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Château d’Or et de Gueules Syrah ‘Charlotte’ organic
More like a Côte Rôtie than a Syrah from the southern Rhône. Unoaked.Shiraz/SyrahBig & Robust RedsFrance2015750 ml13-13.5%
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Chateau Lamothe-Vincent Bordeaux Superieur Heritage Red
The classic Bordeaux blend, of course, is Cabernet/Merlot, and here we have a classic indeed, but with 80% Merlot. Very St-Emilion-esque! Multiple-Gold-Medal winner, this “Heritage” cuvee has been aged in French oak barrels for 12 months and is quite simply as typical a claret as you could wish for at a very affordable price. Drink now to 2024.
MerlotBig & Robust RedsFrance2016750 ml14%+
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Château d’Or et de Gueules “Mon fut c’est du poulet?”
Diane’s husband, Matthieu, demonstrates both his fine winemaking skills as well as his sense of humour with this wine. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin;
Matthieu devised a special cuvee, just one barrel, to mark the birth of his baby five years ago. Whist he was away on business one day, Diane unwittingly blended the barrel together with others destined to be the Trassegum Red final blend.
“Your’e kidding me?!!” said Matthieu on learning his barrel was gone. Translated from “Mon cul, c’est du poulet?” in French. In order not to offend sensitivities he replaced the vulgar “cul” (arse) with “fut” (barrel), and so the fith vintage of this birthday wine is Matthieu’s finest so far in his opinion. Lovely sort, round, fleshy Syrah with easy oak undertones.Shiraz/SyrahBig & Robust RedsFrance2016750 ml13-13.5%
Felline Primitivo di Manduria
Based on the huge popularity of “Fellone” I thought we should have a closer look at the Primitivo grape. Here’s one of four more, each with a distinct “terroir”. What’s the Italian for “terroir”, I wonder? This one is distinctive due to the red soil of the vineyards. Aged for six months in French oak.PrimitivoBig & Robust RedsItaly2017750 ml14%+
Château d’Or et de Gueules ‘Trassegum’ Red
Previous vintges recommended by Jancis Robinson: “Brilliant fruit, fine tannins…..serious build and potential.”
Selected from the best parts of the vineyard, this is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourverdre. Each varietal is kept apart and aged in 500 litre oak barrels for 12 months. Only then do they decide upon the final blend. Once made, the finished wine is aged for yet another 12 months in those same barrels before bottling. Only 10% of the barrels are new wood, so there’s no “in your face ” oakiness here!
Diane only releases this wine if she feels it is up to her highest standards of quality. So, no 2002 vintage ‘ it was all sold off in bulk to the ‘négociants’. The 2003 vintage was a cracker. No 2004 vintage either; that, too, was not good enough, the 2005, 2007 and 2009s brilliant…as was the 2011.
And then along came the equally scrumptious 2103, now the fab 2015. What more can I say? Drink now to 2026 (really!)Red BlendsBig & Robust RedsFrance2015750 ml13-13.5%
Brunelli Ripasso “Pa’Riondo”
The Ripasso technique; After the Amarone has finished fermenting its already air-dried and concentrated grapes, the skins are removed from the juice and added to another Valpolicella and these yeast-rich grape skins and sugars get going again in the new wine. (They “re-pass” the skins “Ripasso”)
This results in the wine becoming full-bodied, with a great concentration of colour and perfume. Corvina Veronese 65%, Rondinella 25%, Corvinone 10%.Red BlendsBig & Robust RedsItaly2016750 ml14%+
Giravolta Primitivo di Manduria
Based on the huge popularity of “Fellone” I thought we should have a closer look at the Primitivo grape. Here’s one of four more, each with a distinct “terroir”. What’s the Italian for “terroir”, I wonder? This one is distinctive due to the calcareous white soil of the vineyards. Aged for nine months in French oak.PrimitivoBig & Robust RedsItaly2016750 ml14%+
“Zinfandel” Primitivo di Manduria from Felline
With the huge success of Fellone, I decided that Primitivo needed a closer inspection, so here’s one of four new ones, all from Felline down in the south of Italy.This one is a slight variation, being styled “Zinfandel Californiano”. That’s what they call it over there but is a strain of Primitivo all the same. Terroir is Mandurian black soil and the 15% wine was aged for six months in French and American oak.PrimitivoBig & Robust RedsItaly2016750 ml14%+
Brunelli Campo del Maestro “9 Grapes Appassimento”
This “cru” is dedicated the grape Master, who managed this vineyard in the past and who dared to suggest an Amarone could be improved by a non-local variety. So 8 grapes became 9 grapes and the wine was declassified. “I can’t believe it’s not Amarone”
Corvina Veronese 40%, Oseleta 20%, Rondinella 5%, Negrara 5%, Corvinone 10%, Croatina 5%, Forselina 5%, Dindarella 5%, Cabernet Franc 10%.Red BlendsBig & Robust RedsItaly2016750 ml14%+
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