By Joshua Hall
The EU FTA with Korea which came into effect July 1st, was supposed to deliver lower wine prices. Two and a half months later we are yet to see cheaper wine. However there are an increasing number of new wines arriving in Korea that are good value for money. I was recently invited to a tasting with France-Import who specialize in wines which aren’t going to make a serious hole in your pocket.
2009 Ch. Ballan-Larquette, Bordeaux Blanc
Lemons, soft rounded capsicum and green vegetables. Clean fruit and reasonable weight through the core. A touch of sweetness, some zest and lift on the finish. 50% Semillion / 50% Sauvignon Blanc.
2008 Ch. Ballan-Larquette, Bordeaux Rouge
Initally quite tight and tannic, this wine opens up beautifully after an hour. Bright black fruit, some tabbaco, pencil shaving on the bouquet. Full bodied, firm and slightly earthy. Tabacco and bold tannins on the finish. Cab Sav 55%, Merlot 28%, Cab Franc 17%.
2006 Ch. Le Grand Verdus Bordeaux Superior
Bouquet of fresh red fruit, liqorice and some spices. Fruit forward and supple through the palate. Finish is short with fine fruit. A real food wine. 60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc.
2009 Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Rouge, Costieres de Nimes.
Very aromatic with fine fruit, cherries, chrysanthemum and herbs on the bouquet. Great balance and freshness through the palate. Elegant with excellent length. 55% Syrah, 45% Grenache
2010 Anne de Joyeuse Camas Cabernet Sauvignon IGP Pays d’Oc
Dark fruit and lacquer bouquet. Finish is round and broad. Could do with more complexity and layered fruit. Tight and very young. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
These wines are currently sold in a few wine bars in Seoul from 60-75,000won. Good value for Korean wine bars.
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