Yearly Archives: 2009

Is the best-known white wine grape in the world improved with a dollop of Viognier? Not necessarily, although the results can be interesting… Miguel Torres Cordillera Chardonnay 2008, Curico, Chile (£9.99 Grapevine, Nicholas Corke Fine Wines, Roberts & Speight) (15% Viognier in the blend) Gentle citrus, just-ripe peach and pear, […]

Chardonnay – better with or without Viognier?

Christophe Cordier Viré-Clessé Clos du Château 2008, Burgundy, France (£13.51 Domaine Direct) Very forward and ripe for young Burgundy, with richness of fruit and toasty oak to the fore. But there’s also acidity, along with citrus, pear and apple flavours, and the oak’s not OTT. Good intro to Burgundy. B+ […]

Big Wine, Little Wine – different wines from the same ...

Blason de Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2007, Burgundy, France (£9.99 Sainsburys) There’s some light cherry and raspberry fruit here, but it’s swamped by a weird dusty/stale chocolate edge. Hope this is a bad bottle… 0 Louis Latour Givry 2007, Burgundy, France (~£12.99 Ann et Vin, T Wright, Forth Wines, Hailsham […]

Pinot Noir – the world’s greatest grape, or just its ...

Cantiga Rioja Crianza 2006 (£8.99 The Real Wine Company) Refreshing, vibrant style of wine, with ruddy wild strawberry and plum flesh tinged with cinnamon and clove, and finely-tuned oak adding a touch of vanilla – very tasty and beautifully balanced. S Viña Pomal Rioja Reserva 2003 (£10.99 Majestic) Showing some […]

Four Spanish reds – Rioja and Vinos de Madrid

Domaine du Tariquet Sauvignon Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008, South West France (~£5-6) Clean, fresh, herbaceous wine, touches of tomato and gooseberry, starts of refreshing but the finish is slightly lifeless. B- Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Central Valley, Chile (£6.99 Sainsbury’s, Asda – both are […]

Four Sauvignons – but not all Blanc

Aaargh! Tragedy has struck. The good folk who do Yearbook Yourself have taken down the site for 2009 and will be relaunching it in 2010. The best laid plans etc. Never mind, if you live in the US and have an iPhone, you can download the software (here) and do […]