Wines of July

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Le Petit Ballon is an online wine boutique which offers aspiring wine connoisseurs three, six or 12-month wine subscriptions. The two bottles of wine which are included in the subscription have been hand-selected by Head-Sommelier Jean-Michel, who with over 20 years of experience in the wine industry, knows a thing or two about the perfect tipple! Subscribers have the opportunity to take the wine quiz, which has been crafted by Le Petit Ballon to ensure every bottle finds its perfect companion. Along with two wines, customers receive The Gazette which has handy wine tasting tips, recipes and interviews with key chefs, along with tasting notes on the specific wines. Subscriptions start at £24.90 per month.

 

Offer for IGT Readers:

With code INGOODTASTE-LPB the readers will get 30% off their first month if they subscribe to either of Le Petit Ballon levels of subscriptions when using this link.

To buy these wines and others from Le Petit Ballon click here.

This July Le Petit Ballon and Jean-Michel Deluc have picked a couple of stunning wines for IGT readers.

 

Maison Paul Benoit – Mâcon-Villages 2015 (AOP Mâcon-Villages)

Jean-Michel Deluc says

A lovely, pretty village wine. This charming Chardonnay hails from the Macon, an area known for good value wines within Burgundy and manages to balance the minerality, fruit and softness of its style. This is Paul Benoît’s wine and as we’ve come to expect, it’s a fruity, buttery Chardonnay with some lovely floral notes as well. It’s a style of wine to be enjoyed in youth; flattering, fresh and absolutely thirst quenching. It may seem light in appearance but there’s enough weight to accompany fish, seafood and even light meats. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Details

Origin : Burgundy Appellation : AOP Mâcon-Villages

Keeping potential : Drink straight away / 2020

Grapes : Chardonnay.

Alcohol : 12,5%

Sulfite : Yes

 

Tasting

Eye : The wine has a bright gold colour, with youthful, fresh tinges towards the rim.

Nose : On the nose, the Chardonnay explodes with aromas of peach, pear, hazelnut, fresh butter and citrus fruits.

Mouth : In the mouth, it has a beautiful minerality and freshness, opening into a fruitier profile and finishing with a touch of mint and vanilla.

 

Wine and food Pairing

Meat : Pasta with meat sauces, veal with rosemary, chicken with mushrooms

Fish : Grilled fish, pike quenelle, langoustines with cold mayonnaise, prawns à la plancha.

Cheese : Goats cheese, Comté, Abondance.

Subscribers

£13.90 per bottle

Non-subscribers

£16.80 per bottle

Purchase here

 

Lar de Paula – Tempranillo Madurado 2015 (DOC Rioja – España)

 

Jean-Michel Deluc says

Tempranillo is my favourite red grape variety in Spain, and Rioja is undoubtedly an appellation that continues to surprise and delight the wine industry. This is definitely the case as far as Lar de Paula is concerned and no surprises here, it’s heavily based on Tempranillo! Complex and balanced, born of the specific climate found in Rioja Alavesa between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.Needless to say, I love it!

 

Details

Origin : World Appellation : DOC Rioja (España)

Keeping potential : ready to drink / 2020
Keeping : 2025

Grapes : Tempranillo

Decanting : Yes, 1 hour

Alcohol : 13%

Sulfite : Yes

 

Tasting

Eye : The wine has a ruby colour with violet highlights. A very youthful wine only just softening towards the rim.

Nose : On the nose the wine is fine and delicate at first, then opens up with more robust black fruits, light smoke, spices and a little licorice after some time in the glass

Mouth : On the palate, the texture of the wine is incredibly velvety. The flavour profile is dominated by flavours of black and red fruits, vanilla and pepper lasting well into the finish.

 

Wine and food Pairing

Meat : Grilled red meats, beef tartare, carpaccio, pork sausages

Fish : Salmon cooked in red wine sauce

Cheese : Livarot, Maroilles, Époisses.

Vegetables : Stuffed cabbage

 

Subscribers

£9.90 per bottle

Non-subscribers

£11.90 per bottle

Purchase here

 

Offer for IGT Readers:

With code INGOODTASTE-LPB the readers will get 30% off their first month if they subscribe to either of Le Petit Ballon levels of subscriptions when using this link.

To buy these wines and others from Le Petit Ballon click here.