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N.V. Janisson Baradon & Fils Champagne Non Dosé

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

This is a good non dosage champagne. Very dry,  high acidity flavours of apple and toasty biscuit.  A perfect to start an evening.

N.V. Gratien & Meyer Saumur Cuvée Flamme Brut Rosé

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Crémant
Country: France – Loire Valley- Saumur

Nice notes of strawberries, though this wine lacks depth. A good sparkling drink for a hot summer day, but nothing too serious.

N.V. Offley Porto Rosé Porto

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Rose Port
Country: Portugal- Douro- Porto

This is a straight forward pink port that I picked up in the Waitrose Wine Hall. Served chilled between 10-12 degrees Celcius and it releases its fruity aromas. Try drinking this in the early afternoon when it is hot outside, maybe while snacking on honey roasted peanuts. This could easily replace a Pimm’s when you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden … because everyone has a sunny back garden in Central London, right?

Technical Analysis

Appearance

Clear medium pink.

Nose

Clean, strawberry aromas.

Palate

Sweet. Medium acidity and medium body. Low tannin. Flavour characteristics of strawberry. Medium finish.

Conclusion

Good.

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black 002

Ink black. meant to be served chilled, but tastes excellent at room temperature. Full flavours of blackberries and prunes. Great value for money and an excellent LBV styled port.

Sandeman Imperial Tawny Port

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is quite nice, despite being a younger port.  The fruit flavours a well developed, though I find that younger tawny’s taste less refined and elegant.  It is a good drinking tawny, and certainly good value for money.  Personally, when I have the chance to drink port I prefer a tawny with more panache.

Tarlant Brut Rosé

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne – Rosé
Country: France

This is a great tasting rosé. The champagne has lots of tight uniform bubbles coupled with a lovely pink colour. I has flavours of citrus with hints of red fruits. A very nice libation indeed.

Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is exceptional.  A great heady nose of dried fruits and nuts, caramel and  incredible legs.  The flavours are smooth and refined with a finish that seems to last forever.  One of the best 20yr Tawny’s on the market!

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This is a great Tawny port.  Full of sweet nuts and dried fruits and a great viscosity that creates legs that seem to never end.  I find that this tawny is a bit softer and subtle compared to the Taylor’s 20, but it is still exceptional.  The only thing that makes me sad about this port is that it is hard to find in the UK!

Niigata Star

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Sake
Country: Japan – Niigata

This was a rice wine that we picked up from the Selfridges Wine & Spirit Hall. The major draw to this sake is that it is laced with tiny flecks of (real) silver stars, which are safe to ingest. To prevent any heating complications, we drank this sake cold as an accompaniment to sushi. The bottle is small, so the sake can be finished by a couple in one evening. It is also on the pricey side.

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