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  • Christmas Day Wines

    December 12, 2018

    “Where are you spending Christmas” is a frequent question this time of year.  If you are lucky enough to be going to someone’s house as a guest, you might want to re-pay their generosity and hard work with some well-chosen wines.

    Turkey and ham is the number one choice on Irish tables.  Which wines go well with turkey and ham? The key thing is to avoid wines with high acidity (Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling) which will make the turkey meat taste even drier than it is.  A fruity wine, with soft, 189853-250x377-Wine-with-Turkeyround acidity works best.

    The best white wine to pair with turkey is Chardonnay.  It’s hard to beat Chardonnay’s rich round generous flavours. Pinot Grigio is a popular crowd-pleaser too, and would work well with turkey.

    When choosing a red wine for turkey and ham, avoid anything that’s high in tannin, as it will overpower both the ham and turkey.  A well-cooked ham is juicy, and perhaps glazed with sweet honey or cider.  Choosing a fruity red with smooth tannin, will make the ham taste juicier and sweeter.

    In grape varieties, Syrah/Shiraz is a great choice, followed by Pinot Noir and Merlot.  If you are looking at classic French wines, this will lead you towards the Rhône valley (including Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas, Châteauneuf du Pape which are blends of Syrah and Grenache), Languedoc Roussillon wines (Minervois, Corbières) and also Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

    Rioja, particularly Reserva is a great choice, and very much a crowd-pleaser.  If you like Bordeaux, look for St. Émilion or Pomerol, or older vintages which have softened with time.  Beaujolais, including Fleurie would also be fantastic, and popular with people who like slightly lighter styles of red.

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    La Marca Prosecco Spumante is a fresh sparkling dry prosecco and is the perfect start to your Christmas Day! With a vibrant bouquet of apple, white peach and honeysuckle. Recommended by The Sunday Times (Wine of the Year), and The Sunday Business Post. Wonderful with finger food, especially flaky or filo pastry titbits.

     

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    Château Martinolles ‘Limoux’ Chardonnay  Limoux, is possibly the best source of Chardonnay after Burgundy, and infinitely more affordable.  Old vines deliver small yields of intensely-flavoured fruit.  Barrel-fermentation & oak ageing add layers of cloves, sweet spice & smokiness to this creamy, buttery, richly-flavoured wine.

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    Château Paul Mas ‘Clos des Mures This Languedoc red is smooth, ripe and fruity, with plenty of blackberry, herbs, vanilla and soft spice.

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    Sancho Garces Rioja Crianza is beautifully smooth, and richly concentrated.   Stewed blackberry, vanilla and coconut, with a feint lick of sweet spice on the finish.  Don’t let its inexpensive price tag put you off – it’s a little cracker, worth much more than the cost.  It’s also available in magnums this year!

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    Château Chante Alouette St. Émilion Grand Cru is powerful, with rich ripe dark fruits, plenty of lead pencil shavings, and a long finish, not too grippy.

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  • Prosecco or Champagne?

    February 9, 2018

    We are often asked about the difference between Prosecco and Champagne.

    Prosecco is made in the Veneto area, near Venice, from the glera grape varietal. The wine is fermented as normal, and then fermented a second time, in a tank, producing bubbles. The wine is bottle under pressure, preserving the bubbles.
    Prosecco is a light-bodied, easy to drink wine, with very subtle peach, melon and red apple flavours. It should be enjoyed while young and fresh.
    So what are the pros and cons for Prosecco against its more illustrious rival, Champagne?

    Pros
    • Very affordable
    • Easier to drink; less acidity & lighter pressure
    • Some have screwcaps -easier to open

     

    Cons
    • Less flavour
    • Goes flat more quickly
    • Doesn’t always have a ‘pop’ sound
    • Some reports of headaches
    • Some are string closure – you need a corkscrew!

     

    Champagne is a sparkling wine from the Champagne region, about 120km north-east of Paris. It is made usually from a blend of three varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. Each varietal ripens at a different time, so each is harvested and fermented separately.

