Wine blog

My tasting notes of fine wines I have enjoyed.

Mondeuse 2022 Domaine du Vieux Pressoir (Savoie)

Single domaine red wine from Savoie, another personal import from my trips to Haute-Savoie in June. There are two Domaine du Vieux Pressoir, this the Savoie one gets good listings for its white wines. Their Mondeuse 2022 showed a fine cherry red colour but unfortunately the wine in our bottle had gone off, tasting sour and looking cloudy. The plastic cork had looked intact and the bottles of other wines I’d carried back from this trip have been good so I hadn’t kept it badly. This doesn’t happen as often as it used to as vinification methods have improved even with the small producers, but it’s always disappointing.

We continued our apéro (strolghino with olives) and then smoked haddock paté salad with a bottle of screw-top Beaujolais Supérieur from a UK supermarket.

Château de Ripaille (Savoie) with Rainbow trout

Classic Vin de Savoie, a personal import and souvenir from my recent trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Château de Ripaille is located on the southern shore of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) at Thonon-les-Bains, not far from Evian-les-Bains, famous for the bottled water.

Read more: Château de Ripaille (Savoie) with Cumbrian rainbow trout

Ch. Puy-Blanquet 2001 & Ch. Peyraud 2000

Ch. Puy-Blanquet 2001 & Ch. Peyraud 2000

Two chateau-bottled clarets from the early years of this millennium but tasting quite different. Here are our notes from enjoying them both.

Read more: Ch. Puy-Blanquet 2001 & Ch. Peyraud 2000 at Easter 2023

Abymes 2021 (Terroirs de Jean Perrier) & Château Beau-Site 2005

Two wines we’ve enjoyed this weekend along with Terry’s excellent cooking.

Read more: Abymes 2021 & Château Beau-Site 2005 in Mar 2023

Brunello di Montalcino and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

One of Italy’s finest wines, and one of the few Italian wines which improves with cellaring beyond a couple of years. Our bottle of Brunello di Montalcino 2012 from prestigious producer Poggio Landi is now ten years old and ready to drink in the evening cool after this weekend’s summer heat.

Read more: Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. (Poggio Landi) 2012