April Temptations

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As I write this the beautiful melodious tones of the Blackbird announce Spring. The cherry blossoms are stunningly beautiful and powerfully aromatic at dusk. So why am I still lighting my fire and where is the Spring sunshine. Global cooling I guess. 

As Mother Nature deliberates whether to treat us to some Spring sunshine, my thoughts wander to robust red wines, ideal with Spring lamb.

Château Thenac, ‘Fleur de Thenac’ 2010. AOC Bergerac, € 9,60
The younger brother of the famous Château Thenac, and a recent acquisition to the Cave.
Deep ruby red in colour, with aromas of ripe cherries with sweet cinnamon and tobacco. The palate is powerful and complex, with flavours of wild strawberries and cherry jam, with velvety tannins. Lovely long finish – ideal with Spring lamb.

Domaine Emile Grelier, Bordeaux Supérieur, Merlot, € 11,00
Rather reminiscent of a Pomerol but at a more reasonable price.
Its typicity: aromatic and gourmet wine
Its aromas and flavours: complex aromas of cinnamon, white and pink pepper, blackcurrant, wild blackberry and pivoine.
Its favourite atmosphere + foods: amazing aperitif, perfect dinner companion, lovely with cheese – Beaufort, Cantal or an aged Comté.

Château d’Elle, 2012, AOC Pécharmant, €16,00
The very ‘bubbly’ wine producer, Jocelyn Pecou produces a glorious fresh and fruity Pécharmant with lovely aromas of cherries, plums and violets, with smoky, peppery hints and a warm touch of vanilla. Delicious crunchy red fruit flavour with a delicate white pepper finish.