Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine, Wine Club, Wine Club Offers: Jonathan Ray

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Wine, Wine Club, Wine Club Offers: Jonathan Ray

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We are in the middle of a heatwave as I write. Roads are melting, rails are buckling and tempers are fraying. My train to London today took twice as long as normal thanks to 'adverse weather conditions'. A blizzard? Fog? A flash flood? Nope, sunshine in July. What an unexpected shock for poor Network Rail.

Happily, Private Cellar is on the case and after an exhaustive tasting we have come up with four beauties with which to sustain ourselves during such strange times.

The Réserve de Sours Sparkling Rosé NV is charm incarnate from a producer dear to Spectator readers' hearts. A glorious salmon pink Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend, made in the traditional Champagne method, it spends 16 months on the lees before disgorgement and has style in abundance. It's full of ripe summery fruits with a fine, frothy mousse and a long dry finish. About as perfect a summer wine as you will find and only £13.45, down from £14.95.

The term Crémant refers to French sparklers made outside Champagne but in the traditional Champagne method (with the secondary fermentation in bottle). The Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut P100, NV, from leading Chablis producer Simonnet-Febvre, is as tasty an example as I've found and one I've happily recommended elsewhere in the past. …

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