2017 Domaines des Fines Caillottes - Jean Pabiot Pouilly-Fumé
Public RRP: $50 | Members: $40
I would pair this with a 33 degree day, one that still very much feels like summer. For some reason a 33 degree day in autumn feels like a 43 degree day in summer!
2016 Domaine Millet Chablis 1er Cru Vaucoupin
Public RRP: $75 | Members: $60
Gaining an additional layer of richness and complexity the Vaucoupin will go wonderfully with what was a warm day - but drink it once the afternoon breeze has set in, just not so late that you need to go inside for a jumper.
2016 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny-Montrachet
Public RRP: $142 | Members: $114
I would probably pair this wine with a low 20 degree day. A whisker of a breeze and pleasantly sunny. The lack of wind will keep the beautiful aroma of the wine stay in the glass, and the delicate sun enough to keep comfortable but not enough to heat the glass.
2018 Château des Bormettes 'Côte & Mer' Côtes de Provence Rosé
Public RRP: $30 | Members: $25
A versatile wine to pair with many an occasion. In this period of time, when the weather can be variable, I would wait until a day that randomly turns absolutely glorious and rays of warm sun stream through the garden. Invite your neighbour over, pop the cork and listen to the glug glug glug of the wine glass being filled.
2018 Santini Champlitte
Public RRP: $78 | Members: $59
It is no surprise the first few wines have been suited more to the warmer end of the autumnal spectrum and this is no exception - a warmer day with any sort of breeze. The only negative may be the ‘hole’ in your glass - it will disappear quickly.
Cru Beaujolais, and much more serious than the Beaujolais Nouveau, the popularity of yesteryears! A 22 degree day, lunch inside - anything from fish to roast pork.
2016 Domaine Charlopin Tissier Côtes de Nuits-Village
Public RRP: $117 | Members: $91
Starting to gain a little more body and flesh from here on in. Perhaps a day in the mid 20s for this wine, with a touch of cloud cover to keep the evening temperature hovering around 17 degrees. The cloud does give a sense of wildness doesn’t it, and winter doesn't seem like a childhood memory anymore.
2017 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge
Public RRP: $140 | Members: $$110
Pinot Noir grown in Chassagne Montrachet tend to have plenty of structure and I particularly love them with lamb. So in this case, match with a cold night that warrants the slow combustion of a lamb, and roast veg! Mint sauce please!
2016 Domaine Dubuet Boillot Volnay 'sur Roche'
Public RRP: $159 | Members: $120
Finer tannins than the above, possibly described as a little more sultry and mysterious. Pair with watching a wild storm roll in. Don't be afraid of sticking your beak in the glass and leaving it there for a while!
2018 Camille Cayran Cotes du Rhône-Villages 'La Bête à Bon Dieu'
Public RRP: $33 | Members: $25
One of my favourites - if not my favourite - value red in our portfolio. The perfect balance between ripe velvety tannins, body and expressive red and black fruits. Think about a midweek roast perhaps, invite family or a couple of friends over if that’s possible.
2017 Domaine Rouchier St Joseph 'Luc'
Public RRP: $127 | Members: $96
I would probably save this for the first chilly day of isolation. It might make the thought of 14 days away from the world not that bad. Take your time...you'll have it…and watch the wine evolve in the glass. Enjoy!
NV Guiborat Tethys.16 Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
Public RRP: $126 | Members: $96
Champagne; In victory, you deserve it. In defeat, you need it.