Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saumer are for Summer??

well a very interesting thing just happened... I was tasting a wine, not really knowing what varietal it was, and I fell a little bit in love.

The wine is a touch bitey - a little sour pickle (if you will) making your lips pucker in an oh-so-good way with some very intriguing minerality.

Then I read about the wine and discovered that not only is it from one of the finest producers of wine in France, but one of the only grown on special "Tuffeau" soil in the Loire valley (about 150 km from Paris).

So. So maybe my palate isn't so wacky after all? Maybe I've got a shot at this sommelier degree.


clear visual: very pale straw/gold with the lightest hint of rose on the rim (the winery calls it silver). No legs.

clean nose: moderately intense notes of minerality (flint & Tuffeau), grapefruit, orange blossoms, diesel/petrol, ripe pear

clean palate: 0 dryness, moderate+ acid, 0 tannin,
moderately intense notes of:
  • vanilla
  • lemon
  • grass
  • petrol
  • flint & Tuffeau

moderate- body

moderate alcohol (12% but smoother like 11%)

very good length of 7-11 seconds

This is a wonderfully crisp and invigorating wine. This might sound silly, but if you like Polish dill pickles, or salt&vinegar chips - you will love this wine! It is full of wonderful levels and pairs well with an antipasto plater, or try a little gravlax on boursin (boursin goes well with everything).

2008, Les Pouches Saumur, 100% Chenin Blanc **BUY THIS @ $22**

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