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Staff Picks Spring 2018

Posted on 8th March 2018 by JN Wine

Staff Picks Spring 2018

Spring is just around the corner so our staff have chosen some new wines to reflect the change in the season.



Macon Charnay, Les Chenes, 2015,  Manciat Poncet 75cl, £14.95

Coming into the Spring, this is the perfect wine to enliven the senses. Floral notes combine with citrus and peach on the nose. The palate shows creamy fruit balanced by crisp zesty acidity and a lovely texture. Excellence in unoaked Chardonnay and perfect with fish pie or roast chicken.




Domaine Gaujal’s Picpoul de Pinet 2015 75cl,  £9.99

Picpoul is one of the Languedoc Region’s oldest grapes. This is a fresh, delicate wine that will always add a little sunshine to your day. Aromas of green fruit and citrus zest. The acidity adds to its freshness, so if you like your Loire Sauvignons our Muscadet’s then I think this Picpoul would be a perfect alternative. Serve with any oyster or mussel dish, and I would even venture to trying it with Fish and Chips.



Umani Ronchi San Lorenzo Rosso Conero 2014 75cl, £12.79

Montepulciano is Italy’s second most widely planted variety though not as widely known, it has been forging some stunning wines for years.  This wine, hailing from the Marche Region displays Italy’s classic combination of; Inky, red-fruit driven, medium body, brisk acidity and crunchy tannin.  The seasons and the accompanying fayre may not be demanding of a “heavyweight red” – just yet, this harmonious red fills the spring void perfectly in your red wine arsenal.

Pair with tomato-based pasta dishes and alongside most hard cheese.



Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Cabernet Franc 2016 75cl, £16.69

This wine pours a blueish-black with a dark core and bright purple/ruby hues around the rim. The wine is youthful and aromatically explosive; dark raspberry, strawberry, a touch of vanilla oak and just a hint of green pepper, it’s easy to like on the nose. The palate has a lovely medium to full body, displaying flavours of bright red fruits, refreshing acidity, silky-smooth tannins and a lovely rich texture from the oak, which is present but suitably restrained, allowing the fruit to shine. This wine has got the weight to cellar for 3-5 years, but I wouldn’t bother – it’s delicious now! Pair it with duck, lamb, beef or hard cheese”



Domaine du Joncier Lirac Rosé 2013 75cl, £13.99

A blend of 45% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, this deeper-coloured rosé from certified organic and biodynamic southern Rhône producers Domaine du Joncier, is abound in dark berry and cherry fruit, offering hints of citrus and good acidity that would provide a perfect accompaniment to the brighter, if crisp, Spring days ahead. Although, this richer-styled rosé does provide the body, structural backbone and hints of spice that lend better to those days that are more reminiscent of the Winter passed, making it an excellent all-rounder to suit almost any Spring occasion. Delicious with meaty fish such as monkfish or turbot or even experiment with Asian or Indian food.

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