Chateau Ballan-Larquette, 2014, Vignobles Chaigne et Fils

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.


Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac, 1994

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.

img 1176

img 1176

Negotino, 2011, puklavec & friends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Grapes from Negotino in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and bottled in Slovenia.

High alcohol (14%), this was a nice find in the potluck sale. 

One to watch, though they need a label designer – there is a competency in creating a nice wine here.

The Stump Jump, d’Avenberg, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, McLaren Vale

Would I have bought this off the shelf? Probably not but I’m glad it came in the wineonline Pot Luck sale.
Earthy Cab Sav, lots of fruit, dry finish.

Nice philosophy, if you can read the label after a glass then you can have another glass. Named after a plough.

Cono Sur, Reserva Especial, 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon

I liked this, big refined Cab Sav from Chile.

Winery Fact sheet: