Monthly Archives: October 2016

Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2010

Penfolds, St. Henri Shiraz,  South Australia, 2010 This wine: a syrah dominated blend with cabernet sauvignon, unoaked (essentially) – matured 18 months in very old oak vats, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, 375ml, Wine Society, £31 (2015) Consumer tasting note: a strong, … Continue reading

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Francois Cotat Sancerre 2010

Domaine Francois Cotat, Les Monts Damnés, AOC/AOP Sancerre, Chavignol, Cher, France, 2010 Chavignol has the steepest limestone slopes of the Sancerre appellation. Francois Cotat wines are produced from 3ha of vines, with late picking as a rule. Consequently in some … Continue reading

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Ch. Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2010

Chateau Lanessan, Cussac, AOC/AOP Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2010 Lanessan was ranked Cru Bourgeois Supérieur (in the 3-level system of Cru Bourgeois, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur and Crus Bourgeois Exceptionnel) until the discredited 2003 reclassification. It was abandoned completely in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009 … Continue reading

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Dom. de Montcy Cheverny 2008

Domaine de Montcy, Clos des Cendres, AOC/AOP Cheverny, Loire et Cher, France, 2008 The Cheverny appellation, twixt the Loire and Cher, in common with close by Valencay, on the Cher left bank, generally produce whites as blends of chardonnay with sauvignon … Continue reading

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Bluebell Hindleap Brut 2010

Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Winemaker’s Classic Blend, Quality English Sparkling Wine, East Sussex, UK, 2010. This wine: a blend of 90% chardonnay, 8% pinot noir, with pinot meunier; bottled 07/11, disgorged o2/16, with minimum of 55 months on the … Continue reading

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G de Guiraud Blanc 2011

Le G de Chateau Guiraud, AOC/AOP Bordeaux Blanc Sec, France, 2011 This wine: organic, a blend of 80% sauvignon banc with semillon, fermented in 1-year old Sauternes barrels, lees aged for 6 months, 13.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (2015) Consumer tasting … Continue reading

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Bolney Lychgate Red 2011

The Bolney Estate, Lychgate Red, Wine of England, West Sussex, UK, 2011 This wine: a blend of dornfelder and rondo, 6 months ageing in French and US oak, 2+1 technical cork, 12% abv, widely available UK, £14.40 (2014) Consumer tasting note: … Continue reading

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CVNE Imperial Rioja 2010

CVNE, Imperial Reserva, DOCa Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2010 This wine: a tempranillo dominated blend with graciano and mazuelo, reserva regs are a minimum of 1 year in oak (US and French used here) and 2 years in bottle, natural … Continue reading

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Maree D’Ione Fiano 2012

Maree D’Ione, Fiano, IGT Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy, 2012 This wine: grown on hilly ground about 10km inland from the Adriatic, varietal fiano, screw cap closure, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £5 (bin end, 2015). Consumer tasting note: a … Continue reading

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