In December we published a piece entitled ‘Drinking Windows’. It illustrated, rather sadly, the risks of looking for a bargain, saving it for the special occasion and then opening it too late. (There is also an article in Decanter about the optimum drinking times).
So – on to another ‘bargain’. This time from Wine Rack, their Ch. de Guimoniere 2005 Chenin Blanc from Anjou. (£8). Richard collected this recently, no doubt being aware of the staying qualities of Chenin Blanc. Mmm.
Colour – deep orange but still clear and bright with some viscosity. On the nose we could detect the slight honey tones but with balancing citrus coming through. The palate showed that this was a well made wine that had seen better days. We gave up after a glass each – life’s too short etc. etc.
Doubtless, we’ll still bargain hunt on those shop shelves but shouldn’t the outlets also be regularly checking stocks to ensure quality is maintained? If it had been an old vacuum cleaner I would expect it still to do its job. Why should wine be any different?
[Richard: this wine came from a branch of Wine Rack in Sutton Coldfield that Geoff discovered. It seems to be a clearing house for wines that don’t sell in the other branches – so some interesting stock. I’m more tolerant than Geoff about the quality. I could have taken it back but, as he said, life’s too short…]