Monday, 6 July 2020
Thursday, 2 July 2020
This is the last of a six bottle case that I bought from Lea and Sandeman in 2012 when it was released and oh, how I wish I had some more!
Like most fine pinot noir from the New World, it tends to be more fruity and full-bodied when young but this has all the ethereal, elegant characteristics that you'd expect of a good burgundy. Now after 10 years it's nuanced, stylish with wonderful tertiary characteristics. The colour has changed to light brown. The nose is certainly farmyardy, cured ham, etc. It's dry and liquorice on the palate with a long finish of dried dark fruits and a hint of cinnamon. 18/20, drink now - 2022. £22 (at release) Lea and Sandeman.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 20:01
Sunday, 28 June 2020
It's not incredibly complex or nuanced but is a wonderful example of an entry-level Pinot Noir from Burgundy at its best. It's very much French, dry, brick red with some brown tinges but there is lovely red fruit with just some judicious use of oak. After four hours of opening it has definitely improved. There was a hint of farmyard and charcuterie on the nose But ready now and matched superbly with my slow roast beef brisket. Drink 2020-23. 16.6/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 17:33
Saturday, 27 June 2020
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Saturday, 6 June 2020
Posted by Gary White (London) at 19:12
But this one is disappointing. Even though the 2018 was a variable year, it should be better and at two years old should be a drinkable level now. Very generic, little minerality and not very distinctive. £10 13/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 12:11
Saturday, 30 May 2020
The nose is lemony, appley and a slight hint of mustiness (but not faulty). The palate is quite long and a real melange of flavours - apricots, lanolin, old sherry and quince. It's quite zesty too with a few bubbles CO2. A pretty unique wine but a good buy from Lay And Wheeler at £18.88. Drinking now to 2022. 16/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 16:47
Saturday, 23 May 2020
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Friday, 22 May 2020
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Posted by Gary White (London) at 20:34
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Not as distinctive as a typical Vouvray chenin blanc but still very accessible, dry with good acidity and good tart apples on the palate. There is a hint of some tropical fruits on the nose.
Superior quality everyday wine. 15.5 / 20 drink now 2022.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 16:44
But it's a lovely wine, complex and elegant and great value and gives any Chenin blanc from South Africa a run for its money at this price point. 16/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 14:03
Friday, 15 May 2020
Posted by Gary White (London) at 10:33
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Posted by Gary White (London) at 13:19
Good acidity and beautiful notes of melon and lemon on the palate and a really zesty apply nose, off dry but very refreshing.
Drink now -2021. £7.99 Majestic
Posted by Gary White (London) at 07:43
Friday, 8 May 2020
Lovely. Drink now - 2025. 17.5/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 11:31
Wednesday, 6 May 2020
I'm afraid this one will be destined to be the cooking wine for the casserole tomorrow. At least as a screwcap! 12/20.
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Posted by Gary White (London) at 06:49
Sunday, 3 May 2020
Beautifully balanced with judicious use of oak but the fruit is very different to what you would expect from the Old World - It's tropical fruits like lychee and papaya and off-sweet in some ways - there is certainly no 'steely or flinty minerality' as of Chablis or Macon. A great wine for the price. Drink now. 16/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 19:46
Posted by Gary White (London) at 08:22
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Really lovely wine and at this price point gives AOC Chablis and Macon Villages a run for their money. 16.5/20 - drink now.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 18:30
Friday, 24 April 2020
A great wine, courtesy of my merchant, Lay and Wheeler.
It's lovely, good now and screams of Rhone. I assume it's a GSM blend though it does says 30% Carignan and I suspect it errs toward Syrah. CdR is so often disappointing and I don't buy much Rhone generally (if I do, it's southern Rhone like CndPape) but this is lovely, elegant and well balanced - a good mouthfeel of soft tannins and lovely dark fruits on the nose and on the palate.
A good sense of place - well made - could only be from this part of the world.
A long, peppery finish. Ca. £18 from L&W, drink now 2024. 16.5/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 19:41
Saturday, 18 April 2020
Sunday, 12 April 2020
This is so unmistakably chardonnay from Burgundy as opposed to anywhere else! Beautifully balanced with judicious use of oak, quite buttery and rich on the palate but balanced with good acidity. Vanilla and citrus on the nose. Punches above is weight and price! 16/20. Drink now - 2022.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 16:57
Not too alcoholic at 12%. A mixture of the local Baga grape and Touriga Nacional. Great farmyard, gamey and forest floor notes in the nose. The palate is dry, a touch tannic and with lovely character of cured ham. Reminiscent of a good village Burgundy with some age.
A bargain at about €5 in Portugal (when bought in 2016). 16/20. Drink now.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 16:13
This is well-balanced and elegant, beautiful black fruits, cassis and pepper on the palate. The nose has a hint of age and the colour is slightly tinging to brown. Well worth the putative 92 points. And it shows that there is value in keeping the South American wines for a few years from the good producers - they're not all early drinking fruit bombs!
18/20. Drink now 2022.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 11:56
Friday, 10 April 2020
But you'd be greatly mistaken if that was your judgement on this wine and these wines today.
This is the Lay And Wheeler wine and hence has that good pedigree, from a good producer and actually uses the gamay grape.
It's fruit forward for sure but very balanced, well-made and a fantastic food wine and not too heavy. 16/20. Drink 2018-22.
Posted by Gary White (London) at 11:53