Having attended the London Wine Fair on Tuesday, I thought the community here might be interested in a few observations and reports back on some of the wines I was fortunate to be able to taste. There were others I was less fortunate to taste, but we’ll forget about those
There were a number that caught my eye as they related to current offers from TWS. For example:
Chateau Musar had a small presence off to one side of the main hall and presented the opportunity of a vertical tasting of several vintages. With the 2010 offer on my mind I was able to taste the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2003 and 1998. All are subtle variations on the tried and tested recipe of roughly equal proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan but it was interesting to see the differences and effect of age. The younger ones tended to have a more obvious savoury olive/farmyard note that softened and became much more effectively integrated with bottle age. A great experience and what was immediately clear was that 1998 was my favourite – suggesting the 2010 on offer will really come into its own around 2030. Worth considering if tempted by the current stocks. By the way, it’s still on my wish list and I hope the stocks last a little longer….
Hatch Mansfield had a big showy sort of stand, smack bang in the middle of the floor and were showcasing many producers they represent (Taittinger, Louis Jadot, Villa Maria, Errazuriz and CVNE amongst several others).
It was the Louis Jadot Burgundies and CVNE Rioja’s that caught my eye.
Marsannay Clos du Roy 2011 (RRP £31.25) and Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (RRP £140) were both new to me. The CV GC was clearly better, but not sure nearly 5 times better, and both wines struck me as good but still in their infancy.
Perhaps more interesting from a current offer perspective were the Contino wines from CVNE. I tasted these two, having seen recommendations for the Garnacha and curious about the Reserva Rioja with the Contino 935 offer in mind….
Again, both good with the Reserva my preference over the Garnacha. Again, nothing to dissuade me from the Contino 935 offer!
I’ll add to this thread when I get more time. Needless to say, my quandary over where I spend my hard-earned on the current TWS offers remains.