    The following Spring, the winemaker makes a blend of all three varietal wines. Most Champagne is a blend of vintages (ie ‘non-vintage) – so the winemaker adds in some older Reserve wine from previous vintages, which adds complexity. The wine is then bottled, and a mixture of yeast and sugar is added to each individual bottle to create a second fermentation in the bottle. The long, slow fermentation which follows produces millions of tiny bubbles.
    After this, the bottles are aged for at least 15 months. The dead yeast cells in the wine eventually break down and give bready, biscuit flavours.
    A further process is required to remove the yeast cells from the wine, and finally the bottle is topped up with a mixture of wine and sugar.
    Champagne is medium to full-bodied, with lots of tiny bubbles, crisp vibrant acidity, and flavours of fresh-baked bread, pastry, green apple. Non-vintage will improve with up to five years age. It is an aperitif before a meal, or at the start of an evening, to get the taste buds going. Serve with pastry canapés -vol- au-vents, cheese straws or gougeres.
    Arguments FOR Champagne:
    • Lots more flavour
    • Lots more bubbles, much finer, and very long-lasting
    • Most romantic wine on the planet
    • People know you’ve spent a lot!

    AGAINST Champagne:
    • Expensive
    • Some find it tastes bitter
    • Difficult to open; especially with manicured nails!
    • Possible heartburn

     

    At Molloys, we are fans of both!
    For value for money, you can’t beat Borgo da Sassi Prosecco Frizzante. Its silver label has a nice ‘bling’ factor. If you are a victim of headaches after drinking Prosecco, then try our Fascino Organic Prosecco. With organic wines, winemakers don’t need to add as many sulphites.  Again, it comes in a really cool bottle, and is very keenly priced.
    Going up a notch in price, Botter Prosecco carries more flavour and more bubbles, as it’s a Spumante (fully-sparkling). All Spumante have a wire muzzle closure. Our La Marca Spumante is from the prestigious Conegliano di Valdobbiadene region, and is pretty much top of the range. (It’s been recommended several times by The Sunday Times).
    If you find Champagne too bitter-tasting/heartburn-inducing, then choose ‘Extra Dry’ Prosecco. Why? ‘Extra Dry’ Prosecco has more sweetness (12-17g sugar per litre), which offsets the acidity. ‘Brut’ Champagne has less than 12g sugar.

    Our exclusive Jean Comyn Champagne has been highly praised in The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Irish and The Daily Star. It’s also won a coveted Silver Medal at the International Wine Challenge.

    jean COMYN Jean Comyn, exclusive to Molloys

    So, which one gets your vote?

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  • Turkey & ham wine pairings

    December 15, 2017

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    Turkey & Ham wine pairings from Molloys

     

    If you are wondering which wine to pair with turkey and ham, then  look no further.
    Compared to other poultry, turkey is by nature quite dry.  Baked ham is quite juicy, with soft, pliable protein. When cooked properly, it should also have a certain richness and spiciness with its cloves and honey glaze.

    A rich round white will add richness to both meats. Chardonnay is an excellent choice. That includes French Burgundy (eg. Macon, Meursault, Chablis). So too is Pinot Gris (a richer style of Pinot Grigio).

    In red wines, that same dryness should be offset by something smooth (ie. low tannin) and fruity. This will match the weight of the flavour, and also complement the cranberry sauce.

    Rhône blends and Languedoc-Roussillon reds (Corbières, Minervois, Languedoc AC) are great all-rounders. If you prefer New World wines, Merlot, Shiraz, Grenache and blends of these are a perfect match. 

    Baked ham goes particularly well with Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. Another good choice would be a mature (therefore smooth) Rioja or Bordeaux (particularly St. Emilion).

    So here are some recommendations from Molloys for your Christmas Day wines:

    Ch. Martinolles Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2015 is from Limoux in the south of France. Barrel-fermentation & oak ageing add layers of cloves, sweet spice & smokiness to this creamy, buttery, richly-flavoured wine. An Irish Times “100 Best Wines” choice in 2016.

    Martinolles white croppedLe Grand Blanc 2012 Rich and round Chardonnay blend from the Languedoc, with a bouquet ranging from tropical fruit, peach, cinnamon and toast to butter and lemon.  An Irish Times Top 100 Wine.   Also recommended by The Sunday Business Post:  "Stunning wine.. Rich acacia and white flowers on the nose give way to the perfumed viognier. Then the nutty, toasty apricot and honey notes of a southern Burgundy star emerge. The finish is smooth and delicious.”

    MWC Pinot Gris 2015 Flavours of ripe red apples, with a hint of spice. Generously flavoured (for a Pinot Grigio), nicely rounded acidity. “this Aussie is rich enough for a big meal, and a crowd-pleaser to boot.” – The Daily Star.

