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Michel Lenique Champagne Cuvée 3D (2007 Blend)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France

A new bottle label, but the same great flavour inside!  Whilst I’m not a huge fan of the new label, the wine here is as impressive as ever.  Lots of small tight bubbles, flavours of citrus and a hint of yeast.  Overall one of my favourite everyday drinking champagne (which is good because I have a few cases of the stuff!)

If you would like some check out 3D wines

Georges Dubœuf Juliénas 2009

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Beaujolais – Juliénas

This wine is an excellent value-for-money Beaujolais. Full of fruit flavours, this wine is evokes joy and ease and is a fun wine that shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Lots of flower scents on the nose and a nice light ruby colour.

Clos René 1998

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Vintage: 1998
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Pomerol

Still has lovely tones of florals and earth. Colour still deep red with fading at the edge. Flavours of plum and berries with a long finish. Drinking well now and it had the tannins for keeping a bit longer.

Château de la Grave Hommage 2009

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Rosé Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This is a very special rose wine. It looks like a rose but acts like a red. On the nose, it has very intense fruity flavours (strawberry-like) but on the palate, it tastes of light spices and subtle oak.

I think this wine would fit in at an al fresco late lunch or early dinner of tapas or a variety of roasted veggies, pitas and dips. Delicious! I hope you find this wine as pleasantly surprising as I did!

Château Monconseil Gazin Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Vintage: 2009
Type: Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

We visited the Baudet’s vineyard this past summer and sampled a good selection of white and red wines in their large cellar. This wine is quite full bodied with citrus overtones and oak flavours. This is certainly not your new world Sauvignon Blanc (but then again, there is the Semillon in there!).  This could go well with a seafood dinner … maybe even escargots.

Ruhlmann Riesling Frankstein 2002

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Riesling
Country: France – Alsace

I love Rieslings for many reasons and this bottle delivers. The colour has a touch of golden honey but the nose is fresh and citrus-infused. The taste is clean and acidic. This is a good wine to accompany an oriental pork or chicken-based stir-fry or to drink on its own (with a bowl of spiced cashews or peanuts). It is mouth-watering delicious!

The Naked Grape Riesling

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2002
Type: Riesling
Country: Germany – Pfalz

This is a good Riesling, not extraordinary. I picked this bottle up from Waitrose to take back to the office for an after-work do but never got around to drinking it until a few months later at home. This is a simple wine that is fine to accompany a more flavourful, spicy dish so that it can help neutralise the palate. The bottle is good value.

Averys Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: New Zealand – Marlborough

This is a good bottle of wine, which is perfect for drinking in 2010. Ideal to accompany a creamy pasta dish because the wine has a slightly herbal / grassy taste. The nose is not very memorable but can be identified as berry-like.