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So what's new this week? Plenty of authentic, interesting, artisan wine, that's what. Here are six highlights, three white, three red. They would make an entertaining mixed case.
1. Cota 45 2019 UBE de Ubérrima Miraflores
A smoky, salty white table wine from the Spanish seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, better known for its Sherry (well, Manzanilla). Made like a Fino Sherry, but unfortified - as many of the best wines in the region historically were. Fascinating and delicious.
2. La Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Muscadet is such good value. Take this, for instance, made by the wonderful Domaine de la Pépière from 25 year old, organically farmed vines. Dry, with a stony minerality, this is still one of the best white wines with seafood.
3. Les Vignes de Paradis 2018 Terroir du Léman Un Matin Face au Lac
100% Chasselas from the Haute-Savoie, vines farmed biodynamically and the wine raised in concrete eggs. A multi-faceted, complex Alpine white.
4. De Veilloux 2016 Cheverny Les Veilleurs
This Cheverny is a 50-50 blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. Juicy and delicious, but with structure and class too.
5. COS 2016 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico
One of my favourite Sicilan reds returns. From the far south east of the island, this sees dark, brooding Nero d'Avola blended with fresh, lively Frappato for the best of all worlds.
6. Julie Balagny 2019 Docteur Briçou
A 100 year old vineyard in the highest part of Moulin-à-Vent. Another marvellous red wine from the still underrated and for some reason hard-to-sell Beaujolais region.