    Ch. de Farel Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2015 This estate was known to supply the Papal Palace at Avignon in the fourteenth century. It’s beautifully smooth.  Subtle peppery, spicy notes lead into ripe red cherry, followed by slightly gamey earthy notes on the finish. This wine was awarded a Gold Medal by Gilbert & Gaillard.

    Farel croppedMWC Shiraz Mourvedre 2014 is a Aussie blend of Shiraz (giving blackberry and pepper) and Mourvedre (offering smokiness). This is a rich fruit-driven red. Awarded 90 Points in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016 “Very good value, ready now.”

    Sancho Garces Rioja Crianza 2014 is beautifully smooth and ready for drinking, as well as being undeniably great value. Mature slightly dried/stewed bramble fruits, vanilla and coconut, with a feint lick of sweet spice on the finish. Don’t let its inexpensive price put you off – it’s a cracker!

    Ch. Chante Alouette 2012, St. Émilion Grand Cru: Situated next to the famous St. Émilion estates of Pavie & la Gaffeliere, old Merlot vines produce extremely concentrated and lengthy wine. Powerful, with ripe intense fruits, exploding to give great concentration of dark fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long. “a St. Émilion Grand Cru with serious breeding” - The Daily Mail said.

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  • Winter Warmers from Italy

    December 9, 2017

    Winter Warmers from Italy

    One of the fastest-growing wine styles has been for rich, full-bodied red wines, which are smooth and fruity enough to be enjoyed with or without food.  These wines are made for this time of the year - perfect for wrapping yourself around on cold winter evenings.  Sharing is optional...!

    Northern Italy is synonymous with this style. The production method involves drying the grapes for several months after harvest. This concentrates the flavours and sugars. Then the grapes are fermented very slowly, and usually aged for a year or more in old oak vats.

    Amarone della Valpolicella is made in this method, using premium quality Valpolicella grapes (Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella). It’s full-bodied, about 16% alcohol, and smooth, with dried fruit, chocolate, dark rum, sweet spice and leather.

    The dried grape skins left over from the Amarone fermentation hold so much flavour that they can be re-fermented with standard Valpolicella. This ‘passito’ (passing over/re-fermenting) results in Ripasso, or Ripassa della Valpolicella. It’s like a mini-Amarone in style, and almost half the price.

    A similar technique is being used in other regions, and often producers leave some residual sugar in the wine, to make it even more palatable. Governo is a traditional Tuscan process, of setting aside bunches of grapes at harvest and drying them, then pressing them in November and introducing some juice into young wines that had just finished their alcoholic fermentation. This adds tannin, sweetness, and alcohol.

    These rich full-bodied wines are amazingly good with hearty winter dishes like beef/lamb cooked in red wine, blue cheese. We also discovered at our staff wine course that Amarone is fantastic with plain chocolate! All are sure to be well-received as a wine gift.

    We directly import quite a few of these, as part of Molloys Exclusive Wines range. Our Gran Passione is incredibly popular. A Food & Wine review says it all:
    "sexy, velvety, amazing".
    • 5/5 would buy it again - as "a special gift for parents... "

    Gran Passione Rosso del Veneto: Full-bodied, yet smooth, with generous dark and dried fruits, sweet spice, and a rich warm chocolate and fruity finish.

    Oltre Passo Primitivo: A delicious sweet red, made from the Primitivo grape, in southern Italy. Flavours of cherry chocolate liqueur, stewed plums, vanilla, and hints of smoke.

    Ca’ Vittoria Appassimento ‘Gold Release’ - This re-fermented red wine manages a superb balance between warm rum, and rich flavours of Christmas cake and chocolate, with a really long fruity, slightly smoky finish. (A longstanding customer told us it's the best wine we've ever brought in - that's good enough for us!)

    ‘Governo’ Rosso Toscano - Multi-layered flavours - roast coffee, chocolate, ripe baked plums and cherries, toasty, vanilla; quite vibrant, finishing with a nice grip of tannin, and light hint of sweetness. An ideal partner for rich foods.

    Molloys Winter Warmers
    Winter Warmers from Italy, from Molloys

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  • Rosé wines & how they are made

    August 3, 2017

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    Nothing is more summery than a glass of chilled Rosé on a warm day.  While many people expect Rosé to be medium-sweet, Rosé is actually made in a range of styles and varying shades of pink.

