Just a shout out to some of the other wines I had the privilege of tasting during my recent trip to France.
I spent time strolling through the wine department at the grocery store, just browsing the small producer, “non rated” wines. Values everywhere!!! I chose a few rosés- one from the Charente, one from Bordeaux, and one from Corsica. All three were exceptional finds and worth more than their tiny price tags!! Domaine de Campu Vecchju Rosé, from Ile de Beauté, Corsica, was my favorite. I paired it with a delicious Corsican cheese…heavenly.
Last summer I won a bottle of wine from Fitou for being the 500th Twitter follower. Unfortunately, they were unable to send it to me here in the US, so they graciously sent it to my “home” in Ozillac. We opened the 2010 Château de Nouvelles, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes for dinner one night…what a perfect companion for our meal. Balanced, smooth, complex…an explosion of flavors in the mouth without harsh tannins. We all loved it! Merci beaucoup Fitou!!!!
In between our visits at châteaux Beauregard and Beau-Séjour Bécot, we had lunch in Saint Emilion. I chose the wine this time, selecting (with fingers crossed that I was making a GREAT choice) a 2009 Château Chevrol Bel Air from Lalande de Pomerol. I went with my knowledge that 2009 was a superb vintage year throughout most of France. I was quite relieved and happy that my selection was well-received by both Lili and Gilles!!!!
The last Friday of my trip I had lunch La Table du Lavoir, located on the grounds of a beautiful spa across the road from Château Smith Haut Lafitte. The spa, Les Sources de Cauldie, is very tranquil, gorgeous, and well located out in the country amid the vineyards. Les Sources de Cauldie offers treatments using vineyard products- “wine therapy”/ “wine treatments”.
Christophe, my “French” brother, was our “sommelier”. He had to choose knowing we were all eating something different. A 2006, Château La Louvière from Pessac-Léognan, Grand Vin de Bordeaux, was his choice. I personally was in wine heaven! I had the magret de canard and this red couldn’t have been more appropriately selected. Aged enough to soften the tannins and full-bodied enough to stand up to my duck, as well as the cheese plate later on.
I seldom drink wines in France that I don’t like. Perhaps it is because I am usually with friends and family that know wine or perhaps it is just a bit of luck…regardless, I am always a very content lady! When it comes to wine in France, explore, take a gamble…trust your instincts. You probably will not be disappointed. Santé!!