February 1, 2011

Bibendum Wine Sale

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
d'Arenberg stump jump 2009Bibendum Wine sale starts today and runs until the 14th February. They are to offer over 250 wines with 50% off the original price. For the third year running they are also holding a Fine Wine Price Drop sale covering a different selection of wines. From the 7th they will gradually reduce the price of a selection of fine wines – from Bordeaux and Burgundy mainly – until they are sold. A fun, if incredibly tense moment, if you are after a specific wine!
In the regular sale you could do worse than pick up a few bottles of the following…

D’Arenberg The Stump Jump Riesling/Marsanne/Sauvignon Blanc 2009, McLaren Vale, Australia. (Down 29% to £7.28) [Adegga / Snooth] With most Australian wines at under a tenner failing to impress at the moment (drinkable but sorta all the same) discovering one with a bit of a punch, and a dollop of personality was a delight. With its weighty mouthfeel and a crisp, citrus driven palate it certainly gets those taste buds a-tingling. Add an Authentic Thai Curry and bliss is assured! (The exact mix, for all us grape-nerds, is 55% Riesling, 17% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Marsanne).

Agustinos Privada Reserve Vieilles Vignes Syrah 2008, Cachapoal, Chile. [Adegga / Snooth] At just £5.28 (that’s 28% off) this is a real find with a full kit bag of black fruits wrapped up in a soft, rich, rounded whole.

It’s always nice to have a bottle or two of Zinfandel in the rack. With the Dry Creek Heritage Zinfandel, 2007, Sonoma County, California down to £8.69 (down 42%) [Adegga / Snooth] this is a fine example for something deep, concentrated with blueberry flavours giving way to a savoury finish. There is a little hint of chocolate and plenty of creamy oak too. Not overly alcoholic, as some Zins can be, at 13.5%.

Etim Negre 2007, Montsant, Spain. [Adegga / Snooth] Take prime Carignan fruit from outside of Barcelona, add a dash of sun-drenched Spanish syrah for “extra depth and complexity” and it results in this little beaut. For £6.04 (down 28%) there is plenty of warming, modern, Spanishness in the bottle – nicely balanced spicy fruit, juicy acidity and lovely depth of blackberry flavours. Very moreish. Bring on the lamb!

A dry Moscatel? How interesting! The Quinta do Vallado Moscatel Galego, 2009, from Portugal’s Douro [Adegga / Snooth] is crisp, squeaky clean and very lemony. It is indeed dry with a lovely citrus complexity with the Moscatel grape giving a wonderful floral edge to the aroma (reminiscent of a week Gewurztraminer with honeysuckle and musk). As an indication of quality the length is very impressive. Am wondering if those (poorly photographed) Goats Cheese Crostini would make a good match? Or maybe those Carrot and Cheddar Muffins I made earlier (and yet to blog about)? Party nibbles certainly or something fish based a pie perhaps or simply baked trout… The wine is now at £7.28 (down 29%).

Finally Chateau Saint-Eugène Vieilles Vignes Blanc, 2008 Corbières, France. [Adegga / Snooth] This is a fine mix of Grenache (35%), Bourboulenc (25%), Roussanne (25%) and Macabeu (15%). At £5.55 (down 32%) it is a fine, clean, crisp French white. It is a decent, straight forward, ready-to-drink, easy-to-drink, mid-weight, mid-alcohol (12.5%) tasty wine. Yeh, not terribly exciting really… Down 32% at £5.55.

dry creek heritage zinfandel 2007

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