louis jardot beaujolais village 2007When the days start to lengthen, the suns rays tingle warm on the skin and the howling British winds reduce to a mere whistle on the windows, we know that it must surely be... GAMAY time.  The last winter was a long one and those of us condemned to serve out our damp sentence on Pudding Island can do nothing else but raise our glasses cheerfully and wait for them to be filled with this delicious summery grape variety.

The Louis Jardot Beau Village 2007 is young, thirst quenching and ideally suited lightly chilled and in your glass.  If you're feeling particularly Bacchic then why not let a little run down your chin... I do!

The fruits are light raspberry and glistening red on the tongue.  One glass inevitably leads to the next and the next to all things summery and mischievous.  I noticed this wine being served in bars around the capital which is a bonus... look out in the shires!

RRP from £8.05

Stockists: Tesco, Budgens, Booths, Waitrose,  Matthew Clark, www.everywine.co.uk

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As COVID-19 conspires with the grimmest of winds and rain to force a societal retreat behind our own front doors, the word ennui springs to mind. The muddle of displeasure is pierced when Natalia hands me a large bulbous glass of a liquid I do not recognise.

 

 

Britain’s lamentable exit

On the eve of Britain’s official departure from the EU, my partner and I decided to explore a small town on the Italian Riviera where thewintry cold doesn’t feel so much like cold war bite.

I had warned my significant other that I would be having an inverse departure party, a release of the sanity valve if you like!

 

Sitting inside the ancient castle walls inside the town of Soave, a short drive from Verona in northern Italy, the unique slightly almond aroma of the indigenous grape, Garganega, rises gently from my glass. The castle sprawls up the side of an extinct volcano that gives the region its variant soil structures that mark out the better quality of Soave wines.

 

Tanisha Townsend decided to move to Paris 4 years ago after regularly passing through the city en route to the world’s most famous vineyards. In fact, it was about 2 years ago at the Printemps de Champagne Bouzy Rouge tasting in Reims that I saw (who we shall now refer to as) GirlMeetsGlass chirpily speaking to her web followers on Snapchat.

 

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of Saint James, rises out of the landscape, infested with antiquity. The rambling steep streets give way to shafts of dramatic light, emblazoned chapels, and tightly packed tapas bars, dusty, as old novels pressed together in antiquarian bookshops.

 

Driving into the Entre-Deux-Mers region from the north, the vineyards roll out like a bright green deep-pile carpet across the undulating land. It’s hard not to be excited about tasting wines with so much heritage, as we head to Chateau-Sainte-Marie to meet with 5th generation owner, Stéphane Dupuch. 

 

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