A Morrison ‘Best’ 2018 Chablis this evening – bought on a whim. I didn’t have huge expectations, but actually this is very pleasant without requiring too much brain work (which is good, as I got no brain power left!):
On the nose there is some orchard fruit, a touch of tropical note and whiff of gunflint/smoke. On the palate it is riper than expected (the vintage, I suppose), with a medium body and very nice mouthfeel. There is pineapple note, as well as yellow apple, pear skin sort of bitterness and a twist of citrus zest on the finish. Throughout there’s a nice mineral tingle, a good amount of acidity, and the finish is medium. Much more enjoyable than expected!
The other half is making fish cakes with spinach and hollandaise sauce, which I’m sure will go nicely with this. We don’t drink much Chablis – not sure why, but this acts as a reminder to get some more complex examples from TWS in my next order.
…with some rolled pork belly, pasta and green salad. The pale colour is very appealing. Fresh nose of cherries with a dark savoury undertow. Light body, subtle flavours but plenty of depth, lovely freshness, savoury red fruits, and I’ve gotta say it, minerals too. Silky texture with a Teflon slipperiness that makes it slide down all too easily. 100% Nerello Mascalese. Excellent !
Edit - nice chewy finish too, yum.
I’ll come back to this tomorrow to see if it shows any development.
A small glass, or two, of the Moscatel de Setubal, I enjoyed so much on Sunday, will follow.
Ah yes! I bought a couple bottles of the 2017 myself, after tasting it in our Brighton & Hove group. I think it’s one of the lovliest Etna Rosso I’ve ever had! Glad you enjoyed it as well, and sounds like a fine food match, too!
…a delicious pairing it was too. Nettles and gooseberry on the nose. Similar green flavours on tasting, nothing hollow, quite rich but with lovely freshness. Having had numerous house cats, I wasn’t reminded of the litter tray.
I’ll definitely be having this again, maybe, with a cheaper Loire sauvignon next time.
I went down with a cold last week that ended up destroying my sense of smell with a vindictive thoroughness that I’ve not experienced before, and hope never to again. None of the normal “I’m feeling a bit bunged up, and can’t really smell properly”. This left nothing, and I mean nothing, coming through, even though air was actually flowing. Savoury food was just aggressively salty and bitter, with no other flavour at all and I was left on holiday in France, with an appetite, but not enjoying a single mouthful.
Anyway, fortunately I’m out the other side, and back in the saddle with a pre-dinner glass of a go-to wine for easy pleasure:
Okay, substitute wine, also a cabernet/syrah blend:
Fresh, minty nose at first, becoming ripe and sweet. Easy on the oak, with everything mingling together nicely. The palate is more fruits-of-the-forest yoghurt, still a little grippy and with a long, satisfying finish.
Of course, it’s no Trevallon … not that I know what it’s like anyway
PS - I paid less than Cellartracker is making out there - think it was £18…
Highlights from my French wine scholar bottles this evening (Bordeaux was the topic):
Gorgeous, even for someone like me who is not easily moved by Bordeaux blends. The nose was super - floral, delicate with hints of spice (clove?), and sweet tobacco. If this is ‘feminine’ then I am a Femininist!
Pleasure continued on the palate - with blackberries, even a little bit of prune, tobacco, cedar and smooth tannins. This was so pleasurable - even without decanting and allowing time, so I suspect would be even lovelier with more time in the glass.
Only the third time I ever tried this wine (and never this vintage), but it seems to be consistently excellent. Cedar, spice, tobacco and dark berries on the nose; on the palate it is well-structure with good balance between acidity and the quite dusty tannins, medium + finish and good concentration of fruit lingering on the palate. Delicious.
Words fail me. Heaven.
We also tasted a Chinon (as we had a corked bottle last week) - which made my heart do a little happy polka:
Good old Domaine Sourdais… they know what they’re doing. This had the nose of tomato leaf, Jalapeños with wild strawberries and ripe berries. The wild strawberries continued on the palate, which was juicy with plenty of bright acidity. So good…
As for the Bin 4 Furmint (tasted courtesy of a fellow student)… all I’d say is that I think it’ll be a marmite wine. Incredibly interesting and unusual, and invited a lot of fascinating tasting notes. Can’t wait to hear what members think!
LI realised around the third week of Jan that I had drunk alcohol pretty much every day since the beginning of November. I don’t have an issue with alcohol and I can take it or leave it but decided to refresh myself for 2020 and cut down to just twice a week for a while.
The crutch of this all is I really like the taste of beer (and wine) so I have been searching for the least repellant alcohol free or low alcohol beer. I find them mostly too malty.