Month: November 2015

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Vins Nouveaux 2015

VINS NOUVEAUX 2015 ! 2015 vintage was a good one for almost all regions and winemakers, and what better preview than the “Primeur” or “Nouveau” wines ? I tried a few wines from different area and I’ll share it with you ! Côtes du Rhône Nouveau 2015 – Marcel Richaud Nouveau wines are not only for Beaujolais, this one is from South Rhone Valley, made by Cairanne superstar Marcel Richaud. It has all you excpect from a Primeur wine x all you excpect from a good Marcel Richaud’s Côtes du Rhône : a fruit bomb, peppery and juicy, round and generous, with a kicking acidity and a refreshing bitterness. A tasty alternative to the Beaujolais ! Vin de France (Beaujolais) 2015 – Domaine des Grottes Great wine ! Never heard about the winery before but totally awsome : tiny place with polyculture in Biodynamie (vines, wheat, vegetables, plants…), ridiculous production (15 hl/hectare), 100% natural… As a result that Beaujolais nouveau is fantastic ! Delightful fruity juice, ripe and tasty, I can’t wait to try the …

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“Page Blanche” 2013, Monts et Merveilles

Monts et Merveilles is a new winery in Languedoc (Minervois), with a very small vineyard (4,20 ha) and a fantastic spirit. Laure and Julien started in 2012, following the most evident and simple rules of agriculture combined with biodynamic method. They make wonderful natural wines, full of fruit, freshness, and passion ! Marsanne and Roussanne for the whites, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan for the reds, all of their wines are great. But there was one that particularly stunned me : “Page Blanche” 2013. This wine has an awesome ginseng taste ! Fermentation and 13 month raising in small clay jars (and a part in old barrels) give this Marsanne a wonderful nose on ginseng, roots, pear and earth ! With a delicate and elegant body. A great wine and totally unique ! It was raised in clay jars but has nothing in common with amphora/Qevri wines or “orange” wine. Unfortunately they only produced 500 bottles in 2013 and didn’t do it again. But maybe will it comes out on a future vintage ?   Don’t miss Monts …

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La Souteronne 2012–Hervé Souhaut

One of my favorite wine farmers, Hervé Souhaut in the Ardèche, seems to consistently have beautiful wine.  I have not had La Souteronne for a couple of years and I was psyched. From the first swirl and sniff I was enchanted and happy…wonderful aromas.  The nose is vibrant–animal, mineral, vegetable and dark fruit. It sings terroir. The color is a soft cloudy garnet. And the palate is bright, high-toned, hard dark cherry candy with a bit of a zip, maybe some perlant. Then some earth and twigs do a little dance and wet rocks add another dimension. The acidity is not overbearing but balances things nicely.  A lacy branchy texture gently surrounds it all. With some air something floral is evident, perhaps rose petals.  A nice little roughness toward the back of the mouth gives it a bit of seriousness, but this is a pure pleasure wine. It has a dynamic nature, changing and evolving moment to moment. The gamay grapes for this wine come from 60-80 year old vines planted on schist, whole cluster …

Pampois 2014 - Nicolas Reau

Pampois 2014 – Nicolas Reau

Cabernet Franc is not the kind of wine we are very found of. But, when it comes from the Loire valley and when it is so nicely done, it is wonderful! Why? Not only because the red fruits are opulents and are very intense, but also because this 7 months raised wine is so drinkable you’ll be done with the bottle before you even notice it. Fresh, simple and so glou-glou you’ll be begging for more. Nicolas Reau does a wonferful job at doing wines and I’m sure we’ll do many more reviews about this winemaker. He started working with qveries 2 years ago and the result is wonderful. AWESOME work Nicolas, keep it up!