Last French wine scholar lesson before next week’s exam () and the topic was The Rhône - an excellent way to finish!
Three bottled left an impression - the sort that invariably results in a purchase:
This stunning 2009 Côte-Rotie:
The nose was enough for me! The taste was a bonus… My notes say stewed plums, leather, liquorice, cassis, sandalwood, cinnamon, clove… It started by caressing the palate with soft, spiced, stewed fruit, but then gripped it with its woody, but smooth, tannins. Herbal notes (thyme?) were nicely complemented by fruity notes. The empty glass was even more perfumed and evocative. I might just consider buying it - though it’s quite a bit above my usual budget.
Much more within budget is this delicious Vacqueyras:
We all loved the perumed, violet-like nose (though there was something slightly feral lurking underneath), and I liked the way the ripe plum/blackcurrant fruit was balanced with good acidity, and a long minerally finish. Delicious, without being simple.
Finally this primmadonna:
It’s been in my wishlist for months, and now - lucky me - it’s resting in my fridge
If you like the headiness of Muscat, this won’t disappoint! The colour is stunning - bright copper hue (apparently from the black-skinned variety), the nose a melange of perfumes… Orange water, rose petals, Jasmin, apricot, magnolia, pot-pourri… all exploding happily on the palate. Not for the faint hearted, but oh, soooo good