Better known for their Sancerre, the Dezat family actually has as many Sauvignon vines in the Pouilly Fumé appellation. Though they are both made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, this wine has more complexity and durability. There is a
whiff of asparagus on the nose with a wonderfully delicate floral follow through — more obvious finesse than the more intense Antipodean versions — and with a richness that is remarkably attractive.
The Fiano grape is growing in popularity in Southern Italy and Sicily and this example shows why. Owned by a trio of Italian, French and Dutch winemakers who got together in 2009,Carlomagno is a full flavoured assertive wine with fresh melon flavours mixed with lemon. Exceptional value at only £8.25 a bottle, I implore you to try it.
There is a major shift of interest in Burgundy towards the lesser-known and more
modestly priced Mâconnais, both white and red. Domaine Talmard make a number of approachable Chardonnays, this being the most attractive, with its floral elements overlaying a racy, pure, thirst quenching style. The Talmard family have been in the wine trade for four centuries and are well placed to take advantage of the growing interest in this region.
Arneis is making a comeback in Piedmont, where it was originally planted to attract birds with its strong smell, so they would leave the more expensive Nebbiolo grape alone. It is made in stainless steel with no oak, which gives it a delightful floral and pear aftertaste. There is a nice weight to it and because of its mouth cleansing attributes, is an ideal wine to drink with food.