Archive for May, 2011

London International Wine Fair

There is so much to say about the fair it will become a many post item. Grainger Fine Wines were present at the fair on the stand with Domaine de Rocheville. Philippe Porche decided to take a stand to showcase his wines and his decision paid off when the wines he submitted to the International Wine Challenge scooped a silver for his ‘La Dame’ and a commended for his ‘Le Prince’. That is a real achievement amongst all the wines in the show considering he only had five wines and some stands had one hell of a lot more. Hundreds in case of the big negotiants. We are really priveleged to have these wines exclusively in our portfolio. Currently ‘La Dame’ is on offer on the website at £15.49. That is a real steal for such a fine wine.  We have limited stock so grab it while you can. Even the management team from one of the supermarkets who tasted at the stand agreed it was a real stunner. When its gone its gone.

Domaine de L’Enchantoir again

Our recent visit to see Pierre and Brigitte Van Den Boom allowed us to test the 2010 Saumur Blanc, Rouge and Puy Notre Dame in the vats. I will report separately on the barrel aged red and white wines.

Pierre has a traditional chai where you have to literally climb up old stairs to the top of the vats that  are all in line and he then opens the top access hatch to be able to sample the wines. You have to be careful not to knock your head on the roof beams and keep clear of the empty open vats. There are no sampling taps on the side of the vats like the modern stainless steel. But hey that is all part of the fun and enjoyment of being closely involved with the wine making processes of all our winemakers. We climb those steps on a regular basis sometimes just with Pierre and sometimes with our wine tour guests.

The blanc came first in the line of vats. Its near right for bottling. The lees contact has allowed a more complex flavour to develop. Pierre also uses batonnage ( stirring of the lees in the wine to impart more flavour) by the use of a traditional stirring implement once a week.  The wine has a clean and honied palette with good balance of sugar and acidity, and the finish is long on the fruit. This will turn out to be a good vintage.

Next in line the Saumur Puy Notre Dame vat. Both reds have been through malolactic fermentation and so the smoothness is there. Pierre has again created a sublimely structured wine with loads of fruit with  strong cherries coupled with a good body with tannins resulting from the late harvesting. Last year he swept the board with his awards. I reckon it’ll be the same for the 2010 vintage. Any bets?

Saumur Rouge again has the fruits but probably slightly on the small fruits redcurrants and with a fresher palette. The terroir is different and this imparts  smaller mineral notes in the wine. The geology is a deeper tuffeau (limestone) and a thicker layer of clay above. This is great news because it gives us the ability at Manoir de Gourin to pair these wines with different food for our wine tasting dinners.

All in all a very good visit. The 2010 vinatge will be as good as 2009. Two years on the trot. Great news for our customers.

Anyone Fancy a Wine Tasting

Great news all I have managed to secure a great location and some awesome canapes to show case some of our award winning wines

We have hooked up with Gorgeous Foods in Wimbledon and arranged an evening of Fine Wine and Canapes, and it’s going to be held at Wimbledons Premier Private Sports club, The Wimbledon Club.

Details of the wines and canapes to follow.

Book now as there is limited space!!!!

Grainger Fine Wines in association with Gorgeous Foods

Request the pleasure of your company

at an evening of fine wine and canapés

to showcase the Lake Room at

The Wimbledon Club  London SW19

On Tuesday 24th May

6.00 pm – 9.00 pm

£10.00 per Ticket

RSVP

bgrainger@gfwine.co.uk

All tickets must be pre-booked for collection on arrival

Please send cheques payable to:

Ben Grainger, 10 Lanhurne House, 9 The Downs, London SW20 8JG

or call Nonie Fawcett on 020 8944 7771 if wishing to pay by card.



 



Chateau de Chaintres

Just a quick visit today to see the progress of the vines in the picturesque clos of Chaintres.

Richard Desouches is currently galavanting in Australia selling his wines to them down under. We wish him well and look forward to a safe return so that we can discuss and taste the new 2010 vintages at the chateau. On his return we will review the wines. Watch this space.