Gargantua. 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
Had this with Lesley, Liz and Brian to accompany a Bombay Pantry Special on our return from Portrush following the excellent Barranore Merger fest at the weekend.
Surprisingly good. Dull colour but nice aroma and flavour of vanilla, good fruit, dry with nice aftertaste.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, amongst others – so the label claims.
I suspect an exclusive to Dunnes where I spotted it on the shelf in Cornelscourt and was enticed by the Irish Pedigree.
According to wikipedia: “Chateau Batailley and Chateau Haut-Batailley were part of the same property until they were split in 1942. Since that time, Chateau Batailley belonged to the Borie Brothers company and then solely to Mr. Marcel Borie. After the death of Mr. Borie in 1961, his son-in-law, Mr. Emile Casteja managed the estate until his son Philippe Casteja took over. Philippe Casteja is the current manager”.
Which explains the Emile Casteja signature / pedigree. Dunnes – €12.