Popped into my sister’s for a quick lunch today, picking up our boys who had been staying over while we were at a wedding. Ended up being served three very good wines.
First of all, Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This is the second time I’ve had this wine, and I don’t think there are many better Marlborough Sauvignons out there. It’s precise, aromatic and taut with a lovely grapefruit character as well as subtle green grassy notes. I really like the 2012 vintage in Marlborough, which was a very cool year saved from disaster by a long, warm autumn.
The second wine was served blind, and I guessed it as a very good Chardonnay – I thought it was from New Zealand, but it turned out to be a white Burgundy – JM Boillot Montagny 1er Cru 2010. This is a serious effort and it’s not terribly expensive (£125 per case, Bordeaux Index), with real richness of fruit, which is what led me to guess wrongly.
Third, we finished off the remains of a bottle of Chateau Talbot 2000. It’s still quite young, with lovely dark gravelly fruit. Rich but not sweet, with a savoury bite and good structure. Proper Claret.