The Wine Society never fails to impress me with the quality and range of their wines. There’s something for everyone and then some! Here are my top 20: some bargains, some fabulous classics and as ever, lots of wonderful, quirky surprises.
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The Society’s Reserva Brut, Cava NV – £7.50. With a daub of Chardonnay, this is more like Champagne on the nose, but back to classic Cava on the palate. Great value fizz.
Jules Camuset Brut Champagne NV – £19. A pale and delicate lady with fine, soft mousse. Crystal clear and fresh but undeniably Champagne. It’s pretty good value too!
Veuve Fourny, Blancs de Blancs 1er Cru Champagne, Brut NV – £23. Weighty, but not fat. Rich, toasty and complex with a smoky minerality. A great wine for food.
Jaspi Blanc, Terra Alta, Spain, 2011 – £8.95 (70% Garnacha blanc 30% Maccabeau) Full and weighty, almond and vanilla cream with a moreish, chalky texture.
Castro Celta Albarino, Rias Biaxas, Spain, 2011 – £8.95. Firm and round with ripening lemons, banana cream and mineral tang. This is a perfect mermaid wine!
Meursault Ormeau, Dom coche-Bizouard, 2009 -£29. Lovely, full-on white Burgundy with fat, melony Chardonnay, taut, green apple tanginess and smoky bacon style savory oak. All in a good way. Yum!
Dry flint Chenin Blanc, Gisbourne, New Zealand, 2007 – £9.50. Gorgeous example of steely, dry Chenin with subtle, beeswaxy and honeydew flavours. It’s a beekeeper wine!
The Society’s Exhibition Riesling, Josmeyer, Alsace, 2009 – £11.95. If you want to get to know Riesling, try this: it has all the classic hallmarks in a delicious way: lime, rubber and white flowers with a subtle sprinkling of sugar.
Jordan Estate barrel fermented Chardonnay, Stellenbosh, South Africa, 2010 – £10.95. A Chardonnay lover’s dream! Concentrated, leesy, juicy melons and toasty vanilla. In your face, but oh so fresh!
The Soc Exhibition Morgon, Cote du Py, 2010 – £8.95. Gorgeous Gamay! A soft, light red, all about crunchy raspberries and ripe plums wrapped in violets. Perfect ‘almost Autumn’ wine.
Villard ‘Le Pinot Noir’ Grand Vin, Casablanca, Chile, 2010 – £14.50. Oozingly ripe, but fresh and not overblown, this wine is about raspberry tea bags and damson jam. Burgundy-meets-Chile in a delicious way!
Kaiserstuhl Pinot Noir (Karl Johner), Baden, Germany, 2010 -£13.50. Great, old School Pinot: a little leafy, a little savoury, but lots of fruit. Nice.
Duas Pedras Alentejo (Quinta do Centro) Portugal 2010 – £8.95. Beautifully perfumed with violets and licorice and a tangy, raspberry flavour. This is a lovely, chewy, quirky wine and great value to boot.
Vina Zorzal Graciano, Navarra, Spain, 2010 – £6.95. Bergamot and baked figs with soft, fruity strawberries. A Joy! And a little bit different.
Christian Mouiex Bordeaux, 2009 – £7.95 Cool and old-school. A light and leafy, Merlot-based Claret with a mineral, saline kick. One for the traditionalists.
Night Harvest ‘John George’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Australia 2010 – £25 Fantastic example of New World Cabernet: rich, cedary dark fruit but not confected. It’s tangy, chewy and slightly minty with refreshing acidity balancing it all up. The perfect rugby player wine!
Zaha Altamira Malbec, 2010 – £21 Malbec as it should be: concentrated and super fresh with an ozone quality, thanks to the high altitude of the vineyards. Serious wine with chocolate-dipped blueberry flavours and slight old world feel thanks to a tiny dab of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The polo player wine!
El Tesoro Monastrell-Shiraz Jumilla 2011 – £4.95. Erm, I’m sorry, how much? This is silky smooth and juicy, packed with spicy, strawberry fruit. Amazeballs! (Sorry).
The Liberator Special Edition’ Baroque ” roll’ Stellenbosch, South Africa 2009 – £8.95. Wonderfully flavourful without being sickly. Silky, smoky and meaty. (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier blend).
The Society’s Exhibition Victoria Shiraz (Mt Langi Ghiran) Australia, 2007 – £16 Fabulous, bold Shiraz with lots of complexity. Concentrated but silky with cedary, slightly cheesy, cinnamon and licorice notes. Gorgeous.
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