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Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (rosé)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (rosé)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (rosé)

13% vol.

Pale salmon pink in glass with a slight purplish hue, very bright and translucent. No rim, no legs.

Nose : red fruit, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, very fruity and pleasant nose. Crisp and clean smell.

After a couple of swirls, a last note of carnation flower.

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (rosé)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (rosé)

In mouth, a bit fizzy, very fruity with some citrus notes (grapefruit) in addition to the red fruits, then mainly raspberry. Very fresh and crisp in mouth. Less flavored than last year and a bit short lived in mouth. 

Some rose flower notes and a little bit earthy in the middle mouth too.

No specific flavor remains but a refreshing impression. It’s always pleasant to have a seasonal rosé just before the white season (snow I mean, which is supposed to appear as soon as tomorrow Sunday).

Drink fast though.

I had it with some gnocchis cooked in the oven with light cream and truffles.

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (red)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (red)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (red)

Today, November 21st, le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé, in red and rosé again.

First up the red version (the classic one) : the Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019. 13% vol.

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (red)

Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf 2019 (red)

Red purplish in glass, leaning towards blue. Very bright and almost translucent in spite of its deep and dark color. No rim, no legs.

Nose : fresh yeast, brioche, exactly like a freshly cooked brioche from the bakery. Then blackcurrant, blueberry, redcurrant, raspberry… and banana ! The finale reminds me of the scent of bubblegum.

In mouth : banana ! Banana at first, it feels like drinking some banana juice. Fruity but not acid this year, red fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry mainly) and some bubblegum also in the first impressions.

But definitely banana ! Though for the first time I enjoy it (the fact that it has a banana taste as per its usual « Beaujolais Nouveau taste » — except for last year  ). I enjoy it even though the banana taste is prominent, curiously it doesn’t feel « too much ».

The middle mouth is definitely brioche. Short in mouth, which is not unexpected for a wine that young.

A pleasant surprise ! I wasn’t expecting much of it because last year it was very good for the first time in years or maybe decades. I was ready  to be back to the average (most of the time less than average) wine we were used to see over and over again. I wasn’t certainly expecting this year to be as good as last year. I was proved wrong to my delight, it is actually very good, again. But also very different in taste (last year none of the many Beaujolais Nouveaux from various wineries I tried, tasted banana). And definitely drinkable (back in the average or less than average years, I would use the rest of the bottle for cooking : not this year, not last year).

In short : fruity, banana and bubble gum and very enjoyable : well done !

After tasting I had it with some leftover homemade mac and cheese my daughter had made for her work pre-Thanksgiving party.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

Buying the Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 : I was the first, I opened the carton (upper left we can see the carton box I had opened)

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Another wine from Domaine Saint Mitre and it’s their Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé, an AOP so an upgrade from the Papillon one.

Vintage 2018, screw cap, 13% vol.

35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 5% Rolle.

The other wine from Saint Mitre that I bought the same day as the Papillon from my usual joint, Stirling Fine Wines. Compared to the Papillon this one is an AOP, higher up in the classification.

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Very pale, almost like a gris in the bottle.

Very pale pink, definitely a gris in the glass, nice wide rim, no legs.

Nose : strawberry, redcurrant and a hint of green grass. Very fruity nose, very pleasant.

In mouth it’s a bit fizzy, red fruit of course, green strawberry and a hint of banana when swallowing.

Green strawberry as the main red fruit, some green grass and grapefruit as well in the middle mouth.

Very dry and mineral in the after mouth, less fruity as finale : the last impression that remains is of a dry and mineral wine almost like a white wine. I could even taste some chalk in the after mouth.

Very pleasant but definitely different from the Papillon, with some mineral and green grass notes in common.

Even though I like it too, I prefer the Papillon one between the two, in spite of being of a lesser appellation.

Same as for the Papillon, this wine was warmly advised by Stirling Fine Wines.

I would pair it with fish or seafood, almost like I would pair a white wine.

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé Domaine Saint Mitre 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

In the early days of autumn, while it was still warm and pleasant, I tasted this wine from the Var region in France, the rosé Papillon (which means butterfly in French). This wine is from Domaine Saint Mitre and it’s their Cuvée Papillon Rosé. Vintage 2018, screw cap, 13% vol.

50% Syrah, 30% Merlot, 20% Cinsault.

This one was (warmly) advised by the folks at my favorite wine joint, Stirling Fine Wines.

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

In glass it’s very pale pastel pink, no rim, no legs.

The nose is very fruity, strawberry and raspberry mainly, very pleasant. I could smell some citrus too and grass.

In mouth it’s a bit fizzy, citrus, very lemon and slightly grapefruit. It is also a bit herbal, raspberry and rose flower.

