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 February 2012



Vinexpo 2013 Press ReleaseGeoff Cullen


Region / Country
1. Domaine François Chidaine 2009 Le Clos du Breuil, Montlouis (Chenin Blanc)
Loire Valley
£14.00 13.5%. Floral, honeyed richness on the nose. Clean acidity at the front of the palate (maybe too much) with a sharp minerality. Honeyed fruit on the mid-palate with a strong, warming finish.
2. Maison Léon Beyer 2005 Comtes d'Eguisheim, Pinot Gris Alsace Winery £23.00 14%. Rich golden colour with a deep floral nose. Bitter attack which drops off quickly on the mid-palate into a warming finish. Grapefruit bitterness underlying the taste.
3. Domaine de la Janasse 2010 Viognier (IGP Principaute d'Orane) Rhône Winery £11.00 14%. Sweet peach and tangerine nose. A sweet bitterness of orange oil and waxy stone-fruit underneath. Well balanced, dry and complex with a warming finish.
4. Château la Voulte-Gasparets 2008 Cuvée Roman Pauc Corbieres-Boutenac(Carignan Blend) Languedoc
Winery £18.00 14%. Dark colour but clearly young. Sweet ripe fruit on the nose, a touch sour. Dry, desiccating tannins with muted fruit on the taste. Base textures in the mouth - a rough-edged youngster.
5. Domaine Les Amouriers 2010 Vacqueyras Cuvée Signature (Grenache-Syrah)
Rhône Winery £9.00 15%. A delicate nose, some violets, with a dry, peppery taste and firm tannins. A young and simple wine, very easy drinking but uncomplicated.
6. Domaine les Goubert 2004 Cuvée Florence Gigondas (Grenache) Rhône Winery £23.00 14.5%. Questions on its lifespan, but drinking beautifully. Initial rose petals turn cabbagey with some dark plum or damson. A light menthol aspect to the wine with smooth fruit backed up by a firm tannic structure and complex secondary flavours on the finish.
7. Domaine de la Janasse 2009 Cuvée Chaupin Chateauneuf du Pape (Grenache)
Rhône Winery £45.00 15.5%. Amazingly complex with the classic smoothness and sweetness of Grenache raised to another level. Fresh and light with a minty sweet aspect, creamy texture throughout and soft tannins (maybe too soft for such a young wine).
8. Domaine Huet 2009 Le Mont Première Trie Moelleux(Chenin Blanc)
Loire Valley Winery £30.00 12.5%. Surprisingly acidic which balances the high residual sugar. A spicy tickle on the nose, candied sweet fruit with some caramel and honey. Sweet but with a strong acid backbone - clean and refreshing. Good value for a 75cl bottle.

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