THE FANTASTIC FLAVORS OF FRANCE
Thursday’s free tasting features a remarkable range of the fantastic flavors of France, in all their finery. Starting with an aperitif, the whimsical, fresh and fizzy Ducourt Sparkling Lime, we will move on to the Chateau Monrepos, a modest Bordeaux red that certainly manages to wrestle outside its weight class, and a delightful everyday quaffing Pinot/Syrah blend from the South.
The star of the show, however, is an aged Right Bank Bordeaux from the stellar millenial vintage, made by one of the region’s finest producers. Join us Thursday evening and the depth and breadth of French wine-making tradition and innovation will be yours to sample.
Ducourt Sparkling Lime Blanc ($15.99): As quintessentially French as spending a morning people-watching at an outdoor cafe table in Paris, this revived mid-century classic features quality wine (Sauvignon Blanc) infused with lime and lightly carbonated for a fantastic aperitif, or even as a whimsical accompaniment to lighter fare. Crisp and refreshing and very suited to warm weather.
Chateau De Monrepos Bordeaux Rouge ($12.99):
An outstanding red wine that drinks much bigger than its modest price point would suggest. Medium bodied, dark and elegant, the wine has aromas of red and black fruit, tobacco leaf and graphite with subtle notes of black cassis, leather and a touch of capsicum on the palate. Medium, smooth finish.
C’est La Vie Rouge ($12.99): Wine is all about sharing and conviviality and this red blend exemplifies a laid back, informal way of life that the south of France celebrates. Ruby color made purple by good intensity and a powerful nose which opens with strawberry and raspberry as well as a fragrant floral quality that persists on the palate and into the finish.
Chateau Simard St. Emilion 2000 ($36.99): Quite subtle at first with intensity building as the wine opens up. Muted aromas of leather, blackberry forest floor and bramble lead to a silky palate that speaks in hushed tones of cassis, pencil box and dried red fruit alongside a tinge of meaty leatheriness. A wine of finesse and subtlety that is bright and affable in spite of its considerable complexity and sophistication.