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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Ortas Cotes du Rhone 2011 Reserve

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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)

Il Padrino Nero D’Avola 2012

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Grapes from Sicily but bottled in Piedmont.

Akin to eating an Irish Cheese which is ‘made’ and packed in England by Tesco from Irish Dairy produce. Perhaps.

Fruity. Dry.

The O’Briens guff stated this was like a Shiraz but I’m afraid I wasn’t hugely impressed – a rather poor single sided version of a Nero D’Avola.

Perhaps I didn’t chambre it properly or maybe it needed decanting into a Carafe.

€9.99 O’Briens

Cantine di Priocca in Piedmont owned by MGN Mondo del Vino – who claim to be the 15th biggest Italian wine exporter


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H de L’Hospitalet 2012 Sauvignon Maison Bertrand

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From O’Briens. We offered this to Joanne, Vincent, Leanore & Barry at our pre-wedding dinner party.

This is a solid and acceptable Sav Blanc.

Pale colour in the glass.

Very quaffable, almost Ronseal quality and was worthy of more reseach.

Their website states: “Rounded and fruity, this range of varietals typically reflects the Languedoc terroir and the Art de Vivre which Château l’Hospitalet embodies”

From O’Briens @ 9.99, from €13.99

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