Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

Oddbins tasting

89

2009 Verget Saint Véran Grand Elevage, Mâconnais, Burgundy

£17, 13%, Oddbins

White Burgundies from the 2009 vintage don't lack opulence, but the best ones have freshness and bite, too. This is certainly on the ripe and honeyed side, but it has enough freshness for balance, with notes of vanilla and nutmeg spice, pear and citrus fruit and an appealingly honeyed texture. 

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88

2011 Mas Las Cabes, Jean Gardiés, Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon

£9.50, 13.5%, Oddbins

Jean Gardiés is one of the leading names in the Roussillon, making balanced, herbal reds that have a true sense of place. Violets, thyme and rosemary combine appealingly here on the nose, backed up by flavours of raspberry and mulberry, medium weights tannins and a long finish.

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88

2011 François Lurton, Janeil, Gros Manseng & Sauvignon, Côtes de Gascogne

£7.25, 12.5%, Oddbins

The sort of wine that has made Gascony one of the best value-for-money white wine regions in France, this is a comparativley unusual blend of Sauvignon and Gros Manseng, a grape more often found in Jurançon. It's tangy, refreshing and crisp, with peach, apricot and grapefruit flavours and a zesty finish.

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87

2012 Château de la Roulerie, Les Grandes Bosses, Anjou, Loire Valley

£9, 13%, Oddbins

Possibly a little closed at the moment, but this dry Loire Chenin Blanc hints at good things to come in the glass. Tangy, taut and crisp, with pure green apple fruit, lovely focus and a minerally backdrop. Time should confer more weight and some honeyed, bottle-developed characters. 

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