Eclectic Wines and Cheeses 
Rodney Shaw

Although generally we try to 'buy on apples and sell on cheese', it makes a nice change to match some fine wines with excellent cheeses and just enjoy.

1. Chateau Bouyot, Sauternes, France, 2001
Beautiful nose, with a fine, neat, not too syrupy feel.  Excellently balanced by its acid content.  Absolutely gorgeous, and at a great price.  We had it with Roquefort; the combination was exquisite.
Eno, Monkstown 19.99

2. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2004
Pale and interesting.  Incredibly big nose of freshly mown grass and gooseberries; some melon.  Fresh, zingy, hint of caramel.
The cheese was Gortnamona Goats, which I found a bit too chalky and which deadened the wine.
Eno, Monkstown 15.45

3. Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis Grand Cru Bougros, 2001
Nice yellow.  Smokey, bit of burnt rubber and oak initially - disappeared in the glass.  (No oak!)  Flinty, lovely fruit, acidity, caramel at end.  13%.  Will keep. Shame about the price.  Went very well with the Carrickbyrne St. Killian
29.95 special offer;

4. Hugel Gewurtztraminer, Alsace, France, 2002
Beautiful, rich, spicy nose. China tea on the palate.  Missing a little acidity.  Went beautifully with the Smoked Gubbeen
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5. Waipara Springs, reserve Pinot Noir, North Canterbury, NZ 2002
Pale garnet, Unfiltered, fruity, strawberries & cream.  Very good but a bit dear. 14%.  Went well with the Brie


6. Librandi, Ciro DOC, Duca San Felice Reserva, Calabria, Italy, 1999
Pale red, bit closed, feels a bit young (at six years old!). Good acid but lacks concentration.  Not great (and I usually love it).  Made with Gaglioppo; offered to champions in ancient Rome.  13.5%.  Lovely, but not a great match for the Milleens.  Great price, though.  Try a different year.


7. Beaulieu Vineyard, Georges de Latour Private Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 1998()
Dark, dark red.  Very 'fruit pastilles'.  Tooth-coating tannins, concentrated, jammy.  Very good balance.  Still very young. 13.5%  Stunningly good match for the Gouda.  Would like to try it again in a year or so.


8. Majella Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia, 2001
Lovely deep red with a soft, fruity nose. Bursts in nthe mouth, zing, a hint of leather, good spicy finish, clean, lovely.  13.5 %  Went quite well with a Red Hot Dutch Edam.


9. Vinedos Organicos Emiliana, Coyam, Central Valley, Chile, 2002
Dark, murky red.  Beautiful nose.  Very fruity, meaty, good acidity.  Drinks now; keep it a while. 14.5% alc.  Carmenere, Merlt, Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre.  Went well with Gubbeen.

10. Gerard Bertrand, Rivesaltes, Vin Doux Naturel, France, 1974
Almost brown, very pale.  Smells of port at a distance.  Sweet but with great acidity. Prune juice flavour.  15.5%  Very good!  Didn't really go with the Stilton, though.

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