Back from Bordeaux, a few pounds heavier but happy, very happy. Tasting the new vintage wines straight from the barrel with the winemaker is a pretty special experience. The 2009 wines are looking lovely; very ripe, full of sweet fruit and lots of alcohol. It will be a while before we're drinking them, so in the meantime get thee to Tesco where its Spring Wine Festival is on. Here's what we drank last night:
Tesco Finest Chablis 2009, £5 (usually £8.94), http://www.tesco.com/
I am sorry, I've done this one before but it really is such a refreshingly good wine and with nearly £4 off its usual price it tastes even better. Lemon fresh, with mouth-puckering acidity and long citrus flavours. It is ever-so-slightly austere, rather like a maiden aunt. Such a great change from buttery New World Chardonnays.
Chateau de Lussac 2002, Lussac St-Emilion, £13.28, http://www.tesco.com/
This is made from classic red Bordeaux grapes, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, grown in the so-called Saint Emilion satellite village of Lussac. Red Bordeaux has made it difficult for us to love it, due to excessively high prices for the really smart stuff and variable quality at the cheap end. But a good, not-cheap-but-not-ridiculous one such as this will show what's to love. Firm, cassis-like fruit together with beautifully structured tannins and balance.
Chin chin x
Labels: Bordeaux, Chardonnay, France, Merlot, red wine, Tesco, white wine