Rhône Rules

Welcome to Tasting number three! If you’re a newcomer to this particular publication – this is what it’s all about in a nutshell. For the third Partners in Vine Panel Tasting the team met up in Soho and enjoyed the very cool surroundings of 10 Greek Street and some very pleasing wines.

After Mr Vine’s Events Manager Martina had carefully delivered the wine, there was no time to stand on ceremony and the panel got right down to what they do best.

As has become the format – here is your wine list. Separated by supplier, each product has a page from which you can purchase if you feel the panel have done enough to persuade your eager tastebuds, and if you’re behind the times and not using the free Mr Vine App!

Let’s start with some organic wines from Vinceremos:

And now for some perky picks from Nickolls & Perks:

As you can see, this week’s tasting represented the old world in a big way, while a solitary Malbec from Mendoza came along to represent Argentina and it didn’t just make up the numbers!

5th Place

Bodegas Parra Jimenez ‘Parra’ Verdejo 2013 – £6.99

Verde-who? This white grape is native to Spain and makes pungent, herbal styles of wine with loads of personality. You can trek through the tropics with this bottle: guava, greengage and pithy grapefruit are all in there eager to please you at a fun, sunny BBQ.  A delightful party wine that’s a shoe-in for lovers of Sauvignon Blanc.

4th Place

Caligiore Malbec 2013 – £10.49

Malbec is the trendy red to drink around the £10-£15 mark at the moment, and there’s a lot of samey stuff out there, but this isn’t one of them. It has layers of dark chocolate, concentrated blueberry, succulent plum and coffee bean flavour. A wine to cosy up with that’s crying out for steak – it’s a muscular Malbec that would gladly accompany a juicy ribeye. 

3rd Place

Domaine Bourdon Saint Veran 2011 – £12.60

Lots of attractive, gentle apricot and peach here – there’s a touch of honey and caramel too but thankfully it hasn’t been clobbered by oak. It has a lovely, silky, rounded mouthfeel and impressive intensity of flavour. A lot of wine for the money, which is relatively rare when it comes to white Burgundy. Why not pan fry some Sea Bass for a perfect match to this elegant wine.

2nd Place

Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Lirac Rouge 2011 – £11.30

This is a wine in a deep red smoking jacket! A generously flavoursome Rhône blend from a reliable producer: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Rich and intense with forest berries, cigar tobacco and hung game notes. It really won the panel over; it’s hearty without being heavy. 

1st Place

Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Lirac Blanc 2013 – £11.30

A peachy mélange of three much underrated white grapes from the Rhône: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. More ripe stone fruit flavours like apricot and nectarine in the mouth give it a lovely lush texture. This would work well with a fairly rich dish like a full, creamy fish pie. Although it’s deliciously drinkable by itself. Plenty of impact but perfectly balanced – a very successful blend. 



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