For an ancient trade like wine, genuine firsts are now few and far between. In the wine headlines lately there’s been the launch of the world’s first paper wine bottle, a failed en primeur campaign for an otherwise good quality vintage – a first for Bordeaux, the rise of the enomatic wine sampling machine and the unstoppable popularity of English wines, something the old-school-wine-boys thought they’d never live to see.
Available at a fantastically discounted price of £98 for the whole case (including delivery) the wines are also available in store to buy separately (although without the discount). Here are my two favourites from the case:
Stone Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Bordeaux, France (£8.00)
Forget pungent NZ Sauvignon Blanc and bland examples from Chile, the French are fighting back with this fresh, summery, lime sherbet and grassy Sauvignon from Bordeaux. Serve it well chilled as a thirst quenching apéritif.
Think you know Beaujolais? Think again. Hailing from the fantastic 2009 vintage this is a wine to put the region back on every wine lover’s map. Ripe summer berry fruits, vanilla pod and velvety tannins make it a perfect BBQ wine. Try serving lightly chilled.