Decanter's Christelle Guibert picks her top 10 Waitrose wines for drinking this summer...




UK supermarket Waitrose, a previous award winner at the Decanter Retailer Awards, has impressed with the depth and breadth of its wine range for a number of years.

Here are our top ten wines recently tasted from the range that are perfect for the summer months, including a ‘serious fizz’ from Hampshire, a deliciously fresh Greek Assyrtiko made from old vines, and an Argentinian Malbec for those barbecued meats.

Wines were tasted at a Waitrose press tasting event. 

Waitrose wines for summer:

Leckford Estate, Brut, Hampshire, England, 2013

Leckford Estate, Brut, Hampshire, England, 2013

This blend of Champagne grape varieties is sourced from Waitrose's own five hectare farm, and fermented and aged at the famous Ridgeview estate in the South Downs. From vines planted in 2009, this sparkling wine is the third vintage. Matured on its lees for 24 months before disgorgement, the result…

Points 92
Hatzidakis, Santorini, Assyrtiko, Aegean Islands, 2016

Hatzidakis, Santorini, Assyrtiko, Aegean Islands, 2016

Phylloxera, the parasite that lives on and eats vine roots, has never made it to Santorini, thanks to the sandy volcanic soil. Unlike the rest of Europe, the vineyards here were never affected and so vines as old as 100 years make up this delicious offering. The wine smells and…

Points 91
Remy Ferbras, Ventoux, Rhône, France, 2016

Remy Ferbras, Ventoux, Rhône, France, 2016

This Grenache-based blend sourced from grapes grown on the famous stage of the Tour de France cycling race, Mount Ventoux. More importantly, the mountain protects the vines from the violent mistral wind. This is pure fruit in the glass with notes of red berries and spice. It has a very…

Points 91
Château Souverain, Chardonnay, California, USA, 2014

Château Souverain, Chardonnay, California, USA, 2014

A Californian wine at this price point is a hard find, especially when it is this tasty. Grapes from this entry-level offering have been sourced from cool climate vineyards in California's coastal regions. It is a medium-bodied Chardonnay with lemon peel and tropical flavours combined with butter and yeasty intensity,…

Points 90
Viñalba, Reserve Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina, 2014

Viñalba, Reserve Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina, 2014

In terms of consistency and value, Viñalba comes very high on the list and it’s hard to believe that this successful brand, set up by a Bordeaux family, is only 10 years old. A very fashionable style and the perfect barbeque partner, this big and spicy Malbec. It is from…

Points 90
Henry Fessy, Brouilly, Beaujolais, France, 2015

Henry Fessy, Brouilly, Beaujolais, France, 2015

Founded in 1888 and now in the hands of Maison Louis Latour, Fessy has built up a portfolio of vineyards over time, and today owns 70 hectares across nine of the ten crus in Beaujolais. From the most southerly of all the crus, this is a great expression of Gamay,…

Points 90
Hill-Smith Estate, Eden Valley, Chardonnay, 2015

Hill-Smith Estate, Eden Valley, Chardonnay, 2015

Over five generations, Hill-Smith has become one of the most respected names in the Australian wine industry. This is a very elegant Chardonnay, with subtle stone fruit and citrus aromas combined with warm bread notes. It is creamy and textured on the palate with well-judged oak and an acidity-driven finish.

Points 90
Ara, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015

Ara, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015

This offering is a step above its peers; delightful grapefruit aromas with the classic gooseberry and herbaceous intensity, but very subtle. It is very appealing with some concentration, yet is fresh and balanced by a lemony acidity on the finish.

Points 89
Cerro del Masso, Chianti, Poggiotondo, Tuscany, Italy, 2015

Cerro del Masso, Chianti, Poggiotondo, Tuscany, Italy, 2015

When moving away from the plonk in a straw-wrapped bottle, Chianti is among the finest wines in the world and offers excellent value for money. This versatile medium-bodied red offers amplitude of red cherry, violet scent and spice. A refreshing style with firm tannins, yet is smooth and elegant. Pair…

Points 89
Tour Chapoux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, France, 2015

Tour Chapoux, Bordeaux Supérieur, Bordeaux, France, 2015

Predominantly Merlot, this good value everyday drinking claret is bursting with bright and juicy red fruit characters. Rounded, seductive and fruit-forward on the palate, it is balanced out by a good tannic core that gives it a nice grip on the finish.

Points 89

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