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Wine tasting in Rutland

Off to meet the good people of Uppingham on Wednesday evening. They have asked me to present a selection of wines from the Southern Rhone. Here is what I am proposing:

White wines
1.     Domaine Brusset, Cairanne-Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012 "Travers"
2.     Raymond Usseglio, Côtes du Rhône 2012 “Les Claux

Red wines
3.     Domaine de la Charité, Côtes du Rhône Villages 2010
4.     Domaine Grand Veneur, Lirac 2010
5.     Domaine Brusset, Gigondas 2009 “Le Grand Montmirail”
6.     Xavier Vignon, “Début”
7.     Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007
8.     Domaine de Cristia, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2004

Fortified wines
9a.   Domaine des Côteaux des Travers, Rasteau 2007
9b.   Domaine Bressy-Masson, Rasteau Rancio

I would have liked to include Charite's 100% Syrah for contrast but that would probably mean taking out one of the CDPs, the Usseglio I suppose as the estate is already represented. Hmmm. I will have to mull this over - over a glass of each, perhaps.


  1. I will post TNs later but, for now, Anyone wanting more information about this group (not that there was any room for any more members on Wednesday) could start with their website:

  2. The Brusset Blanc showed really well, the small amount of Viognier giving it a wonderful lift. The Usseglio Blanc is more classically beautiful; for me it is the one I would enjoy with food whereas the Brusset is one I would drink as an aperitif.

    All the reds showed well although it was clear that both the Debut and Cristia wines needed food. The Usseglio CDP was almost too easy.

    Rancio was an unsurprising hit given its rarity and deliciousness.


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