Lovely mix of cherry, vanilla, chocolate caramel. The tannins is so silky and seductive it will keep even the most controlled sipper coming back for more. a benchmark classic Rioja. Aside from simply enjoying on it’s own, this pairs perfectly with grilled red meats, charcuterie, oily mushrooms and so on. A must try!
Waitrose, Islington wine, Majestic and many others
Vertical tasting: Chateau des Jacques, Clos de Rochegres, Moulin-A-Vent
by Nick Breeze
Vertical tastings are interesting because they give us the opportunity to view the wine from multiple perspectives. We can gaze down the passage of time, marvel at the effects of climatic variations, different hands at the productive helm, and so on. Chateau des Jacques was featured on this web site a few months ago as a top tip, so when the chance came to attend this tasting in St James’s, London, I could hardly say no.
Guillaume de Castelnau - winemaker and estate manager at Chateau des Jacques
It was fun to meet the charismatic Guillaume and I was very pleased he was as generous with his time as he was with the vintages. He gave Secret Sommelier a filmed interview (see below) where he talked about each vintage imparting knowledge about production and how they have developed over the years. These are really worth watching for an insight into this exciting wine, as well as to hear Guillaume’s description of the gamay grape variety and a succinct definition of ‘terroir’.
Rich, succulent, perfect for paté plates, white meats and roasted vegetables
If you are searching for a wine that is rich, succulent and easily paired with paté plates and white meats then look no further than La Falousie from Anjou in the Loire. This 2011 vintage is quality chenin blanc laced with honey flavours, a touch of butterscotch creaminess and gorgeous acidity to clear the palate for another mouthful of whatever you’re treating yourself to.
A must-try fo chenin lovers (everyone then!). Very pleasurable and a bargain at £14 per bottle!