With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations coming up fast, we've started planning our own shindiggery, picking out a few tasty bottles with which to toast Her Majesty's continued health and happiness.
Fizz: tick. In fact, double tick with shiny knobs on top. Pink: oh, yes. In anticipation of the sun shining on our righteous monarch. White: uh-huh. There'll be salads and cheese and other comestibles requiring something crisp and cool, or rich and rewarding. Red: most deffo. Any sign of good weather whatsoever will result in coals being lit and marinated meats being deftly blackened thereon.
We've selected some of our favourite wines from the Bowes Wine stock list to make whatever jubilee festivities you are planning go with a swing.
NV Lessini Durello Casa Defra, Cielo e Terra
£10 per bottle inc VAT
Our new fizz is an absolute delight, offering bright, clean apple fruit with a sophisticated hint of toastiness. A fine bubble on the dry palate makes for delicious and easy quaffing. The packaging looks very smart, too.
NV Brut Premier, Champagne Louis Roederer
£90 per MAGNUM inc VAT
Among the finest of the non-vintage champagnes, the Brut Premier is dry, fresh, rich and highly rewarding.
2020 Les Deux Anges Rose, Château de l'Escarelle
£36 per MAGNUM inc VAT
Not the cheapest pink wine around, but a monumentally fine Provence rosé, organic and delicious with it.
2019 Bourgogne Blanc Joseph, Jean Pascal, Burgundy
£16.50 per bottle inc VAT
Alexandra Pascal makes these wonderfully full-flavoured and expressive white burgundies at the family domaine in Puligny. Fruit for this cuvée comes from very near the estate’s cellars. This is a very proper white burgundy that gives so much pleasure for its modest ticket.
2019 Bouzeron les Bouchines, Château de Chamilly, Burgundy
£17.50 per bottle inc VAT
Bouzeron is a relatively new Burgundy appellation dedicated to the production of Aligoté, a grape that is experiencing a massive upswing in popularity? Why? Because growers are realising that this ancient variety can produce noteworthy white burgundy with a slightly different flavour profile. This is a stunning example.
2017 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett, Selbach-Oster, Germany
£21.75 per bottle inc VAT
A sunny bank holiday weekend; the smell of chlorophyll dancing on a warm breeze, and a glass of this to hand. Crisp and delicious, only 10% alcohol…and a huge 94 points from The Wine Advocate.
2019 Assyrtiko, Santo Wines, Greece
£23.50 per bottle inc VAT
Those who know, know: Santorini is producing some of the most exciting dry white wines from its own Assyrtiko grape. Maximum terroir expression in this lemon-charged refreshing citrus bomb. Greek salad anyone?
2012 Chateau d'Escurac, Médoc, Bordeaux
Was £18.25 now £15 per bottle inc VAT
A deep and dark, mature cru bourgeois Médoc for the dining table. Now perfectly mature…but do give it time in a decanter. An hour or two would allow the air to work its magic.
2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Côte Chalonnaise, Château de Chamilly
£16 per bottle inc VAT
The young Desfontaines brothers are making huge strides in their efforts to bring the historic Château de Chamilly to the forefront of wine production in the Côte Chalonnaise. Unashamedly delicious wines are emanating from their cellars, like this Bourgogne (lush and ripe) or the Mercurey below (additional sophistication and minerality).
2019 Mercurey au Pied du Mont Morin, Château de Chamilly, Burgundy
£21.50 per bottle inc VAT
See above. Wish I’d bought some land in Mercurey twenty years ago…
2016 Vinsobres Les Cornuds, Famille Perrin, Rhône
£13 per bottle inc VAT
Vinsobres produces among the most interesting – and finest – wines of the Côtes du Rhône villages, having vineyards at greater altitude that are generally planted with a higher proportion of Syrah. Dark and spicy wine with that tell-tale twist of garrigue, that herb-scented scrubland that proliferates in the southern Rhône Valley.
2018 Viña Magna Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Dominio Basconcillos, Spain
£18.25 per bottle inc VAT
If you love the wines of Ribera del Duero – or, indeed, simply love big, rich, fresh red wines – this will float your boat. It’s a lush, creamy, potent thing with vast reserves of flavour.
2019 Sangiovese Brio, Castello di Romitorio, Italy
£15.25 per bottle inc VAT
Over the years this has been one of our most perennially popular red wines. Coming from one of Montalcino’s finest addresses, but from vineyards near the Tuscan coast, it’s a sensual mouthful of simply beautiful fruit.