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Wines of the week: October 5
This week: Domaine Charles Montserat
By Henry JeffreysThis is a bit of an experiment that, if it takes off, will become a regular item: The Lady Wine Club. For our inaugural edition a man who styles himself the Wine Explorer (real name Graham Mitchell) has chosen four of his favourite wines and then knocked money off them especially for readers of The Lady.
All come from a small family business, Domaine Charles Montserat, which is based in Chablis. To order any of the wines, email email@example.com or call 01788-810291 and tell him that you’re a reader of The Lady. All wines are sold by the case (12 bottles). You can also have a mixed case of three bottles of each for £164, which works out at £13.67 a bottle.
Saint-Bris 2010 Domaine Charles Montserat, reduced from £12 a bottle to £11.17 A real rarity, Sauvignon Blanc from Burgundy. It tastes like a cross between Sancerre and Chablis, with piercing citric acidity and a smell of wet hay.
Petit Chablis 2011 Domaine Charles Montserat, reduced from £14 to £13.40 A Petit Chablis that doesn’t disappoint. Another rarity. This has much of the elegance of its big brother (below) but cheaper.
Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaumes 2010 Domaine Charles Montserat: was £20, now £19.17 For some reason I’ve never been able to fathom, Chablis Premier Crus are underpriced. This one is a particular bargain. It’s crisp and has that mineral quality that you’d expect in a wine of this calibre. It’s young but already there’s a lot of complexity.
Côtes du Rhône red 2010 Domaine Charles Montserat: £11.25, now £10.42 Monsieur Montserat also does a bit of business in the Rhône and he’s managed to find this smooth, ripe Grenache-dominated red from the excellent 2010 vintage. Just the sort of thing to drink as autumn draws in.
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