I love the wines of Arpepe, producer of some of Italy’s finest Nebbiolo – known locally as Chiavennasca - from the strikingly beautiful region of Valtellina high in the Italian Alps. They have a stunning range, from their Valtellina Rosso through to a bewildering array of single vineyard and multi-site wines. My current pick is Sassella Stella Retica 2015. This is Nebbiolo at its most ethereal and elegant, pale in colour, fragrant and fine, but with all of the varietal character that makes Nebbiolo one of the greatest of red grapes. Sublime.
Domaine des Lises Crozes Hermitage Blanc, Rhone Valley, France 2018
It may say Crozes on the label, but this sensational white is closer in quality & style to Hermitage itself. A blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne, it is fantastically rich and complex, with aromas and flavours ranging from peach and apricot to vanilla, honeysuckle and warm spice. Despite the richness and depth, the finish is dry, moreish and incredibly satisfying, with unbelievable length. A real treat.