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Seasonal Cellar Tasting notes – March 2013

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

Adnams Seasonal CellarDo you want to expand your wine knowledge and discover new favourites? Then why not join our little wine club – The Adnams Seasonal Cellar. Each quarter Adnams’ Senior Wine Buyer, Alastair Marshall, hand-picks 12 great bottles of wine, often undiscovered gems, which are then delivered free to your home. Sign up now and receive £30 off your first case which will arrive in June. As an added bonus, during the lifetime of your membership you’ll receive 10% off any other purchases made online, in our Cellar & Kitchen Stores or via mail order when you call 01502 727222*. *Not available in addition or in conjunction with any other discount or promotion, including staff or shareholder discounts. Choose the case price that matches your budget and the mix that suits your taste (you can change this at any time once you are a member). If you’re already a subscriber, here is the introduction for March’s Seasonal Cellar Club cases, courtesy of Senior Wine Buyer Alastair Marshall. Underneath you can download his tasting notes for the red and white wines included in the three different price brackets available. "The start of 2013 has been very exciting if you happen to be a wine buyer. After many tastings and a visit to the world’s biggest organic wine fair, held in the South of France, I have a sack full of new discoveries to show you. Most prominent in my mind is visiting a grower near Beziers in the Languedoc who had carefully nurtured and cross-pollenated vines to create an unnamed variety. It needs no maintenance from any sort of spray or additive from vineyard to bottle and produces a truly tasty dry white. More of that later in the year. Grapes with strange names do crop up in this quarter’s Seasonal case as we continue our mission to open up Eastern Europe to the closer scrutiny that we think it deserves. Feteasca Regala, Tamaiosara Romanesca and Okuzgozu might be in your case. My advise is to have a taste first and then try to pronounce the grape later. One of the best whites that I tasted last year was a dry Muscat from Anatolia so lucky you if you have the £135 case. If you have ever taken a flight to the South of France and landed at Carcassonne airport you will, just as you come in to land, pass over the vineyards of Domaine Pennautier. Their Viognier is in the £89 case and is as good an example of this grape you can get for a modest £7.49. Their oaked Chardonnay is in the £135 case and this is also surprising in that delivers a richness and complexity that is well above its £9.99 price tag. At this time of year spring lamb will be on the menu and Pinot Noir is the ideal wine to accompany it. Every case has an example (more by luck than design I must admit!) but the £180 case has a brace of them with one from California and one from the Italian Tyrol and I urge you to go wild and open both at once so as to compare just how different this grape variety can be. I would like to sound out those of you whose interest in wine overflows into the passionate as, prompted by several of you keen to drink top-quality wine, I would like to propose a very bespoke selection. This would be a quarterly case at £250 tailored to your tastes. Details have yet to be thrashed out but if this sounds of interest to you please contact Rob Chase or myself." £89 March Seasonal Cellar Tasting Notes £130 March Seasonal Cellar Tasting Notes £180 March Seasonal Cellar Tasting Notes