Posts Tagged 'appellation'

Laying Down

I don’t mean literally. I mean putting away your wine for another time or so or even years. Now here is the dilemma. Should I invest in an award winning wine to lay down for the future. Not necessarily for financial gain but to allow the wine to age and become somewhat more refined. Its from a newish appellation so there is some sense in this and the wine has already gained some considerable destinction by winning some notable awards. It is already a wine that can be drunk now and that is what I am doing but I feel the depth in the wine will merit some time for aging which will bring out the best.

Me thinks I will and I may well decide to purchase a large quantity for you to savour by buying through Grainger Fine Wines but also for my own enjoyment. Here’s to you. How much have I had tonight?

Almost forgot to tell you. Its from Domaine de L’Enchantoir appellation Saumur Puy Notre Dame 2009 vintage. A gold medal winner in Angers and Paris. Only the best.

The quickie

Past experience has taught me that a quickie is great but not the best. Today a quick run to Domaine de Saugourde allowed us to venture into Francois’s wineroom to sample a great simple but effective sweet wine from the Coteaux du Layon appellation. This appellation is the  all encompassing sweet AOC of the Anjou region. It has in its repertoire a complete range of sweets from just so to very very sweet and it all depends on the level of Noble Rot bacteria that attacks the grape in the Autumn. More about this again but Francois produces a simple ‘take me as you find me’ Layon which sits so well with a light dessert. Like tonight with our six guests over dinner the wine complemented the creme brulee brilliantly. Karin’s tart freshly picked blackcurrants and the sweet custard  with the caramelised  topping was so well balanced. All loved the pairing. Thanks Karin and Francois. Its available from Grainger Fine Wines at a decent price so why not try some now. Your Health.

London International Wine Fair

Further news to all our trade customers coming to see us at the LIWF. Philippe Porche of Domaine de Rocheville will be personally presenting his wines at the fair with us.

The wines he will be presenting are:

2010 Cabernet de Saumur AOC  ‘Le Troubadour’ pink

2008 and 2009 Saumur Champigny AOC  ‘Le Page’  red

2008 and 2009 Saumur Champigny AOC  ‘Le Prince’ red

2006 Saumur Champigny AOC ‘Le Roi’ red

2009 Saumur AOC  ‘La Dame’ white

Philippe has included consecutive vintages of the ‘Le Page’ and ‘Le Prince’ to allow comparison of the merits of each one. They are distinctive and there will be some who will prefer one to the other and visa verse which makes these wines so special and unique. There is no effort as in most other countries to try and make year on year bland similar vintages with no enjoyment or excitement. These will be tastings that will excite the wine connoisseur (and we believe our retail customers as well) and lead to some debate as to the merits of each vintage. That’s why these boutique winemakers are so damn good at making wine and in our view why the appellation system is also just as important. In each vintage the essence of the Saumur Champigny style is retained as the cornerstone of the appellation giving in each vintage the elegance of the wine as something to be savoured and enjoyed, and that is what Philippe has manged to accomplish very well indeed.

We look forward to meeting our customers and guests at the fair on the 17 to 19 May at ExCel. See you there.