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 ...

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 ...

El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven, 2012

El Castro de Valtuille Mencia Joven, 2012
This wine was recommended to me by the reliably excellent advice of The Good Wine Shop in Kew Village, after I specifically went there to purchase a Carchelo for my friend to taste as an option for her birthday party. Recommended as a good party wine, maybe a little rough around the edges and youthful, but good ...

Chàteau La Louvière, 1999

Chàteau La Louvière, 1999
I don’t know why I bought this wine.  I know I bought a few vintages of it in France during their annual autumn Foire aux Vins several years ago – which means it was probably a bargain. Outside of that I don’t know what my buying decision was since I don’t really know anything about ...

Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2007

Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2007
This is the second time I’ve tried this wine; the first being a ‘kloof’ taste-off (details here). Even though in a tasting environment you get a certain measure of a wine, I do always wonder what it would really taste like once I get it home & sit down with it and drink it at ...

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010

Favourite Son Chardonnay, 2010
I bought a case of this for my (favourite) son’s birthday party in April (who was born in 2010), after originally tasting a bottle back in December last year. However instead of having a garden party as I imagined we would, he had a joint party with one of his friends where we barely drank ...

Alheit, Cartology Bushvines, 2011

Alheit, Cartology Bushvines, 2011
This was a wine of the week on JancisRobinson.com last October where the description of the winemakers and their philosophy caught my attention. Unfortunately I let the boys on Wine Chat in on it too, so after splitting half a case with them I ended up with just two bottles. Damn! Last Saturday, after gorging ...

Château Talbot, 2001

Château Talbot, 2001
The very first (and last!) time I tried a Château Talbot was very early on in my wine education, a 1983, and I remember thinking “really, that’s IT??” The same to a lesser degree with a 1981 La Mission Haut Brion. Partly due to my lack of experience, but also probably because both were weak ...

Malbec World Day, 2013

Malbec World Day, 2013
In 2011 the Wines of Argentina body created Malbec World Day to celebrate (and promote!) the success Argentina is having with this grape variety. There’s a nice timeline style web page on Argentina’s history with Malbec here. Although native of South West France, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and is their most widely planted grape variety, ...
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