    While it’s often thought that Rosé wines is a blend of red and white, that’s far from the truth. In France, it’s actually illegal (unless you are making Champagne!).  Blending red and white wines is usually carried out in New World countries.

    There’s a few different winemaking techniques used.  Any red grape can be used.  The palest-coloured Rosé wines are made by pressing and crushing the grapes lightly, extracting just a little colour from the skins, before discarding them and continuing the fermentation.   This direct pressing method tends to be used for Provence Rosé, which is dry, and tends to be the lightest and priciest of all. 

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    Most Rosé wines are made by allowing skin contact for 6-48 hours during fermentation – the longer the contact, the deeper the colour.  The level of sweetness is determined by how long the fermentation continues – if a little grape sugar is left at the end of fermentation, it adds sweetness to the wine.

    In Bordeaux, wine is bled from a tank of red wine, in order to concentrate colour in red. This ‘saignée’ method produces a dry Rosé, with medium colour intensity.  

    If you like medium-sweet Rosé, look towards California (Blossom Hill, Paul Masson), and France’s Rosé d’Anjou and Cabernet d’Anjou.  These all tend to be lighter in alcohol, around 10%.  Other areas tend to make Rosé on the dry side, and have average weights of alcohol.  

    Spanish Rosé (Faustino, Marques de Caceres), and Bordeaux Rosé, tend to be dry.  Aside from California, other New World Rosés are either dry or just off-dry.    Possibly the world’s most famous Rosé, Portugal’s Mateus Rosé, is medium-sweet, as is the lovely Bend in the River Pink.  

    Chilled dry Rosé is lovely with seasonal salads and cold dishes, like salads, shellfish, cold salmon or trout, or tapas dishes. Medium-sweet Rosé is fantastic with spicy dishes, like Thai fish cakes, stir-fries, anything with a hint of chili.

    At Molloys, we’ve just expanded our selection of Rosé wines, many of which are on offer.

    Cabernet d'Anjou  'Les Volières,'  is blissfully medium-sweet, jam-packed with ripe strawberry and cherry flavours.  This would be fantastic with slightly spicy foods.

    Signature de L’oire Cabernet D’Anjou

    Rosé d'Anjou, Domaine des Irises is beautifully perfumed – floral, red berry fruit, which follows through onto the palate, which has a subtle sweetness. 

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    La Marca Veneto Frizzante Creamy, very fine bubbles give way to delicious tastes of ripe sweet strawberry  & raspberry, with a touch of vanilla and cream on the long flavoursome finish.

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    Torre Alto Pinot Grigio Rosé – a very flavoursome dry Rosé, with plenty of strawberry, cream, and even a hint of white pepper. Super-long fruit-filled finish.

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    Voiturette Grenache Rosé A more full-bodied Rosé, where a smidgen of sweetness combines with very ripe summer berries, and a hint of caramel.  

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  • 6 Great Father's Day Gifts

    June 8, 2017

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    It’s time to mark your calendars for Father’s Day. Falling on the 18th of June this year, it will be here before you know it. It is not exactly panic time at the moment, as you still have a little time to get him the perfect gift.

    Ordering the Perfect Gift

    Save yourself from all the hustle and bustle of the high street by ordering your gift online from the award winning Molloys website. There is the fantastic option of having the gift delivered straight to your father with an attached gift message of your choosing (this option is at the checkout stage). This option is particularly popular with people sending home father’s day gifts from abroad.

    One of the best things about buying whiskey, wine or beer as a gift, is that you know the likelihood of the gift being used is very high. Rather than aftershave, clothes or a Groupon voucher, get them a nice bottle of whiskey, or something quirky like a beer making kit! To read about the top 5 Irish whiskies under €100, click here.

    Below are a selection of gifts that he will be sure to love. If nothing below tickles you’re fancy we have hundreds of more products available on our website which you can check out here.

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    Beer Making Kit: Everyday IPA

     

    Brewing your own beer at home has become very popular. Its great fun and a great educational experience for any beer lover. This Everyday IPA has a lovely bitterness from Columbus hops and its fragrant citrus aroma from super aromatic hops. If that is not your fathers cup of tea, we also have different variations of the beer making kit; including  an Oatmeal Stout, a Double IPA.  a Black IPA and more.

