This week we managed to find and taste some stellar and also, rare wines! We didn’t even have to travel far for them either. We tasted some of the Northern Rhône’s best Cote Rotie, a Dutch Methode traditionale, a biodynamic red from Austria and some sparkling chenin Blanc from the Vouvray area of France.
Domain Jamet Cote-Rotie 2014
This wine is a little bit of a departure from our usual everyday wine. For one, it is rare and it is also on the upper end of the price range. Domaine Jamet’s Cote Rotie is certainly a famous wine, receiving consistently great scores as well as selling out extremely quickly. We thought it was so special we wrote a separate wine review post for it here.
Apostelhoeve Cuvee XII Brut 2014
This is the first Dutch made sparkling wine that we have tried that is made following the Methode traditionale style of a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine is made with a blend of 3 grape varietals common in the low lands. The exact grapes used in this bottle are not clearly mentioned by the maker. We found it bright and fresh with more depth than a typical Cava or Prossecco but with less richness than an English Sparkling or Champagne. We picked up this bottle from Hanos.
Meinklang Graupert Zweigelt 2013
We’ve previously showcased Meinklang’s white ‘Graupert’ made with Grauburgunder, this red version made from Zweigelt is incredibly easy to drink and full of red fruits. Made following biodynamic farming processes and naturally fermented. Graupert refers to the way in which the vines are allowed to grow in a natural fashion, something which is becoming more popular, especially in South Africa where they are called bush vines as they resemble unkept bushes. We picked up this bottle from Daxivin.
Domaine de la Rouletiere Gilet Vouvray Brut N.V.
We picked up this bottle of sparkling Cheninc Blanc from our usual, high-street wine shop Grapedistrict. Fresh, zingy and light – it’s a great afforable bottle of fizz when you are looking for something easy drinking.
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