Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Finally last night, after the Riesling and prawns followed by the Claret and chops, we had a bottle of Cune Rioja Reserva 2004. This had so many things going for it; I think the standard bottling (as opposed to a prestige cuve) Reserva is the benchmark for Rioja Producers and Cune are a straight-ahead classic producer and 2004 was a terrific vintage. Coming up to six years old it's just about old enough if decanted for a bit and it didn't disappoint. What a lovely thing a decent bottle of reserva is! It had just what you would expect; the sweet cedar smell from the American oak, lashings of Tempranillo fruit, some decent developing complexity, good length and a refreshing finish. I find a good quality but not over-the-top Rioja makes a great partner for hard cheese and as such, I often use it as the second red of the evening. This one is drinking well now but will probably improve for another year or so and stay at its best for several years after that. I'm glad I have a case.
After the Albert Mann Riesling with spicy prawns (see previous post) last night, we had a bottle of Puygueraud Côtes de Francs 2003, which came from the Wine Society. Heat wave or not, what a lovely year for early-drinking sound quality claret. All the recent 2003s I've had have been delicious and I would recommend getting hold of the lesser Bordeaux appellations of that year for immediate drinking. Last night's Puygueraud was coming along nicely, with the classic blackcurrant and cassis smells and flavours you would expect, but overlaid with some developing complexity and a lick of well-handled oak. Plenty of stuffing and quite yummy with our BBQ'd lamb chops. Mmm.