We ask a few wine connoisseurs which wines they would recommend to welcome in the spring…
John Harrison of Circle Wine recommends the following:
English Sparkling Wine is all the rage at present for the very good reason that is it so damn good. Hattingley Valley Rosé 2014 sits at the top of the pile and is outstanding with a gorgeous pale rose colour and a wonderful sense of strawberries and cream. Remarkably, the 2011 vintage was awarded the crown of World Champion Vintage Rosé at the prestigious 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.
**Circle Wine are offering T&L readers a special price at £29.95 per bottle (RRP £36.00) with free delivery for orders of 6 bottles or more**
Chateau Miraval 2016 is another rosé that is well worth considering. Presently owned by Brad and Angelina, it is made by the acclaimed Famille Perrin who reckon the 2016 edition is their best ever. Considering the 2012 vintage was the only rosé wine to make it into the influential Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of the year list, this is praise indeed. Available from Circle Wine at £14.95.
Summer reds are always a bit trickier. Red Sancerre is a popular choice with some but a polariser with others. For more universal appeal, try a young, lightly oaked Rioja, with clean fruit flavours of cherry and plum balanced by fresh acidity. Urbion Cuvée 2015 at £9.95 is elegant and easy drinking and perfect with a barbeque feast.
The following are recommended wines available from London Wine Merchant Jeroboams:
2015 Pouilly-Fume, Domaine de Riaux
Perfect to complement Asparagus or other spring greens.
2015 Petit Pissares Priorat, Costers del Priorat
To complement a spring lamb recipe.
And on the first sunny day…. 2016 Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose – £19.95 – this wine will be on offer in May at Jeroboams as part of the Rosé offering