‘Weekly Blend’ is a new series of posts that I’d like to introduce to my Readers. I plan to publish tasting notes of wines that I tasted recently and I think they are worth knowing about. All my tasting notes show my personal and subjective point of view and I know not all of you will agree with me everytime but I am more than keen on reading your opinions in the comments box under each ‘weekly blend’ post. welcome to the first one, Weekly Blend November 2014
Volupte de Malbec 2010 Vin De France
This is a wine from Cahors that only reminds of Cahors because of its deep dark colour. I have been expecting an avalanche of tannins but the wine is surprisingly light and easy to drink. The aroma is built mostly of black fruits – blackberries, blackcurrants, dark cherries, herbs and spices. In the mouth Volupte de Malbec also tastes of black fruits (dark cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant) and the only thing that it lacks is tannin. Those who are looking for the typical powerful wines from Cahors will unfortunately be disappointed. Howevre the wine is very good and it can be enjoyed with everyday meals but it is definitely not a good example of the famous wines that the appellation is known for.
— Volupte de Malbec / Producer: Lionel Osmin / Vintage: 2010 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: France / Region: Cahors / Appellation: Vin de France / Alcohol: 13% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% malbec / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: drink now / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Suggested price: about 11 Eur —
Chateau La Clariere Laithwaite 2010 Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
The wine is very good and a very good example of high quality wine that can be made in Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux appellation. The aroma shows red and black fruits with lots spice, liquorice and vanilla hints in the background. There is also a very intriguing aroma of green wet walnuts with a hint of thyme. On the palate the wine is full of black fruits (blueberry, blackcurrant, black cherry) with a sprinkle of black pepper. Chateau La Clariere has a good balance and long finish with tannins and spices.
— Chateau La Clariere Laithwaite / Producer: Chateau La Clariere / Vintage: 2010 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: France / Region: Bordeaux / Appellation: Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux AOC / Alcohol: 14,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: about 5 years / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: ok 18 Eur / Others: hand harvested, aged in French oak barrels for 12 months in the underground cellars under the chateau —
Val Auclair Les Barras Vallee du Paradis 2012
Who doesn’t want to try a wine from paradise? When I first nosed the wine in the glass I screamed “vibovit” – which were vitamins for kids that I rember from my childhood. Apart from the aroma of vibovit the wine has lots of boiled sweet fruits, lip balm, thyme and fennel. The smell is a bit unusual but I like this kind of difference. In the mouth the wine is soft, a bit plasticky and with some tannin. The taste reminds me of the cottage cheese left outside the fridge just before the sell by date. I just hope paradise doesn’t taste like that too! ;) I enjoyed the aromas but I didn’t enjoy the palate.
— Val Auclair Les Barras / Producer: Domaine Val Auclair / Vintage: 2012 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: France / Region: Languedoc-Roussillon/ Appellation: Vallee du Paradis IGP / Alcohol: 13,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 85% Carignan, 15% Syrah / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: 1-2 years / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: about 10 Eur / Others: organic farming —
The Idiot Shiraz 2012
In my opinion this is a very interesting wine from the New World with an amazing aromas of liquorice, Christmas gingerbread and black fruits followed by spices, heavy floral notes and some herbs. This is not a overly complex wine but has a very long and balanced finish. The Idiot, apart from the interesting label, intriguing name and famous winemaker also has an truly amazing aroma giving an example of both the terroir of the high Koomooloo Vineyards in Orange and the winemaker’s character. An extremely good quality/price ratio.
— The Idiot Shiraz / Producer: Philip Shaw / Vintage: 2012 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: Australia / Region: New South Wales, Orange, Koomooloo Vineyard / Appellation: Orange GI / Alcohol: 14,5% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Shiraz / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: 2-3 years / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: about 12 Eur / Others: Orange is cool climate area where vineyards are grown at an altitude of 600-900 meters —
Tomahawk Shiraz 2011
This Shiraz from Australia is made in the RedHeads Studio. The nose is still full of fruit – blueberries, black currants and blackberries. On the palate the wine is spicy with a note of black fruit. Tannins are ripe and very balanced, the acidity is noticible and the body weight is medium, altogether a very drinkable wine.
— Tomahawk Shiraz / Producer: RedHeads Studio / Vintage: 2011 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: Australia / Region: Southern Australia / Appellation: McLaren Vale GI / Alcohol: 12% vol. / Grape varieties: 100% Cabernet Franc / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: drink now / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: about 12 Eur / Others: bronze medal in Decanter World Wine Award 2013 and commended in International Wine Challenge 2013; Jancis Robinson: 16,5/20 scores—
Chateau L’Hospitalet La Reserve 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc AOP La Clape
This wine is made from grapes grown on the limestone soil in La Clape. The aroma is full of red fruits and tastes of overcooked fruits, spices and herbs. Chateau L’Hospitalet has high level of acidity, subtle tannins and a black cherry finish but a bit too much alcohol. For this price it is well worthwhile buying at only 6,5 Euros and it is a good example of a La Clape wine.
— Producer: Chateau L’Hospitalet Gerard Bertrand / Vintage: 2012 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: France / Region: Languedoc-Roussillon / Appellation: La Clape AOP / Alcohol: 14% vol. / Grape varieties: Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: to drink now / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: 6,5 Eur / Others: the wine matches very good with matured cheese—
Now it is time for the ‘wine of the week’ which is Le Presbytere 2003 Cotes de Castillon AOC . This very classy Bordeaux in my opinion is a slice of perfection and hasn’t left any space for this weeks other competitors ;)
Le Presbytere 2003 Cotes de Castillon AOC
The colour of the wine suggest that it has its age – a beautiful orange rim and red core and some sediment. The nose is just amazing! There is liquorice, herbs, spices and a hint of vanilla. On the palate the wine is silky with ripe tannins. Le Presbytere tastes of dense blackcurrants and literally melts in the mouth. The finish is long with lots of spice and without doubt the best wine this week.
— Producer: Chateau Le Presbytere / Vintage: 2003 / Type and style: still wine; dry red / Country: France / Region: Bordeaux / Appellation: Cotes de Castillon AOC / Alcohol: 14% vol. / Grape varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc / Serving temperature: 16-18°C / Cellaring: max 1-3 years / Tasting: # 44.1/2014 / Price: about 20 Eur / Others: unfortunately since 2-3 years the wine has been no longer produced —
What a pity that my wine of the week is so difficult to get hold of! But I am sure there are many people who have already had the chance to taste it and if so perhaps some of you would like to share your impressions with me in the comments box below? Another week is coming fast and I hope it will bring me some more delicious wines to taste ;)
Tasting # 44.1/2014