It was another excellent evening with all of the wines showing well
1) 2009 Rose ‘Osez’ Rosé de Loire Frédéric Mabileau £8.95
100% Cabernet Franc.
5] 2009 Sauvignon ‘Le Clos’, Touraine, Vincent Roussely £8.50
Canaille translates as outlaw, or rebel – someone standing apart. This Gamay has more weight and chaarcter than many Touraine Gamays.
8] 2000/2005 ‘Anthologie’, Touraine Vincent Roussely N/A
2000 was Vincent's first vintage back in Touraine after having made wine in Australia, South Africa and California. The 2000 included a little Gamay in with the normal blend of Cabernet (the majority) and Côt.
Frédéric has one hectare in Bourgueil planted on clay and gravel. 100% Cabernet Franc as are all his Saint-Nicolas wines.
10] 2008 St Nicolas de Bourgueil ‘Eclipse’ Frédéric Mabileau £18.20
Fred's most structured and ageworthy wine. Comes from old vines planted on the clay and limestone coteaux. Should last a good 10-15 years.
Served with main course
11] 2007 ‘Anthologie’ Touraine, Vincent Roussely, £9.85
Good effort from a difficult year for reds.
12] 2008 St Nicolas de Bourgueil, ‘Les Rouillères, Frédéric Mabileau £10.30 Fine balance of fruit and freshness.