Monthly Archives: September 2011

tasting notes: La Miranda de Secastilla

This is a fabulously oaky white, the kind of thing lots of people think they hate, but how can they! It’s got the fruit, body, alcohol and racy acidity to carry the oak beautifully. Smells of white grapefruit and pineapple, not tropical, just deeply sour and fruity. Toasty, creamy French oak notes. On the palate there’s a lovely fullness and citric acidity and a clean finish. Vv good wine.

It makes you feel white grenache is terribly underappreciated: I haven’t drunk enough of it, except in its Southern French blended mutations. But if you’re looking for a classy bourgogne blanc alternative at around a tenner, go for this, (or something from Limoux). It went fabulously with crab bruschetta, salad, risotto bianco: gutsy but sour enough to cope.

La Miranda de Secastilla Garnacha Blanca 2009 | 13.5% abv | £11 | tippy top

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tasting notes: Jean Marc Brocard Chablis 2009

Just a quick post to say that sometimes the few extra pounds can be worth it. The vieilles vignes Chablis by JMB I drank and wrote about a couple of weeks ago is just so much better than this standard Chablis, £4 extra seems a steal. But then this stuff is made by somebody who really knows what they’re doing, and it has to be said that the standard Chablis, if not as fine or complex as its VV counterpart, is still great.

Really stony, lemony, dairy on the nose, sour, salty and milky on the palate, but without the deeply nutty yogurty thing the old vines and a bit of extra age seem to give. Perfect with a good buttery omelette and a green salad, as I drank it this evening. As chablis goes I’d say this was brill. But if you’re going to spend £14, why not £18…

Jean Marc Brocard Chablis 2009 | 12.5% abv | £14 | 15.5, great stuff, exemplary if not extraordinary