Domaines et Châteaux, available at Tesco
Domaines et Chateaux is an evolving range of wines from small French estates; the wines are available in the UK from Tesco and have a sophisticated Old-World elegance and substance.
These are balanced, accomplished wines with excellent fruit, freshness and savouriness.
Domaine des Bouts 2015, Côtes du Rhône (£9) rich, waxy and spicy Rhônewhite with good underpinnings; fresh peach and citrus fruits with some nuts and touches of fresh mint.
Deft and adept.
Match with smoked salmon, creamy cheese sauces or crab
Château Briand 2014, Côtes de Castillon (£12) Merlot-based Bordeaux blend; cherries, red fruits and raspberry leaf with spices; fresh with soft tannins and good underpinnings.
Fresh, savoury and rounded.
Match with red meats, such as duck breast in cherry sauce.