Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

October Wine reviews


2000 Domaine Cazes, Ambré, Rivesaltes, Languedoc-Roussillon

£15.95, 16.5%, Prohibition Wines

At only £15.95 a half bottle, this has to be one of the best value fortifieds on the market at the moment. It's a mature, salty, rancio-style wine made from Grenache Blanc and Macabeu that's mid way between a Sherry and a Tawny Port in style. Try it poured over vanilla ice cream or with a walnut tart. 





2012 Baumard, Carte d'Or, Coteaux du Layon, Loire Valley

£9.99, 12%, the Vineyard; Sheridan Coopers

Rich, unoaked Chenin Blanc made in an unoaked style, Florent Baumard's wine is quite forward in style, with soft pear and ripe apple flavours, a touch of honey and some nectarine sweetness. A well priced introduction to sweet Loire wines. 





2011 Falua, Terius, Touriga Nacional, Tejo

£8, 13.5%, Marks & Spencer

The Tejo is not the first place you'd go in search of Touriga Nacional (a grape that's more often associated with the Douro and Dão), but this is excellent value and packs a real punch at the price. Full bodied, firm and concentrated, it's floral and perfumed with appealing balckberry fruit and good underlying structure, relying on fruit rather than oak for its appeal.