Our ridiculously good bin-end sale continues, but the stuff is running out. Here are a couple that I tried last week.
Little James Basket Press (reduced from €13 to €8)
This is a cuvee made by Chateau de Saint Cosme, top Gigondas producer, a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Merlot - hence it's Vin de Table designation. It's like a good Cotes du Rhone - soft, fruity, versatile with everything in the right place. If you can live with the quirky label, it's a total steal at this price for a good mid-week option. Bottle quantities only left.
Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2006 (reduced from €18 to €9)
White CdR is always a difficult sell, but this wine is a really good example of what white wines from this region can offer. Broad on the palate with loads of stonefruit flavours - peach, apricot, etc. Acidity could be a bit fresher, but overall this wine makes a big impact and at this price cannot be lft behind. A couple of cases left.
St. Michael Eppan Riesling Montiggl 2006 (reduced from €17 to €10)
another labour of love that has proven hard to sell, this wine is fantastic, fresh, crisp, bone dry, impeccable fresh pure fruit. Brilliant Riesling, have taken a case for myself.
Boroli Langhe 2004 (reduced from €17 to €9)
A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera nad Merlot, this has always been a fantastic introduction to wines from Piedmont - all the character and intrigue of the Piedmontese varieties, softened by the Merlot which helps to make a soft, round very-easy to drink wine. Good few cases left.
More reports as I drink them - still trying to keep my consumption reasonable!