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Goedhuis Recommends: Summer 2020

As we emerge from lockdown and restrictions are gently eased, many of us dare to think about our summer holiday plans. For those remaining here in the UK it’s imperative that the cellars are stuffed full of goodies, and to aid you in your quest for the best we have an exciting range of wines from France, Italy and Spain. 
 
Champagne Louis Roederer’s Brut Premier NV is quite simply outstanding. They practice organic viticulture at the estate and up to 60% of the blend hails from vineyards that Louis Roederer own themselves. The NV is made up of predominantly red grapes (40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier) with 40% Chardonnay to complete the blend. The result is a structured Champagne with a rich and silky palate. The three years spent ageing on its lees in the bottle gives a toasty, brioche complexity that envelopes the pure and defined citrus fruit flavours. Highly recommended.
 
We’ve selected three white wines this month to reflect what we hope will be a sun-drenched July with plenty of BBQs. They’re all fresh and vibrant with a fabulous streak of mouth-watering acidity.
 
The ‘Begude dude’ is back with a brand new cuvée for us, the organic, 100% Chardonnay Terroir 11300It’s taut, mineral and focused with refreshing acidity. It also offers brilliant value at only £10.95/bottle. Should a Spanish white wine be in order we can’t recommend this Albariño from the cool climate region of Rías Baixas highly enough. Packed full of peachy fruit flavours spiked with citrus, this is the most wonderful wine to pair with light salads and fish dishes. The Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin 2017 Chablis needs little introduction, it’s a wine from one of the best domaines in Chablis and from one of the greatest recent vintages. Full, yet precise on the palate with impressive length and vibrant stone fruit flavours, it’s utterly delicious.
 
We’ve also chosen three brilliant reds, at three different price points, delivering three very different styles. All drinking extremely well today.
 
Chateau La Fleur Coterie has been our house claret for over a decade and the recently arrived 2018 vintage is medium bodied, juicy and supple displaying delicious blackcurrant and cassis notes. It bears all the hallmarks of a Right Bank Bordeaux at an appealing £10.75/bottle. If you’re seeking a good value ‘every day’ house red Burgundy, try this superb 2018 Bourgogne Rouge cuvée crafted by Vincent Charton in Mercurey. It is wonderfully fragrant, pure and fresh and is drinking terrifically. As for Italian reds, they really come into their own with food due to their higher acidity profile. The wines of Renzo Marinai from Panzano in Chianti Classico tend to be fuller bodied, with notable structure and a darker fruit profile. This particular 2015 Chianti Classico is five years old and in a great spot. Now fully mature, it’s a thought-provoking organic wine at just under £20/bottle, or just under £100/bottle for a double magnum.