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Friday, 22 May 2015

Out-of-Bordeaux Dinner

Out of Bordeaux Dinner with Gauchezco, Oldenburg and Connoisseur Estates

In the week of London Wine Fair, Mauricio Vegetti of Gauchezco and Philip Costandius of Oldenburg hosted a dinner to consider what the New World can do with Bordelais grape varieties.

We kicked things off with Gauchezco's 2014 Torrontes - fresh, clean and precise with Torrontes' signature lifted florality, it is modern and crisp.

The wines were in three flights over dinner - the first flight highlighted two very different styles, the second pairing was closer, whilst the two Cab Francs at the end were almost soul mates.
Round One

This was Charlize Theron vs Dita Von Teese, a world-class slender beauty and a curvaceously seductive attention-grabber

Oldenburg Rhodium 2012 right-bank blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec; an Old-World lookalike, with bramble, red berries and coffee. Fresh and peppery with a firm muscularity.

Gauchezco Petit Verdot 2013 dark purple with perfumey oaky spice; fullsome, supple and inky with ripe bramble fruit and smooth tannins
Round Two

Flamboyant Cuban Pete-with-the-Rhumba-Beat vs self-assured beefcake Simon Le Bon

Gauchezco Oro Malbec 2009 ripe dark berries, liquorice and spice; baked, pruney fruit but cut through with freshness; extrovert yet athletic.

He says: chick-chicky-boom

Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 bold and muscular yet refined; fresh, complex plum, cassis and pencil shavings.

He says: This is Planet Earth!
Round Three

Cab Franc is typified by Winebird Helena Nicklin as an earthy, old-school gent who likes sweeping leaves and gathering redcurrants. These two have a dash more virility about them; more likely to own a two-seater sports car than a cardigan, they might want to be your Sugar Daddy

Oldenburg Cabernet Franc 2011 raspberry fruit, freshness and grip

Gauchezco Cabernet Franc / Malbec 2011 fuller, riper and plumper

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