France
January 9, 2011

Wines of France Tasting 1-8-11

Wines of France Tasting 1-8-11

Court Street Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ has wine tastings in it’s dining room at least two times per month from fall to spring.  Over the past several years this has become my absolute favorite thing to do on a Saturday afternoon.  Ten wines are presented by a distributor in a laid back, educational and fun setting with a particular theme, either by region as the Wines of France tasting was, or by price point.  I have particularly liked the Wines Under $25 and have found lots of wonderful wines this way and have written about several  on this website.  Since I love anything from France whether it’s a great stinky cheese or a delicious bottle of Cote de Rhone I knew I had to sign up for yesterdays event.  I was definitely not disappointed.  Ten wines were presented from nine small production French wineries all of which are imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant:

LASCAUX BLANC 2008-CHATEAU DE LASCAUX from the Languedoc region

HIPPOLYTE-REVERDY SANCERRE 2009-DOMAINE HIPPOLYTE REVERDY from the Loire region

LASCAUX ROSE 2009-CHATEAU DE LASCAUX from the Languedock region

CHAMPALOU VOUVRAY 2008-DOMAINE CHAMPALOU from the Loire region

BOUVIER BOURGOGNE ROUGE 2008-DOMAINE REGIS BOUVIER from the Burgandy region

CLOS LA COUTALE-COUTALE CAHORS 2008-from Southwest France

ST COSME COTES DU RHONE LES DEUX ALBIONS 2008

DOMAINE LECCIA ROUGE 2009-DOMAINE LECCIA-from the Corsica region

CHATEAU ST MARTIN DE LA GARRIGUE ‘BRONZINELLE’ ROUGE 2008-from the Languedoc region

JOGUET CUVEE LE CURE 2007-DOMAINE CHARLES JOGUET-from the Loire region

All of the wines were very good and there wasn’t one that I wouldn’t purchase for myself.  I did have several favorites: the rose, the vouvray, the Coutale Cahors,  the cote du rhone, and the ‘Bronzinelle’ rouge.  The rose was the best French rose I have tasted so far while the vouvray didn’t even need to be paired with food.  It was a delicious and complex white that drinks quite well on it’s own.  The stand out reds were all well balanced and smooth on the palate with good dark fruit flavors.  Not only were they great quality but none of them were overly expensive.  Kudos to Megan at Court Street for choosing these wines and to Kermit Lynch for bringing them to the US for us to enjoy!

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