Monday, August 28, 2017


One of my favourite things in the whole world. Just back from a few days holiday with friends near Toulouse in France, I'm pleased to report that despite Brexit the weather, wine and cheese remain up to standard, although, for cheese aficionados out there the orange one nearest the camera is in fact Dutch and not French, I guess you can't have everything :) The wine pictured is from Bordeaux, Chateau Cantemerle and was outstanding for a relatively poor vintage (2012) I reckon this one would benefit from another 5 years in the bottle. Since there were a few of us present we quickly dispatched the claret and moved onto something much more local to where we were staying.


Probably one of the best examples of Madiran today; Chateau Montus, highly grippy, tannic red wine with a core of black fruits made from Tannat grapes and perhaps a little Cabernet or Merlot. The wine has certainly seen a lot of oak and is really "big" flavour-wise, nothing subtle here, suggesting that perhaps a little longer is required for things to mellow out in the bottle a bit. Very good now however, if you like this kind of punchy "Malbec'esc" style with food and good friends.

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