jamie goode's wine blog: St Emilion and Garnacha

Thursday, April 09, 2009

St Emilion and Garnacha

Took the boys to Thorpe Park today. It's a horrible, horrible place, but they love it. I spent most of the time on my laptop hiding in a coffee bar. When we got back Fiona chose two red wines for me from my rack - one an inexpensive Spanish Garnacha, the second a high-end St Emilion.

Cruz de Piedra Garnacha 2007 Catalayud, Spain
An example of good modern Spanish winemaking, focusing on intense fruit rather than too much American oak. Vibrant, fresh sweet cherry and berry fruit dominates, with a slightly grippy, spicy, peppery edge. Great value for money, and while it's not the most sophisticated wine you'll ever encounter, it's deliciously fruity. 87/100 (5.65 Great Western Wine, 14% alcohol)

Chateau Fombrauge 2004 St Emilion
This is one of the Bernard Magrez properties that I visited last November (pictured above). It's a really attractive, almost seductive wine, with a lovely melange of ripe but well defined, smoothly textured blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, and sophisticated oak. It's a really well balanced wine with nice gravelly depth (a signature of 2004, I reckon) and some firm but refined tannins. This oozes class: quite a serious effort. It's modern, but not too modern; oaky, but not too oaky. 92/100
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At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Interesting because my son was there yesterday with his two children and just like you he hated it but the kids thought it was great!!
The queue was so long for the day tickets that he decided to buy the annual package and now regrets it!!

Still when he got back I treated him to a nice bottle of our syrah which reminds me that I must send those samples round to your house soon Jamie.

At 7:08 AM, Blogger HamishWM said...

After your recent trip to see Bernard Magrez did you find out whether he was interested in buying Ch. Latour? There was a story earlier in the year that Latour was for sale....but it has been quiet since. I presume that a 1st Growth would certainly be in M.Magrez's sights?


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