Pierre Amadieu, Gigondas, Romane Machotte, 2012, Whelehans

Powerful, Smooth, Hedge Berries and Vanilla – Gigondas – enjoyed with John and complimented by the Cheese Board.

€23.93 in Whelehans expertly poured with a corkage charge of €5


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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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


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.



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