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Wines of the Month

Three seasonal wines for October, always open for tasting at our shop in Mere.

(Two bottles of each wine shown are included in this six-bottle case. Our standard list price of these wines would be £86.30, plus £10 delivery to a mainland UK address. Offer price saves £17.30).

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October Wines of the Month:

Out of the Limelight
For October's Wines of the Month case, I've chosen wines or grapes which are often overlooked compared to more glamourous neighbours or varietal siblings. We've upped our proportion of reds in the case this month; the distinctly autumnal temperatures chez Yapp have meant a return to more warming wines.

Rheinhessen: Jürgen Hofmann Weisser Burgunder Trocken 2017
The Pinot family of grapes have some extremely illustrious siblings with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris (Grigio) certainly the best known and perhaps most popular members. Pinot Blanc has its origins in Burgundy - hence its Germanic name Weissburgunder – and this is a terrific example produced by the gifted Jürgen Hofmann, with pear aromas and a creamy finish.

Bourgueil: Domaine Taluau-Foltzenlogel 2018
The Telegraph Wine Correspondent Victoria Moore recently highlighted the joys of this grape, commenting: "The Loire's wines are less appreciated than they deserve to be and as we teeter on the brink of autumn, the grape I'd like to single out is cabernet franc." Bourgueil is sometimes overlooked in favour of better-known and frequently fuller-bodied Saumur-Champigny wines to the west. This 'Cuvée du Domaine' captivates in the way that good Cabernet Franc can: enticing fresh raspberry aromas, a touch of tannin and acidity to balance, and delicious spice underlining the solid fruit core. I would pair this with griddled peppered venison steaks or soft goat's cheese.

Rasteau: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Ilex' 2015
Making similar wines to neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rasteau has only been elevated to full Appellation Contrôlée status in 2010 (previously Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages), thus representing excellent value. From the ever-reliable Meffre family's Domaine St Gayan in Gigondas (and the fruit-forward 2015 vintage), this Grenache-based blend is finished with Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Chock-full of chocolate, black cherry and bramble fruit, this will drink a little earlier than Gigondas or Châteauneuf- but still has the legs for 5-7 years cellaring. Great with hearty stews or full-flavoured mature cheese.

Santé,

Grant Berry - signature

Grant Berry.

(Two bottles of each wine shown are included in this six-bottle case. Our standard list price of these wines would be £86.30, plus £10 delivery to a mainland UK address. Offer price saves £17.30).

This mixed case includes

2 x Rheinhessen: Jürgen Hofmann Weisser Burgunder Trocken 2017£0.00

Great value 'estate-level' Pinot blanc (Weisser Burgunder) produced by the gifted Jürgen Hofmann, with pear aromas and a creamy finish.

2 x Bourgueil: Domaine Taluau-Foltzenlogel 2018£0.00

Domaine Taluau-Foltzenogel make this sleek, well-fashioned Bourgueil from 4 hectares of vines on slopes of calciferous limestone.

2 x Rasteau: Domaine Saint Gayan 'Ilex' 2015£0.00

A strapping Rasteau wine with dark ruby colour, copious quantities of chocolate and black cherry flavours and warming tannins. This warming blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault out-punches and out-points many a Châteauneuf' and is just the kind of wine to cosset one through a chilly winter.