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August / September

At the time of writing I have been basking in some of the hottest days on record and I hope that the wines I have selected will be suitable for August and September regardless of the temperature.  This got me thinking, so in this month's article I have decided to make the case for Bordeaux.

 

At the time of writing I have been basking in some of the hottest days on record and I hope that the wines I have selected will be suitable for August and September regardless of the temperature.  This got me thinking, so in this month's article I have decided to make the case for Bordeaux.

 

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Hopefully you enjoyed June's Spanish case. We have received plenty of great comments about the wines, so much so that a few of them will become regular stock lines from now on.

So what have we got for this month?  Mary has found a cracking Madiran from our friends at Plaimont in Gascony and I am suggesting you try a really interesting pair of wines from Bordeaux and the Southern Rhône, which Alan enjoyed at a recent tasting. I have to confess that Bordeaux is an area that I often overlook when buying wines for personal consumption. Chris reined me in from selecting all French wines for the summer case so we also have a pair of wines from Chile.

As we look to the autumn we have some dates we would like you to save in the diary, including the 8th October for our Autumn portfolio tasting to be held at the Galleries of Justice. 

Thanks again for your ongoing support but please remember, this is your wine club and any comments and feedback you could let me have is always appreciated.

Have a great summer and happy tasting!

  

Philip Trease

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  1. Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves

    Château Rahoul Blanc, Graves, 2015 75cl

    A fantastic blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc the nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of grapefruit, pear and a touch of fennel for added complexity. The palate has pleasing depth of fruit with citrus and pear being particularly prominent and even some vanilla notes which are most likely a product of fermentation taking place in oak.

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  2. Château Rahoul, Graves

    Château Rahoul, Graves, 2011 75cl

    An interesting nose of red fruit, dark cherries and smoke is joined by leather and black fruit on the palate. The tannins are still quite supple and may benefit from a couple of years further ageing.

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  3. Château Val Joanis Blanc, Côtes du Lubéron

    Château Val Joanis Blanc, Côtes du Lubéron, 2014 75cl

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    This excellent example of a Southern Rhone blend contains traditional varieties Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, and Ugni Blanc. The nose is quite floral with notes of peach. The palate is fresh and clean with a pear like character.

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  4. Gavi, del Commune Manfredi

    Gavi, Ca'Solare, 2016 75cl

    Classic example of what the Cortese Grape can do in Gavi. Lots of fresh apple and citrus fruit flavour tempered by generous minerality and a crisp finish.

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  5. Mitchell Riesling, Watervale Clare Valley

    Mitchell Riesling, Watervale Clare Valley, 2014 75cl

    Best Riesling, White Wine and Wine of the year in the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide.

    A crisp and fruity example of a young wine that will mature into a softer and more mellow wine. The Australian winemakers have added weight to this European grape variety.

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  6. Mitchell McNicol Shiraz, Clare Valley, 2004

    Mitchell McNicol Shiraz, Clare Valley, 2006 75cl

    Full-bodied, showing the level of development one would expect, the flavours moving into an earthy, secondary spectrum, supported by savoury tannins.

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  7. Los Coches Viognier, Central Valley, 2014

    Los Coches Viognier, Central Valley, 2016 75cl

    Soft, pale straw in colour this wine has an intensely floral nose with hints of ripe peach. Full and rounded on the palate ending with a long honey like finish.

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  8. Los Coches Carmènere, Rapel Valley, 2014

    Los Coches Carmènere, Rapel Valley, 2015 75cl

    A wonderful ruby red colour with aromas of plums and cherries with subtle hints of spice, chocolate and coffee. Soft and well rounded on the palate with good depth of flavour.

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  9. Wave Rider Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Wave Rider Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016 75cl

    This is a great example of Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Marlborough. Packed full of zesty tropical fruit balanced with a lemon and passion-fruit finish, this wine is well balanced and very easy drinking.

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