Vintage Roots' Selection of Organic and Biodynamic Wines


We can’t include all the wines reviewed and appreciated, but here’s the top white and reds:


Vincent Gaudry Sancerre Le Tournebride 2012

Sancerre (Loire), France, Dry White (Cork),13.0% abv


This is a Sancerre that goes the extra mile, with textbook flavours but more of them than the average and all in thrilling balance. It’s flinty, grassy, a little bit floral textured and very long. Biodynamic.

Rating: 91/100 – £16.75 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Fish & Seafood, Goat’s cheese, Aperitif wine.


Barone Pizzini Estatatura Maremma Toscana 2008

Maremma (Tuscany), Italy, Dry Red (Cork),14.5% abv


We found the last vintage of this we tried, 2006, good but just a little hard at the edges. There’s none of that edge here. The gently chewy tannins are softened by barrel ageing and matched to the cherryish red fruit and chestnut sweetness and richness of ripe Sangiovese. Organic. Bring on the bistecca fiorentina.

Rating: 90/100 – £18.75 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Red meat & Dark game, Pork and other white meats.


Wine Gang ‘ACE’ wines:













3 each of their top rated wines of the tasting.






The following six wines were very highly rate too, and make for a really excellent 6 pack (3 white, 3 red). Average bottle price at the special rate is just £9.67, including a bottle each of the following:


Walnut Block Collectables Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Marlborough, New Zealand, Dry White (Screwcap),13.5% abv

Walnut Block produces, and Vintage Roots sells, a more expensive single-vineyard Sauvignon, but we think this is just as smart at the price, with its intense grassy, gooseberry aromas, injection of passion fruit and fresh, salty, sea-spray finish. Organic.

Rating: 89/100 – £11.99 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Tomato-based pasta or ratatouille, Fish & Seafood, Aperitif wine.


Château Petit Roubié Picpoul de Pinet 2013

Picpoul de Pinet (Languedoc), France, Dry White (Screwcap),13.0% abv


There’s been some fairly run-of-the-mill Picpoul de Pinet around in the last couple of years, but this organic one has more of the requisite herbal bite, nutty flavour and briny, citrus zing. A winner with the simplest, freshest seafood.

Rating: 88/100 – £8.99 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Fish and seafood


Domaine de Pajot Les Quatre Cépages 2013

Gascony (South West), France, Dry White (Screwcap),11.5% abv


Grassy, zesty, juicily fruity and refreshing – what more could you want? Er, yes, summer. We’ll assume it’s going to be here at some point, but this is a very useful, good value little number to have to hand at any time. The four cépages are Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng and it’s organic.

Rating: 86/100 – £7.50 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Aperitif wine, Salads & Vegetable dishes.


Azul y Garanza Navarra Seis 2011

Navarra, Spain, Dry Red (Cork),14.0% abv


A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (60:40) that has been matured for 10 months in oak and succeeds in being truly expressive of its grape varieties, full of Spanish character and yet brushed with an international sheen. Tightly focused but generously flavoured with sweet blueberry fruit, crisp peppery spice and rich mocha. Worth buying a few bottles to try in five years. Organic.

Rating: 90/100 – £10.50 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Red meat & Dark game, Duck & Mild game, Hard cheese.


Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2013

Tupungato (Mendoza), Argentina, Dry Red,14.0% abv


Malbec shows its floral side – something we like to see – but this is no shy, retiring flower of a wine. We’re talking about crisply defined black fruit, the vanilla and coffee of a six month stint in oak and supple tannins. Organic, low sulphur and also available in half bottles.

Rating: 87/100 – £9.75 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Red meat & Dark game, Duck & Mild game, Pork and other white meats


Nuevo Mundo Carmenère 2012

Maipo Valley, Chile, Dry Red (Screwcap),13.5% abv


Spicy, chocolaty, attractively framed by oak and with the green-edged sweet fruit that is one of Carmenère’s signatures – and a clarity and definition that you don’t often get in Carmenère at this price.

Rating: 87/100 – £8.99 at Vintage Roots

Goes with: Duck & Mild game, Red meat & Dark game, Pork and other white meats.


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