When in Rome, do as the Romans , so to speak, so when in London it behoves one to partake of sustenance and wine at Harvey Nicks as I did pre-Christmas with a fine classical bottle of Sancerre as pictured above!
2016 has seen the demise of so many musical idols , so let us hope for a more forgiving 2017 and reflect upon some of the best wines on offer locally in 2016. Lidl’s wine cellar this December has unearthed some gems including a beautifully refreshing poor man’s Sancerre, namely a Quincy of some note. The Maçon – Villages 2014 at under eight pounds surpassed all my expectations and exuded ripe apple fruit with a decidedly creamy finish – one to snap up in either Bognor or Chichester store if stocks persist as it is a glorious example of basic Burgundy.
In terms of red wines I was seduced by a 2009 Barolo Vendemmia Riserva which is ready to drink now in view of its age and is full of red cherry and spices initially with delightful stewed fruits to follow and a long finish and at an attractive price of £12.99 is a fine introduction to the nebbiolo grape . Nevertheless at a most enticing price tag of a mere £12.49 the 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is truly captivating! The wine is made from partially dried grapes and exudes cherry and damson fruit and lush dark berry flavours are prominent culminating in a complex savoury finish tinged with spice and a hint of chocolate – one to savour!
One very clear highlight of 2016 was the Gusto Wines wine-tasting extravaganza at Fontwell racecourse and I retain fond memories of a Negroamaro Alfredo Rocca Salento with its complex bouquet and hints of spice and chocolate and oak to the fore!
Transporting ourselves to 2017 I have seen no obvious bargains as such, but on a casual visit to Sainsbury’s managed to procure a perfectly palatable McGuigan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon from 2015 for a very competitive £5.50 exhibiting intense cassis fruit. For an extra £1.25 I espied a 2008 La Niña Roja Gran Reserva sporting delicious aromas of spice and vanilla combined with red berries and a good buy considering its age.
Happy New Year, one and all, and may Bacchus reign in 2017!