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What I’ve been drinking this month…


It’s been a rather excellent start to the vinous year, for I have been immersing myself in the joys of all things Piemonte, the jewel of NW Italy. Indeed, this was fully enabled by four days’ tasting amidst the rolling hills of the Langhe during January (so mine was a wet one, rather than dull dry).

If you’d asked me a few years ago for a Desert Island wine region, Burgundy would have immediately tripped off my tongue. Now, I am not so convinced. Sure, I might miss the great whites of Meursault, Puligny, and Chassagne, not to mention limpid Chablis, and the lesser known bottles, such as Saint-Romain and Pernand-Vergelesses.

Yet if I plumped for Piemonte, I would have crisp, fresh Gavi di Gavi to hand; Favorita (the local name for Vermentino) for something a bit more mineral; Riesling and Nascetta to add quirkiness; and if there was a call for weight, texture and complexity, then Arneis and Traminer (called Savagnin in the Jura region of eastern France) would deliver that in spades, satisfaction guaranteed. And if ever one became wistful for a glass, or three, of Bâtard-Montrachet, one might look to purchase some of Angelo Gaja’s Rossj-Mass, one of the top Langhe Chardonnays (availability of funds permitting).


About Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts joined the wine trade as a graduate trainee for John Harvey & Sons in 1986. However, rather than piling into the Bristol Cream, he instead found himself based in the wine merchant division’s London office in Pall Mall. From there, he swapped SW1 for NW1, joining Laytons, and then skulked south of the Thames to SE1, Charles Taylor Wines, in 1996. He now works for Decorum Vintners Ltd, which he helped set up in 1999, and where the focus is very much on the offerings of small wine-growers, specialising in France and Italy.

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