The collected wine-tastings & wine-ramblings of one who prefers to describe wines with metaphors, not percentages

Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010

Closeup of the typographically elegant label of this bottle of Old Vine Chenin Blanc

I came to this wine thirsty and optimistic. Optimistic because it has a beautiful label, with elegant, restrained typography of the kind that floats the Parn boat. So — does the taste match the typography?

Nope.

Which isn’t to say it’s bad; it’s merely of a totally different character. Whereas the label is stylishly minimal, the wine itself is confident. Confidently podgy. A fat, extrovert wine, dressed in an attention-seekingly sparkly top, who laughs raucously in restaurants and distracts you from your own conversation.

Altogether, it smacks you in the chops in a pretty unapologetic kind of way. It’s boshy and veggy and clompy and — mm hmm — not perhaps distinguished by its finesse. And, curiously, there’s an almost chickeny quality to it. Make of that what you will.

Verdict

Now, here’s where individual taste comes in. Because, for me, a tub-thumping white like this is too full-on. I know some people love this kind of thing, but me? Not so much so.

No. I wouldn’t call this a lovely wine. It’s too chubby and loud. Then again, it’s certainly not flawed — in fact, I’d say it’s well-made — and I rate it accordingly. It’s the kind of thing I might occasionally fancy — a bit of a sensory blast — but afterwards end up feeling I’ve spent a fair wodge on an experience I didn’t really find terribly luxurious.

A bit like a meal in a restaurant — on the table next to the hen party.

Rating ★★★ (3 stars)
ABV 14.5%
Price £10.99 from Majestic

2 Comments to Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2010

  1. June 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers:)

  2. Dominic's Gravatar Dominic
    September 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I totally disagree with your nope. Simply read the label it says it all.

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