Four wines for a later-summer garden party, barbecue or just an expansive meal with friends.
All of these wines are easy-drinking yet sophisticated and will match with a range of foods.
La Maison du Crémant Prestige Brut, (£14, Sainsbury’s)
Made by respected Burgundian producer François Martenot, this Crémant de Bourgogne, a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Aligoté, was featured in Decanter’s Top 25 Crémants with 91/100 points.
aromatic and floral, with white flowers, orange blossom and fresh; fresh citrus, crisp apples-and-pears, white stone fruit and leesy brazil-nut creaminess; elegant and complex
Serve as an aperitif or match with canapés; the freshness will also stand up to roast chicken or fish and chips.
Ormarine Conchylia Picpoul de Pinet 2020, (£9, Marks & Spencer)
Ormarine, in partnership with Maison Jeanjean, is the leading producer of Picpoul de Pinet which is the perfect match with oysters, and it happens to be the start of the wild native oyster season on 1 September so a great time to enjoy a dozen with a glass of this Picpoul:
aromatic with white flowers and sherbetty citrus; lemon-lime, stone fruits and passion fruit with a supple, saline zing; harmonious and adept with good underpinnings.
Match with seafood, especially oysters, white fish or white meat, such as pork.
Also reviewed by Tom Cannavan: Ormarine, Conchylia Picpoul de Pinet 2020 - wine-pages
La Belle Angèle Sauvignon Blanc 2020, (£9.99/bottle or £8.99 mix six, Majestic)
La Belle Angele was the muse of many Impressionist painters in the Belle Epoque. This Vin de France from Badet Clément is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, aged on the lees for about a month.
expressive with fresh gooseberry and grapefruit; ripe tropical fruits, florality, zippy lime and gooseberry, leesy minerality and expressive aromatics. Rounded with good underpinnings.
Match with pork and herb terrine or carbonara with generous parsley and ground pepper.
It will shortly be the first ever bag in box white win available at Majestic as part of their new BIB range £24.99/2.5litres and £19.99 mix six.
Les Jamelles Syrah 2019 (£7.25, Co-op)
Another wine from Badet Clément and their best selling brand, this Pays d’Oc wine is made from 100% Syrah grapes grown on 20 year old vines.
wild berries, dark fruits and spices; fresh dark berry fruits, spice and grilled flavours; inky, supple and juicy with rounded tannins and a touch of cool mint.
Match with roasted red meats, char-grilled steak or barbeque foods