Our wine tasting normally starts at 7.30 PM sharp and ends at 9.30 PM, well it started at 8.00 PM and finish at 10.45 PM, not too far out by Northern Ireland standards! The Errigle’s upstairs private bar is ideal to host 50 people and the room was full that night. The range of wines for our xmas tasting was what a wine tasting should be : 10 excellent wines ( on this occasion from France and Italy ) with retail prices from £14.99 to £56.99 a bottle, ( Including a delicious Champagne and a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe ). We’re not a bunch of cork sniffers, we love quality wines! What would be the point of tasting cheap wines? ( always wrongly labelled as cheap and cheerful! ), Wrong!, There is nothing cheerful about them, we assure you, they are cheap because they are rubbish! Imagine people talking to their friends, telling them that the wines were awful! Is it not a lot more exciting to say we tasted some cracker wines, delicious Champagne and Chateau La Fleur cardinal at £58.99 a bottle? The night was a great success, good wines, good selection of cheeses and a mighty craic! The wine company Xmas message ( and all year round! ) : It’s the quality that counts! Merry Xmas!
Methode traditionnelle ( second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. Aged for 9 months minimum.
Ideal as an aperitif , will also match fish and shellfish.
Considered as a specialist Blanc de Blancs producer, the wines are made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape.
A highly rated Champagne house owners of top quality vineyards in the famous villages of Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and the 1er Cru village of Vertus. A blend of 4 or 5 harvests. A perfect aperitif, also with seared Foie Gras, scallops, smoked salmon and white fish in beurre blanc.
He is entirely committed to this project with Marina Danieli, his friend since over 20 years. The Danieli estate has reached 40 hectares of vineyards in terrasses in Friuli ( North east Italy ).
The Viognier comes from the Languedoc.
The blend takes place in France.
Production is limited to 12 000 bottles.
Will match well with fish, white meats, curry dishes and Asian cuisine.
Sylvain and Didier Defaix run the estate, the vineyards are located on the left bank of the river Serin. The wines are aged on lees in stainless steel vats and gain richness with time.
The Premiers Cru are the truest Chablis wines.
Grape : Chardonnay.
Vineyards : 26 hectares.
Average annual production : 300 000 bottles.
A delicious wine with fish and shellfish, fish soufflé, smoked fish, grilled crayfish and Sole Meuniere.
5-Castello di Semivicoli Pecorino £18.49
Production is limited to 12 000 bottles.
50 % of the wine is aged for 6 months in American oak barrels, 20 % new.
This wine is bottled without fining and unfiltered.
Can age 5 years.
Goes well with grilled meats, meat pies and stews, game and medium flavour hard cheeses.
7-Chateau Lyonnat Lussac Saint Emilion £16.99
One of the largest and oldest estate in Lussac.
Hillside vineyard : 32 hectares
Production 140 000 bottles
Grape 100 % Merlot
50 % of the wine is aged in French oak barrels ( 1/3 new, 1/3 one year old, 1/3 two years old ).
Can age 10 to 20 years.
Food pairing : red meats, lamb, wild game, matured cheeses.
One of the 5 appellations of the Cote Chalonnaise ( along with Bouzeron, Rully, Givry and Montagny ) and the most prestigious. The wines of the Cote Chalonnaise represent excellent value for money.
Clos l’Eveque is one of the best 1er Cru Vineyards.
Grape : Pinot Noir.
Aged in French oak casks. Can age 5 to 8 years.
Excellent with roast red meats, game, coq au vin, beef Bourguignon.
9-Marina Cvetic Montepulciano Riserva £27.99
The Montepulciano grape ( bearing the same name as a town in Tuscany ) is grown in many parts of Italy and is included in 100 appellations. But it has a special place in Abruzzo. The Riserva must be aged for a minimum of 2 years.
Can age 10 years +
Will match well with hearty dishes, red meats, meat stews, game, Parmesan cheese.
The Decoster family ( from the Limoges porcelain trade ) has invested heavily over the years in the winery.
Known for its constant quality, the wine was upgraded to Saint Emilion Grand Cru status in 2006.
This property produce modern style wines, rich and seductive. Vineyards : 24 hectares made up of 55 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc and 5 % Cabernet Sauvignon.
Long fermentation : 30-35 days.
Ageing on lees. Aged 100 % in new oak barrels. Can age 15 years + It will be great with lamb, grilled rib of beef and venison.