Friday, 13 October 2017

St Maurice - Visan

Last year we had a private tasting with Cellier de Dauphins, such a treat. We really enjoyed the St Maurice (you can read about it in my dedicated page). This named village is next to Visan so it was a must to visit their caveau.

And a great caveau it was too with so much choice, some of my favourites came from here including the delicious Bastidon. We enjoyed this at home with rib eye steak - you can read Hubby's review on Cuvée Reserve

Domaine la Fontaine du Loup is a Grenache, Syrah, Carignan wine full of dark fruits as expected in all Cote du Rhone wines. I seem to remember it being a smoother wine as regards tannins with a warm finish but as it is still resting in our rack I will review it some time in the future.

The Co-operative Cotes du Rhone red and table white were, although a blend of grapes from various vineyards, very very good wines and instead of buying bottles we decided to again venture into box world. Both boxes were 5 litres and at around 12 euros per box they were a purchase not to be missed.

Domaine du Bastidon & Domaine la Fontaine du Loup
Cotes du Rhone rouge & Cotes du Rhone blanc
Our friends who run the bar in Visan recommended Diamont Noir from Cellier des Templiers in Richerenches - who are we to miss the chance to visit another caveau. This village, just north west of Visan, is full of Templar history and is also famous for truffles.

It was no surprise that Diamont Noir was a super wine, Grignan d'Adamer is an appellation we know well. This region of France's wine growing benefits from a mild winter, winded by the Mistral and summer hot and dry, punctuated by storms regulating rainfall, all of which produces amazing grapes which in turn produce superb wines.
Celliers de Templiers

Diamont Noir is predominanetly Syrah with a small percentage of Grenache, full of blackcurrants and dark cherries with the peppery spice from the Syrah grape.

Very smooth the mouth with subtle tannin and a good length to it's finish, it was easy to see why our friends recommended this.

1136 Commanderie was our other wine purchase from Cellier des Templiers, again a Syrah Grenache wine but different in flavour as along with blackcurrants and spices there was a delicate note of balsamic. It's nose was quite earthy with woody and truffle notes.

1136 was the year the Templars arrived in Richerenches and built their church which is the centre of this historic village.

As we arrived the local wine growers were queuing up in their tractors with wagons full of grapes waiting to weigh their produce. It was a superb sight seeing how a co-operative really works, many producers sharing their grapes resulting in great wine.

Arriving with this years yield 
Wine related, our other purchase at Cellier de Templiers was something I have wanted most of my life - a car I would just love to own but as I don't really want divorce papers to arrive in the post I have resisted the urge to have one ..... however now I do, my very own 2CV. It is now parked in our lounge with a very special passenger - a bottle of Sancerre !!

My dream car !!
Our final caveau visit was in Visan, literally across the road from our hotel. It was lovely to be recognised as soon as we entered the bright and airy boutique, even nicer that they could remind us of last year's purchases.

We do still have a couple of bottles from Cave de Visan in the garage so decided to try something new - bio. We saw many organic wines this year on our travels, it seems to be something the french wine growers are keen to promote. I would imagine most growers are and have been organic any as the french have always been 'rustic' and 'au nature' in their lifestyles so for many growers it may be a case of shouting about something they have taken for granted.

Vin Bio Cotes du Rhone Rouge is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan. This was the final wine we tasted at our degustation and immediately noticed how smooth it was compared to the other, very nice, Visan wines. Still full of fruit and spice, as expected from this region but it really was softer in the mouth.

Vin Bio
Our favourite Visan wines

Of course it would have been rude not to bring home some more Visan wine and our favourite from last year Les Murieres, I'm not quite sure how we manged to get all our purchases from our two weeks home, especially as this year we had my wheelchair too but our garage certainly knows we managed somehow.

We had a superb time in France this year, as you can see from my last four posts we discovered some amazing wine as well as visiting many places. It was especially nice this year to meet up with my school exchange friend Viviane and her husband Michel, we last saw them in 2002 on our way to our holiday in Abbaye des Monges.

2002 - with Viviane's family
2002 - Viviane's mum and my Dad are sadly no longer with us 
2017 - playing petanque 
Our holiday was made extra special by the warm welcome from Angelo and Cathy at Caffe de Siecle in Visan - we had such fun, chatting away in a mixture of languages - the time passed far too quickly, especially on our evening bbq.

