Tasting table

11 January, 2007

Winter warmers tried and tasted

The Pilgrimage

Mencia D O Bierzo 2006

Agent: Guy Anderson Wines

Plums and black cherry on the nose are followed by more cherries and velvety chocolate notes on the palate. EE

Château Tour Prignac

Médoc 2004

This Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend has red fruits, vanilla and sweet spice on the nose. Tannins are soft, making this very much a fruit-driven Bordeaux for drinking now. EE

Laurent-Perrier

Brut Millésimé 1999

Plenty of ripe peach and pear notes on the nose of this Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend, with a hint of honey.

Full-bodied fruitiness with fine bubbles on the palate and a clean, dry finish.RE

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir Marlborough 2006

Agent: Hatch Mansfield

A savoury nose of wood, toast and vegetal notes takes a while to open up into ripe strawberry, red forest fruits and vanilla. Fresh, crisp and acid palate full of fruit with soft, drying tannins. Lovely now but could age.

CB

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Agent: Moët & Chandon

Classic upfront gooseberry, grass and sweet stone fruit on the nose, with a fresh and zesty citrus and apricot palate and a crisp, refreshing finish.

CB




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