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 ...

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 ...

Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004 2

Clos Louie, Côtes de Castillon, 2004
I bought, and shared, a case of this en-primeur with a friend of mine back in 2005, on the recommendation of his (French) wine merchant. The promise of something made from 150 year old vines with a decent Parker review that didn’t cost too much proved more than tempting. I have to say though that ...

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004

Les Tourelles de Longueville, 2004
Les Tourelles de Longeville is the second wine of the 2ème cru classé Château Pichon Longueville Baron, once part of a larger estate that was divided in 1850 by Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville, hence the presence of the separate but similarly named Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, also a 2ème cru classé. The Baron ...

Saumur Champigny Le Grand Clos, 2006

Saumur Champigny Le Grand Clos, 2006
I love Cabernet Franc – usually drinking it from the new world it’s easy to forget it’s a predominant grape in the Loire valley. However I have struggled to find any from the Loire that give me that Cabernet Franc experience that I love. I’ve been hanging onto this bottle since bringing it back from ...

St-Nicolas de Bourgueil ‘Les Malgagnes’ Yannik Amirault, 2005

St-Nicolas de Bourgueil ‘Les Malgagnes’ Yannik Amirault, 2005
Do I think I know ANYTHING about wine? pah! I blew it. Oeno­log­i­caly speak­ing I’ve blown it a few times, but this time I really earned myself the deri­sion of all hard­work­ing winemakers. My chef was mak­ing my favourite red wine sauce, a Rick Stein recipe you really must try, which requires sim­mer­ing almost a whole bot­tle of ...
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