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Weekend drinking thread [1st-3rd November 2019]


#81

Yeah, I’ve drunk plenty of wine in restaurants in Spain at not much over cost price. I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than double, so your price on the Villarei seems pretty standard.


#82

They had AN/2 on the list at around 30 euros a bottle, which was good value as it was on a deal at about 15 euros in the supermarkets. Airport duty free was wanting the same as the restaurant for it! AN itself was a comparative bargain at 45 Euros.


#83

I do sometimes find that these “cult” wines that are famous locally but not so much on a wider scale are actually cheaper here than at origin. Not sure whether the Anima Negra is available over here, though. I tried a few wines when i was in Mallorca (few years ago now), but wasn’t too impressed - they often seemed overmade, too much of everything! Hopefully things are improving a bit.


#84

You can get An and AN/2 over here, but certainly not cheaper here.

I would say that in general the wines are better than 10 years ago. Ferrer, the biggest producer is selling a wider range of reds. I tried two of them, and even the cheaper was quite good, less overextraction and over oaking than I remember. A couple of the Negre wines we had were very decent, quite lifted and pure fruit character. Fresher and less alcoholic.

One rose stood out too, shame I can’t remember the name, but it was several cuts above the dull/oversweet/oxidated* stuff which used to prevail, and still does too.

One nice white from Premsal grape. The ones which we liked were all in the 9-15 Euros range. We didn’t buy above that price range retail. None of the decent ones will be cheaper as price of good wine growing land will be quite high I think.

  • delete as applicable - didn’t have any that ticked all three of these thank god.

#85

It wasn’t that the other wines were exactly shabby, either. We finished the Rolly Gassmann by itself last night, and it was sooo good - fantastic intensity and layers of citrus, minerals and botrytis. To come out top in that company emphasised just how good the Weinbach was. I imagine you could say the same about the Glasgow dinner.

We’re now plotting a revisit to the domaine :slight_smile:


#86

Glasgow dinner was all Weinbach wines, with the winemaker sat next to me for much of the meal…Muscat, 2 PG, 2 Riesling, a PN and a Gewurz. The older PG was voted the wine of the night . Rieslings maybe a little young still. Gewurz came second from memory. Muscat was good too, as was PN though not memorable.

My wife keeps asking when are we going to Alsace?


#87

My husband will tell you that my version is “When are we moving to Alsace?”… :grinning:


#88

It’s the only place I’ve been to on holiday where I actually felt the need to look at property prices !


#89

God, I do that absolutely everywhere ::roll_eyes:


#90

I had it today, also liked it very much. I think this might be a matter of expectations. More Chablis than Puligny. Plenty of fresh, yummy acidity. A long lingering sweet confectionary aftertaste. Almost like a cross between a cool climate Riesling and a moderate climate Chardonnay. Should have posted this in the new weekday thread… not yet one.


#91

@NickFoster @Brocklehurstj

" > Also drank our last bottle of this wonderful oaked white:

Excellent, got a bottle of this eyeing me up from the rack. Its days are numbered"

Ditto…


#92

The 2018 is now in stock


#93

Nice spot thanks.


closed #94