An evening with friends
Trés trés merci a toutes nos amis - á bientot !!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Chateauneuf du Pape - Cairanne

The second part of our holiday was in Visan, a great village we discovered in 2016 in the Vaucluse region of France. You can read about the village and surrounding area in my post last July - Visan to Chateauneuf du Pape.

This year we focused on wine and visiting a few of the named villages. As you'll read last year we discovered white Chateauneuf du Pape at our tasting with Cellier des Princes. A new wine for us as here in the UK we have only seen red wine from this famous village.

Last year I took a bottle of white home to share with friends, unfortunately I didn't get to enjoy it as that was the night I ended up in hospital with broken legs, another bit of reading Stratford Weekend. According to our friends it was a very nice glass of white !

Being as we were quite close to Cellier des Princes we re-visited with the aim of buying another bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape blanc. I was devasted to discover it had all gone and no more had, as yet, been bottled. I was on my crutches and explained about how I had missed the tasting last year, the lovely lady in the caveau searched all the display shelves (they have a boutique gift wrapped area as well as cases/bottles) and found the very last bottle, I was so so pleased.

Since returning home I have enjoyed my bottle with a very good friend - we both loved it and it is on my to buy again list if ever available.

A pale gold yellow colour with glistening highlights, this superb blanc has a nose of honey, white stone fruit with a hint of blossom.

It's full of crisp white fruit in flavour with a hint of minerality and a subtle elegant touch of herbaceousness.

Whilst at Cellier des Princes we did a little shopping - well it would be rude not to. Both Hubby and I like bottled wine but last year bought a bag of wine from Domaine Jaume in Vinsobres. It was superb, opened over Christmas, so nice to know each glass poured the same, the wine did not change and we could just have one glass without opening a bottle. That being said we decided to buy a bag of Merlot, it has been opened and still has half in it. It's good to know that half will be perfect when next poured.

Answering the question bag or bottle - it depends on why you are buying the wine. The obvious reason is when you'll be drinking it, a bag is perfect if sharing with others whereas a bottle is more suited to a meal. A bag suits the opposite scenario too, just one glass keeping the remainder unchanged. Many large caveau have large pumps (like the petrol ones) and locals arrive with their plastic containers and fill up for not many euros; Chateauneuf du Pape just 11 euros for 5 litres ! Admittedly it doesn't keep but many people buy their wine this way as it's cheaper due to no bottling costs, and saves on the recycling.

Whilst at Cellier des Princes we also bought Domaine de Ju Ventoux. We have always enjoyed Ventoux wine and now having been to the top of Mont Ventoux it was a must to bring home.

Domaine du Ju Ventoux is made with 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 20% Carignan so this red should be on the spice side of Cotes du Rhone, smooth with plenty of blackcurrants, we're looking forward to it.

We also purchased two bottles of Vin de Pays - you can't go wrong with general wine when in such an incredible wine region. For the red the grapes are removed from their stems and are in the vat for 6 to 8 days.

A predominantly Grenache blend with Syrah, Caradoc and Carignan also used. The tasting notes suggest it will be full of cherries and red fruit and is best enjoyed while it's young.

The Vin de Pays Blanc spends 6 months in the vat. This wine is 90% Grenache Blanc and 10% Sauvignon Blanc - sounds perfect to me. I'm hoping it will have the exotic fruits and white blossoms suggested along with a crispness.

The tasting notes say this can be kept for 2-3 years - not sure I can resist that long.

Gigondas is a named village known by many, it is high on the wine list for producing superb wine, many say as good if not (in some cases) better than Chateauneuf du Pape. We visited the village and enjoyed a lovely lunch: we chose a small typically french bistro but fine dining was available offering a three course lunch for 90 euro.

We did enjoy a glass of Gigondas red with lunch but didn't visit any of the caves or domaines as we had purchased this red at Cellier des Princes. A wine made with 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mouvedre and 5% Cinsault with all the vines being over 40 years old. It is fermented for 15 to 20 days and then in the vat for 8 months.

Hubby enjoyed this when our friends came to dinner, I did have a small sip but was happily enjoying my Chateauneuf du Pape. A rich deep red, full bodied with an abundance of dark fruit. It had a subtle hint of spice, some tannin and a long finish. Although we have yet to find a Cotes du Rhone we don't like some, and this is one, are certainly richer, rounder and more enjoyable.

