Spectator Wine Club Offer - June

Readers will, I’m sure, remember the excellent Merlot-rich Sang du Sanglier from Ch. de Fayolle that we offered here with FromVineyardsDirect recently. Well, crikey, the 2016 Ch. de Fayolle Blanc, its sister wine, is every bit as toothsome. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon (just a bit) from low-yielding, naturally-farmed, herbicide-free vineyards in Bergerac near Bordeaux, it’s crisp, clean and refreshing. The Sauvignon gives a lively touch of citrus, grass and herbs while the Sémillon adds depth, character and a certain roundedness. A white Graves of this quality from down the road would be twice the price. £9.95 down from £10.95.

And if classic, beautifully made, artisanal Sauvignon Blanc is your thing, then you’ll swoon over the 2016 Pouilly Fumé Les Aveillons. I’m told that FVD only sourced it a month or so ago and are struggling to hang on to stocks since it’s proved to be nothing less than catnip for their canny customers. Made with fruit from 65 year-old vines by the Millet family at Domaine de La Loge, it fair screams quality and boasts a deliciously intense mineral core fleshed out with luscious yet restrained citrus and white stone fruit flavours. £13.95 down from £14.95.

The 2017 Horizon Rosé is the entry level cuvée from those paragons of rosémaking, the Negrel family of Mas de Cadenet near Aix en Provence, whose Sainte-Victoire label we’ve offered here countless times to whoops of delight. This is just the ticket too and is what la famille Negrel knock back at home. A gloriously sexy pale, pale pink, it’s a blend of Grenache and Syrah and full of citrus, herbs and a gentle dusting of spice. It’s about as tempting a rosé as you’ll find at a cheerfully amenable price. £9.45 down from £9.95.

The 2016 Moulin de Gassac Pinot Noir from Mas de Daumas Gassac, Languedoc’s leading estate, came as quite a surprise. I’d have thought it was too hot to grow Pinot Noir here. After all, the grape is a bugger to cultivate thanks in part to its thin skin which makes it susceptible to all manner of diseases and which renders it easily scorched in baking sun. Somehow they’ve pulled it off though and the result is a wine of real charm. It’s soft, smooth, supple with slightly smoky and extremely juicy plummy, cherry fruit. Perfect for summer, it can stand half an hour in an ice bucket before drinking. £9.95 down from £10.95.

The 2015 Vintage Claret is FVD’s current house claret and has had almost a year’s extra bottle age since we last offered it here. This has only served to make it even more toothsome. Made by Jonathan Maltus - proprietor/winemaker of Le Dôme and Ch. Teyssier and proud recipient not only of an OBE but also a 100-point score from Robert Parker - it’s a Merlot-based blend full of soft, ripe, succulent fruit from a cracking year. You simply can’t go wrong with this.

Finally, also from Bordeaux, the 2015 Petite Sirène de Ch. Giscours made by the same winemaking team that makes mighty Ch. Giscours itself, the celebrated Margaux 3ième cru. They only make this wine in good years and 2015 was - famously - a very good year and the estate wouldn’t put its name to an inexpensive claret like this if it wasn’t completely up to snuff. Richly flavoured, smooth and elegant with great concentration of dark fruit, it’s a delicious mouthful and although in great shape now will almost certainly be even better in a month or so. £11.45 down from £11.95.

The mixed case has two bottles of each wine and delivery, as ever, is free.

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    Spectator Mixed Case - September

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    Spectator Mixed Case

    Case 1 bottles £143.40

    Château de Fayolle Blanc, Bergerac 2016

    Château de Fayolle Blanc, Bergerac 2016

    Bergerac / FR
    13.5%
    White Bergerac

    Bottle 75 cl £10.95

    Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Aveillons' Domaine de la Loge 2016

    Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Aveillons' Domaine de la Loge 2016

    Loire / FR
    12.5%
    White Loire

    Bottle 75 cl £14.95
    Case 12 bottles £179.40

    Horizon Rosé, IGP Méditerranée 2017

    Horizon Rosé, IGP Méditerranée 2017

    12.5%
    Rosé

    Bottle 75 cl £9.95 £9.45
    Case 12 bottles £119.40 £113.40

    Moulin de Gassac, Pinot Noir 2016

    Moulin de Gassac, Pinot Noir 2016

    13%
    Red Languedoc

    Bottle 75 cl £10.95
    Case 12 bottles £131.40

    Petite Sirène de Château Giscours, Bordeaux 2015

    Petite Sirène de Château Giscours, Bordeaux 2015

    13%
    Red Bordeaux

    Bottle 75 cl £11.95
    Case 12 bottles £143.40