Malcolm Davies of Duval-Leroy Champagne visited Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School, and spoke with the students about Champagne. Pictured below, with Malcolm on a lovely sunny day, are Michael Kane and Rose of Curious Wines, Cork and Charles Robb, of Robb Bros Wine Merchants, Portadown.
Our annual Easter wine tasting for guests of the house, at Ballymaloe, was this year given by Fionn Little of Bubble Brothers Wine Merchants, Cork.
Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2009
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Grande Annate 2006
Avignonesi Desiderio Cortona 2006
Avignonesi Vin Santo 1997 – this was a real, rare treat – the reputation preceding the tasting of this unique Vin Santo, lived up to its expectations in the glass! Please see the link here to learn more about the Avignonesi Vin Santo
We were delighted to welcome to Ballymaloe today, Bertrand Verduzier, of Henriot Champagne.
The Henriot family have been in the area since the 16th Century and it was in 1808 that they began to sell what had been until then a very private Champagne. This was the birth of the House which is still today managed by those who bar its name. From the choice of grapes to the bottling, the Henriot family is completely involved in the making of the Champagne which is to correspond to their idea of perfection. For nearly two centuries and seven generations, the family has patiently kept its secrets, enriched by tradition and savoir-faire. It is above al at the time of blending, the highlight of Champagne’s tradition, that the House exercises its skill to enhance the character of the grapes which has been rigorously selected from the best vineyards, above all Chardonnay, which is at the heart of the Henriot blends, which are famed for their elegance, refinement and exquisite lightness.
Our thanks to Matthew Tindal and Michael Henchy of Tindal Wines for this visit.