Rodáno Chianti Classico, 2010

Rodáno Chianti Classico, 2010
Despite having what some consider to be an overstocked cellar – I always seem to be short of drinkable red Italian wine on a Friday evening – probably because  I always want to eat Italian food and drink red Italian wine on a Friday evening! So when an offer came through from Roberson Wine for ...

Château Sénéjac, 2007

Château Sénéjac, 2007
Monsieur ‘Blanc’ of The Lion in Teddington gave me a quizzical look when I discussed ordering the 2007 Sénéjac, as we both knew the Bordeaux 2007 vintage didn’t have the greatest reputation, and I’m sure he was wondering in the back of his French mind if I really knew anything about wine at all. “I ...

Malbec World Day, 2014

Malbec World Day, 2014
Although native of South West France, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and is their most widely planted grape variety, particularly in Mendoza. April 17th was chosen to commemorate this day as this was when Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially began his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry back in 1853. Any excuse to open a few nice bottles ...

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia, 2011

Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia, 2011
Super-rich. Super-ugly – I could be talking about any Greek tycoon; but this is a bottle of rich Greek Malagousia, with a very ugly label… The Malagousia grape variety was saved from oblivion in Greece through the 80’s and early 90’s by this very producer: Evangelos Gerovassiliou, I’m not going to comment on whether he ...

Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc, 2010

Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc, 2010
This is the second white in a row out if my cellar that is intensely rich. Like the Collio Friulano recently, its richness is almost too much to drink any amount of. Lemon, lemon sweetness on the nose and rich sweet juicy apricot lemon salad to chew on, erm… I mean drink.  White Bordeaux is one ...

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2011

Mark Haisma Bourgogne, 2011
Having had a cloudy glass of this at Chef Barrie’s place last weekend I carefully eyed the remaining stock of this in my cellar and found it has already dropped some sediment and so, going against the usual advice about not decanting Burgundies, I did exactly that… Ironically, once decanted, there is a striking clarity ...

Franco Toros Collio Friulano, 2011

Franco Toros Collio Friulano, 2011
Blimey! I did not expect that! Light, bright acidity from an Italian white maybe, but not oily, erm… peaches? no, more like lychees? Thick and satisfying honeyed spice – enough to warm your chest like a shot of brandy! I bought this wine specifically to familiarise myself with the Friulano grape, as when I tried ...

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010

Caliterra Tributo Carmenère, 2010
The last time I had this wine it was from the 2009 vintage and I was amazed at how good it was, especially for the price, so much so I declared I had to buy more. Which I did, and the first sip of my new batch of 2010’s had me wincing and shaking my ...

Château La Grande Maye, 2003

Château La Grande Maye, 2003
I was given this bottle last Christmas by Chef Barrie and although I was interested to see what he saw in it, (not only because he had raved about it previously, but because he thought it was good enough to give to me!!) I’ve never been that excited by lesser Bordeaux appellations, particularly in the ...

Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues Domaine d’Andézon Trani, 2012

Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues Domaine d'Andézon Trani, 2012
I keep forgetting how much I love Côtes du Rhônes, maybe because in my early days I never got excited about the region the way you can about Bordeaux or Burgundy with their famous grand Crus and Cru Classe Châteaus.  Maybe my reference point is still stuck on those initial impressions of thin, vapid table ...
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