Recent Reviews

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AA2941 AA2941 The Society's Exhibition Grüner Veltliner 2019

"I would have given this 4.5 but there is no option for this hence 4. A delightful wine that is punchy and fresh with crisp acidity but wonderful balanced with plenty of fruit. Will definitely buy again."

Mr Stuart Hearn ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BU76001 BU76001 Domaine de la Rochette Montagne de Cra, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2019

"Sorry to everyone who has posted so far but this really is a lovely wine and I have to agree with Toby’s recommendation and promotion as a real bargain for the price. Wish I’d bought more than 6, let’s hope more becomes available "

Dr Paul Cook ( 26-Feb-2021 )

IT31121 IT31121 Pecorino Abruzzo, Contesa 2020

"3 bootles arrived this morning and we drank one with plaice fillets folowed by cheese this evening. Absolutely won over by it and will re-rder immediately."

Mr David L Summers ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC39731 FC39731 Minervois, Plaisir d'Eulalie, Château Sainte Eulalie 2019

"Cloves and plums on nose, very promising. Stewed plum fruit on palate. Well made wine. I liked it a lot. Would buy again. Bought in mixed case of 'big reds' it's in the right box at 14.5%"

Mr Tim Hogg ( 26-Feb-2021 )

NZ12011 NZ12011 Kumeu Village Hand-Harvested Chardonnay 2019

"A little more acidic than I'd like, light touch of oak, clean tasting, a little floral. Not the best fruits coming through but it's OK. I like that it's hand picked. Decent but not an impresser. "

Mr Phil Eckersley ( 26-Feb-2021 )

IT30281 IT30281 Lagrein Alto Adige, Hofstätter 2018

"I was expecting something a little lighter, but this is really quite gutsy with some cherry and a bit of crunch. I really love it. The bottle seems to be dissapearing fast."

Dr Philip Matthews ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC39001 FC39001 Corbières Rouge, Domaine du Trillol 2016

"Fantastic, meaty southern red. Love it, can't believe you can pick this up for under £7."

Dr Philip Matthews ( 26-Feb-2021 )

SA15611 SA15611 The Liberator 'P.S. I LOVE YOU #2', Simonsberg-Paarl 2017

"Big, bold, unctuous red. Each mouthful is dripping with fruit before it hits you with a delicious tannic kick on the finish. Not for those who like a refined, orderly, understated classic; this is a punch-you-in-the-mouth-with-a-fistful-of-flavour bad boy you'll want to take home to your parents. "

Ms Alice Brown ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC39961 FC39961 Gamay, Jacques Dépagneux, Vin de France 2020

"If you're a fan of Californian Zinfandel you'll like this. 'Fruit driven'? Basically, alcoholic raspberry juice. Nothing wrong with it, but not to my taste."

Mr Stephen Butler ( 26-Feb-2021 )

GR1721 GR1721 Mitravelas 'Red on Black' Agiorgitiko 2019

"Amazed at the negative reviews shown here, though some clearly just got a duff bottle. This is a distinctive properly dry red, good value, with great depth, subtle tannins and a long finish. More like a French than an Italian or Spanish red."

Mr Stephen Butler ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BU76001 BU76001 Domaine de la Rochette Montagne de Cra, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2019

"This is becoming an annoying theme....stop doing this...you are discouraging members.... enticing them with unavailable stock drives us into the arms of others , who never forget are equally good at uncovering fine growers and their wines ....a grumpy member !,"

Mr Nigel A Haynes ( 26-Feb-2021 )

CE10901 CE10901 Lascar Classic Carmenère 2019

"This is a really solid example of Chilean Carmenere at a bargain price. We left half a bottle until the second night and it was even better. Warming, earthy, approachable mid bodied red with smooth tannin and low acidity - give it a go ??"

Mr Stuart Lawless ( 26-Feb-2021 )

SA16481 SA16481 Fistful of Schist Muscat, Swartland 2020

"Very nice. Dry bishop but full. The muscat flavour and perfume very much in evidence but dryer than the European versions. Excellent value. We’ll buy some more!"

Ms Patricia A Stewart ( 26-Feb-2021 )

CB5851 CB5851 Château Picheron, Bordeaux 2018

"Very pleasant to drink, but as commented on by another reviewer, there is a large amount of sediment. I had to filter and decant before I could drink it; very unexpected for only a 2018 vintage."

