Jamie’s 20 under £12 from the wine society can be seen here ;
The Community doffs its collective hat at the Xinomavro score
I can concur that the mencia is pretty special too !
I’ve usually bought it from Vinissimus (as I’d not noticed it on the TWS list as much as anything else!) definitely agree with the score. It’s a great wine!
I’ll have to try that one too. Can also very much recommend its sibling which I drank over the weekend…
Their website suggest the Finca Luna version is older vines and spends 12 months in oak, but worth seeking out if you can find a supplier. Looks like Decantalo would supply but are out of stock.
Apologies for the ignorance, but having lived in another planet for years (with practically no daytime TV watching, except for news channels in the background, and getting most of my news from the BBC and a certain pink newspaper) who is Mr James Goode and why should we heed his advice?
Jamie Goode is a former science journalist who’s been blogging about wine since about 1999. He takes a very science journalisty approach to his wine writing and tries to be objective as possible. He’s also very clear about any sponsorship/conflicts of interest. There’s also articles on his site about the scientific aspects of wine making and is general technical but unstuffy.
I also find he has a similar palate to me, which helps when reading wine reviews.
Looks like my kind of chap.
I can also recommend his book ‘Flawless: Understanding Faults in Wine’ - which looks at wine faults, but also asks when a fault is not a fault… Super interesting, though - with no science background - I found it a bit difficult to plough through at times.
This is one of his strongest traits - I have a lot of respect for his views because they are so clearly independent. He’s also been very honest about some personal challenges on his site, which (for me) goes a long way towards underlining his credibility.
Château L’Oiselinière de la Ramée Chéreau-Carré Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie 2018 France
Fresh, fine and supple with nice fruit. Very pure and fine with nice elegance. 89/100
This has ben my summer white for a couple of years now! If anything, I think he’s a little stingy with his scoring here, quite possibly a red man!
He should have called the piece “Goode and nice” - one for @Marty123 who might be able to tell us when ‘nice’ became a standard wine adjective?
If it’s any solace, even with a my background, I found it pretty heavy going. It’s not an easy read because of the topics rather than the writing though.
20 ‘nice’, 17 ‘lovely’
This sums up why I’m not a wine writer. I’m not good at having a wide array of adjectives.
(this is the only reason… honest!)
I have to admit, I like the geekiness in Flawless. I also enjoy Jamie’s reviews as I find his palate is somewhat similar to mine so is a wine critic I follow. He is also most definitely not a snob and last year did reviews of ass produced supermarket wines showing his openess and willingness to taste and review objectively without any preconceptions.
"DR Jamie Goode .
Presume that should be ass produced…
I also quite enjoyed his novel - The critics. Rang a lot of bells
I’m not even going to edit that
Isn’t that Keir Starmer?