Maison de Cirque – Blanc de Blancs. Mas produced…?

Forgive the bad pun. When he started out in the late 1990s, Mas set out to make wines to export: “Selling wines to the French is like trying to sell hamburgers to the Americans.” Consequently, he exports, to 58 countries, 97 per cent of the 20 million bottles he produces annually. I think the problem…

Picpoul de Pinet 2019 – Baron de Guers – Update 2

This is an update to reflect that Sainsbury’s have changed the label on this wine. This is purely aesthetic – the contents are exactly the same. Is it a better label? Yes – the old one was dark and dull; this one signposts the wines suitability as an accompaniment to shellfish, particularly oysters. This is…

‘Chateau La Pierre’ Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu, Jerome Choblet

I’ve tasted my way from Nantes to Pouilly-sur-Loire over the course of several visits to the region. I’m a big fan of Muscadet in the summer; for me it’s the perfect wine to wash down moules mariniere. This wine comes from the area around Nantes. Tasting notes: Pale straw yellow with green reflections. Floral and…

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne

A champagne whose label perhaps doesn’t carry the cachet of others in the same price bracket that denotes quality. At £35 a bottle it should be good… Thankfully it was delicious – better than I expected. Tasting notes: Biscuity, aromas of lemon and pastry. Notes of toast on the palate. This also had bite as…

Louis Jadot – Macon Villages 2018 UPDATE

I last reviewed this wine 3 years ago, when I used a point system and I rated it pretty highly. At upwards of £10 a bottle it’s not quite everyday drinking. The label still confers quality – but what of the contents? Winemakers go to great pains to ensure that their products have a degree…

Picpoul de Pinet 2018 – Aldi ‘Exquisite Collection’

This is not the ‘ubiquitous’ Picpoul de Pinet from the huge Costieres de Pomerols co-operative; this is from Paul Mas a well-respected producer. Tasting notes: Initial nose of green apples and citrus. Fresh & refreshing. Green apples, white flowers and citrus notes. Balanced acidity; Picpoul works best with food. Short finish, little intensity, little complexity,…

Jean P’Robert Pinot Noir 2013

This is a rather ‘generic’ wine. It’s in an attractive bottle and is from the wide region of Burgundy (a large area, that). Tasting notes: Translucent, pale ruby colour. Primary red fruit notes. No secondary notes. Faint earthy tertiary notes. Balanced acidity. Short finish. Light, smooth. No tannins. Not particularly complex. Needed food. Region of…

Veuve Cliquot Vintage 2008

Veuve Clicquot is one of those champagne labels that denotes quality. At £59 a bottle, however it is only for very special occasions… I reviewed their rose champagne here. Tasting notes: Biscuity, aromas of lemon, dried apricots, peach and pastry. Notes of almond on the palate, a hint of oak. This also had bite as…

Louis Latour Pinot Noir ‘Valmoissine’ 2015

Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine Louis Latour There are two theories regarding the ‘Pinot’ name. One is that it came about because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (pinot in French). It may derive, however, from a place name in France such as Pinos or Pignols from where cuttings were obtained….

Fortnum & Mason Brut Reserve Vintage Champagne

Britain’s ‘prosecco boom’ could be over. Sales of sparkling wine in the UK have fallen for the first time since 2012, according to new figures. New sales numbers from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, reported by the Financial Times, show sparkling wine sales in Britain fell by 5% in 2019. The drop is equivalent…

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Champagne

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle is a blend of three different vintages of premier cru champagnes – it is classified as NV as a result but it’s so much more than that. The magic here is in the winemaking; the blending of different vintages to create something which is greater than the sum of its parts. I…

Picpoul de Pinet ‘La Font Française’ Ormarine 2017

Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a few years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular. My most read article of all time with hundreds of views, is Sainsbury’s Baron de Guers Picpoul de Pinet which is…