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Dirty Dozen Tasting 12th September Anne Krebiehl

HARPERS ONLINE

Friday, 14 September 2012 10:47

Anne Krebiehl dishes the dirt from the Dirty Dozen tasting on 12th September.  She selects 2 wines from Vine Trail - Chanudet’s Fleurie and Berlioz’s Chignin.  So why exactly is the Dirty Dozen Tasting the most exciting, least predictable and most hotly anticipated event within the crazy wine circus that London is in September? Why is there such a buzz, such animated discussion, such beatific satisfaction on the face of the enthusiastic tasters? Well, it's the event that allows us to select compelling, unusual but very real wines for our wine lists.

In an ideal world, we would all like to cherry-pick the best, pay handsomely and fairly for the fruit of the producers' labours and make out clients swoon with the finest and most expensive wines - in the real world however we often struggle to put thrilling and authentic wines on our list for less money and this is exactly where the Dirty Dozen tasting delivers and excites.

So while there was no shortage of top-dollar wines (in every sense), here is my pick of favourites in the crucial value-bracket of £7-£12 - wines that make your list "step out of the ordinary" (thanks Heather Small).

Vine Trail

2009 Gilbert Chanudet Fleurie ‘La Madone' (£12.45) This is bottled loveliness: perfumed, pure wild raspberry of such prettiness and sophistication, a wine that will seduce anyone.

2010 Gilles Berlioz Chignin, Savoie (£9.10) a fragrant Alpine white, scented with pear and flower meadows, light but textured this is a wonderful and unusual food wine.

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