Thursday, June 2, 2011
Domaine de Mourchon Côtes-du-Rhône Séguret Tradition `07 AOC (not TJ's) $15.99 ***
10% Carignan. Hmmm Carignan, I have never heard of that grape before. It seems to be one of those old varietals that is used in blending to get a specific taste and yield. I really liked this wine the first time that we had it, and S & I enjoyed it so well tonight that I forgot to aerate it. Oops.
We had it with grilled burgers on fresh kaiser rolls, with warm potato salad and fresh tomato salad.
This wine was a lush mid weight red with a bit of a velvety soft finish. It had a nice smell and was oh so easy to drink at 14% ETOH. What was really interesting was what I learned in the tasting notes: This wine is aged in concrete vats. I didn't taste an overt minerality, but now that I think of it, that could have added to the lush finish.
Domaine de Mourchon is an interesting producer, and I am looking forward to trying more wines from their small, but sleek diverse operation. Wine, Olive Oil and Cosmetics. Hmm, I sense a business plan in there somewhere.
Dinner was great, and after leisurely sitting at the table feeling the effect of the 14% ETOH, JPH pulled out the chilled Vin De Glaciere as digestif, and then, my night was over.
Last weekend, I celebrated my Birthday. For the actual day, I visited a North Fork Long Island Vineyard (review & pics to follow). What was most special though, was finding a roadside farm stand that had fresh Strawberries and Rhubarb. Someone in this house has been craving Strawberry Rhubarb Pie since last spring. I bought the fresh ingredients, and JPH & S made the pie. Here it is, before (above) and after: