Castell d’Encus Tharlan 2010

From Costers del Segre in the far north east of Spain, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, at an altitude ranging from 800-1000m, Castell d’Encus is making extraordinarily elegant wines. From the intense Ekam Riesling, the refined Cabernet based Quest to the almost Pinot like Tharlan which is in fact 100% Syrah. Grown at 1000m in cool conditions and fermented in rock vats and stainless steel and then aged in French oak, this is a very subtle and restrained Syrah.

The site was first established by monks in 1100 and since identified for its outstanding potential given the high altitude, meaning less problems of high sugar levels and low acidity in the grapes, and also better development of flavour and aromas. The Tharlan is bright and ripe, without being over the top. This is an exciting new style of Spanish red.

Press Reviews: 95 points, Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate:

image“The brilliant 2010 Thalarn is a pure Syrah that is partially fermented in rock vessels and stainless steel and aged in barrel for 10 months in 70% new oak. It has an incredibly intense bouquet of small black cherries, cassis, blueberry and a touch of peppercorn that is very well-defined, but extremely primal.

The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins and a satin-like texture. It possesses outstanding focus and precision plus wonderful minerality and clarity towards the finish that exudes finesse, handling the new oak so that you barely notice it. This is an exceptional Syrah that should age magnificently.”

Exclusive to ely wine bar in Ely Place.

We’ve just received 3 cases of this superb wine and it’s highly unlikely that we will see it again in Ireland given its limited production and international acclaim. You won’t find it anywhere else in Ireland and if you like the subtleties of Burgundy and the flavours of the Northern Rhone then this is a wine for you.

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ely wine tasting evenings April / May 2014

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Each week a guest speaker will present a selection of wines from the given region and we’ll serve up a supper dish to match.
All wine tastings take place at ely bar & brasserie and start at 7pm sharp.

Thursday April 17th – Wines of the Northern Rhone
The wines of the Southern Rhone may be more recognised- Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone etc. – but anyone in the know will tell you that all the excitement is up North. Sensational whites, many of which remain just below the radar for most of us, are matched by outstanding reds- this is the spiritual home of Syrah! This is undoubtedly a ‘fine wine’ region, producing some of the greatest wines in France, without ever reaching the astronomical price tags of some other French region. It is a wine lovers dream!
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Thursday May 22nd – Alsace
This is quite possibly the most interesting and varied white wine producing region in the world. Home to a wide range of grape varieties, many with the potential to produce wines of Grand Cru status. Add to that some of the world’s greatest sweet wines. However, Alsace still suffers from being misunderstood, much the same as Germany. While there are many Germanic influences, the wines of Alsace are utterly unique and deserve your utmost attention!
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One of the best wines we’ve tasted in years!

Donnafugata ‘Ben Ryé’ Passito di Pantelleria 2011

This stunning dessert wine come from Pantelleria, a tiny island off Sicily, but is actually closer to Africa than Italy. Arabic influences aboundwith Donnafugata, from the name of the wine- Ben Ryé is derived from the Arabic ‘son of the wind’ – to the beautiful Arabian nights inspired labels.

Donna Fugata

The wine itself is suitably exotic!
The grape is Zibibbo, an ancient Sicilian grape variety which is probably more commonly known as Muscat of Alexandria. The vines are more than 100 years old, and this is expressed in the concentration of flavour. A beautiful amber colour, incredibly enticing nose of apricot, orange peel, sweet orange and spice.

On the palate it is rich and sweet but perfectly balanced, with the crisp acidity providing a perfect freshness to all of those wonderfully evocative flavours. It is quite simply the most wonderful dessert wine we’ve tasted in years. Scrap that- it’s one of the best wines we’ve tasted in years. It is available in ely winebar, Ely Place by the glass for just €9.

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Wines of the Languedoc by Ian Brosnan

Another wonderful wine tasting in ely bar & brasserie which showed the range and quality of the wines currently being produced in this part of France.

Previously thought of as a ‘poor man’s Rhone’, the Languedoc has become the most exciting wine region in France whilst remaining the best value- everyone wins!

ely_wine_bar_Languedoc_wine_tasting_04First up was Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012– unquestionably one of the producers of this grape. Crisp, lemon -fresh and a lovely dry, minerally finish- this is the perfect wine for our rapidly approaching summer. Think shellfish…..

