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2017 Maison Roche de Bellene Montagny Chardonnay
12/7/2020 - Oenanthe Likes this wine:
87 points
Perfectly pleasant and excellent value bourgogne chardonnay. Easy wine, and at the price it is hard to find fault. The extent of "you get what pay for" is made clear however when you put it up against something rather better, and unfortunately and rather unfairly the bottle next in line happened to be a 2012 vv Meursault (girardin). Tasted side by side the Montagny felt thin and unstructured - without the seam of minerality that joined it all together. It is a steal at the price but there is no wow factor that makes you stop and think what you have in your glass. Unknown to what extent this may now evolve, perhaps not much.
  • Richard Holmes commented:

    12/7/20, 8:57 AM - Funny, we drank the third of a six box of this last night and I totally agree with you, but not having drunk it alongside a VV Meursault, my emphasis would be on what great value it is - I think it was no more than £50 In bond for 6, so considerably less than £15 per bottle.
    A lovely bottle for any occasion, but agree not one to hold onto for long.

2015 Viña Zorzal Garnacha Navarra
9/24/2016 - elliotclowes wrote:
77 points
Only £6.50 a bottle so mustn't judge it too harshly, but I found this rather one-dimensional. It's easy drinking, with nice black fruit at the back of the tounge, but nothing special, even at £6.50.
  • Richard Holmes commented:

    3/4/17, 2:36 PM - I know it's a case of horses for courses but either you had a dud bottle or a serious loss of perspective - this (like so many Garnacha from Navarra/Calatuyud etc.) delivers tremendous drinking pleasure for the cost of a fish and chip supper. Don't look for complexity but do look for gushing dark fruit with just the right level of balancing tannin and acidity. Much more pleasurable than last night's Chorey-Les-Beaune. If I had to score this it would be solid mid 80s for simple drinking pleasure.

2010 Château Lilian Ladouys St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
3/19/2016 - Richard Holmes wrote:
Based on other recent tasting notes for this wine I can only guess that mine was slightly tainted. On opening there was a massive wall of tannin which dissipated with some decanting so that the (still very) primary fruit started to show but it never lost its slightly stalky, bitter edge. I've enjoyed this wine in other vintages so I'm going to put this down to bad luck.
  • Richard Holmes commented:

    3/21/16, 7:07 AM - No, I'm in UK - it was part of a mixed case clearance from Tesco.

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