(2021) Atypical Prosecco from the DOCG of Asolo Superiore, with just 3g/l of residual sugar. It is 100% Glera, and foams dramatically in the glass. On the nose, definite fruit ripeness with pear and peach and quite estery - even a suggestion of ripe banana adding a tropical twist. In the mouth it is bone-dry as expected, with lemony acidity and a touch of saltiness into the finish keeping it quite elegant and gastronomic.
(2021) Quite a distinctive Riesling this, with beeswax and light honey, but a whole basket of citrus fruits. On the nose and then the palate, not just lemony notes but distinctive tangerine and clementine, for me to something that reminds me of physalis (Cape gooseberry) and then more citrus in the form of grapefruit into the finish. Really quite an interesting wine, though lacks just a touch of precision on the finish. Price and stockist quoted is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Alain Brumont's Montus is one of the superstar wines of the Madiran appellation in South West France. Mostly Tannat with a litle Cabernet Sauvignon, it spends 12 to 14 months in barriques, which are 80% new. It's a true vin de garde, so this 12-year-old is just hitting its stride. It throws a lot of sediment so decanting is recommended. I also decanted it around 90 minutes before serving. Deep, plum and mulberry colour, the nose refined with graphite and taut black fruit, quite meaty and a little bit spicy. In the mouth a delightfully digestible wine, sour plum and Asian spice into soy flavours, the dark stripe of chocolate to the tannins and firm acidity gives agility, the mid-palate builds fruit sweetness, before a long, again quite spicy finish. Terrific with rib-eye. Price quoted is for the most recent vintage at time of review. Use the wine-searcher link to see all available vintages.
(2020) This is Pinot Nero (Noir) with a little Pinot Meunier that spends between 18 and 24-months on the lees. It pours a pale, fresh colour, the nose very delicately scented with a touch of white flowers, cool citrus fruit and just a small suggestion of a more biscuity character. On the palate it is dry and riven with citrus acidity, lemon and a touch of lime, cool and firm on the mid-palate, certainly on the dry and mouthwatering spectrum, very clean and crisp.
(2020) This is 'Pas Dosé', otherwise known as zero dosage, with no sweetening dosage added after disgorgement. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, the decision on which parts of the harvest are directed towards the Cuvée More Brut or Pas Dosé is based based on blind tasting. A lovely nose on this, again the autolysis showing nicely with some yeasty complexity, pear and citrus peel. In the mouth there is no sense of austerity - it is bone dry, yes, with a bracing salty acidity emphasised by the lack of dosage, but the sweetness of fruit balances in a most satisfying style.
(2020) This vintage cuvée spends a full 72 months on the lees before disgorgement. A selection of the best Pinot Noir, this is also Pas Dosé, with no dosage added. That long lees ageing immediately impacts the complexity of the nose, with autolytic notes of brioche and biscuit against ripe, lemony fruit, all sorts of subtle nutty notes too. In the mouth a striking, dry palate with its zero added sugar, and beautifully balanced as sweet nectarine and orange runs into a much more pithy, tangy lemon and grapefruit acidity. Long and refined.
(2020) Lovely pale, pure colour, clove, cinnamon and firmer cherry fragrance, a touch of red liquorice, tiny florals nuances. Quite delicate, racy, a lovely tension and gravelly core to it, with a bolstering taut tannin and acid core running through it.
(2020) Peachy, passion fruit and a hint of saltiness, with only 12.5% alcohol this has a decisiveness on the palate, the intensity of the flavour runs into a touch of lime zest and saline in the finish.