Synopsis, Our Opinion: An unusual blend that we thought was paired especially well with the pork dinner.
Producer/Winery: Julien Courtois and Heidi Kuka; Le Clos de la Bruyère; Soings en Sologne, France.
Grape Variety: Blend – 45% Côt (Malbec), 45% Gamay Chaudenay and 10% Gascon
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Loire Valley, France.
Price: $38.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: Domaine LA; Los Angeles, California.
Paired With: Pork chops with blue cheese sauce, smashed potatoes and asparagus.
Opened 45-minutes before drinking. Clear, ruby color with the same color rim. Very strong damp earth with secondary barnyard, raspberry, rhubarb and sautéed mushroom aromas. Salty-tart mouthfeel, 100-grit texture and a medium body. Earthy tart fruit flavors including red current, sour cherry, pomegranate and raspberry. A huge amount of edgy acidity that overwhelmed the fine-grained tannins and a long spicy, almost sour, plaster-dust tasting finish. Excellent with the pork dinner, but the balance was just OK at best. The tart fruit, although strong, gave a real zing to each sip. An unusual blend that we thought was paired especially well with the pork dinner.
Alcohol Content: 12%
Closure: 45mm Natural cork.
UPC Code: 8 580960 808868
Imported by: Savio Soares Selections; Brooklyn, New York.