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 March 2013 

 20/03/2013

Presenter: 

PDFPaul Raven (1), David Whitaker (2), Karl Laczko (3&7), Geoff Cullen (4&8), Harry Rose (5), Fred Bell (6).

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Cloudy Bay 2007 Wairau Valley Riesling
Marlborough, New Zealand
Majestic
£24
13%. An oily, waxy character that sat well with the room, and a sharp acidity that balanced the residual sugar in the wine, even though it remained noticeable on the tooth enamel.
2. Château L'Arrivet Haut Brion 2010 Pessac Leognan
Bordeaux, France
n/k
£22
14%. Floral on the nose there was a sweetness to the palate and some simple tangerine flavours, finishing a little austere. Acidity was lacking.
3. Château Musar 2001 Blanc
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Duty Free
£12.50
12.5%. A perfumed and clearly oxidative nose, some baked apple. Quite fresh on the palate at the start though went a little dry and dusty in the middle before a creamy finish. Comparisons to old-style White Rioja were made.
4. Clos du Val 2010 Napa Valley Zinfandel
California, USA
n/k
£22
14%. Polish and white pepper on the nose with a stalky aspect on the palate, slightly green tannins and a raw oak flavour which suggests it’s a little young. The alcohol is unobtrusive and, after a while in the glass, a cranberry fruit nose developed.
5. Comenge 2008
Ribero del Duero, Spain
The Wine Chambers
£19
14%. A charcoal grilled meat and Chinese spice nose with a savoury, meaty flavour and clean acidity. This was a well balanced wine with a serious flavour profile, “lean and mean” to some, “soft and spicy” to others, again hiding its 14% alcohol well.
6. Domaine of the Bee 2008 Côtes Catalanes
Roussillon, France
Laithewaites
£21
15%. A roasted onion nose and the theme continued with roasted sage and rosemary on the palate. There was a rich, Port-like aspect with ripe tannins and an ash-dry finish.
7. Château Musar 1999 Rouge
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Richard Granger
£25.85
14%. A smooth, soft wine with tobacco leaf and a slight strawberry bon-bon component.
8. Domain Huet 2003 Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux
Loire, France
Cellar Door
£18
12%. Honeyed, spiced apple nose, sweet at the front going into a creamy mid-palate which fills out into honey and caramel, finishing with a subtle hint of fudge and caramelised apples.
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