jamie goode's wine blog

Monday, May 01, 2006

I often drink wines together in pairs. It's a good learning experience. Last night I tried two rather contrasting wines, one from Bordeaux and one from Portugal's Alentejo.

Haut-Medoc de Giscours 2002 (Waitrose) is a digestible Claret in a classic style. There's a subtle plummy bitterness to the black fruits, with a minerally earthy aspect that's quite nice. There was a bit of greenness, too, but in a good way: this is the sort of greenness that I predict will mellow and integrate well with age. Indeed, this is a wine with a nice future ahead of it: the concentration of flavour is such that this will probably age gracefully. A traditional sort of wine, in a good way.

Esporao's Touriga Nacional 2001 is a different beast. Again, there's a lot of wine here, but the feel is a little forced. A concentrated effort, but with the taste of added acid, added tannin and added American oak. I'm not sure that tannin and acid were added, but they could have been. It's a big, Aussie-style wine with lots of impact, but it's not my favourite style. I admire the weight of flavour, but this bottle isn't one I'm drawn back to.


At 10:02 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

The Haut Medoc Giscours is currently on offer at Waitrose


At the offer price of 7.99, this would be a good bet for sticking away for five years, I reckon.

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

I agree with that Esporao note. I think I bought a few bottles of this from Sainsburys in a special offer, having liked a lot of their single varietal efforts when in Portugal. This one is really somewhat clumsy. I guess the thing to do is to lose the rest for a few years and hope for the best!

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Alex, that will be my strategy with my remaining four - purchased in the same sainsburys offer at around a fiver a bottle. As an aside, there was an interesting oil-like crud on the cork, that looked like very fine tannic precipitate (it wasn't tartarate crystals) - I'd been storing the bottles inverted.


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