What a Summer it has been so far! We’ve selected a bunch of wines which encapsulate the last couple of balmy months at Bintwo…
We just can’t get enough of the rosé so we simply had to include our best-selling pink plus a delicious sparkling. We also had to share with you the highlights from our Langlois-Château tasting plus a couple of extremely food (and barbecue) friendly recent additions.
Langlois-Château Crémant de Loire Rosé NV £18
Loire Valley, France
Fresh, fruity and full-bodied sparkling rosé. Strawberry scented and bursting with ripe raspberries and a touch of blackcurrant. Simply delicious!
Made with Cabernet Franc grapes traditionally used to make Loire Valley reds. Top quality grapes are selected and hand-picked before going through the ‘Traditional Method’, whereby a secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle (just like for Champagne)
A fun summertime fizz, which is a perfect aperitif or could also be enjoyed with a summer fruit dessert.
Langlois-Château Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017 £12.50
Loire Valley, France
Everything you would want from a Muscadet! A fresh, fruity and friendly wine. Delicate aromas of stone and citrus fruit which continue in flavour on the palate. A refreshing drop with an enjoyable lasting finish.
To retain the aromatics and fresh character of the variety fermentation is carried out slowly and at low temperatures. The wine is left on its lees for a few months to develop further flavour and texture.
Calling out for shellfish or even whole fish cooked on the barbecue.
Revenant 2017 £10.50
Western Cape, South Africa
The winning blend of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc once common-place in the Loire Valley delivers a bright white with uplifting citrus fruit aromatics. Revenant has a perfect balance of fruit, weight and texture making for a versatile and food friendly white.
Revenant demonstrates the re-birth of tradition in Western Cape winemaking, returning to natural ways in the vineyard and wineries with minimal intervention being key. It also celebrates their return to blending and re-visiting, once lost, Old World blends.
After 10 months of ageing on the lees this wine has developed plenty of texture. It can pair with so many different dishes from barbecued pork, roast chicken, creamy sauces and seafood.
Côtes du Rhône ‘Les Cerisiers’ Rosé 2017 £11.00
Côtes du Rhône, France
Mike came across this rosé on his adventures last year and fell in love and it would seem it has had the same effect on our customers! Pretty salmon -pink, beautifully and delicately aromatic with a full-flavoured ripe red berry palate. Soft and textured whilst elegant… very moreish indeed.
Meticulous selection of vineyards, specific plots and fruit is paramount to winemaker Eric Monnin in the quest to produce expressive, balanced and flavoursome wine.
Though extremely food-friendly, pop open with lunch, it is very content to be enjoyed on its own!
Langlois-Château Saumur-Champigny 2016 £15
Loire Valley, France
A delicious summertime red which we would suggest serving slightly chilled. A beautiful cherry red in colour, super juicy and medium-bodied. This Cabernet Franc is intensely aromatic with bright red fruits and violets prevailing followed by a fruity, rounded palate.
All care is taken to retain the fresh and juicy fruit flavours of the Cabernet Franc grapes. For example, the grapes are harvested in plots and all pickings macerated separately in steel tanks at low temperatures.
Fabulous with grilled white meats and fish.
Norton Porteño Malbec 2017 £12
Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
A vibrant, un-oaked and fresher style of Malbec. One for summertime sipping naturally with a barbecue on the go. Don’t be put off by Porteño’s slightly lighter style, it has bags of aroma, flavour and smooth structure. Juicy black fruits, wild red fruits and some spice all rub shoulders in this medium-bodied red.
Though not certified as Organic the Norton vineyard and winery are run on organic lines. Minimal intervention, hand-picking and using natural yeasts are just part of the process.