La Source Chateau Vignelaure Rose 2014, Privat Cava 2015, Lunch at Ballymaloe

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Richard, Marcie, Amy, Ross & Amber joined Lesley and I for lunch at Ballymaloe. No Prosecco but this was a deliciously subtle alternative, tasting of freshly plucked Peaches.

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http://www.altaalella.cat/en/privat-reserva/

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It took a bit of convincing but we finally agreed on a Rose and this one shone on the list. No longer an Irish owned Vineyard, but still as good as ever. Crisp, fresh and good company to the excellent table d’hote at Ballymaloe.

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A nice touch.

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l’Ostal Cazes Rose 2013

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We raved about the 2012 vintage – so much so it sold out – and guess what, the 2013 Vintage doesn’t disappoint either.

Perfect for a long afternoon in the sun or shade, this is summer sipping at it’s best. A bright translucent colour reveals a delicate, refreshing floral palate, whiff of an HB Brunch and lovely swallow.

Grenache, Syrah, Shiraz blend.

Dear in O’Briens at €14.99 a bottle. We got this on a buy one, get one half price deal,  so €11.25 a bottle. Sold out again I believe.

Hobby Horse Footnote: L’Ostal Cazes, like many other big producers must have considered investing in a Stelcap line so it was good to see that they have a proper cork closure – below – from DIAM, guaranteed free of TCA, an investment in good wine tradition; ceremony, presentation and standards. Rant over.

 

Cork from l'Ostal Cazes

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Les Auzines “Hautes Terres” Grand vin du Languedoc, 2010, Corbieres

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Reduces to €11:99 from €14:49 in O’Briens

Laurent Miguel is producing some good stuff and this price point is moving him up the food chain.

A lovely chunky Oaked Blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah from the Highlands.

Buy on offer.

Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf