Weekend Drinking Thread [30th April - 3rd May 2021]

The good old glass bottled/ cellophane wrapped vintages should be at their peak around now :grinning:



Well I’m working through a few Waitrose special offers and here are the next victims

We a tried a bottle of the Romanian Pinot Noir last night and it was pretty good (just over £6) - I would strongly suggest giving it a bit of time to breathe though.


My new neighbour (strictly speaking I’m the new one, he’s been here decades), just came around with a bottle of wine to say ‘welcome’.

We’re going to get on :grinning:


Btw did people see the Bin 009 announcement? That’s a bit of a surprise. Our usual spies have not been on the ball!


Some people are already sure they know what it is…


Salad tonight with smoked mackerel despite the unseasonal cold. Have enjoyed this well priced rosato in the past.


Silly me, I knew someone would be on the case!


Not a patch on the Bougrier Chardonnay and certainly not SB. And you’re a lot better off spending a quid more and getting the Society’s Muscadet too.

That said, was opened to cook some Sea Bream fillets my wife got at a bargain price. Encrusted them with dill and fennel seeds. Served on a bed of creamed Savoy and garnished with a mound of deep fried leeks. All of which went to greatly improve the wine. I’ll be interested in trying some more of the Muscadet’s stocked at a higher price point.


This evening I have opened this Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot/Malbec blend
32%/50%/10%/4%/4% respectively.
Cain valley vineyard; Spring mountain, Napa Valley.
An east facing vineyard on side slope of the valley. Elegant, almost suave fruit. Polished, ripe, fresh. Very fine tannins, ripe, medium. Fresh medium+ acidity. Fruit: blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, blueberry, mushroom sweet spice black plum, black cherry. Chocolate. Long intense fresh uplifting finish.
Alcohol, medium, so no warmth on the tongue.
Medium ruby.


My first venture into Greek (or Crete) wines for many years. This Nomas Assyrtiko arrived as part of a mixed case this week and I am very impressed. Lots of Mediterranean flavours.

Very pale, slight hints of green hue. Medium nose. Herbs and citrus fruits. Orange, lemon and rose water. Hints of honey and thyme. Medium minus palate. High acidity. Lemon, apricot and red apple. Slightly nutty. Hints of lavender and honey. Medium finish.


Tonight we shall open the 2018 vintage of this


You won’t regret a venture into Greek wine. I have found it, and continue to find it, a fascinatingly joyous and original experience.
Their terrific grape varieties are full of different dimensions and flavours. Their winemaking is both original and terroir based. Long may it last.


Yes, I was very impressed and will be exploring other wines.

Waiting for someone to post a bottle of that 1971 Châteauneuf, hurry up!


Did @Toby.Morrhall blend this? It’s lovely, everything you would want it to be, perfect with pork chops seared then baked with a topping of cooked shallots, mustard, white wine (reduced) and creme fraiche, a hint of sage and rosemary and garlic, topped with bread crumbs. Could be in Lyon.

Lovely wine, that gets better with air. A Burgundy loving friend collecting something from my house, when I gave him a sample on my doorstep blind, guessed 07 Savigny of solid Villages level.


The 2019 is on it’s way to me. That’s a decent chunk of age to put on a Morgon isn’t it? And I know TWS estimates are ultra Conservative. Good to hear it’s held up.


We’ve long enjoyed a Spanish red, and I spotted this one in Waitrose yesterday. Bit of an impulse buy, but worth it - lots of vanilla on.the nose, plenty of fruit and perhaps some old leather on the palate, and overall enough weight to work well with two dishes, a curry for her and scallops for me; and at £7 down from £10, I’m not complaining. But why the wire cage? Is this just pretentious, or does it - did it - serve a purpose?


So we tried this one tonight… How can I put this politely…half a glass and now leaving it to see what its like tomorrow … :roll_eyes:

First impressions was just total overwhelming acidity… It had a wonderful aroma and colour BUT the acidity is to the point of being unpleasant on the palate … I know this is a young wine (drinking window till 2028) and I should not judge it as yet but I expected at least some basic balance in place… alas will try again tomorrow and report back… hmmmmm… perplexed…


@RogerSterling I’d imagine it has a good five years ahead, over which it will evolve though not necessarily improve. But what do I know? I don’t think it’s especially old for a Morgon. E.g. John Gilman reckons 10+ years for good Cru Beaujolais of the age worthy style. But what do I know?