I love the fact that the same grape that makes ripe but balanced fruit bombs in Barossa Valley can make rugged, savory wines in Cornas
. But when I pick up a bottle from Walla Walla Valley or Sonoma County or Santa Barbara County, I have no idea which I'm getting.
Last season's Arkle Trophy third landed the William Hill Gold Cup at Exeter on his seasonal reappearance and the form could hardly be stronger given the subsequent success of the runner-up Cornas
and even more notably third-placed Twist Magic.
Last season's Arkle Trophy third landedtheWilliam HillGoldCupat Exeter on his seasonal reappearance and the form could hardly be stronger given the subsequent success of the runner-up Cornas
and, even more notably, third-placed Twist Magic.
"Holiday Dining With Chef Robert Reynolds" features Savory Cake With Dry Figs; Flamiche Poireaux; Filet of Beef With Cornas
Puree; Butter Lettuce With Mint; Baba au Rhum in Kirsch; Cardamom Ice Cream Garnished With Winter Fruit Compote and Flecked With Rogue River Blue Cheese.
Cote Rotie, Cornas
and Hermitage wines are the ones compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy but they still start at around pounds 10 per bottle.
The JEAN LUC COLOMBO, TERRES BRULEES 2008, CORNAS
(PS35, Waitrose) is a little pricey but is a stunning drop.
In Laure's case, as the only child of Jean-Luc Colombo, one of the most influential wine-makers and consultants in the Rhne Valley, this means the privileged slopes of Cornas
and its neighbour to the south, Saint-Pray.
One who may have slipped through the net, though, is Cornas
in the bet365.com Celebration Chase (2.35).
The great vineyards are St Joseph, Cornas
, Hermitage, and Cote Rotie, with the great houses of the top companies, which include Guigal, Delas, Chapoutier, Jaboulet and Vidal Fleury.
Alan King's grey, restoring his reputation after novice chase defeats at Cheltenham and Aintree last spring, fended off Cornas
by a length and a quarter as 2-1 favourite Captain Chris unseated Richard Johnson when looking a threat at the last.
It looks very competitive and I give a good shout to Nick Williams' CORNAS
(2.35) who finished a brave second to the smart Planet Of Sound here last year.