Tag: Loire Valley

Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013

Famille Bourgrier Rosé d'Anjou 2013The wine: Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou 2013

The producer: Famille Bougrier

They say: Since 1885 and five generations, Family Bougrier selects the most beautiful raisins from our best terroirs, to offer you the nicest wines. We wish you great pleasure with our Loire Valley Wines. Very nice, fresh rosé with a vivid colour. Red fruits aromas very persistent. To drink chilled just for fun during the summer but as well with any spicy or Asian food.

We say: Light salmon blush hue. Bags of strawberry notes with a touch of sweetness. Fruity, but reserved enough to be elegant. Light and delicate but a little hot on the palate at times.

Try with: Couscous salad with pomegranate and parsley

Price (RRP): £8

Available from: Oddbins

Additional notes: –

Chinese tasting notes and food match

品酒笔记: 浅三文鱼橘红色。草莓味为主。带一点甜味。果味较强但足够的优雅。酒精度有时感觉较高。

中餐搭配: 草莓拼盘

Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux Limited Edition 2010

Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux Limited Edition 2010The wine: Château de Fesles Bonnezeaux Limited Edition 2010

The producer: Château de Fesles

They say: 100% Chenin. Six separate hand picking. 15 months in oak barrels. Rare, intense and elegant wine. Serve at 6-8°C after decanting. This wine makes a sublime aperitif and a perfect match for foie gras, blue cheese and warm tart.

We say: Slightly oxidised nose with notes of bruised apple. Opening up with more Botrytis, pineapple, dried apricots, white flowers. Rich with minerality on the palate. A little hot. Great acidity. Intense wine.

Try with: Ripe pineapple cooked in caramel and vanilla ice cream

Price (RRP): –

Available from: 2010 vintage currently not available in the UK

Additional notes: The bottle arrived worryingly warm. Starting to weep at the cork. Certainly on the young side for sample if in good condition. See below for sample bottle image:

Chinese tasting notes and food match

品酒笔记: 刚开始带有稍微氧化和碰伤了的苹果的气味。放了一段时间后贵腐(带有中药的浓香味),菠萝,杏干以及花香开始散发。丰富口味,带有矿物质的复杂层次。酒精度口感较高。果酸度高。浓度高的甜酒。

中餐搭配: 拔丝菠萝

Spotlight on: the Loire Valley

vineyards by the Loire

The Loire Valley presents as a very interesting wine region because it is at once a fairly large wine region and lots of smaller, separate sub-regions with very distinct identities.

In some respects, it’s one of the most confusing regions in France (because it uses so many different grapes varieties that produce so many different varities of wimes) and one of the simplest (most of the grape varieties tend to stay within the a main region).

There are also two very different ways of looking at the Loire.

The first of these is by looking at separate regions, something that the WSET focuses on a lot and is easy to visualise. The very useful Loire Valley Wines website splits the Loire into Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine and Centre-Loire. For example, Muscadet, made with Melon de Bourgogne, is produced exclusively in the Pays Nantais area while Centre-Loire’s focus is more on Sauvignon Blanc.

Following on from that, it’s natural to see that the second way of looking at the Loire Valley is through the study of its grapes. Thankfully, unlike Languedoc-Roussillon, there aren’t that many to remember. The main ones are Melon de Bourgogne, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc for whites and Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Grolleau for the reds.

I recently visited the Loire specific to learn more about the expressions of Chenin Blanc there (you can read my Chenin Blanc overview at Yahoo and all about the sweet wines of the Loire Valley, including food and wine matching, at Palate Press). While Savennières, Vouvray and Anjou were all well regarded appellations, the wines that really excited me were the sweet, botrytised wines. I was really pleased to discover wines that, at times, matched, and occasionally, even surpassed, some of the Sauternes I had tasted.

Here are the Chenin-centric properties I visited in the Loire:

Château Moncontour

Eric Morgat at Clos Ferrand

Domaine Bourillon Dorléans

Domaine de la Paleine

Domaine des Forges

Domaine des Roches Neuves

Domaine Ogereau

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