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Fine Wine Fair

The Fine Wine Fair took place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall this weekend. The event was a cross section of wines from old and new world producers, presented by regional wine bodies as well as agents and retailers for the various brands. There were a series of master classes presented, including closer looks at wine regions as well as some chocolate and wine pairing. So Saturday afternoon was spent learning about a number of producers and regions. There were many wines that were impressive, and a few that were not particularly great in my humble opinion.

One range of wines that I enjoyed

was from Chateau Camplazens, a Languedoc producer from La Clape, near Narbonne. The owners were there presenting the wines themselves and it really made a difference. Their Grenache was fantastic and I really enjoyed my first look at Marselan, a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The Marselan combines a savoury, herbal character on the nose, with ripe, black fruit flavours. An interesting varietal, and one that I would like to try some more examples of.

Other wines that stood out included:

The Blend 2007 Chilean producer Errazuriz was elegant and seamless, with a savoury liquorice depth balancing the red fruit and sweet spice. 41% Syrah with Cabernet Franc, Carmenère and a splash of Roussanne.

Buitenverwachting Hussey’s Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – After not tasting this wine for a couple of vintages it reaffirmed the strength of the 09 vintage for South African white wines.

Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Riesling Spätlese 2007 and 1997 – Great to compare two similar wines from vintages ten years apart.

De Martino Lagado Reserva Chardonnay 2008 – There was a fair amount of Chardonnay on show and I really enjoyed this example from Chile. Lovely butteriness on the nose balanced by fresh apple acidity.

One Response to “Fine Wine Fair”

  1. Dave says:

    Buiten representing! Nice!

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