Wine may not be a seasonal product – thank goodness! – but some wines are better tasted at certain time. At the moment, we prefer easy-to-drink wines, to share with friends. They are perfect for aperitifs on the terrace, in the garden, small fresh and light meals. In the summer, with the hot weather, we prefer rosé wines or whites and cooled reds. Because it’s summer, all these wines will remain available until the end of August, except in case of stock shortage. Time for you to prepare your holiday, by being delivered on site.
Let’s start with rosé, which is still the king of summer wines. At iDealwine, we have our heart set on showing you that rosé can also be an excellent wine, contrary to the low-end image it may sometimes have. Our team has selected what’s best for summer and especially rosé wines. First, there are sublime rosé champagnes from Oliver Horiot (rosé de saignée, 2010), Bollinger brut rosé, Jacquesson Dizy Terres Rouges 2009, or even more specific cuvées from Chartogne-Taillet, Egly-Ouriet, Marguet. In Provence, enjoy the Domaine des Bastides, fine organic wines in a classical style, the flamboyant Château Canadel or the Château de Pibarnon (Bandol), and also one of our favourites, Le Clos Cibonne. Don’t forget to take a look at the Clos Saint-Vincent, the high-end rosés in AOC Bellet, the Château d’Estoublon, La Bégude, Terres Promises, Henri Milan, Château Revelette and of course the Château de Roquefort, whose cuvee Corail is an absolute must. In Languedoc, you will find superb value for money with Domaine d’Aupilhac, Alain Chabanon, Domaine Ermitage du Pic Saint-Loup or the beautiful Mas Jullien. Discover also our selection of Corsican rosés: Comte Abbatucci, Clos Canarelli, Clos Poggiale and Yves Leccia. Finally, the Rhône valley offers great rosé wines, with Emmanuel Reynaud (Château Rayas) Parisy cuvée, an incredible table wine, pleasant and fruity, La Ferme Saint Martin, the Domaine de La Mordorée and even the rosé of Marcel Richaud, at reasonable prices. Out of France, check out Tenuta Fertuna (Tuscany) and the cuvée Mathilda from Chapoutier in Australia.
The white wines are also fantastic in summer, for meals or aperitifs. Champagne is perfect for a chic version of aperitifs. In this category, we have selected very high quality bottles, such as the selection Entre Ciel et Terre Extra by Françoise Bedel et Fils, and also Chartogne-Taillet, De Sousa, Drappier, Jeaunaux-Robin and Francis Boulard. Alsace offers lovely white wines whether dry or sweet, coming from Bott-Geyl, Marcel Deiss, Hugel, Ostertag, Kientzler, Josmeyer, Trimbach, Weinbach, Zind-Humbrecht. Bordeaux whites with the freshness of Sauvignon will give a twist to your aperitifs or seafood pairings. Don’t miss Denis Dubourdieu Clos Floridène (called “the Pope of white wines»). Burgundy whites also offer opportunities for summer food and wine pairing, with seafood or poultry. Our selection includes fine wines from Mâconnais (Frantz Chagnoleau, Guffens-Heynen and Veget, Guillot-Broux and Domaine Valette) and Chablis (Louis Michel and Fils). Moreover, we have a selection of whites from the Languedoc (Domaine de la Terrasse d’Elise Siclène), the Roussillon (Olivier Pithon), Provence (Henri Milan Grand Blanc, Château Simone), Corsica (Yves Leccia), the Rhône (Marcel Richaud, Ogier, Roucas Toumba, Domaine des Entrefaux). There are also some beautiful whites from out of the hexagon: Greek wines from Tetramythos and Hatzidakis domains, Tuscan wines (Tenuta Fruna and Tenuta di Valgiano), Sicilians wines from the Domaine COS, and Spanish wines from the Bodega Ossian. A little taste of holiday, don’t you think?
But you can also drink red wine on hot summer days, as long as they are well balanced, fresh, without too much body and preferably fruity and flamboyant. The Pinot Noir of Alsace falls into this category, just like certain Burgundy wines from Côte Chalonnaise (Domaine de la Ferté, Château de Chamirey, Dureuil-Janthial) and especially high-quality Beaujolais (Marcel Lapierre, Château Thivin, Les Terres Dorées). More surprising, yet true, we even managed to select easy-to-drink wines perfect for aperitifs with friends, from Bordeaux: cuvee Pervenche from Domaine Clos Puy Arnaud, certainly the domain producing the most balanced and fresh Bordeaux wines, Château Falfas or Château de Francs, Les Cerisiers. In the South of France, you will find many very balanced and light wines such as Mon petit Pithon by Olivier Pithon, the Carignan from Château Revelette, Les Mûres from Château Roquefort. Same in the Rhone, turn to La Gérine from La Ferme Saint Martin.
Wishing you a pleasant shopping and a beautiful summer!
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