I bought the Boxler from Gauntleys in Nottingham who have an impressive range of old and interesting Alsace wines. This was a 2004 (£20). Served as an aperitif but thought slightly too sweet. However, perfect at the end of the evening with some very ripe brie. A very rich, slightly oily taste (that’s a good thing), with peaches and nut flavours. A very classy wine.
We moved on to the Cassis with the fish course which was cod fillet stuffed with tapenade, then wrapped in ham. Served with braised chicory. A good match since the powerful and complex flavours of the wine easily matched the food. I think that whites from the South of France (this is Provence) are now becoming extremely attractive and this was one of the best.
The Navazos Niepoort is a collaboration between the sherry negociant, previously blogged about here, and the port producer. The wine is an attempt to recreate a style, using the palomino grape, seen in the Sanlucar and Cadiz areas in the eighteenth century. The wine is aged under the flor that develops naturally and no alcohol is added. The result is halfway between a fino and a white wine and slighly oxidised. More to my taste than Geoff’s although, having tried it, I doubt if I’ll buy another bottle.