Did you know: Rosé Champagne is the only rosé in Europe where actual blending of red and white wine is allowed? All other rosé’s are made only out of red wine grape varieties.
2009 Chateau Lamery Autrement
As in most wine-making parts of the world organically made wine is gaining ground, money-driven Bordeaux doesn’t seem to care very much about this whole respect-for-the-land-mentality. “As long as prices go up, we’re good”. Chateau Lamery thinks and acts different.
Situated in Aurillac, Jacques Broustet (about 10km as the crow flies from Sauternes) owns Chateau Lamery, one of the few organic and biodynamic wineries in Bordeaux. He owns roughly 3 ha of vineyards where he has been making his wine since 2006. Uses close to zero sulphites, harvests by hand and yields only 25hl per ha. Annual production is about 6500 bottles a year.
The result? Not your average blockbuster, tannic Bordeaux. Instead a fruity, elegant wine. Broustet calls it a “vin d’Autrefois”, a wine from the past, referring to the time it was accepted for Bordeaux to be elegant and fruity. Made from 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Malbec (!). On the nose you get tons of red fruit. On the palate, it’s got the intensity you expect, but being much more elegant. Almost like a good Burgundy, made from Bordeaux-grapes.
A very good wine, fairly priced at €16,50. Absolutely recommended!
2010 John Duval Plexus White
John Duval, a winemaker who has been making wine at Penfold’s for 29 (!) years, decided to start his own wine label in 2003. With such an elaborate track record, his wines had to be good. He makes three red wines and a white, which I tasted last week and reviewing now. The 2010 vintage is actually his first vintage of the white. It’s made of Marsanne (62), Rousanne (26) and Viognier (12). There we go:
At first, the nose seemed a little bit unbalanced. There were lots of exotic fruit, apricot and peach, as well as some citrus fruit. However, all this fruit just seemed to be covered in oak. Too much oak. I must admit, I am quite sensitive to the usage of oak, but when it is used in a way some great white Burgundy’s used it, it absolutely contributes to the complexity and depth of a wine. It should be an underlying layer in a wine. Here, it was foremost present. Lots of toastiness, burnt wood, creaminess.
On the palate I had the same problem, though less intense. There was a fair amount of creamy vanilla and oak flavour, but the fruit began to show itself more. After 15 minutes the wine got more balanced, but unfortunately it still has an enourmous bit of oak. I would suggest you let this rest for a year or two, maybe it improves, but at the moment.. nah. 27 euro’s for this bottle is a serious amount of money.
2009 La Ferme du Mont CdR Villages “Le Ponnant”
La Ferme du Mont – a relatively small producer based in Valreas, Southern Rhone. They make outstanding Rhone wines in different price classes. This CdR Villages wine is a the bottom of their range, but nevertheless very good.
On the nose you get raspberry, plum and a hint of tobacco and bay leaf. On the palate nice structure. Certainly tannins, however well balanced. Dark fruit, plum, black cherries and some nice minerality as well. Acidity keeps it all elegant. Very well done and a real steal at €10,95.
Friday! Start of the weekends. As things tend to get a little less formal on friday, let me post something about a wine which is easy, affordable yet very good:
2010 Domaine des Souterrains Sauvignon Blanc
Made by Jacky GOUMIN, a fresh Sauvignon Blanc from Loire Valley, France. Just a couple of kilometres away from the famous Sancerre, Domaine des Souterrains makes this white in the same style as Sancerre: crisp, fresh, bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc. Hints of white fruit, passion fruit, goose berry. Very focused, pure fruit. Nice acidity. It’s not a wine that rocks your socks off, but at a price of €8,50 it is a very good effort.
This is a wine to start your weekend with.
So I guess this is the first post I write under the name Faits à Boire (drinkable facts). My previous blog under the name of Vinosophy unfortunately bled to death as I attended a new study and began working at a new company.
Over the last few weeks I got some sort of tickle to start a new blog. And here it is. My mission is practically the same: show a broad audience that wine is easy and accessible. I will write tasting notes, producer profiles, grape varietal profiles, and so on, but I will try to do this as approachable as possible. In the end we have to get rid of the dusty, elitist, man-with-moustaches image of wine, don’t we?
So: this is the first post of a blog that gives insight in wine in a digestable way. I hope you look forward to the next post as much as I do.