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    Irish American 8 Pack

     

    Another great gift idea for any beer nut. You get to taste some of the best craft beers from America and Ireland. They include beers from some of the best breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Founders, Brooklyn, Lagunitas and Trouble Brewing.

    Irish American 8 pk 4x50cl / 4x35cl btl

    Glenfiddich 12 Year Old

     

    Dating all the way back to 1887, this Scotch has won numerous awards in its respective category, Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Aged in fine American oak casks and European oak Sherry casks, giving it a light, sweetly oaked flavour. Creamy and smooth with a very mellow finish. 

     

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    Redbreast 15 Year Old:

     

    A really incredible single pot still whiskey. A little pricier than the 12 year old but worth every cent. It's a lot richer and stronger than the 12 year old. Really balanced and well rounded with mellow fruit, combined with spice and toasted wood.

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    Bordeaux Classic in Wood

     

    One of our best selling wine gift packs. it includes two incredible wines from the Bordeaux region in France. These wines have been selected by wine experts and have received rave reviews from the press; making this a must buy. 

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    Bordeaux Trio

     

    Another option from one of the best wine regions in the world, is this lovely trio of Bordeaux wines. These wines have been chosen by wine experts, meaning that they are of a very high standard. They come in a lovely wooden presentation box. 

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  • Dummie’s Guide to Champagne

    February 9, 2017

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    Dummie’s Guide to Champagne

     

    The name: Champagne is a sparkling wine named after the region where it’s made – Champagne, which is north-east of Paris. Only wines made in the traditional method from this region are permitted to call themselves Champagne.

    Taste: People forget that champagne is a wine, and has a very distinctive taste.  It’s very dry, with flavours of toast, yeast, bread, apple and lemon, sometimes nutty, and with refreshing acidity.  Champagnes have very lively, tiny, long-lasting bubbles.

    The bubbles: Each glass of champagne contains about 10 million bubbles.  The bubbles are created by a secondary fermentation in the actual bottle. The slower the fermentation, the finer and longer-lasting the bubbles.

    How it’s made: typically, wines from different varieties (and years) are blended, then bottled. A mixture of yeast and sugar is added to each individual bottle. The hungry yeast gobbles up the sugar, and creates bubbles and alcohol. These bubbles are trapped in the sealed bottle. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 15 months in cellars, some for much longer. Finally, the yeast is removed from each individual bottle, it’s re-sealed with a cork, and will be shipped shortly after. It’s a long and expensive process!

    Non-vintage: Most champagne is ‘non-vintage.’ If it doesn’t state a year on the label, it’s a blend of several vintages.

    Brut: Most champagnes sold are ‘Brut’ which means that they are dry. The trend has been to make even drier Champagnes in recent years.

    Grapes:  There are 3 grapes used in making Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier (related to Pinot Noir).  Champagnes with more black grapes tend to be more structured and powerful (eg. Veuve Clicquot).  Those with more Chardonnay tend to be more feminine & elegant (Laurent Perrier).

    Dom Perignon: Most houses have a ‘prestige’ wine, which is about 3 times more expensive. This is made from the best vineyards, and aged for longer. Moet’s is Dom Perignon.

    Drinking occasions: Champagne has almost always been associated with victories, from Napoleonic wars through to Grand Prix racing in modern times.  Champagne and celebration has become intertwined as a result. It’s also the wine most associated with romance.

    Who drinks it? Champagne is very much associated with the fairer sex, and I don’t think they’d call that stereotyping… just as long as you’re buying!

    Calories?   Champagne is one of the lowest-calorie wines you can drink at around 150 calories for a generous 175ml flute…. perhaps the reason  supermodels drink it? It’s been proven that bubbles help absorb alcohol into the bloodstream more quickly.

    Price: champagne is always expensive. It’s a lot more expensive to produce than say, prosecco.  Some of the best-known houses price their wines at a premium, in an effort to position them as being more luxurious.  Better value can be had from grower champagnes and co-operative champagnes, like Jean Comyn (exclusive to Molloys).

    Food match: most people sip it solo. To really bring out the flavour, drink it with some savoury pastries like cheese straws or gougeres. It’s also super with sushi!

