuaga La Planta Ribera del Duero 2020, Spain - 750ml
- Fattoria le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2019, Italy - 750ml
- Escarpment Gris Pinot Gris 2018, New Zealand - 750ml
- Harvey Nichols Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017, France - 750ml
- Mendel Apertura Malbec 2019, Argentina - 750ml
- Principe Pallavicini Frascati 2020, Italy - 750ml
SKU No.: 3804466
Style No.: 897122
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