In anticipation of your cellar spring cleaning, iDealwine has put together a selection of new wines, estates and vintages to fill it up again…Go on, we know you want to!
Fill up on sparkling wine
With the good weather comes a good aperitif, the perfect occasion for some bubbly. From Champagne, get acquainted with the work of Jérôme Coessens in the Côte des Bars, a vintner who only works with Pinot Noir. In a more classic style, we also have bottles from the famous Taittinger house with its brut réserve. From Savoie, it’s the delicate vin de Savoie Ayse Perle du Mont Blanc from Domaine Belluard that we recommend. The estate’s owner having passed away in 2021, these wines are becoming increasingly rare…
After a winter of deep, comforting reds, you might want a change with our whites, easy companions for spring cuisine. A few favourites: the natural Montlouis of Lise and Bertrand Jousset, the numerous Chablis of Billaud-Simon, the Menetou-Salon by Henry Pellé (much appreciated by our web marketing assistant 😉 ) as well as, of course, the Alsaces of the Vignoble du Rêveur, an estate managed by Matthieu Deiss (the son of Jean-Michel Deiss) who is somewhat a genius when it comes to complantation. Another pretty new wine is Françoise Jeanniard’s 2019 Pernand-Vergelesses Cuvée Alexandra.
Loire, Beaujolais, Auvergne for energetic reds
If you are still looking for delicacy and energy but prefer reds, opt for the Saumurs and Saumur-Champigny of La Porte Saint-Jean, the Anjoux cuvées of Clos des Treilles, the 2020 vintages of Château Thivin which always shine in the Côte de Brouilly, and the 2020 Côte-Roannaise from Sérol. The more curious might like to try the biodynamic Bordeaux wines of Château Lavergne-Dulong, whose 2019 Joy vintage should bring a bit of happiness!
Dare to drink rosé!
We are never safe from a particularly sunny weekend that will make us believe that summer will be beautiful and hot. So always have a rosé in your cellar, ready to be refreshed at the last minute. Côtes-de-Provence from Clos Cibonne, Vin-de-Corse 1769 from Clos Venturi or Syrah Sybel from Yves Cuilleron are just some examples.
Dreaming of an escape?
For those already dreaming of their next summer holiday, head for the Isle of Beauty where Comte Abbatucci and its new 2020 vintage proudly await you; the Faustine Vieilles Vignes, the Vin de France Ministre Cuvée Collection and the Vallée du Nero. In the South of France, explore the Languedoc region with the Clos Maïa (IGP Pays d’Hérault), the Provence region with our favourite Bandols signed by the Domaine de Terrebrune, and the Roussillon region where we recommend the 2019 IGP-Côtes-Catalanes Vieilles Vignes from Domaine Gauby. The more adventurous will go to California to hunt down the 2018 Opus One, to Central Otago (New Zealand) to learn about the marvellous Pinot Noir of Felton Road or to Sicily to (re)discover the Terre Siciliane wines of Eduardo Torres.