November 29, 2018
Merieau Gamay Bois Jacou

Merieau Gamay “Le Bois Jacou” 2016

I really like this wine for its combination of Gamay-bright berry fruit, rustic character, light body, intensity of flavor and great price. Gamay, while not associated with Touraine (mid-Loire Valley, France) is definitely a “player” in the area, and rightly so. The cool climate, chalk/limestone soils and rich wine history make it a natural. Jean-Francois Merieau makes an honest, delicious, nervy style. Get raspberries, dried red cherries, tarragon, black tea and cola. A natural food wine. That said, I shared a bottle with my wife watching a film, sans food, and we were very happy. Opens up quickly. Jean-Francois Merieau […]
March 14, 2018
l'enchatoir saumur puy notre dame

l’ENCHANTOIR Saumur Puy Notre Dame 2015

100% Cabernet Franc growing in chalk and limestone. Organic farming (certified organic as of 2016). This is the real deal in Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. Smell and taste red currants, pomegranate, ruby red grapefruit, white pepper, blueberry, sage and Oolong tea. Has a healthy core of flavor to support the natural high acidity and firm, fine tannins. The newer appellation Saumur Puy Notre Dame, when grown well, made well and in a very good vintage (check check & check) offers fantastic value. From Importer Skurnik Wines: “Domaine de l’Enchanoir work a remarkable site of largely ancient limestone. 150 meters altitude, […]
February 20, 2018
Noblaie Chinon Rouge

Noblaie Chinon Rouge Chiens 15

Fans of light, bright, crisp, green-tinged red Chinon (Cabernet Franc, Loire Valley) will adore this wine oddly named “Dogs-Dogs” in French. Red plums, ripe cranberries and ruby grapefruit merge with dried green peppecorns and cucumbers. For me, this is the perfect wine to drink at a French country bistro with roast chicken or steak hache frites.