Leading the way was a 2009 Mathis Bastian Remich Primerberg Riesling Grand 1er Cru. Big name for a nice but gentle white from Luxembourg. For a tiny state that’s heavy into civil and grey with a cost to it all, this was a delight. Maybe it’s that extra sprkle ofmaking good wine hat is the lift? Soft and sherbet-like with its matty, lime and citrus, honey infused flavours, not quite the clarity of the Mosel cousins in Germany over the border. But nevertheless an attractive and delicious introduction. No shortage of presence with 12.5% alc. but not in any way overbearing. It’s a little incentive to change my views of the country.
Then a 2010 Bodegas Terras Gauda ‘La Mar’ Rias Baixas. Not an Albarino as one might expect from this north-western corner of Spain, but 85% Caino Branco with Albarino and Loureiro, grown in the O Rosal sub-zone. Surprisingly yellow in colour, this combined the oily lanolin of Semillon with the exotics of Viognier and the acidity of Chenin Blanc. Intriguing in aroma and flavour and with excellent depth, at 12.5% alc., that just kept on revealing more interest. I could look at this for ages, and I did, until the bottle was empty. I don’t know if the Argent Couple or SWMBO were quite into it as I was, but no matter.
On going from the South to the North, one can experience a whole world of tastes.