Monday, May 25, 2009

Muddy Water tasting this Thursday

We have our Muddy Water tasting this Thursday, the following wines will be on tasting:

Muddy Water Rose
Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Muddy Water Dry Riesling 2007
Muddy Water James Harwick Riesling 2006
Muddy Water Chardonnay 2006
Muddy Water Hare's Breath Pinot Noir 2007

Should be good. New pricing as well, everything has come down. It's all good news from Muddy Water....

Monday, May 18, 2009

Darviot Perrin 2006 and Chavy 2007

These are the wines we tasted at the weekend in the shop:

Darviot Perrin generally runs a vintage behind because his malos take an age to finish and he doesn'r rush to bottle, that's why his are 06 while Chavy is 07.

Darviot Perrin Bourgogne "Les Magnys" 2006 - reduced from €25.50 to €20
This has a complex nose, quite broad on the palate and rich, smooth and classy on the palate. Red apples and ripe, citrus fruit blend well with the oak to make for a bargain at this price.

Darviot Perrin Chassagne Montrachet "Bergerie" 2006 - reduced from €45 to €35
This has all of the above, only more so. Broad, expansive on the palate, ripe fruit and just enough oak. This is concentrated but elegant and harmonious.

Darviot Perrin Meursault "Tessons" 2006 - reduced from€48 to €35
This was not as open as the Chassagne, but again quite full-bodied, rich but elegant. Very nice, but probably needs another year or two to show its stuff.

Darviot Perrin Beaune Premier Cru "Belissandes" 2006 - down from €40 to €30
This was quite tannic and tight when first opened, but was better a few days later. Very Cote de Beaune-style Pinot, lightish body, but with nice strawberry fruit but quite earthy and mineral on the finish.

Darviot Perrin Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru "Bondues" 2006 - down from €40 to €30
The second red from Darviot was more attractive for early drinking - silky, sexy texture, fruit darker - raspberry instead of strawberry - softish tannins. Really charming, no hardship involved whatsoever.

Chavy Bourgogne 2007 - reduced from €25 to €20
Made with grapes rom Puligny, this is usually like a mini Puligny. This was much fresher and crisper in style - it usually is, but exaggerated by the 07 vintage. Classt though, very nice, needs food.

Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2007 - reduced from €50 to €37.50
Sadly faulty. Not corked, but volatile - full bottle still lurking in the back of the shop!

Chavy Meursault "Narvaux" 2007 - reduced from €48 to €36
Once again Philippe has crafted a fine Meursault, crisper and fresher again that Darviot, but still very classy wine. 6 months in bottle will make it even better.

A great tasting all round from 2 of our favourite producers and these wines are now very good value at these prices. Order 12 bottles and you will get a further 10% discount.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Burgundy Tasting this weekend

A reminder about our tasting this weekend of the wines from Philippe Chavy and Darviot Perrin. If you like Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet etc and if you like the sound of 25% off, then come along for this great pre-arrival offer. All day Friday and Saturday in Dalkey.

See you there!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Gregoris Pinot Grigio back in

After a few weeks of a wait while Antonio bottled the 2008, the Gregoris Pinot Grigio is finally back in. I have just opened it as it is on tasting in the shop and it is really good - nose of pear drops, soft on the palate, with loads of fruit, very easy-drinking and just the ticket. A real Pinot Grigio that is actually made from Pinot Grigio grapes(!) from a great grower. Come in and try it.

We also have the Anticaia Salice Salentino Riserva 2005, which is simply stonking.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pieropan Soave 2008

The 2008 vintage from Pieropan is just in today. It is bottled under screwcap, according to the wisdom of Italian wine laws they can't call it Soave Classico, so it is labelled simply as a Soave. The Italian authorities really need to get their act together so that they can keep up with forward thinking producers in their region and with the wine world in general. We have it on tasting in the shop this weekend if you would like to see how it tastes.

Also on tasting is the Herdade dos Grous ref wine from Alentejo in Portugal. Haven't tried this in a while but it is from superstar winemaker Luis Duarte's estate and is pretty good stuff. Come in for a taste!