TN The last dry weekend 27th - 29th Jan

Had a friend round last night and made a bunch of things from Ottolenghi's Simple (roast aubergine with anchovies and vinegar; butterbean mash with muhammara; wedges with feta, garlic and oregano; and harissa chickpeas with cod, followed by salty cherry cheesecake). Pretty happy with the wines, but the food was better.

2012 Dehours Champagne Extra Brut Œil de Perdrix La Croix Joly - France, Champagne (28/01/2023)
A pretty and nicely-evolved rose fizz that lacked excitement. Plenty of interesting notes - blood orange, ginger, a slight gameyness - and good, crisp structure, but it simply wasn't arresting. Maybe better a year or two ago, with more youthful energy, or in a year or two's time, with more evolution. Tasty, but not £75 tasty. (91 pts.)

2011 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos du Chêne Vert - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (28/01/2023)
Decanted for sediment and started on fairly soon after that. An excellent wine that reminded me of the wonderful Rougeard I had this time last year. Bright, savoury, saline and herbaceous, the overall effect being remarkably like a Bloody Mary, but with a dusting of cocoa powder that took me to Pomerol. Delicate despite its 13.5% ABV and extremely drinkable and food-friendly. I should drink this sort of thing more frequently. (92 pts.)

2018 Quady Winery Black Muscat Elysium - USA, California (28/01/2023)
An interesting translucent crimson, like a pale ruby. Very aromatic, with thick wafts of black cherry and dusky rose. Super intense on its own, like alcoholic cherry compote with Turkish delight steeped in it, but made a great match for cherry cheesecake. (90 pts.)

Tonight, with a roasted chicken and last night's leftovers, a quite wonderful wine. Best rose I've had, probably.

2013 Thymiopoulos Rosé de Xinomavro (Late Release) - Greece, Macedonia (29/01/2023)
Brilliant, glittering orange-crimson - no pink here! Just slightly oxidised, adding complexity, but the long ageing has actually brought the wine together as a seamless, delicious whole. Rhubarb and custard sweets, beeswax, dried roses, tomato stalk and blackcurrant leaf... bittersweet and palate-exploding. Long, mealy, mouthwatering finish. Why did I only buy a single bottle of this?! (94 pts.)


(obviously we ended up using the Sensories, as happens nine times out of ten...)
Made a lamb tagine for dinner last night and opened up

Domaine Treloar Motus 2015

Always thought of as 100% Mourvedre, but there's always a dollop of Syrah and Grenache. Wee touch of leather intermingled with sandlewood. Not as animale as previous bottles. But those leathery nuances bring to close to it. Sweet black cherry and blueberry fruits on the nose. Slightly more stewed fruits and chocolate in the mouth with a light dusty tannic finish. Good length and paired well with the tagine and it's sweet spicy notes. It's at or very close to it's peak.IMG_20230129_162857.jpg

Not quite sure why I'm sideways? The viognier from Cuilleron was as lovely as I had hoped. The Petit Caillou, whilst pleasant enough was a minor disappointment as I had expected more given the vintage and its birthplace. I decanted for two hours, maybe I should have popped and poured.
That's from the Squires board group, isn't it, Rainer?
Indeed Thom, a really troubling experience :).

Tonight or better since the day before yesterday a bottle of

2011 Chateau Phelan Segur
A very good wine from a minor vintage, lots of stamina, fruit, body and taste. A real treat for the vintage and holding well open over 3 days. Good buy and showing how well younger Bordeaux can perform.
So admittedly another last min lapse in dry January as we were invited to a friends for Sunday lunch with a lovely ribeye of beef roast.

I decided to bring along these two as a comparison and a great accompaniment to the beef they were

  • 2015 Il Marroneto Rosso di Montalcino Ignaccio - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino (1/29/2023)
    Last bottle of this and it was on fine form.
    Tasted along side the 2015 Brunello and they both bring their own charms.
    The rosso has a lift and freshness to it while still maintaining some tomato, terracotta and geranium leaf. If I had more it would be interesting to see how it would develop as this is in a great place right now (92 pts.)
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  • 2015 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (1/29/2023)
    Single bottle gift from a friend. Tasted alongside the 2015 Rosso.
    This has more depth to it than the rosso with darker plum fruit and a lovely chocolate note. Still has good cut and tannins are in a good place. I think this is the first 2015 Brunello I’ve tried despite having gone long on the vintage. Certainly very approachable now. (93 pts.)
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