Geoff claims I gave him the burgundy (Boussey, Monthelie, 2010) as a present. No memory of that whatsoever and I can’t see any purchase info in my emails or in my rudimentary – and out of date – wine database, so one of us must be wrong and/or losing it. A Google search doesn’t throw up any UK supplier or price, either.
Anyway – a very nice ‘luncheon burgundy’, not that the phrase is ever used. Brownish rim, faint pinot nose, not complex, a bit austere with some tannin but the wine does draw you in and you look forward to taking another sip.
The manzanilla (widely available, about £9) was a disappointment. I’ve visited Sanlucar – home of the wine – several times and have some wonderful memories of great manza, especially from Osborne. This was very simple, initially sweet but that faded. None of the characteristic salt hint you expect. Just a generic fino really. Sanitised for the English market? Or not fresh enough? Who knows?
The Chirel has been blogged on before and just keeps getting better. It was still drinking very well 6 days on, under a Vacuvin seal. Rich, savoury, classic ‘old Rioja’ nose, terrific wine. Think it was about £20, from MWW and, as such, a bargain.