Perfect wines for Easter
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We are starting to enjoy the longer days and with Easter on the horizon, we can start planning our long weekend. We have made a selection of our favourite wines to drink at Easter.

A nice selection with something for everyone so all you have to think about is what to cook!

Let’s start with bubbles

To start things off, how about opening a very special champagne? We love Cuvée Garance from Champagne Thiénot. A 100% Pinot Noir – Blanc de Rouges – named after founder Alain Thiénot’s daughter, Garance.  It is powerful but yet very elegant. A real treat! This is a champagne to enjoy with food. Fantastic with smoked salmon, a creamy chicken or wild mushroom dish.

Vouvray sparkling from the Loire is a wine that is still relatively small in the UK but a popular choice in France. 100% Chenin Blanc and made by traditional champagne method, it has typically fine tiny bubbles. Benoit Gautier’s family has been making Vouvray wines since 1669. Benoit has been recognised as one of the most talented Vouvray winemakers of his generation! His sparkling is fresh, supple with subtle flavours of citrus and white peach. Delicious as an aperitif or with savoury nibbles.

No introduction needed with Prosecco. We listed the prosecco from Ca’Tullio a couple of years ago as we were so impressed with its quality. Ca’Tullio grow their native grapes with passion and care in the heart of Friuli. The result is a prosecco that is aromatic, pleasantly fruity and very refreshing. Perfect to drink on its own or with some seafood.

Classic whites…

For the whites, a Burgundy is always appreciated on the table at Easter. The Chassagne-Montrachet from Jean-Marc Pillot is elegant and mineral. It has rich ripe concentrated fruit, good acidity and wonderfully long. Delicious paired with seafood and fish.

We recommend the Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons from Domaine Du Chardonnay, It is full and silky with a hint of pineapple. Wonderful length. Ideal with fish in sauce and white meat.

We also love the Northern Rhone whites and Saint Joseph from Louis Cheze in particular. The Cuvée Ro-Rée is exquisitely elegant, aromatic, rich and powerful. Has subtle spicy and buttery aromas. This St Joseph will go well with a fish in sauce, white meat, a mushroom risotto or strong cheeses.

Beautiful Reds…

Any special event requires a top-notch Bordeaux! We have chosen Château Belgrave, Haut-Médoc 5ème Grand Cru Classé in the 2012 vintage. The wine is well-balanced and fresh and elegant with silky tannins until the lingering finish. Similar to Saint-Julien in style, Chateau Belgrave’s neighbouring vineyard. Will perfectly match a traditional Easter lamb but also a cheese platter (matured gouda, extra-mature cheddar, Saint Nectaire..).

 

In our book, Easter also requires a good Burgundy on the table. Gevrey Chambertin by Domaine Harmand Geoffroy is classic and complex. Powerful but elegant with rich and fruity aromas. Also a great partner to lamb and also game.

We have selected another wine from Louis Cheze, a Saint Joseph rouge. We are always big fans of their cuvée Caroline and their latest vintage 2018 is just another stunner. It is typical Syrah from the north of the Rhône valley, with noticeable but refined tannins, which gives it a beautiful structure. It is beautifully fresh, some spicy notes. Classic and elegant. Perfect pairing to roast beef and also cheese.

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For Italian wine lovers, you can’t beat a Brunello di Montalcino! Our wine producer Tenute Silvio Nardi was the first Italian wine on our list back in 2000. The 2013 is beautiful and juicy with hints of spices. This full-bodied wine requires a dish with flavours, it goes great but red meat and also a whole cooked salmon.

And how about a beautiful Pinot Noir from Austria? The Mittelbach 2017 vintage is elegant, delicate and fruity with a touch of spice and some soft tannins. Lots of charm, beautiful! This Pinot Noir will pair well some charcuterie and a cheese platter (brie, goats cheese or vintage gouda)

And for the sweeties…

Wether it’s to accompany a cheese platter or a pudding, we have chosen 3 very different wines.

First one is Maury Vin Doux Naturel from Southern French producer Mas Mudigliza. A very rich sweet fortified red wine with prune, mocha, caramel and herb flavours. It is an exceptional partner to chocolate, foie gras and strong cheeses, particularly blue cheeses.

Our second choice is a Tokaji, Édes Szamorodni from Disznókö Dorgó Vineyard. Fleshy, quite round in the mouth, with ripe acidity. The finish has an elegant bitterness and minerality. This is an outstanding aperitif and also a perfect accompaniment to foie gras.

And our final sweetie is the classic Sauternes. Our Castelnau de Suduiraut 2009 is a fresher style Sauternes with great personality. It is produced from younger vines but mostly from carefully-selected parcels within the vineyard of Suduiraut. It is opulent and vivacious. Flavours of yellow peach, honey and spices. A powerful, nicely-balanced wine. Perfect match to foie gras, crème brulées and some cheeses such as Roquefort or comté.