A Summer Wine Choice 2013

Cabernet d’Anjou, Chateau La Tomaze 2012

With temperatures soaring throughout July we are bound to revert to more typical climes as I write this piece. I cannot remember a period of weather that inflicted so much exhaustive heat on the population of the UK enticing adults to try more white and rose wines. Having worked in Bavaria and been familiar with the marvellous range of German wines, I am astounded never to have encountered their rose wines in the UK. The ones to look out for include, Portuguiser Weissherbst and the Pinot Noir version, called Spatburgunder Weissherbst. They really are the most appetising and satisfying of aperitifs. I am though, happy to recommend this fine rose wine from the Loire Valley.

The Loire Valley is situated near to the city of Angers and enjoys a mild, continental climate. The Cabernet d’Anjou is an appellation specifically reserved for Anjou wines made from the Cabernet grapes, often a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. As you taste this wine you will note an aroma of strawberries and raspberries and possibly roses. It is generally an off-dry wine. I find this to be a more fruit-driven wine than many of the rather bland, modestly priced rose wines on offer in the UK. The Chateau La Tomaze 2012 is a wine not to be overlooked and provides a perfect aperitif on a hot summer’s day. This rose is also adaptable – after all I do live in East Lothian, Scotland – it can be enjoyed with a variety of dishes, such as savoury/sweet or spicy food and quiches. I would recommend serving it chilled.

Availability: Yapp Brothers; www.yapp.co.uk £8.50

One to look out for:

Les Ruettes Sancerre Rose 2012 – a wonderful wine at £12.99 from Marks and Spencer