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 November 2013 

 20/11/2013

Presenter: 

PDFAlastair Stewart, Richard Granger Wines

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Domaine des Entrefaux 2011 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£19.38
13%. A mineral nose, clean, sweet fruit, delicate with good length. In the glass it softened and became honeyed. Bottle variation, the second was slightly oxidised with richer flavours and a quite enjoyable viscous aspect.
2. Domaine de la Charbonnière 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£25.20
14%. A fresh nose with mild floral aromas and a little honeysuckle. On the palate there was clean acidity, concentrated fruit, a textured, almost tannic structure and finishing with a mild herbal bitterness.
3. Domaine Louis Chèze “Ro-Rée” 2010 St. Joseph Blanc 
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£25.80
14%. A sweet, spicy nose with a dairy aspect. It was very enjoyable on the palate, buttery with some baked pineapple and a long finish.
4. Domaine la Soumade 2011 Côtes-du-Rhône
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£11.34
14.5%. A youthful wine with a dark, smoky nose that (over) promises much. A good attack on the palate starts to deliver but the structure and flavour falls off rather dramatically into a bitter end. Modern style.
5. Domaine Roger Sabon “Chapelle de Maillac” 2011 Lirac
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£15.28
15%. Rich and dark with smoky, earthy aspects and a vegetal/animal component. It had a much more aged look than the vintage suggested.
6. Domaine des Entrefaux 2010 Crozes-Hermitage
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£19.02
12.5%. A bacon aspect on the nose with sweet, dark-berry fruit, somewhat austere at the end with big flavours that hadn’t settled down. Chocolate/coffee tannins came out as it sat in the glass. This was a lovely wine that needs some more bottle age to fully develop.
7. Domaine Louis Chèze “Ro-Rée” 2010 St. Joseph
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£20.88
13%. Smelled of sweet fruit, but also more mature than the Crozes with some raisin - a hint of a “Farmyard nose”. An approachable, softer, balanced wine with a good tannic structure and red fruit.
8. Domaine de la Charbonnière 2006 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Rhône, France
Richard Granger Wines
£32.34
15%. A sour aspect on the nose, minty heading towards savoury. It was a restrained style; smooth and soft on the palate with tannins at the edges, not too aggressive, and with some coffee on the finish.
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