Fewer bottles last weekend, mainly because I spent Saturday down at the West Waterford Food fest in Dungarvan. My first time, and a great event if you haven’t been.
Simone Joseph Chardonnay Le Petit Moe 2014, Vin de France
€13.99 from Searsons, Monkstown, The Drink Store, D7.
An attractive light refreshing crisp dry white, without any of those confected fruits you find in southern French Chardonnays. Nice well-priced wine, perfect by itself or with fish and seafood.
Ch. Sainte-Eulalie 2013 La Cantilene, Minervois La Livinière
€21.70 from Karwig Wines, Carrigaline, Co. Cork.
Not cheap for a wine from the Languedoc, but still very good value. Delicious full-bodied wine crammed with swarthy dark fruit s, a touch of oak, and a long satisfying finish. Perfect with red meats.
Domaine Begude Esprit Pinot Noir 2014, VdP de Haut Vallée de l’Aude
From down in Limoux, a lovely light piquant Pinot Noir. O’Briens usually bring it in, so hopefully it will appear over the next few months.
Givry 1er cru Servoisine 2013, Domaine Joblot
I bought this, for around €35, from 64wine recently. Owner Gerard Maguire suggested I stash it away for a few years – advice I should have heeded. As he said, it is an excellent wine (imported by Burgundy Direct I think) but very closed and quite tannic for a Burgundy. It does however, have a wonderful unevolved nose, and masses of tight dark cherry fruits and good acidity on the palate. I decanted and enjoyed it.