I think this might be the most interesting edition of What We Drank so far. We've got big names, big wines and then wines of elegance and restraint. And for the first time, not a single New York wine.
I got a nose full of butter and vanilla with a touch of green apple with a few swirls of the glass. Full bodied mouth-feel on this one, as it wasn’t shy in the flavor or texture department. While there were some memorable notes and flavors, they seemed layered. I didn’t find them to be as cohesive as you’d expect in a major league chardonnay. In fact it was similar to the movie, some memorable performances but overall not a blockbuster by any definition.
Every summer I try to find to find the perfect go-to rosé (last year Mas de Gourgonnier was a favorite) and while I enjoyed the Parallele 45, I’m in the market for something with a bit more oomph. A Garnacha, perhaps?
One wine left the flavor of Werther's Originals candy in my mouth. Not in a good way.
As we started to wind down with the pinots and I was pondering what I wanted to drink the rest of the evening, I opened this Chiroubles. And it was the first bottle emptied.
If you don't know where Chiroubles is, it is right next to Fleurie and Morgon, two of the better-known areas of Beaujolais. This $20 gamay is elegant and definitely Old World, showing restrained blackberry-cranberry fruit with violets, black peppercorns and an amazing undercurrent of gravel and minerals. The acidity is damn near perfect and the finish is long. I only have one bottle left (and supposedly only 35 cases made it to the United States). Every time I have a Beaujolais like this, I wonder why no one in New York is doing anything interesting with the gamay grape.