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4. Mere

Mere in Fitzrovia is the debut solo venture of Monica Galetti, a chef who has worked alongside Michel Roux Jr. at Le Gavroche in Mayfair since 1999, most recently as senior sous-chef at the two star restaurant. Named after her Samoan mother, Mere is a joint venture between Galetti, who many will recognise from her stints as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals, and her French sommelier husband David, who she met while working at Le Gavroche.

Curated by David, Mere’s wine list boasts a rich selection of wines grouped by variety rather than region, with a strong selection from New Zealand via the likes of a zippy, lime-laced Wild Earth Riesling 2016 from Central Otago and a Chenin Blanc from Gisborne’s Millton Vineyards, and a Malbec from Argentina heavyweight Catena to name a few of the more off-piste offers. These sit comfortably alongside old world heavyweights from Burgundy and Bordeaux, and Mere’s own-label “Mere” grand cru Champagne, from Duval Leroy. Its by-the-glass selection makes use of the wine gadget Coravin, while a selection of half bottle size wines are also available.

This is a wine list that, much like Galetti and her approach to classic French cuisine, has thrown out the rulebook as to what’s expected of a fine, albeit it casual, dining experience.

Expert Picks

• Brut Reserve, 2013, Gusbourne Estate, Kent – England – Sparkling – £74

• Bien Nacido Hillside, 2011, Qupé, California – USA – White – £103

• Bodega Catena, Mendoza – Argentina – Red – £39

• Bodegas Pintia, 2006, Toro – Spain – Red – £100

• Château Suduiraut, 1989, Sauternes – France – Sweet – £129

Wine List Confidential overall position: 21

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