Goedhuis Recommends: April 2019
Spring has sprung, the dark nights are behind us and at our Spring tasting on Bermondsey Street we unleashed our 2018 Provencal rosés to an audience of seventy people. The 2018 Saint Baillon is beautifully pink with delicate light strawberry red fruits and under the careful eye of the Delon family, who took over the estate in 2014, the quality gets better and better. Saint Baillon Rosé is our biggest seller for the simple reason that not only is it so very delicious year after year, but at £11 per bottle it remains a bastion of good value.
We have been buying Simoni Santini’s Vernaccia di San Gimignano for a decade or more. Transporting oneself to the Tuscan sunshine is less problematic when you have a glass of this beauty to hand. The wine is light and delicate on the palate with expressive, aromatic peachy, lemony fruits. One of our best-selling wines, it oozes freshness and is a joy to drink.
Eden Rift Chardonnay is a new signing to our list. Situated 20 miles from the Pacific coast, south of San Jose in California, this wine is bright and focused with ripe stone fruit flavours and a creamy texture on the palate. This is the only Californian white on our Selection List and it is a fabulous example.
Vincent Charton knows how to make wine. He is a young, talented vigneron whose vines are located around the village of Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise. He talks about his wines with such enthusiasm and the quality of the range is from the top drawer. His Bourgogne Rouge is one of the finest examples we have come across in the region, concentrated and juicy with sweet cherry fruit, it is superb value at £15.83 per bottle. Highly recommended.
Francesco Leanza bought Salicutti in 1990 and soon after it was the first estate in Montalcino to be officially certified as organic. This is one of the most sought after wines in the region and every year we buy as much as we possibly can. Francesco’s Rosso is from the estate’s younger vines and oozes pleasure. 2015 is a great vintage in Tuscany and whilst we await the arrival of the Brunellos we can enjoy this wonderful Rosso di Montalcino. Sweet, pure, cranberry and cherry fruits leap out of the glass. The palate is juicy with a firm structure and requires a few minutes in the glass to open and reveal its full potential. Superb quality here.