Wednesday, March 15, 2023
LeDomduVin: Quaffable wines
It is fun to regularly participate in food & wine pairing/tasting for various events in our restaurants and other venues, as well as doing and supervising the wine service during these events.
Organizing the wines for these events and tasting them with the team allows me to come down from the stratospheric heights of top wine levels where I usually spend most of my time, to come back down to earth, to the world of more affordable quaffable wines.
Yesterday, we tasted these wines:
Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV
A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, it is gentle, nice, and easy, light to medium bodied with a fine mousse, crispy without being too acidic, and good minerality and chalky nuances, delivering pear, lemon flavors, with light notes of ginger, seashell and toasted brioche.
Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre Terre de Maimbray 2020
Soft, supple, and mineral, well balanced, light-bodied, and easy-going, yet rounded by ripe fruit flavors, which almost made it taste sweet with the Thai-influenced food we had with it. The finish was a bit short for my taste (but that's me).
William Fevre Montmains Chablis Premier Cru 2019
Fresh, really crisp, light to medium bodied, superbly balanced between the ripeness of the fruit and the razor-sharp lemony acidity, developing a cleansing steeliness marked by a mouthwatering minerality bringing both structure and texture lasting to the zesty lingering finish. Loved it.
La Rioja Alta S.A. Vina Alberdi Reserva Rioja DOCa 2018
Frankly, I had higher expectations for this wine as I love this producer, and Rioja wines in general, more especially when it is a "Reserva", but it was light, too light, and short unfortunately, lacking both charm, complexity as well as structure and texture (in my opinion). Not a bad wine, just "blah"...
Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied 2016
As the main course was fish, I could have chosen a Pinot Noir, but I preferred a Cabernet Franc instead. It was a great alternative, as this wine was rather light, with great acidity, bright red, and dark fruits, integrated tannins, excellent balance, and long-lasting fin. Loved it.
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