So I finally got down to Superquinn Blackrock today - I had been invited to the media tasting but couldn't go for work reasons - ahh the irony. Anyhoo, after a quick perusal, I decided to ignore the many (tasty) wines I would normally snaffle at sale prices and instead look to the new and unusual.
See below for pictures and descriptions of the rogues gallery I came away with.
UPDATE - we had a few punters back our temporary D4 pad after the Leinster game and we managed to polish off 4 of the 6 bottles in question. Updates are below...
Domaine De La Condamine l'Eveque Mourvedre Cotes de Thongue 2011 - €7.00
Never had a single varietal Mourvedre before - should be interesting.
Update - this was really, really tasty. Rich, warm and full bodied and everyone loved it. A bargain as priced.
Corsican Nature Pinot Noir 2010 - €8,00
Don't know what to expect here - pure punt.
- I have to assume this was faulty cos it didn't taste like a Pinot and
it wasn't nice at all. I manged to get the last drunken guests to drink
it though* so what do I know...
Domaine De La Condamine l'Eveque Petit Verdot Cotes de Thongue 2011 - €7.00
I think I had a pure Petit Verdot once before, possible from California, probably bought in the Co-Op in Edinburgh and I think it was pretty good.
Update - I had it on good authority that this wasn't as nice as the Mourvedre and thus it proved. Not bad and no one complained but it didn't have the warmth and/or harmony of its cousin.
Complazens Marselan Pays D'Oc 2011 - €10.00
grape. "a little known grape variety that is a crossing of Cabernet
Sauvignon and Grenache from the South of France. "
Couldn't decant this as it was drunk on opening after the Supernova was
found to be faulty. Initially I wasn't sure about this but as the night
wore off I started to quite like this. Some unusual flavours but all
dovetailing in seamless harmony. Not sure I'd pay full price but worth a
look for a tenner.
Domaine Des Grandes Esperances Supernova 2009 - €13.00
my incipient penuriousness, I plumped for this relatively expensive
item. I read a review, which I can't now find, which bigged this up.
Also, love the label.
Corked - Alas. Was looking forward to this most of all of the six, so disappointed.
Domaine Des Grandes Esperances Gamay Malbec Caberbet Franc 2010 - €8.00
Now there's a combo, from the Loire.
Update - This very green and stalky and divided opinion. Everyone thought it was unusual; some people were happy to drink it, others not. I dithered initially but ultimately I decided it wasn't for me.
* It was quite late I and didn't want to sacrifice/open a nice bottle at that stage of the evening, so I moved onto Goose Island IPA (fantastic). If I'd had any complaints about the Pinot I would have complied and opened something but it didn't come to that 8-)