Clement & Black summer faves (so far)

It’s no secret that we’re professionally thirsty, so it won’t surprise you to learn we'll only show wines if we’ve checked - and double checked - their worth. We’ve shown some absolutely stonking wines at our recent tastings, so we thought it would only be right to share the cream of the crop. They're all available to buy from us - get in touch via the form below if you'd like to place an order.

Vignerons de Valençay, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, France

What’s the story?

Sauvignon Blanc in its home land: the Loire Valley. Made by France’s smallest co-operative, an outfit of two good friends, Sebastian Vaillant and Damien Bossier, making it close to our hearts. Their vineyards have a mixture of flinty and clay/stone soils.

What does it taste like?

The always-aromatic Sauvignon Blanc grape expresses its mineral and herbaceous side in its homeland. The minerality comes from the flinty soils, while the clay soils add body and fruit character.

RRP £9.99 / C&B price £8.99

 

 

 

 

 

Domaine Richaud, Terre de Galets 2015, Côtes du Rhône, France

What’s the story?

Marcel Richaud is a Southern eccentric. This wine is classified as generic Côtes du Rhône because he chooses to blend grapes from what could be big-name appellations. He works as if making fine Burgundy: judicious ripening, gentle extraction, little oak. “Galets”, the big stones which soak up heat and ripen the famous Chateauneuf grapes, provide a clue to quality.

What does it taste like?

Dusty, late summer berries and sunbaked herbs. Carried by a delicate acidity and bronzed muscularity. Lovably capricious, now brooding and spicy, now lifted and sprightly. A happy, delicious, characterful wine

RRP £16.99 / C&B price £15.29

 

 

 

Innocent Bystander, Moscato 2016, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

What’s the story?

We couldn’t finish our summer wine tastings without this classic, and it's gone down a storm every time. Innocent Bystander is one of the Yarra’s best producers, and the one to beat for value in the region. The sweetness of this wine comes directly from the grapes, the juice is fermented under pressure, then chilled so that the yeast can’t work. Filter that yeast out and you get this beaut.

What does it taste like?

Sweet, fresh red berries, sherbet, fizz. Loved this since first sip, it’s pure frothy fun!

RRP £9.99 / C&B price £8.99

 

 

 

 

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