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Weekend drinking thread [22-24 November 2019]

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#41

Will post some notes on the Wachenheimer Riesling tomorrow. I had a little chuckle when I saw it in your basket !


#42

Coudoulet 2012 last night, with the remains tonight I think!


#43

Another from the recent delivery. Kidnappers Cliff Chardonnay from the same stable as Dry River. Just a hint in a nice way of tropical fruit but with plenty of freshness and a lemon pith note. Any oak treatment has faded to the point of undetectability except possibly a certain structural breadth. Lovely wine but no rush for the other bottles.


#44

This with enchiladas. A leftover from summer coping well with a bit of chilli then this:

Lovely inexpensive sweetie, tastes of tinned peach, pineapple and spice, fresh acidity, good concentration and length, with twist of spearmint on the finish. A definite re-order.


#45

Tonight’s the night for the big red in our house so going for this.


#46

More 2013 Rhone! Yes I got tempted by a few in the offer.

This is also great but a little imbalanced and dry tannins threatening to upstage the curranty fruit.

Despite the hint of sweaty dusty sandal I’m rather enjoying it.


#47

Trying the 2015 vintage of CVNE’s Reserva. A bottle of an earlier vintage of this wine is what really got me into learning more about wine and collecting a few years ago. At £9.99 at Waitrose this is pretty good value with a good future ahead of it.


#48

This Pinot Noir went wonderfully with grilled tuna steaks. A “simple” wine of 10 years of age but in perfect form. No farmyard flavours and loads of fruit. Sadly our last bottle.


#49

Really enjoying this -

The Society does really well for affordable, characterful Chenin. The Raats original is a favourite of mine, and now I’ll definitely be adding this to future orders.


#50

What can I say? I’ll be happy to take them off your hands if you decide you don’t want them?

You can hang on to them a bit longer if you don’t want to open them just yet, but when you do, look out for brambly undergrowth, fresh fruity berries, and leathery legs. Herbs. Sandalwood. Pencil shavings. I like it. A lot.

Just been drinking a couple of different Malbecs with an Argentine friend, and this is just an order of magnitude more complex, nuanced, and subtle…


#51

Enjoyed a cheeky Beaujolais, last night, with chicken en croute. My go to cheaper alternative to Burgundy.

Tonight, we went for a yummy fillet steak. Naturally, we had to go for a Mendoza Malbec. I’m worried that these appear out of stock at the moment. :worried:


#52

Big red for us too, tonight. Ridge Lytton Springs 2014, with rib of beef.

Our first bottle of the 2014, and it’s a full vintage. Lots of black cherries and dark fruits on the nose; full bodied, blackberries and a touch of cedary, tarry, oak; tannin is very present but not overpowering, and balanced with a fine acidity; and a long, bitter almond finish. This has got a long way to go - no need to open the next one for a good while yet.


#53

Sadly not! We got to that table a bit too late and they’d run out of the sherry.

The cheese was great though!


#54

Impromptu invitations to lunch for my parents and siblings today. Lamb hotpot ended up as more of a cassoulet to cope with the additional numbers (sausages & beans to bulk it up). However, a bit of economising on food the gave me all the encouragement I needed to open this (my dad loves Nebbiolo - was great to see his face when he noticed the bottle & decanter)

Was excellent. Pale, perfumed & powerful.


#55

I couldn’t wait to try this yesterday…

…I don’t ever recall drinking a similarly styled German wine, if I have, I wasn’t aware of the fact. Having already gone through half a case of its early bottled sibling I was wondering if the extended cask and lees aging would make a perceptible difference.

I thought it did, mainly texturally but there was additional freshness and bite too, not that Riesling usually needs any extra in that department !

Yellow plum and white peach fruit with some fresh lees-y notes on the nose. The lees aromas possibly obscure its natural minerality but it still invited tasting. Similar flavours on doing so. The lees notes gave some additional texture and a brisker freshness compared to the straight Wachenheimer which made it seem less rounded body-wise but finer overall.

It was great to revel in the differences between the wines but ultimately I did prefer this version. To conclude, classy and stylish and good value for money and I would happily drink it again.

It reminded me a lot of the wine below from Spain, which coincidentally is exactly the same price…


#56

This evening we’re drinking an absolutely lovely Roussanne – a 2016 Chignin-Bergeron ‘La Bergeronnelle’ made by René Quenard. @MikeFranklin kindly bought it for me when he was in Savoie:

This is a mighty fine example of Roussanne, with a very recognisable ‘Alpine’ profile. Medium gold in the glass, the nose is a wonderful concoction of nectarine, apricot, honey, spice and very aromatic white blossom. On the palate it combines Alpine freshness (forget the sound of music - the hills are alive with meadow flowers and mountain streams!) with generous ripe stone fruit, spiced pear, delicate honey and a spicy stem ginger-like heat on the finish. A delicious wine, balancing acidity with ripe fruit, freshness with depth. Quite a long finish too!

This would be brilliant just sipping on its own, but we’re having this with Moules à la Normande which, I suspect, will work a treat.

Thank you so much, Mike, for your kind present – what a brilliant choice! :+1: :+1: :heart_eyes:


#57

I’m so glad it worked. Pure chance though considering my utter lack of knowledge when it comes to white! Maybe I should try one for myself next season!


#58

At the risk of sounding like an excitable teenager - you SO should!! Martin is loving it - and he’s a harsh judge! Thank you :smile:


#59

Bereche NV tonight - hits the spot. Lemon acidity but not that raspy thing you sometimes get with zero dosage (this is 7g/l) and a little autolytic character. Was on the shortlist for my birthday bash next Saturday (watch this space) but didn’t make the cut.


#60

Surely that’s a roussette and not a roussanne? :wink:

Cornas Chaillot 2004, Franck Balthazar And again M Balthazar comes up trumps. Opened this because I thought it might be getting long in the tooth, but far from it - it’s earthy, olivey great oldfashioned Cornas. Can’t see why Balthazar isn’t better known.

Chateau Musar 2008 This vintage is quite backward, I think. Lots there but it’s very slow to come to the fore. Needs many more years I think.