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Amazing wine to enjoy with your first barbeque of the year

by Diane - April 3rd, 2011.
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Delicious wines to try with barbequed chicken!
2006 Pouilly Fumé, 'Fine Caillottes', J.Pabiot (half)
2006 Pouilly Fumé, 'Fine Caillottes', J.Pabiot (half) £6.43
Jean Pabiot and son Alain are the proud guardians of a winemaking tradition stretching back 6 generations. Their sizeable domaine comprises an enviable portfolio of chalky Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Wines from the latter perfectly express the appellation's classic smoky, minerally character. The grassy nuances and soft asparagus notes of this latest vintage make this great with goat cheeses, oysters and baked cod.
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough £6.99
A fantastic New Zealand Sauvignon from the superlative Marlborough region. It offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.
2007 Pinot Noir 'The Bell Tower', Saint Pourcain
2007 Pinot Noir 'The Bell Tower', Saint Pourcain £6.99
Located 100km south of Sancerre and 60km north of Clermont Ferrand, Saint Pourcain is the furthest outreach of Loire valley wines. The co-operative cellars here was founded in 1952 and following hard times in the 70s and 80s reorganised cellars and vineyards to focus their 450 hectares on the best sites for Chardonnay, Gamay, the local Tressalier and paticularly Pinot Noir.
2008 Classic Sauvignon Adnams Selection, Domaine Beausejour
2008 Classic Sauvignon Adnams Selection, Domaine Beausejour £7.99
Philippe Trotignon's Sauvignon is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, with the aromatic qualities you'd associate with New Zealand, the minerality of a Sancerre and the ripe gooseberry flavours of classic Touraine. This is delightfully pure and is a joy when you feel like something fresh and zingy.
2009 Classic Sauvignon Adnams Selection, Domaine Beausejour
2009 Classic Sauvignon Adnams Selection, Domaine Beausejour £7.99
Philippe Trotignon's Sauvignon is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, with the aromatic qualities you'd associate with New Zealand, the minerality of a Sancerre and the ripe gooseberry flavours of classic Touraine. This is delightfully pure and is a joy when you feel like something fresh and zingy.
Sauvignon St Bris 2009, Simonnet-Febvre
Sauvignon St Bris 2009, Simonnet-Febvre £8.99
This wine combines the crisp, elegant green apple flavours of the Loire valley (the vineyards are less then 50km from Sancerre) with the minerally characters of Chablis (which is less than 5km away!). A delicious, tightly-knit and food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc which represents excellent value.
The Tattybogler Pinot Noir Rosé, Central Otago, Forrest
The Tattybogler Pinot Noir Rosé, Central Otago, Forrest £9.99
Forrest rosé is so good that we came up with the idea of producing a Sancerre inspired rosé with John Forrest over lunch in spring 2009. We thought it would be an exciting opportunity to create a small parcel of Pinot Noir rosé and here's the first vintage. John chose his 'Tattybogler' vineyards for this premium rosé as he believes it's producing the best fruit for this style of wine. The Tattybogler rosé is a blend of Pinot from Waitaki Valley and Central Otago. All fruit is cropped low for optimum flavour and hand harvested. After picking, the skins are left in contact for just a couple of hours to extract a little colour prior to pressing and fermentation. Surprisingly for rosé, we had winter in mind for this wine! Bottled late June, it's drinking perfectly. The rich succulent Otago Pinot Noir delivers silky cherry and strawberry fruit, that enables it to compliment a variety of dishes. Rosé is now enjoyed all year round and the Tattybogler will lighten even the darkest winte
2007 Sancerre, Domaine Vacheron (Half Bottle)
2007 Sancerre, Domaine Vacheron (Half Bottle) £9.99
Domaine Vacheron has some of the best vineyards in Sancerre, comprising equal measures of limestone and flint - the first lending wines 'tang', the latter minerality. In the dream Loire vintage of 2005 (a year of ripe yet perfectly-balanced wines), organically-oriented cousins Jean-Dominique and Jean-Laurent Vacheron kept yields one-fifth lower than typical local harvests, resulting in Sauvignon of real concentration. Incisively citrusy; hints of herbs; a fine match for river fish.
Sancerre 'Les Baudrières' 2010, Dominique Baud
Sancerre 'Les Baudrières' 2010, Dominique Baud £9.99
The most famous of all Loire Sauvignons, Sancerre is renowned for its crisp, citrus and gooseberry flavours, balanced by restrained mineral elegance.