Before the health brigade get going, this included Thursday, there are two of us and, as you can see, not everything was finished! From right to left.
Domaine Begude Le Paradis Viognier 2015, IGP Pays d’Oc, Organic
I don’t think the agents (O’Briens) are importing this, but they should certainly think about it. Just what you would expect from a cool-climate Viognier; lovely clean peach fruits, good acidity and a crisp dry finish. It doesn’t have the richness of Viognier from warmer climes, nor the bitter fruit-stone finish, but this is a very well-made refreshing wine.
Le Mas 2014, Coteaux du Languedoc, Domaine Clavel, Organic
€14.70 from Wines Direct
Jean Clavel was one of the great personalities of the Languedoc. His son Pierre now produces the wine. This is a lovely easy-drinking fruity wine, warming, lightly spicy with plums and a tannin-free finish. Great value too.
Domaine des Nugues 2013, Beaujolais Villages
€16.75 from Martin’s, Fairview & 64wine,Glasthule.
A delicious Beaujolais, humming with elegant crunchy red fruits. A wine of the week in the Irish Times a few weeks back.
Vouvray Sec le Haut-Lieu 1990, Domaine Huet
Dug out from the cellar and should have been dug out years ago. Old, madeirised and past it, unless you are into very orange wine.
Stemmler Carneros Pinot Noir 2012, USA
A present from my sister, who lives in California, last year. Nice wine – meaty, even v slightly bretty?, with clean ripe juicy plum fruits. Quite substantial and concentrated. very enjoyable with my roast chicken.
Tio Pepe Fino En Rama, Jerez
I love fino and I love the en rama style, which tends to have a bit more character.This is lovely; fresh, tangy, bone dry with almonds and citrus peel.
Verus Furmint 2014, Ormoz, Slovenia
A mere 12% but a delicious fresh fruity light white wine – will appear in the Irish Times a few weeks hence.
Dveri Pax Sipon/Furmint Ilovci 2011
€20.99 from Wines on the Green
Don’t be put off by the vintage; this is lovely wine. Will also appear in the Irish Times shortly.