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Waitrose Spring Press Tasting

I had the joy of tasting such an impressive selection of wines at the Waitrose press tasting last week, I have tried to narrow down a selection of my favourites- but if you’re looking for any particular recommendations just send me a message.

The White’s

Domaine Masson-Blondelet Pouilly-Fumé 2020– so delicious, crisp, mineral and elegant. The one for seafood

La Marinière Muscadet– so light and fresh, white peach and lemon with lovely blossom notes on the nose.

Babich Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Malborough currently on offer for £9.99- this is not your typical NZ style Sauvignon Blanc which was a real surprise. If like me this wouldn’t normally be your go to, give it a try- it’s very good.

The Red’s

Antinori Pian del Vigne Brunello di Montalicino 2015-Sangiovese joy from an exceptional vintage, not widely available in all Waitrose shops but buy a bottle while you can at Waitrose cellar!

Simpsons Estate Pinot Noir 2020 – so happy to see English wine making the list and one of my favourites too.

Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley 2012– rich, powerful and intense with lots of soft ripe fruits wrapped in spices. Perfect long, lazy Sunday lunch wine.

Vallonneé Vineyards Anokhee Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Nashik India- Perhaps the most interesting addition to the Waitrose wine collection and such a great pick. Earthy and smooth with fresh notes of green bell pepper and eucalyptus, I would definitely like to try this again.

The Orange

Domaine Jones on the QT Orange Macabeu, Languedoc- I will definitely have to do a separate post about this one because it’s an absolute winner- equal parts fresh and rich, so moreish and enticing.

The Rosé’s

Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé 2020, California- Rosé from California isn’t usually my go to, but I loved this one- wild strawberry, peach and a touch of rhubarb, it’s juicy, dry and so quaffable (not yet released but keep an eye out)

Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose– I discovered this rosé a few years ago and it has to be one of the best value supermarket wines out there at £6.99. Female winemaker producing wine from over 40 year-old-vines grown surrounding at extinct volcano, if that isn’t enough to entice you already then it’s exactly the type of dry, crisp Summer rosé you know and love. Decanter Bronze

The Sweet

Samos Vin Doux, Greece- This is a gorgeous bottle of dessert wine from Greece made from Muscat, so satisfying. Honey, blossom, mandarins, apricot and orange peel deliciousness.

The Sparkling

Leckford Estate Brut 2016– from the Waitrose vineyard itself in Hampshire this is a delight, made by the wonderful team at Ridgeview it’s bursting with green apple and lemon with lovely pastry and toasted hazelnut notes. Decanter Bronze

Pol Roger Vintage Rosé 2012– my second time trying this new vintage, just wonderful, vibrant, rich and gorgeous long finish.

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