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The Telegraph Case

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This special mixed case, available only to Telegraph subscribers, is filled with six delightful whites and six delicious reds, chosen by Victoria Moore. The bottles in this case are sold by seven wine merchants – Adnams, Corney & Barrow, Private Cellar, Tanners, Lea & Sanderman, Yapp Brothers, Haynes, Hanson & Clark – brought together by The Bunch. This offer is the only place where you can buy them all in one case.

Only 400 cases are available, so once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Included in this case are:


Whites

White Burgundy, Cuvée Paul Talmard 2020, France (Adnams, £11.99)
Those who regularly head to Suffolk for downtime will probably already know (and love) this gently creamy white, with its hints of stone fruit and lemon. The family domaine that produces it is based in Uchizy in the Mâconnais and was introduced to me many years ago by a London-based fine wine nerd who bought the wines by the case to use as his fridge white. It serves as a calm and cosseting apéritif wine (perhaps with parmesan biscuits on the side) and will sit happily on the dinner table alongside, say, roast chicken, creamy pasta dishes, hot crab pots or poached salmon with pea purée.

Roero Arneis 2019, Italy (Adnams, £13.99)
Piedmont in northern Italy is best known for its red wines: Barolo and Barbaresco (made from nebbiolo) and also Dolcetto and Barbera. As this tangy wine demonstrates, the whites are also worth a look. The grape here is arneis, Roero is the appellation and the flavours are of lemon and grapefruit overlaying pear with a hint of pine and bay.

 

 
La Tunella Rjgialla 2020 Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy (Corney & Barrow, £15.50)
Ribolla gialla (it’s pronounced REE-bolla JALL-la) is a very old grape variety grown in the hills of north-eastern Italy close to the Slovenian border. I’ve always loved its distinctive whites, which are hard to describe but feel very dry (almost astringent) and can be slightly floral with hints of yellow plums and minerals. But ribolla gialla (gialla means yellow, a reference to the skin colour of the grape) has always been a minority interest. So I wasn’t expecting to find that this C&B staff favourite became a “surprise bestseller over the past year” as customers desperate to ease the boredom of lockdown experimented with new grapes and found that they liked it.
 
Weingut Mehofer-Neudeggerhof Grüner Veltliner Wagram Klassik – Organic 2020, Austria (Private Cellar, £12.50)
Allow me to parse that name. Weingut Mehofer-Neudeggerhof is the name of the family-run winery. Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white grape. Wagram is the wine region, on the banks of the Danube close to Vienna. Klassik is the wine name. This is a delightful white, very light and refreshing (it’s just 10.5% abv), with a faint effervescence and notes of citrus, white nectarine and white pepper.
 
Bonnet-Huteau Les Gautronnières Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2020, France (Tanners, £12.70)
As it has fallen out of fashion, losing sales to appellations such as Picpoul de Pinet, Muscadet has become very good value. This is what I’d call a “proper wine” – carefully made by a family producer – that is certified organic and also biodynamic. The grapes come from a single vineyard planted on igneous rock. It’s notably rounded, fruitier than many Muscadets (think greengages) and yet still with the sense of calm, salinity and grey skies that this wine always embodies for me.

Reds

Tenuta del Priore Campotino Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020, Italy (Tanners, £9.50)
Simple but delicious Italian reds like this are a staple of my home-drinking repertoire and apparently I’m not the only one: the Tanners staff buy Campotino in “large quantities”. Juicy with the taste of red cherries, and unoaked, it is woven through with flavours of dried herbs and (in a nice, savoury, way) dust, and finishes with a refreshing tang that makes it very good with food. Sausages or meatballs would be a natural match, but so would almost any cooked tomato pasta sauce or aubergine parmigiana.

Gaudou Exception Malbec 2019 IGP Côtes du Lot, France (Lea & Sandeman, £9.95)
You might know this earthy, violet-scented and unoaked malbec from previous Telegraph X Bunch cases. A long-standing reader favourite, it is made from grapes grown on 40-year-old vines within the Cahors region that the family declassifies to give themselves the freedom to bottle when they want and prune the vines as they prefer. The idea is to make a wine that’s very drinkable in its youth and I think they succeed.

Bodegas Viñaguareña Munia Toro 2019, Spain (Lea & Sandeman, £12.50)
From Toro in north-western Spain, this is a sumptuous and sweetly spiced red made from tinta de toro, the local clone of tempranillo, which typically creates deeper, thicker wines than you find in Rioja. Full of the taste of cooked strawberries mingled with darker berries, it is enriched with soft flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg from the French and American barrels in which it’s matured. It would suit some of the rich rice dishes in the Moro recipe book – the aubergine and tomato pilav or rice with pork, chorizo and spinach – as well as being lovely with lamb.

Vignerons Ardéchois ‘Grand Aven’ 2019 Côtes du Vivarais, France (Yapp, £11.75)
This is just the sort of rugged, cosy French red that Yapp does so very well. A blend of syrah and grenache whose rich fruit captures the tastes of warm summer sun, it’s a good red for bolstering the spirits on a dark winter’s night. It comes from Côtes du Vivarais, an appellation in the north part of the southern Rhône.

Bruno Lafon & François Chamboissier Racine Pinot Noir 2020 IGP Pays d’Oc, France (Haynes, Hanson & Clark, £12.40)
Bruno Lafon is a Burgundian – his family owns Domaines des Comtes Lafon in Meursault – who transplanted himself to the Languedoc where, with François Chamboissier, he makes this excellent pinot noir. The grapes come from Limoux and they make a pinot noir that feels like it has a warm summer breeze running through it. Racine is gently floral, with flavours of cherries and faint florals, like blossom and lavender. You would have to look very hard to find a pinot noir that’s as good at this price as this one. Put it with steak or a burger.

Wines in this case contains Sulphites.

 

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