Tasting - The Global One - Nov 2016
WINEDOG went global for the inaugural public tasting, taking over the motorcycle garage @ Cable Street Studios. We had a full house of 30 tasters (armed with Zalto glassware) for 8 wines spread across 7 countries from 13 grape varieties - with a combined age of 50 years! Notes on all the wines can be downloaded here, wine scores from the night are at the bottom of this page.
#1 The wine of the night went to France's Château Coutet 1996 Barsac, a wonderfully mature Sauternes with tonnes of honey, marmalade, dried apricots, quince and mushroom!
#2 The Rioja icon Vina Tondonia came up second best (by 0.1 of a point!). The excellently savoury 2004 (from magnum) was a joy of sweetly spiced smoked meat, leather, and succulent dark plum and cherry.
#3 Everyone loves Pinot and Clos des Fous' Pucalan Arenaria 2012 Chilean sensation didn't disappoint. Delicate wild strawberries and truffle, a sprinkling of decayed leaves and silkily textured tannins on the palate! With the right terroir, clearly Chile can produce wines of great precision and identity.
#4 The quality of England's very own Chapel Down Kit's Coty Chardonnay 2013 was a big surprise to many, showing just how good English wine can be. A hugely compelling alternative to white Burgundy. Distinct aromas of English apples and toasty oak, elegant and creamy on the palate.
Pio Cesare's Barbera came in next at #5 with a seriously juicy red, buckets of fresh cherries here. Quartet from Roederer's Californian outpost was #6, showing the house's signature richness of style with some cracking lees character (brioche!). Our Savennieres and Assyrtiko were #7 and #8, with the crowd rather split between love (8+) and hate (4-5) for these two very expressive wines.
We finished up the night with two euphoric rounds of Wine Options (the moderately competitive blind tasting game). Alex Martin took out the Languedoc Chardonnay (yes it wasn't a Muscadet) and John Kisenyi nailed the 1999 Château Margaux (!), kindly brought along by one of our guests.
Thanks a bunch to everyone who came along and made the evening such a success. We look forward to seeing you for The French One on 28th Jan!
RESULTS: (average scores out of 10)
#1 Château Coutet 1996
#2 R. Lopez de Heredia
Vina Tondonia Reserva Tinto 2004
#3 Clos Des Fous
Pinot Noir 2012
#4 Chapel Down
#5 Pio Cesare
Barbera d’Alba 2014
#6 Roederer Estate
#7 Domaine aux Moines
La Roche aux Moines 2013