Sorry guys, hit a snag with the original plan for a Beaujolais piece this week.
Nil Desperandum, though, there remain plenty of Friday Night Treats about.
So here are a couple to excite your taste buds without frightening the life out of your wallets.
Joining them is a star studded rosé champagne that combines delicacy and elegance.
The usual pictures and hyperlinks are in place where possible.
First another trip to SW France
2022 Connoisseur Cheval Marin (from £9.45 at Wickham Wines and 11.5% abv):
I regularly praise the wines of South West France and here is one from an impressive family operation there.
It uses the region’s clever colombard, sauvignon blanc and gros manseng blend to create dazzling white wine with modest alcohol.
Perfumed and herbal, the result has gloriously fresh grapefruit acidity to support its apple, melon and greengage flavours.
Those constituents are neatly rounded out by hints of lemongrass and apricot.
Heading a little east
2022 Le Professeur Marselan (£9.99 at House of Townend and 14.5%):
Marselan is a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache that was developed in France about 60 years ago.
While older marselans can display their parent grapes’ typical flavours and richness, young versions like this often provide lighter, youthful, summer drinking.
These lighter options usually work better gently chilled – even though the wine’s alcohol level is high.
Dark in colour but light in body, this example from Languedoc delivers juicy blackcurrant and red plum flavours
Further complexity is added by suggestions of fudge and cinnamon and by good acidity.
For Red Letter Day Special Treat
Champagne de Saint-Gall Premier Cru Rosé (£34.99 at Noble Grape and 12.5%):
Here is a lovely chardonnay-led champagne from a producer with a strong reputation for its skill with that variety.
With their (generally accepted) superior vineyards and often strict grape selection, Premier Cru champagnes normally offer something extra and that is certainly the case here.
Delicate yet with a creamy texture, it brings us a cocktail of flavours that includes raspberries, strawberries and cooked apple.
Secondary components include a vaguely nutty finish, background traces of yeast and restrained but nicely fresh acidity.
NB: I believe this champagne is also sold by Carruthers & Kent in Newcastle.
Main Retailer Notes
While Wickham and House of Townend appear regularly on this site, Noble Grape may be less familiar.
It combines bricks and clicks by having retail premises in South Wales and an online service – and supports both with a regular Wine Blog.
For more details visit their “About Us” page on the internet.
News from Eddie
“Sainsbury's announce a 25% off deal when we buy 6 or more bottles running from June 28th until midnight, Sunday 2nd July, so folks will have to be quick.
It is favourable to customers because many bottles are already on discount until July 4th, so it's possible to get a double dip.
Here are a few that catch my eye, some of which have cropped-up recently as recommendations.
My favourite would be the Primitivo Manduria if you like a bold Italian red with some sweetness of fruit.
It's ultra elegant and an amazing offer when it's £6.75!!
Chilling it a little in warmer weather takes nothing away from its character and it works straight from the bottle!
Lovely wine of its type, redolent of Amarone.
Another option is that camino-del-angel chardonnay mentioned on Monday which could come down as low as £4.31.
Plus a negrette rosé that has been great in previous vintages and which drops under a fiver on a double dip.
And what about this four and a half star Jurancon white that could be yours for £5.25.”
Drop by on Monday for the latest Top Tips – where Languedoc features again but, this time, is partnered by wine from Chile.
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