French Country Wines – Thursday, March 08 – East End Wines – 4p – 8p
Dom. Millet Sancerre 2010 – 21.97 – A powerful nose with aromatic qualities that are very representative of the limestone-clay soil found in the village of Bué. The wine has good acidity from the young vintage while at the same time displaying a surprising suppleness and roundness. This wine has a very long finish. Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc. Pairings: White fish with a citrus sauce, lobster, scallops, white meats. Sancerre Blanc makes an excellent Aperitif and a wonderful accompaniment for fish, crustaceans orthe famous local “Crottin de Chavignol” goat cheese. Well-matured vintages marry well with foie gras. Domaine Franck Millet, Loire Valley. Single Guyot cut. 6500 plants. Limestone-clay. Static racking of the must. Slow, low temperature Alcoholic fermentation in thermoregulated stainless steel vats for 7 to 10 weeks. No malolactic fermentation. Stirring of the lees for 3 to weeks. Light filtration.
Le Petit Caboche Rose 2011 – 14.57 – Crisp, fruity, dry and simply delicious. A beautiful floral nose with flavors of raspberry and strawberry. The color is very pale pink, bright, with hints of gray-blue. The nose is expressive and elegant, with an attack floral, peach and red berries. The palate is creamy and fleshy attack and develops a nice crunchy currant dominant. The finish is delicately tangy. Grapes: Carignan. Pairing: chill it down and drink with just about anything. Domaine du Père Caboche, Vin de Pays de Vaucluse, Rhone Valley.
Prieure de St. Benedictin 07 – 27.97- About 16 acres of this 25-acre vineyard, 11/2 hours south of Paris, are planted in Sauvignon grapes,the rest in Pinot Noir. The name of the village, St Céols, first appeared in records dating to 1259. 100% Pinot Noir. Domaine Le Prieuré de Saint Ceols, Loire Valley. The Cuvée des Bénédictins Rouge has an expressive aroma blending dark fruits, licorice, coffee and smoky notes with finesse. In the mouth it is a full bodied wine enveloping delicate tannins. The red fruit (strawberry, raspberry) leaves its mark on the palate. Overall a nicely balanced wine! Salmon, tuna, white meats (duck with a cherry sauce), pastas, some dark meats.
Dom. Rouge-Bleu Mistral 09 – 22.97 – Coming from the oldest Grenache vines on the estate (75 years old), and joined with Syrah, Mourvédre and Roussanne, this vintage of Mistral is very well balanced with all qualities – acidity, alcohol and tannins – in almost perfect harmony. Highly concentrated fruits, a result of low yields per hectare, lead to a complex wine, round in the mouth with hints of chocolate and a long finish. Domaine Rouge-Bleu, Rhone Valley. Named after the powerful wind that blows through the region, Espinasse’s wine is a bold expression of the micro-climate and terroir. Stems, leaves, and wild yeast go into this amazing cuvee. Un-filtered, bold, intense. Wine Spectator – Rich and smoky, with mouthfilling charcoal, roasted fig, tobacco and plum sauce notes all rolling through the broad finish. This has muscle, but stays accessible and balanced. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Roussanne. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. Score: 90. —James Molesworth, June 30, 2011.
Ch. Bichon Cassignols – Graves 05 – 20.57 – Château Bichon Cassignols, Bordeaux. Aged in vats and oak barrels, the nose carries elements of red and dark fruits. The body is well-structured and supple in the mouth. Grapes: 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Pairings: Roasted or grilled red meats and game. A big mouthful with lots of extract. Tannins strong but fruit balances well. Aged in vats and oak barrels, the reserved nose carries elements of red and dark fruits. The body is well-structured and supple in the mouth. Pairings well with roasted or grilled red meats and game. Jean Francois Lespinasse operates the winery founded by his grandfather after the First World War. Located 20 km from Bordeaux, in the Graves appellation in La Brède (childhood home of the philosopher Montesquieu), the vineyard is adjacent to the appellation of Pessac-Léognan.