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Club Classic white case tasting notes

Casa Leona Chardonnay 2013

Casa Leona Chardonnay 2013

This ripe and fruity modern style of Chardonnay is bursting with peach, pineapple and yellow plum aromas over a fresh palate of succulent tropical fruit flavours.

About this wine:

One of the world’s most highly-prized wine grapes, Chardonnay has spread from its home in Burgundy to conquer the world. Of all the countries producing quality wines from it, Chile has emerged as perhaps the most successful. Sourcing perfectly ripened grapes from Chile’s dry and sunny Rapel Valley close to the Pacific Ocean, winemaker José Ignacio Cancino vinified the fruit at low temperatures to extract all its wonderfully fresh fruity character, and left the wine unoaked so it really sings from the glass.

Serving suggestion:

Lightly chilled, this wine makes a great aperitif, or partner it with savoury dishes such as salmon steaks, grilled chicken or Chinese sweet and sour vegetables.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     Chile | Rapel

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £7.49 per bottle

Snapper Cove Chardonnay 2013

Snapper Cove Chardonnay 2013

With its mouthwatering flavours of ripe peach and crunchy green apple, this is a delightfully refreshing and soft-textured Australian Chardonnay.

About this wine:

Sourcing grapes from both the plains of Riverina and around the city of Orange to the west of Sydney, winemaker Corey Ryan skillfully vinified the parcels of grapes separately. Harvesting at night so the fruit reached the winery as cool and fresh as possible, Corey fermented one half of the grapes in stainless steel and the other half in French oak, balancing the two to achieve a lovely harmony between crisp fruitiness and creamy richness.

Serving suggestion:

Savour this fresh yet creamy-textured white chilled with dishes such as poached salmon in a butter and dill sauce or roast chicken with all the trimmings.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Southeastern Australia

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

This gorgeous golden Sicilian white offers intriguing notes of lime, ripe pear and ground almond over a tingling fresh backbone of green apple and tropical fruit flavours.

About this wine:

Grillo is an historic Italian grape variety that thrives along Sicily’s south-western coast near Marsala where it is an important component of the area’s famous sweet wine. But Grillo also makes excellent dry whites when the grapes are carefully grown and vinified, such as this example from Terre di Giumara. Winemaker Giuseppe Clementi is an expert in bringing the best out of this and the island’s other indigenous grapes, creating a wine with a wonderful balance of freshness and complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this characterful white lightly chilled, either as a refreshing summer aperitif or to wash down oily fish like sardines and mackerel, or pasta with seafood and herbs.

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Sicily | Marsala

  • Grape Variety

    Grillo

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £12.49 per bottle

Fat Louis ‘Greetings from France’ 2013

Fat Louis ‘Greetings from France’ 2013

This rich and racy southern French white packs tangy clementine and baked lemon aromas with honeysuckle notes and quenching citrus flavours on the palate.

About this wine:

Nestled in the hills north of Béziers between the larger wine producing areas of Minervois and Faugères, the St-Chinian appellation sits right in the centre of the Languedoc region. It was here that Briton Simon Whittle found himself in 1989, having left behind his lucrative financial career in search of a better quality of life. Gradually learning the craft of winemaking, Simon now makes characterful wines for Cave de Saint-Chinian, such as this little-seen St-Chinian Blanc.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this full-flavoured unoaked white while young and fresh, lightly chilled as an aperitif or alongside most fish, salad and creamy pasta dishes.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc-St-Chinian

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

Lautarul Feteasca Regala 2013

Lautarul Feteasca Regala 2013

A floral bouquet of elderflower and acacia aromas draws you into this exotic Romanian white, while ripe peach and apricot flavours grace the delicately sweet palate.

About this wine:

Eastern Europe is something of a new frontier for winemaking. Its indigenous wines are being re-energised and talented young winemakers from all over the world are heading there to experiment. This thoroughly modern white, for instance, was made by Australian Hartley Smithers and Spaniard Nora Iriate, who’ve both worked at different wineries around the world. They’ve pooled their experiences to create a wine that’s both of its place and yet inspired by the crisp, aromatic intensity of today’s Sauvignon Blancs.

Serving suggestion:

With its lick of residual sugar, this wine pairs well with spicier dishes such as chilli prawns, Thai green curry or herby Vietnamese summer rolls.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Romania | Timisoara

  • Grape Variety

     85% Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

Terres d’Artagnan, Côtes de Gascogne IGP 2013

Terres d’Artagnan, Côtes de Gascogne IGP 2013

Abundant aromas of nectarine, white peach, gooseberry and spring flowers lead to a crisp and lively palate of juicy stone fruit flavours and a fresh citrussy finish.

About this wine:

Birthplace of Charles de Batz, the man who inspired Alexandre Dumas’s famous musketeer d’Artagnan, the Gascony area of Southwest France has cultivated grapes for centuries. This mouthwatering white was made by up-andcoming local winemaker Cédric Garzuel. Blending the region’s popular Armagnac grapes Colombard and Ugni Blanc – which ripen to perfection in the area’s idyllic abundance of Atlantic- and Pyrenees-tempered sunshine – Cédric has crafted a fresh, fruity and food-friendly wine full of warm, sunny flavours.

Serving suggestion:

Nicely chilled, this summery wine makes a lovely aperitif or the perfect partner for seafood and delicate white fish dishes drizzled with lemon.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache, Marsanne

  • Alcohol

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

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