Thursday, 24 May 2012

Medal Winners

Some of our producers have had a bit of success at the Decanter World Wine Awards this year:

Domaine Zinck Gewurztraminer 2010
Perusini Pinot Grigio 2010

Bronze Medals:
Chateau Le Grand Verdus Blanc 2011
Domaine Zinck Pinot Gris 'Terroir' 2010
Domaine Zinck Riesling 'Portrait' 2010
Domaine Zinck Riesling 'Terroir' 2010

Philippe Gonet Roy Soleil Grand Cru NV
Philippe Gonet Signature Blanc de Blancs NV
Perusini Ribolla Gialla 2010

Gold Medal:
Perusini Merlot Black Label 2008

Solid performances from our Alsace (Zinck) and Champagne (Gonet) growers, but bringing it home with the gold is Azienda Agricola Perusini, the one and only Italian on the RR books. Congratulazioni!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Delaporte Rosé

Read Jancis Robinson's recent Financial Times rosé article here and look to paragraph 5 for a glowing report of the current Delaporte Sancerre Rosé.
Please get in touch if you'd like to place an order and try some yourself.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Recent Review

Jancis Robinson has recently reviewed some of our summer wines. Here's what she had to say:

St André de Figuière, 'Magali' Rosé 2011: "haunting herby fragrance ... Clean, fairly dry and easy" 15/20

St André de Figuière, Les Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2011: "A different assemblage from the other two pink wines from the Combard family with the Mourvèdre dominating the Grenache and Cinsault, according to the back label, which also claims this wine can benefit from age. Delicate, smoky aromas. Clean cut across the palate. Very juicy with attractive freshness rather than astringency on the finish. Bone dry. Neat. A success. " 16/20

Domaine Vincent Delaporte, Sancerre Rosé 2011: "Quite a deep rose pink - like a pale Pinot Noir, which indeed it is. Surprisingly full of fruit and character on the nose (most pink Sancerre is anaemic in my experience). Definite Pinot fruit character and the fresh acidity of Sancerre. Bone dry finish. A very successful pink Sancerre." 16.5/20

Domaine Vincent Delaporte, Sancerre Blanc 2011: "Quite big and assertive. Nicely splits the difference between Loire restraint and New World exuberance. Any hint of green vegetation is nicely tempered by blackcurrant leaves and quite a bit of body. Neat and satisfying." 17/20  

Domaine Zinck, Muscat 'Terroir' 2010: "Handily on the back label is a graphic telling us this is sweetness level 2 out of 8. It is very slightly oily and the Muscat aromas are a little less exuberant than in Alsace's finest Muscats but it has a satisfying savoury long aftertaste. Clean, fresh minerality on the finish." 16/20

Please go to her 'Purple Pages' for the full report: