Saturday, September 26, 2009

Superquinn French Wine Sale Autumn 2009 - Purchases

Finally made it down to Superquinn Blackrock to nab a few samples from the latest French wine sale as initially posted on here. I think I did the selection of wines a disservice as the actual selection is a lot more extensive than is obvious from the flyer. Although the corollary of this is that, as before, the entire range of wines did not appear to be present, there is supposed to be a Corbieres for €7 which I could not locate.

Anyhoo, I bought four reds and as usual I decided to sample mostly from the budget end of the range. The wines are as follows (L-R)...

**Update - added "Reduced from" prices, although I am sometimes dubious about the veracity of these.

Chateau Le Mayne Bordeaux Superieur 2005 - €8 (reduced from €10-65)
The Book says - "deliciously ripe, rich red"
I say - €8 for a 2005 Bordeaux is definitely worth a punt.

Combe D'Aline Cairanne Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2007 - €9 (reduced from €12-99)
The Book says "Cairanne is consistently good...warm cherry fruits"
I say - I have just decanted this and it smells nice, very "Rhoney"

Domaine la Brunely Vacqueyras 2005 - €13 (reduced from €17-99)
The Book says - "organic and biodynamic - made in accordance with the phases of the moon"
I say "What - the moon?", the most expensive wine I bought today but I've had good fortune with Vacqueyras before so worth a try. Have just Googled this vintage and apparently Robert Parker gave it 90/100! Not sure if this is the same wine though...

Domaine de Christia Cotes du Ventoux 2007 - €8 (reduced from €14-99)
The Book says - "a soft, medium bodied wine".
I say - I liked the Grenache in the last sale so I took a chance on this.

I'll report back tomorrow on the Cairanne.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you couldn't get hold of the Corbieres - It was featured in every news paper column as well as on TV and radio. This led to us selling out of our entire annual allocation in 2 days. Anyhow, I've secured some more for xmas and if you email me your address I'll post you a bottle to try - email address is