Wine blog

My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.

Denbies Hampshire English Sparkling Brut 2015 St Julien 2002, Château Pichon Longueville

The wines we enjoyed this weekend:
Denbies Hampshire English Sparkling Brut 2015
St Julien 2002, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalonde, 33250 Pauillac
Terrazza d’Isula, Niellucciu Merlot 2017, Île de Beauté IGP (Corsica)

Read more: English Sparkling at sunset then Fine French Claret with dinner

2004 Saint Julien with roast pheasnt

Enjoying roast pheasant with this Grand vin de Bordeaux (Saint Julien AOC, Médoc). Here are my tasting notes.

Read more: 2004 Saint Julien - Grand vin de Bordeaux

Bleu de Queyras with Vin des Hautes Alpes IGP

Tasting the Vin des Hautes Alpes IGP wine in the thin air at more than 1600 m. in a mountain hotel in Cervières on the road to the Col d’Izoard, this is immediately a soft red wine for the mountains. A distinctive and slightly peppery taste reminiscent of the Swiss Valais or the new Austrian reds, this one is more tangy than a Mondeuse from Savoie. No great after-taste or bouquet but a refreshing and slightly tangy swig, standing up well to the locally-sourced soupe des ortilles, ie nettles. It tasted best with the local cheeses, Bleu de Queyras lightly scented with parsley and a soft goats cheese laden with fresh herbs.

Read more: Bleu de Queyras with Vin des Hautes Alpes IGP

Wild pigeon with Chateau Maurac, 2005

Chateau Maurac, 2005, a Cru Bourgeois from St. Seurin de Cadbourne, Haut-Médoc AOC, in Terry’s garden in Preston Park, Brighton to accompany wild pigeon he cooked for us pot-au-feu in a sauce made from myrtilles from Corsica, on a bed of celeriac with green vegetables. The redcurrant flavours of the fine claret complementing the myrtilles from the high mountains and the richness of the meat.
Still more than 25° even as the sun sets and so a fine ending to our August Bank Holiday weekend.

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

Marca Ora Valdobbiadene Prosecco

Comparing two widely-available Prosecco wines under the Tuscan sunshine with our midday salads.

Read more: Prosecco Superiore or Prosecco Frizzante?