2 Nov 2007

Sec Appeal

EXCERPTS devised for the new list at Bedales:
Château Lastours Perlé '06 (Mauzac, Loin de l’œil)
Apart from the obvious draw that there is a fully-functional Pigeonniere in the grounds of this fine 17th Century estate, this gorgeous Gaillac greets with a crisp, delicate, floral fragrance. Feminine and beguiling – like the coy, but overlooked sister of a temptress.
Bordenave Jurançon Sec '05 (Gros/Petit Manseng, Courbu)
The melting glaciers of the Pyrénées carry calcerous minerals into the vineyards, which ultimately glint in the glass. Golden, with honey and reticent nuts on the nose and couth citrus on the palate. With abundant Sec-appeal and awesome with spring rolls.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria '04 (Nero d'Avola)
Truffles buried under dry forest twigs, cherries and a whiff of anise unravel on the nose, with a intriguingly, mildly glycerous palate. Poised, with a long aftertaste.
...and for a new Champagne Bar in the city:
Bollinger NV (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, P. Meunier)
A luxurious, Rubenesque blend with a butter cream richness stemming from the contribution of older, esteemed library wine. Cuban coffee, soft pear and frangipane also mingle into the magic of the mosaic. Despite the epic performance on the nose and palate, the truffle-scented bubbles culminate with a fresh wave of cleansing acidity, evoking oranges approaching ripeness.
Laurent-Perrier Rosé NV (Pinot Noir)
The standard-bearer for pink sparkling wines, even the colour mesmerizes… Alaskan organic salmon meets copper flecks in Brownian motion. The aroma tally, which evolves exultantly, includes quite dry strawberry coulis, Jubilee rose and fine straw.
Dom Pierre Pérignon (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay)
The ‘99 has a nose of fresh almond, discreet grapefruit, sun-fondled brioche and lightly roasted hazelnut. On the palate, intensively fruit-led flavours gradually unwind, including wild cherries. The refined palate is reminiscent of Courtland apples, with small, but alacracious bubbles and a munificent, dramatic length.
My style of writing, admittedly on growth hormones.