Which wineare you?

Spanish, Italian or German? Here is a new selection of gourmet crus selected by Le Sommelier
to sublime lunches or diners with friends and other occasions
2016-04-01
Wine Review

Bodegas el Nido, Jumilla Clio 2011, Spain

This wine bears a dark red purple colour. The nose is dominant with aromas of wood, and cassis. Leaving a pleasant freshness, a red wine equipped with robust tannins. On the palate, it affirms flavours of vanilla, mocha, wood and ripe black fruit. It reveals a wide mouth that leads into a long finish. Pair this with rabbit and chorizo paella or braised quail and berry sauce.

Brundlmayer, Kamptaler Terrassen Grüner Veltiner 2014, Austria

This wine is a great example of the virtues of this great grape variety, capable of giving fruity and fresh wines like fine and well-structured and long-ageing wines. The style favours fruitiness and freshness with aromas of juicy grapefruit, yellow fruit and pepper. A wonderful wine to pair with bouillabaisse, or a poached sole fillet with white wine sauce.

Clos de L’Obac, 2005, Spain

Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Grenache (35%) take centre stage in this wine complemented by Syrah, Carignan and Merlot. With 14 months in barrels of new French oak, it offers a superb waltzing aromatic complexity with notes of ripe fruit, smoke and leather. Added to this are balsamic flavours, cedar and fresh mint. A mouth right, toned and compact, a wine to enjoy for many years to come. Perfect with chorizo and manchego tapas or duck breast fillet with port and cherry sauce.

Egon Müller, Scharzhof, 2013, Germany

Scharzhof’s Riesling is the ideal introduction to the “style” of Egon Müller: intense aromas, of green fruit, peach and slate, a powerful mouth built around a crystalline acidity. This Riesling is pure and vibrant and of remarkable intensity. Serve this with baked Camembert with Apple and Honey or Coquilles St. Jacques.

Hush Heath Estate, Balfour Brut Rosé N.V, England

Located near Tenterden in Kent, the Hush Heath Estate is home to 400 acres of forest, a timbered house, countless apple orchards and some of the most beautiful terroir outside Champagne for the holy trinity of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Delicate salmon colour, fine bubbles and prolonged mousse. Elegant and precise with lemon, strawberry and raspberry notes. Crisp finish. To be enjoyed with confit duck and fig bites, Escargot and goat cheese puff pastries or strawberries and cream.

La Spinetta, Pin 011, Italy

La Spinetta’s 2011 vintage Pin, is made in the wine region of Monferrato Rosso. With a base of Nebbiolo (65%), completed with Barbera, this vintage is already proving very flattering: rich aromas (plum, cherry) and menthol, round and velvety on the palate revealing a nice presence and a very friendly and greedy style. A great match for marinated lamb brochettes or braised veal with Morel mushrooms.

Samuel Tinon, Ambassadors 5, Puttonyos 2004, Hungary

Tokaji Ambassadors 5 of Samuel Tinon is announced by a vintage colour and a rich and complex nose of fruit pulp, tobacco, honey and nougat. The mouth is soft and velvety with rich and expressive flavours, which extend into a very long spicy and minty finish. A beautiful Aszú, deep, long and well balanced. Superb with blue cheese and Foie Gras.

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