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Midweek drinking thread [13-16 September]

I’d recommend a visit to everyone. So friendly, really engaging and excellent for kids as they have a little area for drawing. I was so impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the quality of wine. I’m yet to have a bad wine from them and I’ve tried many :joy:

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So the last night in the ardeche means a bit of a blow out in order to reduce the number of bottles being brought back and because my hand slipped earlier in the super U

Domaine Maby Prima Donna - fantastic Rose, better than I tasted at the winery. Dark pink in colour and almost tasted like one of their reds, really full bodied

Domaine L’abbe Dine - so this is my find of the holiday. After a day in Gigondas and CnDP I remembered that I missed out on a cheap CdR in the EP this year, so paid them a visit. Wow! This isn’t even the wine on the EP, this is their cheaper CdR and it’s spectacular. I bought 6 and 6 of the the CdR Villages 2018, the year before the EP, which was even better! Just as I was about to pay I said I was a member of the society and that I was disappointed at missing out on the 2019 EP…”we kept a few bottles back from what the society bought, would you like some?”…. So now I have 6 bottles of the 2019 from the EP offer….anyone who secured 6 will not be disappointed. Starting to regret not trying their CnDP but they had a school run to do so there wasn’t much time for tastings.

Guigal CdR 18 - JLL rates it very highly. It’s great, it’s what you’d expect from their CdR and much more; rich, full bodied, tonnes of black cherry for me and lots of potential to develop further. Seriously, there are c4m bottles of this, wow!

Guigal Saint-Joseph 18 - fallen a little in love with Saint-Joseph over the last 10 days, this didn’t disappoint, however my wife and I agreed we’ve had better during the holiday. Lots of black fruit and plenty of depth, we thought it would go better with food and perhaps some more time in bottle.

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A bit of a Domaine Maby thing going on this week - very good to see.

I’m just finishing the 2020 Prima Donna Rose from last night, and it’s come on very nicely in the interim - a really intense full-on rose as per @Winestwit above , and just such a joyful pleasure to enjoy with its rich candied fruits and enough acidity to balance it and keep it clean. It survived and indeed complemented our late tea tonight - a slow-cooked pork belly with Szechuan peppercorns and all the trimmings. Just the job after a long evening work meeting and with the boy soundly asleep.

I’m popping into the showroom tomorrow as I’m in the area anyway [well; perhaps not without an element of planned coincidence], and will see if there are any more of the Libiamo 17s hidden away in the magic room at the back. A bit of an Aladdin’s cave is that room, with all sorts of unnecessary goodies squirreled away if you’ve got the time to browse carefully.

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Monday was Mrs C’s birthday and for various reasons we didn’t want to go out, so ordered in a Cote Seafood dinner. Very good, a lot to eat, but very rich - huge bag of prawns with aioli, 2 dressed crabs, 6 scallops with garlic butter, and a small lobster. And bread.
We drank

which was good, enough acidity, but somehow felt quite ordinary - nothing to make it stand out. Not a great vintage, I know, but was hoping for a bit more.

Then yesterday we had a memorial service, so just a pizza to eat in the evening but I wanted a bit more than a ‘pizza wine’. We opened

which we enjoyed but would have been so much better if I’d left it a few years. On opening there was absolutely no aroma from the bottle, which was a bit weird.
It did open up after a while in the decanter, some tannin but more fruit forward. Only at the beginning of its drinking window but my recommendation would be to give it plenty of time yet.

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This Saturday - we will mostly be eating Langoustines. Assuming Royal Mail do their thing. Probably cooked and cold with: home-made mayonnaise, shallot vinaigrette, maybe rouille. And French Fries. Seafood from these very nice people: Redirecting...

What sort of white wine would people advise. I’m not sure if its posh Muscadet… or do I go Chablis or white Burgundy? - or maybe something else?

