Sunday, 10 June 2012

Cave De Lugny, White Burgundy Chardonnay, France (2011)

To the eye, this burgundy Chardonnay is what one would expect: light golden hues with a look of a light syrup. The nose is a contrast to the soft appearance of the tipple in the glass, with a sharp zesty bite that invites a sip.

On first tasting, this wine gives a lime hit with a hint of unripened pear. This unfolds into a warming heart of citrus flavours that give one the comfortable feeling of closeness that a familiarity brings. That is not to say that this wine is run of the mill, but it does have all of the characteristics that one would want from a Chardonnay. It leaves you with a peachy air on the palate, a refreshing change from some Chardonnays that leave behind a clagging unwanted sharpness.

Overall, this is a welcome addition to my cellar, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone that is looking for an on-the-ball Chardonnay experience.

Keep on drinkin'...

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Bidoli (Friuli Grave) Sauvignon Blanc 2010

This tipple surprises you even before you've uncorked the bottle. With a black tar like 'cork', it's like something from the future. When decanted, the colour is light and pale, but without that 'twinkle' that I like to see from a sharp white.

It's nose is one filled with the hit of gooseberry and peach hearts, giving the expectation of bite that I just love in a freshly poured glass. My expectations were met when I took in the first mouthful. With a soft sharpness which is heavy on grapefruit overtones, it leaves one with a finish that is a gorgeously sharp hint of summer gooseberry.

Overall, I must concede that this may not be to everyones taste as it is a very focused wine with a definite edge to it's flavour. If you're looking for something that doesn't bite, go for something softer. I personally loved it though, and would heartily recommend it to anyone looking to enjoy a citrus snifter at any time of the year.

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Sunday, 6 November 2011


'Plumduff', a ruby ale from the Wychwood brewery in Oxfordshire is described on the bottle as a 'hearty Christmas ale, a seasonal brew with plum and spice'. It's colour is deep, like a strong, un-milked tea, with an almost whisky like translucency. It makes you feel warm inside just looking at it.

Flavourwise it's very malty, with a tangy Christmas pudding aftertaste. It's as if they've taken a moist Christmas pudding, or maybe the centre of a large mince pie, and wrung it out over the vat of ale to drip the essence of the festive season into every bottle. To top it off, it's finished with a mistletoe kiss to the back of the tongue.

If you're looking for a winter warmer to enjoy over the holiday season then I would heartily recommend this fine ale.

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