Friday night specials


No Geoff this Friday and Angie was out in the early evening so I took the opportunity to open a Rioja along with pate and spicy sopressata – definitely not some of her favourite things. The Conde de Valdemar GR 1980 was purchased from MWW some time ago. They had in a parcel of old wines from this maker, sold onto them by a Spanish restaurateur, I think. About £17, 13%. A fabulous wine, deep colour, not much sign of age, old Rioja nose. The tannins had gone – leaving a fruit core, slightly sweet, very savoury. Remarkable fresh for a 35 year old wine. 1980 was rated a good vintage (which really means average) but more Gran Reserva was made than usual. A really enjoyable drink.

Angie’s favourite grape is pinot so I opened a burgundy for her return (Domaine Jean Chauvenet, Nuits-St-Georges 2010, 13%, bought en primeur from the WS in 2011 for about £24). This was pretty good – four words you didn’t expect to read on the blog, in this context. Much darker than most, decent pinot nose and cherry flavour, well integrated, good mouth feel and ready to drink. An interesting contrast to the Rioja since in some odd way they were similar – both very savoury with lots of fruit.


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