I know that summer doesn’t officially start until the solstice on 21 June, but 1 June marks the moment when I slip into more unoaked than oaked whites, flagons of rosé, and reds that must have a chillable side to their character. Haynes Hanson & Clark is a Loire specialist and this month, half of my wines come from this awesome, under the radar region. Still offering some of the finest wines on the planet, and oft-ignored (thankfully) by the high street, the value afforded by epic quality Loire wines is unquestionable.
You must load up with all three of my picks, at the very least, this month. In addition, I have found a budget Sicilian white for parties and general glugging, an elite Provençal rosé which has been a permanent fixture in my fridge door for the last decade and also a very surprising Corbières! So here it is — the summer sextet from the genius palates at Haynes, Hanson & Clark!