Two wines from Daniel Lambert - Austria and Loire
I've been reviewing my way through a series of Daniel Lambert wines and comparing them (very favourably) with more widely available bottles.
I left these two until last as they are a bit off-the-beaten-track, but also very food friendly and pair well together.
Unlike a standard Crisp White and Big Red pairing, such as Chablis and Rioja, the white here (a Loire from Quincy), is a little fuller and more rounded, while the red (a Viennese Zweigelt-Pinot blend) is lighter and fresher. So, they are perhaps rather more like a pair of good Burgundies - only much cheaper.
Domaine Valéry Renaudat Quincy 2019
Based in the hamlet of Reuilly, Valery Reneaudat has a clean, fruit-driven style. Quincy, in the Centre Loire, and is one of the warmest parts of the region, giving a rich fullness to the wines which are 100% Sauvignon and intended for early drinking.
floral and citrussy with zippy, tangy lime and a whiff of white pepper; ripe, slightly baked orchard and white stone fruits with fresh green herbs and some sweet spices. Rich, full and supple.
Drinks nicely on first pouring.
Match with goat's cheese, scallops or roast pork.
Weingut R&A Pfaffl Wien.2, 2019
A blend of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir from Vienna.
expressive with complex cherries, toasty-oaky spice and woodsy undergrowth; juicy dark fruits, black cherries, plums and elderberries, vanilla and toasted oaky spice with soft red fruits and tobacco leaf; full, supple and elegant with gentle, very fine and rounded tannins.
Match with darker game such a duck breast, venison steaks or wild boar sausages.
Domaine Valéry Renaudat Quincy
Lots of elderflower perfume and bursting with juicy citrus right across the palate and through to a firm satisfying finish. Full of the lime-green energy and vivacity of spring. Delicious Quincy. A wine that makes you want to get out into the garden and plant things.
Tamlyn Currin 16.5 / 20