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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We had a really thorough tasting of the 2010 vintage. Saumur Blanc, Saumur Rouge and Saumur Puy Notre Dame from the vats, and Cuvee Madelaine and Clos de Chavannes both 2009 which have been in oak barrels since vinification and storage when the wines were transferred in 2010. Pierre Van Den Boom continues to taste the wine regularly and will decide when the wine is right for bottling. It could be this year around September or next year. We will report on the tasting on the next blog. Keep your eyes peeled for the tasting report. 2010 is definitely as good as 2009 and maybe better. The wines a velvety smooth and certainly in advance of their progress in 2009. Its exciting stuff and we can report further accolades which means we will be struggling to get hold of enough wines. Get the orders in.
Just read an article in Saturday’s Telegraph about ‘the march of the plastic bottles’ in wine making. We all know plastic bottles are not as good as glass for preserving drink. First, plastic is porous – glass isn’t. Second, plastic leaks out harmful chemicals into the wine – glass doesn’t do that.
Unless you want to buy lower grade – wines really cheap and drink them immediately please think twice before you buy ‘le vin plastique’. Certainly if you want to keep your wine for a couple of years or even longer plastic bottles are just not suitable. K
Our red sparkling wine went down a storm at LBWF last weekend. One Marylebone, a converted church, looked amazing. Our glass bar was amazing and showed off our wines to perfection. Simon, Ben and I, with the help of Wendy, served over 500 glasses. Fortunately, Rhubarb, the wedding and party caterers, supplied and washed the very elegant glasses. Many thanks to them.
Lots of visitors to our bar liked the medium dry red, cuvee “Chateau de Chaintres” 2007, a Saumur Champigny AOC wine from Chateau de Chaintres, a natural accompaniment to red meats and game. Also our lovely dry rosé from Domaine de Rocheville “Le Troubadour” 2009 a Cabernet de SaumurAOC wine, perfect with pork, poultry and cheeses. K
Mary Portas is impressed with Waitrose in general but not with “the abysmal quality of the wine on offer.” We couldn’t agree more. We found just one Saumur Blanc AOC and one Saumur Rouge AOC at our local Waitrose branch and that was from a large wine Co-operative. Mary says she doesn’t “want to see racks of Hardys, Banrock Station and Oxford Landing.” Rather she would like to see wines from “out of the ordinary, keenly priced vineyards.”
She has hit the nail on the head. We need to consider what is in the wine we are drinking and how it is made. There are great family run small independent winemakers in the loire valley who make natural wines, with no harmful chemicals. Lighter wines that taste naturally of fruit and the soil that don’t give you a headache. It is these wine that we should be drinking. I’m happy to say that we do and you could too. K www.gfwine.co.uk
Luella’s Boudoir has teamed up with Cosmopolitan Bride for the second time, to host The Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair, at the beautiful, One Marylebone, in London. Afternoon tea on Sunday 20 March 12 – 5.30pm OR cocktails on 21 March 4 – 9.00pm. This year the event is being held in support of the Eve Appeal and features fashion shows and entertainment. Grainger Fine Wines will be hosting a tasting of sparkling red and rosé wines: the perfect celebratory drinks for your wedding. http://luellasboudoir.co.uk/blog/our_wedding_fair_2011/ Simon, Karin and Ben will be available to discuss your wedding wine requirements and will have a selection of still wines for tasting in addition to the sparkling wines. We can arrange a private wine tasting at your home within the M25 area.
Our full selection of wines is available to view on our website www.gfwine.co.uk . Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment. K