It’s Saturday afternoon and I am still buzzing about the wine tasting I attended on Thursday night. Wadebridge wines put on a fantastic evening at the Royal Cornwall Showground. The venue was heaving with people guzzling their way through the over 100 wines on show looking for the perfect bottles to order in time for Christmas.
The event was very well organised and despite the number of guests I found it just about possible to take a look at almost all the tables. My one and only difficultly was trying to squeeze my way through to the spittoons. I must say I was definitely in the minority, most folks seemed happy quaffing glass after glass, luckily for them Relish were on had with yummy cheeses and olives to break up the drinking.
A highlight for me was most definitely Mr. Geoff Cole, his lovely wife and their delicious and diverse selection of Madeira’s, my favourite was D’Oliveiras 1988, Terrantez. It was medium dry, super complex with a real appley fresh finish that blew me away, amazing considering it is over 20 years old!
My second highlight was meeting Ben Llewellyn of Carte Blanche. His genuine enthusiasm and knowledge made him really stand out. After tasting his line up it was clear that bright, interesting and elegant are qualities Ben holds highly when selecting wines and producers to work with. I would be happy to receive any of his wines for Christmas, but was particularly captivated by Domaine Cheveaux, Pouilly Fuisse, 2010, Burgundy. Subtle and elegant yet complex and exciting with a real purity; the sort of wine I could drink all-night and go to bed fooled I will be waking up with a clear head- dangerous.
It was also really wonderful to meet Mark Hellyar of Chateau Civrac, a Cornishman making his mark in Bordeaux. His billed 2007 and 2008 were very drinkable, but his stand out for me was a sneaky bottle of 2006, plenty of structure and acidity, a real winner.
Thank you to Tamsin and everyone at Wadebridge Wines for a marvelous evening. I will most definitely be popping in to stock up before Christmas!