The Beaujolais was the 2009 Domaine la Prebende. I bought the bottle a couple of months ago but last week at Kevin Zraly’s course I had two Beaujolais wines and began to wonder whether I wanted to open mine at all - I just don’t like Gamay. So when I opened my own Beaujolais, I was pleased right away by the lovely delicate aromas and my confidence in the bottle returned. It’s a fairly bright red color with a clear rim and low viscosity, with characteristics of bright red fruit, cherry, berry, a hint of red plum, fresh herb and soft spice, a bit of a floral note, white mineral, and bright acidity but smooth feel, very clean, and low tannin as expected. It’s an easy drinking wine with a respectable finish, very food friendly and versatile. I’m glad I’ve finally found a Beaujolais that’s right for my palate.
|2009 Domaine la Prebende Beaujolais|
Last night I challenged myself to a cassoulet. Ever since I first saw one of the Food Network several years ago, and after having one at a restaurant about three years ago, I’ve been curious to try it at home. After discovering my affinity for wines from South West France and deciding a cassoulet would be perfect with one of my bottles from South West France, I made a duck and pork sausage cassoulet last night. The wine I selected was the 2002 Oriel Falerne Cahors. It’s 100% Malbec (or as the locals of the region would call it, Cot), aged for 21 months in new French oak barrels. The wine is very dark - it’s a dark red and the rim is beginning to show a bit of brick coloring, but the wine becomes almost black, and has relatively high viscosity. The characteristics include macerated raspberry, dark fruit and blueberry, blackcurrant, a bit of plum, bold baking spices, licorice, a bit of dark chocolate, coffee, leather, some cool herb, earth, and truffle mushroom, with a nice balance of fruit/acidity/tannin, the tannins are smooth and velvety and the wine is aging nicely, and the finish is long and reminiscent of the fruit and spice. It was a perfect pairing with the cassoulet, as expected. I was really pleased with this wine.
|2002 Oriel Falerne Cahors|