Two cracking German wines from bijoux independent importer Chix & Buck have helped to liven up January.
Chix & Buck, based in Brixton, where there’s a lovely looking wine parlour (yet to visit), specialise in wines from small, family-run vineyards where character and quality rather than the bottom line informs production.
Weisser Burgunder trocken Achat 2012 is made from pinot blanc and is off-dry and refreshing.
This complex wine has light quince and almond, steely with a restrained floral heart. It would work brilliantly with shellfish and riffs well with salty olives.
Price: £15. Score 7/10.
Spätburgunder 2011 is a concentrated pinot noir, barrel-aged for 26 months, offering subtly spicy flavours of cherry, raspberry and cardamom.
There are smokey hints typical of a pinot noir. The wine is recommended for decanting but don’t worry, it won’t hang around for long. Lovely stuff.
Price: £22. Score: 8/10
- Chix & Buck is at 1 & 3 Vining Street, Brixton, London SW9 8QA
- Twitter: @chixandbuck