Friday, May 2, 2008
I recently pushed hard for us to have at least one red wine from the relatively unknownappellation of Cheverny. This is a great small area in the Loire valley making both red and white in a very classic old world profile.
The red wines from this area are made of a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay,and the blend can range from 50/50 in some cases to 100% Pinot Noir in others. The one we have in just now is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir, and20% Gamay.
Our producer, Domaine Des Huards, works totally biodynamically, and the wine is amazing stuff. With a great core oflight strawberry and a nice earthy complexity plus a nice long finish,the wine really shows the calcareous soils in its minerality.
This is a wine for throwing down with any kind of food, and great right out of the cellar (or in NYC, the wine fridge!) or chilled slightly. I first tasted this wine at the request of the sommelier at the great Parisian restaurant Louis 13th, during a very special lunch on my honeymoon; it's always a special bottle for my wife and I when we get to have some! Just an amazing value in a light red wine. This wine willbe poured on Saturday May 3rd along with a great lineup of other lesser known French wines.Cheers and thanks for reading,
Enjoy the Drink,