We followed this with a beautiful Rosé from Domaine de L’Hortus– one of our favourites!-Bergerie de L’Hortus. A blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah, this is a fresh, dry rosé, with aromas of strawberry and hints of pepper. Fantastic!

Two ely stalwarts next, Chateau La Baronne Corbieres 2009 and Luc Lapeyre ‘ L’Amourier’ Minnervois 2010. Both have graced all three wine lists at various times and both represent fantastic value for money.
Domaine de L’Hortus again, but this time the Grand Cuvee 2010 – a stunning blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Rich, spicy but incredibly smooth- this is one of the classic wines of the Languedoc.


Last up was the sensational Mas Julien, Terrasses du Larzac. Winemaker Olivier Julien has produced what is quite possibly the finest wine in the entire region- a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, it is intensely flavoured with all the classic Languedoc flavours- blackberry, spice and dried herbs- but so wonderfully elegant that it’s hard to believe what you are drinking! A world class wine that you should try at least once.
These wines are not available in wine shops or supermarkets, but can all be bought directly from the fantastic Wines Direct website
Happy shopping.

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Pinot Noir tasting at ely bar & brasserie

A big thanks to everyone who came along to our Pinot Noir tasting- the whole evening was a tremendous success!
Difficult to pick out one wine over another, so I’ll mention the less obvious choices which showed really well!
Franz_haazFirst up, just to get us started, we had one of THE great Pinot based wines – and one of my all time favourite wines- Bollinger Special Cuvee. I’m happy to drink this anytime- as many can attest to- but it fully deserves to be included in a line up of great Pinot Noir.

The Franz Hass Pinot Nero 2010 from Alto Adige in northern Italy was probably the pick of the night for many- and a revelation for most! Silky, delicate and utterly drinkable, it shows off all of Pinots finest qualities at once. Absolutely delicious!
PlantagenetAt the other end of the Pinot Spectrum was the Plantagenet Mount Barker Pinot Noir 2009 from Western Australia. Deep ruby colour, wonderfully aromatic and concentrated cherry and spice on the nose. The aromas were reflected on the palate, and the flavours lasted an age!

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Syrah & Shiraz

Syrah & Shiraz.
I always find this to be one of the most interesting tastings of the year, not just because it is one of my favourite grapes, but because everyone who attends seems to have an expectation confounded, or a prejudice overturned. Those committed to the Northern Rhone find a connection with the elegance and restraint of great New Zealand Syrah- this has got to be the future of NZ reds??- or the constantly impressive cool-climate Aussies – Clonakilla.

Likewise, those more accustomed to the New World styles find themselves seduced by the wonderful smoky, savoury character of St. Joseph or Crozes Hermitage. And then there are the outsiders, wines which fit neither profile, but express an entirely new side to this fantastic grape- Tuscan Syrah being the perfect example.

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Choosing highlights from a tasting like this is always difficult, simply because I could easily argue a case for all of the wines we tasted. So instead, I’ll choose the two that got the best feedback from our esteemed and eager tasters!
Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2011 – long a favourite in ely, not just because Yann himself is such a character, but because his wines have such a wonderful purity of flavour.
Sourced from three different terroirs, the 2011 is a stunner – intense dark berry fruit, that lip-smacking acidity that you only get from great Northern Rhône Syrah, and lovely smoky, savoury flavours starting to come through on the finish.
John_DuvalJohn Duval Entity 2010- at the far end of the Syrah/Shiraz spectrum, but just a beautifully put together! The nose is incredible- we must have 20 different aromas from blackberry and cherry to anise, chocolate, coffee and licourice. The palate is rich but not heavy, velvety smooth with everything in seamless harmony. The flavours last an age… this wine left the room in absolute silence. Well, before the “wow”’ started!
So, after all those amazing wines we now turn our attention from the Northern Rhone to the South, and in particular, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Watch this space !!!!

