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Feb 6 at 4:51pm
Château Saint-Pierre 1995
Added Feb 6 at 4:18pmI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80304 for £20.My bottle had clearly been well kept because the level was wel;l up into the neck.Saint Julien is an AOC created in 1936 for red wines from around the village of Beychevelle on the east coast of the Medoc peninsular some 20 miles north of the City of Bordeaux.It is a small but very prestigious appellation with 11 classed growths in the 1855 classification including Chateau Saint Pierre as a fouth growth.My bottle is made from a blend of 75% cabernet sauvignon,15% merlot and 10% cabernet franc from vines averaging 50 years in age and aged in oak barrels for 18 months..I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant style fruit there with tannins just strong enough to give structure and there is a hint of licqorice or cigar smoke.It is very smooth and mellow and it did not show its age.. It is a lovely wine but not quite as good as the Haut-Beychevelle Gloria from the same Saint Julien appellation and the same owners I had about 6 months ago
Feb 3 at 6:56am
Added Feb 3 at 6:56amI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/86271 for £9. Monthelie is an AOC created in 1937 [although there has been viticulture here for centuries ] on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy for red and white wines made from pinot noir and chardonnay respectively from the commune of that name.This commune has a surface area of less than 1.5 square miles and has only 300 acres under vine.There are no grand cru vineyards but there are 15 premier cru one of which is 'Sur la Velle ' where the family business of Eric Boigelot operates.I started my bottle last night with my steak supper and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a cherry.raspberry and blackberry style fruit and the soft tannins give plenty of structure. This is not a lightweight wine and it is not particularly subtle or delicate but it was a good accompaniment to the steak
Jan 31 at 2:30pm
Added Jan 31 at 2:30pmI bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Clerckenwell [ www.theperfectcellar.com ] for £8. Graves de Vayres is an AOC in the Bordeaux region for red and white wines from the communes of Vayres and Arvevres on the west bank of the Dordogne river about 15 miles east of the City of Bordeaux.It should not be confused with the Graves AOC which is further west to the south of the City of Bordeaux though they both have similar gravel soils. The name Vayres is derived from that of a Roman commander called Varius.Chateau Toulouze is a well established family concern in the Graves de Vayres appellation.My bottle consists of 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc and was aged for 12 months in oak barrels;in other words it is a typical right bank Bordeaux red .. I started my bottle yesterday with my supper of roast lamb and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackcurrant and plum style fruit,a hint of vanilla and the tannins are soft.This is exactly what the drinker should expect from a good right bank claret and it was the perfect accompaniment to the lamb.
Jan 30 at 7:08pm
Added May 11, 2015 at 4:58pmI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/78447.Maranges is an AOC created in 1985 [although wine has been made here for centuries] for red and white wines [although 95% of production is red ] from three communes at the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy. The three villages Cheilly-les-Maranges,Dezize-les-Maranges, and Sampigny-les-Maranges all added the suffix 'Les Maranges to their names at the end of the 19th century. There are 7 premier cru vineyards but no grand cru.Domaine Chevrot is based in Cheilly-les-Maranges and has 3 hectares in the Sur le Chene vineyard..Sur la Chene is a vineyard on a south facing plot on a gravelly hillside originally planted in the 1950's and now contains some very old vines. I opened the bottle last night to accompany my steak.and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a stawberry,raspberry and cherry style fruit and the tannins,though soft give good structure. In short,this is not a bad Burgundy.
