Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

Natural Wines Part 2 – The Reds October 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

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(Yes, I know it says Part 1 in the corner of the video, but it is Part 2 – the real Part 1 with the whites is here)

Clos du Tue Boeuf Cheverny Rouge 2009, Loire, France (£12.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, Wadebridge Wines, Bacchus Wines, Philglas & Swiggot)
Joyful young unoaked un-tarted-up wine with earthy raspberry & violet characters and rich plummy yumminess backed up by a slightly clay-like minerality. S-

Dard & Ribo Crozes Hermitage ‘C’est Le Printemps’ 2009, Rhône, France (£18.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, Zelas Ltd, Selfridges, Whistle Wines)
Thoroughly charming, frisky young wine, abundantly fruity yet still with a crunchiness to the dark plum and berry flavours. Add in touches of woodsmoke, sandalwood and orange peel, and you have a vibrant and refreshing delight. S(+)

Le Bout du Monde ‘La Luce’ Côtes du Roussillon 2009, France (£22.49 Les Caves de Pyrene)
Similarly fresh and vibrant, with rose petal and gentle soapy notes livening up the plump plush dark fruit. Full bodied but refreshing, with a ripe yet fine-boned finish. S

Cos Pithos 2008, IGT Sicilia, Italy (£19.49 Les Caves de Pyrene)
A wine with tales to tell, not all of them repeatable in polite company. This offers just-cooked strawberry and blackcurrant flavours pepped up with spice and vanilla, spice, and a warm, savoury finish. S(-)

Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2008, Burgundy, France (£22.49 Les Caves de Pyrene)
A wine that manages to be both delicate yet full in flavour, this is still a youngster, with its more wild, savage edges currently coiled but waiting to pounce. As it opens up, it reveals wild, meaty strawberry and earthy plum flavours, just on the right side of jammy, and a rounded, confident finish. A star. S+

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