Easter Bottles

26th April 2011

Easter is a time to relax, eat well and open some decent bottles. Here are a three tasting notes on vintages which we used to stock, with their original retail prices

Clos des Papes Blanc 2000 (£19.95)
As an aperitif, and marvellously stony but aromatic. Muted hint of white flowers. Understated stone fruit (a touch of apricot kernels too), finely grained, with white pepper and a sort of determinedly stern character. Great length - and just so interesting. (We currently stock the 2006 vintage at £29.95)

Fourrier, Morey St Denis, Clos Solon, 2000 (£16.50)
Fully mature scents of cedar, smoke and undergrowth, but plenty of life on the palate, with cooked red fruits backed by notes of tobacco and exotic spice. Splendidly long. Yet another proof of the virtues of the 2000 vintage: ignored and criticised on release, wines from 2000 have consistently delivered pleasure. (We stock 2007 at £28.95)

Domaine de Villeneuve, Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, 1998 (£18.25)
A charming scent of Kirsch precedes a black-fruited core, agreeably bitter, with liquorice and meaty/savoury elements. Still plenty of life in this - cracking winter wine. (No longer stocked since a change in ownership)

..and - by contrast - one newer wine, very much still in stock at £14.75

Bernard Sante, Julienas Vieilles Vignes, £14.75
Cherry-perfumed, this just blossoms in the glass. So youthful and vital - obviously a maceration carbonique Beaujolais, but so fleshy and voluptuous. Drink now or salt away for years.

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