Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:That is quite a list you have translated for us Tim. Many names there are new to me too, lots of research to do via google! I was surprised by the domaines mentioned in La Clape/absence there of!
David M. Bueker wrote:Move outside of Burgundy, and grand cru suffers terrible abuses by being used to define villages (Champagne), estates (Bordeaux) and generically-defined geographic regions (southern France). This does not even touch on the ill-conceived grand crus of Alsace.
Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:WTN: `07 Clos du Gravillas Sous les Cailloux des Grillons, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Brian.
Owner John Bojanowski posted here earlier this month and his wines showed up in Calgary early last year. Blend of Syrah, Cab Sauv, Mourvedre, Carignan, Counoise, Grenache, Terret Gris.
$22 Cdn, 13% alc, good natural cork, cellared one year. I decanted for an hour, no sediment noted. Unoaked, organic, domaine located in Saint-Jean area.
Color. Medium ruby-red, centre not quite opaque.
Nose. Earthy, spice, blueberry, black fruits melange. Holds up well overnight.
Palate. Initial entry thought was dry, old world style, soft tannins, plenty of black fruits here. Long finish, good acidity. Blackcurrant, cherry, not super complex but has nice old world character "Dansom plums" from across the table. Find this quite savoury, lots of appeal. Lip smacking delight on day 2, need to keep eye on Metrovino for new vintages from here.
Under the Rocks Crickets is actually so named because St Jean de Minervois is completely covered by white limestone rocks (looks like snow–gravillas means gravel in patois) and, in the vineyard in question, there are always lots of crickets (when it’s not below zero…).
Carl Eppig wrote:2008 Domain Jean-marc Lafage Côté Sud, Vin de Pays Catalanes ($11.99 U.S. Whole Foods). Alcohol level: 14%. This is a blend of Grenache 50%, Syrah 30%, and Cabernet Sauvignon 20%. It had a plastic closure.
A bright, high-toned red wine on the eye, it is fruity on the nose and upfront. It crosses the palate with dark berry fruits, including black berries, blueberries, and cherries, with a pepper spice note. It has a touch of tannin on the long finish.
We matched it with broiled Australian lamb loin chops, sourdough biscuits, and a lemony salad. It hardly gets better for a Tuesday night!
Joe Moryl wrote:I seem to recall the white having a screwcap.
Jon Hesford wrote:Domaine J-M Alquier, Les Primaires 2007, Faugeres
Aromatic red and black berries. A hint of schiste minerals. Nice crunchy fruit. Spicy mid-palate. Plenty of ripe fruit but good acid to balance. A touch of green pepper too. 16.5/20
Sells for 12€. The French members found this a bit green. The Brits rated it the best. Tonight it has the same qualities but a little more undergrowth complexity and a sort of mustard aroma too. Suberb wine IMO and the kind of Languedoc that can match Burdgundy (I can hear the wine snobs chortling from here - Lose your inhibitions, dullards!). 18/20
My own experience is that a producer either needs a big review from the WA/WS or to be chosen by one of the key importers. These wines tend to fall into three groups. The Parker-pointers, the weird and funky biodynamic stuff and the big market-chasers. I like none of them. Thankfully most of the notes I've seen here do not pertain to too many of those wines. So there is hope.
You ( in North America) have a much better view of our wine than the French do of yours. The average French wine lover only ever sees the dregs of the New World.