Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Club

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine Club

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What a pleasure it is to return to Avery's of Bristol, one of our oldest and finest wine merchants. Not only are they offering an eclectic assortment of old and new fine wines, but selling them to us at startling discounts. This is not as mad as it sounds. Often merchants buy stocks of first-rate wines that might not be well known to the public and so move rather slowly. Offering them cut-price to Spectator readers is one way of getting the word out, and I guarantee you will want to try all these many times.

There are also two bin-end offers, which aren't included in the sample case because supplies are tight and you'll need to get in early. One is the Chateau Chanteloup 2001(1), a Bordeaux blanc which is reduced from L6.95 to an astonishing L3.75. This is not a great wine, but it's fresh and crisp and just right for summer glugging; Richard Davis of Avery's tells me this one is flying off the shelves.

The main body of the offer begins with a Burgundy from just outside Chablis. It's the excellent 2000 vintage of Domaine Felix, Cotes d'Auxerre(2), and it's been reduced by a sensational 23 per cent to just L5.75 a bottle. This is crisp and very much of its region; a treat for fans of bone-dry Burgundy.

Now two Sauvignon Blancs, made in entirely different styles. The Southern Right 2002(3) is from the Western Cape and is another example of the terrific wines coming from South Africa now. This has the light, crisp, grassy taste of the best New Zealand Sauvignons. It's a wine with real backbone and character - which makes it sound like a cadet at Sandhurst, but should not put you off, especially as the L6.50 tag is an 18 per cent saving on the list price.

The other Sauvignon is from New Zealand. The Goldwatcr 2002(4) is, however, rather different from most of its compatriots, since it's packed with a gorgeous fresh, zingy, juicy flavour which hits the palate running, so to speak. …

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