This is from the Wines and Spirits Education Trust level 2 course, based on my tasting notes (& occasionally hazy recollections!). The wines we tasted were available in a variety of places and covered a range of price points. They were all expressions of the grape varieties, from Hardy to AOC.
I’m working from week to week of the course, so these are in no particular order:
Pio Cesare Barolo DOCG 2008 £36.99
Ripe red fruit on the nose, some vanilla from oak aging. Dry with high tannins and acidity but with lots of red fruit and a real peppery finish. One for food or keeping for a few years and having with cheese and prosciutto
Royal Tokaji Azu 2007 5 punts £18.99
I now love, love, love sweet wines. This one is a corker with aromas of figs and orange peel. It’s sweetness is balanced with a good acidity, flavours of ginger, honey and candied fruits. Absolutely loved this and there are now a few bottles lurking in the wine racks
Bernard Chereau Chateau de Chasseloir Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, 2011, £9.49
A lovely Loire valley Muscadet. Really good value summer wine. Lots of green apple on the nose and on the palate. Also a certain creaminess from being kept on the lees. Great with seafood or just when you’re sitting in the garden contemplating getting the barbecue out from storage.
Billaud Simon 2009, £21.49
A rather pleasant Chablis. It ticks all the Chablis boxes – minerality, citrus etc, etc. but not sure it merits this price. Much as I enjoyed this, I have a sneaky feeling that most retailers have a version at a much lower price
Domaine Arland Gevrey-Chambertin le Cru Aux, 2008, £44.99
From the Cotes de Nuits. I fell in love at this point…..Ok it’s expensive, but blimey it’s worth it. If you ever feel the need to celebrate and want a Pinot Noir that will make your taste buds sing then this is it. Its an old world wine, which means it doesn’t have the cherry/strawberry freshness of new world equivalents. It’s complex with pronounced dried fruits and a real savoury, gamey note on the nose. Pepper, cloves and red cherries dominate the palate. If I had the money, the Grahame wine racks would be groaning with bottles of this.
St Hallett Barossa Faith Shiraz, 2011, £12.95
A rather gluggable number, full of soft tannins, dark cherry & blackberry
fruits and a hint of mint. An outstanding barbecue wine
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Reisling Spatslese (Von Schubert producer), Pradikatswein, 2011, £19.00 from the Mosel Valley
The week I learnt to really love Reisling! Honey and ripe stoned fruit on the nose, followed by a gorgeous sherbert, banana spritzy flavour. High acidity but with a balanced sweetness. Would be gorgeous with sushi, delicate cheeses, light desserts or in a sunny garden…
Ok, signing off on this one. Hope you can find these wines or their equivalents. Happy drinking.