Lords is rather a splendid place to be on a match-winning Sunday, a quintessentially English experience rivalled by no other as one surveys the hallowed turf and mixes with like-minded enthusiasts.
Another source of joy this weekend and, apparently lasting until the first of October, is a third off offer on selected wines at M&S.
This represents a great opportunity to sample some of those wines which fall just outside your pecuniary comfort range and there were copious wines of quality on offer!
Five white wines caught my eye with a Saint Véran, at the affordable end of the white Burgundy spectrum, on offer for £7.73 – a very good pair to any fish dish.
For ten pounds I was able to avail myself of a 2017 La Tuilerie Pouilly-Fumé from the Loire region of France with its flint-rich soil and producing crisp lime and gooseberry flavours and I was then further intrigued by a Langhe Doc Arneis from Italy’s Piedmont region on offer at £9!
This wine, made from the Arneis grape, which means ‘rascal’ in Italian, is truly a pineapple delight and a very distinctive wine well worth a try!
Two additional white wines of French provenance complete my white selection with a 2017 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse proving to have a certain je ne sais quoi, oozing quality and richness with delectable creaminess and a lingering taste.
Crisp and dry with pineapple and acacia flavours permeating this gem of a wine , this is one which merits serious consideration! Breaking the bank to expend £16.67, the 2013 Domaine du Pimont Saint-Aubin 1er Cru takes creaminess to a new level and will please lovers of white Burgundy with its finesse and perfect balance.
Three reds next came to mind beginning with a Produit De Genius 2016 Enfant Terrible Côtes Du Rhône whose characteristic red fruits and spice complement this soft and fruity delight for the princely sum of £6.33.
For an extra pound I was able to procure a 2017 Morgon made from the Gamay grape and exuding black cherry and liquorice, but my favourite red – currently on offer at £8.67 – remains the 2015 Les Voiles De Paulilles Collioure from a small coastal picture-postcard town south of Perpignan and characterised by ripe red fruits and complex spice notes which regale the palate with a panoply of flavour – Quelle joie! A bientôt!