Friday, 12 November 2010

Grand Vin Les Verdots 2000

On my recent trip to the Dordogne I found an amazing small Cave cum Deli in the market town of Ribérac. They had loads of older vintages that should have been selling at a premium but were stuck at the same price they would have been when they first came into the shop.  I love finding places like that and needless to say I bought a pile of wine.

Anyway, one of the gems I found there was

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Gris 'Fondation 1854' 2002 Vieilles Vignes

Following on from my post a couple of days ago about Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio, I'm delighted to write up the tasting note for a bottle of Alsace Pinot Gris I had the other night with some pre-supper snacks.  This just shows how amazing the variety can be when on the ideal soil, in the perfect climate and in the best of hands...

I was eating some Tomme and a few slices of Ventricina whilst supping this magnificent wine.  It was so long that I could clearly taste it in my mouth a good two minutes after my last sip.  In fact, a further two minutes past and I could STILL taste it just as strongly as when it was in my mouth.  Wow, that's super long!  Fresh lemon flavours, some complex minerality and decently crisp acidity for a Pinot Gris.  With eight years bottle age it was wonderfully rounded, the honeyed flavours laced with discrete spice; very full and yet still extremely elegant.  Regal!

A truly excellent wine from one of Alsace's leading houses.
Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Gris 'Fondation 1854' 2002 Vieilles Vignes
Bought from the producer in June 2009 for €22.50

Monday, 8 November 2010

Gris or Grigio?

I was asked the other day what the difference is between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.  A good question.  The Pinot family has quite a few members, principally Pinot NoirPinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, or Pinot Black, Pinot Grey and Pinot White if you will.  In English speaking Countries we generally take the French name for a variety over say the Italian, Spanish or German.  So for example we're more aware of Mourvèdre (fr) than Monastrell (sp), we encounter Grenache (fr) more often than