    Molloys top picks:

    Jean Comyn Champagne Gift Box

    Jean Comyn NV Champagne – this is one that Molloys import directly & here’s what The Irish Sun said of it: “Fine and smooth bubbles from a crisp dry Champagne, with citrus and green apples flavours, freshness and balance…. It took several phone calls to find out why this stand-out Champagne was so good and yet reasonably priced.”

    Bollinger Special Cuveé Champagne Brut NV 750ml

    Bollinger Special Cuvée, as favoured by James Bond…  amazingly lively and fresh, with really creamy mousse, great depth and length of flavour.  Made using 75% black grapes, and aged for much longer than normal.

    Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne NV 750ml

    Moët NV is instantly recognisable. Notes of citrus and flowers, decent and lasting bubbles, and a slightly nutty finish.

    Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne NV 750ml

    Veuve Clicquot NV  a rich style of champagne, with terrific freshness, elegance and depth of flavour (citrus, almonds, yeast).

    If you enjoyed learning about Champagne, you may be interested in learning about the Bordeaux wine region! Click Here to read on.

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  • 10 Things to know about wines from Bordeaux

    January 12, 2017

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    If you’d like to learn about Bordeaux, the world’s most famous wine region, read on!

    1.It’s France’s largest Appellation Contrôlée region by far. Bordeaux produces twice as much wine as the whole of Australia!

    2.Bordeaux is often referred to as ‘claret’ in England. Claret is an Anglicised corruption of ‘Clairet’ which is a light red Bordeaux wine.

    3.80% of Bordeaux is red.

    4.Red varieties grown there are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. There is more Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot planted here than anywhere in the world! You will also find small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère.

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    5.It’s said that there are 10,000 estates in Bordeaux making wine. Some of the most expensive is Château Lafitte, which can sell for over €1,000 per bottle!

    6.Bordeaux wines can be divided into Left Bank (left of the Gironde/Dordogne rivers) – this includes Graves, and the Médoc, and its communes/villages of Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac, St. Estephe. The best quality wines carry terms like ‘Cru Bourgeois’ and the very best are labelled ‘Cru Classé’.  ‘Cru Artisan’ is a recent quality labelling term, applied to smaller estates.

    7.Famous Right Bank wines include St. Émilion and Pomerol. In St. Émilion, ‘Grand Cru’ denotes very good quality, and the most expensive have ‘Grand Cru Classé’ on the label.

    8.Good value for money wines are labelled as ‘Bordeaux’, ‘Côtes de Bordeaux’ and ‘Blaye.’ These are mostly Merlot, making them softer and easier to drink.

    9.Many of the top Bordeaux wines are aged for up to two years in oak barrels.

    10.Vintages vary significantly in Bordeaux. Top wines from the best vintages are highly sought after.

    This year, the Bordeaux selection in Molloys is better than ever.   We’ve tasted through dozens of Bordeaux to bring you an amazing selection of good value Bordeaux from petit chateaux, which we know you will love!  Here’s a few to whet your appetite, but visit our French wines online to see more!

    l'Arrivet Haut Brion

    l'Arrivet Haut Brion Bordeaux Rouge  - medium-bodied, quite firm, with stewed black fruit, spice and a long fruity finish.  Excellent with hard cheeses, red meats, roasts.

    Hebrard Bordeaux

     

    Hebrard Bordeaux - fantastic quality Bordeaux, made in a modern fruity style; guaranteed to impress!  Exquisite layers of tobacco-pouch and cedar, mouth-filling ripe damsons & plums, with a hint of chocolate and spice.

    Chateau les Graves de Loirac Medoc, Cru Artisan

    Ch. les Graves de Loirac Médoc – this Cru Artisan wine does justice to its status - terrific fruit intensity (blackberry, black plum), with campfire smokiness, cloves, pleasant cocoa-like tannin, finishing long & fruity.

    Château Vieux Cassan

    Ch. Vieux Cassan Medoc is drinking really well; a great example of a mature Bordeaux, with classic vegetal aromas, stewed black fruit and toastiness.

    La Cour Fayard Pomerol

    Ch. La Cour Fayard Pomerol – a real treat for a Bordeaux buff!  Intense stewed plums, sweet spice, mocha, cedar are perfectly composed in this supremely elegant, lengthy Pomerol.

    Château Chante Alouette, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Ch. Chante Alouette St. Émilion Grand Cru 2013 - powerful, with ripe intense fruits, exploding to give great concentration of dark fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long.

