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Club Reserva white wine tasting notes

Bergerie de Courel White 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

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Luis Felipe Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013

This voluptuous Chardonnay offers vanillary peach and apricot aromas over a mouthwatering palate of ripe tropical fruit flavours and a buttery, oak-tinged finish.

About this wine:

Viña Luis Felipe Edwards is a very progressive family-owned winery established in Chile’s Colchagua Valley in 1976. They’ve thrived on investing heavily in vineyards throughout the country’s best regions. This modern Chardonnay is from their Casablanca Valley sites, a sunny area tempered by cool breezes from both the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. This gave winemaker Nicolás Bizzari his pick of high quality fruit with intense primary fruit characters, which he’s softened by maturing the wine for six months in French oak.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this rounded white within the next three years, lightly chilled as an aperitif or to accompany robust fish dishes, crab salads and risottos.

  • butter dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    36 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Casablanca

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £12.49 per bottle

Luc Poullain Touraine Sauvignon 2013

Charles Smith ‘The Honourable’ Riesling 2013

A dry and vibrant style of Riesling from cool-climate Washington State offering gloriously fresh lemon and lime flavours over a finely balanced and very moreish palate.

About this wine:

M&S Winemaker Belinda Kleinig sourced this punchy Riesling from North America’s most exciting new-wave winemaker, Charles Smith. Renowned for his expertise in getting the best from Washington State’s cool climate, Charles creates iconic wines with bright aromatics and bags of well-defined fruit character. The vineyards for this Riesling lie along steep, sustainably farmed cliffs above the Columbia River where the vines are tempered by cool air, pushing the acid balance of the grapes and increasing the wines’ freshness.

Serving suggestion:

Serve this mouthwatering white wine lightly chilled and drink while young and fruity. Try it with all manner of spicy dishes from Asian noodles to salt and pepper squid.

  • vibrant dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    USA | Washington State

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Riesling

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £12.49 per bottle

La Finca Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2010

Santa Julia Viognier 2013

This modern Argentinian Viognier is all about the glorious tropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas and the rounded, peachy palate that finishes on a nice citrussy tang.

About this wine:

Santa Julia is one of the wineries under the Familia Zuccardi stable, an Argentinian estate who’ve made their name turning more unusual European grape varieties into successful New World wines. This seductive Viognier is no exception, a classic Rhône white wine grape given a distinctive spin by quality, if unorthodox, Mendocenean winemaking. Natalia Cáceres has endeavoured to reveal the full character of this unique grape: hand-harvesting the fruit and keeping the wine unoaked to show off all its fruity splendour.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this expressive white within a year to capture its freshness, either as an aperitif or, true to its French heritage, with lobster, scallops and spicy crab dishes.

  • dry fragrant white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Mendoza

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

La Finca Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere

Prieur Saint Esprit Chardonnay, 2013

This sunny white is bursting with warm lime and mango aromas over a smooth palate of ripe peach and candied citrus peel flavours with a rich and buttery finish.

About this wine:

Based in the heart of Minervois, producer Jean d’Alibert has collaborated with famous Bordeaux vigneron Hugh Ryman on this wine. To create a white with a difference, the winemakers have sourced grapes from two different areas – beautifully ripe Chardonnay grapes from warm Mediterranean vineyards and a small amount of Viognier from cooler vineyards in the hills near Carcassonne. They then fermented the Chardonnay in French oak barrels before blending, to soften the ripe fruit and add a warm toasty richness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine over the next two-to-three years, lightly chilled as an aperitif or served alongside roast chicken, dressed crab or barbecued pork.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay (85%), Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Domaine du Haut Perron, Touraine 2013

A wonderfully crisp and refreshing Loire Valley Sauvignon with aromas of fresh-cut grass and blackcurrant leaf over a tingling palate of green apple and fresh lime flavours.

About this wine:

Cédric Allion is a hugely passionate Touraine winemaker who has worked with his celebrated father- Guy, since 1999 to grow their family’s respected estate and continue its reputation. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine come from vineyards on the flinty banks of the river Cher, where Cédric and his father nurture their vines with utmost care and sustainable practices. This ensures that their grapes reach the winery with all their potential intact, requiring just delicate vinification to create exceptional wines.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this eminently food-friendly white while it’s young and fresh, lightly chilled with summer asparagus, warm goats’ cheese or seared seafood salads.

  • dry aromatic white

  • natural cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Loire

  • Grape Variety

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

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