Friday, 7 October 2011


Tasted, Tuesday 13 September 2011.

2010 Ebner-Ebenauer Gruner Veltliner
Roberson £9.95. A-

White stone fruits, peaches and pineapple; thick mineral, some flint and limestone; for a Gruner Veltliner, this has an expressive almost tropical nose. Crisp, nice acidity; big yet lip smacking; ripe fruits; mineral finish and touch of spice at the end. Very together, unusually ripe and complex at this price point.

2010 7, Rue de la Pompe, Mas de Coutelou.
Roberson £9.95. B+

Bright red fruits; theres a huge dollop of earthy and manure notes to it, definitely rustic; alongside it, theres lots of fruit and some damson; smells quite sulphury actually, is there excessive brettanomyces going on here? Nicely extracted fruit on the palate, plenty of ripe red fruits and spice as well; some woody touches and green pepper, with a clean tartness at the end. Whilst I find the palate wonderful, the nose did put off several of my drinking companions, makes me wonder whether its supposed to smell like this; would have had a higher rating if not for (what I suspect) the slightly faulty nose.

2010 Benjamin Darnault Viognier
Naked Wines £9.99. B

Ripe peaches and sweet white fruits; some organic notes and waxy lemons; lively nose. Fat palate showing lots of ripe fruits but lacking in acidity; feels a touch flabby and dilute for my liking. Well made enough, but  uninteresting; there are plenty other Languedoc Viogniers at lower price points which shows more interesting features.

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