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Fresh whites, crisp roses.

Weekend With the lure of an Indian summer ahead, what better way to see off the long evenings than a selection of mouth-watering, fresh and aromatic whites, or a crisp Sancerre rose? The perfect selection of wines to accompany the flavours of summer and keep the sun shining well into September.

Calvet Menetou-Salon Sauvignon Blanc 2018, PS14.99 at Waitrose A fresh Menetou-Salon fully expressing the minerality of the unique Kimmeridgian limestone soils on which the vines are planted. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, with ageing on the fine lees.

Pale yellow with green highlights, the nose has hints of blackcurrant boxwood and green citrus fruits. On the palate there is the trademark minerality of the appellation, with citrus and smokey notes and a fresh finish.

COMwat Calvet Sancerre Rose 2018PS16.49 at Ocado and Waitrose The perfect choice for summer drinking. Made from 100 per cent Pinot Noir grapes, with a short period of maceration before a heat-regulated fermentation at low emperatures in stainless steel vats and maturation on the fine lees.

m A beautiful rose petal colour, the nose s complex with rich aromas of small red ruits.

is f The round and mellow palate is lovely and fresh with a lingering finish.

a Perfect with poultry and summer dishes.

Calvet Muscadet White 2017, PS5.75 at Sainsburys 100 per cent Melon de Bourgogne grapes grown on schist, granite and orthogneiss soils on the edge of the Breton Massif in the Nantes area. The grapes are picked and pressed with great care to prevent the juices from oxidising before fermentation at a low temperature in order to develop the aromas. Ageing takes place on the fine lees in order to increase the aromatic potential and give the wine more body. Pale lemon in colour with a green tinge, the nose is intense, with minty and floral notes as well as aromas of tropical fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and fresh. Perfect served with fish or any seafood dishes.

CPS flut 1 Calvet Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2018, PS9.99 at From vineyards planted on both clayflint and clay-limestone soils. The juices undergo cold stabilisation before a emperature controlled fermentation at 15oC. The wine is matured on its fine lees. Brilliant and translucent with silver highlights, the nose is fresh with notes of emon, broom and a touch of honeysuckle. The palate is round, crisp and expressive. The perfect aperitif, this is a beautiful expression of Sauvignon Blanc.

hl e TTe p y Les Jamelles Pinot Gris 2018, PS11.99 and PS8.99 mix six at Majestic Another over-delivering wine in Badet Clement's flagship Les Jamelles range made by Laurent Delaunay. This Pinot Gris is produced on two distinctly different terroirs: the Cote de Thongue in the Herault region giving a fat, opulent quality to the wine, and a particularly unique terroir in the village of Mareillette in the Aude near where the winery is located. The vineyards are on a dried saltwater lake, which today has very permeable, light, sandy soil with salty mineral elements. In order to cultivate the land the area has to be desalinated three times a year using a flooding process, which combined with the light soil enables the grapes to retain a lovely freshness. Floral and fruity on the nose, with notes of roses, lychees, peaches, lemons and grapefruit mingling with a touch of white pepper and ginger. Smooth and fresh on the palate with notes of raspberry on the finish.
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Date:Aug 17, 2019
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