It’s warming up a bit. It’s starting to feel decidedly spring-like. The sun is shining in between the rain showers and there’s blossom on the trees. It’s time to try some wines for spring evenings.
This bottle of Rully from Jean-Yves Devevey came from Berry Bros & Rudd. The wine is a bright, clear, pale lemon colour. It smells fresh and clean. There’s a little bit of fruit blossom in there, apple and pear blossom, although that could be a reflection of my excitement that there’s blossom on my apple and pear trees. If I’d been looking out of a different window at the cherry or apricot blossom I wonder if it would have smelled differently?
It’s dry, with a medium acidity. The flavour of blossom turns into apple fruit – crisp, bright and refreshing. It feels pleasantly big in the mouth, with lots of apple fruit and just a little bit of something that isn’t quite hazelnut, but is maybe an apple doing an impersonation of one. The alcohol level fits squarely into the medium category at 13%, but all that fruit does push the body up a little.
The flavour lasts well, particularly with the lead through from blossom to fruit to nuts.
This Rully wasn’t an economy bottle, but it didn’t break the bank either. It’s a very French Chardonnay. I though it was good value, and I’ll look out for it again.