Summer wines | Treat yourself this July

Whether you want a refreshing bottle for a warm day or an unusual cuvée to expand your horizons, we’ve got a fixed-price selection for you to savour.

When we think about summer wines, our first instinct is to head for a rosé – dry, refreshing and light, their sometimes poor reputation is undeserved! The rosé de Provence from Marc Perrin’s Château Miraval is an excellent example of what a good rosé can do. Château d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel cuvée has a faultless minerality that plays on the palate. For something with a more aromatic palette, Château Simone produces wonderful cuvées that can even be aged! And the colour is quite something.

Further south still is Corsica, where Clos Canarelli’s wines are produced biodynamically on the coast. With two stars from La Revue du vin de France, the domain confirms its capacity for making frank and limpid cuvées. If you’re after something especially fruity, Yves Leccia has a selection that is sure to fit the bill.

From the Loire, Vincent Pinard crafts one of the region’s most on-trend Pinots Noirs. For a white cuvée, we recommend Philippe Alliet who is a master of Chinon – his 2017 vintage is synonymous with an extraordinary density and refinement. La Taille aux Loups is a domain with a strong reputation for pure and easy-drinking wines that express the character of their grape variety. Especially summery is the produce of Eric Bordelet, who makes remarkable cider and perry. Not to be dismissed, he told the RvF that he spent 15 years getting his cider just right!

From the Rhône valley, there are some familiar faces like Guigal, a Côte-Rôtie classic. But how about a Tavel rosé? It stands out with its deep colour and floral notes. Le Sang des Cailloux is a domain that crafts superb Vacqueyras cuvées; they’ll reveal their full richness in time, if you can manage to wait! And why not refine your palate with a pioneer of the Côte-Rôtie renaissance? Jean-Michel Gerin makes deep, white wines and unique reds.

We hope that there’s some free time just around the corner for you, and that you can make the most of it by kicking back with a bottle of something nice 😊

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