jamie goode's wine blog: England hammer France...with some French wine

Sunday, March 15, 2009

England hammer France...with some French wine

So I went to the Rugby today. I was a guest of Mont Tauch (http://www.mont-tauch.com/), who shared their hospitality (from the back of an old Citroen van in the Rosebine car park) with ex-Rugby player and wine producer Gerard Bertrand (pictured).

We drank wines from both. Mont Tauch are one of the new breed of super-coops, and were showing a really nice Ancien Carignan among other wines. And I liked the Bertrand Tautavel and La Forge reds a great deal: modern, sweetly fruited, but fresh and well defined. It was very civilized standing in the sunshine, drinking wine with good company.

The game? Incredibly, England were brilliant. France played like England usually do. And by half time, England were 29-0 up. We were sitting in a largely French section, next to the French band, who were silenced by their side's performance. The second half was closer, but by then it was all over.

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At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Ben Smith said...

"It was very civilized standing in the sunshine, drinking wine with good company."... and seeing France get thrashed!
A most unusual and pleasant sensation I agree.

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At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Mark O'Neill said...

I agree, a most pleasant sensation. Oh wait no, that was at Croke Park a few weeks ago when the beautiful emerald isle kicked England up the backside.
Go on Ireland! Looking forward to mucho vino this weekend in celebration!

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous John said...

But surely that wonderful gleaming CitroŽn H-Van was perfect for the occasion - well, along with the wine and sunshine!


At 8:49 PM, Blogger Chris Townend said...

Glad to see someone else plays the 'match the wine to the sporting event'!
Cheltenham was a struggle but in the end it has to be fizz with the gee-gees!



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