Good with food

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(No link to the long haired Scottish bloke who did the voice-overs on Co-Op Supermarket tv ads intended).

Dave and Janet, Geoff and Claire round for a meal on Friday. These were the wines.

With the monkfish, lemongrass sauce, pickled cucumber, crushed potatoes:

Chante Cigale 2013, a white CdP. Bought from Worth Bros, a very good independent wine merchants in Lichfield, just up the road. About £23. Classic, complex CdP taste, lots of power. Nearly as good as the Clos des Papes blogged in the last post.

Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko, 2014, from Strictly Wines, about £18. I’ve blogged on this before but Geoff hadn’t tried it. Still a lovely wine, conceptually similar to the Cigale, albeit with different grapes. I’ll leave Geoff to comment further.

With slow cooked (12h) Packington belly pork, apple soup, tarragon carrots we tried:

Domaine de Trevallon 2001. Another one that has featured before. From Leon Stolarski, four left in the case, all younger than this. Great wine, powerful, ever changing nose – it’s a cab/syrah mix – subtle, savoury taste.

Domaine de Chevalier 2000. Yet another reblog. That was two years younger. I’d written ‘double decant’ on the bottle but we only did it once. More recognisable as a claret on the nose than the taste but elegant with some oak and fruit. From the WS, not sure of the price as it was sold in a mixed case but Berry Bros have it at £50.

Finally with some local cheese – again from the Packington shop – we opened a 2006 Cote Rotie from Domaine Garon (WS £25). This didn’t make much impression on me but it was late. An unusual feature of the evening was that the last two wines were only 12.5%, so no hangovers.

(Geoff: the Gaia Assyrtiko was a step up from the Hatzidakis – which is still an excellent wine. The Gaia seemed fresher whilst still retaining the power of the wine that I so love. For me, Assyrtiko has been the find of the year. Wonderful depth, changes beautifully in the glass as it softens out. Very glad I bought 3 botts from R. recently.)

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