jamie goode's wine blog

Saturday, May 06, 2006

There's a lot to be said for typicity: wines that taste of where they come from. Sometimes we want the best wines, but other times we just want something honest, reliable and with the flavours you'd expect of that type of wine. I was pleasantly surprised by a Tesco Premier Cru Chablis 2001 the other night: it's not a grand wine, made by a co-op, but it tastes like a good Chablis with a bit of evolution. It's minerally, quite full flavoured with just a hint of hay. Nicely balanced. And then last night another co-op wine, a supermarket Chateauneuf du Pape from 2004. It was a bit dull initially, but after a while began to show lovely peppery, slightly sweet Grenache character. It wasn't very concentrated or terribly flashy, but was an honest competent wine. I enjoyed it.


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