Despite spending the New Year in Spain there is an impressive number of empty bottles in the kitchen awaiting the impending trip to the village bottle-bank following a week of Christmas festivities. Given the name of this blog, our location and our commercial activities, a number of people assume that we only drink Loire wines. Of course, it would not have been difficult to put together a Christmas wine list consisting of local wines only, but our interests spread much further than this as the detritus in the kitchen proves. Having said that, we did not feel the need to venture much beyond the shores of France for our wine purchases.
At the risk of giving my readers the wrong impression about our drinking habits, I have listed a few of those Loire wines which graced our dining table over this holiday period:
- Touraine- Chenonceaux sauvignan blanc – a rare wine as this is the first year for this new AOC an quantities are very limited. An exremely good strat, we thought.
- Chateau de Quincay sauvignon 2009 – almost house wine for us, a little age has done it no harm at all.
- Justin Monmousseau Touraine (sauvignan blanc) 2007. Has kept and improved remarkably well.
- Method traditional sparkling whites from Francueil – great party wines, to which we often add Cassis.
- Clos Rougeard chace 2006 – perhaps the finest Cabernet Franc Saumur Champigny I have tasted, even my wife, who wont touch Cab Franc, enjoyed it.
A number of other wine bottles are about to be recycled (and my wife would like to point out that not all the glassware in the bottle bank bin contained alcohol!) including one or more from the following regions:
- Blaye Cote de Bordeaux / Premiere Cote de Blaye
- Cote de Bourg
- Haut-Cotes de Beaune
- Cotes de Rhone
- Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise
- Cote de Provence
- Saint Mont
As you can see, we had a quiet Christmas.