Two new wines that have lately graced the dinner table. Each produced with biodynamic practices and are Vin Demeter.
The French wine – 2015 Chateau Peybonnehomme-les-Tours “Energies” is a Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux AC from Famille Hubert Vignerons. The wine (SRP $25, sample) has an Italian connection. From the 1st impression (a Bordeaux wine in a Burgundy bottle) I got the notion that this wine was not going to be your grandfather’s Bordeaux. 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard in the village of Vehicles close to Blaye. The Gironde River is nearby and the vines are about 40 years of age.
Totally Demeter agriculture biodynamique because the starting of this millennium.
Opening the wine, it was tight. Just after about ten minutes it opened up. The factor I noticed, correct off, was the granularity of the wine. It had this texture that softly sanded away on the palate. Not abrasive as a great deal as stimulating. Excellent balance, dry, bone dry. An hour or so into the wine (we had it with a soup of chicken, mushrooms and potatoes) it genuinely hit its stride. The rose aromas beginning blossoming in the nose, along with a tiny bit of inkiness, and a walnuttiness, pretty pleasant mixture. With the soup, which is usually hard to pair a wine with, it was great. Very an enjoyable wine and additionally, a wine that had a sense of itself, an identity and it was a pleasant one particular. I would get this wine in a heartbeat, genuinely a terrific diversion from the “tried and true” of what we have come to know (and like) about conventional red Bordeaux wines. Yet another new face in the clubhouse, hunting a small unique than the other people, but in the finish, nevertheless portion of the household.
Oh, and the Italian connection? Just after fermentation in concrete, it was aged for 12 months in Italian terra cotta amphorae.
The Italian wine – 2013 Coste di moro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from the Orsogna winery, their “Lunaria” line of organic wines. This wine ($15 retail, bought) comes in an eye-catching extended Bordeaux shaped bottle. It is pretty brown bag hip hunting, pretty upscale in a low effect way. Also biodynamic (Demeter certified).
The initial aromas in this wine had been dark chocolate, wealthy plum, but a small closed in, nevertheless napping. Just after it awoke, the wine opened up. The texture of this wine also had a graininess to it, which gave the wine volume to dance with the sumptuous fruit. A bit grapey in the starting, which leveled out for the duration of the evening. What I liked about this wine was its versatility. We had the wine with stove-major smoked Piedmontese rib eye steaks, and also a salad with a quasi-Caesar- like dressing (olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire, Dijon mustard, anchovy puree, garlic, pepper) and a compact Yukon gold potato with a yogurt dressing (in location of butter or sour cream). So, lots of unique spices, textures and flavors. And the Montepulciano match correct in, in reality, match in so effectively that it was seamless and in the end scrumptious.
This wine is a terrific worth from the viewpoint of provenance and accessibility.
There you go – two all-natural wines that you need to place on your dinner table quickly.
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Thanks to Vins de Bordeaux for the French wine sample.