Boutinot In A Box: Late Summer Stunners From The Boutinot Buyers

For this latest edition of ‘Boutinot In A Box’ we asked the buying team to select six wines that they think are ideal for sipping through the last days of summer and to explain why, for them, they are ‘stunners’.



Tony Brown MW – Boutinot’s Buyer for Italy

Azienda Agricola Contesa Caparrone Pecorino, IGT Colline Pescaresi 2016

RRP £9.75, Noel Young Wines; RRP £9.99, Taurus Wines; RRP £9.50, Woodwinters
“With its minerality and nutty, savoury character, there’s been some real interest in Pecorino of late.  Rocco Pasetti at Contesa has vineyards in the Caparrone district of Abruzzo, right in the hills west of Pescara, and is one of the region’s winemaking pioneers.  More than anything, I just think this is a fabulous example of the grape.”


Jean Waring MW – Boutinot’s Buyer for Spain

Bodegas La Val Orballo Albariño, Rias Baixas 2016

RRP £10.70, Field & Fawcett; RRP £11.95, Hennings Wine Merchants; RRP £10.75, Palmers
“Bodegas la Val sits just over the Portuguese border, and produces all its wines from own-grown fruit.  As one of the largest vineyard owners in the region, the Bodegas has complete control over quality and benefits from access to great grapes with the perfect combination of stone fruit, refreshing citrus acidity, texture and a touch of salinity – and really shows why Albariño can be a crowd-pleaser.”


Robin Naylor – Boutinot’s Buyer for Australia

Alpha Box & Dice, Golden Mullet Fury Semillon Viognier, McLaren Vale 2014

RRP £16.95, Drinkmonger; RRP £16.99, Kwoff; RRP £14.95, ND John

“This wine is the result of winemaker Sam Berteka spending time in Moldova and attempting to make a similar style of wine to those he found there.  Technically it’s a natural wine: the field-planted Semillon and Viognier were co-fermented naturally, but it wasn’t made in response to the natural wine movement (hence the name…).  Actually, to be honest, I’d just advise stop trying to bracket this wine at all – it’s tangibly tangerine and textural and we could try to pin it all down, but it’s far better to just marvel at the thing in the glass, and drink it in summer, winter, sun or snow…”


Tony Brown MW – Boutinot’s Buyer for Italy

Italia Pinot Grigio Rosé, IGT delle Venezie 2016

RRP £7.79, Waitrose

“The UK’s love of rosé continues, and this Italian example from Pavia really hits the spot.  The Pinot Grigio grapes were picked from mature hillside vineyards, where they’re allowed to ripen fully and develop a traditional copper colour.  Twelve hours’ skin contact, a long, cool fermentation and the addition of a little ripe Pinot Noir from the same vineyards give a softly ripe, yet deliciously juicy, style of rosé.”


Sally Holloway – Boutinot’s Buyer for France

Domaine de Rimquresq, Rimo de Rimauresq, Côtes de Provence 2016

RRP £11.95, Caviste

“From Cru Classé producer Rimauresq, this is a brighter and more aromatic pink when compared to their domaine wines, but still with all the trademark Provence restraint.  A great entertaining wine, and just smashing as an aperitif.”


Sean Tennyson – Boutinot’s Buyer for Boutinot France

Arc du Rhône Côtes du Rhône Villages 2015, Domaine Boutinot

RRP £9.49, Waitrose; RRP £8.49, Ocado

“Rich and tannic reds are more traditionally drunk in the winter, but even in the hotter months I turn to bright, energetic reds like this one: biased as I might be, this wine punches well above its weight at Côtes du Rhône Villages level.  Delicious with the last bbqs of the season.”

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Date of issue: 7 September 2017

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