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Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Cuvée Prestige 2007

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2007
Type: Beaujolais
Country: France – Burgundy – Beaujolais – Fleurie

This wine is slightly different than your typical Fleurie since it has spent some time ageing in French oak.  because of this, it still has the flavours that you would expect with the gamay grape: berries and fresh fruit.  The oak adds a loving level of complexity and depth. This is a sophisticated Beaujolais . Excellent effort!

Berry Bros. & Rudd Extra Ordinary White 2007

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Vintage: 2007
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Graves

This bottle was a free gift  after buying a case of extraordinary Claret (this is what English people call any red wines from the Bordeaux region!) from Berry Brothers. It was a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately, I did not take very detailed notes at the time of tasting, so you will not see my technical analysis here, but I recall the wine having the following characteristics:

Dry, high acidity, light bodied, with flavours of citrus zest and tropical fruits. Very good.

I promise, if I receive another bottle of this decent white Bordeaux, I will detail its appearance, nose and palate characteristics! Remember to chill it. It would go well with any fresh summer salad.

I love a “Bad Boy”

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Why do I find a man who does not follow the rules so attractive and intriguing? In the City, there are millions of men, all wearing similar variations of the same suits, all wearing silk ties, all wearing polished black leather shoes, all talking about how America’s credit rating has been downgraded by S&P to AA+.

So when I meet someone who wears worn-out and fraying jeans, has a uniquely printed t-shirt and he speaks about a colourful past, I feel an instant chemistry.

This is a metaphor for how I feel about a special St. Emilion wine: Bad Boy. A cute blond guy in a wine shop pointed our tour group to a box of bottles with cartoon-ish sheep on their labels. It was in the corner of the shop and none of the tourists were paying it any attention. Interesting. What’s so special about this 2007 St. Emilion? Firstly, it is part of the garage movement. Eh? I mean that the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon fruits are processed, fermented and aged in a garage. Not in a chateau’s cellar, in a garage! Around the corner from the wine shop, the cute guy opened his doors to the garage and within were stainless steel vats and barrels. Everything you would find at a chateau was here but on a micro scale. Talk about different! Secondly, the histories of the wine makers are interesting in themselves (nursing, journalism, restaurants, etc.) but I will leave you to speak to the cute guy about those details. Thirdly, this wine experiment has been highly rated by the wine critic, Parker, and the Chinese consumer market is hungry for it.

So here, Bad Boy, offers the perfect combination for women (or just me): unconventional, rule-breaking, modern, has a dramatic past, and is a cute devil. I love a Merlot-dominant wine with a twist. Leave my Bad Boy alone … he is all mine!

Vintage: 2007
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux

Domaine de la Madone Fleurie Grille Midi 2007

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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

A more serious Fleurie, though it is still quick youthful and fruity with a hint of frivolity. Excellent bottle overall full of fruits and light tannins.

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.

Château Rousselle – Soif de Vincent 2007

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Bordeaux Blend
Country: France – Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

This wine starts with a great name: Soif de Vincent, meaning the thirst of Vincent (who happens to be the Château owner at Rousselle). The wine is meant as a summer refreshment – served chilled. With that in mind, it is not your typical Bordeaux, as it is light and refreshing (though it still has some of the Bordeaux heritage of earth and mineral). Overall it is a great refreshing drink, best enjoyed in the heat with some lovely complexity for people that don’t like their wine too frivolous.

90% Merlot, 10% Malbec

Conan the Barbera – Barbera D’Asti 2007

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Barbera d’Asti
Country: Italy – Piedmont

I purchased this wine after reading a good review of it a couple of months ago. The label, especially the back was quite humorous and jolly — typically a warning for a mediocre bottle. Of course this wasn’t the case.

I decanted the wine around midday and at the time it was closed up tight, so I left it to rest until the evening. One thing to note is that the cork on the bottle was very serious (which is great as this wine will benefit from laying down for a number of years).

In the evening, I poured a glass and began to explore. The colour was incredibly dark, almost opaque. On the nose it was full of berries with a bit of earth on the side. On the tongue it is a true pleasure of tannic acidity (your mouth waters as you taste) filled with vivid fruit flavours. It’s full bodied and serious, so it may not be to everyone’s palette.

Given the acidity and the quality of the bottling, this wine will happily sit for many years. You can find the wine here: www.findwine.co.uk

DFJ Vega 2007

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Blend
Country: Portugal – Douro

I quite enjoyed this wine.  I think it is a combination of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. It is full bodied wine though it is is still quite smooth. Good oak flavours full of intense berries.

Great value for money and recommended to have with a bit of food.

Eiserman Domain Bronze Award

Baron De Ley Finca Monasterio 2007

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

What can I say, revisiting this wine with a new vintage was a pleasure. Still strong aromas of berry and oak on the nose and excellent finish on the palette. Highly recommended, again.

Riscal

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Tempranillo
Country: Spain

We found this wine at a burlesque club near Picadilly Circus. It was quite nice, as I expect from Riscal, with good berry flavours and oak finish. I would drink this wine again.