Wines for roast lamb… My partner’s mother, Françoise, is coming to visit and she’s kindly bringing a boned leg of lamb which I’ll stuff with garlic, rosemary and anchovies and roast on Easter Sunday. I’ll probably serve it with parmentier potatoes* and assorted vegetables. A bottle of fairly full flavoured red wine or two will be on the table for what promises to be a very long and leisurely family lunch. Here are my current favourites for roast meats and they will all go particularly well with lamb:
1. Chorey-Les-Beaune, Maison Bichot, 2009, £15, www.oddbins.com
A delightful, perfumed Pinot Noir from a Burgundy producer that has been raising its game of late.
2. Maycas Reserva Especial Pinot Noir, Limarí Valley, £11.95, www.thewinesociety.com
The vines for this delicious Chilean Pinot Noir were planted only six years ago but the wine already shows elegance and structure. Its cherry fruit has been enhanced by partial ageing in new oak.
3. Prophets Rock Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2009, £23.50, www.thewinesociety.com
Paul Pujol is the talented winemaker behind this classy Pinot which has the unmistakable character of New Zealand’s Central Otago and the finesse of its Burgundian cousins.
4. Vinkara Kalecik Karasi, 2009, £9.50, www.thewinesociety.com
From Turkey…The crunchy redcurrant fruit in this wine makes it ideal for spring and summer drinking. If you like Pinot Noir, you’ll like this wine. An pleasing discovery and what a bargain.
5. Syrah, L’Appel des Sereines, Domaine Villard, 2009, £11.50, www.thewinesociety.com
A lovely ripe Syrah with restrained alcohol (12.5%) from a producer in the northern Rhône.
6. Altano Organic 2010, £9.99, www.waitrose.com
I first enjoyed this wine during a visit which coincided with the vintage in the Douro last autumn and was hosted by the Symington Family. Made from the same grapes that are used to make port – Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca – it’s a youthful, contemporary Portuguese table wine with fresh, juicy red fruit and a carefully judged 10 months in oak.
7. Gigondas Serabel 2010, £15, www.oddbins.com
Delightful forest fruits with hint of chocolate and lovely freshness. Good value from the southern Rhône.
8. Pétalos (Mencía) 2009, Descendientes de J Palacios, Bierzo, £16.80
Stockists: Upton Wines, Fortnum and Mason and Bailey’s Wine Merchants.
The freshness and great depth of carácter in a good Spanish Mencía wine makes it a great partner for lamb. If you haven’t come across Mencía yet and you’re keen to try something new then look no further.
9. Ch Ksara Réserve du Couvent 2009, £9.75, www.oddbins.com
Rich and opulent, this wine is one a number of Lebanese wines that can now be found in our wine shops and on supermarket shelves.
10. Baltasar Gracian VV 2009, £13.50, www.oddbins.com
Made from old vine Garnacha from the Spanish region of Calatayud. Great flavour and excellent value for money.
* Cubed potatoes lightly fried and then roasted for around 30 minutes. Toss the potatoes regularly to avoid them sticking to the roasting tin and add a few sprigs of rosemary for extra flavour.