Saturday, May 7, 2011

WINES of the WEEK, 6 May 2011

Wines of the Week 6 May 2011

A couple of highlights from Majestic’s summer tasting in London.

2010 Nathalie Lafond, Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie, Loire, France

Reuilly is always worth looking out for as a cheaper alternative to nearby Sancerre and 2010 is a textbook vintage for all these Central Loire sauvignon blanc appellations. This is a new cuvée using Lafond’s best grapes. It has a delicious spicy, minerally character and grassy, herbal, green-apple fruit with real depth, texture and tang. 12.5% abv.

£9.99, or £8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles, Majestic.

2008 Descendientes de J Palacio, Pétalos Bierzo, Spain

This shows just how good north-west Spain’s mencía grape can be in the right hands. Deep in colour, succulent and full, but also refined and elegant, with spicy, herby, sweet-blackberry fruit, touches of dark chocolate and licorice, and supple tannins leading to a fresh, polished finish. 14% abv.

£15.99, or £12.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles, Majestic.