On the way to Cellier des Princes we passed through a couple of the Cotes du Rhone named villages: Rateau and Cairanne. Wine producers everywhere and as it was early September plenty of tractors pulling wagons of grapes, such a great sight in the late summer sun.

We called in at the Co-operative in Cairanne; this seemed the best way to discover each appellation as our knowledge of individual producers is limited so deciding which Domaine to call at is a bit of a mine field. The caveau in Cairanne had all the named villages as well as it's own village appellation.

Within each village, and appellation, the wine varies in depth, tannin level, spice - by vintage, by aging and by terroir so visiting the co-operatives and enjoying a degustation with their knowledgeable staff is a great way to learn more and try the different wines.

Here in the UK wine is labelled with the supplier as the producer so it is difficult to find out who actually produced the wine. This is something I am keen to learn more about.

We opted for Camille Cayran Cairanne in both red, white and rose. Rose is not our usual choice but we were invited to a bbq at our friends and as with many french people living in the warmer climate rose is a favourite.

Cairanne rouge is Syrah, Grenache, Mouredvre, Carignan, full of dark fruits, soft tannin and a long finish.

Cairanne blanc is Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rousanne, Marsanne and Bourboulenc, a blend giving tropical crisp flavours.

These two have been laid up in our garage - Maison Hearnden's overflow celler which is a almost needing its own overflow. That said I'm not sure when these will be enjoyed so actual tasting notes may take a while.

Another wine happily waiting in our cellar is a Plan de Dieu - literally translated as God's Plan which is quite apt as I cannot remember where this was purchased and so have little idea of notes, therefore it will be discovered and enjoyed when fate decides.

It's always nice to have something that offers a surprise - a votre santé

Monday, 18 September 2017

Two special vineyards

As well as the vineyards I mentioned in Wines of the Languedoc we visited two special domaines: Abbaye des Monges and Domaine Paul Mas.

Abbaye des Monges is on the main road from Narbonne to Gruissan, it's actually a small hamlet consisting of a manor house, a few domestic houses, an old abbey and three gites. The gites are all in one building that is built into the hill side providing two single bedroom gites downstairs and one three bedroom gite upstairs: accessed by driving round the back giving a totally private area.

In 2002 Nick, myself, my Dad, Michael and Philippa enjoyed two weeks in the large gite; such a lovely place. Abbaye des Monges is owned by Baron Paul de Chefdebien and his wife Marie-Claude; he is a renowned vintner and Marie-Claude an architect. Whilst wine making is the main purpose they also wanted to renovate the ruined abbey. Whilst there in 2002 we were honoured to be invited to a wine tasting with their family where they opened the first bottle of their 2001 wine.

2002 - what a great holiday we had 

The back of the main gite - so relaxing, so peaceful
In 2007 whilst holidaying at Lamalou les Bains Nick, myself, Michael and Philippa re-visited the vineyard. It was so nice to see nothing had changed, it was still a beautiful place set amongst the vines. Unfortunately the Baron had been unwell but was recovering although now having to take things a little easier. Of course we had to bring home some wine although not the 2001 we had originally tasted.

This year we called by again; delighted to find Marie-Claude and Paul still working. She has renovated quite a lot of the abbey, the before and after photos were amazing. The Baron is doing well but still taking life easy. We thoroughly enjoyed a 'degustation' and long chat, reminiscing over past visits and enjoying their very good wine. This year was bought home Chateau Blanc 2015, Chateau Rouge 2014 and Abbaye des Monges Augustine 2014.

Chateau La Clape Blanc is a blend of 60% Bourboulenc, 30% Roussanne, 10% Vermentino, 10% Viognier - a lovely clean crisp citrusy nose with a palate that reflects the same with the added flavour of white peaches. A lovely smooth wine, medium bodied with a lasting finish.

Chateau La Clape Rouge is also a blend; 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre - a nise of red fruits with a hint of spice. Flavour wise this wine is full of blackcurrants, raspberries with a touch of herbiness. A well balanced wine with light tannins leading to a long finish.

