Breton La Dilettante and Foillard Côte du Py

Had dinner at Francis and Bronwen Percival’s home in Borough Market tonight, along with coffee expert James Hoffmann. We were discussing the autumn program for the London Gastronomy Seminars, which have enjoyed a successful start. Two excellent wines were served.

Catherine and Pierre Breton Vouvray ‘La Dilettante’ 2008 Loire
12% alcohol. ‘Chenin Moustillant Naturellement’. This is a fizzy, sweet Vouvray that is sealed with both a cork and a crowncap (with no liner). It’s a lovely, rich, off-dry wine with some herb, lemon and straw notes. Fresh and fizzy with lovely tangy fruit, this is an ideal match for creamy cheeses. Unusual and delicious. 90/100 (Les Caves de Pyrene)

Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2006 Beaujolais
13% alcohol. Foillard’s natural Beaujolais is a real treat, and it is remarkably affordable, at about £14. This shows lovely complex, slightly meaty, dark cherry and berry fruits with a subtly, spicy, earthy edge. Fresh, aromatic, spicy and savoury with nice concentration. 91/100 (£14 The Sampler)

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