My MOTHER’S Day motto is carpe diem and I devote this column to wines that could embellish any maternal celebrations.
Off I trundled to M&S to verify that the 25 per cent offer on 6 bottles or more was still in force and decided to focus on offers that might expire after March 26.
White wine apéritifs were my first port of call and currently the Snapper Cove Chardonnay 2016 of south Australian provenance with two bottles for £12 or, as part of six bottles, a mere £4.50 per bottle, smacks of a real bargain! This is one of the better Australian Chardonnays I have tasted and should offend no guest’s palate given its crisp, but subtly creamy, character and is a well-balanced wine with white peach and nectarine flavours and is my star buy this weekend for value for money! Another apéritif wine which, if one of six, is on offer for £6.75 over this weekend is the 2016 Marlborough Silver Frond Sauvignon Blanc – well worth a look, given its refreshing character, freshness on the palate, crisp acidity, pleasing balance with a non-overpowering gooseberry taste and the bonus that it is pleasingly zesty to boot – well worth a punt!
Another white wine to regale your palate further is a real favourite of mine, the 2015 Mâcon-Villages, arguably the best Chardonnay for the price and, if one of six bottles, down to a very enticing price of just £7.50! The rich straw colour is indicative of a grape from mature wines and the fact that it is not aged in oak barrels contributes to its lighter, fresher and fruitier taste. Nutty and peach flavours pervade this Chardonnay of some distinction and I recommend that you stock up with one or two bottles before the generous offer expires!
The wine that next caught my attention was a 2014 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse and this fine wine proved to have a certain je ne sais quoi, oozing quality and richness with delectable creaminess and a lingering taste. Pineapple and acacia flavours permeate this gem of a wine, which leaves me reaching for superlatives – a snip at £10.50, if one of six bottles, and one not to miss! This wine has the characteristics of a top white Burgundy and is one to cherish (and imbibe)!
No proper celebration can truly excel without a Champagne moment , so for Mother’s Day I am going to propose one of my old favourites, namely the Louis Vertay Brut, still on offer this weekend at a veritably appetising price of just £12.75, with the proviso that it is one of six bottles purchased, an astonishing price for a Champagne of some distinction! Elegant, fruity and harmonious with flavours of peaches and red berries , it is a pleasingly rounded Champagne made from the classic blend of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay and drinks well without making imbibers bloated – such a bargain at this price !
To round off the celebration, we could, indubitably, try a cheeky red or a more illustrious one! In terms of cheeky reds I would propose a Tierra Y Hombre 2015 Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley in Chile. As a Burgundian enthusiast since my late teens, I have been somewhat wary of Pinot Noir from, say the New World, in view of its syrupy nature and have to confess that I was taken aback by this mixture of ripe summer berries with a hint of nutmeg spiciness and a touch of smoky oak which, if one of two bottles, reduces to £6 , but remarkably as one of six can plumb the pecuniary depths of £4.50 – at this price it is too good to miss, so fill your boots this weekend!
The more illustrious red was an already reduced Margaux big-hitter down from £30 to £25 and, if one of six , under nineteen pounds – the 2010 Château Cure – Bourse Margaux. This wine has a fine Margaux nose, of the woody variety, and exudes cassis, pencil shavings and a hint of vanilla on the palate with gorgeously soft tannins and, despite being a little short on the finish, is nonetheless a spicy wine of merit which, if allowed to breathe adequately, will satisfy most wine aficionados!
Happy Mother’s Day!