Abbaye des Monges Augustine 2014  is a richer, deeper wine having a little more spice; 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre. A deeper, richer red with dark fruit, thyme and soft spices, this red has 85% developing in concrete vats and the remaining 15% in barrels. It has a long elegant finish with a touch of toastiness.

It really was a lovely visit; driving up between the vines, meeting Marie-Claude and Paul again, and of course bringing home some of our favourite wine to enjoy.

Abbaye des Monges vines 
Hubby and I have been enjoying many Paul Mas wines from Majestic Wine, we especially enjoy the Cote Mas range. The Domaine stood out amongst the fields of vines, with views of the Etang du Thau, a stunning location.

Domaine Mas' distinctive heron
Best grapes for miles
 Jean-Claude Mas's great grandfather bought the first vineyard in 1892, it's been a family business since. Although we know some of the Domaines labels we were very surprised to see such a large range varying in blends and of course price.

Claude Val is not a name we knew, I must admit I was drawn to the artwork on the bottles. We purchased a red and white, both Sud de France wines. These wines are a blend of several traditional varieties of this area, they offer great flavour at a great price. I'm looking forward to opening these. 

Claude Val 
Paul Mas 1892 is a blend of Carignan, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre and Cabernet organic wine made in honour or Jean-Claude's grandfather. It a full bodied, full flavoured red packed with ripe fruit, bringing instant memories of Southern France.   

Since 2005 Arrogant Frog has been the mascot of the domaines. 'The Humble Winemaker' with his sense of humor has taken these wines all over the world. Although Arrogant Frog is available in the UK it was unthinkable to not bring some home. Arogant FrogTutti Frutti is however a blend we have not seen, and a Chardonney-Viognier is a blend I'm keen to try.

Arrogant Frog
As mentioned before Cote Mas is a range we are familiar with, however not Frisante, and especially not a Picpoul de Pinet Frisante. This will be very interesting to open, the citrusy highlights of Picpoul de Pinet in a sparkling wine; perfect maybe with fish and chips...... we'll see.

Sparkling Picpoul de Pinet
We had a great time in the Languedoc as you can see from this and my previous post - after a few nights in Nimes we traveled north to Visan - a village we stayed in last year that nestles in the Cote du Rhone region ...... just a little more wine tasting !!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wines of the Languedoc

This year we decided to visit quite a few domaines and caveaux, obviously accepting any degustations offered and undoubtedly buying a 'few' wines. It was such a task ..... not the degustation but deciding which wines to leave behind !!

During our stay in the Languedoc area of Southern France we visited five vineyards. As yet we have not actually opened any of our purchases so my descriptions and notes are a combination of the labels, producers web pages and my memory of our tastings. 

Our first visit, in fact before we checked into our hotel, was Domaine les Yeuses. Situated just outside Meze this domaine was one we had planned to visit as we enjoy their Syrah Les Espices which is available at Majestic Wine.

Syrah Les Espices is made in two parts; 60% is machine picked, 20 days maceration with the skins removed almost immediately; 40% is hand picked, 15 days fermentation and 9 months in oak barrels. 

 A lovely rounded wine with soft tannin, long finish and a delicate hint of spice. At 13.5% it is great with a barbecued beef steak, a Mexican spicy dish or after dinner with blue cheese. 

Merlot Les Grains Noir is picked later than the Syrah, around 15th September. Again it is produced separately; 75% in large vats, 25% in barrels both for 12 months, after this the wine is put together and spends another 3 months in barrels. 

It's a deep fruited wine with a smooth long finish that would accompany any red meat dish, a good one for a traditional Sunday lamb roast. 

I'm not sure if I am a white or red wine drinker, to be honest I enjoy both, it depends on the environment and occasion. As we are drawing into autumn and winter the reds will be dominant but then as spring arrives bringing sun and warmth its a white for me. 

Being in the South of France in degrees hitting 30 it was easy to imagine those summer garden days and so to cover all situations I 'had' to investigate white wine as well as helping Hubby with the reds. 

Domaine Les Yeuses had a very nice Vermentino, not a grape we see here in the UK but as our wine market grows and we look for new wines it may begin to appear on the supermarket shelves.  

Vermentino is picked in the third week of September and after fermentation rest 6 months in large vats. It's light acidity and citrus nose was quite inviting, it was a very refreshing wine with a mouth of grapefruit without being over powering. 

