2017 Corney & Barrow White Burgundy, 13%vol, (£14.25; Corney & Barrow). One of two top notch own-label wines this week, an absolute corker of a white burgundy made for C&B by the Auvigue frères, third generation vignerons in the Maconnais, famed for their Pouilly Fuissé and Saint-Véran. The deliciously honeyed nose begs you to dive in and drink your fill and the ripe, creamy, lemony, apple-fresh fruit only encourages you to drink even more.
2017 Carnivor Zinfandel, 14.5%vol, (£10; Tesco). This won’t be up everyone’s street but it’s right up mine. A full-throttle Californian red from E&J Gallo, it’s the UK’s best-selling Zin, developed especially to go with red meat as, erm, the name suggests. With buckets of rich, even sweet, ripe fruit (think damsons, plums and blackberries) and no shortage of alcohol, its endless finish is full of coffee, chocolate and vanilla spice. Waiter, a large rare ribeye please!
2017 Good Ordinary Claret 13.5%vol, (£10.95; Berry Bros & Rudd). GOC, as it’s known to its devoted admirers, gets better and better. I got a taste for it yonks ago when I worked at BBR (once memorably termed Belly Bubbles & Thud by a well-refreshed customer) and I still lap it up regularly. It’s the firm’s best-seller and little wonder. A classic fruity/savoury Cabernet/Merlot blend, it’s ridiculously approachable and a thumping good price to boot.