The Hedonistic Taster: French Wines
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by L.M. Archer | FWS, Bourgogne + Champagne ML
Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format to share industry trade samples with you.
Enjoy this affordable sampling of food-friendly French wines that pair well with any ‘socially-distanced’ situation this summer.
Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.
Wine: Terres Secretes Mâcon Verzé Croix-Jarrier
Suggested Retail: $ 16.00
Robe: Clear light golden robe.
Nose: Citrus, pear, mineral nose.
Palate: A rounded, full wine with a linear core. Well-balanced. Exceptional quality-to-value.
Wine: Château du Moulin-à-Vent – Moulin-à-Vent AOC, Beaujolais
A cuvée comprised of three premier terroirs, all located near the winery’s iconic 15th-century windmill for which the winery derives its name (Moulin-à-Vent”):
“Les Thorins,” a south-facing vineyard with mineral-rich granite soils layered with clay.
“Le Moulin-à-Vent – a centrally located and east-facing site with similar soils.
“Aux Caves” – a silica-rich vineyard with 80-year old vines.
Suggested Retail: $ 39
Robe: Inky purple-garnet robe.
Nose: Dark fruits, violets, savory, black pepper nose.
Palate: The 2017 vintage in Beaujolais proved difficult. Hail in July reduced yields, with highly concentrated berries. This wine reflects the vintage: Full body, solid structure, good tannins, with a dense, spicy finish. The first of three wines, each a step higher in site expression and price, this presents excellent quality for value.
Wine: Château du Moulin-à-Vent – Champ de Cour
A wine of specific terroir, sourced from a favored site located on a plateau between the historic windmill and Fleurie. Thirty-five year old vines dig into heavier soils of alluvium and clay deposits.
Alcohol: 13 %
Suggested Retail: $ 62
Robe: Intense dark garnet robe.
Nose: Heady notes of rich red fruits and cracked black pepper.
Palate: Medium-to-full-bodied, supple tannins, lengthy mineral finish. This wine competes easily with any premier cru in structure, balance, and harmony.
Wine: Château du Moulin-à-Vent – Clos de Londres
Sourced from an exceptional clos facing the château deliniated 250 years ago by the original owner, Madame Philiberte Pommier. This unique microclimate encompasses .56 hectares (1.38 acres) of mineral-rich, thinly layered granite soils over a basalt roche-mére seamed with metallic oxides such as manganese, copper, and iron.
Produced in exceptional years only, this wine honors Madame Pommier, who – at age 99 – won the gold medal at the London Exhibition in 1862 for her ‘Vins du Mâconnais.’
Alcohol: 13 %
Link to Producer Specs here. (Produced only in exceptional vintages: 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015.)
Suggested Retail: $ 99
Robe: Rich red and purple robe.
Nose: Subtle yet intoxicating florals aromas – peony, violet – with a hint of red fruit and spice.
Palate: Medium-to-full bodied, with fine tannins and an ample finish. Une grande dame.
Wine: Domaine de Cala – Coteaux Varois en Provence
Suggested Retail: $ 17.50
Robe: Pale rose petal pink robe.
Nose: Almond, white flower, stone fruit, lemon-lime aromas, with a slight hint of rose petal.
Palate: Medium body, lovely texture. Vigorous lemon zest and white peach attack, a hint of pear on the mid-palate, and a lingering saline finish. Pairs well with poisson.
Wine: Domaine Lauriga Côtes Catalanes ‘Le Gris’
Producer Specs: 100% Grenache Gris.
Suggested Retail: $ 19.99
Robe: Pale salmon robe.
Nose: Firm stone fruit, white peach aromas.
Palate: Light body, refreshing acids, textured, almost lees-aged quality. White nectarine attack, white peach on the mid-palate, satisfying finish. Vivacious vin de soif.
Wine: Château Lauriga Côtes du Roussillon Rosé
Alcohol: 13 %
Suggested Retail: $ 13.99
Robe: Clear salmon robe.
Nose: Peach, summer melon, saline, slightly oaky nose.
Palate: Medium body. Lush honeydew melon attack, fleshy peach mid-palate, touch of tangelo on the finish. Pretty-in-pink patio and poolside pleaser.
Wine: Côté Mas Rosé Aurore – Sud de France
Suggested Retail: $ 12.99
Robe: Light watermelon pink robe.
Nose: A riot of summer fruit aromas – apricot, peach, nectarine, watermelon.
Palate: Medium body. More watermelon and plush stone fruits on the palate. Perfect for picnics.