Monthly Archives: June 2017

Montesquiou Jurancon Sec 2015

Domaine Montesquiou, Cuvade Preciouse, Jurancon Sec, AOC Jurancon, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, 2015 This wine: a blend of 60% petit manseng, 30% gros manseng, 10% camaralet; aged in oak barrels over 10 months, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Leon Stolarski, … Continue reading

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Dom. de L’Hortus GC 2008

Domaine de l’Hortus, Grande Cuvee, AOC/AOP Coteaux de Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup, Herault, France, 2008 The nomenclature of the Pic-Saint-Loup appellation changed in 2007 to AOC/AOP Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup. There is a long standing application for AOC/AOP Pic Saint Loup. It lies about 18kms to … Continue reading

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Jaraman Riesling Clare V. 2007

Wakefield, Jaraman, Riesling, Clare Valley-Eden Valley, South Australia, 2007 This wine: varietal riesling sourced from Clare and Eden Valleys, screw cap closure, 12.5% abv, Fareham Wine Cellar, £17.25 (01/17) Consumer tasting note: an assertive nose dominated by lime edged with … Continue reading

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Pietri-Geraud Collioure 2012

Domaine Pietri-Geraud, L’Ecume, AOC Collioure, Pyrénées Orientales, Occitanie, France, 2012 This wine: a blend of 85% grenache blanc and grenache gris, with 15% vermentino; natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, bin end, ~£12 (05/17). Consumer tasting note: a honeyed … Continue reading

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Les Courlandes CdP 2015

Leon Perdigal (negociant-eleveur), Les Courlandes, AOC Chateauneuf-du-Papes, Vaucluse, Southern Rhone, PACA, France, 2015 This wine: a blend of grenache noir, syrah, mourvedre and cinsault; natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, widely available, ~£15 (05/17) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of … Continue reading

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Vignes de L’Arque Amelie 2014

Les Vignes de l’Arque, Cuvee Amelie, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gard, France, 2014 This wine: a chardonnay dominated blend, with 15% roussanne and 5% sauvignon blanc; chardonnay and roussanne fermented then aged in oak for a few months, the sauvignon blanc … Continue reading

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Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2012

Bibbiano, Di Fattoria, DOCG Chianti Classico, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2012 This wine: possibly varietal sangiovese, but may include up to 20% of canaiolo, coloroni and approved international varieties, Diam 3 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, The Co-operative, £10 … Continue reading

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Cheze P. Luminis Condrieu 2011

Louis Cheze, Pagus Luminis, AOC Condrieu, Northen Rhone, France, 2011 This wine: varietal viognier, fermented then aged in oak for 9 months, unfiltered, 13.5% abv, Weavers Wines, £38 (12/15) Consumer tasting note: an understated nose of peach and apricot, lightly … Continue reading

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Delicado Amontillado 12yo

Bodega Gonzalez Byass, Delicado 12 y.o. Amontillado, Jerez, Andalucia, Spain, NV An amontillado is the result of two successive ageing processes, both in solera – firstly biological as a fino under flor, then oxidatively in oak. It normally starts life … Continue reading

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Aromas and flavours deconstructed

Work in progress … the general consumer, when thinking about buying wine, needs tasting notes that are easily intelligible, unambiguous and uncluttered. Here I share my efforts in translating, testing and debunking esoteric aromas and flavours currently used to describe … Continue reading

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