Wines of the week: Château Léoube Rosé 2010; Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Barbaresco DOCG 2008; Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 Monte Schiavo
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 21 August 2011
Château Léoube Rosé 2010
Produced on the Côte d'Azur estate owned by businessman Sir Anthony Bamford and his wife Carole, the force behind Daylesford organic shops, Château Léoube is unashamedly pitched at the same upmarket clientele. And yes, it is worth it: ideal for a smart summer lunch of lobster or crab, it is surprisingly complex, with hints of orange pith, smokiness and Provençal herbs. £13.99, daylesfordorganic.com; £13.99, corney andbarrow.com; £14.95, hhandc.co.uk
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Barbaresco DOCG 2008
One of a range of interesting new Italian wines bearing the reliable Sainsbury's Taste the Difference label and made from the Nebbiolo grape in the Piedmont region, the Barbaresco is a rich, powerful, earthy glassful, with chewy, juicy flavours of liquorice, coffee and dark red fruits. A wine to savour with a fillet steak, game (the season has already started) or an old-fashioned lasagne. £9.99, Sainsbury's
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2010 Monte Schiavo
Another Italian, this time from Le Marche, on the Adriatic coast, which gives it a distinctly salty, citric tang to add to the crisp and elegant dryness that is characteristic of this lovely grape. A reasonable amount of body makes it ideal for all kinds of seafood and shellfish dishes – although nothing too spicy or garlicky – as well as light white meats. £7.49, majestic.co.uk (or buy two for £5.99 each as part of a mixed case of six bottles)
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