2007 Moulin--Vent, Clos du Tremblay, Domaine Janin, Beaujolais, France (£15.75, Harvey Nichols, 020-7201 8537; £12.50, Underwood Wines of Warwick, 01926-402100).
The Glorious Twelfth is just around the corner and you must arm yourself with a few decent reds for this annual challenge.
This year I have decided to uncork a brace of Beaujolais to refresh and romance your palates. The first volleys of flighted game do not need to be brutalised by a muscular claret or violated by a brusque Rhne. The tender flavours of a well-judged grouse need the soothing red fruit flavours of the most underrated of all red wine styles on the planet top quality Cru Beaujolais.
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Janin's Moulin--Vent is a wine that I have followed for 20 years it is brooding, regal and packed with supple fruits de la fort. It is light on its feet, but intensely flavoured and sumptuously appointed.
It will serenade the bird, not shout down a megaphone at it and it is the finest of its kind and only £16 phenomenal value for money. For those of you who fall head over heels with this wine, here is an-other stunner with an even more ethereal touch 2008 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette, Domaine Coudert (£13.50, John Gordons of Cheltenham, 01242-245985; £15.75, Harvey Nichols).
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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