One thing you learn about wine blogging – take notes. Geoff often does, I never do, so this post will be rather light on detail. Both our partners were away last Sunday so Geoff invited me round for a meal. A sunny afternoon so we sat in the garden and warmed up, so to speak, with a glass of fino – Waitrose Fino del Puerto. The best of the supermarket own brands we always think.
The wine with the first course was an old favourite, Vina Gravonia from Lopez de Heredia in Rioja. These makers are the oldest of old school and make white wines built to last. We drank the current release, the 2004 which gives you an idea. Only 12.5%, but full of power and finesse, yet fresh and delicate. An unmistakable taste (and nose) which went superbly with clams and lobster tail in a tomato paprika sauce.
Next was steak with béarnaise sauce and sauté potatoes. Had to be claret so we moved on to a Graves, Domaine de Chevalier 2002 (from WS, hard to price since part of a DdC mixed case but I’d guess around £35). I rarely drink Bordeaux wines now, Graves even less, but this was very good. A classic nose followed by a taste that didn’t prove disappointing as has happened too often with claret in the past. Lots of length, sweet with integrated tannins. About two thirds cabernet, one third merlot. Wish I had some more.