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Four days of hard work…days 3 & 5

ely’s adventures in the Rhone…

by Ian Brosnan

Day 3

The next morning took us to the Northern Rhone, away from Grenache and into Syrah territory.
As Simon is happy to tell (anyone who will listen!), the Rhone should really be thought of as two separate regions, such are the differences in climate, soils, vines and viticulture. The wines of the southern Rhone have far more in common with those of the Languedoc, while the Northern Rhone wines increasingly share qualities with those of Burgundy. Our first, fateful visit was to Yann Chave, a wine maker based in Crozes Hermitage who is both massively talented and a bit of a rogue. This property could be described as ‘rustic’ – no fancy tasting rooms, just us in the cellar with a glass in hand and a bucket on the floor. Yann produces red and white Crozes Hermitage, and red Hermitage, and we tasted several vintages from bottle, and the most recent from barrel. Neither the red nor white Crozes see any oak, and as a result, both wines possess wonderfully precise, clean fruit. The white is a 70/30 Marsanne Roussane blend, elegantly perfumed with hints of peach and almond, and a rich yet minerally texture. Most white Rhone wines get lost among their red counterparts, and that is especially true of white Crozes, but it really is worth seeking out for something a little bit different and a little bit special. The Crozes Hermitage red 2011 is a stunner – intense dark berry fruit, that lip-smacking acidity that you only get from great Northern Rhone Syrah, and lovely smoky, savoury flavours starting to come through – this should be compulsory tasting for anyone interested in Rhone wines. We then moved on to the Hermitage (and stopped using the bucket!). Up first was the 2011. We were quickly realising that the quality of that vintage was not limited to the south. In ‘Hermitage years’ 2011 is a baby, and theory would have it far too young to drink or enjoy. In fact, it was nothing less than stunning, one of the finest wines I have tasted in this, or any year. Despite its relative youth it was immediately expressive, its greatness coming from concentration of flavour, not extraction, from its supple elegance rather than massive power. He then opened the now-legendary 2007, a wine which some of us have had the pleasure of tasting before. It was better than I remembered, aging slowly and gracefully, softening slightly and gaining in fragrance. Hermitage is expensive –no question- but relative to the astronomical prices commanded by some Bordeaux Chateaux it appears a bargain. I know which I’d rather drink.

Tasting at Yann Chave- Ronan, Anthony and the bucket

Tasting at Yann Chave- Ronan, Anthony and the bucket

Tasting at Yann Chave- Ronan, Anthony and the bucket
We reluctantly left the cellars and headed to a local restaurant for lunch. On the way, Simon gently reminded us of our next visit, and the need to be finished and gone by 1.30 AT THE LATEST! It was only 11.45, how long could lunch take? We arrived at the restaurant to be greeted again by Yann, with beers poured and a glint of mischief in his eye. Simon had one eye on the clock, and one in the kitchen, where there was a solitary lady at the stove. The menu was on the wall and was uniquely ‘local’ – lambs brains, tripe, or liver. Yann meanwhile was in the cellar, choosing suitable bottles for us to sample over lunch. A few beers later we sat (12.45 and counting) and awaited our food, while Yann talked us through some wines from fellow Crozes producers. Our starters arrived somewhat erratically – this was the sort of restaurant where everything happens on their terms, we ate quickly and awaited our mains. The unexplained delay with our food – chef was sitting at the next table having a glass of wine -was punctuated by Yann continuously opening more bottles, commenting that we didn’t have to finish them. 1.50pm. Chef finished her wine and returned to the kitchen, and slowly our food started to appear. We ate what we could and prepared to leave. Simon made his exit and went to get the car, but such an easy escape would elude us. Yann opened another red; Chef appeared at the table in all her formidable glory with some bread and a massive board of cheese. We were eating cheese and that was that. Simon appeared at the door, and signalled for us to leave. I tried to stand up and was abruptly told to sit and finish my cheese, Yann was at the bar ordering Chartreuse. It was all getting a little crazy, and there was only one way out – a mouthful of cheese, down a shot of Chartreuse and express our utmost gratitude as we ran for the door. 2.30pm.
Our next visit was in Condrieu, just under an hour away and just enough time for a nap…

