Wine of the week: The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2016

One thing you’re always guaranteed of when buying a Brent Marris wine is a good story.

A descendent from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of “favour” with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries, he named his Sauvignon Blanc bottle “The King’s Favour” because it was Marlborough’s favourite grape and represents a time of the King’s favour.

Not unlike other bottles, such as the King’s Wrath Pinot Noir which was named after outlaw William de Marisco – the first man to be hung drawn and quartered.

And heck, what is wine for after all?

Argentinian chef Francis Mallmann recently talked of bringing his native country’s culinary culture to London in his debut restaurant by eschewing notions of taste and flavour and instead making it about friends not food.

Something most of us could get on board with.

And with the summer well and truly here, now is the time to get your hands on this crisp and youthful bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy the company of friends and family.

The punchy white is layered aromatic of lime leaf and musky, pink grapefruit sitting atop classic base notes of dried herb, sizzled green capsicum and woody grape stem.

Best served with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat’s cheeses this has a Sancerre-like structure with a ripe, rounded edge.

Price: £14.99, Ocado

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