Have you ever tasted liquid gold? Make this Christmas one to remember with late harvest Domaine Rotier Renaissance dessert wine.
Since the 2011 harvest, the Gaillac AOC is one of only three wine regions in all of France that have the right to call their sweet white wines ‘Vendanges Tardives’ or late harvest.
Pick of the bunch is Domaine Rotier’s Renaissance Gaillac Doux, which has been making waves f or many years prior to the addition of ‘Vendanges Tardives’ on the label. If it’s good enough for Robert Parker, then I guess that’s good enough. http://bit.ly/1txuu7L
This rare appellation doesn’t come easy – it means obligatory hand-picked grapes, the usual element of noble rot, and ageing in French oak barrels for at least 12 months.
The late harvest means the wine is made from much riper grapes with more concentrated flavour and added sugar.
Of course, there are lots of other well-known dessert wines out there, Sauternes, Jurancon and Alsace spring to mind – but in our humble opinion – this one from Domaine Rotier is easily a match for Château d’Yquem and at just a fraction of the price. http://bit.ly/1txuu7L
Rotier’s Renaissance Gaillac Blanc Doux is 100% Loin de l’Oeil grape (far from the eye) – a grape variety unique to Gaillac and the south-west of France.
On the nose, it presents aromas of apricot, figs and quince. It is deeply concentrated in flavour and velvety on the palate.
This dessert wine will keep for at least 10-12 years – best enjoyed with warm foie gras and figs (or even pâtés), smelly cheese, fruit-based desserts or just on its own.
Check out our full range of dessert wines at http://bit.ly/1ypjCPu
Bon Appetit to all our horsey friends at Clonshire Riding Club who held their annual Christmas Dinner Dance last night at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick.
Les Cavaliers from Adare, one of the best-known Equestrian Centre in the Emerald Isle, were dining last night on a delicious menu of Sea Bass and traditional Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pud. Yum, yum!… (or Miam, miam as they say in France).
All washed down of course with two choice wines from Vinitek range a crisp chalky organic wine from Gaillac – http://bit.ly/1AAGlKW and a nicely balanced warm red from Corbieres – http://bit.ly/1xVbHHY
Not sure what band was playing last night, but no doubt our good friend, Sue Hassett the Chair of Clonshire Riding Club, was shaking tacky into the small hours.
Sue is owner of the Grove on Cecil Street- Limerick’s longest established and best Vegetarian and Health Food Restaurant. Sue’s Lentil Curry and Nut Burgers are the stuff of legend.
Sue’s eaterie gets a five star rating on Trip Advisor and even gets a big thumbs up from those most fastidious of Carnivores – the French.
Already looking forward to slow creamy pints and tankards of premium gin with Sue in Tom Collins’ watering hole on the Cristmas trip home.
In other Vinitek news, we’re delighted to announce that our new range of organic wines from Ricardelle de Lautrec is now in stock. We’ve selected three wines from vigneron Lionel Boutis’s list- two whites and a red. The rich white Viognier with hints of Apricot is particularly nice.
Cheeky chappie Lionel, specialises in taking well-known grape varieties from regions like Burgundy and the Rhone and planting them in the Pays d’Oc to produce great wines with a Mediterranean twist and at only a fraction of the price.
Bring home a taste of Lionel this Christmas at http://bit.ly/1nXUtCg
Happy Christmas to all our dear customers and friends.