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
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Saturday, 23 May 2020
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Friday, 22 May 2020
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020
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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
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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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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
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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
Posted by Gary White (London) at 19:18
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
Saturday, 4 April 2020
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Sunday, 29 March 2020
Well fermented and organic this is a really great producer and I've enjoyed many of their wines. This is a bargain at £10 from Abel & Cole. Though the UK distributor sales through various outlets.
Well made, elegant verdejo with real depth. Zesty nose with hints of sour apples and quince. The palate is rich, apply and slightly spicy with good oak on the back palate. Drink now 2025. 17/20
Posted by Gary White (London) at 19:03
Friday, 27 March 2020
This has just been released En Primeur from Lay and Wheeler. Beautifully fresh and integrated. Lovely rosehips and strawberries on the nose. The palate is very different to Burgundian - no suggestion of 'forest floor' or cured ham et cetera. But there is very good balance of acidity and tannins and in the mouth it's refreshingly fruity. A lovely wine for about £12 a bottle and makes a nice alternative to Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Great now - drink to 2022
Posted by Gary White (London) at 11:33
Thursday, 26 March 2020
Lockdown lunch. Actually Singapore is not locked down and restaurants remain open but people are observing social distancing pretty well. Anyway, the wine. Chardonnay, my flexible friend. From Les Combes vineyard in Passenas, Jura, eastern France, made by domaine Les Dolomies. The nearest Chardonnay from Burgundy would be from Givry 65km to the west but, stylistically, that might as well be from a different planet. Jura is famous for oxidative wines and this one is no exception. Made like Burgundy in the ouillé style i.e. open to the air, without a cap of flor (yeast), but it stills has a nose like Manzanilla or aged white Rioja. So just my thing!
And it has an impeccable pedigree. The makers are Céline and Steve Gormally, the vineyard is biodynamic, the labourers are donkeys, the ground is magnesium-rich limestone, vinification is with wild yeasts and minimal sulphur.
Available from Jimmy Smith's Streatham Wine House. It's delicious!
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Posted by Gary White (London) at 07:55
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
This is Portuguese fine white wine at its best. Four years of bottle age, 2 years of which were spent in the rack in my kitchen!
This is from the top Alentejo producer and is a blend of French semillon and sauvignon blanc and Portuguese arinto grapes. Always reminds of a fine white dry Bordeaux.
Great nose of quince and lemon zest. Palate is long and balanced. Excellent elegant finished with a kick of acidity. It's about €14 in Portugal one of the bargains of the wine world.
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