Something For The Weekend: 2001 Les Terres Nobles, 2001 Chablis 1er cru, 2002 Goats do Roam White

Tuesday 17 December 2013 02:02

Saturday: 2001 Les Terres Nobles Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages, £5.99, Tesco

From the local co-op in one of the southern Rhône Valley's prettiest villages. This blend of the grenache, syrah, mourvèdre and carignan is a remarkable red, highly aromatic with fine spice and pepper in the bouquet. Give it some air and drink with roast pork or rabbit.

Sunday: 2001 Chablis 1er cru, Chantrerie, Michel Laroche, £12.77, Asda

Tired of overoaked chardonnay? Then refresh the parts with this elegantly satisfying number from Michel Laroche, a selection of premier cru vineyards within Chablis. Combined, they deliver an intensely flavoured and stylish, bone dry white relying not on oak for flavour but chardonnay, with subtle minerality and balance. Perfect for scallops and char-grilled sardines.

Any day: 2002 Goats do Roam White, £3.99, Somerfield

Reduced from £4.99 until 29 April, this juicy, fruit salad Cape blend from Fairview pays homage to Côtes du Rhône in name and style. Crouchen, clairette and white grenache grapes, with a touch of muscat for added aroma – and all duly unoaked for maximum freshness and fruit impact. Versatile enough to drink on its own, with salads or with fish courses. AR

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