Pierre-Jean Villa is relatively new producer, both for Simon and for us (hence the desire to be on time!) and is without doubt one of the most exciting. Pierre-Jean has his own property in Condrieu, and co-runs one in Burgundy, so we had the pleasure to taste wines from both. So, while I’m not really here to talk about Burgundies, I’ll just say that his Bourgogne Rouge (in all 3 elys) is perfect, and his soon-to-be-with-us white Saint Aubin, sublime. His Rhone wines are even more impressive, all with the subtlety and finesse that only a great winemaker can achieve. And that he is – over the years I’ve been fortunate to meet many winemakers from many different regions, and I would honestly say that Pierre-Jean is one of the most interesting. His love of wine and wine-making is infectious, his wealth of knowledge seemingly limitless, but it was the ease with which he could share this knowledge and inspire interest in others which was most remarkable. We were in awe. His St. Joseph ‘Preface’ is a beauty- pure Syrah fruit, exceptional balance and a long, elegant finish.
Our final visit for the day was to Stéphane Montez at Domaine de Monteillet, in his new winery and tasting rooms, perched atop a hill overlooking the river, and resembling a Bond- villain’s lair more than a traditional winery. We joined Stéphane in the cellars, along with some (over-eager) Sommelier-types from Lyon. Domaine de Monteillet is justly renowned for Condrieu, St. Joseph and Cote-Rotie, along with some fantastic IGP wines from nearby vineyards. We started by tasting the St. Joseph 2012, from barrel, plot by plot. His St. Joseph is composed of many different vineyard selections and this was a unique opportunity to taste the subtle differences that each brings to the final blend. Stéphane is also someone who likes to have fun, and dotted around the cellars are single barrels of ‘experiments’ that he keeps for his own amusement – St. Joseph still in barrel after four years !!
We then headed into the ultra modern tasting room (with the fanciest bathrooms I’ve ever seen in a winery!) for some bottle tastings. The range is pretty big, and we worked our way through them all. Some of the standouts were the white IGP – a Marsanne/Roussane/Viognier blend, and reminder that simple white Rhone can be a really wonderful drink. He produces a couple of different Condrieu, but my favourite is ‘Les Grand Chaillées’- fantastically rich, with apricot, honey and toast on the nose, but held together by pitch perfect acidity and very long minerally finish. His St. Joseph ‘Cuvée du Papy’ is the wine that first got me excited about the Northern Rhone many years ago, and it was wonderful to see the vineyards first-hand. I like to say that 2 hours in a winery is better than 200 hours of study- you can read all the books and taste all the wines you want, but to get a real understanding of a wine, or wine in general, nothing beats seeing it for yourself. Being able to see the grapes grow and ripen, or the difference between the vines growing on the slopes to those in the valley. Smelling the difference between old and new barrels, or the different levels of toasting on each provides a far greater understanding of the influence it has on a wine than you could ever learn from a book. If you are interested in wine you should do your best to visit a winery, it is an eye-opening and very rewarding experience. The 2010 ‘Cuvée du Papy’ as good as ever- deep, dark garnet in colour with intense, fragrant cassis on the nose. The wine is full but never heavy, with dark fruit and an abundance of spice –nutmeg, pepper, licorice and vanilla, and a fantastically long, savoury finish. It is a wine that I would happily drink any time of year, but with game season almost upon us, I expect to be opening quite a few more. I can’t think of a more perfect combination.
It also goes down very well with steak, frites and béarnaise as we learned that night!

