Monthly Archives: December 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

It’s another Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé, bought in a supermarket in France for a couple of Euros. The name is Père la Grolle and it’s made by Les Sorcières de la Croix-Rousse. 12.5% vol.

In the bottle, the wine is pale pink leaning to gris style, though a little pale purplish.

In the glass it looks definitively like a gris (grey pink wine).

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

The nose is cherry, blueberry and very fruity. The finale is definitively blueberry. Relatively greasy (gras) on the walls of the glass.

In mouth, slight acidity, rather pleasant, first aromas are of red fruit and red currants, then cherry. The middle mouth is blueberry and the finale blueberry too. All in all it’s fruity and pleasant. The aftertaste is quite lasting and leaves a cherry note in mouth again, after the blueberry.

A sweet mix of blueberry and cherry taste with balanced acidity, a well balanced wine. 

It’s actually an excellent wine because it lasts a long time in mouth with these blueberry and cherry notes. It’s better that the Duboeuf Rosé furthermore if we consider it’s a cheap supermarket wine (roughly 4.5 euros).

We enjoyed it with crozets alla carbonara. (Crozets are little square pasta from the French Alps).

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé le Père la Grolle 2018

Provence Rosé Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

This is a generic rosé from Provence (Var, department 83 in France) 12.5% vol with no appellation, something like a table wine.

In the bottle the color is very pale grey pink like a gris.

In the glass, same « gris », grey pink color. A rim of foam when pouring. A nice « grease » on the wall of the glass (some viscosity).

Nice nose but weak. 

In mouth, it is acid but with a nicely balanced acidity, tastes of yellow fruit and pear. It is also weak in mouth. Definitively pear but very light in taste, no mid-mouth, no finale.

On second tasting, same taste of yellow fruit and pear, nice balanced acidity but definitely very weak in taste.

The nice acidity almost feels like drinking a soda, seltzer or lemon juice, it’s almost like drinking water with a slice of lemon. So it’s refreshing, not unpleasant but not like drinking wine at all.

In short, nothing to write home about.

We enjoyed it with orzo pasta (also called risoni) served with a tomato sauce enhanced with garlic and basil.

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Domaine Piqueroque 2017

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

It didn’t take long for a beer to sneak in. The excuse was sore muscles from cleaning the leaves (I tasted it back in early November this year).

This is an imported beer, special edition Oktoberfest 2018 from Spaten, Munich, Germany. The Spaten brewery exists since 1397!

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

I am not even a beer drinker. I mainly indulge times to times with some Corona type beers because they are light and their taste is not too bitter, with some Tex-Mex food.

But that day I tried the Oktoberfest beer made in Germany that I found at my local joint (Stirling Fine Wines in Stirling, New Jersey) 3 miles from home.

It was advised by one of the associates there: when I asked for a good imported lager or bière blonde, he got me that special edition or brew for Oktoberfest. 

It was about time to drink it as it was already early November.

I didn’t even have the proper meal to go with it, as I already mentioned the excuse was the sore muscles from the leaves raking and blowing.

5.9% alcohol, quite high in alcohol for a beer — at least in America. 

Very dark golden color with fine regular bubbles and a yellowy head (foam). Full body, thick, the attack is strong, not too bitter but full in mouth. Then an aftertaste of roasted cereals, almost a hint of coffee and fresh whole bread hot from the oven. The texture too reminds me of bread hot from the oven.

Very malty, toasted bread, almost a cake baked in the oven like a muffin or a French quatre-quarts (pound cake) with honey notes (and the color also leans towards honey).

Even though it’s strong in alcohol and taste, it’s pleasant to drink and leaves an excellent aftertaste: a fulfilling beer.

I would not call it a refreshing beer — that’s not its purpose obviously — but a beer to savor and enjoy thoroughly with all its malt aromas and flavors in mouth. A serious beer indeed.

What remains afterwards is the malt taste.

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beer Spaten Oktoberfest 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018 (red)

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018

This wine is the other brand of Beaujolais Nouveau that my store carried. I also wanted to mention that usually I drink once or twice from the bottle, the George Duboeuf or else and I finish the bottle in cooking something like lasagna (for the bolognese sauce). But not this year : I drank the whole Duboeuf bottle because it was so pleasant. I was left with no cooking red wine to prepare lasagna. So  I had to purchase some cheap wine for that. I ended up buying some cheap French wine which is an oxymoron (at least in the US). It was not that cheap for what it is, a vin de table (table wine) as we would call it in France, not cheap but definitively French (some wine from Vaucluse, Rhone Valley but with no appellation). It smelled good when I opened the bottle but I didn’t taste it, I didn’t want to mix up my palate for the later Beaujolais Nouveau tasting that evening, nor induce unfair comparisons. Maybe I’ll taste it another day and write an article if worth it.

No cork, a screw cap.

11 to 14% alcohol says the label, which puzzled me a bit. Are the producers not supposed to be precise on that matter on the label — specially when in France and certainly other countries the tax is based on the alcohol content ? And also when in Europe in general, the labeling laws for food and drinks are rather precise and have stricts requirements ?

In the glass the wine is purplish with shades of pink and, at the same time, leans also towards blue. When pouring from the bottle that’s just opened, it makes some foam bubbles that stayed a bit as a rim after pouring.

The nose is a bit faint but with notes of violet (the flower), then becomes deep and flowery, leaning towards iris. The scent is not explosive as the red Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 from Duboeuf that I described in a previous article, but rather subdued. This is not unusual if I recall my previous experiences with those wines (Beaujolais Nouveau) from the past years. The Duboeuf scent was unusual actually (thus a very pleasant surprise). So a very subdued nose, almost powdery, like make-up powder (the reason why I mentioned iris) and definitively a violet flower scent. I smelled nothing else apart from that.

When swirling the wine, no legs, no « grease » or no thickness on the walls of the glass, as we can expect for that type of wines.

In mouth, a nice acidity at first, fresh, almost refreshing, then a violet flower taste that is rather pleasant. It is also subdued in mouth and very short lasting. After the violet first attack, it leans towards blueberry. But blueberry is the middle mouth and it has no finale. It’s almost a blueberry juice feel.

When repeating the tasting after these rather muted first impressions, same thing, violet flower taste at first then it really feels like crushing blueberries in the mouth.
And same thing, very short in mouth which is a bit disappointing because the first aromas of violet and blueberry are extremely pleasant and we would like them to last or to turn or lead to another flavor.

In short, not unpleasant but a bit too short lived for my taste. Very refreshing due to the balanced acidity and the violet/blueberry taste.

I’ll have to drink the bottle fast, I don’t know how long that subdued wine will last once the bottle is open, even with the VacuVin wine saver. It won’t end up in bolognese sauce preparation though, it is too pleasant for that.

I enjoyed it with traditional lasagna made with meat (beef) bolognese sauce (that I prepared using the other French table wine).

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018

 

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Mommessin 2018