Some good pinot

newt vos

Drunk over the weekend. The Newton Johnson came from our WS visit and is from South Africa. Not known as a place for good pinot and I’ve only every tried one other, which was Burgundian in style. This was more New Zealand-ish, quite ripe fruit, good varietal character, smooth, easy to drink and great value at £13.50.

The Vosne-Romanee comes from Grivot who is reckoned to have made great wines in 2010, despite losing 40% of his vines to a -21C freeze in December. Tiny yield so, in theory, concentrated flavour which was delivered. The wine is a blend from six vineyards within V-R. I’ve been pretty critical of red burgundy in the past but this was excellent. Bright fruit, smooth tannins and the much sought after silky mouth feel. Intense and spicy. Lasted well into day two. ‘This is a good wine’ was a spontaneous comment from Angie. I bought it en primeur from the WS for about £30. Berry Bros have it at £35.

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