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Wine with Andy Cronshaw.

THE summer holidays are almost upon us. It's time to kick back with a glass of wine.

You'll need it if you've got kids! One of the recent themes in the reasonably priced wine market is the ascending quality of Bordeaux at accessible prices.

Bordeaux has so much to offer for the dinner table, particularly when it comes to family meals such as the classic Sunday roast.

Whites are very versatile and pair well with seafood, white meats and cheesy quiche.

DOURTHE 'TERROIRS D'EXCEPTION' ROQUEBLANCHE 2018 (PS9.49 WAITROSE) Although sales of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc have overtaken wines from the Loire and Bordeaux I'd suggest you may find more individually distinct examples in France. This is a perfect example from the right bank in Bordeaux where Sauvignon can be very light and crisp in Entre-Deux-Mers or more rounded when blended with Semillon to the west. This wine made with grapes picked from vineyards with limestone soils is very elegant with floral aromas and a hedgerowscented, blackcurrant spike on the nose. Time on its lees gives the fruit a hint of creaminess which is immediately cut through by apple citrus. This will pair brilliantly with seafood or goats cheese.

CHATEAU DE RICARD BORDEAUX BLANC, DOURTHE 2018 (PS8.50 THE WINE SOCIETY) With the addition of Semillon, this wine, from the right bank of the Garonne, gains complexity and character. The wine gets a richer, more opulent character yet is still riven by an almost saline minerality. This is perfect for cheeses or seafood with a slight sweetness such as scallops.

CAP ROYAL BORDEAUX SUPERIOR (PS10 TESCO) This a welcome addition at Tesco and a Bordeaux that is easydrinking yet offers some real quality. It's made by Jean Rene Matignon who has some considerable pedigree being technical director at Chateau Pichon Baron which is a Grand Cru class estate. There's some savoury spice on the nose from oak ageing with vanilla and cinamon up in the mix. The Merlotdominated palate is ripe and rich with plenty of depth and enough tannic grip to make this a top-notch food wine. It punches well above its weight so is definitely worth a tenner of anyone's money.

LA TERRASSE DE LA GARDE PESSAC-LEOGNAN GRAND VIN DE GRAVES 2016 (DOWN TO PS13.50 FROM PS15 SAINSBURY'S) Classic red Bordeaux from vineyards with a classic gravel character. Gravel is one of the main soil types in Bordeaux where many of the vineyards where originally reclaimed from the sea by the Dutch. This is the second, or should we say, more affordable wine from this estate. It has tradition and class from the first sniff down to the long finish. The nose is all sleek blackberry fruit turned slightly savoury thanks to oak ageing. The palate, dominated by ripe Merlot, has a spicy edge but is very generously fruity. It's the perfect wine to pair with a Sunday roast beef.

MOULINS DE CITRAN HAUT-MeEDOC 2009 (Pictured, PS13.99 ALDI) This is an awesome bargain in my book. From the world's most renowned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Haut-Medoc is this very well balanced left bank red. Although still relatively young in Bordeaux terms this wine had some maturity and hails from a superb vintage. It's what good Bordeaux is all about. There's toasty oak on the nose and while the palate may be more interesting thanks to its development, it's still very much a fruit-forward wine. I'd grab this while you can.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Jul 19, 2019
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