​Les Mougiuels, Picpoul de Pinet / Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso

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.

Mas Belles Eaux, Rose, Pays d’oc, 2013

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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

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Monastier Grenache Rose 2013

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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.

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Pic Saint Loup, Gerard Bertrand, Grand Terroir, 2011

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John brought this to dinner, a very mellow, fresh tasting blackberry fruity wine named after a mountain near Montpelier in Languedoc.

Gerard Bertrand, wine notes here, owns 6 wineries in the Languedoc (including Chateau l’Hospitalet / Maison Bertrand) and was once Captain of Stade Francais.

http://www.nj.com/homegarden/entertaining/index.ssf/2012/08/bertrand.html

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/gerard-bertrand-the-man-the-wines/

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