The rise of independent wine

La Bri Chardonnay 2012, Franschhoek
La Bri Chardonnay 2012, Franschhoek
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There was talk recently of a so called ‘Tesco Tax’, a levy on large supermarkets to contribute towards regenerating the high street.

However maybe there is a revival slowly taking shape with independent wine merchants and shops like Ivy Wines in Emsworth leading the way with carefully chosen wines, many from small, passionate producers.

Chateau du Cros 2013, Bordeaux Sauvignon (Ivy Wines £10.75) is really fresh with citrus fruits, green herbs, grassy notes and zesty, mouth-watering acidity – a perfect summer aperitif.

Chateau Ricardelle Cuvée Olivettes 2012, Languedoc (Ivy Wines £9.99) is a blend of syrah, grenache and carignan showing red fruits, liquorice and hints of local herbs – great value classic Southern French red to enjoy with rustic food.

La Bri Chardonnay 2012, Franschhoek

This is very grown-up wine and shows just what can be achieved with Chardonnay when you don’t throw too much oak at it. With an appealing green-tinged colour, this wine has citrus and tropical fruits, cashew nuts and a little vanilla. The palate is creamy with a long, seamless finish – try it with some simply grilled halibut and lemon butter.

£13.99 - Ivy Wines, 48 Main Road, Emsworth. Call 01243 377883.