jamie goode's wine blog: A stunning northern Rhone at Waitrose's Press Tasting

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A stunning northern Rhone at Waitrose's Press Tasting

Spent most of today at the Waitrose press tasting. As UK readers will know, of all the supermarkets in the UK, Waitrose has the most serious wine list. While many of the high-end wines are available in just a few top stores (Kingston and Canary Wharf are the two flagship stores, carrying pretty much the entire range), they're all available from Waitrose Wine Direct, headed up by the extremely able Alex Murray, who used to be with Berry Bros & Rudd. Waitrose Wine Direct allows you to buy mixed cases, which is handy.

Many of the wines in the tasting today were lovely, but my favourite, by a whisker from the 2005 Leoville Barton, was a stunning Cornas. It was just so beautifully perfumed and structured. Almost Burgundian.

Vincent Paris Granit 30 Cornas 2007 Northern Rhone, France
13% alcohol, half matured in barriques. Wonderful nose: thrillingly alive, with fine meaty, spicy notes. Just so lively and expressive with perfumed floral elements. The palate is beautful, with high acidity and lovely firm but fine-grained tannins sitting under the elegant red fruits. Just thrilling: my favourite style of wine. 96/100 (23.99 Waitrose, 2 branches)

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At 11:26 PM, Blogger Jon said...

$40 in the States. Yikes.

At 2:56 AM, Anonymous Wine Gift Baskets said...

One of the few grapes to really be a global success.

At 8:24 AM, Blogger JD said...

Jamie, did you also taste the "Granit 60" or the Cornas "La Geynale" of the 2007 vintage? I read the La Geynale is a new wine in Vincent's portfolio and comes from the old vineyard of Robert Michel who has recently retired. I found all 3 wines for 20 Euros from a German wine merchant. Seems they should be worth a try.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

What a coincidence. I was at the cellar door only a couple of days ago and tasted his brilliant wines.
Bought three cases for an average price of E11 a bottle!!

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Anyone know what the 2003 is like? I have a bottle winking at me from my feeble rack.

Pretty much all of the range is also available in John Lewis's on Oxford Street, Jamie, which is a sight easier to reach than Kingston or Canary Wharf.


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