February 01, 2022

February Wines Letter

By Ben Whitfield
February Wines Letter

Thank you for all your recent wine orders and feedback, it’s been great to hear about how much you enjoyed the Christmas wines particularly the Champagnes, Burgundies and Nebbiolos (all available to re-order).

So now it is February and we have passed another variant it feels like time to reboot life, get back in the wine saddle and re-stock.

February is the time for purchasing of ‘en primeur’ 2020 Burgundies and it turns out that 2020 has been a miraculous year, despite it being the warmest and driest year on record. I will be sending you a short but sweet ‘en primeur’ offer next week. I have also been to tastings of 2017 Brunellos from Tuscany, which was a very tough vintage, and my top tip is to keep drinking the 2016s and leave the 2017s for others (top Brunello top below).

If this is your first Whitfield Wines letter, I am delighted you are curious to find out more and I welcome you. My mission every month, after lots of searching and tasting, is to write with suggestions for wines I have loved and think you will too. The list is tightly curated and better priced than you will find on offer anywhere else. Many of my wines are allocated to restaurants so I wrestle them away from sommeliers around London, to offer and deliver them to you. This month I have seven new wines -  three French whites and four French and Italian reds, plus all the previous favourites.

New wines for February 

Three French whites

I have uncovered a wonderful Pouilly-Fuissé from Vincent Besson’s Domaine Pouilly in response to requests for a robustly old fashioned, classic white burgundy. For the second white, I’ve included a favourite of mine, less fashionable but perennially glamourous for those who know, a white Bordeaux, Château Graville Lacoste from Graves. You will want it within easy reach for the rest of 2022. My third new French white pick is a Viognier from Languedoc, produced on the estates of J&M Cazes of Lynch Bages fame.

Four new reds

I am firstly nipping to the Côte Chalonnaise for some ethereal and perfectly named wine from Domaine Faiveley - Mercurey 'La Framboisière', before swooping down to Beaujolais for some gorgeous Gamay from Julienas. Two bigger reds, another Southern Rhône beauty, this time from Gigondas as it is so hard to argue with the value found in Southern Rhône. This is similar to the much loved Rasteau I wrote about at Christmas. Finally, I’ve included an Italian red, this time a ‘Baby Supertuscan’ at a fraction of the usual price, from Argiano near Montalcino. I am convinced you will love it and look forward to the feedback.


Very best & happy drinking,