February, 2010 browsing by month


Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose Brut

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Reims

Veuve’s entry in the Rose Champagne market is excellent. The bubbles are small and plentiful. The flavours are good – sweet but not too sweet and a dry finish. I can’t help but think that the premium that you pay fore the Veuve name makes this wine not very good value for money. Great champagne, but you pay above the odds for it.

Vina Real Gran Reserva

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Vintage: 1999
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

This Rioja was quite nice.  Dark berry flavours and oak nose.  It has aged quite well and is drinking nicely at the moment. If you see this on a wine list, do not fear to order it.

Yellow Tail – Merlot – 2008

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Merlot
Country: Australia

This bottle, just like its older brother from 2007, is highly drinkable on its own. It did not disappoint at the Tesco Wine Fair and I reckon I will be getting a case of the 2008. Not surprisingly, this wine is a favourite of mine because it offers aromas and notes of berries, plums and oak plus a vanilla finish on my palate. It is slightly spicy, which makes me think it will pair nicely with marinated BBQ or a meat-based salad! Women, if you are strictly white wine drinkers, this one might convert you.

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The Economics of Wine

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

When are High Wine Prices Justified?

A great articel from the Freakonomics blog about wine pricing.

I agree about LVMH.  I’ve been to Champagne and the cost of their bottles do not bear relation to their taste.

Le Carillon De l’Angélus 1997

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Vintage: 1997
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

An excellent wine from St. Emilion made from merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.  The flavours were intense and full, which you would expect from a St. Emilion.  This wine needs to be decanted and left to breathe, as the wine took some while to open up.  Recommended.

Franz Hirtzberger – Grüner Veltliner

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Grüner Veltliner
Country: Austria

This is a medium to full-bodied white wine, that offers the drinker hints of both honey and pepper / spice. This would go very well with pan-Asian foods and probably best with Thai and Vietnamese dishes.