     

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  • Sancho Garcés Claims Gold

    October 19, 2016

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    According to Gilbert & Gaillard “50 million consumers worldwide trust Gilbert & Gaillard’s expertise”. That’s a whole lot a wine drinkers; so they must know what they are talking about!

     

    Last week the Gilbert and Gaillard global international competition took place. This competition sees a vast amount of high quality wines entered into an extremely competitive competition; with only the very best wines getting recognition.

     

    The wine which triumphantly grasped gold, was a fantastic Rioja, exclusive to Molloys Liquor Stores. The exquisite Sancho Garcés 2013 vintage, was deserving of the Gold medal in its relative field.

     

    We are never happy to rest on our laurels, and you can be confident that Molloys will continue to get the very best wines from around the world, exclusive to our stores and online. We like to go directly to the vineyards so we know the ins and outs of every wine we bring into Molloys; these wines that we source straight from the vineyard, cannot be purchased in any other store in Ireland.

     

    You can buy Sancho Garcés instore or Online.

     

    Sancho Garcés:  Smooth, medium bodied firm but silky wine, laden with ripe dark berry flavours, sweet vanilla, and a lick of spice. Gorgeous long finish.

     

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  • Wine & Beer for Barbecues

    July 29, 2016

    If you’ve ever noticed that drinks taste differently with food, then read on. Food can have a big impact on your enjoyment of wine and beer.  While the modern approach is that you can drink whatever you like with whatever you’re eating, it can be worthwhile pairing food and wine and matching food and beer.  The right matches are fantastic.

    Take barbecues… These often have strong flavours, from marinades and relish, wood-smoke, not to mention flavoursome fresh salads. We can find clues if we look at the kings of grilling and what they drink - the Australians, South Africans and Argentineans.  The intensity of fruit in their wines holds up to strong flavours, but equally, Languedoc and Spanish reds can be very fruit-forward too.  

    Juicy barbecued steak is best served up with hearty wines like Shiraz, Malbec and Pinotage, matching its weight and flavour.   Weightier beers like brown ales, stouts and porters are good recommendations too. 

    Simple plain sausages and chicken are great with medium-bodied reds like Merlot, Valpolicella and inexpensive Spanish red wines.  Spicy, specialty or caramelised sausages scream out for German beers and Black IPAs.  They are also great with spicy-flavoured wines - either Shiraz or Languedoc reds.    

    For light chicken and cold salad dishes, a blond beer, or wit bier can be very refreshing.  Marinated and smoky or spicy chicken would work well with a spicy red (as above), an oaky new World Chardonnay or a round, rich Pinot Gris. Lagers are generally good all-rounders too.

    You’ll need a robust Rosé to stand up to most barbecue dishes – go to the New World or Spain.   Alternatively, if you’ve added some spice rub to meat, pair with a medium sweet Rosé to tame the heat.

    Price is a big consideration in planning barbecues, as we tend to linger and drink a bit more than usual.  As always, Molloys have a great selection of offers, at all different price points.

    Hungry?  Light that barbie now!

    • MWC Pinot Gris is several notches above your standard Pinot Grigio in terms of flavour. Relatively rich mouthfeel, with tropical fruit and a hint of sweet spice on the finish.
    • Aimee’s Garden Pink Moscato -  deliciously sweet, with plenty of red summer fruit. Great with strawberry dessert or mildly spicy prawns or chicken.  
    • Butterfly Tree Pinotage has gorgeous smoky, toasty notes which really bring smoky meat flavours to life. Perfect for burgers and sausages.
    • MWC Shiraz Mourvedre - a great all-rounder to enjoy with steaks, burgers, chicken, sausage or lamb. Trust the Aussies!  
    • D’A Malbec is one of our most popular wines. This French Malbec is bursting with dense black cherry and earthy, liquorice character. Perfect for steak.
    • Schneider Weiss - a wonderful wheat beer, with a complex, malty style and banana, lemon and clove flavours.
    • Kinsale Black IPA - complex hoppy fruity flavours and aromas mixed with roast bitter chocolate and coffee tones. Low carbonation for a smooth stout-like finish – perfect for gobbling down onion-laded burgers and chargrilled sausages.
    • Jack Cody’s Black Jack is easy-drinking cream stout which is light on hops. Great with steaks.

     

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