I am a huge fan of exploring lesser-known grape varieties, something at which The Wine Society excels. In the six months I have been working in The Showroom I have been introduced to an unbelievable array of unusual varieties and I especially look forward to the new list to see what fresh gems I can unearth.
My most recent find is this bourboulenc. It is a variety used in tiny quantities in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, as well as making up the blend in a handful of southern French appellations. On this evidence it should not be so rare. This wine has a wonderful zesty acidity and is bursting with flavours of ripe green apple. It goes perfectly with seafood and works equally well as a crisp, light aperitif in the sunshine.
Giles Cundy – The Cellar Showroom
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