Apparently, all over the country the autumn weather was finally kicking in, with wind and rain battering the east coast of England. Not, however, for me, as bright sunshine and glorious blue skies welcomed me to Oxford City Centre for the college tasting.
As with the autumn college tasting in Cambridge, I decided to show some of the more weird and wacky wines from our portfolio. I counted a grand total of 23 different white grape varieties and 28 unique red grape varieties; with only 54 wines on display, we managed to show off the vast array of styles which only Bancroft can offer.
There were many familiar faces at the tasting, along with a couple of new ones. One new face was Kenny Stewart who joined Bancroft a few days earlier to head up our private client division. This was a great opportunity for him to sample a small chunk of the Bancroft portfolio. His stand out wines were the Cahors from Chateau du Cedre – a great, complex, structured and fully-loaded Malbec, which shows the Argentineans how it is done. Another of his highlights was a Godello from a producer called Gargalo, a fresh unoaked (but expressive) white from the Monterrei region in North West Spain. It had a wonderful texture along with lovely flavours of orchard fruit. The 2009 Chassagne 1er cru Maltroie from Guy Amiot was also singing with buckets of minerality, ripe citrus fruit and racy acidity, all wrapped up with great class and restraint. Other stand out wines included the new Portuguese selection from up and coming producer Monte de Ravasqueira, with everybody commenting on their tremendous value for money.
The attending fellows seemed to be very happy to be tasting lots of different grape varieties and were impressed with the diverse range that was on show. Life is too short for monotony it seems; so out with Sauvignon Blanc and in with Vermentino!
Written by Sean Burbridge, Account Manager