Bon Appétit: French Wine Dinner, Friday, May 22
with Michael Paré of Capitol-Husting/Allstate Liquor and Wine
2007 Premius Sauvignon Blanc: $14
Sourced from a “young” south western appellation known as Vin de Pays de Comté Tolosan, this region is one of four regional Vin de Pays that exist in France today. This appellation brings together the wine growing areas of 11 “departments” from the large Midi-Pyrenees region and covers a sizeable area near the city of Toulouse. Bright aromas of citrus, pear and dried herbs seduce the nose while a rich palate entry, highlighted by flavors of tangerine and apple, lead to a crisp and balanced finish.
2007 Domaine de Nizas Le Mas: $16
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Viognier. Le Mas (or little farm) is an original blend mixing Atlantic and Mediterranean influences. The robe is pale straw colour with green undertones. While the Sauvignon brings its freshness and minerality, the Viognier makes the bouquet even more intense and complex adding its notes of apricot and exotic fruits. A touch of oak (3 % of the final blend) gently brings its toasted flavours to the complexity. With a round, well balanced and lively palate, it’s a very fine and elegant aromatic white wine to be enjoyed within 3 years.
2007 Caves de Macon Macon-Lugny Les Charmes: $15
100% Chardonnay. Temperature-controlled stainless steel vats; no barrel aging; all under the direction of the skilled and seasoned team at the Cave de Lugny. Estate bottled. Fresh, bright, clean and well-balanced with a lingering undertone of apple - “Les Charmes” is indeed the epitome of un-oaked French Chardonnay. Subtle, pleasing acidity brings all the flavors to life. All kinds of fish and shellfish, either simply prepared or with rich, flavorful sauces. A natural with any sort of chicken, and a fine accompaniment to lighter cheeses.
2006 Chateau de Montfort Vouvray: $16
100% Chenin Blanc. Temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel. No wood aging. Montfort's approach is a model of restrained, non-invasive viniculture. Bottled at the estate. Abundant fruit and honey flavors bound together with the right balance of sweetness and acidity. The harmony of Vouvray - just a touch of sugar, but still officially dry - is immediately apparent and genuinely appealing. Delicately flavored foods such as trout and other fresh-water fish; chicken; veal. A delightful candidate for outdoor dining, and with many salads, lighter pasta and rice dishes.
2005 Chateau La Chaize Brouilly, Beaujolais: $19
100% Gamay. Temperature-controlled, whole-berry fermentation in stainless steel vats; stored in large oak casks until bottled the following spring. Bottled at the château. While the château and gardens of La Chaize are among of the most elegant in France, the wine is deliciously agreeable and unpretentious. Light, ripe Gamay fruit, graceful tannins, all married gracefully together. Not exaggerated and too “fruit forward,” Château de La Chaize is both appealing and easy to enjoy with meats like beef, pork and grilled sausages as well as savory pastas and almost any casual fare.
2007 Chateau de Jau Le Jaja de Jau: $14
100% Syrah. Harvested along with the wines for its older brother, Cotes du Rousillon Village Rouge and blended with wines from neighboring vineyards. Jaja is vinified to preserve all the ripe fruit of each vintage. Bottled early to preserve bright fresh fruit flavors.A chunky, peppery red with smoky kirsch/blackcurrant and herbs de Provence scents; delicate floral nose, well-balanced tannins and acid; hints of raspberry on the palate; light, simple, and straightforward.