Passo Antico, Isola dei Nuraghi, 2014

 

Dad brought this for his 80th Birthday Lunch and we got to try it later. “Old Steps” from the Island of the Nuraghi (the tower symbol of Sardinia) a solid dry Red from Sardinia.

“Old Vines Cultivated & Harvested with Passion” – Bottled in Bardolino?

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

Les Auzines 140314

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

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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

Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Cotes de Roussillon Villages, M. Charpoutier, 2009

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Really classy wine.

Michel Chapoutier was the first producer to braille his labels which shows an intense attention to detail.

This was a wonderful find and at €7 from Laura’s Wine Club, half Retail Price.

A big wine and strong at 14.5%. Maker’s tasting notes here

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Gargantua Cotes du Rhone 2011 L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone

20130927-225021.jpgGargantua. Quite. I risked this in Dunnes, the hungry cherub Giant is a nice touch but they say never to judge a book by its cover which in this case I should have. Not all bad but quite a raw blunt delivery of alcohol, I felt.

L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone is a brand of Cellier des Dauphins, a co-op of 13 producers. Maybe they didn’t want to put their name to this rough and ready product. Disappointing because I quite liked their Cru des Cotes du Rhone offering.

A stated blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

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