18 Jul 2007

Hill of the Burping Beef

I TASTED a great wine from a good appellation, the Côtes de Bourg, apparently 'one of the prettiest parts'* of Bordeaux.
With a distinctive, buoyantly fruit-driven (plumby) character followed by sun-faded red leather, a powerful texture and couth tannins, this mainly Merlot, '01 Roc de Cambes stood head, heart (and purse - £28) above the rest of the line-up at Corney & Barrow's 'lesser known Bordeaux' tasting yesterday evening. From the deemed-esteemed François Mitjavile, who also owns St. Emilion Château, Le Tertre Roteboeuf (translating as 'the hill of the burping beef'!) Startlingly uncomplicated and quite unlike too much of Aquitaine's soil-tasting banality...
Earlier in the day, during a picnic encompassing drunk squirrel antics in Greenwich Park, Matt, winemaking friend from New Zealand, shared a wine his colleague helped craft, Mountford Estate '04. Crafted from vertiginously sewn Pinot Noir, this had colourful hints of Sloe Gin, with spiced berries, cloves (indeed, various mulling spices) on the nose, with a gentle oak creaminess. On the palate, almost spicy alcoholic heat came first followed by a soft dusting of Nutmeg, warm orange peel, marmalade and cherry tobacco.
I was introduced to Dim Sum at Dim T, Tower Bridge. This refreshingly inexpensive, suprisingly friendly Chinese, serving light meals in small steamer baskets, has the misfortune to face Mayor Ken Livingstone's carbuncular City Hall. The author of 'London Destruction' describes this edifice rather well: '...a putrid Testicle'.