Dusting myself off after collapsing when our daughter announced she would make a Japanese (Wagamama) inspired chicken curry dinner for us tonight. I quickly made my way to the drinks fridge in the shed to see what I could find to accompany it.
Rummaging through the bottles I came across this Strangely labelled ‘Elegant Frog Viognier 2014’ perfect I thought and in the process of transferring it to the kitchen fridge my daughter stopped me asking “where is my Sauvignon Blanc” (she drinks SB with everything).
I showed her the bottle and said we are having Viognier tonight, she had never heard of Viognier but decided to give in to my better judgement (not a lot of choice really ) and drink something other than her usual tipple.
Dinner made and very good it was too, I poured the wine and waited for my daughters reaction “Well” I said, “yes it’s nice ” she replied and I have to agree it was nice.
From the Languedoc-Roussillon, region in France this Viognier didn’t have much in the way of aroma which was pretty muted, if pushed there was a slight hint of peach. The first mouthful though was full of flavour, peaches, apricots, honeydew melon and pears. Slightly floral, vanilla and honeyed although not oversweet.
Paired beautifully with the curry cleansing the palate and it was enjoyed by all, even our fussy Sauvignon Blanc drinking daughter.
My Rating 7/10 Corks
Sainsbury’s on offer at £5.50 or £8
Rummaging around in my rack, pulling bottles out putting them back searching for a everyday red to accompany my dinner I eventually settled for the Wine Society’s own brand Corbieres , ingeniously labelled ‘The Society’s Corbieres’.
Now I know Corbieres usually gets a raw deal, having been known in the past for cheap rough, rustic wine but having tasted a few now I’ve come to the conclusion that I like Corbieres a lot, especially that wild, rural flavour, so you may well ask, what does that say about me ?
A blend of mainly Carignan with Grenache and a touch of Syrah, this was an impressively dark ruby red in colour and had a lovely sweet blackcurrant almost Kirsch like smell as well as a touch of smokiness mixed with a handful of earth.
Swishing around my mouth, there was initially some heat (maybe a little too much) and Spice, very juicy with blackcurrants, fleshy plums and Strawberries giving it a punchiness and bite. There was also a meaty, gamey and sweetness about it that enjoyed. Don’t like using an over used phrase ‘this was very drinkable’ but this certainly was with or without food (not the U2 song) and I urge everyone if you’ve not tried it, to give Corbieres a go, you may well be surprised.
I still find myself continually being impressed with a lot of the Wine Society’s offerings , especially at the sub £10 range and this Corbieres from the Languedoc-Rousillon region is a very nice drink that won’t break the bank .
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks especially for the price
Wine Society £7.50
Languedoc Roussillon in Southern France home to this rustic and very drinkable, I know, sorry to use that annoying phrase again but it definitely applies to this bottle of Fitou. Can’t see on the bottle what it’s made up of but I assuming Carignan, Grenache and Syrah.
Rustic looking bottle, rustic wine, felt like I should be drinking this in a field somewhere leaning against a tree tearing off a chunk of bread and eating a lump of cheese, I settled for a beef stew instead and very nice it was too.
This Fitou had heady aromas of rich blackberries, tar and smoke. Initially straight out of the bottle it was very fruit laden with blackberries and blueberries, dry, slightly spicy, smokey and tannic. There was also a liquorice flavour which left quite a bitter finish, saying this it did pair very nicely with the food.
Second day, the tarry bitterness had sweetened slightly and it was much easier to drink without food.
Nothing subtle about this wine, the Carignan taking centre stage and I liked it, not a lot more I can say, except I only paid £5.99 for it and bought it as a 6 bottle get 25% off deal so what’s not to like !
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks