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Thursday, 9 September 2010

2007 Clos de Chaumont, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine de la Perruche

2007 Clos de Chaumont, Saumur-Champigny, Domaine de la Perruche
I'll admit to being perplexed. Last Thursday we tried the 2009 Clos de Chaumont and were surprised and disappointed – thin fruit and high acidity, which was particularly surprising in a 2009 red and when the straight 2009 Saumur-Champigny from Perruche had had plenty of attractive fruit.
Trying the 2007 only adds to the sense of puzzlement as this is an attractive Saunmur-Champigny from a difficult year with good concentration of spicy black fruits with a black pepper and clove character. 
The 45ha Domaine de la Perruche in Montsoreau belongs to Jacques and Anne Beaujeau. They bought the estate in 2002. 

1 comment:

Luc Charlier said...

I’ll tell you s’thing, Jim.

Had two visitors – unexpected – at 10.30 this morning. Ladies from Haute-Savoie on holiday here (Bages). They came upon recommendation from a restaurant where they had drunk “my wine” (which one , they couldn’t tell). We tasted a few and they thought they recognized “it”, at last (later on, they proved to be right, by the way).
One of them loved it (and bought a few bottles), the other one wasn’t impressed at all (understatement). Moreover, she “did not like” screw caps (without any clear explanation).

So, you being perplexed is quite understandable: wines don’t taste the same all of the time (mood, climate, atmosphere, food, menstrual cycle – I’m not joking ).
As soon as I mentioned this very cuvée had been appreciated by Andreas Larsson, and was available at “Auberge du Vieux Puits” in Fontjoncouse (the new and only *** in Languedoc), the wine was judged excellent in every respect.
Perplexed, did you say ?

A hint: go for the Clos de Chaumont once again, you might love it then!