As you will have noticed Les 5 du Vin continue their good work in liberating wines during these times of confinement.
However, first a comment on a very ill Boris Johnson.
A clearly unwell Boris Johnson before admission to hospital
He is now in intensive care.
I trust Johnson recovers fully from coronavirus and that his time in intensive care is short.
However, it is hard not to reflect that his coronavirus illness has highlighted his and his ‘government’s’ idiocy with regard to dealing with the virus and slowness to take the threat seriously. A failure that may now end tragically for Johnson.
The Wine Liberation Front
Quadrille Cuvée 2000, Langlois-Chateau
We liberated this 2000 Crémant de Loire after nearly 20 years of confinement to celebrate a quartet of birthdays: Mike Sumner (London and Lisbon), André Ribeirinho (Adegga), Jérôme Billard (Domaine de la Noblaie, Chinon) and Emmanuel Ogereau (Domaine Ogereau, Anjou). The 2000 was naturally pleased to get out – a light mid gold colour despite the long imprisonment, a touch of honey and remarkably fresh – tasted blind few I fancy would have guessed its vintage. Unfortunately the label has not kept as fresh as the contents, so difficult to see details of the four grape varieties in the blend. However, the current blend for Quadrille, which salutes the link between Saumur and horses, is Chenin 60 %, Chardonnay 15%, Cabernet Franc 15% and Pinot Noir 10%.
1996 Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre, Jean-Marc Brocard
I am not quite sure why it was felt necessary to sentence this excellent Chablis Premier Cru from then leading Chablis producer – Jean-Marc Brocard, whose son Julien now runs the estate biodynamically – to 24 years. This Montée de Tonnerre was very good and worked very well with a prawn salad tiède. It was interesting to note that it had some more oxidised notes than I would expect to find in a Chenin Blanc of a similar age.
2019 Goutte de Rosé, Chinon, Domaine de la Noblaie
This rosé (100% Cabernet Franc) on early release is made from vines on the lower slopes of the coteau which do not ripen as well as those higher up the slope which are used for the red wines. Pale salmon pink with delicious fresh pear and peach fruit this lovely rosé is very well balanced.
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