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Friday, 30 April 2010

Pierre Luneau's 2008 Clos des Allées kicks off evening@Terroirs

2008 Clos des Allées, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, Domaine Luneau-Papin

Last night several of the judges@the Decanter World Wine Awards met up for an evening in Terroirs, a fashionable wine bar near Charing Cross. To start the evening with distinguished wine writers:Andrew Jefford (now returned from his year in Australia), John Livingston-Learmonth (King Rhône and betting-aficionado extraordinaire), Anthony Rose (wine correspondent for The Independent) and Giles Macdonogh (author of many books on wine and history).

Clos des Allées from old vines grown on miscaschist is frequently one of my favourite Luneau Muscadets and this concentrated yet fresh 2008 was no exception, particularly as the April frost severely reduced the yields. We followed this with an old favourite – the 2005 Vitage Vielh Jurançon sec from Jean-Bernard Larrieu's Clos Lapeyre,

Then a couple of reds: juicy, easy drinking 2009 Vin de Petanque de Libian from the Mas Libian in the Coteaux de l'Ardèche and a fine and characterful 2008 Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, Brouilly from Jean-Claude Lapalu.

Most of us shared a generous selection of charcuterie including salami, duck rillettes and a paté of pork and pistachio nuts. For main course I had a very good boudin noir with a couple of fried eggs, mousserons and baby broad beans.  

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