2018 Lirac Blanc, La Fermade, Domaine Maby, Southern Rhône, France
£13.95 £12.95 per bottle
This wine is not a ‘structured white’ like a white Burgundy but, instead, a far more intriguing proposition which is also much kinder to your pocket. Maby makes brilliant red wines and also a rather ravishing rosé but his white, which is a rare and beguiling creature, is nothing short of sensational. Made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Piquepoul this is a beautifully smooth and complex wine with impressive palate weight but also remarkable freshness. There is a touch of oak here, which is well hidden from view, allowing the juicy, bold fruit to shine through. While this feels like a wine which will age well, and no doubt it will, I would grab it in its youth and sink your teeth into its stunning flesh. It has enough heft to tackle your Christmas turkey as well as a decadent gammon steak, too.