The following wines have kindly been reviewed by the Bacchus committee. Further details of the wines, as well as the possibility to order them for next-weekday delivery to Oxford or any other mainland UK address can be found on this Fine Wine Online website.
Terlano, Sauvignon Blanc, Winkl, 2007
Interesting old world Sauvignon Blanc that is well worth trying. The Italian style is perhaps a more charismatic alternative to the Loire in France. Here, lots of smoke and gooseberry on the nose, as well as the typical herbaceous notes, but also some nuttiness and citrus, especially on the finish. Refreshingly structured with crisp acidity.
Le Moulin des Nonnes, 2007
Hugely interesting blend of idiosyncratic French varietals: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Muscat Petit. Herbal tea, flowers and smoke. Rich and exciting.
Il Molino di Grace, 2004
Ripe, opulent cherry; also with cedar and almonds on the nose. Excellent and intense structure. Bright but supple.
Domaine Chevallier, Chablis 2007
Traditional minerality on the nose, with lots of chalk, but also a good abundance of fruits: green apples and pears. Zingy entry onto the palate; powerful, yet balanced acid either side of a gentle, creamy mid-palate.
Chateau Beauregard-Ducort, Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, 2005
Merlot-dominated Bordeaux from a sub-region that is becoming increasingly well-known for its value. Nose of plums, spices, cedar and sandalwood; increasingly complex in the mouth with good structure with pronounced tannins.
Azienda Agricola Valle Reale, Vigne Nuovo Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, 2007
Charming, full of ripe cherry and blueberries. Great value red.