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 July 2013 



PDFJennifer Batchelor and Suzanne Wright

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Domaine Huet 2007 Vouvray Pétillant
Loire, France
The Wine Society
13%. Simple on the nose and fizzy in the glass. There was a dry, biscuity aspect with baked apples and an earthy finish. Light froth on the palate and herbal dryness at the end.
2. Nicolas Joly (Château de la Roche aux Moines) 2003 Savennières
Loire, France
Cellar Door £52.50* 14.3%. Brilliant golden colour and a nose of unsweetened marzipan, with dill also picked up. There’s an oxidative style, but it’s enjoyable. Textured mouthfeel with a dry bitterness.
3. (Josmeyer) Exhibition 2011 Riesling
Alsace, France The Wine Society £11.95 13%. Clear in colour this was almost soft with lightly tropical fruit, very restrained, very New World.
4. Millton "Crazy by Nature" 2010 Shotberry Chardonnay Gisborne, New Zealand
£14 13%. Matchstick/mineral nose and quite soft and creamy on the attack, dulling the palate a little. Buttery with a little crème-caramel on a long mid-palate, it had a comparatively short finish.
5. Matsu 2010 El Recio
Toro, Spain
£15.99 14.5%. Lovely and dark in the glass with a rich, fruity nose – smoke and oak. Young fruit with a good balance of tannin and alcohol. Very extracted, the tannins become more apparent on subsequent sips.
6. M. Chapoutier Les Meysonniers 2009 Crozes Hermitage
Rhône, France
Cellar Door
13%. A light, savoury nose with a hint of mulch. Sweet approach and very soft on the palate, with a little bite at the edges. Minty, fresh and quite elegant, it got drier on retasting.
7. Koyle 2011 Carmenere Reserva
Colchagua, Chile
The Wine Society
14%. Concentrated cassis nose with some meat extract. Rich fruit palate, quite smooth & gentle. Not overly complex but balanced with moderate tannins and a lightly bitter finish.
8. Erbaluna 2008 La Morra Barolo
Piedmont, Italy
15%. Garnet red with a lovely tobacco and liquorice nose. A deceptively smooth approach before the desiccating tannins move in quickly and remain all the way through to the end. The palate is long with deep fruit flavours underneath, concentrated and complex. This was a monumental wine in terms of structure, beautiful and sophisticated with a long life ahead of it.
9. Grande Maison 2008 Cuvee des Anges Monbazillac
South West France
13%. A bready nose which carries through to the palate, delicate sweetness with white peach, a lot lighter than expected.

* Retail price if purchasing now. Originally bought for approx €19 ex-cellar.

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