MIKE’S CURRENT TOP 6
LAST TASTING – JUNE 2019
CHAMPAGNE DEUTZ, BRUT NV, £180 (CASE OF 6)
One of the oldest of Champagne’s prestigious Grandes Marques houses. Champagne Deutz has been making fine champagnes since 1838. The house has upheld the traditions of fine Champagne making handed down through five generations. Owning a 42ha of its own vineyards, Deutz selects only top rated grapes from the finest crus of Champagne. The wines are carefull aged in the chalk cellars far beneath the village of Ay. The unique bottle shape guarantees the provenance of every bottle.
The wine initially displays notes of white flowers, toast, marzipan and ripe pears. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and elegant with the freshness of Chardonnay and richness of Pinot Noir. Overall, the wine is well-rounded with a fruity finish
Classic champagne pairing of fish n’ chips
S DE SUDUIRAUT, BORDEAUX BLANC, 2016, £192 (CASE OF 6)
High end blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc showcasing some of Suduiraut’s best soils across the property. Designed to age, the stone fruit is joined by floral and sweet spice following some months in oak barrels.
Enjoy with roast white meats, vegetarian tarts, and hard cheese.
DISZNÓKÖ, DRY FURMINT, TOKAJI, 2017, £72 (CASE OF 6)
The incredible aromatic expressiveness and mineral expression that make Furmint a wonderful grape for sweet wine, also make for attention getting and attractive dry wine. Disznoko’s Dry Furmint plays on the purity of fruit and freshness, with no oak and gentle handling.
The wine is made up of 90% Furmint and 10% Hárslevelű. The grape bunches are manually harvested at the time of full ripening, but before Botrytis development. The clusters are put into crates and brought to the winery, where they are gently pressed, allowed to settle, and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Very fresh floral, citrusy nose with pear and grapefruit aromas. Exceeding freshness and fruit with a hint of chalk on the palate. A lingering mineral note and salty finish.
Great with shellfish or light lunchtime salads
TOURELLES DE LONGUEVILLE, PAUILLAC, 2011, £180 (CASE OF 6)
Second wine of Chateau Pichon Baron in Pauillac, making use of the amazing old vine Merlot on the sandier soils on that great estate.
Highly concentrated ripe red and black fruit, with plums and bramble, with smoke and toast and sweet spice from older oak barrels, giving super smooth tannins as soon as you open the bottle.
One for the Sunday beef roast
CEDRO DO NOVAL, DOURO RED, 2015, £108 (CASE OF 6)
Funky and fresh table red from the Douro valley. Red and black fruit, pepper spice, and a lifting floral violet nose.
Made from Douro favourites Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, and the happy tourist, Syrah, this red blend is so beautifully fresh, you’ll rethink your preconceptions about hot climate table reds.
Not sure how easy it is to get hold of, but amazing with roast goat and rosemary
TIO PEPE, FINO EN RAMA, 2019, £90 (CASE OF 6)
Ten years ago, Tio Pepe launched a new innovation the world of sherry, the En Rama. Bottled directly from their favourite barrels, with no filtration, this is fino sherry in its purest form!
The 2019 release of Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino En Rama celebrates the 10th annual release of this game changing sherry
Sherry of this quality goes with a lot of things, but the wine’s the star here, so just go for some hard cheese and simple seafood.