Dr Michael Dobson ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BU75991 BU75991 Domaine de la Rochette Mont Sard, Mâcon-Bussières 2019

"Initially a gentle buttery and floral taste and aroma, typical of this area but oddly the longer it lasted the depth was lost to a slightly iron, bitter edge. Another bottle will allow us to substantiate or alter our assessment. "

Mr Terry Deamer ( 26-Feb-2021 )

AA3071 AA3071 Familie Mantler Grüner Veltliner, Niederösterreich 2019

"Almost fizzy on the tongue. Dry, citrusy, easy to drink. Floral notes."

Miss Emilia Fairfax ( 26-Feb-2021 )

SG2751 SG2751 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

"I thought the Nyetimber Classic Cuvee was hard to beat for a sparkling English wine. But this is just as good and, at the price, much better value. It's not quite as dry as the Nyetimber, but it's beautifully fresh tasting, nicely balanced and has great length. You will never find a champagne this good at this price. Delicious! "

Mr Rob Rue ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BJ8491 BJ8491 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2019

"Really delicious wine. Raspberry/ cherry. I was dubious about Beaujolais but how wrong I was."

Mrs Caroline Hooper ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BJ8491 BJ8491 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2019

"Really delicious wine. Raspberry/ cherry. I was dubious about Beaujolais but how wrong I was."

Mrs Caroline Hooper ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BJ8491 BJ8491 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2019

"Really delicious wine. Raspberry/ cherry. I was dubious about Beaujolais but how wrong I was."

Mrs Caroline Hooper ( 26-Feb-2021 )

SA16281 SA16281 The Society's Exhibition Pinotage, Stellenbosch 2018

"Benefits from a decant as it greatly improved and was still going well the next day. Has a sharpness, but this is balanced by the generous fruit, intensity and liveliness. Full-bodied, silky, with spicy edged red and dark fruit. The alcohol makes its presence felt, but not too much. Good value."

Mr Nanzino Pece ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC38541 FC38541 The Society's Corbières 2018

"Well we thought this was an excellent example of its type and the sort of quality you can get for this price in the S of France. My wife is pressing me to buy more....."

Dr Christopher Jones ( 26-Feb-2021 )

SP15761 SP15761 Fefiñanes Albariño, Rías Baixas 2019

"Really enjoyed this, the quality is clear. Slight spritz in the glass when opened, softens and fills out with some air. Fruit is yellow citrus, white & light stonefruit. Finish is constant and does not develop any bitterness or unpleasant edges. Well made. "

Mr Martin J Whalley ( 26-Feb-2021 )

AU23451 AU23451 The Society's Australian Shiraz 2019

"Very enjoyable. Nice flavour it’s become our Wine Society family lockdown favourite."

David C Westoby Esq ( 26-Feb-2021 )

CB5501 CB5501 Château de Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2017

"Really enjoyed this wine - every bit as good as a higher priced clarity with well rounded berry flavours and balanced tannin. Especially good when opened ahead and left to breathe - I found it better for decanting or at least pouring through an aerator "

Mr Stephen Izatt ( 26-Feb-2021 )

AU21891A AU21891A Bleasdale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

"£ Quality ratio is excellent, its a lovely wine with plenty of apple, peach and flinty struck match"

Mr Steffan T White ( 26-Feb-2021 )

BU76001 BU76001 Domaine de la Rochette Montagne de Cra, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2019

"Agree....where is it ?"

Mr William A Cross ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC39861 FC39861 Duo Des Mers Sauvignon-Viognier, Vin de France 2020

"Nice easy going quaffer. Good balance between the Sauvignon and Viognier and excellent value"

Mr S M Pickard ( 26-Feb-2021 )

FC39391 FC39391 Plaimont, Moonseng Merlot-Manseng Noir, Côtes de Gascogne 2018

" We loved this for a weeknight treat. It tasted of the countryside, so fresh and fruity. A little bit of a smoky incense aftertaste too. I found it fascinating!"

