We are coming to an age where our children or their friends are getting engaged or married...and it just happened that these two have met in the Navy (now you get it: love on the high seas...) and threw an unexpectyed engagement party at us last Friday, because there was a small window of opportunity to get some leave!
It was a great night with a beautiful dinner of baked salmon and pilaf wild rice - it was so good that we tucked in without a photo!, but afterwards came an assortment of cakes and our friend opened a bottle of another Cotes-du-Rhone, one we had not had before (he has become a bit of an addioct himself...), hence the Liquid Treasure!
Les Vins de Vienne produce this little gem "Les Cranilles", particularly good in the 2010 vintage. At 14.5% of alcohol, you should definitely leave the driving to somebody else, or have some sort of "Plan B', as it does not feel like it so strong, in fact quite the contrary with a very round palate and spicy taste. Very good and quite different from what my reference has been, but very drinkable nevertheless...
By the way, my Vidal-Fleury reference is no longer imported in Australia, so if you are in the trade and looking for a perfectly balanced GSM, then you should approach them. I bought (and drank...) the last stock of Cotes du Ventoux from Jon at Ultimo Wine Centre/Vintages Cellars, and I have been looking for a replacement ever since...Maybe I found it, although I think I will do some more research! Stay tuned...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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