Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

July Recommendations

90

NV Chandon, Brut, Mendoza

£14.99, 13%, Majestic

Moët's sparkling wines in South America have mostly been a disappointment, but this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is a huge improvement on what has gone before. It's a rich, toasty style with some sweetness from dosage, flavours of hazelnut and brioche and a baking spicy, well balanced finish. 

 

 
 

92

NV Wiston, Cuvée Brut, South Downs

£25, 12%, Corney & Barrow

A cuvée of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay made on the South Downs by Irish winemaker, Dermot Sugrue, this is a complex, toasty, savoury fizz with fine bubbles, lots of yeasty, bready autolysis and a bone dry, tapering finish. A winery that deserves to be every bit as famous as Nyetimber, Camel Valley and Ridgeview. 

 

 
 

90

2013 A l'Envers, Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux

£12, 12.5%, Tesco

Made by David Hohnen, the Aussie who created Cloudy Bay Sauvignon, and British Master of Wine Clem Yates, this is a tangy, smoky, reductive style with notes of struck match, citrus and pink grapefruit. It doesn't taste like a Kiwi Sauvignon, but that's no bad thing. Taut and refreshing, it shows that Hohnen hasn't lost his touch with Sauvignon. 

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