Posts tagged ‘French wine’

Billecart-Salmon & Saint Joseph – What I’m Drinking At The Time 16.01.14

Sup peeps! Today we have a few wines I had last week at a little place called France soir. It’s my go to French restaurant and has been for some time now. The food here is excellent, the service is cheeky and crisp and their wine bible….oh yeah…I would read it for hours!

It was a bloody hot day last week and I ended up getting to the restaurant about 30mins early so I decided to wet my whistle whist I flicked through their wine tome.


whatimdrinkingatthetime Billecart-Salmon NV
Billecart-Salmon NV
$21 / glass

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1999 château d’yquem– What I’m Drinking At The Time 18.11.13

Man, let me tell you. Whatever you THINK you know about château d’yquem, believe me, nothing will prepare you for the awesomeness of actually tasting this wine…ever.

Chateau d'yquem

1999 château d’yquem

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Domaine Bernard Baudry le Domaine Chinon 2008 – what i’m drinking at the time 28.01.2012

Hello again from France! Today we are tasting a little something different, a Chinon. Nat and I had a vegan friend over tonight and veggie pasta was on the menu. I have been aching for an excuse to pull this bottle out to try this style of wine. TA DA!

Domaine Bernard Baudry le Domaine Chinon 2008

Chinon is a red wine from the Loire Valley made from 100% Cabernet Franc and known for its mouth watering acidity but can have various identities depending on the wine makers style. Bernard Baudry is one of the newer producer of Chinon and makes a few different Chinon labels. This particular bottle is 13% alc.

The reason I picked this bottle for tonight is because we were having a relatively simple dish with flavours coming from tomatoes, zucchini and asparagus. All these kind of veggies have an inherent sweetness which I think will balance out the acidity from the Chinon. Chinon is also known for its vegital flavours so again it will match well. Lets get in there!

I decanted this relatively young wine for about 2 hours before even thinking of pouring this. It has a chalky, dusty nose with fruit flavours of black currents and red cherry. There is also an aroma of musk sticks and dark chocolate and some coffee bean. Attack is an up and down dull/bursts of lemon juice (lemon twist?), then mellows out a bit into the mid palate but it’s a drawn out transition. Tannins are present here and a little fruit, but it’s really all about the acid with the tannins in the back balancing it out leaving you with a dusty feel in your mouth and a pomelo/guava mix. Finish is a lifted lemon lime mix in the back of your throat with chalky feelings all over your mouth.

Acid freaks will love this and I’m a bit of a fan! It really works well with tomato based dishes (yeah!) and gives you a smoother, less sharp mouth feel. I think it could also go with something like a lamb stew, again with some sweetness. Initially I thought the meat would overpower the wine but the acidity can be quite sharp, especially as it breathes so it could cut through the fattyness.

Nice wine, I would say its very typical cab franc so have a go if you want to experience Loire valley.


Chateau Fourcas Dupre 1986 – what i’m drinking at the time 22.01.2012

Bonjour readers and Happy Chinese New Year!

Today I was lucky enough to drink a wine almost as old as me.

 Chateau Fourcas Dupre, Listrac – Medoc 1986

A 1986 Listrac-Medoc. That’s pretty old! This guy comes from a red wine appellation from the Haut Medoc region in Bordeaux, meaning Cabernet Sauvignon (especially in Listrac-Medoc) but also the usual Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The area is situation on limestone and clay (rather than the more prestigious areas on gravel and clay) weighting in at 12.5% alc. Lets see how it goes!

Nose is thin, strawberries and sour cherries with a blood plum background. There is also mushrooms and some cantelope meringues. I know hey. It’s very light and whispy and doesn’t engage you but you notice it.

The attack is light, ripe slightly mushy strawberries comes to the front. It transistions into an initially bitter mid palate but immediatey the acidity and sweetnes come in to balance it out, like the flavours of strawberries dipped in dark chocolate flakes. Finishes long and warm and you can still get the alcohol. Little furry and grainy (dusty throat feeling).

It’s an ok wine, nothing especially awsome but it is elegant and has a finess to it after all this time in the bottle. Definatly more merlot in this but still Cabernet.

Great way to bring in the new year!


Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2006 – What i’m drinnking at the time 2011.11.26

Hello everybody and wellcome to another edition of the “drinking show”. Today, we are revisiting France, specifically Burgundy.

Louis Jadot, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2006

12.5% alc/vol.

Burgundy, motherland of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from the Louis Jadot lable is a pure varietal wine produced from Pinot Noir musts and wines selected from village-level vineyard sites throughout the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise. As with several of their smaller wines (like this guy), Maison Louis Jadot practices a “réplis” to improve the quality of the wine by declassifying some wines of higher appellation to be incorporated into the blend. In other words, you get the BMW without the badge nor the price tag, a win win for the consumer.

We visited our friend Sophie and Richard and now their lovely bouncing baby William for dinner and we swapped their wine for our roast pork. The roast pork, as it turned out, was an excellent match for this wine.

The nose was light and airy, ethereal and thin layers of sour cherry, strawberry, yellow flesh plums and a background of liquorish. The initial attack on the palate was of dark fruits which lead into an aniseed, fennel seed, star anise combination (which is why it matched with the pork; we seasoned it with fennel seeds, coriander and thyme). The flavour followed into some sweet spices, dark berries and then into a barky tannin character with a firm acid backbone. Great mix of flavours and the wine and food bounced off the each other well. There was little to zero heat and the finish was long, spicy with a touch of a barnyard smell which is to my liking. I also noticed that the wine got a lot better and smoother as it sat in the glass but I should also say that your surroundings and mood does add to your enjoyment of the wine.

A very enjoyable wine especially with the meal and the company. It looked like little William wanted some too! At $30 bucks, maybe a touch expensive for a table/village wine but a great introduction and example to French pinot noir. I think I will always associate this with a family wine, very warming and loving.

Thanks again guys, till the next time.