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Wine club 2 – this time it’s serious

At the RAW wine fair last month I tried a Hungarian wine that really impressed me and wanted to know how much it was and where I could buy it. The producer told me that it wasn’t imported to Britain. In a slightly rash moment, I emailed him when I got home and ordered 20 cases of the stuff:

Kurucver 2007, Badacsony, Csobanci Bormanufaktura

It’s an amazing wine, a blend of Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos (better known by its Austrian name of Blaufränkisch) and something else beginning with K. It’s also organic and low in sulphur for people who are interested in such things. I’m more interested in how it tastes: it reminds me of a slightly wild woodland Burgundy. There’s a lot of autumn fruit but also some woodiness that comes with age. A 2007 this wine is perfectly mature now. I’m offering it for £9.81 a bottle which is a bargain. I’d say that if this wine was on sale in a fashionable East London wine shop it would cost about £14. A Burgundy of similar quality would be about £20. You would have to buy a case which is a total of £117.72, if you want 6 bottles, I can find someone to split the case with you. Delivery in Central London or near Amersham Bucks is free. If you live further afield, I can arrange a courier at your expense. Email me on henrygjeffreys@gmail.com for details.

If I find enough takers then this will be a regular thing. Very good unusual wine at a reasonable price. I might start to specialise in wines from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.