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Goedhuis recommends: March 2019

Excitement is the perfect word to describe the tasting that has just unfolded seamlessly in the office. The wines we have selected to take us into Spring all have a common theme: they are fresh, lively and vibrant with wonderfully pure fruit. They are positively uplifting.

White Wines
Sartarelli is one of the best estates in Le Marche, a region that neighbours Umbria. If you are looking for something a little off the beaten track, we can’t recommend this 100% Verdicchio more highly. It is crisp, fresh and extremely more-ish with an impressive complexity to the delicious peachy fruit and depth of flavour. It was very hard not to swallow what was in my glass! Italian white wines are a joy to drink, it’s as simple as that.

For the more traditional palate, we love this Sancerre from Domaine Dezat. What sets this apart from others is that André and his sons harvest their Sauvignon Blanc grapes from three different terroirs within the region. This ensures the wine is more than the regular grassy, citrusy Sauvignon, but delivers another level of complexity and interest. It is genuinely exciting to drink!

Rosé Wine
This deliciously pale Pinot Noir based rosé from Domaine Reverdy in Sancerre is drinking brilliantly. Aromas of juicy strawberry fruit unfurl on the nose. The palate is refined and silky with a mineral lift that nods to its cooler climate. We all agreed that this wine would really come into its own when enjoyed with food. Absolutely delicious and a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Provencal rosés.

Red Wines
The two red wines we have chosen couldn’t be more different in terms of style and are aimed at very different drinking experiences.

From Fleurie, one of the 10 Grand Crus in Beaujolais, Clos de La Roilette is considered one of the greatest names in the appellation. The vines are located on the border of Moulin à Vent, on granite and unusually (for the region) clay soils, which means that this wine is more powerful and fuller bodied than many Fleuries. A food wine that opens as it swirls around the glass to reveal dark cherries and violet notes.

Our Spanish selection has been strengthened considerably by this exciting Rioja Reserva from Contino. 2010 will be remembered as one of the greatest Rioja vintages, therefore to source a Reserva almost 10 years on and under £30 is no mean feat. This isn’t a powerful wine, it is a Rioja built on its elegance and finesse, with wonderfully pure, silky dark spicy fruit. It is classy, utterly gorgeous and highly recommended.