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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, November 2016

Wine tasting, wine glasses

Wine tasting, wine glasses, copyright BKWine Photography

Uncorked: Under this heading we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that we have had during dinner at home, at wine tastings, press lunches, visits to vineyards, or other occasions.

We describe the wines just with a few short sentences, tasting notes that we hope will give you a short but accurate impression of what we thought of the wine, without delving into finer points tasting notes.

Some inspiration for more wine discoveries! As well as a perspective on what to expect from older wines.

This month:

Some really good white wines, young and old, from Languedoc, Roussillon, Burgundy, Bergerac and even the Czech Republic.  Mature red Bordeaux, a 100 % Petit Verdot and  two different styles of sparkling wine.

Sparkling wines

Code Rouge Brut Eternel Blanc de blanc, Gérard Bertrand, Crémant de Limoux

Quite toasty and a certain complexty. Good length. (Don’t be scared away by the ugly red bottle!)

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet Cuvée Diane Claire

A powerful and dry champagne with a long and developed taste. Aromas of honey and spices. Goes wonderful with food.

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet Cuvée Diane Claire

Champagne Penet-Chardonnet Cuvée Diane Claire, copyright BKWine Photography

White wines

Domaine Giachino, Monfarina 2015, Savoie Blanc

The grapes are Mondeuse Blanche, Verdesse and Jacquère. An easy drinking wine with flowery aromas. Very fresh. 11 euro.

Domaine Giachino, Monfarina 2015, Savoie Blanc

Domaine Giachino, Monfarina 2015, Savoie Blanc, copyright BKWine Photography

Château La Baronne Le Grenache Gris de Jean 2014, Corbières, Languedoc

Grenache Gris can produce amazing wines on its own. This wine has a beautiful and dark amber colour and you could mistake it for a rosé wine. Very rich and intense on the palate. Delicous.

Château La Baronne Le Grenache Gris de Jean 2014, Corbières, Languedoc

Château La Baronne Le Grenache Gris de Jean 2014, Corbières, Languedoc, copyright BKWine Photography

Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Mas Lavail, Terre d’Ardoise, Côtes Catalanes IGP, 2015

Old vines of the unusual grape Carignan Blanc. They grow in black schist in the Vallée de l’Agly in Roussillon. Aromas of white flowers and citrus. Enjoyable though quite discreet in style. Around 7 euro.

Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Mas Lavail, Terre d’Ardoise, Côtes Catalanes IGP, 2015

Carignan Vieilles Vignes, Mas Lavail, Terre d’Ardoise, Côtes Catalanes IGP, 2015, copyright BKWine Photography

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000

Magnificent and not showing any signs of old age. Dark colour, a little bit oxidized, honey and apricot aromas. Powerful. Grapes are chardonnay och viognier.

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000, copyright BKWine Photography

Torrontès 2015, Salta, Argentina, Colomé

Aromatic style that can easily be confused with Muscat or Gewurztraminer. Light in style. Nice aperitif wine.

Torrontès 2015, Salta, Argentina, Colomé

Torrontès 2015, Salta, Argentina, Colomé , copyright BKWine Photography

Cuvée des Conti Blanc, Château Tour des Gendres 2014, Bergerac

Discreet nose and a fine Semillon character on the palate with good concentration and body and some exotic fruits. Delicious.  50 % Semillon and 50 % Sauvignon blanc. 11 euro.

Cuvée des Conti Blanc, Château Tour des Gendres 2014, Bergerac

Cuvée des Conti Blanc, Château Tour des Gendres 2014, Bergerac, copyright BKWine Photography

Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2015, Côtes Catalanes IGP

Very good, full-bodied, a bit fat in the mouth with aromas of apricots. The grapes are Grenache Gris, Macabeu and Carignan Blanc. Around 13 euro.

Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2015, Côtes Catalanes IGP

Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2015, Côtes Catalanes IGP, copyright BKWine Photography

Maidenburg Pinot Blanc, 2014, Moravia, Czech Republic

Aromatic with refreshing acidity, a bit of residual sugar. Interesting wine from an unusual wine country.

Maidenburg Pinot Blanc, 2014, Moravia, Czech Republic

Maidenburg Pinot Blanc, 2014, Moravia, Czech Republic , copyright BKWine Photography

Meursault 1998, Domaine Vincent Prunier

Brilliant white Burgundy with fine mature aromas but definitely not too old. Quite fullbodied with balanced oak aromas.

Meursault 1998, Domaine Vincent Prunier

Meursault 1998, Domaine Vincent Prunier, copyright BKWine Photography

Red wines

Esprit Pointu, Signature, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Full-bodied, fruity and spicy with some tannins. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape with structure.

Esprit Pointu, Signature, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012

Esprit Pointu, Signature, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012, copyright BKWine Photography

Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Château Lagrange, Saint Julien 1997

Delicious well matured Bordeaux with typical aromas of cedar wood. Elegant in style. This is the second wine of Château Lagrange.

Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Château Lagrange, Saint Julien 1997

Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Château Lagrange, Saint Julien 1997, copyright BKWine Photography

Lieu dit Verdot 2011, Les Vignerons de Tutiac

100 % Petit Verdot is unusual but it makes an exciting wine, like this one from the ambitious cooperative in Tutiac in Bordeaux. Full-bodied and peppery.

Lieu dit Verdot 2011, Les Vignerons de Tutiac

Lieu dit Verdot 2011, Les Vignerons de Tutiac, copyright BKWine Photography

Domaine Borie la Vitarèle, Les Terres Blanches, Saint Chinian, Languedoc

Fine and refreshing acidity, very juicy fruit. Light in style but good complexity. Very good price. Around 8 euro.

Domaine Borie la Vitarèle, Les Terres Blanches, Saint Chinian, Languedoc

Domaine Borie la Vitarèle, Les Terres Blanches, Saint Chinian, Languedoc, copyright BKWine Photography

Domoaine Treloar, Le Secret 2012, Côtes du Roussillon

The grape is Syrah and it shows. Concentrated and full-bodied. Aromas of spices and fresh herbs from la garrigue. Peppery. Very good. Around 15 euro.

Domoaine Treloar, Le Secret 2012, Côtes du Roussillon

Domoaine Treloar, Le Secret 2012, Côtes du Roussillon, copyright BKWine Photography

Baga Território Vivo, Tinto 2012, Bairrada DOC, Portugal

Winemakers are Filipa Pato and William Wouters. Unusually light and elegant for a Baga grape.  Complex and rich in taste. Delious.

Baga Território Vivo, Tinto 2012, Bairrada DOC, Portugal

Baga Território Vivo, Tinto 2012, Bairrada DOC, Portugal, copyright BKWine Photography

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