Wines for the BBC’s Bill Buckley
If you’re tuned in for my monthly chat with BBC Radio Berkshire’s Bill Buckley, here’s some more detail on the wines we’re trying:
Britain’s love affair with gin shows no signs of slowing down and so here’s a chance to sample something from across the Channel, which should hopefully bring back some memories of summer. When I first saw Terres de Mistral Gin (Majestic Wine £27.99 for 70cl) with its pink hue, I confess that I thought “uh oh”, fearing it might be a bit too ‘granny’s knicker drawer’, with its focus on Provençal botanicals, but my fears were unfounded. It’s absolutely delicious and there’s no lavender in sight. This is currently one of my favourite gins, making the perfect G&T with a slice of pink grapefruit rind.
It’s rare to find a Champagne under £20 that’s really exciting. So well done Lidl for finding us this Bissinger Premium Champagne (Lidl £18.99), as part of its ‘Wine Tour’ seasonal selection. A classic blend of the 3 Champagne varieties – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier – it has lovely toasty baked apple flavours. It’s well worth buying this up and saving it for Christmas.
Next, the best English white I have so far tasted. I have been a huge fan of our sparkling wines for a while, but I was less convinced by the still wines. Then came the long hot summer of 2018, which delivered a beautiful vintage. Kent’s Hush Heath Estate makes this Tesco Finest English White (Tesco £12) with Bacchus, the grape that provides English shades of Sauvignon Blanc, rounded off with Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc delivering a very pretty wine with crisp apple and peach flavours.
Finally, as the nights draw in, a delicious Bordeaux red that’s the perfect partner for roast dinners and cheese boards by the fire. Chateau Pey La Tour Bordeaux Superieur 2016 (The Wine Society £11.50) is a classic Right Bank blend, meaning it’s led by Merlot. Ripe, juicy, red and black cherry/berry flavours abound, with a seductive hint of spice. This is really great quality at the price!