When the going gets tough, the tough get going and when the weather gets rough, yours truly gets going – basically to Devon in search of the fruits of Bacchus!
In the past you would head to Axminster in pursuit of quality carpets, but nowadays a trip to Miller’s Farm Shop is de rigueur, if you seek to stock up for the festive period. I noticed that stocks remained of the Jacques Bardelot Champagne, a veritable bargain at a mere £12.99 with its complexity , clean citrus and apple flavours and a light toastiness to boot!
I next perceived a Famille Perrin Côtes Du Rhône Réserve 2015 for under ten pounds and, mindful of the prestigious reputation of these pioneering organic wine growers, noted its elegance and cleanliness on the palate and a wine worth trying for a different sort of white wine experience.
Malcolm Miller specialises in red wine, principally from across the Channel, and I readily took up his recommendation of a 2011 Château Lalande – Borie Saint – Julien which regaled my taste buds – a beautifully balanced wine with a cigar-box nose and essence of red fruits, leather and vanilla to tease the palate priced at under twenty pounds.
At just under ten pounds a Château Bonnat 2013 Graves intrigued me and proved to be mellow and soft on the palate, of a dark ruby red colour and exhibiting well-rounded tannins, reminiscent of Italian wines such as Chianti Classico
Malcolm will be buying up big time for Christmas and, just outside Axminster in East Devon, he is well worth a visit for superb French cheese and wine and christmas delights galore!
Back in West Sussex, my latest venture to M&S in Chichester reunited me with an old favourite, namely the Louis Vertay Champagne, reduced to £16.50 and, if the 25 per cent reduction on six bottles is still active, a pre – yuletide bargain – one to snap up!
Local Co-Op stores also have current offers and the main Rose Green branch has Signal Post Shiraz and Chardonnay down to a tantalising £4.99 and Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc at under seven pounds, a safe bet for guests at this price!
Lanson Black Label Champagne is currently on offer at just £20 and Möet et Chandon down to £25.99 followed by Veuve Clicquot at £27.99. A good time to buy at the moment and I wish you a peaceful end to November!