Chateau de Caraguilhes, Corbieres, 2015

A dinner party bring. A fruity, meaty mouthful from the South East.

Thick, plum purple, good legs, black berry nose, good mouthfeel, big fruit Blackberry bang on the tongue, dry finish.
14%. A blend of Syrah 60%, Grenache Noir 15% and 25% Carignan.


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


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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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.


l’Ostal Cazes Rose 2013


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