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Six Wines From The Flying CorkscrewSix excellent wines from the Flying Corkscrew's French listings. If only all towns contained a merchant like the The Flying Corkscrew!

White WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine des Graves d'Arbonneau Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, Premieres Cotes de Blaye, France.
Listed by Flying Corkscrew for £6.50.
A hint of sherbety spritz helping the palate to be fully fresh, crisp and juicy. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

White WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine des Graves d'Arbonneau, Cuvee Prestige Blanc, 2005, Premieres Cotes de Blaye, France.
Available from Flying Corkscrew for £8.75.
The prestige cuvee has received 8 months of new oak; to be honest I preferred the unoaked, 'basic', Sauvignon bottling above but this is rounder, more complex wine with depth but not as vibrant as its unoaked sister.
Scribblings Rating - 86/100

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine des Graves d'Arbonneau, Cuvee Prestige Rouge, 2005, Premieres Cotes de Blaye, France.
Available from Flying Corkscrew for £9.25.
A typical Bordeaux mix of Merlot (75%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%); the red stable-mate to the previous two whites. Blackcurrant fruit to the fore with a earthy, violet complexity to the flavour. Medium-bodied, very 'Bordeaux' in style and good for that.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Thierry Rodriguez Mas Gabinele, 2002, Faugeres, Languedoc, France.
Available from Flying Corkscrew for £13.25.
Just my style of wine! Delicious. Smooth, rounded, ripe and plenty of sun-drenched fruit flavours all balanced by food-friendly tannins and ending with a dash of licorice. Perhaps just a touch pricey. A blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine Rouge Garance, 2004, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone, France.
Listed by Flying Corkscrew for £8.50.
A mix of Syrah (70%), Grenache (20%) and Mourvedre (10%). New to the Flying Corkscrew list. Offering a wonderful medley of rich black fruits, subtle earth tones and a smoky edge.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine Juliette Avril Chateauneuf du Pape, 2003, Rhone, France.
From the Flying Corkscrew at £15.25.
Adding to the Grenache (70%), Syrah (10%), Mourvedre (20%) and a splash of Cinsault and Clairette there is also a little Bourboulenc, Picpoul and Roussanne in the blend; the latter three are white grape varieties. Very refined aroma and palate, plenty of tannin, excellent layers of fruity complexity. Let down slightly by a shortish length.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

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