Some lovely wines at L’Atitude 51, Cork

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Some lovely wines at L’Atitude 51, Cork

Pascal Rossignol of Le Caveau holding a magnum of Foillard, with Phoebe in the background

I’m in Ireland doing some Beaujolais seminars, and the tour began yesterday in Cork. Post-work yesterday evening we headed off to L’Altitude 51, a really cool wine bar, and drank well.

Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014 Beaujolais (magnum)
Warm, spicy and tangy with bright raspberry and cherry fruit. This has a lovely savoury, grainy, crunchy edge to it, with some raspberry rasp. Lovely stuff, with edges. 93/100

Didier Desvignes Moulin-à-Vent Clos les Charmes 2013 Beaujolais (magnum)
Smooth, supple and sweetly fruited with lovely texture. This has nice freshness with some black cherry and plum fruit. There’s some spicy framing too. An elegant style. 92/100

Nicola Vutchi Vini Vidi Vinci Chanavan Bourgogne Coulanges La Vineuse 2015 Burgundy, France
Ignore the terrible label; this is a really good wine. Mineral, taut and reductive with fine spices, some citrus fruit, a bit of mealiness and some flintiness. Lovely precision with lemon and white peach. Taut and linear. 94/100

Domaine Belluard Les Alpes Gringet 2016 Savoie, France
An old favourite! Taut and fresh with citrus and pear fruit. Lively acidity with a lemony, mineral edge. Dense citrus pear and spice fruit here. 93/100

Vin de Frantz Un Salmon Dans La Loire 2016 Vin de France
This is a blend of Sauvignon, Chenin and Loin de L’Oeil, from Frantz Saumon in Montlouis. It’s really lovely. Complex and textural with broad, mineral pear fruit together with some almond. Smooth, pure, stylish and a bit nutty. Some ripe apple, too. 93/100

Alexandre Bain Pierre Précieuse 15 Vin de France
This is Pouilly-Fumé, but it has to be declassified to Vin de France. Nuts and almonds with some fennel too. Rounded and expressive with citrus and pear notes. Nice detail here. 92/100

Martha Stoumen Post Flirtation 2016 Napa, California
11% alcohol. A blend of 65% Carignan and 35% Zinfandel. Juicy and bright with fresh raspberry and red cherry fruit. Bright, zippy and tangy with lovely depth. 92/100

Ovum Big Salt 2016 Oregon
This is a really lovely white blend, based on Riesling and Gewurztraminer co-fermented, together with a splash of Muscat. Very fresh and a bit pithy with some nice grapey notes and a bit of saltiness. Rounded and textured with some sweetness to the fruit.  So expressive. 92/100

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