One of my favourite distilleries is Glen Moray, even more so after our previous trip in May 2019. At home we have three Glen Moray whiskies: traditional, Fired Oak and my favourite Chardonnay cask, but it is always good to discover more.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
At a Majestic tasting in Leicester in August 2019 we tried Jean-Max Roger's Sancerre Cuvée Genèse and although nice for me it had something missing. As you know I love Sancerre wine but had I been given this blind I would not have said it was from this appellation. Feeling the need to cleanse/change my palate I nibbled on the selection of cheeses offered ..... and yes it worked. Still a light Sancerre the flavours of gooseberries and citrus appeared. A good amount of acidity with now more length on its finish, but it left me a little disappointed.
In September 2019 we visited Sancerre (a dream trip) and as Jean-Max Roger is in Bué, just outside Sancerre village but still within the appellation, we drove over and met Jean-Max's son. They were busy bottling 2018 vintage in order to make room in the vats for this year's wine with the grapes being harvested in the next week. I find it fascinating to see the articulated lorries at the domaines, turning into a mini bottling plant with the distinctive sound of bottles chinking along the conveyor belts.
Last night we enjoyed a bottle of their Cuvée Les Caillottes that we had purchased when visiting the domaine two years ago. It's a beautiful elegant Sancerre, full of minerality with fresh citrus. This is my style of Sancerre and I really enjoyed it, many memories of our holiday.
This, and our trip, highlights for me two things: the vast different in any appellation, even by the same winemaker, and how much is discovered by visiting vineyards and domaines, something I hope we can be doing again soon.
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Many of the whisky distilleries are owned by bigger international groups, Pernod Richard is one of the biggest, owning many vineyards as well as distilleries worldwide.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Two years ago Hubby and I took our first trip to Scotland, we were not great whisky fans when we set off but we certainly were when we came home. You can read about our previous adventures in my May 2019 blog posts.
Always happy to revisit places we have just enjoyed 10 days exploring Scotland with friends; visiting old places but also discovering new. There is so much to write about I have split my blog posts into themes but it may take me a while to write them all.
I'm beginning with our tasting at Robertson's of Pitlochry hosted by the very knowledgeable owner Ewan McIlwraith. It was at this tasting two years ago we discovered whisky so we were all looking forward to another whisky afternoon.
The tastings are held in The Bothy on a beautiful oak table laid with barrel staves holding four Glencairn glasses. Although a second visit I learnt so much more about this golden liquid.
Two super visits as part of our Scotland touring holiday, there's plenty more whisky, beer and so many beautiful sights to blog about I'll be busy for quite a while.