We held a series of dinners at our Paris Apartment between 5th & 8th January 2013. These are the wines we had. Wines are listed in the order they were consumed. Most wines were bought from the Paris Cave wine shop. It’s just off rue du bac in St Germain near Le Bon Marche
2010 La Poussie Sancerre. Rosé
Rosé made from Pinot Noir. Sensational wine. Crisp. Clean. Creamy texture. Approx $30
2010 Chateau De Meursault, Clos Du Chateau, Bourgogne. Chardonnay. 13%
Creamy, lemony, solid wine.
2009 Chateau Massamier La Mignarde. Tenement des Garouilhas. Minervois La Liviniere. 16%
Approx $50. Wow! Knockout wine. Rich, ripe. Full on the palate. Sour cherries. Bitter sweet wine. Almost Amarone like. Oregano leaf, 90% cocoa, black tea tannins, big grip on palate. Really good, with huge potential as this ages. Wish more of this wine was easily accessible in Australia.
Believe this is a blend of Shiraz, mouvedre and cinsault.
2008 La Poussie. Sancerre Rouge. 12.5%. France
Red wine from Sancerre is made from Pinot Noir. Light, subtle, very pure wine. Clean & light with hints of raspberry & strawberry. A clear, aperitif style wine that rings with purity.
2010 Chateau Jougrand. “Le Vin de Table A 20 Balles” by Francois Surget. 13.5%. A.O.C. Saint Chinian.
$20 Euro. Nice, ready to drink wine. Rich, ripe, but not too full on the palate. Black plums, licorice, non aggressive tannins suggest this is more of a drink now style. Seamless wine that is perfectly knitted together. Cannot remember what the grapes are. Has the roundness of Shiraz, spice of Mourvedre & sweetness of Grenache. Good solid drink.
2009 Chateau Puech-Haut. Clos du Pic, Pic Saint Loup. Saint Drezery, France. 15%.
From memory about $50 Euro.
Ripe currants, parsnip chips gives this an earthy complexity. Mouth filling palate. Aromas of violets & lifted florals. Elderberry leaf. Rich and ripe with good acidity to keep this in good balance.
2011 Chateau Malherbe, Rosé. Cotes de Provence. 13%. $24 Euro.
Another lovely Rosé. Bit fuller in body than the Sancerre that we have been enjoying. Kaffir Lime leaf, ripe apricots, pink grapefruit acidity, hints of lychee and ginger spice. Yum.
2009 Paul Jaboulet Aine. Domaine de Terre Ferme. Chateauneuf du Pape.
White wine that is a blend of Grenache Blanc & Clairette. $60 Euro. 14.5%
Very full, ripe apricots. Lush core of quince, white peach. Creamy, toasty texture from the oak. Solid, square shouldered frame. Beautiful acids. Like a solid, full Chardonnay, but better and with more finesse.
2004 Gerard Bertrand “Le Viala”. Minervois La Liviniere. 14.5%
Blend of Carignan, Grenache & Shiraz. $55 Euro
Another big, ripe wine. Who said France can’t do Barossa? Rich, mouth filling and round on the palate. Very lifted aromas of mulberry. So complex, I am finding it hard to break down individual characteristics of this wine. Very good.
2000 Chateau Pierre de Lune. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. 13%. Approx $110 Euro.
Very mature. Leather, mushrooms. Baked coconut biscuits. This was meant to be very good and rare, a garage wine, to those who know the term. Was just okay, but not good. Very cloudy wine that made it hard to appreciate.
I think this suffered from improper preparation. I forgot to stand this wine up in the morning to let the sediment settle to the bottom and clarify it. Silly me, should have known better. Rushed out the door that morning to extract the most from our last day in Paris. A shame. Bad me!