Like many other dishes the best wine for a risotto depends on the actual flavourings, as opposed to the risotto rice itself. If the risotto is full of fresh vegetables, a crisper and lighter wine would be a good pairing.
For seafood based risottos, more complex white wines can be introduced to balance the flavours of the fish or shellfish. Richer and heavier risottos, such as creamy mushroom or chicken, may benefit from an oaked Chardonnay or even a light red to help balance the flavours.
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Chablis 1er Cru ~ Domaine Guy Robin ‘Montmains’£239.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £19.95 (ex VAT)
A fine example of a Premier Cru with flavours of honey and apple. The grapes are harvested from a small parcel of land known as a lieu-dit (place name) called ‘Montmains’.
Chablis ~ Domaine Guy Robin ‘Vieilles Vignes’£178.80 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £14.90 (ex VAT)
A wine of great distinction. Full of character from old Chardonnay vines.
Château De La Tuilerie – Rosé£143.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle 11.95 (ex VAT)
A very pale pink colour. Light, fresh and elegant. Reveals delicate peony notes and strawberry aromas.
Domaine La Serre Picpoul De Pinet£119.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle 9.95 (ex VAT)
A bright, zesty wine full of bright citrus aromas. Undertones of citrus grapefruit and lemon, with a touch of floral hints.
Marlborough ~ Clos Henri – Pinot Noir£287.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £23.95 (ex VAT)
Monsieur Henri Bourgeois from Sancerre has brought a decidedly French feel to this hand-crafted New World Pinot Noir. A very complex nose of sweet black currants, mushrooms, mocha and spicy oak can be found and the small-berried bunches have created a wine with rich layers of dark fruit and ripe tannins which are seamless. Lovely to drink now, it should, however; age with elegance and reward the patient for up to 7 years.
Sancerre ~ Domaine Jean-Paul Balland£191.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £15.95 (ex VAT)
Clear to the eye with a pale yellow hue, suggesting a ripe fruity wine, delicate on the nose with aromas of peach and white blossoms then a fresh and supple approach opens out into a rich fruitiness, flavoured with a hint of exotic fruits. A well-balanced wine confirmed by a generous and lively finish! This prestigious wine symbolises the very best of this famous area.
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Vin d’Oc ~ Domaine de Raissac – Chardonnay/Vermentino£119.40 Per Case (Ex VAT) Equiv price per bottle £9.95 (ex VAT)
A pale yellow colour with silvery hints, this wine is delicate and pure with notes of grapefruit and a refreshing finale.