Weekend reds

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Geoff’s got a heavy schedule at the moment educating the masses on the glories of wine so here are a few notes on some recent bottles.

The Faugeres has been blogged before – Ang and I tasted it at Galvin’s (Baker Street) en route to Paris and subsequently bought three bottles from Highbury Vintners, about £20. This is the last, still fabulous – pure fruit, refined and elegant. Not words usually associated with Languedoc but this is a classy wine.

The Madiran  belied its reputation having a lot of sweet fruit and none of the toughness associated with Tannat. A 2007 tasted at Geoff’s last night was even better. Both bought years ago (from MWW?) and seem to have benefitted from long storage.

Also in the cellar for years was the Pombal de Vesuvio, part of a Portuguese case from the WS. Lots of fruit, some structure. A pleasant, easy drinking red. I see it cost £20 which it’s not worth.

Lastly the NZ pinot was ‘reduced to clear’ at Waitrose – £13 to £7. The latter price is more like it, the wine being ‘cheap burgundian’ in taste  – rather thin, not much fruit, although better on day 2.

Geoff – I approached the 2007 Chateau Aydie with trepidation, expecting sandpaper tannins, rusticity and power. How wrong could I be! Red fruits, acidity, balanced power and a well-integrated grip. A lovely wine that got better when drunk with an Italian-style, unctuous beef stew. Lovely. I had decanted it three hours before, then rebottled and left the cork out about an hour before we tried it. The grape variety is grown in small quantities around the world; it will be interesting to try others.




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