Vivacious Viognier from Peirano Estate, California: fantastic wine, only £169 Most famous for the Rhône’s highly valued white Condrieu wines, the Viognier grape is increasingly in demand—and this Californian wine is superb. With body and flavour ga- lore, this vivacious Viognier from Peirano Estate is a fantastic wine for such a small price. It has natural racy acidity, with ripe peach, apricot, pear and nutmeg notes, great balance of freshness and weight. Aged in French oak. Drinking perfectly, its aromatics make this a great match for rich shellfish such as turbot, roast pork, and savoury dishes with apri- cots. 100% Viognier. Case of 12 bottles. Code PV16RW04. RRP £220. CCUK £169. Quintessential Sancerre, as served at The Connaught: save £93 a case A very fine Sancerre, selected by some of the country’s leading Michelin-star restaurant sommeliers, including The Connaught. Domaine Laporte is one of the key names in Sancerre, and ‘Grandmontains’ is a vivid, flinty, fruity example of Sauvignon Blanc made by this small producer of hand-crafted wines. This delicious wine is characterised by delicate aromas of ripe, fresh fruit with a grassy character, silky structure and vivid freshness. The balance is excellent, with a round, velvety structure and a long finish. It is quintessential Sancerre, with what Jancis Robinson calls ‘an attractive hint of gun smoke’. Case of 12 bottles. Code SG11RW04. RRP £280. CCUK £187. Amazing wine deal, Puligny-Montrachet in all but name, £157 An incredible bargain—better than many Puligny-Montrachets costing more than twice the price—Domaine Chavy-Chouet ‘Les Femelottes’ is a rounded, expressive wine of exceptional flavour and class. This gorgeous Bourgogne Blanc is literally a stride or two away from being named Puligny-Montrachet; the vineyards of ‘Les Femelottes’ lie just across the road from the famous Puligny- Montrachet vines. The wine has a rich body, with wonderful fresh- ness and vitality, a delightful buttery note on the palate and incredi- ble length. Jancis Robinson is a great fan and gave ‘Les Femelottes’ the following commendation, ‘Very cool and refreshing on the nose. Very nicely balanced and with real Côte d’Or build. Raciness and a dry finish. Delicate and appetising.’ 100% Chardonnay. Case of 12 bottles. Code LF01RW04. RRP £290. CCUK £157. TopTwentyClubWines From blind tastings, award ceremonies and visits to the leading regions, CountryClubuk connoisseurs are constantly appraising wines, from famous name châteaux to hidden gems, and our negotiators arrange mouthwateringly good wholesale prices, exclusive to Members. All wines are tasted, tested and recommended, by our Tasting Panel and connoisseurs and by the leading independent Masters of Wine: on these pages, a new Top Twenty for you to enjoy 267