Marks and Spencer 2006 oak-aged, white Bordeaux from Graves, chosen for the Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux campaign. And it costs £16.
So, rather different from your run-of-the-mill fresh and fruity sub-£10 New World style white, then.
In the glass, it is a deep yet bright golden colour. The nose reveals complex, aged, sherry-esque aromas - beneath the white flowers, citrus and grapefruit, there is ripe melon skin, evolved spice, struck match and a yeasty pungency.
The palate is full and weighty with a creamy texture, sweet honeydew melon and dried pineapple pieces, a touch of vanilla spice and subtle oak.
Long on the palate, it has a persistent and balanced finish.
Very well-made, very accomplished and rather unusual; trainspotters may be interested to learn it is a blend of 70% Sémillon, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Sauvignon Gris.
A really lovely wine - beautifully balanced and complex and all the more interesting for having some bottle age.
Very good indeed - and worth the money ? I think so.
Match with aged hard cheeses, such comté or appenzeller, or slow roast pork belly with apple sauce.
Marks and Spencer - http://www.marksandspencer.com/
Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux - http://www.goodfoodwouldchoosebordeaux.com/