Sunday, 26 September 2010

miles 22.53; Bike Miles 1; Units 23

A short post this week, as I am sitting here with a bit of a cold, feeling sorry for myself! Of course this should really form part of next week's blog, but there you are. A couple of runs, nothing spectacular. A difficult week to get in mid-week exercise, with 3 days out up and down the country. Sunday Long Run was on my own, and as such I put in a good time - 15 miles at my proposed marathon pace - and not too wiped out on my return. So, all good. (hence disappointing to be 'grounded' tonight!). The solitary mile was, as always, the quick dash into Romsey on Saturday for a forgotten ingredient, as we prepared foods etc for next weekend's guests.

Wine of the week was a delight - from a mixed case of villages 2007 Rhone wines. It was Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2007 (about £15-£17 a bottle, at Berry Bros.), the second wine of the esteemed estate Chateau Beaucastel in Chateauneuf du Papes. It is on land that is just outside the boundary of the famous wine (in fact it is the other side of the A7!) and the soil is not that different. The high proportion of Mourvedre - about 30% - gives a strong backbone to the wine, and in a great vintage (oh I am excited about the better 2007's now!) when combined with Grenache, the wine is infused with aromas of leather, tobacco and spice, and rich fullness of fruit. For years this has been a 'hidden bargain'. Alas no more -
but still excellent value. And if you don't agree with me - listen to Robert Parker, who gave this wine a 91/92 score (which usually adds about 20% to the price) and said '..may be Beaucastel’s finest example of this wine since they first introduced it in 1978....this sumptuous, deep ruby/purple-tinged Coudoulet exhibits notes of smoky blackberries, roasted meats, incense, licorice, and underbrush. Opulent, sexy, and full-bodied, with abundant tannin, structure, freshness, and precision, this glorious wine should be purchased by the case when released in early 2009.

Spot on, Robert!

ps photo is from Beaucastel's website, of the famous stones or 'galets' that soak up the sun and radiate it back at night to the vines, hence lengthening the ripening season

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