Lunch wines: Dog Point, Boillot, Talbot

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.

1 comment to Lunch wines: Dog Point, Boillot, Talbot

  • Alex lake

    I wonder sometimes if (particularly when tasting blind) if one thinks an Old World wine is a New World one, there’s a logic that says “oooh, this is a really classy wine” and, essentially, a wine is more impressive when one has a mistaken belief that it’s not from where it is!

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