In readiness for Decembers TWD Magazine, I have a few goodies open so I may write on their merits. The Highlights of my wine tastings are as follows:
Marc Bredif Vouvray 2009 Chenin Blanc may well be the John Paul Jones of wine. Not the most popular or the most famous, but seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery apples and pears, a nice mineral – flinty streak, lemon zest and a touch of dough. I have always described good Chenin as pillowy and I stand by that. Round and fluffy mouthfeel but the zesty acid kicks it into shape. Great balance and harmony. Entirely too drinkable. Will age surprisingly well; like all good Chenin and John Paul Jones.
Gilles Barges Clos des Martinets St-Joseph 2009 Vibrant crimson, really appealing visually. Crunchy red and purple fruits, spices – cloves, white pepper and an edge of schist.
The palate is fresh but with incredible density and plush fruit. Really lovely, but could do with a bit more time.