So, today has been a busy day of tasting. It began with the IGP Top 100 tasting in Parson’s Green. Now IGP is what used to be Vin de Pays, and the goal of this tasting is to sift through 700 IGP wines and come up with a list of the 100 best.
Then, after we’ve done this, we award trophies in a number of categories to the star wines. This is a useful exercise, because it helps consumers make reliable choices. The tasters are all very good, and the competition is impeccably chaired by Tim Atkin, who is very good at this sort of thing.
Then, in the evening, after a chance to rest my palate, I was off to Roberson – one of London’s best merchants – for a tasting of Cote Rotie.
I love Cote Rotie, and we had a really interesting selection – the youngest wines were 10 years’ old. My two favourites were the 2001 La Landonne from Rene Rostaing, which was superbly elegant. Almost Burgundian. And the 1998 La Mouline from Guigal: we tried the three ‘La Las’ from 1998, and this was the most elegant and fresh.