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 of fruit, minerality etc etc.
- Katarzyna Vineyards Le Voyage 2011, Thrasian Valley Bulgaria
Ambitious winery in Bulgaria, trying to get more well-known abroad. This wine, Le Voyage, is good and unpretentious in style. Fruity (dark berries) and quite soft. Possibly it lacks some structure. The grapes are Cabernet franc and Syrah.
- Chateau Fontaine-Saint-Cric 2009, Fronsac
A small, tiny chateau on the right bank of Bordeaux. Plenty of typical Bordeaux aromas like cedar wood and tobacco. Good structure and high acidity. Will keep for a few years.
- Champagne Vautrain-Paulet Rose
Fruity and generous rosé champagne with fairly developed flavours. Made primarily with pinot noir and 22% of Chardonnay. The colour comes from 10% of added red wine. Producer Vautrain-Paulet is in Dizy just outside Epernay.
- Domaine Joulin, Saumur-Champigny 2011
A pleasant and typical cabernet franc. Spicy aromas, good acidity, fresh, quite light in style with some complexity. Around 8 euros.
- Domaine le Comte des Floris Ares Blanc 2010 Languedoc
A very special white wine. Slightly oxidized with a dark colour, rich and nutty flavours, aromas of exotic fruit. Very good if you like this style of white, which we do. Comte des Floris is an interesting producer that we gladly recommend. Around 13 euros.
- Clos Marie L’Olivette 2010, Pic Saint Loup-Languedoc
Syrah style, powerful yet elegant, some hints of volatile acidity but still a good balance. Very good. Clos Marie is one of the quality pioneers in Languedoc. Around 13 euros.
- Chateau Briot 2009, Bordeaux
This château is owned by the family Ducourt who has several chateaux in Bordeaux. This red wine is made in an easy to drink style with a generous fruit. Quite soft but structured finish.
- Chateau Briot 2011, Bordeaux blanc sec
Pleasant and very distinctive sauvignon blanc aromas. A lot of lemon and lime. Fresh acidity. Ideal as a summer aperitif or with spicy food.
- Mas Haut Les Buis 2010 Carline, Languedoc-Terrasses du Larzac
Good Syrah-style, full-bodied structure, very good, generous fruit. Clean and fresh. Around 11 euro.
- Brunello di Montalcino Pinino 2007
Typical brunello with some tobacco flavours and a certain dryness in the end. Some elegance.
- La Chapelle de Mayran 2011, Bernard Duseigneur, Côtes du Rhône Villages Laudun 2011
An organic wine from Bernard Duseigneur in the southern Rhone Valley with a lovely ripe fruit. Very good value for arount 8 euros.
- Jean-Marc Brocard, Domaine Sainte Claire, Sauvignon de Saint Bris 2011
From renowned Chablis producer Brocard. This sauvignon blanc wine comes from Burgundy as there will always be exceptions to the rules. Pleasant, fruity wine with citrus aromas. Refreshing, good acidity, great value for about 6 euros.
- Domaine Pierre Chauvin Les Gonordes 2010, Anjou Village
This 100% Cabernet franc is discreetly oaked for almost a year. This is a light and elegant wine with a very strong and dark colour. Fresh herbs and other spices which is typical for a Cabernet franc. Very good. Organically grown and fermented with natural yeast. Around 13.50 euros.
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