Nectarsfor al fresco dining

Nothing says summer like dining alfresco, and now the experience is better than ever with a selection of fresh and tantalizing wines;
they are to be found wherever there are picnics, barbecues or al fresco buffets, and adapt wonderfully well to a light and convivial cuisine. Le Sommelier reveals its secret labels from the four corners of the world.
2017-08-01
Wine Review

Cloudy Bay

Sauvignon Blanc 2016, New Zealand

Considered as the purest expression of the terroir of Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc Cloudy Bay is composed from nine different plots. Created from grapes harvested in the cool evening and handpicked to preserve their flavours, this wine is recognised for its finesse and its rich fruit aromas. Its straw-yellow colour with green hues boasts lemon, nectarine and herbal notes on the nose. The mouth, with its subtle texture, exudes a beautiful mineral freshness and aromas of tropical fruits. Great with fresh asparagus with a mousseline sauce, grilled pork cutlets, or goats cheese with herbs.

Domaine Mas Jullien

Carlan 2015, Languedoc Roussillon

The Carlan cuvée of Domaine Mas Jullien is a fine blend of Grenache (60%), Carignan (30%) and Syrah and Cinsault (10%). The very floral nose promises a high-quality wine. This is confirmed in the mouth, where aromas of black cherries are found with a touch of chocolate, blackcurrant and violets. This vintage 2015 asserts Mas Jullien as one of the best domaines of Languedoc. Perfect with beef tataki with truffled mascarpone, barbecued veal chops with sun-dried tomatoes or a mature Saint Nectaire.

Domaine Pierre & Rodolphe Gauthier

Grands-Monts 2012, Loire

This Grand Mont cuvée from the appellation of Bourgueil has an intense and deep red colour. The nose reveals scents of fresh fruit, more precisely of blackberry and blueberry mixed with sweet spices and cedar. The palate is fresh, elegant, with a pure and palatable fruit. The wine envelops the palate with delicacy. The length is amazing. We are approaching one of the greatest Loire red wines that succeed so well in combining great concentration with freshness. Wonderful with beef tartare, lamb, apricot & shallot tagine or summer berry pavlovas.

Nyetimber

Blanc de Blancs 2009, England

The nose has powerful flavours of lemon and cooked apples, jasmine, butter and vanilla with caramel hues. The mouth is marked with green apples, followed quickly by the classic aromas of Chardonnay: minerals and notes of lemon confit. The mousse is fine and gives a nice delicacy to this wine, with its long and creamy finish. Delicious with monkfish risotto or panna cotta with a fruit coulis.

Schloss Johannisberg

2014, Germany

The Riesling Rotlack Kabinett Trocken from Schloss Johannisberg offers all the finesse and freshness of the great Rieslings from Rheingau. The nose delivers very toned notes of apple, citrus and honey, which are found in plenty in a mouth both light and intense, carried by the acidity of the Riesling. It is a splendid wine of contrasts to its very pure and persistent flavours. Fantastic with red tuna carpaccio, langoustine salad or Bleu d'Auvergne.

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