Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!!!
Today’s the day! Every year on the third Thursday of November, all across France and the world, wine lovers celebrate the release of the first red wine of the year from the Northern hemisphere. This year, more than ever, let’s raise a glass to the French!
Starting right now and all Thursday afternon!
All red: Beaujolais, Chinon, Cahors
Thursday, November 19th, 5-8pm
Two French Sparklers & two Rhone Giants
Friday, November 20th, 5-8pm
Fiodaliso, Vareji, Barolo & Pinot Noir
Saturday, November 21st, 5-8pm
All red: Beaujolais, Chinon, Cahors
Thursday, November 19th, 5pm to 8pm
Marcel Lapierre’s everyday Gamay is lighter bodied, somewhat crisp, with a hint earthyiness, and vibrant with raspberry and apple fruit. Lapierre was on of the first winemakers to prove that Beaujolais could be more than a simple quaffer. His Morgon helped change the reputation of an entire region. This, however, is Monsieur Lapierre’s everyday Gamay. The fruit flavors are bright and vibrant, but grounded by well-integrated hints of earth and fresh tobacco.
The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are an average of 45 years of age. Grapes are picked at the last possible moment to obtain the ripest fruit, which is a trademark of the estate style. The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old. These wines are the essence of Morgon: bright, fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre that was undoubtedly inherited from their creator. Try with a croque-monsieur and/or a good friend who’s just blown into town to check out autumn in New York.
Cabernet Franc is mostly used as a blending grape, but in Chinon in the Loire Valley of central France, Franc is the star of the show. The Cuvée Terroir is very approachable without being simple, with layers of savory black cherry, cassis, tobacco, violet and dusty minerals. It’s smooth and medium bodied with tangy acidity, and it finishes with fine-grain tannins. Try it with a roasted pork tenderloin.
The Cahors grape from South-western France is where Argentina got it’s Malbec. 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, this hearty, rustic red has everything a savvy wine drinker wants: it is ready for immediate consumption, has excellent structure to age, and comes in at a value price. La Coutale is an intense wine that juggles elegant rusticity with everyday drinkability. Best with cassoulet, but this wine would also pair just as well with a simple steak and potatoes.
Two French Sparklers & Two Rhone Giants
Friday, November 20th, 5pm to 8pm
NV Regnier David Vignerons Cremant de Loire Extra Brut Rose – Loire Valley, France – $24
Like a Pet Nat but better because it’s Methode Champenoise – drier and more bubbly! Hints of unripe cherry mingle with pink grapefruit zest and a little cooked honey on the finish. This is the pink sparkler I want when I’ve forgotten what I want.
NV Reserve de Lavernette Granit Brut Nature Sparkling Gamay – Beaujolais, France – $32
Essentially a Gamay Blanc de Noirs – lean, minerally, crisp and dry with subtle toasty notes. Exquisite! The nose is refreshing and delicate. A perfume of red and white fruits combine into a freshly picked fruit salad topped with creme chantilly. The bubbles are feathery and smooth with a velvet texture on the palate.
2012 Domaine de Montvac Arabesque – Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France – $27.50
Intense yet delicate, this Grenache-led blend shows notes of red currant and liquorice. This cuvee sees no oak, making this an excellent match for lighter meat dishes, such as pork or veal. Also a good companion for spiced white meats, roasted red meats, and a wide variety of sauced meats such as Daube Provençale and Blanquette de Veau.
2011 Domaine de Montvac Adage – Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France (1.5Ltr Magnum – $72
From 60 year old vines comes this concentrated blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre. Black currant, fig, earth and spicy notes make this an excellent partner to game dishes or strong cheeses. A gentle giant, like a Gigondas should be.
Italy & Austria
Saturday, November 22nd, 5pm to 8pm
2014 Roccafiore Bianco Fiordaliso – Umbria, Italy – $17
A crisp, refreshing blend of 85% Grechetto di Todi, 15% Trebbiano Spolentino. The wines of Roccafiore posit a simple oenological proposal: show a perfect synergy between the land, microclimate and traditional wine-making practices. The wine is lovely, with honeysuckle, meyer lemon and a lively acidity. Pair with grilled vegetables or a light shrimp etouffé.
2012 Hilberg-Pasquero Vareij – Piedmont, Italy – $24
A pale, delicate, ruby red blend of 75% Brachetto and 25% Barbera with a fresh bouquet of roses, geraniums, cloves and strawberries. Delicious and refreshing, Hilberg pairs well with fish, salumi, formaggi, riso with vegetable and indian curry. Even better with a slight chill!
An all-natural, mature, elegant Pinot with six years under its belt. It has an expressive bouquet of pure Pinot fruit with cinnamon spice and earthy notes. Ideal with poultry (especially dark meat), mushrooms, blue or any soft cheese.
La Querciola winery gets its name from a wonderful Barolo forest of varietal oak trees. Intense granite red color with aromas of violet, the palate is full and complex, with a long finish, showing the richness of the terroir and the firmness of serious Nebbiolo. Ideal food pairings include game meats, especially roasted rabbit and aged cheeses.
As always, 15% off wines featured at the tasting!!
Can’t make it in person? Call or email to place your order and ask for the eblast discount!!!