Simple, fruity wines can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but the summer period lends itself especially well to sharing a light bottle at outdoor occasions and al fresco meals. This selection includes delicate cuvées that are perfect as an aperitif as well as some slightly deeper wines that will pair well with barbecue food and other summery dishes.
Bordeaux is of course known for its grands crus and their superb aging potential, but that isn’t all the region has to offer. Château Marjosse crafts fresh and fruity cuvées under the masterful eye of Pierre Lurton (of Châteaux Yquem and Cheval Blanc), a similar profile to the wines of Château Ampélia. For fans of a more traditional Bordeaux, we recommend the Cerisiers cuvée from Château de Francs, as well as the second wines from the region’s crus classés. As for a white wine, we’d point you in the direction of Château Reynon, whose pure Sauvignon will pair beautifully with simple seafood dishes.
Burgundy’s reputation is one of high prestige, but this isn’t to say that all of its wines are out of your reach. Wines from regional appellations are a great way to introduce yourself to Burgundy’s famous produce without the pressure (or price!) of a really big name. These round and supple wines are a lovely treat for the palate. Pinot Noir cuvées from the Domaine des Moirots and Pierre Boisson’s Bourgogne-labelled wines are just two examples. You might also want to consider some of the bigger appellations that remain attainable like Marsannay, Bouzeron, and others in the Mâconnais.
Côtes-du-Rhône, king of sharing wines
Rhône wines often strike the right ratio of prestige to price. These are good quality, enjoyable cuvées that are likely to still fit within your budget. The Sommelongue cuvée by André Brunel is a flavourful wine, much like Ogier’s Syrah cuvée, whose finesse and silky tannins we particularly enjoy. If you and your friends are fans of natural wine, Domaine Gramenon’s Poignée de Raisins should fit the bill, as well as Oratoire Saint Martin’s Les P’tits Gars which is made biodynamically.
The selection continues
Some of the other highlights from this selection of lovely cuvées include: Marc Delienne’s Beaujolais Maurice, la Nine by Jean-Baptiste Sénat, Albert Mann’s Riesling, Domaine Jousset’s Le Vilain Petit Chenin, the Morgon Corcelette from Desvignes, and the Janus cuvée from Domaine de l’Ecu.