Mas Belles Eaux, Rose, Pays d’oc, 2013

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Mas Belles Eaux is a sister vineyard to Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. It is owned by French insurance company AXA and was run by Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages – makers of our other current favourite Rose L’Ostal Cazes – for a while.

And this doesn’t disappoint, recommended by the Assistant Manager in O’Briens Sandymount.

Well constructed, pink tint with delicate berry nose and very smooth dry moreish taste. Delicious.

We all enjoyed this celebrating Ian’s Birthday on a humid and wet summer Sunday.

Summer Rose offer: Buy one Get One half price @ €14.49

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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

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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

Domaine de Mont-Auriol Viognier 2011 Cotes de Thongue

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Dark, almost boudoir-ish, I loved the burnt orange colour of the chairs in the new Marcels (formerly The Espresso Bar) on Mary’s Road where I met Olly for lunch.

We both had the same order: the Four types of Tomato and Goats Cheese starter was delicious; the Cod was good though I found the sauce quite rich. The chips – additional cost – were workmanlike. This Viognier, a tad expensive @ E28 was very palatable, not quite as rich as the Mussel Veloute, but very tasty and not just because of the good company. Slightly oily mouthfeel, taste of peaches, nice floral nose.

I wasn’t able to find much on the producer other than it was once a Royal estate.

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Chateau Millegrand 2011 Minervois Languedoc

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€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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