Abbotts & Dalaunay Corbieres Reserved 2013

Apr 20, 15 Abbotts & Dalaunay Corbieres Reserved 2013

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Corbieres may not be as well known as other  French appellation but they can produce some cracking wines. I received the Abbotts & Delaunay wine awhile ago and have only just gotten around the tasting it, so many wines, so little time! Abbotts & Delaunay are a boutique winery in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. The winery is a partnership between a Burgundian winemaker, Laurent Delaunay and Australian winemaker, Nerida Abbott. Both have an abiding passion for producing the best wine possible and were won over by the region and the diversity of its terroirs. One of the AOC’s in the region is Corbières. Wines from here are dark and full bodied. The wine is a blend of  3 of the classic grapes of the region,  syrah, grenache and mouvedre. The grapes come from 3 particular terroirs,  ‘65% come from the eastern Corbières (coastal vineyards yield grapes that lend freshness and elegance), 20% from the edge of the Fitou (a terroir located further south whose grapes offer lovely aromatic richness) and 15% from the Corbières Boutenac cru which give this wine its depth…’ Popping it open, I was not disappointed by the depth and flavour of the wine. Inky black in colour with loads of violets and spices on the nose (the wine is aged in 40% oak barrels), on the palate it’s rich and full bodied, supple with smooth tannins, a savoury wine, great with game or try it with a Sunday roast. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Le Beast at LeWeb’08

I read recently in Off License News that American wines have now bested the French in terms of sales here in the UK. Sales have gone from 5% to 17% in the last ten years while in the same time period French wine sales have fallen from 35% to 17% . Good and bad news. The good news is we’re No. 2, behind Australia. The bad news is that the wines that are leading the way are the entry level (read Blossom Hill and others of  their ilk) wines. Not the best we have to offer but hey, ever heard of “trading up”? Maybe now that UK consumers are becoming familiar with American wines, they might want to take the next step up. So are the French just going to rest on their laurels? Apparently, yes.  The French state secretary for the internet, Eric Besson was challenged by “Le Beast” recently about what he was going to do about wine advertising on the internet. I know, Le Beast sounds like a bad French knock off of a Hollywood blockbuster but Le Beast is real (well, he’s a furry puppet) and terroirizing (sorry, I couldn’t resist) the French bureaucrats who won’t let French winemakers or wineries advertise on the internet. In effect, they are not allowed to sell alcohol on the internet or have winery websites.  Le Beast is the mascot/ambassador for the winegrowers of the Languedoc-Roussillon region who are fighting to change French internet alcohol laws and raise awareness of the region.    When the furry muckraker demanded to know why French winemakers were not allowed to advertise on the internet  at the recent LeWeb ’08 conference held in Paris, Monsieur Besson replied that they did not have to advertise because, and I’m not making this up, “they (the wines) are so good, they don’t need to be advertised.” Like they say, with friends like that, who needs enemies? Here’s hoping Le Beast gets through to those lunkheads in Paris. Check him out jousting with Secretary Besson here Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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