Banish the January blues with a fresh first selection of 2018...
Cider (2 bottles)
CHATEAU DE HAUTEVILLE, ERIC BORDELET, CHARCHIGNE – BIODYNAMIC, NV SYDRE ARGELETTE
Loaded with the stony character of the eponymous soil along with delicious flavours of caramel, baked apples and crunchy apple-skin. A drink of great quality, almost vinous and mouth-filling, with sufficient length and aroma to match with creamy dishes or spice-inflected ones as well as cheeses or vanilla-based desserts.
Whites (2 of each)
DI MAJO NORANTE, CAMPOMARINO, MOLISE – ORGANIC, 2016 FALANGHINA RAMI
90% Falanghina, 10% Fiano. Typically perfumed with just-cut lime aromas. It is medium-bodied with good flinty fruit and a delicious almond and honey aftertaste.
CLOS LAPEYRE, JEAN-BERNARD LARRIEU, JURANÇON – ORGANIC, 2016 JURANCON SEC
100% Gros Manseng. Lovely nose of white flower and marzipan, sharp attack on the palate with dancing acidity bringing out the pure crystalline citrus fruit flavours: lemon and pink grapefruit with a zesty, cleansing finish.
Reds (2 of each)
AA SAN FERDINANDO, VAL DI CHIANA, TOSCANA - ORGANIC, 2016 CILIEGIOLO ROSSO
100% Ciliegiolo. Deep ruby red colour with violet highlights. On the nose emerge notes of plum, also of maraschino cherries and spices, whilst on the palate there is good freshness and acidity.
PIERRE-OLIVIER BONHOMME, TOURAINE – ORGANIC, 2015 TOURAINE KO “IN COT WE TRUST”
100% Gamay. The colour is on the dark side of cloudy ruby red, whilst aromas boom happily out of the glass, notably kirsch, rhubarb and sweet blackberries; there’s a more fugitive bouquet of warm earth, stones and dried spice evolving into dark chocolate and cinnamon. It is extremely refreshing - bright, sweet fruit is complemented by a smooth, silky tannic structure.
WEINGUT FRANZ WENINGER, BURGENLAND - BIODYNAMIC, 2015 BLAUFRANKISCH HORITSCHONER
100% Blaufränkisch. Ruby red, aromas of blackberry, dark cherries and spice. The palate has fine tannins, well integrated acidity and a long finish with flavours of blackberry and juniper berries.