Preamble Tasting October 2002
Generic French Wine Tasting
Jean Smullen, Sopexa
1. Chardonnay Michel Picard, VdP d'Oc, France, 2001
Nose of tropical fruits.
Some wood. Not as "unidimensional" as expected; has interesting
notes of acid, good fruit. Don't think I'd drink too much of it, though.
Spar, Supervalu, independents €8.89
2. Domaine Coussergues, Sauvignon Blanc, VdP, France, 2000
masking the grape notes. Citrus, wood (too much), acid (not
enough). Quite flinty, a hint of tartar. Not as nice as the
preceding and dearer as well!
Restaurants and selected off-licences €11.99
Sipp Mack, Riesling, Alsace AC, France, 2000
Nose with none of then
expected petrol. Sweet note. Some petrol comes through as it warms.
On the palate some petrol, quite a lot of wood, lemon. Very dry;
honey but not much . Very good and at a nice price.
4. Chateau de la Colline, AC Bergerac, France, 1999
Nice honeyed nose.
Probably more than 50% Semillon. Hint of marmalade. Good acid,
but slightly synthetic note. A bit of the wet blanket. Interesting
5. Domaine de Pellehaut, VdP de Cote de
Tannat is the main
grape in this region, but this wine is mainly Merlot. Although
(possibly) made by maceration carbonique, it hasn't been totally destroyed
by it. (Why people insist on destroying good grapes with this method
is beyond me.) A bit of sour milk. Wouldn't rush out to get it.
6. Domaine Mont d'Hortes, VdP Cote du Thongue, Cabernet Sauvignon
Nice deep red in colour, but
very, very green. Fruit, condensed milk. A bit odd at the end.
Could be very good in a year or two. Pure Cab Sauvignon.
Widely available €8.20
7. Domaine de
Coussergues, Pinot Noir, VdP d'Oc, 2001
light, quite pink. A bit dumb. Quite aburn. A sour
note; good fruit; a bit jammy and baked. Interesting to see what it
would be in a few years. A bit of a gamble, though. 14%
8. Vignobles J Quiot, AC Cotes du Ventoux, 2001
pinky, young looking. Warm country nose. Good peppery feel,
fruit and soft tannins. Lots of alcohol (14%) but not dominating.
Nice bitter twist at the end. Mostly Grenache. Way too young but
coming together nicely.
Widely available €10.99
9. Chateau Pech Celeyran, AC
Coteaux du Languedoc, 2000
clear red. Lots of fast moving legs. Bit dumb. Slightly
leathery tannins. Some jammy fruit. Quite restrained. Has it
enough fruit to age well? Oz Clarke likes it; the general consensus
here was "not sure".
McCabes and others €9.69
10. Chateau de Meaume, AC Bordeaux
Mid red, nice colour.
Nose with cedar. lots of tannin, softened a bit. Good fruit.
Not together yet, a bit green, but has the fruit and tannin to make it.
A good price and not too "new world" Cab Sauvignon, Cab franc and
Merlot. 13% alc.
Widely available €11.25
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