This would be perfect well chilled on a summers day with light nibbles; olives, cheese or salami. 

Travelling around at every turn of the road there is another sign for individual producers, however Hubby and I decided to visit a couple of Co-operatives. Being grape picking season there were plenty of tractors taking a wagon of grapes to the co-operative site to be weighed. One such co-operative caught our eye as we could see the chutes spurting out the grape skins - quite a sight. 

Ormarine is a name we know as we have enjoyed their Picpoul de Pinet from Sainsbury's so we were very pleased to discover their caveau. 

It can be quite daunting when entering the caveaux as there are so many bottles on display but in Ormarine one bottle caught our eye as soon as we stepped inside. 

Cartagene is in a tall thin very distinctive bottle, it's golden colour just shone out. This is in fact a vin de liqueur made by mixing grape spirit with grape juice so no actual fermentation occurs. 

It is similar to Pineau, a liqueur from the Vendee which was a favourite of my Dad's. 

Villemarin Blanc and Villemarin Rouge are wines that reflect the area in which they are grown, the white near the Etang du Thau famous for it's oyster and mussel beds, and the red inland where the terroir begins to rise and fall giving opportunity for the vines to be planted in various directions to absorb the most of the Mediterranean sun.  

Villemarin Blanc is a Grenache Blanc and Terret Bourret blend which is delicate, fine and well balanced with citrus highlights, a perfect match for seafood. 

Villemarin Rouge is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache Noir. It is well matched with red meats with its deep red fruit and freshness. 

Veyrac is a name we've seen and heard about but have not tired. The village of Villeveyrac is where Ormarine Co-operative is situated so it made sense to try and buy a bottle. 

A Grenache Noir and Syrah blend this wine is deep garnet in colour with the expected fruitiness/spice of this classic blend. There is a hint of chocolate on it's long finish, slightly touched by tannins. 

Haut de Senaux Viognier with its pale yellow colour was full of apricots. Viognier is becoming a popular white wine, this was smooth and rounded with a lovely elegant finish. 

This wine, served chilled, would be a perfect match with fish, chicken, light dishes.

Our final purchase from Ormarine making an easy to transport box of six was a sweeter wine, but not a dessert wine. 

Douceur du Sud is a muscat wine but unusually very very clear and looked very inviting in its blue bottle. 

A nose of light citrus which carried on in its flavour along with light apricots made this a perfect wine for pre-diner drinks. Not overly sweet, not cloying but crisp and refreshing without being acidic. 

Driving through the village of Pomerols we came across another co-operative, Beauvignac. We'd seen this brand on a few of the local restaurant wine lists so decided to investigate. 

Picpoul de Pinet is named from this area and the small hamlet of  Pinet which lies a few kilometres from Pomerols. In recent years this wine has become very popular in the UK especially with mussels. 

As we hadn't yet purchased any Picpoul de Pinet we decided this would be our first choice from Beauvignac. A lovely pale wine with hues of green in it's recognisable long tall bottle.

Picpoul always has the nose of the sea; salt, lemons - it just shouts seafood and with a fresh palate of citrus and minerals it is the perfect match. 

Our two white purchases from the vast array in the caveau were blends; Viognier and Savignon. The Voigner was in a shorter wider bottle whereas the Savignon in a more widely used wine bottle shape.

The Viognier was full of white fruit, peaches, apricots with a delicate mouth and rich finish, whereas the Sauvignon had a crisp citrus flavour with a clean long finish. Sauvignon is my favourite grape and this wine was my favourite in this tasting.

The red wine we purchased had the name 'Vin d'une Nuit' which literally means wine of one night. It's a single grape; Syrah, full of dark fruits, bramble, and spice with a long, slightly tannic finish.

Finally from Beauvignac another blue bottle, Cotes de Thau Moelleux Blanc. A light wine with a touch of sweetness made from Picpoul Blanc and Colomard.

Such a striking wine in it's pale blue bottle, its clearness making the bottle appear see-through.

This was a light delicate wine with many subtle hints of flavour; lemon, tropical fruit, sweetness. This will be resting on our rack until next summer when we'll be enjoying it outside with cheese and olives.

Over time as we enjoy our purchases from the Languedoc I'll add more tasting notes to my blog, on Twitter (@Aimetu) and on Cuvée Reserve (my wine forum). It's hard to know which to enjoy first, dinner choices may be the catalyst in our selection.

