Go organic at OAK N4

Last month we blogged about organic and biodynamic winemaking’s history and methodology – see May’s post, Back to nature. Now we showcase some of the organic wines that are currently on the OAK N4 wine list.

To kick-off, here are a couple of whites, classic appellations that represent the best in European winemaking.

Sancerre Le Rochoy, Domaine Laporte, fruity, lemony and crisp Sauvignon Blanc with the minerality you’d expect from the silex soils of the Loire Valley. On the nose you get perfumed intense fruit, delicious!

From the top-end of the Burgundy region we have this Chablis 1er Cru, Vau de Vey, Bouchard. Toast, buttery, flinty and citrus aromas combined with a long finish of tart apples.

Now for two top-quality reds that – while organic – still present with incredible structure and finesse.

Chateau d’Arcole, Sant-Emilion Grand Cru is a Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Right Bank of the Dordogne river. Rich black fruit on the nose and silky smooth ripe tannins on the tongue make for a luscious experience.

Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva Rioja is a top wine from Northern Spain. This Tempranillo has great intensity and for an organic wine, superb keeping potential. Gran Reserva denotes the highest level of quality for a Rioja, those wines that are released after a minimum of five years of ageing with at least two of those in oak barrels. A real beauty.

We presently stock 17 organic wines in the store and we’ll feature more in next month’s posts. Ask one of us next time you’re in to recommend one to try.


Wine Bluffer says:

Silex is a flint and sand based soil type – a mixture of clay, limestone and silica. This soil is most commonly found in the Loire Valley and gives rise to the term ‘flinty’, often applied to the whites of this region of France. It describes the smell you get when you strike a flint against steel. Next time you are strolling in the Chilterns, pick up a stone, unsheath your dagger and give it a go.

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