If you enjoy trying new wine but don’t know how to choose your next bottle, The Week Wines is your answer. Working with independent merchants, our wine editor Bruce Palling selects wines of outstanding quality to feature in our collections. They are not readily available in the shops, and many feature on top restaurant lists at far higher prices.
It’s your opportunity to discover new wine, confident in the knowledge that each bottle has been chosen by an expert palate. Prices shown below are per case of 12 bottles. Wines are also available in a mixed case, giving you two bottles of each for £180 (saving £18.50) — it’s a chance for you to try them all, and is the most popular choice with readers of The Week.
All wines have an exclusive discount and will be delivered free of charge to mainland UK addresses, but hurry - each offer is only available for a limited time!
Corney and Barrow are one of my favourite wine merchants because of their passion for discovering new producers in regions all over the world. I have been a customer for more than 40 years, especially for some of their most sought after wines, such as from the Moueix family of Château Pétrus fame, Domaine Romanée-Conti and Domaine Leflaive, one of the very top White Burgundy producers. Their passion for excellence extends to the entire gamut of wines, as this selection shows. All of these wines are exclusive to Corney & Barrow in the UK market, meaning you won't be able to get them anywhere else. Given the future uncertainty of what tariffs may apply to future European imports, now's a good time to stock up for the months ahead.
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Polemico País, Viña Laurent, 13% Itata Valley, Chile - £10.83 per bottle (was £11.95) - BUY NOW
What a pleasant surprise – a delicious thirst-quenching wine made from 150 year-old ungrafted País grapes, which first arrived in Latin American with the Conquistadores in the sixteenth century. Due to the spread of the phylloxera disease in Spain, it no longer exists there, but fortunately it is the second most widely grown grape variety in Chile after Cabernet Sauvignon.
The País grape, or more accurately, Listan Prieto, is quite fragrant and silky, which is why I initially mistook it for Pialade, a wine made by Emmanuel Reynaud, the greatest wine producer in the Southern Rhone. Frenchman Damien Laurent trained in Bordeaux before moving to Latin America with his Chilean wife, where they have their own boutique winery in the Maipo Valley. Polemico is made from grapes they purchase in the nearby Itata Valley, which they vinify using only natural yeasts and no added chemicals. Only 400 cases are produced annually.
The wine itself is supple and bright and would be an ideal accompaniment to chicken or veal dishes - or simply drink by itself. Suitable for vegans.
£130 per case, saving £13.40
Domaine de l’Epine ‘Une Promesse’, 13.5%, Quincy, Central Loire, France - £14.50 per bottle (was £15.95) - BUY NOW
This historic region of the Loire is an affordable alternative to Sancerre, its much larger neighbour. At present, the Quincy appellation is only 600 acres, or a square mile, with this Domaine occupying a mere eight acres. Domaine de l’Epine is a rising star, winning last year's top award in the Loire Valley's annual wine competition. Because of the different soil structure to Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé, it is richer than its more famous neighbours; less chalky and austere. Yields are kept deliberately low and are grown on terraces on the banks of the Cher river, a tributary of the Loire.
The nose has the exotic fruit and pear characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc grape but has a creamier style. It is drinking perfectly now and will last another three years or so. Pair with oysters, delicate white fish, green vegetables or goats cheese. Suitable for vegans.
£174 per case, saving £17.40
Cotes-du-Rhone Villages ‘Les Becs Fins’, Tardieu-Laurent 2017 - £14.08 per bottle (was £15.50) - BUY NOW
Some people think that Côtes-du-Rhône is merely a generic wine without any particular individual attributes, like say, Beaujolais. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if it is called Tardieu-Laurent. The Tardieu family are famous for sourcing very old parcels of fruit rather than owning any vineyards themselves.
The blend here is a mixture of 60-year-old Grenache and 30-year-old Syrah grapes, which are not exposed to any oak or filtered, which results in an intense pure fruit-driven wine which has more power than is usual from such an appellation. Pair this wine with strong flavours – in my case, it was exceptional when paired with beef cheeks. The 2017 vintage is relatively small, but with exceptional ripeness and fine tannins. Suitable for vegans.
£169 per case, saving £17
Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2017, Domaine Francois Carillon, 12.5%, Burgundy, France - £20.83 per bottle (was £22.95) - BUY NOW
The very best white Burgundy is out of reach of most people as it starts at nearly £100 a bottle and can go up fifty times from that, so thank heavens for producers such as Francois Carillon. The family have been making wine in Burgundy for nearly 500 years and in 2010, Francois and his brother Jacques divided the Domaine in two and Francois is now responsible for more than a dozen different parcels, of which this is the humblest.
This wine is produced from 12 acres with an average vine age of between 30 to nearly 60 years. This is not a blousy New World affair but wine of elegance and purity with enough minerality to make it superb with shellfish or white fleshed fish.
£250 per case, saving £25.40
Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Cyrot-Buthiau, 13% Burgundy, France - £16.33 per bottle (was £17.95) - BUY NOW
This is a beautiful example of the joys of Pinot Noir – a simple, easy to drink red Burgundy at a reasonable price. Located right on the edge of Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, this is the fourth generation of the Cyrot family, who have produced wine in this vicinity for the past century.
This parcel comes from just under 4 acres located right next to the Pommard appellation. After fermentation, half of the wine is transferred to oak barrels to give it a touch of spiciness, while the remainder in stainless steel barrels develops some minerality and freshness before being blended together for bottling. The nose has an attractive perfume with some smokiness and minerality in the palate. It is not particularly complex but is charming and easy to drink with no heaviness. Serve with poultry or duck - it's very drinkable.
£196 per case, saving £19.40
Egy Kis Furmint, Barta Winery, 13%, Tokaj, Hungary - £13.58 per bottle (was £14.95) - BUY NOW
The furmint grape is better known as the main component of Tokaji, Hungary’s world-renowned sweet wine, but this is completely dry. Located in the famous village of Mád, it is located on the steep hillside known locally as the Old King Vineyard that was abandoned after the Second World War and returned to forest. Perhaps because of the stony volcanic soil, there is an intense minerality which gives the wine a liveliness despite the underlying plum and apple flavours.
Károly Barta is something of a pioneer in the Tokaj region for purchasing and replanting abandoned historic vineyards. He now owns around 30 acres of historic sites on the Öreg Király hill in the Mád region. He practices minimal intervention and all of his vineyards are organic with no use of herbicides or chemicals. He relies on local yeasts to preserve the characteristics of the furmint grape. This is an ideal wine to serve with food; excellent with paella, dark fish or lighter pasta dishes.
£163 per case, saving £16.40
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