Tasted Saturday, 20 August 2011.
2007 Le Monache Monferrato Blanco, Michele Chiarlo
Blend of Cortese, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Nose is fairly neutral, with citrus fruits and perhaps some sweet pears; no greenness. Palate is fresh, theres some width on the palate, gentle acidity; drinking well now, but probably just on its last legs, its probably going to dry out soon.
2010 Domaine Sainte Rose 'Les Derniers Cepages', Cotes de Thongue, Languedoc.
Majestic £7.99. A-
Blend of Petit Verdot and Mourvedre.
Nose is jammy, black berry fruit; some violets and cool mint, followed by sweet spice; quite attractive, bright fruit. Palate is mostly ripe fruit, blackberry again, some dark currants; textured, has rather thick mouthfeel; ripe tannins at the end. Feels sweet and ripe, but perhaps lacking a touch of acidity; slight alcoholic finish. Very purple in colour, bright, cheerful, and a lot of fun for not very much money.