Own Label wine review

PUBLISHED: 12:19 15 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:53 20 February 2013

Own Label wine review

Own Label wine review

Brian Sullivan of Adnams is proud and excited to introduce a selection of Own Label wines to complement grown-up dining.

In a world of its own

Brian Sullivan of Adnams is proud and excited to introduce a selection of Own Label wines to complement grown-up dining.

Just the thought of a Buyers Own Brand wine (BOB) sends shivers down my spine, much like the acronym BOGOF, or more colloquially know as Bog Off Buy One, Get One Free, where some poor grower has had to forgo his living!

Happily for us, when it comes to Adnams Own Label wines, our criteria is probably very different to that of a multi-nationals and I am incredibly proud and excited to introduce to you the most recent additions to our Own Label selection. The new wines that we have adopted under the Adnams Cellar Selection, give greater depth to our existing, mid-price, Adnams Selection range, and are designed as being the ultimate dinner party wines, which one can buy with absolute confidence and without breaking the bank. We have not gone out to find the cheapest, nor, indeed, the most expensive wine in its category but instead have concentrated on identifying wines that we feel offer the best quality-to-price ratio and which will complement perfectly, grown-up dining. We have cajoled existing growers into our way of thinking and also new ones who were very excited by our plans.

Brian Sullivan is Adnams cellar and kitchen manager in Norfolk. He can be contacted
at the following stores: The Old School House, Park Road, Holkham, NR23 1AB, 01328 711714,
23a Lees Yard, Off Bull Street, Holt, NR25 6HS, 01263 715558,


The Reds

2006 Crozes Hermitage, Adnams Cellar Selection

Where is it from? The northern Rhne.
Grapes: 100pc Syrah.
Who made it? Samuel Ferraton.
Why is it special? We used to buy from the Ferratons 20 years ago, so this has been a voyage of rediscovery
What does it taste like? Spicy, black fruit and cherries. Touch of smoke.
Food match: Beef casserole with plenty of garlic!
Price: 13.99.

2001 Fronsac, Adnams Cellar Selection

Where is it from? The Fronsac appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux, adjacent to the Saint-Emilion vineyards.
Grapes: 80pc Merlot, 12pc Cabernet Sauvignon, 4pc Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Who made it? Monsieur James Gregoire.
Why is it special? Classic claret with a bit of maturity to it.
What does it taste like? Rich, subtle oak tones with black fruit.
Food match: Roast beef or lamb.
Price: 17.99.

2005 Rioja Monte Acuro, Adnams Selection

Where is it from? Bodegas Medievo in northern Spain.
Grapes: Tempranillo.
Who made it? The unlikely sounding Santiago Garde.
Why is it special? It comes from an ultra modern
winery and combines fine fruit-driven style, with traditional aromas from American oak barrel ageing. The latest addition to the Adnams Selection range (not the Cellar Selection range).
What does it taste like? Black fruit, vanilla and a touch of spice.
Food match: Pheasant, partridge or pigeon.
Price: 7.99.

The Whites

2008 Sancerre, Adnams Cellar Selection

Where is it from? Central Loire Valley.
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc.
Who made it? Jean Pabiot.
Why is it special? The Pabiot family is based in neighbouring appellation in Pouilly Fum and this comes from its small vineyard holding called La Mrisire.
What does it taste like? Crisp, fresh with defined elderflower characteristics. Elegant.
Food match: Chicken or fish.
Price: 14.99.

2007 Chablis, Adnams Cellar Selection

Where is it from? Burgundy, northern France.
Grapes: Chardonnay.
Who made it? Clothilde Davenne.
Why is it special? In the past,
we have bought Chablis from top estates, made for them by Clothilde. Now she has her
own vineyard and winery. We are very proud that she has agreed to make this wine for us.
What does it taste like? Minerally, citrus tones with a touch of lees (yeast and grape skin character, found in the most interesting Chardonnays).
Food match: Oysters.
Price: 14.99.

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