Members of Discovering Wines met on Thurs evening, 13th June to taste a selection of 4 wines, presented by members of the group. During the tasting a selection of cheeses was available to enjoy. First up was a French Merlot, Chevalier de Fauvert, presented by John who was our host for the evening.
Val and Sheila presented two wines, a Sauvignon Blanc, The Great Wave, from Chile and an Argentinian Malbec, Santa Julia. Mike finished up with a Chablis from the Burgandy region of France. Here’s what they thought of the wines...
Chevalier de Fauvert, a wine made from merlot grapes, IGP (indication geographique protegee) Pays-d'oc , from the region of Rousillon, France, which is on the Mediterranean coast close to the Pyrenees.
It's a medium dry red wine and has won a number of awards, though it is reasonably priced - typically £5-7 a bottle. The wine I presented was bought in France, and was donated to us by a French friend of mine when he heard I was hosting a wine appreciation evening. It was an enjoyable wine, of medium quality, with flavours of cherry and plumb, but not so well known, or so expensive, as some of the Bordeaux merlot wines.
The Great Wave Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio, Chile £9.39. A fresh and vibrant sauvignon blanc with zesty notes of lime and tropical fruit. Not quite the gooseberry flavour of a New Zealand Sauvignon but very drinkable. I normally drink a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but was given a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc by accident and found it extremely drinkable so decided to try this and found it extremely palatable.
Santa Julia Malbec, Argentinian £9.39
A deep coloured, full bodied red wine with soft and silky tannins. Deliciously fruity, with aromas and flavours of plums and blackberries. From the Mendoza region, the largest wine region in Argentina. Located on a high-altitude plateau at the edge of the Andes, this province produces 70% of the country's annual wine production. The French Malbec grape variety has exported well to the New World, producing red wines of great concentration and intensity.
This is a very popular wine from this region
Mike introduced Tesco’s Finest Chablis at £12 and was very well received. From the Burgundy region in France where the Chardonnay grape produces an acidic wine, less fruity but full of flavour.