Ms Annabel Miller ( 25-Feb-2021 )

US9471 US9471 Lemelson Thea's Selection Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017

"The review is for the 2016 wine but may be relevant to the 2017 now on sale. I was a little disappointed with it and at first drinking felt little better than a glugger but costing over twice the price. The fruit was masked by excessive tannins. However some of the wine remained undrunk. When finished 4 days later the tannins had receded to reveal a more complex wine, with chocolate and liquorice hints; much better and proves to me that good pinot requires longer maturation than often recommended. This is particularly true of New Zealand examples with which I am more familiar."

Mrs Caroline Pygott ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC38721 FC38721 Duo du Midi, Pays d'Oc 2019

"Cranberry, redcurrant, vanilla, cherry and marzipan. Perfectly quaffable but nothing special. We think Domaine Laborie is much better."

Dr Andre Gilburn ( 25-Feb-2021 )

SP14411 SP14411 Navajas Crianza, Rioja 2015

"I love Rioja and this is a delightful wine and even though just a Crianza is very worthy of a higher rating.....bought a case a while ago and dived in tonight after a few months absence and now online ordering a second case...don't want to run out of this"

Mr Andrew Gilbert ( 25-Feb-2021 )

RH50851 RH50851 Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière, Ferraton 2016

"Overall I was a little disappointed, Initial aroma was pungent spice but soften to sour cherry with some herbal. Medium acidity and tannins but they were quite harsh more than I expected and spoilt the balance. The tannins should soften but perhaps not enough rounded fruit left. Medium body and finish, probably over priced "

Mr Michael Godden ( 25-Feb-2021 )

AL15311 AL15311 The Society’s Vin d’Alsace 2018

"Surprisingly gentle taste after an astringent nose. Delicious and excellent value."

Mr William Goldsmith ( 25-Feb-2021 )

RH54301 RH54301 Sablet Blanc, Bertrand Stehelin 2018

"I think this is the sort of wine a connoisseur will appreciate. Minerally and with a lime flavour (not sure about the peaches and pear flavours) it’s got a lot of flavour but not the rounded fruit you would find in warmer climates. It has a fresh quality to it and it’s quite light so can drink on its own but would guess goes well with fish as well. However it’s over £15 a bottle which is a bit pricey. "

Mr Adam Sherriff ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC36941 FC36941 Marcillac ‘Lo Sang del Pais', Domaine du Cros 2018

"v nice and perfectly drinkable and low alcohol level"

Mr Thomas Clark ( 25-Feb-2021 )

CE9251 CE9251 Koyle Auma Alto Colchagua 2011

"Very pleasant wine. Deep plum colour. Moderate bouquet of plums, damsons with a hint of graphite. Moderate grip in the mouth. Overall a very pleasant wine. Ive probably had better for the price but ignoring the price it was a wine Id happily drink any time."

Mr Michael Cannon ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC39781 FC39781 Saint-Chinian Côte d'Arbo, Mas Champart 2018

"If it would be helpful to fellow members, my delight with the 2017 vintage of this wine should persuade them to try this wine. The price has gone up by about £3 from when I purchased the 2017, in 2019, but this is a top producer and the depth of fruit, smooth tannins and excellent length of flavour is very persuasive. As soon as funds allow I shall purchase more. Repays keeping a while."

Mr Timothy Appelbee ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC37481 FC37481 Collioure Blanc, Domaine du Col de Mollo 2017

"I agree with these three earlier February reviews. The fruit reminded me most of greengages. Lovely with some air. Full in the same way white Hermitage is at the lower end. Not sure the Dry 2/9 is quite right. More 3 (or 4)?"

Mr P W G Beuttell ( 25-Feb-2021 )

BU75981 BU75981 Joseph Burrier, Mâcon-Vergisson 2019

"best suited to making a Kir it's that acidic! "

Mr Adam Dziamarski ( 25-Feb-2021 )

AA2941 AA2941 The Society's Exhibition Grüner Veltliner 2019

"Top drawer. Full, but with firm minerality and characteristic white pepper to balance it out. Long, clean and delicious. "

Mr Fred Burt ( 25-Feb-2021 )

US8611 US8611 Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling 2018

"lovely middle of the road riesling not too demanding or acidic but neither flacid so great pre dinner aperitif"

Mr Rob Jones ( 25-Feb-2021 )

IT30761 IT30761 Baccolo Appassimento Rosso Veneto 2019

"This is still delicious wine and amazing value. Thanks Winesoc"

Mr Rob Jones ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC39371 FC39371 Tannat Les Deux Vaches Rouges, Vin de France, Famille Laplace 2018

"OK wine with a little length in the finish but surely far too expensive."

