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Chateau Mourlet Graves 2003

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2003
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

A superb Claret from a good vintage. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it has the aromas of ripe cherries combined with beautifully mellow flavours of blackberry, vanilla and spice. Let this one age for a while if you can resist temptation.

Ricossa-Barbera D’Asti

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Vintage: 2007
Type: Barbera D’Asti
Country: Italy

Of all of the Ricossa that I tatsed at the Tesco Wine fair this year, the Barbera D’Asti was the one that I enjoyed the most. Again a strong bold wine with Dark Cherries and plum on the palate. The aroma is oak with a strong earthy smell. The wine is also acidic, but not to the point of detracting from its taste.

Château Latour 1994 1er Cru

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Vintage: 1994
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France

We had a rare chance to taste this delicous wine over a dinner for Eleanor’s Birthday. The wine is rich and complex with a great bouquet and mossy Bordeaux finish, as to be expected from such a wine as the Latour. Great if you can find it for a reasonable price, which we did, but personally I prefer the Lafite-Rothschild.

Alexandre Lenique – Cuvee Brut

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

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

This is an excellent bottle of Brut Champagne. It’s the brother’s label from Champagne Lenique in Pierry: a nice bottle with a modern label. This champagne it is great. Nice small and plentiful bubbles with a great taste and almost no after-taste. Hard to find, but if you do pick up a bottle (I had to go to champagne and to the producer to do so).

Marques de Riscal

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Vintage: 2004
Type: Rioja
Country: Spain

I bought a couple bottles of this wine on my return to England in Calais. It was fairly expensive (as Calais wines go), but it was on sale. What a great wine! Quite oakey, with great colour and bouquet. My only regret is that I didn’t buy a case!

Château de la Dauphine

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Vintage: 1999
Type: Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Country: Bordeaux, France

V-day Dinner at ROSL 4

This wine we had for with our Valentine’s day menu. It was superb. A wine this old needs to be decanted and left to breath, but afterwards it is an experience. The bouquet was amazing and full, whilst the flavours were subtle (hints of leathery smokiness). If you can find it have some!

Il Papavero – Edizione Limitata

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Primitivo
Country: Italy

Readers of the Blog will perhaps recognise this wine maker from a previous post, which covered their non-vintage red – not favourably. One may ask, why I decided to try their vintage Primitivo and the answer is that I didn’t do it willingly. It was part of a mixed red case that overall was saved by this wine — the Edizione Limitata is supurb. Great smell, excellent taste and an overall excellent wine. If you try Il Papavero, you need to try this bottle and leave the regular bottle alone.

More info here

Yellow Tail Merlot

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Vintage: 2007
Type: Merlot
Country: Australia

This is a very good drinking wine. Great flavours and quite resonably priced. Those Aussies have done it again!

More details here.

Tittarelli Trophy Reserve

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Vintage: 2006
Type: Oak aged Malbec
Country: Argentina

An excellent wine; very strong and full-bodied. Highly Recommended.

You can order it here

Villa Farnese

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Vintage: 2004
Type: Merlot
Country: Italy

This is a nice wine. I really like how well the flavours mix around, but are balanced. Recommended.