We did also visit two other domaines - both quite important to us in differing ways. I'll be adding those to my blog in the next few days - cheers

Monday, 28 August 2017

Travelling South

Thursday saw us set off on our long awaited and much needed holiday to the South of France. Slightly different car loading as unfortunately my wheelchair is with us too.

As always Brittany Ferries were superb, making sure we were on a wide isle and near the lift when we boarded Mont St Michel. It was our first time on this particular ship, a little different to the Normandie as the bunk beds in our cabin were hidden in the ceiling !!

Cocktails on board Mont St Michel
After a smooth crossing, a good night's rest in the Ibis at Ouistreham along with an equally good breakfast we set off south.

As I've mentioned in previous posts we don't zoom down the motorways in one blast but use both autoroutes and Nationale roads seeing more if France as we go. Our meander included a lovely picnic on the banks of the River Cher in the Loire Valley.

Picnic in the Loire 
Our overnight stop was at Montluçon, we used this stop last year and being so impressed with the restaurant we stayed again. Not the restaurant at the Ibis hotel but at the service station next door - I wish they were all like this! We're staying here again on our way home.
Starters and wine - four courses including wine and coffee
14.20 euro
Saturday was mainly motorway and I'm pleased to say we headed in the right direction: not because of route confusion, but conjestion. It was the end of the french holidays and everyone was travelling north, such queues!

This part of our journey took us over the stunning Millau Viaduct and past the magnificent rocks in the Tarn.
Millau Viaduct
Taken from the car as we approached - stunning

Amazing rock formations
Being as we arrived a little early for our hotel we did the only natural thing to do .... visit a vinyard! Domaine les Yeuses Syrah Les Espices is a wine we enjoy from Majestic, the domaine is just a few miles from our hotel so we called by, part took in a degustation and of course purchased a few for home.

Love this artwork

Avenue of olives leading to the domaine

Very popular brand here - in all
the restauarants
Our hotel is lovely, set back from the road with just 5 bedroom it is a typical french house. A fabulous staircase which I am proud to say I am managing although slowly, great terrace for breakfast and most importantly a superb room.

Our beautiful room

Les Palmiers
We have five days here in which to enjoy the 30+ temperatures, the strange glowing thing in the sky, the fresh oysters and mussels grown here and the local wine which includes my favourite, Picpoul de Pinet. Holidaying is quite a challenge but so far we're doing it with style!

Etang de Thau

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Celebration bubbly and a plan

It was celebration time in our house yesterday as thanks to my chiropractor I can now walk around the house unaided and as I am confident on the stairs (I've been practicing all week) our bed moved back upstairs!

I have been determined to master stairs as our french hotels on our very soon holiday both have rooms upstairs but no lifts - I am so so pleased to be back in our bedroom, especially as we had given it a full makeover just waiting on the carpet when I fell. It was great to be in our new room.

To celebrate Hubby and I enjoyed a bottle of Most - a special bottle - 2008.

It was special bottle because our wine friends on the Stratford Wine Weekend had a sweepstake as it was the Grand National, and I won (from my hospital bed). They all enjoyed a bottle of Most 2008 at the Fine Wine Tasting at Majestic Wine - we enjoyed ours last night.

For many reasons - age, health, medication - I am watching my food and drink intake, no fancy diet just trying to help my body mend. Whilst in France we looked for some 250ml carafes as that way it's easier to know how much wine we've had. I do have a German wine jug but we would like two matching. It will be something to look for when we go again in a couple of weeks.

Anyway we came up with the idea of using the new mini bottles - there are certainly more on the market at the moment. Our favourite French wine producer Cellier des Dauphins have Les Dauphins minis available in Waitrose.

We managed to find actual Cellier des Dauphins minis in France and I did enjoy a bottle Friday night, it was quite nice to keep topping up my glass knowing overall I wasn't drinking too much. It seemed to last a while too.

All washed and delabeled I think it makes a classy carafe - just need to drink another bottle now so we have the two - hard life isn't it!

I found it quite a surprise when I saw this chart from drinkaware - although I think 21 units for men and 14 units for women needs to be more personal as I know many chaps who are shorter than me as I am not a little lady. That said it soon adds up especially if you enjoy weighty wine!