2008 Fortnum's Riesling Grand Cru Pfersigberg, Domaine Bruno Sorg, Alsace, France (£21.50, reduced to £18.28 for a case, Fortnum & Mason, 0845-300 1707).
I trotted down to Fortnum's beautiful wine department the other day to see my old pal Tim French. He has been the buyer at F&M for a decade and he has unerring accuracy when it comes to picking out his own label wines.
I am not going to reveal my coming Christmas selection for you (they could all conceivably come from F&M!), but I will point you towards three wines this week that you simply must taste. Firstly, this scintillating Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace.
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The intensity of lime juice and wild flower fruit, coupled with the heavenly, silky texture and hour long finish, make it one of the stand-out wines of the year. Drink it with complex starters or even roast chicken and you will amazed.
Also look out for 2011 F&M Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (£15.50, reduced to £13.18 for a case). This is made by the Isabel Estate and it is breathtakingly stunning. Finally, 2011 F&M Priorat, Spain (same price), is made by the staggeringly talented Alvaro Palacios under the Camins del Priorat banner it is one of the most dramatic Spanish reds of the year.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).
Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.
Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.
He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.
Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’. He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner.
Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy. His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.
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