Monthly Archives: June 2017

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 uncovered

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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Dom. de La Noblaie Chinon 2012

Domaine de La Noblaie, AOC Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Touraine, France, 2012 The Chinon AOC straddles the Vienne river. Permitted varieties are cabernet franc (locally known as breton) and cabernet sauvgnon (max 10% in a blend with cabernet franc) for red and … Continue reading

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