We met for a Sock Party at Mark’s (thanks for the hospitality) on Friday May 23rd.

Here is the Wine List with some, comments from me…

Tsarine Cuvée Premium Brut Champagne nv       (Welcome Wine)
Apple, creamy, biscuit and lemon notes. Identifiably Champagne! The palate is invigorating but with finesse – a Gold Medal winning wine that is actually lovely, and enjoyed by everyone.

Hautes Côtes de Beaune Blanc 2010 (Chevrot – Maranges)      (John)
Notes of honeysuckle, melon and oak. Grapefruit acidity, buttery Chardonnay tones and a mineral finish. A good value white Burgundy just reaching its best period.

Cour Cheverney “Cuvée Salamandre” 2006       (Kim)
Apple notes with some sharpness on the nose. Palate has warm acidity with buttery rich qualities – half way between a Chenin and a Chardonnay? This appellation is unique for the rare Romarantin grape – originally from Burgundy but now restricted to 73 Ha in Cour Cheverney, near Blois on the Loire.

Anfora Trio 2012 (Turkey)      (Yvonne)
This wine is made from Kalecik Karasi (Turkey’s premium local variety), Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, grown on the, limestone rich, Guney Plateau in the south-west. It has a farmyard, pungent nose at first, giving way to leafy plum fruit notes. Sweet, black fruit, brambly palate with warm acidity in the mid palate and a leathery, grainy, tannic finish. Good.

Langhe Nebbiolo 2012 (De Forville)      (Mark)
Spirity first note, a salty or meaty touch, and floral notes emerging. Dryish palate but quite supple, red fruit with a lift of acidity. Surprisingly quaffable for a young Nebbiolo!

Monsenese CCR 1997 (Angelini)      (Laurie)
Very sulphury “pickled onion” pong at first gradually giving way eventually to red fruit notes and then celery and even curry leaf notes. Sour cherry acidity then a spice twist with a slightly grainy warm finish. The palate opens with time – despite the age – and becomes a complex and satisfying Chianti. This small production (15,000 bottles) isn’t made every year but comes from vines at 400m above sea level near Castellina and is matured for 18 months in giant (3,000 litre) Slovenian oak “Botti”.
Apparently in The Case Shop in Leicester for £25.20.

Bourgogne Vielles Vignes 2010 (Dmn. de Bellene)      (Ann)
First nose of burnt nuts, then an slight alcohol hint. The palate has bright fruit then warm earthy, even fennel, hints. The fruit opens with time, showing more typicity and class – but this seems a tad young.

Corbieres 1999 (Gerald Betrand)      (Rob)
Blackcurrant pastille and laurel leaf hints – hard to think there is no Cabernet Sauvignon present. Especially when the palate echoes blackcurrant right through. When you know the composition it’s easier to find redcurrant and salt/spice hints, but blackcurrant is the main flavour. Is that evolved low yield Carignan?

Thank you again Mark, for hosting a lovely evening – no mere trifle!