Philippe Balivet, Récolte Cécile Méthode Ancestrale, Bugey-Cerdon, Savoie, France, 2020
(at London, 17 May 2022)
Drinking Window: 2022 - 2024
Sitting pretty in the glass with its deep pinky-red hue, this is such a particular and individual wine. So pure-fruited in aroma and flavour, it's very vibrant and true. There's perceptible sweetness here, but it's of a style and it's seriously delicious. Full of fresh blueberries and raspberries, really intense and long. Some grip on the teeth. Awesome wine. Really very sweet but there's a distinct sourness and tanginess, with high acidity and sour just-ripe cranberries. One's imagination runs wild with food pairing possibilities - try with a spicy pad Thai or hot Mexican flavours, or go down the sweet route with a dark chocolate and forest berry dessert.