Pinot Blanc

Domaine de la Ville de Colmar Clos Saint Jacques Riesling 2014, Alsace, France (£12.99 Majestic) Already quite developed for 2014, with none of the freshness you expect, and a gentle, bruised apple character. C(+) Kuehn Crémant d’Alsace Brut Cuvée Prestige NV, Alsace, France (£11.99 Virgin Wines) Slightly sherbetty, crowd pleasing […]

Three wines from Alsace

Denbies Ranmore Hill 2014, Surrey, England (£14.95 Denbies) Soft, easy going style of wine, very floral, with a gingery note and a light toasty element, but while there’s a touch of citrus freshness, I’d like it to be crisper. C Denbies Pinot Noir 2014, Surrey, England (£16.95 Denbies) Proper Pinot, […]

Three Wines from Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey

Sauvion Crémant de Loire NV, France (£13.99 Oxford Wine Company, Flagship Wines) Balances a bracing green apple tang against honeyed richness to good effect, crisp zesty finish. B(+) Terroir La Baume Saint Paul Crémant de Limoux Brut* NV, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK) Quite a plush, rich style, with […]

Four sparkling French wines – but no Champagne…

La Montina Franciacorta Brut NV, Lombardy, Italy (£22 Buon Vino, Passion e Vino) Ripe pineapple and dried apricot flesh, with some citrus, and notes of bread dough and almonds to add further interest, feels young and not hugely complex but still a nice drink. B Enrico Gatti ‘Erbusco’ Franciacorta Brut […]

Three wines from Franciacorta

Another of the catch-up-on-tasting-notes posts (see intro HERE if that doesn’t make sense) Josmeyer Mise du Printemps Pinot Blanc 2014, Alsace, France (£10.95 The Wine Society) The lightly salty edge here plus the hint of yeastiness is very similar to good Vinho Verde, but this is fleshier in style, with a […]

Two Pinot Blancs, One Pinot Gris

Bit of a mish-mash – but a nice mish-mash… Cantina Gadoro Beneventano Fiano 2013, Campania, Italy (£8.99 Waitrose) Reminds me of a white Bordeaux with a dollop of Viognier in there. Tinned pear, nutty, peachy exuberance and a touch of vanilla all reined in by a spine of herbal freshness. […]

Assorted Whites from Italy, Germany, Romania & France