4 Perfect Wines for Autumn 2020 - Boutinot

An ideal selection to hibernate with during the darker nights

An autumn view of the rolling hills at Il Cascinone

The clocks have gone back, the heating is well and truly on, shops are stacked with Halloween sweets, and just about everything has become ‘pumpkin spiced’…

Autumn is well and truly upon us. While you may find yourself lamenting the loss of crisp whites and rosés, what you need is a glass of soul-warming wine.

We’ve delved through our portfolio and selected four quintessentially autumnal wines to carry you through these longer nights and blustery weather. Not forgetting these wines are a perfect pairing to some of the wonderful seasonal dishes of autumn. 

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Les Héritiers Saint-Genys, Bourgogne Blanc, 2018

How might one find themselves going from a cattle farmer, to a Parisian restaurateur to a winemaker in Chassagne-Montrachet?

In 2011 Patrice du Jeu, alongside winemaker Jean-Baptiste Alinc, brought together family and friends to buy several parcels of unloved vineyards in some excellent terroirs of the Côte de Beaune.

After an extensive restoration programme, the estate has grown to cover around 13 hectares in – Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Santenay, Maranges, Chassagne Montrachet and Mercurey (a small plot producing both Red and White Premier Cru Clos Marcilly, exceptional wines that are on more than one member of Team Boutinot’s Christmas List)

Hand harvested from a single plot of sustainably grown Chardonnay, located on the lower hillside of Meursault. Whole bunches are pressed gently and fermented and aged in oak barrels, 55% of which is new oak, for 15 months.

A wine with elegance and finesse, fine floral notes of acacia on the nose, complemented on the palate by a delicate presence of oak giving a subtle buttery and creamy texture, uplifted by some citrus zestiness.

I’d have this with a bowl of moules mariniére in a cream, garlic and white wine sauce, with a side of fresh crusty bread or frites.

Agricole Vallone Appassimento, Salento, 2018

In the heel of Italy’s boot, along the Adriatic coast, is Agricole Vallone. While we have worked with Vallone for several years this particular wine is a new addition to our portfolio.

Located in the Salento peninsula, this family estate consistently produces wines that are rated among the best in Puglia. Run and owned by sisters Vittoria and Maria Teresa, along with their nephew Francesco, their core production centres around indigenous grape varieties such as Susumaniello, Primitivo and Negroamaro.

Following the appassimento process, Negroamaro grapes are left on the vines to dry in the warm autumn sunshine, before being pressed and vinified.

The natural residual sweetness gives this wine a luscious quality, along with flavours of bramble, dried black fruits, dried cherry, mocha, and spice. This distinctly southern style is warming and rich, it is exactly the type of wine you want to drink on a cool autumn evening, and a perfect match with a hearty Puglian stew.

Alpha Box & Dice, Dead Winemakers Society Dolcetto, 2017/2018

Behind the album-cover eye candy of Alpha Box and Dice’s wines are olfactory feasts, too (fancy word for sensory experience).

Almost 10,000 miles away from its traditional European home, amongst the rolling hills of Piemonte, this Dolcetto has been sourced from the Adelaide Hills of South Australia (They also make a fantastic Nebbiolo and Barbera).

The wines are made with great respect for European heritage but with the confidence to abandon this in favour of local expression.

The name of the wine, and the wine itself, is an homage to those individuals, who carved their path in the wine industry before them. A small winery, with huge heart, that has become known for experimentation, but most of all, downright delicious wines.

Dolcetto is handpicked across two vineyards in the Adelaide hills and undergoes whole berry fermentation, and then laid to rest in old Burgundy barriques for 18 months.

Brooding ruby in colour with flecks of violet throughout, the velvety tannins and bright acidity supports the fruitier aspects of the wine; ripe dark stone fruits of bitter cherry and damson, along with the savoury twist of peppery spice and dried herbs.

Asian spiced duck with plum sauce would be delicious, or just about anything out of an Italian cookbook.

New 2018 vintage landing early November 2020.

Teliani Valley Gekhuri Kisi Qvevri, Akhmeta, 2019

The leaves have turned golden, orange, deep amber in colour, so why shouldn’t your wine?!

Kisi (pronounced ki-ssy) is a native Georgian grape variety that has been fermented in Qvevri, a man sized clay pot, for around 10 days.

After fermentation the wine remains in contact with the skins for up to six months, giving the wine a vibrant Amber hue. Georgians have been making wine this way for over 8000 years – way before ‘trendy’ orange wines were on the radar of hipsters in the Northern Quarter and Shoreditch.

Steeped in a rich wine making history, culture, and tradition, if you are not already onto the deliciousness of Teliani’s wines, now has never been a more perfect time.

Woah! There are a myriad of flavours, textures, aromas going on in this wine – the time on skins gives body and texture and savoury nutty quality. The grape variety – Kisi – gives a highly perfumed and aromatic wine filled with sweet spices, lime zest, ripe stone fruits of apricot, along with floral and honeyed notes.

Truly expressive and uniquely Georgian –  Check out our blog about Teliani Valley 

If you want to taste any of these beautiful, autumnal wines then get in touch with your account manager!

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