The Hedonistic Taster | № 36 | #Winophiles + Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, an intimate showcase of artisan winemaker trade samples. The title “Hedonistic Taster” derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.
These tasting notes focus upon Burgundy, bubbles and beyond, including emerging pinot noir and bubbles producers worldwide.
Today’s Tasting: #Winophiles+Love: L’Amour du Patrimoine
What better Valentine’s Day pairing than L’Amour and French wine?
This month’s French #Winophiles, a group of wine industry influencers with a penchant for French wines, share their favorite pairings with wines generously facilitated by Jill Barth’s co-host Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest.
These wines represent four exciting French wine regions currently capturing consumers’ attention: Savoie, Loire Valley, Beaujolais, and northern Rhone Valley’s Côte de Brune and Côte de Blonde.
Affordable, accessible, and food friendly, the wines vary in cultivars, approach, and style, but all hail from long-established domaines that share a common respect for terroir, and L’Amour du patrimoine, or heritage.
Wine: Domaine Perrier & Fils Apremont Gastronomie, Fleur de Jacquère
About the Producer: A seventh-generation family owned domain founded in 1853, Jean Perrier & Fils possesses 62 hectares in the sloping mountains of Savoy and the French Alps. Learn more about Domaine Jean Pierre et Fils here.
Suggested Retail: $13
Producer Specs: 100% Jacquère – a mid-sized, thick-skinned, tightly bunched grape variety native to Savoie noted for its bitter, juicy pulp.
Fruit sourced from old domain vineyards planted to argilo-calcaire soils in Les Marches, St. Baldoph and Apremont. Manual harvest, pneumatic pressing, three-week fermentation.
Robe: Light lemon-gold robe.
Nose: Mountain flowers, yellow and white.
Palate: Lemon, Anjou pear, fleurs blanches, mineral core. Light body, bright acids, clean finish. Fresh, complex, idiosyncratic. Excellent quality for the value.
Wine: Famille Bougrier Pure Loire Rose d’Anjou
About the Producer: One of the Loire Valley’s last family owned domaines, Famille Bougrier is a sixth-generation winery founded in 1885. The winery comprises 85 hectares on three domaines spanning from Nantes to Sancerre.
Suggested Retail: $13.99 (Sold exclusively at Total Wines.)
Producer Specs: 50% Gamay, 50% Grolleau. Clay with silica soils. A blend of both macerated and pressed juice, matured in stainless steel tanks.
Robe: Pale rose-petal pink robe.
Nose: Yeasty peach and apricot fuzz notes.
Palate: Ripe stone fruit bouche, lilting floral finish. Medium body, slightly sweet.
Wine: Vignerons de Bel-Air Saint-Amour Cru de Beaujolais
About the Producer: Founded in 1929, Vignerons de Bel-Air includes 250 growers and 700 ha vineyards dotted throughout Beaujolais. Vignerons de Bel-Air lays claim as the largest producer of Crus du Beaujolais, all estate bottled.
Suggested Retail: $18.99
Producer Specs: 100% Gamay sourced from 60+ year-old, gobelet-trained vines planted in a soil admix of granite, clay, limestone and schists.
Hand-harvested, semi-carbonic and traditional fermentation, aged five months in stainless steel tanks.
Robe: Clear garnet robe.
Nose: Mushroom, red currant, dusty mineral notes.
Palate: Pomegranate, dark cherry, deep mineral core. Acids, tannins and finish+.
Wine: Vidal-Fleury Côte-Rôtie Brune & Blonde de Vidal-Fleury
About the Producer: Established in 1781, Vidal-Fleury remains the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley. More about Vidal-Fleury here.
Suggested Retail: $72
Producer Specs: 95% Syrah, 5% Viognier.
Fruit grown on extremely steep, thinly layered granitic terraces. Southwestern Côte Blonde contains silica-rich gneiss and clayey sands; northeastern Côte Brune sports mica-schist, coupled with iron and manganese oxide, producing deeper soil with more clay.
Extended traditional maceration (three weeks), “pigeage” at initiation, then pump- over. Indigenous yeast induced fermentation. Controlled, rather warm maceration (30°C /86°F). 100% malolactic fermentation.
Aged on lees three years in barrels and wood vat “foudres”.
Natural clarification, stabilization by settling, one filtration via Cross Flow. Unfined. Bottle maturation: 6 months prior to shipment.
Robe: Dark ruby robe.
Nose: Potpourri, pepper, dark red fruit.
Palate: Nose carries through to bouche. Surprisingly thin-bodied, acids and tannins+, quiet finish.
More #Winophile L’Amour here:
Camillia Mann at Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares “L’Amour dans une Bouteille ou Quatre”
Susannah Gold from Avvinare tells us about “Love in the Rhone Valley”
Jeff Burrows at Food, Wine, Click! gives us “French Wines for ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ Valentines”
Jill Barth from L’Occasion takes us on a sensory route “Tasting Romance: French Wine and the Senses”
Michelle Williams of Rocking Red Blog helps us “Celebrate La Saint-Valentin with French Wine”
David Crowley of Cooking Chat dishes up “French Wine Picks and Pairings for Valentine’s Day” and “Beef Stew with Root Vegetables and Côte-Rôtie Wine”
Lauren Walsh from The Swirling Dervish shares “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines”
Liz Barrett from What’s in that Bottle pairs “Celebrate Galentine’s Day with French Wines & Fondue”
Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley at Wine Predator shares “Sweethearts: French Wines and Pizza”
Wendy Klik at A Day in the Life on the Farm shows us how to “Spice up your Love Life with Shrimp Etouffee”
Nicole Ruiz Hudson from Somm’s Table shares “Cooking to the Wine: Domaine Chardigny Saint-Amour with Roasted Salmon and a little Romance”
Martin from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog tells us about “Celebrating L’Amour Du Vin With French Wine At The Table”
Rupal of Journeys of a Syrah Queen swirls up “Valentine’s Day Romance with French Wines”
Jane at Always Ravenous asks “Why Does French Food and Wine Taste So Good? Love!”
Lynn at Savor the Harvest shares “L’Amour du vin”
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