Wednesday Wines – Episode 11

Episode 11 – 10th June 2020

After a few weeks’ of rather protracted tasting notes covering detailed explanations of my chosen duo of Wednesday Wines, this week my notes are thankfully brief.

NV Bouvet Ladubay, Saumur Brut, Loire, France (£13.99, reduced to £9.99 in a mix six deal, www.majestic.co.uk). 

I have known and loved this cheeky little sparkler for many, many years.  Made from the traditional method (Méthode Traditionelle or Champagne method) from the Loire grape Chenin Blanc, this is about as classic as Loire fizz gets and yet it is the same price on the shelf (assuming you take advantage of the deal) as it was three decades ago!  Fine enough to pass for an elegant summer party wine and perfect for mixing, too, this is a super-classy way to drink a ‘non-soda-stream-wine’ for under a tenner. 17/20 (Drink now)

2018 Berry Bros. & Rudd, Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir by Benjamin Leroux, Burgundy, France (£18.95, Berry Bros. & Rudd tel. 0800 280 2440 & www.bbr.com).

There is little reason to go into unnecessary detail here because this red wine is, quite simply, delicious.  It is the epitome of the Pinot Noir grape with all of the perfume, silkiness and character that one wishes for in wines twice the price.  Made by the brilliant Benjamin Leroux, from an old vine parcel in a declassified Chorey-lès-Beaune vineyard, there is a smattering of old oak which is neatly inlaid in the shimmering Pinot chassis.  It is drinking now but it will mature nicely for a further two or three years.  Sub-twenty quid red Burgundy never looks this good, so don’t delay. 17.5/20 (Drink now – 2023)