2015 Chinon Tradition, Philippe Alliet, Loire, France (£13.20, Domaine Direct, 020-7404 9933, DomaineDirect.co.uk).
Every wine featured in this week's column is a dreamboat with flighted game. Today being the Glorious Twelfth, I was keen to show you a few goodly, affordable bottles, all with feisty acidity, little or no oak and bright, cherry-red fruit to romance your bird of choice.
All four of these wines are chillable, too. More often than not people are ill-informed as to what style of red wine chills best the answer is fruity reds, with little tannin and no carpentry! Hence my recommendation of this terrific, bramble-berry scented Chinon, parading its cabernet franc grape with triumphant style.
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The other three cool reds I'd recommend are 2014 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Domaine Coudert (£13.14), an elite level Beaujolais with a vital mineral streak; 2014 Morgon Cte du Py Dominique Piron (£15), an awesomely suave creature with ethereal fruit and velvety tones; and 2014 Bourgogne Epineuil Rouge Dominique Gruhier (£14.39), a rare pinot noir from the outer reaches of northern Burgundy with bold, black-cherry fruit and daring acidity.
All four wines are the finds of Domaine Direct, a fabulous merchant I have bought wine from for over 30 years. All are great value and they are made by life-long friends of this mercurial wine specialist.
Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (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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