Monthly Archives: January 2019

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

It’s also a Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau. Red and 13% vol.

It’s the last of that long series of Beaujolais Nouveau I enjoyed (really enjoyed in the full sense of the word) this year. We shouldn’t go past Christmas or at least past December of the same year with the Beaujolais Nouveau, as it is a wine not ment at all for aging. I actually tasted and drank this last one at the very beginning of January as I had found it randomly at the local cheese and fresh pasta shop in Golfe-Juan, my parent’s town. For 5 Euros a bottle, it was impossible to pass.

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

In glass, it has a deep purple color leaning towards dark blue. Very fluid and liquid, no thickness and no legs on the glass walls.

The nose is redcurrant, red fruit jelly or cooked / stewed red fruit (compote). Mainly redcurrant, blackcurrant and blackberry, almost a good grape jelly (not the concord / methyl anthranilate chemical type).

In mouth, a taste of redcurrant jelly, a nice acidity and refreshing. The mouth is entirely redcurrant and redcurrant jelly. It is also a little fizzy.

In short this is an excellent wine ! Maybe the best of all the Beaujolais I tasted this year. No regret for this late and impulse buy, furthermore for such a good price.

We had 2 bottles of this wine that we enjoyed with our daily ordinary meals. 

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Jambon Père et Fils 2018

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011. 12.5%vol

My parents have a hefty stock of (red) Bordeaux wines in their wine racks, that’s what they buy (and drink) the most. Mainly Médoc, Haut Médoc, Saint Estèphe, Pessac Léognan and Saint Emilion. I took the opportunity of my stay with them for the holidays to go through those and have some tastings for the blog. Anyway we had to check those wines before committing to drink them with our holiday meals… that was a good excuse : furthermore we drank others than those tested during the holiday festivities — I didn’t have time to try / taste all of them before.

First up was this Saint Estèphe Château Saint Louis which was a potential choice for one of the holiday dinners.

Very dark, grenat (dark red) in the glass, with nice legs.

The nose is cherry, wood, undergrowth in the fall, oak, oak barrel, very deep and very rich. I felt it would gain to be let opened a while so the nose would become more complex with a little time in contact with air.

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

In mouth, a little acidity and cherry then wood, chimney fire a bit and also undergrowth in the fall. The after taste, after mouth, is long. In the end it tastes like an autumn mushroom casserole (not moldy type but a pleasant mushroom taste, the creamy side of a mushroom soup).

A lot of mâche (very chewy) then wood, new wood that is and a bit green. A slight bitterness but pleasant in after mouth. A long finish that leaves a taste of red fruits and cherry but crystallized (confite) ones as cooked in a cherry jam (confiture).

I felt it needed to be let alone a bit once opened, the time for me to finish preparing dinner. 

After 10 minutes only indeed, appeared a scent of freshly greased leather and of truffle (black truffle) as well as a taste of truffle (before even eating the actual truffle meal we had for dinner, which paired nicely in the end).

In short it is still a bit « green », a bit young, it can wait some more years before drinking. 

So we enjoyed it with gnocchi cooked in the oven with cream and fresh black truffle, which matched nicely the truffle taste that appeared after airing the wine for a little while.

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint Estèphe Red Château Saint Louis 2011

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

It’s a Bourgogne Blanc, a white wine from Burgundy from Terres Secrètes, the Saint-Veran is a controlled appellation. 13% vol.

White wines are the strength of the Burgundy region: usually their white wines are exceptional.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

This is one of the very rare white wines my parents have in their wine racks. We keep coming back to this one (in the past summers we have enjoyed it several times with fish or seafood and also pasta or omelette with summer truffle)

In the glass it is very pale yellow, almost colorless, a yellow leaning towards a greenish color though— a « cold » yellow.

Nose of green apple, gun flint (pierre à fusil), silex and it smells « dry ».

In the mouth it’s almost fizzy, dry. It tastes of apple, mainly green apple. It’s acid and slightly bitter but in a pleasant way. It has a pleasant bitterness as an aftertaste too.

Fizzy, green apple, pebble, gun flint and silex also in the middle mouth, then a fresh bitterness in finale.

Very fresh and extremely pleasant, a dry wine that we enjoyed with shrimp and zucchini lasagna this time.

Burgundy at its best.

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Saint-Véran blanc Terres Secrètes 2015

Beaujolais Nouveau Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

It’s a Beaujolais Nouveau which is not filtered, from Collin-Bourisset. 12.5% vol.

The main appeal on trying yet another Beaujolais Nouveau from the supermarket in France, was the not filtered mention on the label (non filtré). That enough sounded promising and different from the regular other ones I had tried so far this year.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Very dark in the bottle, almost black.

In the glass the color is still very dark, what we call grenat in French (dark red). Very thick and greasy (gras) but no legs on the glass.

It has a very pleasant nose of freshly baked bread and yeast (in a good way). In short it smells like brioche (bun) because it is not filtered of course! When smelling the wine, it feels like entering in a bakery shop, a French boulangerie, which is rather pleasant.

In mouth it feels very thick and textured, almost as if I was eating something. It tastes like brioche again but those brioches that are very popular in the South of France, brioche à la fleur d’oranger (orange flower or neroli flavored buns).

Absolutely no red or yellow fruit taste, no blueberry no cherry, only this bakery brioche and orange flower tastes. 

A very pleasant and balanced wine with medium length and finish. It’s not too acid and it doesn’t feel like a young wine at all. Must drink it fast before all those beautiful favors vanish under the unfiltered yeast action.

We enjoyed it with French dry pork sausage that we call saucisson.

(This tasting took place mid of December 2018)

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Le Beaujolais Nouveau non filtré 2018

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2018 (red) – French edition

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2018 (red) - French edition

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2018 (red) – French edition

It’s actually a Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau. Supposedly the Beaujolais-Villages appellation is a notch above the regular Beaujolais appellation in terms of quality.

13% vol.

Dark red color (in French we would say grenat) in the bottle. Ruby red color in the glass, almost vermilion when looking at the glass from above. Very liquid, no « grease » (gras) and no legs on the glass. A little bit cloudy too (trouble).

Nose is leather and wood, very deep, not flowery nor fruity at all, and a little scent of varnish as a finishing note.

This wine was bought and tasted during my stay in France for the holiday season. This is worth mentioning because it means it was tasted on the other side of the ocean, the same side it was produced: in short, a wine that has not traveled very far.

It is also the French version of the Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, in addition to being a Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau. Even the label is very different (no artist painting on it but a simple design).

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2018 (red) - French edition

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2018 (red) – French edition

Nicely acid and fruity at first in mouth: red fruit and fruit esters. Rich and plump (charnu), it has a taste of blackberry preserve, crystalized fruit, cooked red fruit in jam or preserve. Very pleasant. It is silky in mouth — velvety actually.

It also tastes of slightly caramelized fruit in the end notes. Round finale, it doesn’t feel like the very young wine it actually is. The middle mouth tastes a little bit of apple.

A slightly long finale of leather and old wood again, vanilla and caramelized notes. 

It is not acid in the mouth finale though.

What remains as an aftertaste in mouth is leather and wood / vanilla. It is a very pleasant wine that doesn’t feel like a young wine but rather like a well balanced older wine. A nice and pleasant surprise as some mature wine – a shock for a Beaujolais (agreeable shock though).

It also could be the sign of the difference in quality between a Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages.

We enjoyed it with an omelette and green salad.