A heavyweight from the South of France.
Big, austere dry fruity mouthfeel, definitely for lovers of raw red meats.
From the wholesalers website “Top quality Languedoc winery owned by Château Pichon-Longueville in Bordeaux. With an explosion of red fruits, peppery spices and wild herbs on the nose that follow through to the smooth and full-bodied palate.”
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.
Another bauble from the wineonline.ie bin end case.
The Ink dark colour would suggest a mouthbuster hit but delivery is quite reserved. A light, slighty gritty, fruity cloying taste. Not unpleasant and perhaps more Merlot than Syrah in the blend. Good party wine.
Mas Belles Eaux is a sister vineyard to Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. It is owned by French insurance company AXA and was run by Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages – makers of our other current favourite Rose L’Ostal Cazes – for a while.
And this doesn’t disappoint, recommended by the Assistant Manager in O’Briens Sandymount.
Well constructed, pink tint with delicate berry nose and very smooth dry moreish taste. Delicious.
We all enjoyed this celebrating Ian’s Birthday on a humid and wet summer Sunday.
Summer Rose offer: Buy one Get One half price @ €14.49
€9.99 from €13.99 in O’Briens.
A solid offering from Gerard Bertrand.
Served to Ross and Amyj for Dinner
Not quite the bang of a Doff & Irion, nor a Hugel, Gewurtztraminer but this offering by the prolific Bertrand from the pay d’oc is a good attenpt to mimic a classic.
Fresh and crisp with delicate floral notes, ideal for a warm summer’s evening.
Dunnes. Served to Amy & Ross at Dinner
The Burns family came to Saturday Brunch; Robbie, Nathalie, new bonny baby Becky and young James together with Nathalie’s Mum, Jannie.
This was the wine offering that hit the spot for the afternoon. Pleasant easy drinking: Whiff of Raspberry, fresh mouthfeel with decent fruits
This came from the Dunnes Summer Offer Shelf @ €8.50.
Great to see all the family on Nathalie’s annual visit and Lesley loved having the infant in the house.