Day 4

Believe it or not, but a four day wine trip can be a very tiring experience, what with all that eating and drinking, but we awoke bright and early, refreshed and ready for our last visit. There is a lot to be said for taking it easy for at least one of the nights. We were heading to the heart of Côte Rôtie to meet Stéphane Ogier. Was it just a matter of planning and schedules, or did Simon intend to leave the best for last?? Either way, we were all really looking forward to this one. As fate would have it, Stéphane was away, selling his wares in the States. But, a greater fate was at work, because in his place was the charming, knowledgeable and utterly radiant Julie. She is Stéphane’s assistant and was our host for the afternoon. Trying our best to focus on the wines, we tasted our way through Stéphane’s range of reds and whites, from IGP and Côtes du Rhône to Côte Rôtie and Condrieu. The wines –at every level- are exceptional, exuding elegance, finesse and definition. Stéphane fine-tuned his winemaking craft in Burgundy and it shows. I could argue a case for everything we tasted as being my favourites, but I’ll just mention three- Viognier de Rosine 2011 is a beautiful example of what this grape can do, but with lightness of touch and a freshness not often found in these parts. La Rosine Syrah comes from the same place, literally and metaphorically – an area just to the north of Côte Rôtie that was long ignored but in which Stéphane could see massive potential. Deeply flavoured and wonderfully textured, it has the silkiness of a fine Pinot with the flavours of a great Syrah. And despite international acclaim and a devoted following, it remains remarkable value for money. Lastly, Côte Rôtie ‘La Belle Helene’ 2009. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words, or maybe some things just can’t be described in words, they have to be experienced. La Belle Helene is a small plot of 90 year old Syrah vines on one of the steepest slopes in Côte Rôtie –all of the slopes are steep, it is back-breaking, agonising work harvesting grapes in this region and I would like to express my sincerest thanks to those who do it on all of our behalf !- and the only way I can describe the wine is to say that it is the purest, most perfect expression of Syrah that I have ever tasted. Of all the wines that I have tasted through the years, and there have been many, a very select few stand out clearly, like little “Ian’s spiritual moments”. It is not just the very expensive wines, but more like “perfect wine moments” – enjoying 1971 Billecart-Salmon Champagne (from magnum) over dinner with Mr. Billecart, a 2 hour tasting in the cellars of Domaine de la Romanee Conti (a place of pilgrimage for wine lovers) or magnums of Flaccianello della Pieve in the Tuscan sun with good friends and great beef! These are the wines and the moments that stick in the mind. Drinking ‘La Belle Helene’, looking out over the vineyard from which it came, is certainly up there.
A fine way to finish – good planning Simon! All that was left to do was have one more lunch, obviously, open a nice bottle and then head to the airport for a long sleep home. We arrived home, a little tired, a little fatter, but with a renewed enthusiasm for what we do and why we do it. I, Anthony and Ronan want to say a massive thanks to Simon and all of the winemakers we met for their incredible hospitality and generosity, and we are looking forward to repaying it when they come to Dublin!

Lambs brains

Lambs brains

Some of the finest from Domaine Ogier

Some of the finest from Domaine Ogier

“Food with a conscience” by Paolo Tullio on Irish Independent

For those of you who may have missed it, ely wine bar received a wonderful review in last Saturdays Irish Independent from the great Paolo Tullio.
Commenting on the quality of the organic produce and artisan ingredients, he was especially impressed with the “exceptional” organic Burren beef from our family farm, and the clear amount of work that goes into the sourcing of all of our ingredients.

“ When I heard that there was a daily special of steak tartare, I knew that was for me –and I have to say the organic Burren beef was exceptional.”
Paolo also made reference to the wine list, noting both the quality of the wines and the fantastic value to be had.
“I had the wine list and found it to be encyclopaedic – 20 pages long and very well priced”
“Léoville Barton second label 2008 for €59 –wine you could easily pay €100 or more on other lists”
We were particularly pleased with the review, and the fact that Paolo made specific reference to all of the things that we at ely pride ourselves on – exceptional ingredients, locally sourced, the quality of our own organic Burren beef, and an extensive wine list that offers no just excellent choice but also excellent value.

“This was a week for meeting old friends. I hadn’t seen Alastair for maybe 30 years. We used to see one another a lot when he was working in Dublin, but then his work took him to Tokyo and then Chicago, and during those years we lost touch. It was thanks to the wonders of the internet that he found my email address.

His business has brought him back full circle to Dublin again, so we agreed that we’d meet on his next visit. And then, in the same week, I got a phone call from Morrough, who I haven’t seen for a few years since he’d moved to England. Morrough and Alastair had never met, but when I suggested a meal for three, neither of them objected.

I thought long and hard about where to take them. Certainly city centre, not far from their hotels, and somewhere that two cosmopolitan men with sophisticated tastes would feel comfortable. I settled on the Ely Wine Bar in Ely Place, where, if nothing else, I could ply them with good wine.

So early on a mid-week night we met up in Ely Place, and it was a real pleasure to meet my old friends again after so many years.

As soon as we were sat, we started to read the bills of fare. I had the wine list and I found it to be encyclopaedic – 20 pages long and very well priced. What seems to be the case is that as the wines get more expensive, the mark-up gets less. That’s a system I’ve been trying to get other restaurateurs to adopt for years.

