Despite an unusual dusting of snow at the end of April, it seems that Spring has finally sprung. The trees have blossomed, daffodils been and gone, and we wait with baited breath for a glorious summer to unfurl. Whether it’s the first barbeque, garden party or simple lunch outside, we have a selection of wines perfect for spring drinking. In fact, following the success of our Spring portfolio tasting last week, we thought it only fitting to select a few highlights.
Particularly successful were the 2014 Anjou and Savennieres, as presented by the mischievous Thibaud Boudignon; a rising star of the Loire Valley, whose wines become ever more focussed and precise year-on-year. Indeed, 2014 was an outstanding vintage for the Loire - racy and pure like the 2013s - but flattered by a boost of sunshine at both ends of the season, a livener for wines marked by freshness married to supple, sunny fruit flavours. Enjoy the Anjou sec in its youth, and pop the more concentrated Cuvee a Francoise and Savennieres away for another year or two.
Staying in the Loire, the lime and jasmine tinged Sancerre Le Chene 2014 from Lucien Crochet is a steal at just over £15 a bottle all in, as is the Sancerre Nuance 2014 from the Pinard brothers. Nuance is a Sancerre of a different breed, one of riper fruit and rounder mouthfeel, softened by time in barrique that has done nothing to detract from its taut mineral core. A recent addition to the portfolio, Laurent Martray, showed that his Beaujolais are worth shouting about. Cast away the bubble gum and banana aromas of Beaujolais Nouveau; these are classy wines. All hand-picked, partially destemmed and raised in a combination of barrique and large oak foudres. The Combiaty VV is sumptuous and forward, while the other two display tighter, darker fruit, and are noticeably stonier too.
All the while, the New World was really singing for its supper, underlining in the first instance the All Blacks’ zingy, juicy Sauvignon, Riesling and Pinot Noir, while Familia Cassone, an old favourite of the Justerini & Brooks portfolio, proved that high altitude, old vine Malbec from Mendoza offers seriously delicious fruit flavours, marrying sparkle with structure and complexity – all at a very reasonable price.
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