The Non-Vintage Delos Grand Cru is a very pure expression of Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs). Delicately scented with notes of apple and pear alongside wonderful mineral intensity and elegance.
‘Moncuit is one of those growers I never hear much about, and yet the wines are consistently outstanding and delicious… The Delos Blanc de Blancs is one of the great values in Champagne.’
Antonio Galloni, 93 points.
Drink on its own as an apéritif. If having with food, the citrus, nutty, buttery flavours will go well with shellfish, spices and hard cheeses. Serving suggestion: The ideal temperature for a bottle of Champagne is between about 8-10°C. Put the bottle in an ice bucket half filled with water and ice, from 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
2x 2018/2020 Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau, Saint-Veran, Prélude:
This Chardonnay comes from 4 locations where the grapes ripened early. The winemaker waits for the instant the fruit is just ripe, but still balanced, before picking. Exhibiting aromas of pear, blanched almonds, white flowers and peach, the Saint-Véran Prélude is medium to full-bodied, with a soft core of fruit, lively acids and a saline finish.
This is a delicious wine that is very easy to love, with just enough weight and richness in the middle. A smart wine that will not disappoint. Try with seafood risotto or pasta with mushrooms. Serving suggestion: Open 1 hour before drinking.
2x 2020 Cristian Boffa, Langhe, Nebbiolo:
Now is the perfect time to discover Cristian Boffa, the next big talent of Barolo. Boffa’s wines come from one of the great communes beside the great epicentre of Barolo itself: La Morra. We think he’s the next big thing in the region. The quality of his wines could easily justify asking prices two or three times the current level. Burgundian in style, and very elegant, his Barolo sits with the skins for 25 days in stainless steel.
Lamb cooked pink works with this slightly lighter Barolo. Serving suggestion: Remove from fridge and open 1-2 hours before drinking.
2013 Château Doisy-Vedrines 2eme Cru Classe, Barsac:
‘This French dessert wine is yellow-gold, with subtle aromas of yellow plum, green papaya and mint. Very fresh and then pure and powerful, with a silky texture and subtle, crisp flavors of lemon, lime, apple and caramelized ginger. Very hard to resist.’ Ian D’Agata, 90-93 points.
Serve chilled. Pair with seafood dishes, roast chicken, or slightly spicy or sweet pork, spicy Asian cuisine, and hard or soft cheese. Very versatile.