Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Article excerpt

This is an extraordinary mini-bar offer, providing some unusual delights.

Best of all it's a chance for those of us who can't afford ludicrous prices to buy some of the fabled 2009 Bordeaux vintage.

The sums fetched by famous names have tended to blot out the fact that even lesser chateaux produced very special wines.

But first, an amazing bargain from Chile.

El Caballo 2010 (1) is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Central Valley. It is fresh and packed with fruity flavour, just the wine to have on hand for when spring finally comes, and the days grow longer and warmer. A smashing pick-me-up - and only £5!

Simon Wrightson, who runs his operation in North Yorkshire, sells vast quantities of this, and if you buy it you'll see why.

Our other white is distinguished. White Bordeaux got a bad name decades ago, when as students we bought thin and watery Entre-deux-Mers. But this Chateau MontPerat 2009 (2) is glorious - a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, balanced and aromatic. It would grace any dinner table, and Simon has knocked £12 off each case to bring it down to £12. …

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