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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Some wines from Monday night

2009 Les Chailloux, Pouilly-Fumé, Jean-Claude Chatelain

Monday night, being our first night back in Touraine, was an opportunity to consider a few bottles – naturally in a strong spirit of modération. We started with some of jacky Blot's Triple Zéro Rosé. Then with a first course of Quiche Lorraine bought from the excellent Charcuterie Cruchet (28 Rue Nationale, Montrichard) there was the quite opulent 2009 Les Chailloux, Pouily-Fumé from Jean-Claude Chatelain. The Chatelain Pouilly-Fumé had the typical richness of the 2009 vintage  but with enough freshness in the finish to give balance and avoid heaviness. Worked well with the quiche.      

2006 Cuvée Côt, AC Touraine, Clos Roche Blanche 

For the main course – pot roasted pork with garlic – we broached a magnum of the 2006 Côt from the Clos Roche Blanche. The 2006s have been rather forgotten – overshadowed by 2005, 2009 and 2010. There are some very attractive, charming 2006 reds that are drinking very well now and this Côt was delightful with plenty of rich black fruits and very soft tannins.  

2003 Le Mont, Première Trie, Moelleux, Vouvray, Domaine Huet

We finished with a lovely bottle of the 2003 Premère Trie from Domaine Huet. Beautifully balanced with rich (but not super rich), complex honeyed fruit with some barley sugar notes with sufficient acidity to balance the rich fruit. Certainly a wine from a hot year but perfectly in balance and one to sip slowly to enjoy its complexity. Served with a couple of Serge Granger's very fine fruit tarts. Granger is at 50 Rue Nationale Montrichard and is one of the treasures of the town.    

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great melange of wines Jim. I will have to look up those Muscadet producers.