Jan 27 at 7:03am
Added Jan 27 at 5:32amThis bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/70921. Condrieu is an AOC created in 1940 [ although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans ] for white wines made from the viognier grape in 7 communes forming a 12 mile stetch of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint Joseph AOC.The grapes are grown on steep south and south-east facing slopes overlooking the river.The viognier grape is beleived to have originated in this area.Condrieu is a small but prestigious appellation and Domaine du Monteillet is a long established family concern.They have a 1.5 hectare plot in Condrieu. My bottle is from the 2001 harvest although it was not bottled until 2004.as it spent time in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of cod in mushroom sauce and I did enjoy it. It is a dry wine with plenty of a sour peach and pear style fruit and a kind of floral aftertaste. There is certainly a lot of flavours for the drinker.I am not the only one to think highly of this wine because Wine Spectator gave it 92 points
Jan 23 at 4:57pm
Added Jan 23 at 4:57pmI bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation.This AOC was set up in 1953 for red,white and rose wines and refers to 90 communes in the southern Rhone valley.Since 1967 18 of the communes including Cairanne are allowed to put the name of the village on the label.Cairanne village has been inhabited for millenia, was fortified in medieval times by the Knights Templar and Hospitalier and is located about 12 miles north-east of the town of Orange on the banks of the Aigues river.Domaine Alary is a well-established family owned winery in this area.My bottle is made from 85% grenache and 15% syrah from the La Font d'Estevenas vineyard on a clay and limestone hillside facing south and spent time in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my supper of chicken stew and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant,plum,and licqorice style fruit there,there is a hint of cigar box, and the tannins are soft.It was a lovely bottle...
Jan 22 at 8:36am
Added Jan 22 at 8:36amI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/82246 for £7.95.Rasteau is an AOC originally created in 1944[ although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans ] for fortified wines made mainly of the grenache grape from the area around the village of that name some 12 miles north-east of the town of Orange on the banks of the Ouveze river in the southern Rhone valley.[For dry red wines, from 1996 Rasteau also became one of the village names that could be added to the Cotes du Rhone villages AOC and in 2010 it became an AOC in its own right]Domaine de Beaurenard is a well established producer from this area.My bottle is made from 100% grenache noir grapes and the vinification process was arrested by the addition of grape spirit or brandy[hence an ABVof 16.5%] after which it spent two years in oak barrels, I started my bottle last night with a plate of fruit cake and I did enjoy it.My first impression was the cherry style fruity taste and it was sweet but not over-sweet.It is a similar drink to a port or sherry but with more fruit and less alchol. It was a good match for the fruit cake,
Jan 18 at 2:50pm
Added Jan 18 at 2:44pmI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/74660. for £3.99. Cotes du Rhone is a term that has been used to describe red,white and rose wines from the Rhone valley between Vienne and Avignon since the 17th century although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans. AOC status was awarded in 1937.My bottle was made by Louis Bernard, a negociant house founded in 1976 on behalf of of Selection Jean-Francois Ranvier [ www.dauvergne-ranvier.com ] My bottle is a blend of grenache and syrah but I do not know in what proportions.This cuvee is no longer made. I started my bottle at the weekend with my beef stew and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant style fruit there and the tannins are soft but sufficient to give structure.It was an OK wine that went well with the stew and was good value for money.
Jan 15 at 5:52pm
Added Jan 15 at 5:36pmI bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80314 for £7. It is from the Medoc appellation. Geographically the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the AOC of that name created in 1936 only refers to 16 communes at the northern end. The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower-Medoc [though not on wine labels] There are no classed growths here and production is dominated by co-operatives although my bottle was made by Chateau Saint Christophe for the Spanish wine import/export/selling group Vinoseleccion.This cuvee is no longer made. The back label is in Spanish.It is 100% cabernet sauvignon and was aged in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry style fruit there,the tannins are soft and mellow, and it is fairly full-bodied.It went well with the pork
Jan 11 at 6:15pm
Added Jan 11 at 6:15pmThis bottle was a part of a lot I bought from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/70129.The Chablis AOC was created in 1938 [although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans ] for dry white wines made of the chardonnay grape from around the village of that name about 10 miles east of the small town of Auxerre in northern Burgundy.My bottle was made by a well established producer from grapes grown in the premier cru vineyard of Vaillons.The wine is left on its lees for a year in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of smoked salmon salad and I did enjoy it.It is a dry wine. There is a melon.peach and sour apple style fruit there with just a hint of citrus on the finish,but it is a restrained kind of fruit so it is really quite mineral. There is no suggestion of butter or vanilla which illustrates the fact that oak barrels were not used. It is definitely a quality wine and one which went well with my fish.