Wine Talk July 2016

At Talking Wines we are still enjoying the aftermath of the visit by Yannick Prevoteau. As well as having a great range of Champagnes, he is a really authentic, genuine winemaker and all round top man. It was a pleasure to have him here and I would like to thank everyone who came to one of his events. If you haven’t yet discovered Yannick Prevoteau Champagne we are all very happy to talk you through the range.

We have also had an amazing reaction to what we consider to be the very best Breton Cidre, Le P’tit Fausset. The cider had been flying out since we took delivery of our first pallet a month ago. It we ever get a summer it is the perfect summer drink. The article below tells more of the story.
Turning back to wine, we have a great new Vinho Verde which is fresh and vibrant, ideal for summer drinking, all of which is explained below.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Simon.
Portugal Surprises with Vinho Verde
The region of Vinho Verde in northern Portugal has a chequered past. For many years it made highly acidic, young wine of variable quality mostly consumed locally. With the desire to export, wine standards had to improve and now Vinho Verde is able to compete on an international scale.Casa Homen Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde literally translates as ‘young green wine’ and refers to the most northerly region of Portugal where the border with Spain is defined by the Minho river.
Portugal’s geographical isolation, surrounded by Spain, has restricted the influence of international varieties in the vineyards. While there is still a great deal of red wine made from the local Vinhao grape, it is the white wines that have prospered in export markets.

Most white Vinho Verde is made from a blend of any of Azal, Loureiro, Trajadura, Avesso or Avinto, although there is also Vinho Verde made exclusively from the highly regarded Alvarinho (Albarino).
We have recently added a Vinho Verde from Quintas do Homem, a thriving family business with 17 hectares of vineyards run on sustainable and organic principles. Their Casa Homen Brnaco is a blend of 80% Loueiro and 20% Arinto. It is a lovely zesty, fruity wine with vibrant acidity. Elegant and moreish with just a hint of sprtitz.

Breton Cidre at Talking Wines

We are very excited to have finally managed to ship the most fantastic Breton Cidre at Talking Wines. It is a result of twenty years research of tasting local ciders on my frequent trips to Brittany. The cider from Le P’tit Fausset stands out as the best I have found and all the team at Talking Wines have been looking forward to its arrival.

Le P’tit Fausset is based in rural Brittany in the town of Medrignac with orchards nearby. Gilles Barbe’s family have been making traditional Breton Cidre for sixty years. Originally it was to diversify the farm activities to reduce the reliance on the production of local honey (which is also fantastic). Climate variations and the effect of pesticides on the bee population made the production of honey erratic and hence the cider operation was born.
Le Ptit Fausset Cdre

Using only local traditional apple varieties, Gilles orchards are organic. This is driven by the affects on the bee population that Gilles has observed over the years. Apples from other local growers are also used to make the cider, some of which but not all are organic. The cider is made in the traditional cidre bouche method, with secondary fermentation in the bottle giving fine bubbles to the cider. It has been great to meet Gilles who is passionate about his cider and the environment. His ethos fits very well with the type of wine producers we like to deal with.

The flavour is of pure intense apples. It is a very natural style and a perfect summer drink. It is difficult in words to convey just how flavoursome, natural and different to others ciders it is. We will have a bottle open for sampling throughout June, so I hope you will take the opportunity to come and try this wonderful Breton Cidre.

 

 

 

Saturday Tastings in the shop 10am – 4pm
 

Saturday 2nd July – Loire
Saturday 9th July – Portugal
Saturday 16th July – South Africa
Saturday 23rd July – Languedoc
Saturday 30th July –  New Zealand
Saturday 6th August – Spain
New Wines for July
Le P’tit Fausset Cidre Bouche, Brittany 75cl…………………………….£4.95
Le P’tit Fausset Cidre Bouche Case of 6 x 75cl…………………………..£25
Emiliana Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 37.5cl, Chile……………….£6.99
Le Dolci Colline Spumante Rose, Veneto, Italy…………………………£8.50
Indaba Chenin Blanc, South Africa…………………………………………£8.99
Indaba Merlot, South Africa……………………………………………………£8.99
Scotto Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California……………………………..£10.99
Bremerton Selkirk Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, Australia…………….£14.99
La Ruffe Calmel Joseph, Languedoc, France…………………………£16.99
Simon Thomson