Goedhuis recommends: November 2019

November is always an incredibly busy month as the team head to Burgundy to taste the new vintage. However, it’s also a very social month with copious amounts of birthday celebrations when the most organised amongst us tune in and begin to think about stocking up the cellars in good time for the fast approaching festive period.

I don’t drink a huge amount of Champagne myself however, I have been thoroughly enjoying our Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs Champagne (there always seems be an excuse to open a bottle of Champagne in the office!). 100% Chardonnay from 1er Cru vineyards, this Blanc de Blancs is a lovely contrast to the richer, yeastier styles of Pinot Noir-based Champagnes. Incredibly fresh and elegant, it has an intense core of ripe fruit and stunning length and complexity for a Champagne that comes in at £28.50 a bottle! It is half the cost of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and it is most certainly not half the wine!

For the whites I have chosen two stellar bottles. Firstly, the 2017 Pouilly Fumé from Marc Deschamps who owns 8.5 hectares surrounding the village of Les Loges, arguably one of the greatest sites in the region. 2017 is a top-flight vintage in the Loire and it is demonstrated brilliantly in this intense, pure example. With plenty of vibrant fruit on the palate, lovers of delicious Sauvignon Blanc will adore this fantastic cuvée.

The Mâconnais remains one of the very best regions to source good value, high-class white Burgundy so my second recommendation comes from Domaine Parisse who makes one of the greatest expressions of Pouilly Fuissé in the region. The domaine follows organic principals and their focus is to make very terroir-driven wines. If you’re after a quality white Burgundy at a sensible price, we cannot recommend this wonderful wine highly enough.

We are continually asked for a good ‘every day Bordeaux’ and there is none better than our Château La Fleur Coterie. We have been buying this 100% Merlot cuvée for the past 15 years and the 2016 is arguably their finest vintage to date. Soft and silky on the palate, it has the 2016 vintage’s tell-tale freshness coursing through the palate. This is so satisfying to drink and at £10.75 a bottle, remains an utter bargain.

Salicutti is a star estate in Montalcino. Recently purchased by Felix and Sabine Eichbauer, this is a small Brunello di Montalcino domaine that is certified organic and makes some of the most elegant and pure Sangiovese in the region. 2015 is a very exciting vintage in Tuscany and this Rosso di Montalcino is quite simply one of my favourite wines on our list. Highly recommended.