I love May. The countryside is so beautiful at the moment, the nightingale serenades me through the night, the frogs in my pond eagerly compete for attention, and the chaffinches are greedily munching at the hanging peanut container, chattering away like a bunch of schoolkids. The hares are cavorting happily in the sunflower seeded field surrounding my home, the squirrels are munching all the bird food, my honey bees are working away madly to provide me with honey, and my acacia trees are so aromatic at dusk.
What better way to appreciate the beauty of nature, than with a glass of chilled white or rosé. My selection for May:
Domaine Costes Cirgues, IGP (Languedoc) ‘Point du Jour’,Rosé. € 10,00
A gorgeous pale rosé produced organically with no added sulphites. Lovely fruity aromas reminiscent of a summer fruit salad.
Palate is fresh, beautifully balanced, fruity and ‘gourmet’, with lingering red fruit flavours.
Ideal with cheese soufflé, vegetable tart, tomato salad and fish.
Domaine Bunan, ‘Bélouvé’, Côtes de Provence, Rosé 2014. €12,50
Rose petal with a copper tinge – a gorgeous colour. Nose is open and complex, with floral, fruity and spicy aromas. Wild rose, white pepper, quince jelly, and redcurrants. Palate is lovely and fruity with lots of flavour. Perfect ‘apero’ but also great with bruschetta, prawns, quiche and barbequed chicken.
Domaine Laporte, Sancerre « Le Rochoy » Silex. €14,00
It is quite amazing how many people love Sancerre. Normally quite expensive, I have been dealing with Domaine Laporte since 2011 and it is an excellent quality/price.
As its name suggest, mineral aromas of silex, and also citrusy notes with gentle hints of bourgeon de cassis. Palate is dry, with crisp, refreshing acidity. Lingering, clean, fresh, slightly smokey finish. A wonderful Sancerre, full of tension and minerality.
Any of the above wines can be tasted free of charge at the Cave d’Eymet.
“L’abus d’alcool est dangereux pour la santé, à consommer avec modération”