Author: Clement

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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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“Émilien” 2012 – Château Le Puy

Bordeaux. A region that don’t excites me anymore. Of course during my short sommelier life I tasted some great name of Bordeaux, on mature vintages, at expensive prices… but I finally drink very few Bordeaux. Even less since I drink natural wines ! Here comes Château Le Puy, my personal great Bordeaux, my favorites, everything I love in wine I found it in their Bordeaux wines ! Château Le Puy is a family domaine since 1610 (!) owned by Jean-Pierre and Pascal Amoreau nowadays. Biodynamic, very few (or no) sulfites, no filtration, no new oak barrel. A natural wine but with a strong Bordeaux identity. “Émilien” is the classic wine from Château Le Puy, a blend of 85% Merlot, then mostly Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Though it’s still pretty young it’s a real pleasure to drink it after decanting : it’s ripe, on the cooked black currant and blueberry, with vegetal hints like red pepper and grass (Cabernet typicality but no caricature). On the palate it’s elegant, thin but generous, absolutely no rough tannins, …

"Kharaktêr" 2010 - Christian Chaussard

“Kharaktêr” 2010 – Christian Chaussard

In the city of Nice (South of France) there is a mythic and historic wine bar named “La Part des Anges”, there you can drink the best of natural wines at ridiculously low price. There I had the chance to drink one of the last bottles of “Kharaktêr” 2010 from Christian Chaussard, unfortunately a rarity since the Christian passed away in 2012… It’s a wonderful ripe Chenin blanc, on pear, quince, gooseberries notes, straight and mineral, with a perfect balance and a long finale. Truly natural but without caricature. A very gastronomic wine ! That paired really well with a few sardines and delicious bread with a thick layer of butter ! It’s always emotional to drink one of the last bottles made by Christian Chaussard… Really happy to have been able to enjoy it !