Monthly Archives: February 2015

Patriarche Mercurey 2005

Patriarche Pere et Fils, AOC/AOP Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, 2005 The Cote Chalonnaise has 49 Premier Cus, but these are not of the same standard as the adjacent Cote d’Or, and rather than being on a single escarpment, its 5 appellations are scattered on … Continue reading

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Ch. La Vieille Croix Fronsac 2009

Chateau La Vieille Croix, Cuvee DM, AOC/AOP Fronsac, Bordeaux, 2009 One year on since its first tasting, from my less than perfect cellar, this wine has evolved markedly, for the better.  A blend of 80% merlot, and 10% each of cabernets … Continue reading

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Dom. de Loye Menetou Salon 2012

Domaine de Loye, AOC/AOP Menetou-Salon, Cher, France, 2012 Menetou-Salon produces wines of similar style to Sancerre, but at half the price. Soils of limestone-clay, the French term is argilo-calcaire, and both equate to marl, which is a mixture of 30-60% clay and … Continue reading

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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Southern Right, Sauvignon Blanc, WO Walker Bay, South Africa, 2013 The vineyards are about 2km from the coast and the cold South Atlantic Current, planted on free-draining sandstone, with a south-facing aspect no doubt. Diam cork closure, 13% abv, Costco … Continue reading

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Picpoul de Pinet 2013

Picpoul de Pinet, AOC/AOP Picpoul de Pinet (elevated in 2013), Languedoc-Roussillon Region, Hérault, France, 2013 Picpoul translates as lip-stinger, owing to its high acidity. Screw cap closure, 12%, made for the Co-op, probably about £7 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear … Continue reading

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Savigny-lès-Beaune PC Aux Gravains 2005

Patriarche Pere et Fils, Aux Gravains, AOC/AOP Savigny-lès-Beaune Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, 2005 Savigny-lès-Beaune lies 6kms NE of Beaune.  There are 22 part or whole premier crus, which are split between the south-facing slope of Bois de Chenove/Bois de Noel and … Continue reading

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Cote Brune Cote Rotie 2009

Gilles Barge, Cote Brune AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Ampuis, Rhone, France, 2009 Cote Rotie is a syrah-based wine, which can be varietal, though up to 20% viognier is permitted; but if used, it must be in a co-fermented blend.  Cote Rotie is … Continue reading

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