August 2016’s wines of the month

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Under £10

(2016) Majestic often sources a number of 'when it's gone, it's gone' parcels, on sale whilst stocks last, this coming into stores for autumn 2016. It is mostly Grenache and Shiraz, aged 12 months in French oak. It's black as pitch and delivers full-on spice and blackcurrant, plum and tobacco, a muscular and deep aroma leading to a similar palate, the sheen of oak underpinning savoury vine fruitiness and the bittersweet twist of plum-skin grippy tannins and acidity. Very nicely done, and note that the price drops to £9.99 if purchased as part of a mixed six. Watch the video for food matching ideas and more information.

Under £15

(2016) What a treat to find this wine in the UK thanks to Daily Drinker: I've judged the Cyprus National Wine Awards three times now, most recently in 2016, and have visited these phenomenal vineyards at 1500 metres altitude which they claim to be Europe's highest. I have also tasted a vertical of this wine back to the 2002, proving it ages well. It's a serious, Chablis-style wine made from the native Xinisteri and gently touched by oak. Shimmering and bright, there is vanilla and oatmeal over ultra-fresh citrus and apple, a little salty mineral note too. All of that combines on the palate rather beautifully: its not flashy or outgoing, but has a winning balance of fruit and nervous energy, and a long, mineral finish.

Under £20

(2016) A rare white Côte de Nuits-Villages from the small Monts de Boncourt vineyard, which produces just 1500 bottles. The oak quality is lovely: fragrant and gentle, with nutty linseed notes and caraway. In the mouth, it has pristine fruit, all clean cut apples and citrus, with a hint of spice from the oak filling in, and a long, poised, fresh acid finish that hints at salinity.

Sky’s the Limit

(2016) The 2008 blend is 61% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier, with 5% of the wine fermented in large oak casks and a dosage of 8g/l. It's a bright and youthful colour, streaming with tiny bubbles, and already offering biscuity and apple-pie notes that are inviting and generous. There's a sense of depth here, but of clarity too, and onto the palate it has delicious tang and juicy orange fruit brightness, the toast and biscuit, the vanilla and nuttiness all riven by shimmering acidity. A superb vintage Veuve and can be had for a good price from various retailers.

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