03/08/2014 – Bouchard Père et Fils, Fleurie 2012

Bouchard Pere et Fils, Fleurie 2012, France
Our wonderful hot and sunny summer this year means thoughts naturally turn to chilled whites and roses, but in very hot weather reds can be transformed by just 10 minutes in the door of the fridge which emphasises their freshness. Some reds can suit being quite well chilled however, and the Gamay grape of Beaujolais is a great candidate. This wine, from the top Beaujolias village of Fleurie had 15 or 20 minutes chilling to bring outs its summery, bright red berry and strawberry notes, with riper black berries and just a hint of Beaujolais sappy and earthy character. On the palate it is a grown-up wine, lots of savoury qualities and highish acidity giving it a supple, juicy and food friendly quality: a red with refreshment built in. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £11.99, Waitrose, but see all stockists on wine-searcher.