Sunday, 19 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Whilst in the Dordogne recently, I discovered a couple of domaines that I'm now a huge fan of. One was Vignobles des Verdots, which I'll look at in another post, and the other was Grande Maison.
Domaine Darviot-Perrin Bourgogne Rouge 2007 - £12.74 from Howard Ripley
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Recently I had the good fortune to be invited to Plateau Restaurant in Canary Wharf for a fine food and wine dinner. The event showed off the skills of the acclaimed chef, Allan Pickett, pairing four courses against Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines, all from the same Producer, Henri Bourgeois. It was an interesting concept, particularly as each course was comparing an old world example against a new, as Henri Bourgeouis are making wines in New Zealand as well as the Loire Valley. The four courses the wines had to match up against were:
This week heralded the start of a new wine appreciation course I'm running as part of my wine business, Viavino. The course is a tour of the classic regions of France in six sessions. Each session looks at wines from the region or regions in question and compares them against examples made from the same grape varieties from around the world.
The course breaks down as follows:
Friday, 3 December 2010
Bourgeuil and its neighbouring appellation Chinon face each other across the Loire and both make red wines from Cabernet Franc. The grape is better known as part of the classic Bordeaux blend, which is Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot in varying proportions. However, its other homeland is about 300km north of Bordeaux in the central Loire valley where it makes lighter red wines that are usually drunk young but can also age really well.
This example from Yannick Amirault, although 8 years old, was in great shape. Still plenty of guts and red brambly fruit but also more developed flavours reminiscent of mushrooms, spice and tobacco. Long, complex and perfectly delicious with the beef casserole.
The central Loire is good hunting ground for some really interesting reds (the fantastic sweet whites are another story) that are far better value than wines of similar quality from Bordeaux or Burgundy. Try one out.