|Region / Country
François Chidaine 2009 Le Clos du Breuil,
Montlouis (Chenin Blanc)
||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.
Léon Beyer 2005 Comtes d'Eguisheim, Pinot
||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
||14%. Sweet peach and tangerine nose. A sweet
bitterness of orange oil and waxy stone-fruit
underneath. Well balanced, dry and complex with a
la Voulte-Gasparets 2008 Cuvée Roman Pauc
||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.
Les Amouriers 2010 Vacqueyras Cuvée
||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
||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
||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).
Huet 2009 Le Mont Première Trie
||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.