Sunday, February 27, 2011

Recent drinking round-up!

The other day I indulged in a bottle of this Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana, which I got from Waitrose for the princely sum of what I remember being £11.99 although according to their website it's a mere £11.39. Said website (here) also describes this as "a light and fresh Manzanilla" which is absolute garbage. Were they talking about a different wine?

This wine is aged in oak casks for 12 years which is what makes it a pasada, as opposed to the normal "light and fresh" style of manzanilla which should be drunk young. It costs significantly more than your bog standard Manzanilla, but it's worth it. Powerful and pungent, a glass of this straight from the fridge after a hard day at work really hits the spot. The Wine Society have it for £9.95 - fair play to the WS, their sherry is excellent value. Majestic have also been known to stock it in the past.

Rully 1er cru Les Cloux 2007, Paul Jacqueson. I've blogged about Jacqueson before, who is one of the best winemakers in the Cote Chalonnaise. Previously we had a white Rully from him and gave it a high 8. This was a red, with a lovely light pinot colour, and blackberry and black cherry on the nose. On the palate, it was silky and succulent and had bags of flavour congruent with the nose. Once again we toyed with giving it a 9 but in the end decided it was a high 8. Good value though, because it was either 17 or 19 euros (I suspect the latter) from the shop in Meursault.

A couple of weeks ago we had this Marsannay 2005, Montagne, from Huguenot. I didn't make notes but it was very enjoyable and drinking well now. There are no premier cru vineyards in Marsannay but this was a reminder to self that this village, which is right up the top of the Cote de Nuits near Dijon, produces some very pleasing and relatively good value wines.

Last night I stuck a bottle of our old friend, the Dufouleur Cremant de Bourgogne, in the fridge as an aperitif. We're now on the 2007 vintage and it remains very consistent with a florality and hints of elderflower. Dangerously drinkable.

Last week I treated myself to a bottle of Latour-Labille Bourgogne Rouge from 2005. This wine tends to be very light and in some years I find it's not my cup of tea, but 2005 was a big vintage and one that suits the style very well.

And finally, the jewel in the crown, a red Meursault 1er cru Les Cras 2007 from Latour-Labille. I got to taste the 2008 when I visited the domaine in January, and it was the highlight of the tasting. This was the first bottle from G's case of the 2007 which we have tried and although expectations were high, we weren't disappointed.

We gave it two hours in the decanter and when we poured it into our glasses, it had an amazing dark purple colour, I was surprised by how dark the colour was. On the nose it had wonderful dark fruit and a lovely perfume. G detected parma violets. I'm not altogether sure what parma violets smell like but I think I got the general gist. On the palate, it had a lovely mouthfeel, rich fruit, balance and poise. The finish went on for several minutes. We sat there using words like "remarkable" and "sublime" and there was no doubt that it was a 10. Hurrah!

Although it's drinking now, there's no rush as it has years in it and I hurriedly attempted to stomp on G's suggestion that he share some with a certain bunch of elderly claret-drinkers, by reminding him of my trump card, the Corton from Anne Parent...

In other news, the Wine Society produced their 2009 burgundy offer. "Three for the price of six" was how G described it, spot on. The Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc is £60 for three bottles, en primeur. Sod that for a game of soldiers.

Also, I have been giving some thought to this blog and have decided that I may broaden it out to include food and drink more generally. But I promise to save the cute kitten pictures for Facebook. Stay tuned!

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