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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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

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

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

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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Chateau Millegrand 2011 Minervois Languedoc

Millegrand F (Custom)

€11 in Dunnes. This wine is always reliable & enjoyable.

A blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre according to the label.

Opaque in the glass – almost squid Ink coloured. Oak aged, good legs, vanilla nose with lots of fruit and lovely aftertaste.

You can read more about the Chateau Millegrand which used to be part of the Bishop of Carcassonne’s Estate, here. and is part of the BonFils “empire”.

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Ortas Cotes du Rhone 2011 Reserve

Ortas CduR 2011 F (Custom)
I’m not qute sure what to say about this; it looks the part but was just ok.

Fruity and dry, a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Carignan

Produced by Cave de Rasteau who are trying to convert their member winemakers to sustainable & organic viniculture.

An O’Briens exclusive.

Ortas CduR 2011 (Custom)

Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2009. Miguel Torres. Catalunya

Gran Sangre de Toro 1 (Custom)

I am a big fan of Miguel Torres and his wines and regularly buy Vina Sol and the Coronas table wines.

His Chilean Santa Digna offerings are pretty good too.

So I was a bit disappointed with this Reserva which I found in Dunnes and served at a dinner party.

Deep berry colour, fruity with a slight hint of spice but just didn’t have the complexity going the extra distance for a grand reserve.

60% Grenache with 25% Carignan (Mazuelo) and 15% Syrah

Dunnes: on offer at €12:20

2nd bottle served showed signs of slight oxidation so perhaps it’s approaching / passing its drink by.

Gran Sangre de Toro (Custom)