Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bergerie de L’Hortus, 2011

Bergerie de L’Hortus, Pic St Loup, 2011 Classique GSM blend; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv. Caves Caprioglio, Nice, France, €14.50 This producer’s wines are available in UK, BBR for example. WSET style tasting note Appearance – medium intensity ruby, showing … Continue reading

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Chateau Musar, Lebanon, 2004

Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2004. Cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan, 14% abv, natural cork closure; Wine Society and others, just about £20 now. These wines are released 7 years after vintage.  They  benefit from further ageing to 10 or … Continue reading

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Izadi Rioja Reserva, 2007

Izadi Rioja Reserva, 2007 100% tempranillo, with 14 months in American oak; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv. Delilah Fine Foods, Nottingham, £13. Red Rioja ageing guide, all numbers are minima: Sin crianza or Joven – wine bottled in the year … Continue reading

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Dom. de la Rectorie, Banyuls, 2008

Domaine de la Rectorie, Cuvee Parce Freres, Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel, 2008. Blend of grenache noir, gris and blanc, fortified after a short maceration, aged in wood for one year.  Natural cork closure, 16.5% abv.  Weavers, Nottingham, £20. WSET style … Continue reading

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape Dom. St Prefert 2009

Domaine St Prefert, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone (Vaucluse), 2009 (white) A blend of 85% clairettes rose and blanche, with 15% roussane. South facing slopes south of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  The label tasting note mentions honey and acacia flowers. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv.  … Continue reading

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Thoughts on typicity

Typicity – is not a word in the Oxford English Dictionary, rather a rough translation of French or Italian, but anyone can discern its meaning. Jancis Robinson uses typicality instead. When related to wine, it is a comparative concept to … Continue reading

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Plan Pegau VdT France

Plan Pegau, Vin de Table (declassified, as it does not conform to AOC regs, perhaps a blend from grapes outside the appellation with leftover AOC wine, or a way of disposing of surplus to AOC permitted yields, from Domaine du … Continue reading

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