Wines of the Month
Three seasonal wines for April, "...selected on the basis of value and variety."
Wines of the Month - April 2020:
'April is the cruellest month' according to T S Eliot but, given our current circumstances, I think we are better off looking back 500 years for Geoffrey Chaucer's more positive viewpoint:
'When April the sweet showers fall, and pierce the drought of March to the root, and all, the veins are bathed in liquor of such power, as brings about the engendering of the flower...'
We saw our first bluebells of the season whilst walking our dogs yesterday and were thankful to be 'locked down' in the spring rather than in the teeth of winter.
This month's wines have been selected on the basis of value and variety. A terrific Pinot Gris, grown on free-draining limestone soils in the Pfalz, has bright orchard fruit scents and flavours and a fresh, clean finish. It makes an uplifting aperitif or partner to spring salads. This year's first rosé is a coral pink Côtes de Thongue in the newly-released 2019 vintage. Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Cinsault (in roughly equal volumes) it has an inviting 'crushed berry' bouquet and racy redcurrant palate; so is ideal for al fresco imbibing. Completing our toothsome triumvirate is our red 'house' Côtes du Rhône, an unimpeachable Syrah-Grenache blend that is bottled under screw-cap to conserve its briary hedgerow fruit and supple tannins.
(Two bottles of each wine shown are included in this six-bottle case. Our standard list price of these wines would be £62.90, plus £10 delivery to a mainland UK address. Offer price saves £13.90).