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31 Month Comte from Mons Cheeses & Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2002

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco

This is the big one. It seems that unlike me, wines and cheeses get more intense as they age. The 31 Month Comte from Mons Cheeses has become more crystalline than creamy and more of its sweetness has turned to acidity. The wine has turned a dark honeyed gold. Just after opening it retains some acidity that fights with the cheese a bit, but let it breathe for a while and the honey comes out - a perfect foil to the sharpness of this venerable comte. My friend Grant, who manages Laithwaites wine arch at Borough Market, knows a thing or two about wine and has the palate of an angel says, ‘One could turn up to any wine tasting with one of these wines, no matter how posh, and be thanked for such a wonderful contribution!’ If you want to try this you’ll have to get your skates on. There are only 30 bottles left in the company! Fun Facts: Lopez de Heredia have been making wine for more then 100 years, so I reckon they’re just about nailing it now. This wine spent six years in oak before being finished in the bottle for another 8. The bottle ageing mellows out the flavours from the oak so that they don't take over too much.

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