A slight bitterness in after mouth but refreshing and pleasant. Simply delicious ! Specially when considering it’s a lower appellation, being « only » a Vin de Pays.

After tasting I enjoyed it with pasta and stirred fried sweet peppers and onions.

As I mentioned it was advised by Stirling Fine Wines along with the Saint Mitre one (Côteaux Varois en Provence, slightly higher up in the appellation being an AOP), thanks to them, they know what they are talking about and what they are selling.

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Vin de Pays du Var Rosé Papillon 2018

Apothic Sparkling Red

Apothic Sparkling Red

Apothic Sparkling Red

California, 11.5% vol.

Mid of September my usual and favorite wine store, Stirling Fine Wines, sent out some invitations to come and taste a new release from the wine company Apothic, the limited release of Apothic Sparkling Red. That was perfect timing as I was going to set out and ask them if they had or were going to have it for sale. Through social media, Apothic had made an announcement of this limited release and I was eager to try it. 

In the store I could have a sip so I was able to be more confident in buying a bottle. I bought two actually, as it seemed totally drinkable. You never know with sparkling wine, furthermore red.

It was also a perfect timing to have it to celebrate my daughter’s 23rd birthday that was going to happen the following week. An excuse to have bubbles as we say in French.

In glass it’s dark pink or light red with a nice purplish foam rim and numerous and very regular bubbles. It’s overall nicely sparkling.

Nose : fruity, red fruit such as blackcurrant, redcurrant, blackberry and blueberry.

In mouth : fruity but dry which I absolutely prefer (I wouldn’t have bought it at all if it had been sweet) or dry but fruity if you prefer. Same red fruit as with the nose, blackcurrant, redcurrant, blackberry and blueberry with a lot of raspberry in addition in the after mouth.

Cherry and lollipop as a finale.

Apothic Sparkling Red

Apothic Sparkling Red

It’s very different to what I am used to drink of course but not unpleasant. According to my daughter it would be good with chocolate, milk chocolate from Europe — Belgian for example. I totally second that opinion. It would also pair well with some brownies or chocolate cake.

All in all it’s not unlike the Lambrusco (secco, the dry version of it, of course) but more fruity.

Apothic Sparkling Red

Apothic Sparkling Red

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Somewhere in June came is the batch number 2 of the excellent Penelope Bourbon. I reviewed their first batch here.

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

I bought 2 bottles of this batch number 2, one bottle travelled with me to France in checked bagage as a present for my father (it arrived intact fortunately ! )

Before fixing any Kentucky Mule or Mint Juleps, we had a proper tasting of this new batch, straight without any ice.

Same as batch number 1, batch number 2 is a four grain straight bourbon whiskey, 40% vol. 

Golden color in glass.

Nose of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel and cream. A slight variation from the batch number 1 which had a scent of roasted cereals and honey in addition to the vanilla and caramel.

In mouth : cream, vanilla, caramel then cream again as an after mouth. It’s very round, even better than the first batch. It feels almost like a vanilla ice-cream, more specifically the creamy side of vanilla ice-cream.

It was very much appreciated by all the French people in my family (my father, mother, sister and son) here in France.

In short, cream and butterscotch : a delight !

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Penelope Bourbon Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch # 2

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue 2018

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue

A while ago (in March), I read about this rosé on Odedi’s Wine Reviews Blog [here], he advised it as a nice rosé from Bordeaux so I wanted to try it, furthermore being a Bordeaux rosé which I have never had, but I couldn’t find it at my usual wine joints. In June I could finally get my hands on it and couldn’t wait to taste it.

It’s a generic Bordeaux, 12.5% vol, 80% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot.

Their site : https://www.frenchbluewine.com

In the bottle it’s salmon pink with a very dense color. Less dense in the glass but the same salmon pink hue. No rim, no legs.

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue

Nose of rose flowers, pink grapefruit (ruby grapefruit), very delicate.

In mouth nice acidity and freshness, it feels crisp and refreshing, almost a grapefruit juice — without the texture of course — with this slight pleasant bitterness that makes it very refreshing, in addition to its acidity. Acidity and bitter taste are well balanced all together. Slightly fizzy, a hint of strawberry then citrus notes, mainly ruby grapefruit in the middle and after mouth. After mouth shows a hint of mineral notes too. 

A very dry wine, not sweet at all, all in the freshness : acidity plus bitterness and citrus notes. A rose flower note as a finale way after swallowing, which makes it surprisingly long in mouth.

A very pleasant wine for the summer even if it’s not very complex (just a couple of flavors). I can see myself having it all summer long with simple summer meals such as salads and light grilled fish or white meat, specially for its price ($10 at my usual joint Stirling Fine Wines).

After my tasting (in July), I paired it with grilled chicken and a mix of green beans and couscous semolina.

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue

Bordeaux Rosé French Blue