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Midweek Drinking 11th - 14th May, 2020

Just a quick note that I gifted a bottle of this Viognier to a friend, consumed last evening.
It was very well received, showing very well at near room temperature.
Complex with hints of peaches, another Ogier triumph!! :wink: :grinning:

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With a variation on salade Landes,… gem lettuce, English asparagus, eggs from friends chickens, lardons & croutons and parmesan.

Wine is still young but a good match, has all 5 allowed grape varieties. This was the first year they went bio, and a good year in anyway. Happy Monday evening.

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Pan fried salmon with asparagus and fennel tonight and this delightful, crisp Muscadet.
Perfect

Have to find another night to go wine free🤔

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Excellent muscadet that, needs chilling. Must get some on order

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It’s delightful and thinking the same also…

Matching a mild Keralan curry with a 2013 version of

Sweeter than most wine I drink. Rich, floral, and peach/nectarine/lychee aromas and flavours. Also just a hint of bitterness in there somewhere. I haven’t had a Gewuertz for some time and I’m not wildly taken with this so far. Hoping it will come good with the curry.

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A terrific session with @Sarah this afternoon. :+1:
In a reply to a question from @Mike, she described the Filetta below as stunning!!
Members should realise that less than 5 X 12 bottle cases remain in stock.
As far as the quality is concerned, it is made by those associated with Fontodi!('nuff said! :wink:)
Both Vinous & Robert Parker gave it 91/100, with a cannon of approval!! :grinning:

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Luckily for me I already have 6 bottles sitting in the wine fridge as I still can’t get any deliveries and can only order en primeur at the moment (probably a good thing)

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The website has this press review:

"The third vintage from Fontodi’s resurrection of this Tuscan vineyard is perfumed with rose, cherries and spice. Decant and pour with game birds. - Hamish Anderson "

If only Hamish, if only

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To celebrate the return of the sun - albeit a colder version of it - we opened a 2017 Côtes du Rhône Blanc ‘Le Rêveur’ from Guillaume Gonnet, to go with a one-pot chicken dinner:

This is a relatively new producer and we really liked his Tavel, so thought we should check out his white. A blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne from fairly old vines (40 to 45 years), it’s a lovely pale gold in the glass. On the nose, there is citrus (tangerine, orange), apricot, peach and honeysuckle. The palate is a little disappointing, however; the initial attack is lovely – fresh citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and ripe peach, then a sort of hollow mid-palate, followed by a really nice honeyed finish which also has some chamomile-like note. So it goes in and out nicely, but the middle is a little dull. We both liked the mouthfeel, which is rounded and creamy despite no oak or MLF – but we’ve had better white Rhône wines, for sure.

Having said that, the bottle is unlikely to survive the evening… :smile: :clinking_glasses:

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I dunno, a pheasant from my local butcher is £1 each!! :wink: :grinning:

Cheap and game birds? Not sure you’ll need the 20 quid chianti, eh @cgoldin ? :wink:

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I tried a bottle of this earlier in the year and it was lovely. Very different in style to the Fontodi CC, despite the association.

It’s so tempting to pop a case in reserves but I’ve totted up supplies and I seem to have approaching 200 bottles of chianti of various types/level now. Must resist… must have variety…

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An under-the-radar Medoc A.O.C. which lies just over the N. boundary of St-Estèphe with some pre-phylloxera vines. Served with pan-fried duck breast, green beans and baby potatoes.

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I rushed to replenish my stocks of Sugrue Pierre The Trouble with Dreams, after the Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting (9th April) - the only delivery of wine I’ve taken since lockdown began - and decided to tuck into a 2014 this evening to mark the fact we upgraded the kid from 5 to 6 today:

I’ll have to taste the 2013 and 2014 side by side one of these days for a proper comparison, but this is crispy delicious, full of crunchy apple, citrus zing and toasty notes. Looking forward to the next one already!

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At what point did Pierre disappear from the label?

Good question @Inbar , not sure, but I think last year. There’s a note on the site about transitioning to the “new Sugrue branding” but don’t know when it was added…

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I have a few bottles of the Filetta winging their way to the Northern Climes for approval!!
Also, in several deliveries some inexpensive White Burgundy goodies, as I suspect that 2017 and 2018 have delivered some excellent values. :+1: :wink:
It is to the enormous benefit of Members, that Toby (@Toby.Morrhall) :clap: :clap: has secured for us some terrific wines. Personally, I am doing my best to take advantage of his superlative efforts!! :grinning:

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One of my regulars opened last night:


Fantastic value as always, though I’m afraid a good chunk of it is destined to go in my mushroom and garlic pasta sauce tonight!

Has anyone tried their rose?

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3 X bottles Cordier Pouilly Fuisse “Menetrieres” 2017 just delivered.

This weekend should be interesting??lol :wink:

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