July 18, 2012

June wines

After a rather pleasant May we were all waiting for summer to start in June. Well, we are still waiting and it’s now middle of July. Looks like there won’t be much of summer in northeastern Europe. Apparently some jet stream is missing or has taken the wrong way which means low pressure after low pressure arrives from the west. Terribly! Nevertheless there is always a reason to try out new wines, even though drinking rosé wine a sunny afternoon is currently just a dream.

Leclaire-Gaspard Grande Réserve Brut
A new find and perfect for Friday Fizz. Yellow colour. On the nose apples, biscuit and hints of nuts. On the palate citrus fruits, toast, nuts and some slight hints of chocolate

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut
I can only agree with James Bond. Bollinger is a most fantastic champagne, even a NV bottle. Yellow colour. On the nose toast, yellow plums, nougat and some citrus. On the palate matured apples, toast, grapefruit and nougat.

Sancerre Les Baronnes 2011
White asparagus and homemade Hollandaise sauce. It can’t get much better than that. Well, it can if you match it with a glass of Sancerre. Light yellow colour. On the nose mineral, nettles, gooseberry and citrus. On the palate again minerals, nettles gooseberry and citrus.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Mathieu 2009
A very price worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape shared over an excellent meal along with happy friends. A good Saturday night in my book. Dark red colour with blue hues. On the nose oak, cherries, plums and tobacco. On the palate spices, cherries, lavender, plums, blackberries and some liquorice.

Château Grillon 2005
There is dessert wine and then there is Sauternes Golden yellow colour. On the palate oak, apricot, honey and some orange. On the palate again oak, dried apricot, honey and hints of orange.

Charles Ellner Cuvée de Pompadour Brut
Failed Friday Fizz. The price was too good to be true. It’s sad but true, good quality champagne cost money, but is oh so worth it. Light yellow colour. On the nose flowery, some toast, citrus, apple and nuts. On the palate apple, grapefruit and chocolate.

Parallèle 45 Côtes du Rhône 2010
Spare of the moment cheese tray and some wine from Côtes du Rhône. A regular Tuesday night became a little bit of France for the evening. Red colour with blue hues. On the nose spice, blackberries, raspberries, bay leaves and hints of pepper. On the palate blackberries, raspberries, bay leaves and liquorice.

Domaene Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2010
So far the one best surprises of the year. Light yellow colour. On the nose pear, melon and hints of gummy bears and pepper. On the palate pear, green banana, melon citrus and some herbs.

Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is summer for me, regardless of the weather. Light yellow colour. On the palate citrus, and tropical with hints of mineral. On the nose again tropical fruits, citrus and some nettles.

Graham Beck Brut
A rather good attempt to a budget Friday Fizz. Yellow colour with hints of gold. On the nose red apples, grapefruit, toast and nougat. On the palate red apple, grapefruit, bread and nuts.

Villa Cafaggio 2008
A typical chianti and a very good one. Dark red colour. On the nose plenty of dried cherries, sage, cocoa, rosehip and bay leaves. On the palate again plenty of dried cherries, sage, cocoa and bay leaves.

Coteaux d’Aix en Provence 2011
OK, I have to admit that I chose this bottle from the label, and no it wasn’t a very good choice. Light orangery pink colour. On the nose red berries, herbs and red currant. On the palate again herbs, strawberries, citrus and some red currant.

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