Tuesday, October 17, 2017

OUTSTANDING 100% PETIT VERDOT FROM BORDEAUX

I love this grape variety and spent many happy years recommending Australian efforts to Australian wine drinkers who had never heard of the stuff. I'm fondly remembering Pirramimma and a cheapie made by De Bortoli in the Riverina. In fact it was surprising how well it responded to sensible levels of irrigation.

What a treat then to open this. The colour is enough to make you want to pull the cork. Deep, intense and vibrant at the same time. Dazzling. And then the palate. A rich sumptuous roller coaster of flavours in perfect harmony. 

Very highly recommended to drink now with breathing

or cellar for 5+ years

CHATEAU MOUTTE BLANC 2015 MOISIN
14.5%a/v
19euro from Cave L'Avant Garde Margaux
5/5 rating

WHY DO THEY MAKE IT SO SWEET?

LES HAUTS BUIS 2016 CABERNET d'ANJOU ROSE


This is 100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire. And it could have been so good. Like the label it's a pretty little wine but sadly it is just too sweet

3.50 euro from SuperU
2.5/5 Rating from me

ONE OF THE FINEST DRY WHITES I'VE EVER TASTED

CHATEAU FONREAUD LE CYGNE 2016 BORDEAUX


This outstanding dry white is a masterclass in blending and balance. It's 60% sauvignon blanc, 25% semillon and 15% muscadelle. Toss in some of the finest, most delicate oak treatment I've ever tasted and this is just about perfect. It dazzles, it entices, it caresses - it draws you back for more. If it was just me this would score a 5+ but if you object to wood in any white wine you won't like it. But if any wine would change your mind it could be this.

18 euro from Cave L'Avant Garde Margaux
4.5/5 Rating 

CHATEAU PENIN 2016 BORDEAUX ROSE


This is a dry delicate ethereal wine that just needed a little more acid zing that the palate could get hold of. Blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% merlot. 

6.9 euro from Cave L'Avant Garde Margaux
3.5/5 Rating from me

NOT THE BEST INTRODUCTION TO GROS MANSENG


DOMUS BY UBY COTES DU GASCOGNE GROS MANSENG
What a strange wine this is and the grape variety gros manseng should not be judged by this. The back label describes it as "velvety and creamy with hints of pineapple and honey - perfect with foie gras or chocolate desserts". It's sweet, but NOT that sweet. Alcohol is 11% so I'm assuming fermentation was stopped at that point. The fruit character to me is pure peach, the palate is quite cloying but it does go a long way with a couple of bottles of icy sparkling mineral water.







6.90 euro from SuperU France 
2/5 Rating from me
5/5 Rating with 50% sparkling mineral water

Monday, October 16, 2017

A LOVELY LITTLE FRUIT BOMB FROM BERGERAC


FONTECOSTE BERGERAC 2016
What a surprise this was. No surprising complexity but there was enough tannin to hold the fruit together.
This is one of those reds to just pull the cork and enjoy straight away. Or over the next couple of years. For an uncomplicated quaffer this is perfect.


2.99 euro from SuperU France 
4.5/5 Rating from me

Saturday, October 14, 2017

THREE STRIKES AND IT'S TIME TO CHANGE

Cellars des Dauphins Signature 2016 Cotes du Rhone

Like the previous two this is a great little red for the price but they are all starting to taste the same. Time to change course

4.60 euro from SuperU France 
4/5 Rating from me

Friday, October 13, 2017

DOMAINE ST MICHEL 2015 COTES DU

More of the same from SuperU


4.45 euro from SuperU France 
4/5 Rating from me

MOULIN DE MEYRAN 2015 COTES DU RHONE

There's a certain sameness in these budget wines which shouldn't be surprising. They are all very well made and would be an extreme bargain in any other market. What is surprising is that the same supermarket would have so many similar wines at the same price point.

4.40 euro from SuperU France 
4/5 Rating from me

Saturday, October 7, 2017

DAGUET DE BERTICOT 2016 SAUVIGNON BLANC

Easy drinking crisp dry white that doesn't require any great concentration.

3.05 euro from SuperU France 

3/5 Rating from me