Spring has most certainly sprung and in the office our thoughts are turning toward holidays. Mine seem way too far away so instead I like to cook something special that will give me a feel of where I'm dreaming of going and enjoy a bottle of wine to treat myself. One of our favourite wines at the moment is Château Le Puy 2007, Côtes des Bordeaux from France. It is predominantly Merlot so to pair with it we need something fairly hearty but relatively light yet packed with savoury flavour. [caption id="attachment_1048" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Gruyere stuffed meatballs with peppers and olives"][/caption] And I found just the thing, Gruyere stuffed meatballs with peppers and olives. This recipe comes courtesy of La Cucina Italiana and is so simple. Get the kids involved and make a mess in the kitchen, vary the fillings to your taste and the results are delicious. It doesn't take long either so perfect for a mid-week treat. [caption id="attachment_1049" align="aligncenter" width="125" caption="Château Le Puy 2007"][/caption] Château Le Puy can be found on the same plateau as the renowned appellations of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on the right bank of Bordeaux. It is classified as Côtes des Bordeaux which is considered to hold less kudos than it prestigious neighbours. This means the wine is of the highest quality but available exclusively at The Perfect Cellar for a fraction of the cost of similar wines. This is an amazingly well made biodynamic wine that oozes character and quality. The Merlot dominance gives the wine a dense smooth mouthfeel packed full of dark cherry, plum, fruit cake and chocolate notes. It is seductive and smokey with a finish redolent of cranberry offering an elegant, fresh length. Château Le Puy works beautifully with this meatball dish as there is a savoury quality but also the freshness of fruit works with the sweet, fruitiness of the peppers. â is available exclusively at the Perfect Cellar in the UK. Buy online or visit us at our retail space as part of the Clerkenwell Collection. To find out more about the winery and the wines they produce have a look at our blog post dedicated to Château Le Puy.