I went to the Regional France Growers Tasting in London last evening and much enjoyed the event and the opportunity to taste so many wines. In fact I restricted myself to just a dozen or so of the 44 wines on offer as I find that eventually I don’t really appreciate the wines even without swallowing! I was particularly interested in tasting some of the cru beaujolais wines on offer to see whether I might order some from the recent WS offer.
I only tasted a couple of whites:
Corbieres Blanc, Le Blanc Paysan, Castelmaure 2017. I found this to be fruity and fresh and quite delightful.
Domaine des Coteaux de Font Cure, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc 2018 This was lovely with goosebery fruit , easy drinking and a pleasant aftertaste
I tasted one rose:
Minervois Rose, Chateau Sainte Eulalie 2018 Interesting as I enjoy red wines from this estate. There was spice on the nose and a taste of redcurrants on the tongue, but I did not find the suggested citrus notes. There was a slight tannic aftertaste.
Of the reds:
The Society’s Exhibition Fleurie 2017 For me this was the star of the show. It has a light red colour, perfumed aroma with a hint of apple and cherry taste on the tongue. It is very soft and has a warm aftertaste. I have not ordered this before but will be adding this to my wish list for my next order
Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Regnie Vallieres 2017 Sorry but this was not to my liking
Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Les Charmes 2017 Pleasant easy drinking, rounded and with a pleasant aftertaste
Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud, Morgon Cote du Puy 2017 The best of these cru beaujolais wines. … but at £5 a bottle more than the Fleurie not the best value for me
Pinot Noir Puy de Dome, Cave Saint Verny 2016 The description in the tasting notes were not as I found this wine which I did not enjoy. This is a purely personal response and may reflect the fact that I am not a great fan of pinot noir wines
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 2014 One of my favourites. This is a brilliant alternative to Bordeaux reds and this is now eminently drinkable. It has a great bouquet, the tannins are soft and the taste on the tongue and the aftertaste is of red fruits.
I tried a few sweet and fortified wines to finish:
Monbazillac, Ch Pech la Calevie 2015 What a brilliant alternative to Sauternes at a competetive price. Richly sweet but yet fresh - a great pudding wine
Rivesaltes, Parce Freres 1988 30 years old fortified wine. Spice and complex sweetness not unlike a nutty sweet sherry
Maydie Tannat 2015 Fortified tannat: very fruity and very sweet and I would say good wine to match chocolate puddings and also a possible alternative to port
Well those are my thoughts on last evening - and very personal thoughts at that! I really enjoyed the event and thank the team and the growers for the opportunity to attend.