Tuesday, 17 January 2017
2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Château-Thébaud
Château de l'Aulnaye, Famille Lieubeau
This is another excellent Muscadet from the Lieubeau family. The 2009 is intended as a precursor of the Château-Thebaud which should soon be one of several new crus communaux that await the swish of the French minister's pen.
Ths 2009 spends three years on its lees which gives this Muscadet unusual richness accentuated by 2009 being a hot and rich vintage. The 2009 has lovely opulence and is utterly delicious. Initially we had it as an apéro and then it went beautifully with grilled salmon steaks. Unfortunately the bottle disappeared all too quickly between the two of us!
Tasted blind my guess is that few would pick this opulent and delicious wine as a Muscadet. These longer aged Muscadet's are adding a new expression to the wines of the Pays Nantais. Furthermore they are still a remarkable bargain.
Monday, 16 January 2017
Today BT has launched BT Call Protect, which sounds like a really useful product as it should severely cut down on nuisance calls. By signing up to this service you can benefit from BT's Black List of nuisance call numbers. BT Call Protect is available to BT customers.
You can also set up your own personal list of blocked callers. To do this put phone down on nuisance caller. Pick the phone up again and dial 1572. You will be taken through the necessary steps to add this number to your own personal blacklist. If BT sees a particular number being frequently added to individual's personal blacklist it will be added to BT's blocked number list.
If BT Call Protect works this should drastically cut back on the number of people who fall for investments etc. sold by boiler rooms through nuisance calls.
For more more details click here.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine,
Coteaux de l'Ébeaupin, Château-Thébaud
Here are various bottles enjoyed before and during yesterday's annual growers' lunch at St John's Restaurant.
2014 Brézème Roussanne, Eric Texier
2014 Réserve La Colombière, Fronton
2012 Coste Rouge, La Colombière, Fronton
2014 Chénas, La Carrière, Claire et Fabien Chasselay
Cuvée Laïs, Côtes Catalanes, Olivier Pithon
2014 Bandol, Domaine Les Luquettes
Vin de Pays du Mont Caume, Domaine les Luquettes
Gewurztraminer, vieilles vignes, Alsace
2012 Bordeaux Supérieur,
Château Argadens, Maison Sichel
VSOP Bas-Armagnac, Château de Lacquy,
Comté Gilles de Boisséson
Red cabbage and beetroot
Braised Rabbit, Trotter, Prunes and Mash