Here is a look at our most popular wines of 2013.
The following makes some interesting reading, none the least for the prominence of rosé. Two rosé wines have made the top 10! Once considered sweet and uninteresting, dry rosé certainly appears to be making a resurgence in Australia as it is in Europe. In France in 2013 rosé sales exceeded white wine sales. Similarly we appear to be in the middle of a rosé revolution ! If you have never had a french rosé try one of these wines.
Here are the first 5 of our top 10 wines for 2013. We will blog about wines 6-10 next week!
We are thrilled to see this lovely easy drinking white wine making the it to the top of our list in 2013 . (It was number 5 in 2012). It has struck a chord as a good value easy going alternative to NZ savvy blanc. It was a big hit when served cold and crisp on a hot week-end at the Paris to Provence Festival in Melbourne in November. Sommeliers are reporting customers coming in and asking for "that" French white.
The Queyrans family has owned Chateau de la Bouyere for more than a century. The vineyard is located at the top of Donzac, 45 km to the south of Bordeaux. Grape production, wine making and ageing all take place on the family estate. Vines have an average age of 30 years.
Region/Terroir: AOC Bordeaux Blanc
Grapes: Semillon (80%), Sauvignon Blanc (20%).
Ageing: Drink now. Serve at a cool temperature around 12°C.
Our Tasting notes: Lovely pale golden colour with little hints of green. An expressive nose with fragrances of citrus fruits that evolve towards nuances of tropical fruits. The mouth is harmonious and fruity with a great round, rich mouth feel due to the ageing on fine lees. Delicate and balanced. A lovely wine at this price.
A stylish wine. Crisp and refreshing, perfect on its own , with nibbles with salads or seafood.
Number 3 last year and just short of number one this year.
The name says it all. Irresisitible! An irresistible rosé from Provence, the home of rosé.
For more technical details etc quick here.
This rosé seems to appeal to wine lovers who would not normally look at rosé. It is darker in colour and has more body than other styles of rosé (this is achieved by a pressing of the skins with the juice which otherwise would be clear).
5. Chateau Lagarde (Saint Émilion) SOLD OUT
If you are a fan of Saint Émilion or Merlot, or just looking for a good wine at a great price, it’s pretty hard to go past these wines!
So that's the first 5 of the top 10.
More on these next week.