Wine & Food

    Wines of the week: an affordable Bordeaux for the cellar

    9 August 2019

    2018 Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay, 13.5%vol, (£7.99 down from £11.99 if you mix 6; Majestic)

    The Limarí Valley in Chile is one of the sweetest of sweet spots for growing Chardonnay and it’s from there that Santa Rita now sources all the fruit for this white Burgundy-rivalling beauty. Barrel-fermented, it has weight, complexity, refinement with plenty of fresh citrus, white stone fruit and a mouth-fillingly creamy finish. Fantastic value.

    2018 Domaine de la Cendrillon Minuit Rosé, 13%vol, (£10.60 down from £11.95 until Sept 2 if you buy 3+; Tanners)

    From a 270 year-old, family-run estate (certified organic) in Corbières, Languedoc-Roussillon, a delicately pink and deeply scrumptious blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault. It’s nothing if not drinkable. Vibrantly fresh with wild strawberries and plenty of zesty citrus in the mouth, it closes with a satisfyingly dry finish.

    2016 Ch. Pey la Tour ‘Réserve du Château’, 14.5%vol, (£11.50; Wine Society)

    An old favourite of mine, this wine is a soft, succulent Merlot-based blend with just a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon for backbone and a hint of Petit Verdot for tannin and colour. It’s remarkably sophisticated for the price. 2016 was a 10/10 vintage in Bordeaux and although raring to go, this will repay a bit of cellaring. A cracker!