Trying to make double or treble the wholesale price when that comes to €60 or more is simply greedy. But not here in the Ely. A premier cru Chablis for €59 or a Leoville Barton second label 2008 for €59 are both wines that you could easily pay €100 or more for on other lists.

“Let me choose the wine,” said Morrough as he took the wine list from me. Red was the general consensus and he picked us a fine Rioja, the Vina Alberdi Reserva at €39.

There’s an interesting menu in The Ely, with a lot of organic produce and artisan foods. The beef comes from their own farm in the Burren, so clearly a lot of work has gone into sourcing, and that’s always a pleasure to see.

We all chose from the a la carte menu, although there were two set menus as well to choose from, one at €37.50 and the other at €47.50. The a la carte offered plenty of choice, but at first glance the menu seemed priced higher than usual. The soup was the only starter under €10, whereas most menus have few, if no, starters over €10. This was offset, I thought, by many of the main courses being priced in the low teens. So starters seemed more expensive than normal and main courses cheaper.

Alastair ordered the vegetable soup and followed that with the classic bangers and mash, which in this case meant organic pork sausages with wholegrain-mustard mash, shallot and sage compote and jus. I liked the fact that €1 per banger goes to Barnardos children’s charity.

Morrough ordered the king scallops to start, which came with a carrot and coriander remoulade, a smoked almond dressing and curried clams. For mains, he chose monkfish fritters and beer-braised oxtail, which came with a ragout of summer vegetables and parsley mash.

I decided to start with the duck liver and organic pork ham hock terrine, and when I heard that there was a daily special of steak tartare, I knew that was for me.

We sipped the Rioja while we awaited the starters and found that it opened out beautifully in the glass. It had the classic Rioja balance of fruit and oak, combined with a soft mouth feel and enough acidity to make it a good choice for food pairing.

The starters arrived and we tucked in, Alastair happy with his wholesome and warming soup, me contentedly spreading my terrine on to good bread, and Morrough looking unhappily at his plate. It was very nicely presented, but it contained just three scallops, which Morrough felt was just a tad exiguous.

“Five would have been more to my liking,” he declared. Three may well be enough for size-eight ladies, but for a big man like Morrough it seemed more like a canapé than a starter.

With the Rioja tasting so good, we needed a second bottle for the main courses. Again, the presentation of the dishes was excellent – they came on large, deep white plates, which made a good frame for the food.

The monkfish fritters sat on a bed of parsley mash surrounded by the braised oxtail, while the organic sausages sat on a bed of mustard mash. I’d asked our waiter if I could be served my steak tartare with the various ingredients on the side.

When I was young, that was normally how the dish was served. You got to mix your tartare exactly as you liked it, and for me that was part of the fun.

These days it tends to come to the table already mixed to the chef’s liking, which may not be the same as mine. So this time I was able to mix my own, and I have to say the organic Burren beef was exceptional.

This had been a fine savoury meal and none of us were tempted to desserts. Instead, Morrough and Alastair decided to share a cheese plate, a mix of Irish and Continental cheeses. While they ate their cheese, I finished with a pretty good espresso.

Our bill came to €205.38, of which €78 was wine, so subtracting that you end up with about €40 a head, decent value for the quality of the food.”

8/10 Food
8/10 Ambience
7/10 value for money

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Bollinger Rosé – #LifeCanBePerfect

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With our seemingly endless summer in full swing, the city at its finest and everyone in great spirits, we at ely winebar in Ely Place felt we should do our bit to share in the celebration of this wonderful weather.
And how do we celebrate? We celebrate with Champagne. But not just any Champagne……..

A summer this special deserves a Champagne of equal stature, and when we speak of stature one Champagne House instantly comes to mind, one whose commitment to quality is as individual and unique as the outstanding wines it produces.

Bollinger first produced their Rosé in 2008, which, in keeping with the House style, is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 14% Chardonnay and the balance of Pinot Meunier. Over 85% of the grapes were from Grand or Premier Cru vineyards, ensuring absolute quality from the base wine up.

That was the serious bit. Now for the fun.

On pouring, this member of the Bollinger family shows itself to be a deep hue somewhere between pink and bronze (like many of us!) and brimming with hundreds of the tiniest bubbles. It smells fresh- red currants, cherries and strawberry – with just a touch of the toastiness that is characteristic of this great Champagne House. On the palate there is strawberry, raspberry and biscuit, with the vibrant flavours enhanced by the velvety-fine bubbles. And the finish just goes on and on.

