Top 10 Hidden Treasures

From the Mosel, to Spain, to Savennieres – great wines you’d never think of trying LAST WEEK: Top 10 Biodynamic wines NEXT WEEK: Top 10 Classic reds

White

Domaine Gilles Berlioz, Chignin-Bergeron, Vin de Savoie 2005

This 100% Roussette combines herbaceous notes with lots of buttery intensity and minerality. This is a serious wine – very creamy and complex on the palate with a crisp acidity. A perfect match to fondue.

  • £19 The Wine Society
  • Les Producteurs Plaimont, Saint-Mont, le Fait, Côtes de Saint Mont 2005

    In the last few years, This Cave Co-operative has worked hard to put the Cô de Saint Mont appellation on the map. This is their flagship wine and it displays some herbaceous aromas with some oak but well-integrated. Round and creamy on the palate with a good structure and a very long finish.

  • £13.99 Adnams
  • Domaine Bégude Chardonnay, Limoux 2006

    Lots of apple note and citrus with some creamy oak flavours. Well-rounded on the palate, ripe fruit and creamy with good weight. Long finish.

  • £7.99 Waitrose
  • Georg Moshacher, Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker, Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Pfalz 2007

    Apricot aromas with some honey. Lively acidity with pure fruit characters. Great balance between the sweetness and the acidity. Good length

  • £14.99 Waitrose
  • Red

    Mas Mudigliza, Carmine, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes, 2006

    An absolute beauty from one of the lesser-known areas of Languedoc. Chocolatey red fruits sprinkled with white peppers on the nose are followed by further peppery red fruits on the palate. A wine with lovely personality and great structure.

  • £19.95 Champanges & Châteaux
  • Bonny Doon Sangiovese, California 2007

    A nice little exclusive from Randall Graham with healthy doses of lifted, strawberry fruit aromas and very similar flavours on the palate. It’s tasty and youthful.

  • £11 Marks & Spencer
  • Pintas Charcater Douro 2005

    Very expressive on the nose, ripe fruit with notes of red cherry and spice. Firm tannins on the palate with some creamy oak characters and cherry fruits. A classy and sophisticated wine.

  • £21.29 Corney & Barrow
  • Matetic.EQ, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 2007

    A very small production from a rising star. This wine has a beautifully concentrated Pinot laden with summer fruit coulis characteristics and a slight savoury twist. Again this is very young yet still very drinkable

  • £17.99 Majestic; Waitrose; Genesis Wines
  • Fortified

    Henriques & Henriques Madeira 2001

    This sweet, rich and luscious Madeira is full of walnut, coffee aromas. Beautifully balanced wine with a fine concentration.

  • £14.99 Marks & Spencer
  • Gonzaless Byass, Apostoles Palo Cortado Sherry

    This rare style of Sherry offers notes of caramel, butterscotch and sweet spice. Full and harmonious on the palate.

  • £14.49 Waitrose
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