Monthly Archives: November 2016

Joly Bergerie Savennieres 2010

Nicolas Joly, Clos de la Bergerie, Chateau de la Roches aux Moines, AOC Savennieres – Roche aux Moines, Maine-et-Loire, France, 2010 This wine: organic and biodynamic, 15-30 hl/ha yield (50 hl/ha is authorised) picked over 3-5 passes for optimum ripeness, … Continue reading

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Verbena B.di Montalcino 2009

Verbena, DOCG Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, 2009 Brunello is a clone of sangiovese grosso, ideally suited to the Montalcino terroir, which is warmer, drier and more elevated (so cooler nights) than the Chianti Classico and Chianti regions, so higher … Continue reading

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Atlantique S.blanc Loire 2015

Atlantique, Sauvignon blanc, IGP Val de Loire, Loire, France, 2015 This wine: varietal sauvignon blanc, screw cap closure, 12% abv, Waitrose, £8 (2016) Consumer tasting note: a straightforward sauvignon blanc, fresh acidity, with a nose of citrus edged with green … Continue reading

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Chateau Musar Lebanon 2001

Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Wine of Lebanon, Lebanon, 2001 This wine: a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, widely available, £18 (2010) Consumer tasting note: fully developed with a lovely garnet hue, some might … Continue reading

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Vielle Julienne CdP 2010

Domaine de la Vielle Julienne, Les Hauts-lieux, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2010 This wine: 6k bottles produced of this vintage, an indeterminate blend of grenache noir, syrah, mourvedre, counoise and cinsault, oak foudre aged for a year, natural cork … Continue reading

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Argile St Jean de Barroux 2010

Philippe Gimel, L’Argile, Saint Jean de Barroux, AOC Ventoux, Vaucluse, PACA, France, 2010 This appellation is in the Vaucluse department, in the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur (PACA) region. Until 2009 it was known as AOC Cotes de Ventoux, thereafter plain AOC Ventoux. … Continue reading

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Pra Morandina Valpolicella 2012

Pra, Morandina, DOC Valpolicella Superiore, Veneto, Italy, 2012 The only difference between a valpolicella normale and a superiore, is that the latter has a higher alcohol level than the former. This wine: organic, a blend of corvina, corvinone, rondinella and oseleta. … Continue reading

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