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 ...

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 ...

Ernesto Catena, Tahuan Malbec, 2011

Ernesto Catena, Tahuan Malbec, 2011
Occasionally, (actually I mean almost never) if the stars align and there’s a full daytime eclipse, it happens to be a flower day in the biodynamic calendar, and a hole in the space-time continuum appears all at the same time, and other similarly unlikely events – like you happen to be in the wine aisle ...

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, ...

Château du Cèdre Cahors, 2009

Château du Cèdre Cahors, 2009
Not as well integrated as previous bottles I’ve had of this at The Lion, however it’s a delicious, full bodied mouthful of complex wine. 27 Wick Road, Teddington TW11 9DN Share this:FacebookTwitter

Château Lagrézette Cuvée Dame Honneur, 1999

Château Lagrézette Cuvée Dame Honneur, 1999
This was a wine of two halves; at first very dry although still surprisingly refreshing… Really drying tannins with a fresh acidity. The second half a full fruity creamy-fresh wine with none of the drying tannins. This is providing some beautiful complex flavours. There is a serious wine in this glass… Share this:FacebookTwitter

El Guardado Malbec, 2010

El Guardado Malbec, 2010
This was a delicious wine that I ordered with my amazingly tender steak at Gaucho, Richmond. Silky, floral & light, a smooth vanillary Malbec that I fully expected to be full-on given it’s recent vintage. However I was pleasantly surprised; neither big and overbearing, nor too young and harsh. Pretty much a perfect wine, not to just ...

Bodega Septima Gran Reserva, 2009

Bodega Septima Gran Reserva, 2009
After not drinking very much over the past few weeks due to being ill, and what I have drunk being complete SHIT! (Sainsbury’s being completely responsible – see previous posts) I really needed something I could rely on to enjoy with a roast beef dinner, but not too exceptional as it might be compromised by ...
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