Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Offer

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Many Spectator readers look forward to what has become an annual event - the release of the new Chateau de Sours wines. The star is, as always, the rose, which many believe made pink wines respectable once again, compared at least to the thin, wine-gummy fluids you used to see people not drinking.

The de Sours vineyard is owned by a Brit, Martin Krajewski, who has done a lot to raise it from ho-hum status into a name which combines name recognition with real quality. All the wines are first-rate, and all will bring you great pleasure this summer.

The red from 2007 (1) (13% alcohol) is a lovely, plumptious claret, made entirely from Merlot, on land overlooking St Emilion, with whose wines it shares many characteristics. You will find forest fruits and cedar, with enough tannin to give body and strength, but not enough to spoil the velvety feel. Yum! This will drink well now, but it will go on improving for four years. If you bought in a supply you would have increasingly pleasurable drinking. £11.20 a bottle.

The white, 2010 (2) (12.5%) is a typical Bordeaux, though it is 80 per cent Sauvignon Blanc with just 20 per cent Semillon - a nod to modern tastes which favour the gooseberry and grass flavours of the Sauvignon. …

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