Tardieu-Laurent Gigondas 2015

This is a delicious Gigondas from Tardieu Laurent and one of the better wines I have tried from this appellation. It has savoury and immediately appealing aromas of boysenberry, blueberry and well integrated cedar. The palate is full bodied with attractive grippy tannins, a refined balance, medium acidity and ripe boysenberry fruit. Long length onContinue reading “Tardieu-Laurent Gigondas 2015”

Chateau La Lagune Haut-Médoc 2010

This is an excellent La Lagune from the outstanding 2010 Bordeaux vintage.  It has unmistakeable left bank aromas of cedar and blackcurrant.  The palate is between medium and full bodied, the tannins are a little softer than expected for this vintage and the length on the finish is long.  This is one of those winesContinue reading “Chateau La Lagune Haut-Médoc 2010”

Les Héritiers Saint-Genys Mercurey Premier Cru Clos Marcilly 2015

This is a very good premier cru chardonnay from Mercurey in the Côte Chalonnaise. In its drinking prime, it has aromas of smoke and minerals. The palate is medium to full bodied, its acidity medium-high and its impression tight, linear and mineral. There is some good complexity here and this wine rewards current drinking. Rating:Continue reading “Les Héritiers Saint-Genys Mercurey Premier Cru Clos Marcilly 2015”

Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto Vinho Verde 2017

I drink little Vinho Verde, and this is not typical of the ones I have tried. It is a fuller style, made from, relative to the plethora of obscure Portuguese grape varieties, the more familiar alvarinho (albarino) and is from the Moncao region in Portugal near the Spanish border. Described as “alvarinho contacto”, the wineContinue reading “Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho Contacto Vinho Verde 2017”

Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2012

This is a high quality Rioja Reserva from Remelluri. It opens to aromas of game, sweet red fruits and cedar. The palate is medium bodied with mid weight tannins. Its principal feature is its saturated red fruit character interlaced with chocolate. Long length on the finish confirms this to be a very good wine thatContinue reading “Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2012”

Shaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017

From Shaw Vineyard Estate, this is a very precise expression of riesling, a variety that produces excellent wines in the Canberra region.  In the glass, the wine has aromas of stones, lemons, white flowers and smoke.  The palate gives the impression of dryness with a very lemony expression and high, racy acidity.  Drink now andContinue reading “Shaw Riesling Isabella Canberra 2017”