Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Win

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Win

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Earlier this month we held a wine fair at The Spectator, using the tents that next day sheltered the magazine's summer party. It was great fun, and our six principal partners sold plenty of wine. The event is free; come next year! There were some terrific bottles, many discounted, such as the gorgeous Chilean Pionero Pinot Noir sold by The Wine Company of Colchester - an incredible £6.99 - luscious Chateau de Sours and Nyetimber from Private Cellar, stunning Menetou-Salon and Cote Rotie from Yapp Bros, the glorious Maiden Flight, also from Chile, one of the few Gewurtztraminers that really works outside Alsace, and a host of gluggable summer wines from Corney & Barrow. With nearly 90 bottles to sample, some of our visitors may have felt they had more choice than they could cope with.

We also hosted FromVineyardsDirect, from whom this month's splendid offer comes. I think all these wines stand out, and all are at prices far lower than you would expect. There are four whites and only two reds. This is because I hope by sympathetic magic to bring hot weather. Also because the whites are just amazing.

The first is a 2011 Laudun (1) made by Luc Pelaquie at his vineyards near Avignon.

It is made from five different grapes, including Roussanne and Viognier, and it is as full and fat and delectable as you might imagine.

Fine with food, or just perfect sipping on a long summer evening, all at a mere £11.65.

Equally stunning is Hugh Ryman's 2010 Chateau de la Jaubertie Mirabelle (2). This is an incredible wine. 'Plumptious' does not do it justice. It's made in Bergerac from the classic combination of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with a dash of Muscadelle, and at just £11.95 it's about half the price of a similarly delicious white Bordeaux. My wife and I opened a bottle the other night and were almost fighting each other for the last drops. …

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