“Although we have an extensive range of the world’s finest wines, I am very proud of the amount of outstanding wines we stock under twelve pounds. It was tough work deciding what to leave out as the quality of wine at this price range has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years, as standards continue to improve every year. This is great news for an independent wine retailer like Jeroboams as it means we can offer a more varied portfolio and be confident of the quality of the wines.”
It was in the depths under Milroy’s in Soho that myself and man-about-town Mr Blyde wandered for a wine tasting back in October. I should apologise for the briefer-than-usual tasting notes; the palate was fading somewhat after a morning food and wine tasting across town – and the effects of alcohol shouldn’t be ignored either.
Manging to slurp and sniff twenty of the 66 wines open, the following received more than a VG in the margins of the tasting note booklet. [Another Jeroboam's wine that is highly recommended is the Cellar Cal Pla Mas D'En Compte Blanco]
Wine Tasting Note: MiruMiru Brut, 2006, Marlborough, New Zealand.
From Jeroboams Price: £12.85 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Lovely, lovely aroma, floral, fruity. Nutty, delicious palate.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre, 2007, Loire, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £12.45 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Wine Tasting Note: Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc, 2008, Durbanville, South Africa.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £11.95 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Another wonderful vibrant aroma – cut grass. Full, a touch of sweet richness, and a delicacy to the palate.
Wine Tasting Note: Loggia della Serra Terredora Greco di Tufo, 2007, Campania, Italy.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £13.75 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
Lovely golden hue, palate is really special – honeyed, rounded but with a delicious dryness, citrus, long lasting.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Pierre Gaillard, Cotes du Rhone Blanc Les Gendrines, 2006, Rhone, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £16.00 [More: Adegga / Snooth]
An absolute dream of a wine – Viognier – oranges, orange rind, sweetness to the aroma, superb complex palate, great length.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Vincent Paris Granit 30°, 2006, Cornas, Rhone, France
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £22.00 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A dark, rich wine strawberry and cherry abound. A superb structure and floral touches to the spicy, black fruit-rich palate. The number refers to the incline of the steep slope of granite on which the grapes are grown; there also being a 60° bottling.
Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Le Cazal Le Pas de Zarat, 2004, Minervois, France.
Stockist: Jeroboams Price: £11.95 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
The star red of the tasting (so impressive that I believe my tasting companion purchased a bottle after). Really beautiful complex fruit on nose and palate – leather, herbs, wild black fruits. Superb.
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