£6.49, Waitrose and waitrosecellar.com
An aromatic dry white from the south of France with the freshness and lusciousness of a perfectly ripe, juicy peach. The components, in descending order, are Viognier, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Mauzac, Muscat and Roussanne, which sounds like a kitchen-sink blend but the wine is far too seamless to be a chance creation or an assembly of leftovers (random and leftovers aren’t producer Benoit Valérie Calvet’s style anyway). It’s unoaked and makes a perfect aperitif but has the volume (13%) to go with dishes such as melon and prosciutto, shellfish (e.g. crab cakes), herby, lemony chicken, savoury flans and even lightly curried, creamy sauces, and it has a screw cap, so it's a perfect picnic companion too. Great value.
Haut les Mains 2017, Pays d'Oc, France
£6.49, Waitrose (67 branches) and waitrosecellar.com