One day of each year is earmarked for us to recognise our fathers, who deserve a little credit every now and again for their influence, paternal bond and their unwavering support. Which means that although it’s not a necessity, a present is always a nice touch. So we asked our wine buyer Andrew Baker which products he would recommend for last minute shoppers. He’s popped together his favourite reds together with a ruby rich port from the top Duoro region in Portugal and a lavish award-winning bubbly, just in case you really want to splash out.
Made by a small family-run Champagne house under the stewardship of Laurent Champs, this bubbly has won a ton of accolades, but isn’t yet well known enough to become a wallet buster. A superbly balanced fizz with plenty of concentration, fine mousse and crisp, well structured acidity. Why not impress your Dad with a great unknown that rivals (and beats) many a big name.
From wine master, Andre Brunel, this Chateauneuf is a lavish wine yet feels very natural and pure. There’s nothing ostentatious like some bruising Chateauneufs, but instead a great focus and character. It’s a great wine for lying down and will keep for another 15 years.
Made from specially selected grapes grown in the top Duoro region by one of the best winemakers in Portugal, this gorgeous Ruby Port is full, rich and supple. Blended with a 5 year old base wine, the complexity of the aged wine combined with the freshness of the young, delivers a stunning, deep coloured Port with outstanding balance. A truly traditional Port that promises to delight fans or convert newcomers.
The Welsh owners of this near organic estate on the beautiful banks of the Garonne have tried their utmost to produce wines expressing the best of the well-drained, mineral-rich soil. This wine is carefully blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc. It’s fruity and smooth with firm tannins and nice oak. Delicious to drink now but can be stored for several years yet.