This month’s buying recommendations include some bargains from Howard Ripley.
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2001, Rene Engel: Sadly no longer with us, Philippe Engel used to be one of the best sources of Clos Vougeot. Concentrated, stylish and complex. This is a top wine for the price. £39 from Howard Ripley.
Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru les Vergers 2002, Domaine Ramonet: Ramonet make great Chassagne. Beautiful, balanced and harmonious wines that age really well. £32.75 from Howard Ripley.
Shiraz 2002, Bannockburn: My favourite Australian Shiraz; it is cheap too. Read the note [link2post id=”1375″]here[/link2post]. £17.95 from Lea and Sandeman (case discount available).
Auxey-Duresses Premier Cru 2001, Comte Armand/Domaine des Epeneaux: Bargain Burgundy. This is structured like a decent Pommard and it is up for drinking now. £16 from Howard Ripley.
Riesling Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg 2004, Dönnhoff: My favourite producer in the Nahe, this wine is elegant and refined with nice fruit and fine acidity. £15.95 from Berry Brothers and Rudd.