Followed by cheeses as an excuse to open a bottle of red. Then Tarte Tatin to finish, with an excellent 2003 Madeira Single Harvest, Barbeito.

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I generally prefer something simpler with nice seafood - a Picpoul or a Loire white - I think they complement the food a bit better than precocious prima donna Burgundy :smiley:

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Pretty much my thoughts too. I have several VERY nice Muscadet’s handy, TWS buyers have been particularly good here.

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Boo Hoo last full day here on Cyprus. Needed to factor-in getting covid tests done and filling in locator forms, so needed to restrict the days’ entertainment to just 3 wineries - all near Omodos. The Good, the Bad and the Excellent. The Good - probably the largest independent operation; and tons of money must have been ploughed in here, https://oenouyi.wine Vassiliades, a grandiose operation only started in 2016. But the wines are all not too bad; their flagship Maretheftiko is excellent. The bad - only up the road - Ktima Gerolemo http://ktimagerolemo.com - one of those places when after the first sip you know it’s dull, unpleasant and wonder what are we doing here. Finally, wow, a very small 7 Ha family operation Nelion https://www.nelionwinery.com where every offering was totally delicious and made a very difficult decision as to what to take back. 3 made the cut but frankly we needed to consume two of them this evening and one to finalise the 11 bottle case which I will entrust to the safekeeping of messers O’Leary Airways tomorrow.

Rosé from Black Muscat. Unexpectedly dry, aromatic, bitter and - of course - grapey. Perfect aperitif.

And for our main course of left-overs, as is needed on the last day of a self catering rental - a single varietal Ofthalmos. Marinos Ioannou, the owner / winemaker now is the only producer of this as a single varietal in Cyprus - though it does appear as a blending partner on occasion. This wine is delish. Cherry cola, violets, plums even some ginger in there. A bit like a good barbera though that may sound ridiculous !

And to wrap up - and reiterate - everywhere here on the roadsides grows wild mavro. You just pull up, pick a few bunches and you have dessert sorted. Where else can you do this ?

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Vicariously enjoyed your travelogue & hope Ryan’s Jugglers leave you a few bottles. Welcome back to the drizzle.

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Butterbean and shallot quiche with this good ordinary wine:

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Proof if anyone needs it that Germany can produce great inexpensive wine, as well as fantastic top end delights. Good orchard fruit flavours, a good party wine that should surprise and please most people.

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We were neither searched nor asked about the “very well hidden wine” we brought back :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::wink:.

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A real treat tonight. A half bottle of Leoville Barton 1998. Can’t stop breathing this in. Eucalyptus, cedar, graphite, dark fruits, pencil shavings, resin, cassis, a touch of smoke, mocha, leather too. All going on. Very smooth, tannins well integrated. Just a real pleasure and a joy.

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This is nice.

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Ooh, I’ll bet.

Did the bottle come in a posh paper wrapping like my 2013? I love little touches like that - I’m so shallow.

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Especially if they also have a little sticker too :joy:

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:joy:. Not expecting to either, to be fair not sure I could fit more bottles into the car after packing last night though. Suggested we leave the buggy behind but that wasn’t a sensible option apparently :joy:

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Leave the child??

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Has been considered previously :joy:. He was well behaved this time so seems unfair.

My other half may still get left if we pass a carrefour on route to Calais :joy:

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I don’t know who coined it, but I love the term ‘cellar defender’.

My total Wine Society spending for August was £35: a case deal for six of these, to keep my hands off the sweet temptation of the garage racks. Well, except for last weekend’s Burgundy I guess, but I’m only human…

Anyway, at under £6, this is just great. It’s unusual to see a good slug of cabernet sauvignon in an AC Bordeaux but there it is, and it’s actually ripe enough, adding a bit of depth and a classy edge to the usual recipe for entry-level claret :wine_glass:

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Yes there was tissue paper, sorry @Leah, no sticker. It was slightly see through which made it seem a touch déshabillé, the saucy thing.

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