This week at iDealwine, we’re honouring light, convivial wines to be enjoyed in good company, with or without food. Read on for an overview of our absolutely affordable selection, at less than €20.
Imagine this: you’re sitting by the seaside, with a delicious array of sea food before you (prans, oysters, sea urchins and whatever else floats your boat – pun intended). The sea breeze and sunshine soothe your skin. But what sort of wine would you choose to go with these delicate foods?
A refreshing, mineral wine. Its slightly saline taste will go perfectly with sea food and shellfish. At only 11°, this is produced by Jo Landron, one of the region’s flagship winemakers.
If you enjoy mineral wines, you’ll also love Domaine de l’Ecu’s Muscadets, especially Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine Expression de Granite 2015.
Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti produces one of the finest vibrant and fruity Bouzerons. It is saline, with flavours opening out into peach and lightly floral notes. There is a nice texture on the palate and a mineral finish which will go perfectly with fish and seafoods.
This cuvée is a blend of grapes from Mâcon-Villages, Mâcon-Chaintré, Mâcon-Fuissé, Viré-Clessé, Saint-Véran and Pouilly. The cuvée has the vitality typical of Mâconnais wines. Matured in 228-litre barrels for 11 months, this fruity, vibrant wine offers lightly oaky aromas on the finish. Perfect with seafood.
For a spontaneous aperitif
A lovely Aligoté, you’ll enjoy the freshness of its fruit, its vibrancy and acidity: the perfect wine to start off any aperitif.
A very well-made Côtes de Provence rosé with aromas of apricot and a lovely minerality on the palate.
With a charcuterie board
Fruity, with juicy tannins, this wine is an excellent example of a Bordeaux you can enjoy young. A yummy, easy-drinking, biodynamic wine: a must-have.
Les Sorcières 2018 Clos des Fées (€12.50)
A delicious, easy-drinking wine, thanks to its explosive bouquet of fruits, its silky texture and its well-balanced concentration.
For a barbecue
Brouilly Vieilles Vignes Georges Descombes 2014 (€18)
This Brouilly comes from old vines and is characterised by its incredible silky tannins. A delicious wine that is lively and fruit driven, perfect with grilled meats.
Côtes du Rhône Rasteau d’Elodie Balme 2017 (€15)
This young winemaker has produced a deep, intensely aromatic Côtes-du-Rhône-Rasteau that is remarkably balanced. Its structure and density make it a great accompaniment for grilled meats.
A very fine Saint-Joseph, slender and elegant by one of the rising stars of the Rhône.
Produced by Henri Milan’s son, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and juicy Grenache gives off aromas of wild strawberries and violet. Haru means Spring in Japanese, making it the ultimate seasonal wine.