Some highlights from The Wine Society (part 1 of 2)


Some highlights from The Wine Society (part 1 of 2)

Some lovely wines, as usual, at The Wine Society press tasting yesterday. Here’s my first six-pack of good buys. Lots to like in the £10-15 range, which is handy.

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Aligoté 2016 Burgundy, France
£12.50 The Wine Society
13% alcohol
Fermented in 500 litre barrels. Fine and lemony with lovely pear fruit richness and a subtle nuttiness. Stylish and complex with a hint of baked apple, and lemony focus. 92/100
(available 28 Sept)

Deltetto Langhe Favorita Servaj 2017 Piedmont, Italy
£12.50 The Wine Society
13% alcohol
Favorito is the local name for the Vermentino grape variety, and Servaj translates as wild. Delicate and pure with nice fruit. Expressive tangerine and pear notes, with real focus and delicacy. 90/100
(available 22 Oct)

Von Kesselstatt Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2016 Mosel, Germany
£10.50 The Wine Society
9.5% alcohol
This is from the steep Herrenberg vineyard in the Saar, and it’s a bargain. Off-dry and juicy with grapefruit, apricot and pear fruit. Very fruity and linear. 91/100
(Available 19 Nov)

Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Beaujolais L’Ancien 2016 France
£11.95 The Wine Society
12.5% alcohol
Very floral with a green sappy and beetroot edge to the cherry and raspberry fruit. Bright, fresh and sappy with raspberries to the fore. Light and expressive and quite pure. 92/100

Martin Wassmer Spätbrugunder Markgräflerland 2015 Baden, Germany
£14.95 The Wine Society
13.5% alcohol
Juicy and linear with nice sappy freshness and some mineral undercurrents. Appealing cherry and plum fruit with well integrated oak. Really refined. 93/100
(available 28 Sept)

Clos Alivu Patrimonio Rouge 2017 Corsica, France
£14.95 The Wine Society
13% alcohol
100% Nielluccio, which is the same as Sangiovese. Very floral, bright and fruity with expressive, pure red cherry and raspberry fruit. Linear, with a bit of structure. Quite delightful. 91/100

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