John, David and I had a first visit for food to Fern & Co post-Golf (congratulations Dave!). The layout is the same as the previous Wild Boar entity with the Decor ‘Mahoganied’ up in the Bar and Restaurant. Fern have recently changed the menu and made the pricing more accessible. Not a bad meal.
Les Mouginels, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2015
The white: very light, floral
– acceptable but lacking any depth though washed down my tasty Asparagus and Broad Beans, followed by the Sea Bass.
Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Cantina Valpantena, 2014
Cherries & Chocolate with a spicy sweet finish. A competent yet expensive Ripasso @ €38 from Cantina Valpantena in the Veneto.
[categories France, Beaujolais]
Wolf’s hill demense?
This more than workmanlike product is from Beaujolais and a reliable dinner party stalwart.
Inky colour, full bodied for its origin.
Super wine from Laura’s stock
For the money, an outstanding value claret that sends some of the famed / named houses to Coventry.
Pantone 209 with good legs in the glass, warm nose, wonderful dry mouthfeel, silky firm tannins, lovely aftertaste. Always a pleasure to imbibe a Chaignes creation.
A fruity flavoursome, lots of lush redcurrants in a firmish body. Rich colour.
Nice write up on Arnaud here: http://www.bbr.com/producer-1198-domaine-arnaud-ente
The 2014 was the first encounter with this red from Samur and the Filliatreaus don’t disappoint with the 2015 vintage. Open fruit, smooth yet earthy – you can taste the throbbing heat from the Summer sun.
Punchy spicy belt from this, lots of Cherry fruit, plum colour. A nice find. From Laura’s stock.
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Some Wild Geese for Dad’s Birthday.
Perhaps a bit over the hill, not quite vintage Lynch-Bages.
It was a bit thin with a rusty colour around the edges.
Nonetheless, a nice nose and you could taste the remnants of a more complex or fuller texture.