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Bibendum's 2011 summer sale

by Tom Cannavan, 07/11

There's a rash of summer sales at the moment including Berry Bros, Corney & Barrow and various others running through until August. Below you will find notes on a few wines from Bibendum's sale, which begins July 19th 2011 and will run until 1st August 2011 - whilst stocks last. See the full list on Bibendum's web site.

Sparkling and White

Huia, Blanc de Blancs 2004, New Zealand
Fermented in French oak before traditional method vinification, this all-Chardonnay cuvée has also had extended time in bottle, being a 2004 vintage wine. It has an authentically Champagne-like nose with a whiff of nutty aged Gouda, and mineral and gently biscuitty tones. On the palate this has some breadth and a nice, mouth-filling mousse, with tight lemony flavours and good acidity. It is in a powerful, quite vinous style. 88/100. £19.20, down to £10.80, Bibendum.

Morgan, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, USA
A wine from Salinas in Monterey, California, there's a lot of pineapple chunk ripeness and creamy toast on the nose of this wine which I'd guess had seen some oak. On teh palate it is full of mango and peachy, nectarine-like tropical fruit that is deliciously rich and moreish, with a little lemongrass, herbal but citrussy note and a great wallop of grapefruity acidity leaving the palate very dry in the finish. A big, powerhouse style of Sauvignon this, somewhere bewteen Graves and Marlborough, but with a bit of Californian ripeness and weight thrown in. 89/100. £13.25, down to £8.81, Bibendum.

Cerreto, Langhe Arneis Blange 2010, Italy
A Piedmontese white from the local Areis grape, this has a definite spritz as it pours. Apple and ozone notes are light and attractive. On the palate a lot of spritz - this feels almost frizzante - with tight lemon and mineral definition and a long, pure finish. I am not absolutely sure I 'get' this wine with it's spritzy, Vinho Verde-like character, easy-drinking appeal and high price tag, but it really does have punch and length, and perhaps with a big bowl of seafoody pasta could be an interesting buy at the offer price. 88/100. £17.01, down to £10.88, Bibendum.

Rosé and Red

Spy Valley, Marlborough Rosé 2010, New Zealand
Invitingly pale salmon colour, and an appealing nose too with a touch of pomegranate and redcurrant, and a glimpse of earthy Pinot quality. On the palate it has a very nice fruitiness and weight, and a bit of tannin and power (this has 14% ABV), with spices and a certain richness playing against good, tangy orange fruit and acidity. 88/100. £11.83, down to £7.71, Bibendum.

Marmesa Vineyards, Cabrillo Peak Pinot Noir 2007, USA
This wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Califronia offer fresh, sappy Pinot fruit, truffle and coffee on the nose before a light and slightly herbal palate, but the fruit comes through and the charry oak adds some depth and power to the finish. Not the most elegant example, but genuine Pinot character and seriously nice drinking at the sale price. A real bargain this. 90/100. £15.55, down to £7.20, Bibendum.