Poise and grace from the Rhône, Loire & Savoie.
We may not yet be at the stage of flinging open the doors to welcome friends and family, but we seem to be within touching distance - so here are a dandy dozen bottles for enjoyment this Easter.
We have shipped the two excellent Loire whites – Guyot's Sauvignon Blanc and Chereau's Muscadet – in every vintage since 1973, but for the latter this is a swan song. After decades toiling on the windswept plains of the Nantais, Sébastien Chereau decided that becoming a landscape gardener was an easier occupation, so he sold his vines to a neighbour (with whom we will move forward). His last shipment before Christmas (hurriedly collected to avoid new levels of paperwork which he'd rather avoid) was his last. End of an era, but onwards and upwards. On the opposite side of France, the Tiollier family continue to produce invigorating, mountain whites from Savoyard varieties in their ancient cellars.
As for the reds, two robust Southern Rhônes would prove fine foils to rustic dishes such as cassoulet and poule au pot and they are balanced by the Saint-Pourçain co-operative's supple, 'vin de soif' blend of Gamay & Pinot Noir; pass the soft cheese and charcuterie.
This case serves as our 'Sommelier Service' case – a subscription arrangement where customers get a delivery of six different wines (two bottles of each) every two months for £149 – but it can also be purchased as a stand-alone. For further details of the service, see here for regular wine deliveries. As ever, this case is available as all red or all white.
This mixed case contains two bottles each of:
Pouilly-Fumé: Domaine Dominique Guyot 'Les Loges' 2019
Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine 2018
Savoie: Domaine de L'Idylle Jacquère 2020
Rasteau: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Ilex' 2016
Grignan-Les-Adhémar: 'Le Grand Dèves' 2019
Saint-Pourçain: 'La Ficelle' Rouge 2020