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Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Second wine of the Saint-Martin chateau in Côtes de Provence, in rosé. 12.5% vol. Tibouren, Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Carignan

Their website : www.chateaudesaintmartin.com

About the Nº 2 : https://www.chateaudesaintmartin.com/fr/product/cuvee-numero-2-vin-rose-2015/

This wine was advised by the little gourmet shop nearby my parent’s house in France, la Part des Anges where we shop for all our gourmet supplies.

https://fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/category/Grocery-Store/La-Part-des-Anges-1352491771444699/

One day we were there for some summer truffle shopping and they had a little tasting. They made us try this Nº 2 de Saint Martin among others. I liked it so much I bought 2 bottles for our enjoyment and further proper tasting for this blog.

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Pale pink in glass, almost grey.

Nose : mineral and grapefruit.

In mouth, slightly fizzy, very dry a little bit astringent, mainly grapefruit but not the ruby one, slight bitterness. Very pleasant, it’s also a very dry wine which is less usual for a rosé.

Excellent !

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

This is a wine I tasted with my parents last summer with summer meals, that I bought again and tasted with my French friends also during that summer and that we revisited gladly during this winter holiday season with more wintery meals, namely pasta with Mediterranean seasoning. Price is moderate between 10 to 12 euros depending on the store.

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Côtes de Provence Rosé Nº 2 de Saint-Martin 2018

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

The second cru my father brought back from the Loire Valley, from the same winery, the Chevallerie. This time it’s called « Gueulebée » (informal language for open mouth as when puzzled or amazed) and it’s 2017 vintage.

Same Val de Loire appellation in red. 12.5% vol, also silver medal in 2018 this time, in the Val de Loire wine contest.

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Dark red, bright, leaning towards purple, no rim, long legs.

Nose : varnish.

Mouth : slightly acid, vinaigrette dressing, fruity, a little bit green, mushroom. Fresh and young. Not tannic at all. Also varnish and fruit esters. Short lived in mouth but not unpleasant.

I prefer this one to the other one (the « terroir » that I previously reviewed).

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevallerie « Gueulebée », 2017

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

A break from my parents’ Bordeaux collection. My father traveled through the Loire valley earlier this fall and brought back some Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil he had enjoyed in a restaurant. He brought back 2 crus of the Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil appellation from the Chevalerie winery. First up is the « terroir », 2018 vintage.

It’s a Val de Loire appellation in red. 12.5% vol, silver medal in 2019 in the Val de Loire wine contest.

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Red pinkish purplish in glass, small rim and nice small legs.

Nose : red fruits, blackcurrant, redcurrant, redcurrant preserve, cooked blackberry but not caramelized. 

In mouth, a lot of acidity, very fruity, redcurrant, blackberry, varnish, very little tannins, young and feeling like it, a bit green.

A pleasant wine that would benefit some months, or one year or two, to smooth out, however.

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil La Chevalerie « terroir », 2018

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Vignobles Chatonnet, 13% vol. Gold Medal in Brussels World Contest in 2016. (Merlot Noir 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%).

Continuing the exploration of my parents Bordeaux wine collection, one evening we had a very ordinary meal so my mother said, « Let’s drink the Pomerol, it’s not very good anyway, it doesn’t need a fancy meal ». I was surprised because usually Pomerol and Lalande de Pomerol are high end wines. While reading the label on the back of the bottle, I noticed they say « décantation recommandée », recommended decantation. I decided to follow the recommendation, it wouldn’t hurt anyway, so I poured it in a carafe ahead of our meal (roughly one hour).

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

In glass, deep red leaning towards purple violet, very bright and clear (limpid), no rim. Very long legs.

Nose : wood and mellowed tannins, extremely pleasant smell. Varnish and cooked crystallized red fruits.

In mouth : very good, mellowed tannins (fondus), slightly acid but balanced, varnish, wood and vanilla. Leather, cooked crystallized red fruits and old wood. Some iodine / seafood in middle mouth. Vanilla in after mouth but subtle, not blasting, extremely pleasant. 

An excellent wine after all. The key was really to let it air in a carafe before drinking.

After that ordinary meal and the excellent outcome, that this wine was actually very good, we decided to make it our Christmas meal wine. So a couple of days later, we revisited it on Christmas day where I let it air in the carafe for a couple of hours and paired it with traditional raviolis à la daube niçois (City of Nice beef casserole raviolis with tomato sauce).

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Lalande de Pomerol Château Haut-Chaigneau 2013

Furthermore I had poured in the carafe a second bottle that we didn’t drink. We drank it 2 days later and it was as excellent as on Christmas day. That time we paired it with trofie pasta served with cream and black winter truffles: the perfect type of wine to go with truffle.

A superb wine !

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

Another cuvée from my favorite winery in Tavel, Les Vignerons de Tavel & Lirac : the Tavel Different, Cuvée Bio (meaning this is an organic iteration).

14% vol.

Dark pink, almost pale red, leaning towards a salmon hue. Very long legs. Vinous scent (in a good sense). Cooked and caramelized red fruit, yeasts, leaning towards a brioche scent.

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

In mouth, red fruit, red fruit cake, yeast and brioche too.

I even prefer it to the Rosé des Sables which was already very good. It’s also stronger than the other ones (Trésor des Sables, review here and Cuvée Royale, review to come later).

Excellent ! My second all time favorite with Cuvée Royale.

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

Tavel Different Cuvée Bio 2018

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Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

They call it le rosé de l’hiver, the rosé of winter. Furthermore it’s a new wine of the year, 2019, almost in a Beaujolais Nouveau spirit : the first rosé of the harvest. I had previously tried another Côtes de Provence by this winery and I liked it a lot so I figured it was worth trying this seasonal iteration when they announced it : the Maîtres Vignerons de la Presqu’Île de Saint Tropez (you can read my review of their rosé Fleur de Mer here). They issue it every year on the 1st of December as a limited edition.

To begin with the bottle is beautiful, with a serigraphy of an eagle and a mountain chain.

13% vol.

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

In glass the wine is very pale pink with very long legs.

The nose is mineral.

In mouth, intense, almost like a white wine, mineral, slate, rock, very dry. A little bit cherry flower, very mineral, very dry and a little strawberry. Would go well with seafood and fish. Very good, crisp and fresh. Slightly sparkling.

Excellent actually almost feels like a white wine with a twist of rosé (a bit less dry than white wine).

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

Côtes de Provence Rosé Grain de Glace 2019

 

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Puy-Razac 2013

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Puy-Razac 2013

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Puy-Razac 2013

13.5% vol

Yet another exploration of my parents Bordeaux wine collection.

In glass, dark red almost brown. I must mention that the first bottle we opened was faulty (cork taste).

The second bottle was fine. 

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Puy-Razac 2013

Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Puy-Razac 2013

In glass (the second bottle) dark red leaning towards brown. Nice long legs.

Nose of blackcurrant leaves, mellowed tannins and very pleasant.

In mouth, notes of wood, old wood, varnish, blackcurrant (fruit), cooked red and black fruit (almost preserve). A very long after mouth that is extremely pleasant. 

We enjoyed it with a boeuf bourguignon.

That’s a wine we tasted last year and revisited last week with great pleasure, the added year didn’t change any of the tasting notes. Very good wine.