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.
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.
Grenache, Languedoc, Mourvèdre, Syrah
2011, Gerard Bertrand, Grand Terroir, Grenache, Languedoc, Mourvedre, Pic Saint Loup, Syrah
May · 29
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
Carignan, Corbieres, Grenache
2010, Carignan, Corbieres, Grand Vin du Languedoc, Grenache, Hautes Terres, Languedoc, Laurent Miquel, Les Auzines, Syrah
Mar · 14
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
Carignan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cinsaut, France, Grenache, Syrah
2011, Carignan, Cellier des Dauphins, Cinsault, Cotes de Rhone, Dunnes, Gargantua, Grenache, L'Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone, Syrah
Sep · 19
€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”.
Carignan, France, Grenache, Languedoc-Roussillon, Minervois, Mourvèdre, Syrah
2011, Carcassonne, Carignan, Chateau Millegrand, Dunnes, Grenache, Languedoc, Minervois, Mourvedre, Syrah
Sep · 15
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
Cave de Rasteau who are trying to convert their member winemakers to sustainable & organic viniculture.
An O’Briens exclusive.
Carignan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Cinsaut, France, Grenache
2011, Carignan, Cave de Rasteau, Cinsault, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, O'Briens, Ortas, Reserve
Sep · 14
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.
Carignan, Cataluyna, Grenache, Spain, Syrah
2009, Carignan, Catalunya, Gran Sangre de Toro, Grenache, Mazuelo, Miguel Torres, Reserva, Santa Digna, Syrah
Sep · 04
A very refined Chateauneuf du Pape from Jean Claude Fromont and this looks like a Tesco exclusive.
Slightly rusty colour in the glass, nice nose – hints of Chocolate.
Soft mouthfeel with good fruit complimenting the Lamb Chops.
A lovely blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan.
The new mansion of the Pope is an under-rated style of wine.
Carignan, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
2011, Carignan, Chateauneuf du Pape, Grenache, Jean Claude Fromont, Mourvedre, Palais, Rhone, Saint Vigni, Syrah, Tesco
Aug · 22
This one is from Tesco @ €8, a product of the world’s largest wine exporter.
A robust bright pink Rose featuring a blend of grapes from Languedoc-Roussillon.
Good match with any BBQ.
Don’t be put off by the bendy neck and dimple in the side of the bottle, this is competent table wine.
Domaine Alary Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages 2011
This is a big earthy wine from the village of Cairanne and the house of Denis Alary, whom Parker labels a Star of the area.
A blend of Grenache, Syrah & Carignan, it was every bit as good as a more ‘upmarket’ Hermitage.
Massive fruit, thick dark purple colour, smooth taste.
We served this to the Collets at Dinner, and Sean and I both enjoyed it.
Carignan, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France, Grenache
2011, Cairanne, Côtes du Rhône AOC, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC, Domaine Denis Alary, drinkstore.ie, France, Grenache, Hermitage AOC, Robert Parker, Syrah, Wine
Jul · 23