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So we did indeed have the Trinity 2009 from Chapel Down last night – 12% vol, and priced at £11.99; a blend of Rondo, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Precoce grapes.

I deliberately tried not to re-read the info that I had about it so that I could compare my own tasting notes to those of Chapel Down – and the winemaker there, Andrew Parley.

Throughout this blog I will be posting tasting notes more or less in the format that I learned from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  Take a look at their ‘Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine’ here.

The only real difference will be the record of the wine on the nose.  When I went on to do training at the École du Vin de Bordeaux, one of our tutors, Sabine Sylvestrini, taught us that the French tend to look for a first, and then a second nose.   The first is as the wine sits still in the glass; the second is after it’s had a bit of a swirl.  I actually agree that there can be considerable differences between the first and second nose on a wine, so I’m incorporating that into my tasting note style.

Here’s a picture of Sabine – just for the hell of it.  We were doing an exercise creating our own Left and Right Bank Bordeaux blends.  But I digress…  Here we go with my tasting note –

Appearance
Clear, bright, medium+ ruby colour; had a little bit of a spritz

Nose
Clean, medium intensity; youthful; first aromas – red cherries, red plums, liquorice, cinnamon; second nose, strawberries and cream, blueberry jam

Palate
Dry, medium+ acidity; medium‾ tannins; medium alcohol, medium+ body; medium flavour intensity – flavours of fresh red (and stone) fruit, particularly raspberries and unripe nectarines, a little bit of leather there; medium length

Conclusions
Very good; high-priced (ie £10-15); drink now – won’t keep for ages.

Chapel Down’s own note
‘The nose has plums, brambles and hints of cherry and liquorice.  This wine has a soft round palate, smooth tannins, plenty of fruit and a touch of spiciness on the finish’.

Not so very different then in our respective takes.  I thought this was a soft, velvety wine in the mouth.  I am not a big red Burgundy fan myself but this wine is at a level of quality that gives the Burgundians a good run for their money.  We had it with pan-fried, thyme-crusted pork chops and home made roasted chips; a lemon-dressed salad, and a mustard mayo on the side.

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