Monday, 26 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
We drank this bottle of champagne the other night to celebrate The Bomb's PhD, she's now Dr. Bomb. This drop is also THE BOMB. It was a gift from her old man, who bought several cases of it over for when he got re-hitched over the summer - that was a heavy session.
Details: Champagne Christophe MARTIN (Recoltant et Manipulant - which means it's goes from being grapes picked all the way to being finished at his place under his instruction), Brut, EARL Christophe MARTIN, 51530 OIRY, France.
What you've got here is perfect champage - perfect 'cos it does EVERYTHING you want it to. There's the bright, dry, buttery biscuit flavour, there's the creamy finish, there's plenty of booze (12%), it's EXCEPTIONALLY reasonable - not an expensive champers by any means, and it's got an incredible 'session' quality - it's not so rich / dry / acid / fizzy that your pallet tires of it, so you can keep on it for a while - I stuck with it non-stop for the wedding, it was the only means of survival, and after a while I couldn't really face moving onto substantial wines, my mouth was in the mood for bubbles and nothing but. Messy. Also, it's a wine that continues to hold its own at slightly above chilled temperatures - many drinks tell you to drink them super-cold because the tongue is unable to pick up bad flavour notes when they're frosty - lots of champagnes taste very tired the minute they heat up a little (that's why you have 'em in narrow flutes - small portions that you get through before they warm up). The Christophe MARTIN can withstand being poured generously, and being lightly sipped during no-end of small talk, and still makes a good tipple, and still makes you want to go back for a refill. Highly recommended: a bottle a day. And that's two Doctors' advice. Word.
also: recommended soundtrack while drinking it: "True Creators" off Disrupt's Foundation Bit (2007, Werk). Heavy AND messy.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Another Macon Villages. It seems to be getting more popular or maybe I'm just noticing it more. This time from the wine society.
Mallory and Benjamin Talmard
Macon Villages Controllee.
A beautiful soft buttery nose with tropical fruit and a well balanced palate. A touch of richness in the body smooths out this wine. It is a fantastic un oaked style of chardonnay that is just right.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Keep your belongings secured away whilst wandering amongst the spanish pigs heads, flapping lobsters and whistling stall holders, collecting ingredients for your supper.
Navigating to the wine stall, we found some cava to drink on the gongs of new year and a recommended Galician white for our meal.
Made from the Godello grape with a light yellow green tinted colour. Lively refreshing acidity balanced by ripe fruit and melon flavours.
Grapes on the roof terrace, Cava fuelled behaviour, the metro,new years dancing at the Cosmic Jam party.
DJ 2D2 killed it.
Steelwine clubbing, sobering walking tour of the city and the field trip to Penedes.
Ringing ahead, we were expected at Mas Comtal just outside the penedes wine capital Villafranca. Sitting in the red clay soil close to the giant Freixenet cava facility and overlooking Montserrat is this family run single estate bodega.
Albert met us in the carpark as the sun set
Proudly showing us his dogs,40Ha of Chardonnay and Xarel lo vines, large steel and undergound tanks , cellars, techno lab and bottle production line.
Settling down after the tour, we paid attention to a private tasting with the highly knowledgable and talented winemaker Albert Mila.
2005 Mas Comtal Cava Brut Nature
50% Chardonnay 50% Xarel lo
30 months age
Tiny bubbles with a rich nutty nose and silky creamy body. Soft fruit "Brut nature" acidity with toffee notes.
Classic blend from the region with 30 months crianza age.
2008 Mas Comtal Pomell de Blancs.
Chardonnay, Xarel lo
Newly released 2008 vintage of this fantastic still white.
A light golden colour with nutty spicy aromatic nose
Rich balanced tropical body, sherbet acidity smooth finish.
2005 Mas Comtal, Antistiana
Merlot, C Sauvignon, C Franc
Dark crimson with fading crianza rim. Dark spicy fruit, liqourice, treacle and a floral touch to this Bordeaux blend. Fantastic smooth 12 months bottle aged drop.