Mr Rob Jones ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC39071 FC39071 Domaine du Tariquet, Amplitude, Côtes de Gascogne 2019

"I disagree with a previous review as I find this one very pleasant but actually rather one dimensional and not worth the extra pound over the Tariquet so it is in my view not such good value."

Mr Rob Jones ( 25-Feb-2021 )

BU76001 BU76001 Domaine de la Rochette Montagne de Cra, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2019

"I echo my fellow members' views. Very frustrating to offer an out-of-stock wine."

Mr Kevin Wilson ( 25-Feb-2021 )

BU76001 BU76001 Domaine de la Rochette Montagne de Cra, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2019

"I can only echo the other reviews. Pretty incompetent to offer a wine by email which isn't even in stock."

Mr Alan Hutton ( 25-Feb-2021 )

FC39861 FC39861 Duo Des Mers Sauvignon-Viognier, Vin de France 2020

"The 2020 vintage has far more Sauvignon character than Viognier and, although still very enjoyable, it is not as food friendly as the 2019."

Mr Glen Griffiths ( 25-Feb-2021 )

RH57481 RH57481 Côtes-du-Rhône Rive Droite Rive Gauche 2019

"I'm puzzled by both the intensely positive and negative reviews of this wine. I certainly wouldn't describe it as bland or lacking structure: as the vintage notes state, it's a fruit forward wine with strong acidity - perhaps slightly too strong - and some nice powdery tannins and rather light-medium body. This makes for a rather fresher and more summery wine than I would often associate with GSM, again as the notes suggest, so perhaps if you're going for a richer and fuller bodied blend then this will not fit with expectations. At a rather reasonable price I don't think it's a bad buy, and I think in the right (warm) context or as a clever food pairing it could really excel. But it does lack a certain depth - the bouquet is somewhat interesting and the freshness is pleasant, but there's a lack of complex flavours or finish to back up the initial zing of acidity. "

Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard ( 25-Feb-2021 )

US8751 US8751 Parker Station Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018

"I hesitated in giving this a 5-star review. But given its quality for the price, I think it’s fair. I have a 2018 vintage, paying just under £15 a bottle. I'm leaving a review having gone back and purchased another 6-bottles and started drinking them. I like pinot-noir. I'm going to address some of the concerns raised by Dr Munro, because although I do like a hilarious review, I suspect that he was not writing it entirely for comedy. I enjoyed Tesco Oyster Bay Pinot 2018 (New Zealand), but the 2019 vintage is nowhere near as good. I’ve tried Tesco ‘Finest’ (that’s a statement if Tesco only go that ‘fine’) Otago Pinot 2019. Again, it’s rather sharp and acidic. Not-on-special I’d pay £11 or £13 for these. Parker is worth the extra two or three quid, in my opinion. The benzene Munro refers to I suspect is the initial smell of the sulphites. It disappears quickly if you let the wine breathe. I like a bit of this ‘reduction’, and it adds character, and it is faint. I know the wine is oaked, and there is the potential for a musky smell when first opened. I didn’t really notice it, but I believe that is Dr Munro’s dead cat. I opened Schrodinger’s box, aka Parker’s pinot, and … no cat! But I’ve had this smell on expensive St Estephe. I don’t think it’s an issue with this wine. Again, if you find it an issue, let it breathe and I’m sure it will diminish. I could not but help buying some Momo based on Munro’s recommendation. In fact I’m drinking it now. It’s not a bad wine, but it’s a completely different wine than a pinot. Unless I have the wrong wine it’s a full-heavy bodied Crianza from Spain! It’s not an unpleasant wine – but a completely different wine in style, region, and intention. I find Parker elegant with quite a bit of fruit and character, and although it’s not perfect, it’s excellent for less than £15 a bottle, and I challenge you to find such quality at a lower price at our supermarkets. I certainly have paid many times more for Burgundy (paying for the ‘name’ Burgundy) and received far less superior wine. I would recommend you try this wine. I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed. (Note that it is a year today since Dr Munro tried this wine, if of the same vintage. A year ageing can make a significant difference). "

Mr David Halse ( 24-Feb-2021 )


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