Here are this month’s buying recommendations.
Vintage Champagne 1983, Gratien: A properly mature Champagne. It is rather good. £47.95 from Berry Brothers and Rudd.
Chambertin 1999, Domaine Frédéric Esmonin: This is a real steal. Proper Chambertin as a decent price. Keep it, I am keeping mine. £47.51 from Howard Ripley.
Clos des Lambrays 2003, Domaine des Lambrays: I love Clos des Lambrays and in 2003 they really landed on their feet. An excellent wine that will age terribly well. £44.01 from Howard Ripley.
Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2000, Trimbach: This is the best CFE for some years. Ripe but with a good back bone of acidity running through it. I purchased some on my last visit to Trimbach. £29.95 from Berry Brothers and Rudd.
Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre 2002, Domaine Louis Michel. 2002 was a great vintage for Chablis and Louis Michel make excellent, linear, direct Chablis that is great to drink in the summer. £15.08 from Howard Ripley.