For a mid-weight red, full of youthful charm, crack open Bel Air Beaujolais. It’s from vignerons who are 100% passionate about every wine they produce, from cru to Nouveau. This fabulous 2016 is a classic with silky, drink-me fruit and a floral lift.
"One of the nicest Beaujolais wines I've tried. Amazing & much fuller with lovely floral notes"
Following the 1980s Nouveau hype, the charming wines of Beaujolais have been unfairly overlooked. Beaujolais is, in fact, part of Burgundy and its cru wines can be as gorgeously silky, evocative and complex as many top Pinot Noirs. Its village Beaujolais may not be quite in that league but are certainly full of charm. This is from the Vignerons de Bel Air, whose fathers and grandfathers first got together in 1929 to better withstand the worldwide economic downturn. 90 years on, they’re just as passionate about producing quality. The grapes for this 2016 were grown on sandy soils, which accentuate the floral freshness of the wine. Fruity, juicy and elegant, this is a delightful red for roasted white meats, cold cuts or creamy pasta dishes.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
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