Preamble Tasting November
La Belle France
1. Muscat Sec VdeP d'Oc "Cuvee des Lilas" Ch. de la Peyrade,
Slightly sweet nose. Burn, butterscotch, long finish of sultanas. This
is the sweet one with fermentation allowed to continue. Grape is Muscat
of Alexandria (as used in Lillypilly, from Oz, about which I shall rave
2. Sauvignon Cotes de Gascogne VdeP Domaine du Tariquet, 1998
Lovely grassy, lemony nose. Crystal clear. Not nearly so crisp as typical
Loire versions; apparently because these latter grow on chalk, and/or
it is a different clone. Quite a mouthful, fruity. Long sweet, fruity
aftertaste. This maker is reputed to produce the best Armagnac.
3. Chardonnay Coteaux Charitois VdeP "Le Montaillant",
Half way between Burgundy and Loire (in Nievre, just below Yonne). Very
woody on the nose. Buttery, fruity, oak well masked. Green leaf flavour.
Quite a fizzy end on the tongue. 12.7%
4. Tokay Pinot Gris AOC "Cuvee Reserve" CV Turkheim, 1998
No big nose, but beautifully rich, fruity, nutty, mineral-rich flavour.
Long finish. Lovely big mouthful of wine. Great with food. 13.4%
5. Cotes de Gascogne VdeP "Domaine du Mage", 1998
From Domaine du Tariquet (above). Light red colour. Slightly soapy nose.
Colm identifies boiled milk, a typical Cabernet Sauvignon taste. It is
a belnd of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tannat. Well made, hangs together
well. Good tannins, perhaps too acidic. Will improve.
6. Bordeaux Rouge AOC "Chai de Bordes-Quancard, 1996
Lightish red. Hint of fruitcake and some rubber. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc and Malbec. On palate rubber, fruit, good acid. Slightly
watery, but well put together. Quite pleasant but overpriced.
7. Cotes de Thongues VdeP "Cabernet de l'Ariolle, 1994
Deep colour. Big fruitcake nose, with mahogany. Huge fruit upfront and,
yes, some of that boiled milk. Heavy tannins. Literally tins of condensed
milk Beginning to open out. Will be great. Buy for keeping.
8. St. Emilion Grand Cru AOC Chateau Franc Pipeau, 1994
Deep red. Big, stern nose. Heavily Cabernet to me, but apparently mostly
Merlot. Lighter than expected on the palate. Good fizz, wood not obvious.
Quite fruity but not big. Tea brack tannins. Nice but disappointing.
9. Chateauneuf du Pape AOC "Cuvee las Reine es Bois" Domaine
de la Mordoree, 1994
Deep, quite murky. Varnish and fruit. Sherbet, fruit, acid, rich. Some
soft tannins. Will develop but already lovely. A little lime and mahogany
at the end. 14.4% Regrettably not available.
10. Floc de Gascogne Blanc AOC Chateau de Tariquet, NV
Golden orange colour. Very big and fresh on the nose: Marmalade and
figs. On the palate marmalde. toffee, dates, figs. An Armagnac flavour.
It is, in fact, grape juice and Armagnac. Ugni, Columbard. Not together.
Waste of Armagnac.
An excellent selection of whites, and the Cotes de Thongues Cabernet
a buy recommendation.