Explosive on the nose with notes of lime blossom, quince and struck match. This is a plump wine of great energy that is still taking shape, but it has all the hallmarks of a benchmark vintage. Drink this very versatile food wine over the next 5 years.
Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk | 31st July 2015 | £60 per person
We are taking to the theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Red Rose Chain’s magnificent Theatre in the Forest.
• Canapés and fizz to start
• Main course at Jimmy's Farm's impressive restaurant.
• Prime seats for the performance
• Dessert taken during the interval in the VIP area.
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A surprisingly concentrated, pure, ripe and very expressive nose with loads of dark cherries and a black forest gâteau-like sweetness, transcended by Beaucastel’s hallmark lift and elegance. The palate is simply effortless and delicious, with a gentle texture, superb balance and fleshy, fresh fruit. Jeb Dunnuck notes: “The Mourvèdre is the star of the show...this should come together beautifully in bottles and be one of the vintage’s strongest efforts”. 92-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #215, Oct 2014
Whilst slightly closed at this very early stage of youth, the nose is still very attractive with excellent freshness, typical of the 2013s. On the palate, a good structure with verdant, fresh fruit and a slightly salty tang. The length is superb, whilst the wonderful balance ensures that this is an incredibly well-organised wine, built for the long-haul.
Highly scored in the 2012 vintage, the 2013 Piedlong again offers fantastic value. Made with the same attention to detail as the other Brunier wines, the nose is full of fresh, ripe dark fruit alongside an enjoyable spiciness. With the freshness that characterises the 2013s in abundance, the palate is very well balanced, and offers superb potential. For the price this is fantastic Châteauneuf.
Much to the benefit of the Tradition, Marie and François decided not make a Grenache des Pierres this year, so all the grapes from fantastic vineyard of La Grande Pierre have helped make this a real highlight of the vintage. Very perfumed, beautiful berries, at once concentrated and lifted. With a sumptuous texture and generous fruit, this is hard to fault!
Beaucastel’s Coudoulet is always a sell out. Understandable: it invariably offers outrageously good value for money. The 2013 continues on this theme: less opulent than the 2012 but with a brilliant palate and delicious exotic feel. There is some sweet density to the fruit, and a roundness to the fresh, well-formed and nicely poised palate.
This cuvée is picked 2-3 weeks later than the others from the Domaine, and contains a higher proportion of mourvedre, giving darker, more mineral fruit, with more tannin and density. Layered and serious, this is a wine for the cellar. It more than justifies its separate bottling.
Made in 2013 from only 55% Grenache, the Signature has a peppery, cool Northern feel with some spicy Mourvedre notes. The 100% Grenache cuvée ‘Pure’ wasn’t made this year, so the Grenache in the blend is from the very best, old vines, giving body and texture, and making it a unique vintage for the Signature. Julien loves his 2013 and so do we.
This old-vine Grenache dominated cuvée is a stunner in 2012. Notes of anise, violet and crushed red fruit combine with an exotic, cool spicy note. Satin-like in the mouth, it will be very hard to ignore over the years to come. Those that can will be richly rewarded as this effortless wine develops with time.
Blending 80% from the warmer Méal vineyard with 20% from Greffieux, this is once again a blockbuster for Sorrel. Very deep inky concentration from the low yielding vines, and with complete purity thanks to Marc’s traditional approach to oak usage, an exotic creamy full texture with ripe, fine tannins completes the masterpiece. Seriously delicious, even at this early stage.
It was a very difficult decision not to make the cuvée ‘Vieilles Fontaines’ in 2013, but this ‘Vieilles Vignes’ has definitely benefitted. Made with the fruit that would otherwise go into the top wine, this is now outstanding value for money. With the concentration that comes from old vines, this is big, long and complex with hints of rhubarb and green pepper. Superb.