Take two wines
Pouilly-FumÃ© Mathilde de Favray 2008
Medium-bodied and flavoursome, enjoy its unfolding layers of concentrated green fruits, generous herbal notes, zesty grapefruit and an undertow of minerality, with a spicy, gooseberry-filled finish, 12.5pc alc. Good with fish, shellfish or goat’s cheese €16.49 Available from Marks & Spencer.
Pouilly-FuissÃ© Domaines des Valanges 2008
Full-bodied and full of complexity, with a lipsmacking blend of nuts, honey, spice and vibrant fruit flavours in a classy wine of great length that shows what a judiciously oaked Chardonnay is all about. 13pc alc. A real treat with chicken, salmon or creamy pasta. €23.50 Available from Jus de Vine, Portmarnock; The Wine Centre, Kilkenny; Nuts about Wine, Tralee; Next Door, Racefield, Raheen; On the Grapevine, Dalkey; Ardkeen Superstore, Waterford; Redmonds Off-Licence Ranelagh; Listons, Camden Court; Bin No 9, Goatstown; Harvey Nichols, Dundrum.
ONE NOT TO MISS
Cascina Chicco Barbera d’Alba Granera Alta 2008
Be prepared to be captivated by the perfumed, lush fruitiness of this northern Italian red, its 14pc alcohol not noticeable against that sumptuous backdrop. Positively packed with dark cherries, topped off with dark spice, it is at once soft but with plenty of bite. A sure-fire winner that would be perfect with any meat dishes. €12.95 Available from Www.fromvineyards direct.ie, minimum order 12 bottles, with freedelivery.