Bollinger recommend this Rosé for a summer afternoon – and who are we to argue- but we’d happily drink it through the evening and beyond. Lots of wines claim to taste like “summer in a glass”, this tastes like the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Bollinger Rosé is on special offer in ely winebar, reduced from €145 to €95 by bottle, or €19 by the glass. While summer lasts. Treat yourself.

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elys’ favourite wines for summertime enjoyment.

With summer in full swing and the sun shining (?) we have selected a few of our favourite wines for summertime enjoyment!

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Two fantastic whites from Italy and Languedoc for those who like their wines crisp and refreshing, a Burgundian chardonnay with a little bottle age for those who like a more serious white, and a wonderful Rosé from a little known grape called Egoidola that will make you wonder why you don’t drink rosé more often.
We’ve also chosen two reds that work wonderfully in the sun – A beautiful Beaujolais villages that is especially good served cool, and a Montepulciano that will see you through the evening. Enjoy!!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Languedoc, France €31 / €7.75
Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.


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Balestri Valda Soave Classico 2011 Veneto, Italy €33 / €8.25
Soave is leading the new wave of Italian white, and this a perfect example of why. Whereas some wines try to overpower the senses with an attack of flavours, quality Soave is beautifully understated. Subtle aromas of apple and pear followed by a delicate nuttiness – think fresh almonds – and lovely dry finish.

Jean Phillipe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc 2007 Burgundy, France €39 / €9.75
ifsc bourgogneMonsieur Fichet is a winemaker based in Meursault, and probably best known for the outstanding wines he produces there. But he also owns vineyards in the surrounding areas, and uses those grapes to make his Bourgogne Blanc. The same skill and experience goes into the crafting of this wine. Ripe Chardonnay flavours of tropical melon and toasty oak have combined over a few years bottle age to produce something special – rich and creamy textured with a lovely nutty finish.

Domaine de Millet Rosé VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2011 France €28/ €7.00
This is what we call proper rosé. Why? Try it and see….. It is produced from the little known Egiodola grape in the Côtes de Gascogne region of south west of France. Wonderful ripe red fruit- fresh strawberry, raspberry and cranberry – lovely freshness on the palate and a dry finish with just a touch of grip. Perfect for sipping, even better with food.

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Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages 2010 €33 / €8.25
We have seen the fortunes of the Gamay grape rise and fall over the years- it was once more highly prized than Pinot -but on the strength of recent Beaujolais tastings it’s definitely on the up again. This Domaine shows how modern winemaking techniques can combine with traditional wine styles to great effect. 100% Gamay, from vines averaging almost 50 years- the wine is bright ruby in colour, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours, and a long clean finish.

Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 €28 / €7.00
ifsc MontepulcianoThe Montepulciano grape is often confused with the town of the same name, and as a result, the wines from that town. So let’s clear it up – Montepulciano (Vino Nobile de) is the town, and the grape is Sangiovese. Montepulciano (d’) is the grape, and a wonderful grape it is too! Ripe and bursting with fruit, especially dark cherry and plum, and just a touch of chocolate. Yes, chocolate! This wine is medium bodied but very full flavoured , and definitely a score for Montepulciano the grape!

Visit ely bar & brasserie in the IFSC.

Enjoy the best in organic Irish food. Amazing dry-aged Irish beef, fantastic fish, local seasonal vegetables and great Irish cooking at ely bar & brasserie. Knowing that the team in ely bar & brasserie will look after you and guest extremely well.

ely bar & brasserie has sourced the 28 day dry-aged rib-eye from Danny Coogan, a fifth generation farmer in Trim Co.Meath and their vegetables are grown for them “less than an hours drive up the road”, north Dublin to be precise. The organic beef carpaccio and organic lamb hails from the Burren, Co.Clare and their fresh Irish chicken is from Mayo.
The oysters, scallops, crab and fresh Irish Sea Bass are all landed by Irish boats and their executive chef Ryan Stringer is from Tyrone. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 said “Executive chef Ryan Stringer devises and cooks wonderfully smart, clean food, with ingredients that are sourced as carefully as they source their benchmark wines”.

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