Bouchard Père et Fils, Fleurie 2012, France
The UK has enjoyed a wonderfully hot and sunny summer so far this year, which means our thoughts naturally turn to chilled whites and rosé wines. But in very hot weather all red wines can be transformed by just 10 minutes in the door of the fridge: cooling them down just a little emphasises their freshness. Some red wines can suit being quite well chilled however, and the Gamay grape of Beaujolais is a great candidate. This week's wine, from the top Beaujolias village of Fleurie, had 15 or 20 minutes chilling to bring outs its summery, bright red berry and strawberry notes, with riper black berries and just a hint of Beaujolais sappy and earthy character. On the palate it is a grown-up wine, with lots of savoury qualities and highish acidity giving it a supple, juicy and food friendly quality: a red wine with refreshment built in. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £11.99, Waitrose, but see all stockists on wine-searcher.