Wednesday 24 May 2017

Cuddling Wines for cosy nights

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1) Chardonnay Brut 2013, Crémant du Jura, Philippe Michel, Jura 12pc
2) Chardonnay 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc
3) Viognier 2015, Pennautier, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc
4) Chatelaine 2015, Saint Auriol, Corbieres 12.5pc
5) Marius Red 2015 by Michel Chapoutier, Pays d'Oc 13.5pc
6) Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc
7) 1620 Malbec 2014, Lorgeril, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc
8) Homage du Rhône 2015, Vinsobres 14.5pc
9) Hautes Terres Rouges 2011, Chateau des Auzines, Languedoc 13.5pc
The Full Irish Single Malt IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing

Liam Campbell

Back to school time. Enjoy keenly priced wines with a French accent - perfect for cosy nights indoors.

1) Chardonnay Brut 2013, Crémant du Jura, Philippe Michel, Jura 12pc

Bone dry and bracingly lemony. Perfect for cocktails: in a tall tumbler pour over a lump of sugar, two sprigs of mint and sliced fruit for a fizzing Julep (a Savoy cocktail recipe 1920s-1930s).

€10.79 at Aldi nationwide.

2) Chardonnay 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc

Lively and stimulating lemon and zesty palate. Try with fish and chips.

€12.99 from J&C Kenny at Cappagh Stores, Knocknacarra; Ardkeen Stores, Waterford and No. 21 Off-licences Group: Waterford, Carrick-on-Suir, Midleton, Charleville, Blarney, Ballincollig and Coburg Street, Cork.

3) Viognier 2015, Pennautier, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc

Seductive apricot and peach. Have with nibbles.

€14.99 at independent off-licences including MacGuinness, Dundalk; The Grapevine, Glasnevin; Hole in the Wall, Parkgate Street; Deveney's, Dundrum and Redmond's, Ranelagh.

4) Chatelaine 2015, Saint Auriol, Corbieres 12.5pc

Honeysuckle scented and ripe golden fruit flavours. Serve with sausage rolls.

€12.99 reduced to €10 from September 1 in French Wine Fair at SuperValu nationwide.

5) Marius Red 2015 by Michel Chapoutier, Pays d'Oc 13.5pc

Rich and ripe black berries spiked with pepper. Match with Hungarian goulash.

€12.99 in Dublin: Mitchell's; Cork's; Hole in the Wall and Old Orchard. O'Connor's, Nenagh; Londis, Castledermot; Leonard's, Trim; Bradley's, Cork; O'Driscoll's, Ballinlough; Amber, Fermoy; No.21, Midleton and Ardkeen Stores, Waterford.

6) Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, (Organic) Domaine du Chateau d'Eau, Pays d'Oc 13pc

Intense with classic blackcurrant spiced with white pepper. Crumble burgers over spaghetti with a cheese sauce.

€11.99 from J&C Kenny at Cappagh Stores; Ardkeen Stores and No 21 Off-licence Group.

7) 1620 Malbec 2014, Lorgeril, Pays d'Oc 12.5pc

Gently peppered blackberry palate. Do a duet with a Fondue Bourguignonne.

€14.99 at independent off-licences including MacGuinness; The Grapevine; Hole in the Wall; Deveney's and Redmond's.

8) Homage du Rhône 2015, Vinsobres 14.5pc

Deep layers of black fruits and a mineral graphite edge. Serve with a hearty beef and onion pie.

€15.99 reduced to €10 from September 1 in French Wine Fair at SuperValu nationwide.

9) Hautes Terres Rouges 2011, Chateau des Auzines, Languedoc 13.5pc

Delicious ripe dark fruit, silky smooth with a tar and menthol finish. Flash-fry a venison steak with porcini mushrooms.

€14.95 at O'Brien's nationwide

Tasting notes

The Full Irish Single Malt IPA, Eight Degrees Brewing, Mitchelstown 6pc

Exotic tropical and citrus fruits with a digestive biscuit finish. Perfect with a toasted sandwich of smoked bacon and cheese. Awarded Best IPA from Ireland at the 2016 World Beer Awards.

€2.80-€2.95/330ml at O'Donovan's, Galvin's and Bradley's, Cork; Amber, Fermoy; Carry Out, Mallow and Daybreak Clerihan, Clonmel. In Dublin: Molloy's; D6; McHugh's; Martin's; Fresh; Blackrock Cellar; Baggot Street Wines. Nationwide: O'Brien's.

 

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