So France has something to celebrate with Sandy Casar taking Friday’s stage despite a horribly painful bottom, with angry looking road rash, which he picked up after another stray dog made its way onto the course. That will no doubt please the alarming number of people who find this blog using search terms like “cyclists sore bottom” and “painful rash on bum”. I do worry about you.
Time then for a French wine a Gérard Bertrand Viognier Vin de Pays D’Oc 2004 from Majestic. It was pale with a fruity, peachy, blossomy scent. Dry, with an oily mouthfeel and crisp apple acidity as well as fresh stone fruit and ripe pears. 13% alcohol felt about right. There’s a little bit of honey and nuts too which wasn’t there six months ago.
This wine is ready to drink and won’t get better after the summer, so look out for newer vintages and enjoy characterful fruit for around a fiver.