Domaine de Majas - Maccabeu/Rolle/Carignan Blanc - Côtes Catalanes, 2011
Founded in 1992 by Alain Carrère, the vineyards have been organic since 2007. Hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts, this wine presents white peach, hints of citrus with good minerality and a long finish. Excellent really cold with pulled pork.
Picpoul de Pinet, Château Mirande - Picpoul Blanc - Languedoc, 2013
Picpoul is an ancient grape variety which has a green tinged and crisp acidity and more vinosity than gros plant from Loire valley.This tiny estate, located between Beziers and Montpellier, was established in 1850.
Joseph Albajan considered as the"pope" of Picpoul places organic viticulture at the heart of estate's philosophy. Grapes are harvested at night in order to keep their freshness and the wine shows green fruit and herbs, peach and apricots notes and iodine flavour. Served between 8 and 12 degrees with potato salad or grilled fish.
Folle Blanche - Loire, 2013
Produced by Pierre Luneau Papin, an 8th generation winemaker, in Gros Plant - 20km from Nantes.
A clear, bright, lemon-yellow colour with citrus and white flowers on the nose. Bright acidity, slight saltiness and balanced minerality with pleasant tart notes. Aged six months sur lie. Delicious as an apéritif or try with oysters, grilled tuna or fish and chips.
Hurluberlu Sebastian David - Cabernet Franc - Loire, 2013
The grapes for this wine are pressed by foulage on David Sebastien’s 5 ha biodynamic vineyard. Natural yeasts ferment this personality-filled wine which offers pure fruit, spice, slight pine and cheer. Aged in clay amphora by a true wine fanatic, hurluberlu roughly translates as eccentric - a local nickname for the winemaker! No added sulphur, unfiltered and unfined. Drinks beautifully on its own or with terrine.
Raisins Gaulois, Morgon - Gamay - Beaujolais, 2013
In 1981, led by Marcel Lapierre (one of the “gang of four”), this estate pioneered the revolutionary return to traditional practices in the vineyard and effectively launched the natural wine movement.
The 2013 vintage produced a wine rich with cherry, liqourice and violet. Light tannins and great balance.
Vino di Anna - Nerello Mascalese - Sicilia, 2011
Produced from old vines with fining, filtration or the addition of SO2, this wine is fine and complex. It has floral and cherry aromas, coupled with Etna’s distinctive spice. The palate is savoury with a fruit sweetness and some tobacco notes. Tannins are elegant and finely grained and the finish long and appealing.