Royal weddings come but once in a while, so with the talk majestic, Majestic topically had to be my oenological destination this week.
I elected to sample four white wines and three red ones and commenced with the albeit somewhat beastly sum of £6.66 as an outlay for a 2017 Grande Réserve Domaine Saint Jean De La Cavalerie Chardonnay and, as the name implies, from an estate previously renowned for horse breeding in the Pays D’Oc region of France.
Floral hints embellish this cheeky decidedly peachy number with dry wood flavours and presenting essentially as a pleasingly creamy Chardonnay – one to pair with regal fish or coronation chicken and one well worth a punt! For a slight increase in price at £6.99, the 2016 Jean Sablenay Muscadet was crisp, had a slight spritz and lemon and lime flavours to the fore with notes of grass, green apples and a touch of citrus on the finish.
Light and refreshing, this wine is a pleasant apéritif and, given its low alcohol level (just 11.5 per cent) , is ideal for a lunch-time tipple. Next, a 2017 Villemarin Picpoul De Pinet caught my eye, being on offer at £7.99, and whose terroir, maritime climate and late ripening grapes make it a wine of note.
This particular example has baked apple notes on the nose, is floral, dry, fresh and lip smacking along with zippy fruit – extremely quaffable, à mon avis!
My final white selection was that of a 2016 Bourgogne Les Chenaudières Chardonnay from the reputed Cave De Lugny on offer for £ 9.99 This reasonably-priced Burgundy proved to be aromatic with predominantly stone fruits and citrus on the palate and would please traditionalists.
Three reds complete my column this week, beginning with a 2016 Majestic Loves Montepulciano D’Abruzzo on offer for just £5.99. This wine is an easy-drinking medium-bodied fruity wine oozing red cherry and black plum, although lacking great complexity – a good party wine nonetheless!
For just two further pounds expended, the Z de Thienpont 2012 Bordeaux ,from a winery overlooking Château Margaux, is smooth, dry claret with berry and plum flavours and well-integrated tannins and a veritable snip at this offer price.
My final red hails from the esteemed 15th century estate Château du Rocher run by the same Thienpont family and was a 2014 Saint-Émilion Lay and Wheeler Grand Cru on offer for a penny under £20.
This wine has rich aromas of dark and cedar wood , is plummy with ripe cherry flavours and woody spice. It has a good fruit and oak balance, but undoubtedly needs to breathe for arguably two hours in order to adequately soften – one perhaps to keep for a while before imbibing – may your monarch go with you!