Thursday, 26 June 2014

The wines of Yamaya. Part One: Cuvee Anne-Laure Pinot Blanc 2011

I thought I'd write a few articles for all my brothers and sisters in Kyoto. You may well be able to get the wines in this series from other places as well...

Pinot Blanc doesn't get much love. Many of the epithets applied to it are rather pitying and sexist, such is the stigma applied to this grape. "Ugly Sister", "Good personality" and "wall flower". Not very edifying on behalf of the wine reviewers and pros I've heard from. I'll do this bottle the favour of not being supercilious. I hope it's up to the task.

A deep straw when you pour it this wine doesn't exactly sparkle in the glass, too bad. A nose of ripe apple floats above a suspiciously grapey base. It's very much like the rich Muscat grapes, perfectly bunched and spotless, that people send to each other as summer gifts in Japan. There are some over-ripe russety tones as well.
The palate is quite well balanced, slightly off dry with some acid present, I definitely detect the roundness of a lot of Auxerrois in this blend (In Alsace Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Auxerrois can all be included in a wine labelled "Pinot Blanc"). This in itself is not a bad thing, but it is certainly an uninteresting thing to taste.
Apple, Melon, Grape, Meh.
This wine is relatively food friendly, I suppose, but the finish is short and it's totally uninspiring. There are definitely cheaper whites at Yamaya that blow this tripe out of the water.
Waste of space.

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