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Life’s too short for bad wine, they say — so we’ve taken the pot luck out of the process. The shortlist of twelve wines below represents some of our all-time favourite bottles: robust reds, crisp rosés, organic whites — and even Winston Churchill’s beloved champagne. They are the good-time stalwarts that delight on any occasion. Pick six, and we’ll ship them directly to you, post-haste. You’re in good hands now.
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Our Selected Wines
Whispering Angel is the world’s most desirable rose — and it has the heavyweight credentials (and Cotes du Provence heritage) to back up the fanfare. Created by Sacha Lichine — a larger-than-life figure in every dimension — it is a serious wine for unserious occasions, with a beautifully sculpted mineral core and a fresh, summer fruit palette giving way to a pleasing salinity on the finish.
Perrin Réserve – Cotes Du Rhone
This is a baby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, if you will — a rich, jammy, savoury red crafted from the classic Rhone blend of Grenache and Syrah. The Perrin family have an utter dedication to the heritage of the region, and it shows — expect intense notes of black cherry, peppermint and vanilla and a fruity, flesh palette with well-structured tannins.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
Louis Roederer is a standard-bearing name in the world of champagne for good reason. This Brut Premier packs all the tantalising taste that you’d expect from such a reputable manufacturer into a single delectable magnum. Dry and bubbly, with a lengthy and complex aftertaste that lingers on the palate, every sip is a delight that bridges the twin tastes of champagne and fine wine. Matured for a minimum of four years before undertaking disgorgement, Louis Roederer Brut Premier blends hints of citrus, nuts, oak and spice to create a mesmerising combination of aroma and taste.
Corbières is the largest appellation in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. The standard of winemaking is as varied as the natural landscape — but when it’s good, it’s very good. This old-vine cuvée comes from a family-owned property at the heart of appellation, and it demonstrates just how good Corbières can be. Garnet red in colour, it boasts a rich array of black fruit aromas with hints of soft spice behind. It’s a big, mouth-filling wine with elegant tannins — though there’s plenty of well-balanced freshness and a touch of minerality to keep everything in harmony.
This prestigious rosé brings a touch of the South of France to your glass, wherever you happen to find yourself. Expect eager aromas of orange peel and redcurrant on the nose, as well as candied peach and pink grapefruit on the palette — all backed up by the crisp, dry finish that you’d hope for from a classic Côtes de Provence.
Montessora “La Giustiana” Gavi de Gavi
Today, Gavi is one of the hottest white wines on the planet, and its quality has shot way up in recent years. This “La Giustiana” from Montessora is an excellent example, no doubt about it. Pale straw in colour, it’s a lot more aromatic than many would expect from a Gavi, showing pretty floral notes along with some flinty minerality. On the palate, it’s crisp with a great purity of fruit, showing peach and lime with a hint of the almond character so typical of Gavi.
Pol Roger Réserve
Sir Winston Churchill was such a fan of Champagne Pol Roger that the famous Maison named its top cuvée after him. Brut Réserve is the perfect introduction to this historic house and its world-class Champagnes. It shows a golden straw yellow with persistent, fine bubbles. Take a whiff and you’ll find a lot going on, from bright white flowers and tangy green apple, to toasty brioche and a streak of stony minerality. The palate is complex, showing stone fruits as well as some honey and nutty notes and a truly mouth-watering acidity.
Yalumba Organic Viognier
There’s a good reason that people are turning to organic wines of late. The approach usually means less sugar — and less sugar means less headaches. This Yalumba Organic Viognier is an outstanding white wine for the price, and it’s made by Australia’s oldest family-owned vintner (and one of the first to craft organic wines.) Intensely satisfying, it has rich peach and nectarine flavours to the fore.
This Brut NV could easily be mistaken for a Champagne proper, but the presence of Loire grape varieties gives it a character all of its own. It’s pale yellow in colour with a complex nose of white flowers, white peach, grapefruit and more. In the mouth, it’s crisp and bracingly acidic, though it demonstrates considerable delicacy and balance at the same time. It finishes on tart green apples that’ll have you begging for another sip.
Chanson Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir
The secret to sourcing quality stuff at the right price is to know your producers, and Chanson Père et Fils is a legitimate name known to provide value for money, whether you’re talking entry-level Bourgogne or Premier Cru Clos des Fèves. Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir is, quite simply, a very well made red Burgundy. Bright red in colour and with powerful aromas of ripe berry fruit, liquorice and spice, you could easily mistake this for a village-level offering or better. In the mouth it’s complex with smooth tannins and great length.
Chanson Le Bourgogne Chardonnay
The Côte de Beaune is home to some of Burgundy’s great white wines. It’s also the stronghold of Domaine Chanson, a producer equally adept at producing entry-level Burgundy as with Premier Cru wines. No matter the wine’s appellation or classification, anything bearing the Chanson seal will offer a seriously strong quality/price ratio. This white Burgundy shows a pale gold colour and has a complex nose featuring an interplay of delicate aromas ranging from citrus fruits to herbs and honey. There’s good structure on the palate with lively acidity and a lingering, zesty finish.
This one’s got the “AIX” factor, no doubt about it. Provence leads the world for ultra-premium rosé, and even among sterling company, AIX Rosé stands out. Its beautiful salmon colour is inviting and its fresh, fruity, almost candied nose is downright irresistible. On the palate it’s crisp and lively with bright red fruit, citrus flavours, and a touch of spice.