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  1. #1001
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    Some slurps consumed of late:

    2010 Château Haut-Bernones, Haut-Médoc


    The Haut-Médoc is the southern part of the Médoc, home to the communes of Saint Julien, Margaux and Pauillac among others. You'll find some of the world's most famous châteaux, but lesser known properties, like the 18th century Château Haut Bernones, are well worth seeking out. Situated on excellent gravelly soils (just like its Cru Classé neighbour, Château Beychevelle), the estate has been owned and run by the Ruton family since 1948. Winemaking is overseen by Eric Boissenot, whose expertise is also called upon by such stellar names as Château Latour, Margaux and Léoville Las Cases.An elegant claret with good ageing potential, Château Haut Bernones is ideal with a roast and superb with venison stew.

    60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

    13% ABV. About £13 a bottle from Laithwaites.


    Consumed the last of my 2009 Château de Boissac, Bordeaux


    Double Gold Medal winner: Concours Mondial, Bruxelles, 2010 and Concours de Bordeaux, 2010

    This sumptuous claret - beautifully smooth and brimful of ripe, dark berry fruit (think black cherries, blackcurrants and a lovely hint of tobacco) - proves why top Bordeaux is still the wine of choice for fine dining and how the First Growths command such high prices. No-one expects Lafite or Marguax for under a tenner but neither does one expect a double Gold medal-winning claret from an historic family estate on best ever vinatge form. And Chateau de Boissac is everything you definitely would expect of a super smart estate ... sweeping drive, magnificent lake and six generations of winemaking tradition.

    13.5% ABV Was £10 a bottle, again from Laithwaites.


    Now enjoying a bottle of the 2010 Château Le Coin, Bordeaux


    This is the third vintage we've worked with Ludovic Roussillon at Château le Coin, helping him to make modern, fruit rich clarets exclusively for our customers. The soils on his immaculately tended estate in the Entre Deux Mers are pure limestone and very rocky, so the vines are kept well drained and grapes are very concentrated.Ludovic is very open to new ideas, and our own Bordeaux specialist Jean-Marc Sauboua helped him get the most from his grapes in the "once in a lifetime" 2010 vintage (Neal Martin). Both are justly proud of the wine's Gold medal winning success. Made mostly from Merlot with just a touch of both Cabernets, Château Le Coin makes a perfect partner for your Sunday roast and is delicious, too, with venison sausages.

    Multi award winner:
    Gold, Concours Agricole De Bordeaux, 2011 France

    Gold, Concours General Agricole de Paris, 2011 France

    Silver, Les Vinalies Internationales Paris, 2012 France

    Silver, Los Angeles International Wine competition, 2012 USA.


    14.5% ABV and only £10 a bottle from Laithwaites.

    The 2010 seems to be living up to the superb standard of the 2009 vintage.
    Have you opened yours yet Marco?
    Barry

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    After a 10 day brewery tour of Brussels and Bruge when I was 25 I came to the conclusion that De Dolle Oerbier was the best I'd ever tasted.

    25 years later I have not changed that opinion

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    Just looked up that ale Justin, that's strong

    My favoutite continental ale is Jenlain ambre,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebottle View Post
    Just looked up that ale Justin, that's strong

    My favoutite continental ale is Jenlain ambre,

    Alan
    At 9% yeah. You have no clues that it is when you drink it. It just tastes fantastic. Then, by the end of your third bottle, you're feeling pretty wasted. I used to be a very enthusiastic all grain home brewer. Trust me - this stuff is unreal good. The brewery is amazing too - copious amounts of copper everywhere.

    I've noticed it is now extremely hard to buy here at a reasonable price. Beers of Europe did it but have no stock.

    The Special Reserve version is 12%.

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    Westvleteren XII is the best beer I've ever tasted. Unobtainium though, unfortunately.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westvleteren_Brewery
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    Best place in the UK to buy hard to get foreign beers: http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk/beers

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    Cheers Marco - I've ordered from them before and they are excellent (I've a few bottles left from a mixed case I bought at Christmas - including a 75cl bottle of Chimay Cent Cinq and a Rodenbach Grand Crû) , but the Westvletern beers are ONLY avalable to personal callers at the Abbey (booked in advance) - there are NO other outlets for their beers that are brewed in miniscule quantities.
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    Some recent slurps:

    2009 Château Fontcaille Bellview, Bordeaux Supérieur



    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape. 13.5% ABV ~ £9.50 from Laithwaites


    2009 Château de Boissac, Bordeaux



    Double Gold Medal winner: Bruxelles 2010 and Concours de Bordeaux 2010.

    Clearly this wine has benefited from lying down. 13.5% ABV ~ £8 from Laithwaites


    And drunk recently in an excellent restaurant in Atlantis (actually Santorini, though some might understand the connection) a:

    2003 κτήμα εύχαρις (Ktema Eucharis)



    Can’t tell you too much about this wine, save it was expensive, used inter alia Petit Verdot grape and was 15.5% ABV. It was excellent.

    [NB Eucharis is “thanksgiving” in Greek.]
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    Some slurps recently enjoyed:

    2009 Château Fontcaille Bellevue, Bordeaux Supérieur



    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape. 13.5%ABV £9.49 a bottle.



    2010 Château Du Touginas, Bordeaux



    Winner of the Médaille d’Or, Concours de Bordeaux Vins D’Aquitaine 2011.

    Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). 14% ABV. Laithwaites £9.99.



    2010 Château Cap D’Or, Saint-Georges Saint-Emilion



    Gold medal winner Concours Regional des Vins d’Aquitaine 2011
    Can be drunk now but will gain complexity over the next few years. Drink by 2019.

    Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). 14.5% ABV. Laithwaites £14.99 a bottle

    Ripe dark plum and cherry aromas with chocolate notes. Decant and leave to breathe for 1 hour before drinking

    2010 is turning out to be just as good a vintage as 2009.

    Absolutely superb – I’m thinking of buying a case.



    2009 Château De Lisse, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru



    Merlot (80%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). 14.5% ABV. Laithwaites £14.39 a bottle.

    With aromas of damson, liquorice, green pepper and clove. Yet another from the outstanding 2009 vintage - said by some to be the greatest vintage Bordeaux has ever produced.
    Barry

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    I recently took the plunge and stuck some money into the Arran brewery share offer, now whilst I like to drink their product anyway I'd like to encourage all here to do the same, sales pitch over, unfortunately it's Italian ground coffee at the moment as I drive for a living and have an early start.

    Some damn good recommendations on here BTW.
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