A veritable picnic of summer wines

July 09, 2019

Bruce Palling, Wine Editor for The Week Wines, has chosen six bottles from wine merchant Corney & Barrow for his July collection.

Wine merchants Corney & Barrow are renowned for their UK exclusive agencies for some of the greatest winemakers in the world – Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Château Pétrus, Domaine Leflaive, Champagne Salon - to name a few. What is perhaps less known is that they also have similar relationships with a much wider range of winemakers than those at the pinnacle of their trade. In fact, they exclusively represent all of the wines mentioned below (except for those of Domaine Olivier Leflaive). I was particularly impressed with the Moulin- à-Vent of Domaine Labruyère, which has such class and exuberance it is hard to realise that technically, this is Beaujolais and not a serious Burgundy, even though the grape variety is different. The Pinot Grigio from Recas Cramele was also an extraordinary wine, especially at such a giveaway price. And the sheer class of the two sparkling wines is also a revelation. In fact, these wines are so spectacular, the sensible thing to do is to order a mixed case and take it from there…

Bruce Palling

Wine Editor | The Week Wines


Ambriel Classic Cuvee Brut Traditional Method NV - West Sussex, England - £28.95  £26 per bottle - BUY NOW

"This is one of my favourite English sparkling wines. Southern England has become home to some exceptional méthode champenoise wines, with award-winning Ambriel amongst the very best. Wendy and Charles Outhwaite began their vineyard in 2006 and now produce around 2,500 cases annually of their non vintage, plus smaller amounts of Rosé and vintage blanc de blanc. It is exceptionally elegant with a powerful backbone of minerality with the usual apple flavours that tend to differentiate English sparkling wines from traditional Champagne. Drink this and you will understand why English sparkling wine deserves to be taken seriously."

PRICE PER CASE: £312, saving £35.40


Guy de Chassey Grand Cru Brut NV, Champagne - France - £31.95  £29 per bottle - BUY NOW

"This is brilliant value for a Grand Cru Champagne – less than the price of the big generic non-vintage brands and much higher quality. It is a fifth generation family affair produced in the village of Louvois, one of the few in Champagne to have 100% Grand Cru status. Everything is done by hand on the 27-acre estate. One third of the blend is from older vintages and the bottles are matured for a minimum of three years. It is well structured with the brioche notes that reflect its exceptional quality. Although it is ready for immediate drinking, it would effortlessly improve from more bottle age."

PRICE PER CASE: £348, saving £35.40


Sanziana Pinot Grigio Recas Cramele 2018 - Romania - £8.25  £7.50 per bottle - BUY NOW 

"What a surprise! I tried this recently on a picnic in the Cotswolds and was blown away by its drinkability – floral overtones with a citric aftertaste reminiscent of something costing twice as much. This is made by three well-known Spanish and
Australian wine-makers in southwest Romania. Twenty years ago, they managed to salvage some old vineyards that had been abandoned under the communist regime and have brought them back to life. More than €45 million has been spent on the project and leading Italian oenologists have been brought in to improve
the quality. This deserves to be far better known and is unbeatable at this price."

PRICE PER CASE: £90, saving £9


Chablis Les Deux Rives Olivier Leflaive 2017 - Burgundy, France - £20.95  £19 per bottle - BUY NOW

"Chablis has long been one of my favourite expressions of white Burgundy, with its dry chalky flavour all wrapped around a mineral backbone. Chablis soil is a
mixture of limestone, clay and fossilised oyster shells. It is a perfect white wine to serve with food, ranging from all types of fish and crustacea to white meats like veal or chicken. Olivier Leflaive is one of the largest negociants in Burgundy, making a wide range of wines from bought in grapes which are inspected by them every step of the way. This blend is made from vines averaging 30 years old, from either side of the Serein River (hence the name). Like all quality Chablis, it manages to combine the flinty classic style of the wine with honeyed elements."

PRICE PER CASE: £228, saving £23.40


Double Trouble Shiraz Cabernet Barossa Boy 2016 - Barossa Valley, Australia - £19.95  £18 per bottle - BUY NOW

"This classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz has restored my faith in modern Australian wine making. Although it packs a punch at 14% alcohol, it is wonderfully exuberant yet understated, with none of the fruit bomb elements that can make this blend heavy going. It is a mixture of high altitude Eden Valley Cabernet with the richer Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Made by fifth generation winemaker Trent Burge, this is his first solo effort, which has a wonderful lightness of touch. It has the expressiveness of a New World wine but with the elegance and balance more reminiscent of Bordeaux. Ideal with any red meat or game."

PRICE PER CASE: £216, saving £23.40


Moulin-a-Vent Coeur de Terroir Vieilles Vignes Domaine Labruyere 2015 - Beaujolais, France - £23.95  £21.50 per bottle - BUY NOW

"This is one of the most delicious Moulin-a-Vent wines I have ever tasted. The introductory wine of Domaine Labruyère; one of the greatest producers of this top of the range Beaujolais. It is addictive with its refreshing cherry and kirsch flavours. The 2015 vintage is especially ripe and generous and I defy anyone who tastes it not to be completely bowled over. Made from 50 year old vines from five separate vineyards, the owners eschew pesticides and make it along strict organic lines."

PRICE PER CASE: £258, saving £29.40



Can’t decide? Try them all with the Mixed Case, giving you 2 bottles of each for £240

Order onlineor call Corney & Barrow on 020-7265 2530 and quote “The Week”